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Canisius College welcomes activist and scholar Anthony J. Nocella II to campus on Tuesday (April 5) at 7 p.m. in the Regis Room North.  The lecture, entitled “A Journey Through Animal, Environmental and Human Justice,” is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.  The event is sponsored by the Animal Allies Club of Canisius College, Rev. John P. Bucki, S.J., director of Campus Ministry and Tanya Loughhead, PhD, of the Philosophy Department.

Nocella has a broad arena of interests: peace and conflict studies, environmental studies, youth and violence, disability pedagogy, feminist pedagogy, critical pedagogy, anarchist studies, hip-hop and punk studies and inclusive urban education.  He has worked in prisons for more than 10 years and is the program director at Hillbrook Youth Detention Facility (in Syracuse, NY) along with teaching at Le Moyne College and SUNY Cortland.  Nocella is the executive director and co-founder of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS), and is an associate with the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts.  He was involved with peacemaking in Colombia with Mennonite Central Committee and Christian Peacemaker Teams.  He served on more than a dozen NGO boards of directors.

Nocella is an exemplar of the “whole person” scholar and seamlessly blends his social activism with his academic pursuits. He has committed himself to activities as various as co-founding socio-political organizations, publishing academic books and articles, working with non-governmental organizations, assisting legal committees in the Americas, teaching seminars on mediation and conflict resolution, publishing poetry and founding academic journals.

For further information, contact Father Bucki (, Dr. Loughhead ( or Morgan Dunbar, president of the Animal Allies Club (

Submitted by:  Tanya Loughead, PhD, assistant professor, philosophy