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Edinboro University presidential inauguration events continue tonight and Wednesday!


EDINBORO, Pa. – Events celebrating and leading up to Friday’s inauguration of Dr. Julie E. Wollman as Edinboro University’s 17th president continue tonight with a special presentation by world-renowned author and speaker, Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B., of Erie (details below), and with more events Wednesday. All events are intended to celebrate the inauguration theme of “Excellence. Optimism. Leadership” embodied in all the people and programs of the University.

Media coverage is welcome at all events. Attached is a complete Inauguration Week schedule. The schedule can also be found at For your inauguration coverage planning purposes, here are Inauguration Week highlights for tonight and Wednesday:
Tuesday, November 6

  • Special Event! The presentation by globally recognized author and lecturer, Erie’s Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B., will take place at 6 p.m. at the Frank G. Pogue Student Center.  Chittister, a Benedictine nun who served as the president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, has authored more than 45 books and articles in various journals and magazines. Considered one of America’s foremost visionary spiritual voices for decades, Sister Joan speaks and writes on women in the church and society, human rights, and peace and justice in the areas of war and poverty, religious life and spirituality. She is recognized in the U.S. and abroad for her work for justice, peace and equality, especially for women, in the Church and in society. She is the founder and executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality, and was an advisor for the groundbreaking report, “A Woman’s Nation,” led by Maria Shriver in 2009. Sister Joan, who served as the prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie for 12 years, will speak on “American Women and the Rest of the World: No Woman Left Behind.” This event is sponsored by the Edinboro Women’s Studies Committee.

Wednesday, November 7

  • At 11 a.m. in the green space adjacent to the Baron-Forness Library, the Edinboro University Council of Trustees Sculpture Garden will be formally dedicated, followed at noon by a “Student Showcase,” a presentation by music students in the Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center’s Recital Hall. The sculpture garden is part of the campus-wide art initiative launched during Inauguration Week and featuring 21 campus sculptures as well as exhibits of the University’s permanent art collections at the Baron-Forness Library.
  • Dr. James Drane, one of the international founders of the bioethics discipline, will lecture at 1:30 p.m. at Hendricks Hall, Room 125, on “Philosophy of Human Life and Modern Medicine.”
  • At 3:30 p.m. at the Cooper Science Center, Room 230, faculty and professionals will take part in a panel discussion titled, “Women in Science Careers.”
  • The College Bowl Academic Tournament will take place at the Pogue Student Center from 4:45 to 10 p.m.
  • “The Game” and “The Politics of Sleep,” two Student Theatre productions, will be presented at the Diebold Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Performances will continue at the same time nightly through Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. Sunday performance.
  • Continuing to celebrate Dr. Wollman’s lifelong commitment to education, the University’s Community Outreach Center and School of Education are sponsoring a “Stuff the Bus” initiative during which a full-size Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority bus, parked at the Frank G. Pogue Student Center, will be filled with donated supplies for area schools. The bus will be staffed and open to accept donations Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.