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Shann Ray Ferch, Gonzaga University professor of leadership studies, will discuss “The Crisis of Leadership is a Crisis of Love: Servant-Leadership, Gratitude and Forgiveness in American Life” in a free, public lecture later this month.

According to a press release, Ferch will explore servant-leadership and its role in bringing understanding and reconciliation to political, personal and social upheaval. Drawing from his recent book “Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity: Servant Leadership as a Way of Life,” Ferch will discuss how personal moral responsibility and one’s obligation to the well-being of others can be nurtured and affirmed in these complex and challenging times.

Ferch’s work regarding leadership, organizational culture, and the human will to forgive and reconcile has appeared in scientific journals and international academic venues across the glob, including the Cory Aquino Center for Leadership in the Philippines.

The Nov. 15 event take place in the McCarthey Athletic Center’s Herak Club Room. It will begin with social time at 10 a.m., with the lecture and Q&A from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Parking is free in the lot immediately south of McCarthey Athletic Center (801 N. Cincinnati St.).

Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of FāVS.News, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.


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