Skip to Main Content

Gannon University Presents Fall 2023 CHESS Speaker Series: Find Your Voice

Published: 09/14/2023

Fall 2023 CHESS Speaker Series: Find Your Voice

Fall 2023 CHESS Speaker Series: Find Your Voice

Gannon University’s College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences is presenting its Fall 2023 CHESS Speaker Series, Find Your Voice.

This year-long series focuses on our journey toward understanding ourselves and the ever-changing world, and how crucial it is to explore the diverse traditions that add meaning to our lives. Events will bring campus and community together as we hear diverse perspectives, engage in new experiences, and encourage advocacy, action and self-expression.

"The events planned for this year will provide a variety of opportunities to not only hear different perspectives and learn new things, but also to become actively involved and engaged," said Lori Lindley, dean of Gannon's College of Humanities and Social Sciences. "I am particularly grateful for the level of interest among students to 'find their voice' by being part of the planning team. It's going to be a great year."

The series kicked off Sept. 12 with the annual Collins Lecture, this year titled “Divergent Voices: Politics and Archaeology in Israel” with speaker Dr. Rachel Hallote, professor of History at SUNY Purchase. Her talk explored how archaeology is abused and misinterpreted to justify modern political agendas, particularly in Jerusalem and at Masada. 

Events still to come include:

Sept. 15 – International Day of Democracy

11:30 a.m. | Waldron 219
This event will center on an interactive faculty and student panel discussing various aspects of democracy. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session as well as the opportunity to register to vote and visit interactive tables on a variety of topics related to democracy. Light refreshments will be served and there will be chances to win prizes.


  • Tyler Perkins
  • Dr. Anjali Sahay
  • Dr. Jeff Bloodworth
  • Dr. Eric Dart
  • Ren Reigel


Sept. 21 – Book Signing and Reading of The Senator’s Daughter

2 – 4 p.m. | Gannon Bookstore
Current employee and alumnus Emily Cummings will hold a book signing and selected reading of her recently published debut novel, The Senator’s Daughter. The novel is a work of historical fiction that began as a short story in her senior seminar course while she was a student at Gannon and evolved into a novel over the years.

A small number of copies will be available for purchase at the event, but the book is also available through Amazon and locally at Werner Books and Pressed Books & Coffee.


Gannon is also proud to host the return of the Global Summit XV presented by the Jefferson Educational Society. The Global Summit XV will bring celebrated experts from around the world to Erie, Pa. to speak on a broad range of globally important issues.  

The full series will take place Oct. 23 to Nov. 13 offering free admission to all Gannon students and employees. To view a full schedule of events, visit:

All media inquiries can be made by contacting Haley Figurski, Media Relations and Marketing Manager, at 814-823-1886.