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Gannon’s Fall 2020 CHESS Speaker Series Continues

Published: 09/23/2020

Gannon Fall 2020 CHESS Speaker Series "Racial Justice: Be the Change"

Gannon Fall 2020 CHESS Speaker Series "Racial Justice: Be the Change"

Gannon University’s College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences is presenting its Fall 2020 CHESS Speaker Series, which continues the conversation around today’s racial injustices and offers insight into bringing meaningful change using a virtual platform.

This year’s series is titled Racial Justice: Be the Change. Racial justice has been at the center of widespread protests and advocacy in recent weeks. Some of those protests were right here in Erie. The College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences offers you the opportunity to become a part of the conversation through our speaker series. We can all work to be the change through this year-long examination of the issues and their possible solutions.

The fourth event in this series, Defund, Disarm, Dismantle: Examing the Movement Against Police Violence, will be held at 11:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25. Judah Schept, Ph.D., associate professor at Eastern Kentucky University, will examine the uprisings against police violence in every state, which were sparked by the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. Schept draws from more than a decade of research into the re-formation and expansion of, as well as oppostition to, the carceral state in both the Midwest and Appalachia. His talk examines and contextualizes the call to defund the police that are fueled by these protests and offers some insights into the broader politics of abolition.

Trooper Brian S. Arrington of the Pennsylvania State Police Department and Director Jaime Stoeger of the Erie Crime Victim Center will serve on the panel of reactors.

This event will be live-streamed for public viewing. Register at:


Other events in this series are listed below with more to details to come. All events are free and open to the public via livestream.

> Oct. 8 | 3 - 4 p.m.

From Slavery to Police Brutality: The History of United States Racist Policing


>Oct. 28 | 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Champions of Justice