ICMS Lifelong Learners Center

Spring 2021 ZOOM Course Offerings
The Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies will offer two courses during the Spring 2021 semester! Enrollment is open to anyone in the Buffalo community interested in learning. No papers or tests, but much good discussion! Courses are not part of any Canisius College degree program. All classes usually meet in Science Hall 1017 on the Canisius campus, but due to Covid-19, the spring 2021 classes will meet through Zoom. Each six-session course costs $60. Courses are limited to 16 students.
The Plague in Medieval Literature will meet remotely via Zoom on Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30, March 31 to May 5, 2021. The instructor will be Professor Johanna Fisher, adjunct professor in the English Department and Women and Gender Studies Department, whose research focuses on medieval figures and the medieval romance.   


The Crusades will meet remotely via Zoom on Thursdays, 5:30-7:00, April 15 to May 20, 2021. The instructor will be Dr. Jeffrey Brubaker, adjunct professor in the Classics Department, whose research focuses on Byzantine and Medieval studies. 
For easy registration and payment (credit, debit, or check) through the Canisius ICMS Marketplace, click the blue buttons above. Questions? Contact Dr. Kathryn Williams, Classics Department Chair, at kathryn.williams@canisius.edu or 716.888.2713.  

Burying plague victims (from a manuscript, c.1350)

  The Plague in Medieval Literature

Instructor: Professor Johanna Fisher

Adjunct Professor, Department of English

Co-Director, Women and Gender Studies Program

Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5

Course Description 


The Crusades

Instructor: Dr. Jeffrey Brubaker

Adjunct Professor, Department of Classics

Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., April 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 13, 20

Course Description 



    Previous ICMS Course Offerings:

Fall 2020

 Arthur: the Once and Future King

   Instructor: Dr. Kara Maloney,  Department of English

   Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, and 15                                                                                                                                                                                        Course Description 

Tempters & Temptresses: The Medieval Romance

Instructor: Professor Johanna Fisher

Adjunct Professor, Department of English, Co-Director, Women and Gender Studies Program

Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., October 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, and 24             Course Description 

Spring 2020

       Jesus: from Messiah to God

   Instructors: Dr. Rebecca Krawiec & Dr. Matthew Mitchell, Department of Religious Studies & Theology

    Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:30, January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 5 

Course Description 

Fall 2019

     The Vikings

     Instructor: Dr. Bridgette Slavin, Canisius Dept. of History (former adjunct), Dept. of Interdisciplinary Studies  (Medaille)   

      Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00p.m., October 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 13.  This course offers CTLE credit. 

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    China and the Silk Roads

   Instructor: Dr. David Devereux,  Canisius Department of History

     Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., September 4, 11, 18, 25 and October 2, 9

Course Description 

Spring 2019

Medieval Art & Architecture

Instructor: Eileen Sullivan, MA, Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Fine Arts and Art History,      

 Aurora Art Conservation, Paintings Conservator                                                                       Course Description 

 From Odysseus to Harry Potter: The Evolution of the Hero

Instructor: Dr. Robert Butler, Emeritus Professor, Department of English

Course Description

Fall 2018

 Crown, Sword, and Charter:  Making the Monarchy

 Instructor: Dr. Julie Gibert, Department of History 

                                                                        Course Description

The Seven Wonders: Ancient & Modern 

  Instructor: Dr. Erin Warford, Department of Classics

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The Great Persian War: Ancient Greek Influence on Modern Attitudes of War

Instructor: Dr. Thomas Banchich, Professor Emeritus,  Departments of Classics and History                   

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