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Gannon to host several world-renowned speakers during Jefferson Educational Society's Global Summit 2022

Published: 10/06/2022

Gannon University is excited to host several events as part of the annual Jefferson Educational Society’s Global Summit 2022 speaker series.  The Jefferson Educational Society has invited experts to Erie from around the world to speak on a broad range of globally important issues as part of the Summit, between Oct. 11 - Dec. 12, 2022.

Gannon University is excited to host several events as part of the annual Jefferson Educational Society’s Global Summit 2022 speaker series. The Jefferson Educational Society has invited experts to Erie from around the world to speak on a broad range of globally important issues as part of the Summit, between Oct. 11 - Dec. 12, 2022.

Gannon University is excited to host several events as part of the annual Jefferson Educational Society’s Global Summit 2022 speaker series.

The Jefferson Educational Society has invited experts to Erie from around the world to speak on a broad range of globally important issues as part of the Summit, between Oct. 11 - Dec. 12, 2022. 

This partnership has created an educational opportunity for our students, faculty and staff to engage with speakers - including at several events hosted right on Gannon’s campus.  

Learn more, including details on how to register here. Global Summit Events include:  

October 11: The Future of Collegiate Sports 

Featuring: John Calipari & L. Jon Wertheim, Cathedral Prep Auditorium 

In the new era of NIL – Name, Image, and Likeness – how has the future of college sports changed? What other driving factors are affecting today’s student athletes, college coaches, and universities?

October 23: The Future of the GOP

Featuring: Karl Rove, Cathedral Prep Auditorium
Karl Rove, political strategist, columnist, policy thinker, and teacher kicks off the Jefferson Global Summit 2022 speaker series with observations about today’s fractious national political scene.

October 24: John Milton, Abigail Adams & Thomas Jefferson, Revolution Yesterday and Tyranny Today?

Featuring: Rev. Charles Brock, M.Litt., Jefferson Educational Society
Among the highlights of the Jefferson’s Global Summit 2022 is a special presentation by the Rev. Charles Brock, founding board member of the Jefferson Educational Society and longtime Secretary of the Jefferson Board of Trustees. Rev. Brock will discuss “John Milton, Abigail Adams & Thomas Jefferson: Revolution Yesterday and Tyranny Today?” – a lecture he first delivered at Oxford University earlier this year. 

October 25: Future of the Virtual World: Strategies for Business, Storytelling, Culture, Cryptocurrency

Featuring: Elizabeth Strickler, Jefferson Educational Society
In her appearance at the Jefferson Global Summit 2022, “The Future of Our Digital World: From NFTs to the Metaverse and What Lies Between and Beyond” Strickler brings an inside perspective on media innovation.

October 26: The Future of Race in America

Featuring: Rashawn Ray, Gannon University
Ray, called a “policy star” by the Washington Post, brings immense expertise to his Summit talk titled “The Future of Race in America.” 

October 27: The Future of Immigration in America

Featuring: Anahita Panahi, Gannon University
Anahita Panahi will speak on “The Future of Immigration in America,” leaning on her own life experiences and advocacy to make the case for new Americans going forward.

November 3: Community Schools: A Model Locally, A Model Nationally

Featuring: José Muñoz, Jefferson Educational Society
José Muñoz brings more than 25 years of cross-sector partnership experience for youth, family, and community development across the United States to his talk at the Jefferson titled “Community Schools: A Model Locally, a Model Nationally.”

November 4: Policy, Politics, and International Affairs: From U.S.-Russian Relations to her Critically Acclaimed Book, “There is Nothing For You Here.” 

Featuring: Fiona Hill, Gannon University
A former adviser to the President and a US-Russia relations expert, Dr. Fiona Hill is poised to offer timely insight in her first appearance at the Jefferson Global Summit.

November 7: James Madison: America’s First Politician

Featuring: Jay Cost, Jefferson Educational Society
Cost, who also writes for The Weekly Standard, will bring his ability to place contemporary moments in historical context to his talk at the Summit, “James Madison: America’s First Politician.” 

November 9: Rejuvenating Industrial Heartlands: Key to Heal Polarized Politics and Strengthening Western Democracy

Featuring: John C. Austin, Gannon University
John Austin is making his first appearance at the Global Summit discussing “Transforming the Heartland and the Rust Belt, and the Power of Ally-Shoring at Home and Abroad.” In a series of publications on The Avenue since the 2016 presidential election, he has underscored the importance of understanding the economy and politics of midwestern swing states.

November 10: How America’s Towns are Writing the Nation’s Future

Featuring: James & Deborah Fallows, Gannon University
James and Deborah Fallows’s national coverage of news, culture, and trends included Erie as part of the “Our Towns” book that put a spotlight on America’s smaller cities, their struggles, and proactive efforts to reinvent themselves. 

December 11: Future of the American Presidency 

Featuring: John Dickerson, Gannon University
John Dickerson, 54, chief political analyst for CBS News and senior national correspondent, will discuss “Future of the American Presidency” as he focuses on revelations from his third book and New York Times Best-Seller, The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency.

December 12: An Evening with Al Hunt and Judy Woodruff

Featuring: Al Hunt and Judy Woodruff, Gannon University 

Nationally known and respected media personalities and spouses Al Hunt and Judy Woodruff will team up to comment on American politics and culture in their first Global Summit appearance.

Visit students, faculty and staff should register via EngageU. 

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