The Canisius College Border Initiative is an Ignatian, collaborative effort by students, faculty, and staff.  We seek to encourage discussion, reflection, and engagement with refugee, immigration, and border issues on a global scale.

Migrations and Border Week

Friday, October 19th to Friday, October 26th 2018.

All events are free and open to the public.  For the Immigration Simulation, space is limited so please contact the Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department if you are interested in attending.

For further information, contact Dr. Richard Reitsma.

Migrations and Borders Week FULL List of Events

Ongoing Exhibits in Bouwhuis Library

Available Friday, October 19th to Friday, October 26th 2018.

Art Exhibit: Patrick Foran

A Visual Stage: What they Carry With Them.

Serious Games: Video and analog games that interactively illustrate the journeys, circumstances, and challenges of recent refugees.

A special collection of Books and DVDs, available for borrowing with Canisius College ID, at carousel near library entrance.


Scheduled Events


Friday, October 19th – Opening Migration and Border Week

2:00 pm: a staged reading of Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles by Buffalo’s Raíces Theater Company.

  • Reception to follow.
  • Location: Marie Maday Theater
Mojada_ A Staged Reading

Sunday, October 21st

8:30 PM: Migrant Mass

  • Location: Christ the King Chapel
Migrant Mass

Monday, October 22nd

5:00 PM: Multimedia Opening & Reception

  • Media depicting Migrations, Borders, and Refugee Experience
  • Visual Stage: Items They Carry With Them
  • Images: Kino Border
  • Educational Games

Open to Canisius College Faculty, Students, Staff, and the General Public.

Multimedia Reception

Path Out Flyer
Make a Move Flyer

Tuesday, October 23rd

11:30 AM:  Immigrant Simulation.  Open to Canisius College Faculty & Students.

6:00 PM: A Round Table DIscussion: Borders & Migration.  Featuring:

  • Dr. Secil Ertorer, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Canisius College
  • Dr. Richard Reitsma, Associate Professor and Chair of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Canisius College
  • Alyssa Erazo, Canisius alumna, Volunteer Migrant Attorney.
  • Jennifer Connor, from Justice for Migrant Families.
  • Monica Wrobel, Canisius alumna, Latinitas volunteer El Paso.
  • Location: Regis Room, Student Center

7:00 PM: Reception featuring food and crafts from from Buffalo’s Immigrant Community via West Side Bazaar.

Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, October 24th

1:00 PM: ArtsCanisius Artes presents Art in the Afternoon: Film Screening of Through the Repellent Fence.

  • Location: Regis Room, Student Center.
Art in the Afternoon


Thursday, October 25th

6:00 PM: Salsa Social: Live Band with Mexican food, organized by Latin American Students and Friends (LASAF) at Canisius.  Regis Room, Student Center

Please RSVP at LASAF’s site.


Friday, October 26th

3:00 PM: Roundtable Discussion: Artists & Participants of the Niagara Street Mural Project, Michele Agosto, and Patrick Foran

  • Location: Regis Room, Student Center.

6:00 PM Artist’s Talk & Reception

  • Location: Bouwhuis Library

From One Home to Another
Foran Artist's Talk Poster.F.2018