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At Ursinus, Community Organizer Talks About His Work

COLLEGEVILLE PA – Robert T. Gannett Jr., executive director at the Institute of Community Empowerment, will speak on community organizing and its connection to a liberal education during a presentation March 26 at 4:30 p.m. in Musser Auditorium of Pfahler Hall on the campus of Ursinus College, East Main Street.

At Ursinus, Community Organizer Talks About His WorkGannet’s talk is titled “Between Two Worlds: The Fragile Balance of a Chicago Community Organizer.”

He will discuss two “fragile balances:” one between working as an outsider and as an insider in community organizing, the other between his study of literature, history, and philosophy and his service in Chicago’s communities. Through these reflections on his own experience, Gannett will address the dilemma of how to reconcile one’s desire for freedom with responsibility to one’s community.

Gannett has worked for expanding mental health services, building affordable housing and enacting public school reform. He holds a B.A. in English from Harvard, and a Ph.D. by the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

The event is sponsored by the college’s Bonner Leaders, Politics Department, Common Intellectual Experience, and Arts and Lecture Series.

Photo from Ursinus College

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