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The Gonzaga Bulletin: Gonzaga's seventh Presidential Speaker Series will focus on sexual assault

Earlier today, President Thayne McCulloh announced the speakers that will visit campus for the seventh installation of the Gonzaga Presidential Speaker Series. In the midst of a national movement to combat sexual assault, McCulloh said that he is pleased to welcome New York activist Tarana Burke and journalist Ronan Farrow.

Both speakers will present Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Burke, a sexual assault survivor herself, started the “Me Too” movement in an act of solidarity for other survivors. Her efforts gave a voice to others affected by sexual assault and brought attention to the movement on social media. Burke has also worked to further social justice for over 25 years, acting as the Senior Director of Programs at Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity. She was recognized by Time Magazine as one of multiple “Silence Breakers.”

Farrow exposed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. After a ten month investigation, Farrow broke the stories about Weinstein. His series of articles published in "The New Yorker" landed him global recognition.  Additionally, Farrow received Refugees International’s McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award among multiple other human rights awards.

In terms of getting tickets for the event, McCulloh said that a limited number of complimentary employee and student tickets will be available April 3.

Starting March 15 public tickets will be available through the McCarthey Athletic Center and TicketsWest. In the future, more information on the event will be made available. For the time being, any questions should be directed to Angela Ruff at

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