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Award-Winning Author To Lecture On “The Last Nude”

Author Ellis Avery will present a lecture entitled “The Last Nude,”tomorrow (February 22) at 3:30 p.m. in Regis Room South.  The event is free and open to the public.

Avery is the author of two novels and a memoir, most recently The Last Nude (Riverhead 2012), inspired by the art deco painter Tamara de Lempicka, which has received excellent reviews from The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, Vogue, O:The Oprah Magazine, and NPR.

Avery’s first novel, The Teahouse Fire (Riverhead 2006), is set in the tea ceremony world of 19th century Japan.  The Teahouse Fire won Lambda, Ohioana and American Library Association awards, and was translated into five languages.  Avery is also the author of The Smoke Week (Gival 2003), an award-winning 9/11 memoir.  She teaches fiction writing at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures and the Women’s Studies Program.  For more information, contact Richard Reitsma, PhD, at Ext. 2408 or at

Submitted by:  Deanna N. Pavone, administrative associate, modern languages, literatures & cultures

Music History Lecture Thursday (February 23)

Richard Falkenstein, chair and assistant professor of music, will present a lecture entitled “A Tale of Three Cities . . . Three Lutenists, a Political Fantasia and the Siena Lute Book” on Thursday (February 23) at 2:30 p.m. in Regis Room South.  Admission is free and open to the public.

The lecture will discuss points of contact in Naples and Rome between the mid 16th-century lutenists Fabrizio Dentice, Luigi Dentice, and Perino Fiorentino.  Falkenstein will consider the possibility that these artists may have traveled to France together.  He will also propose that traces of their relationship can be found in a politically charged fantasia composed by Perino and in the contents of the manuscript known as the “Siena Lute Book,” one of the most important sources of Italian lute music from the 1500s.

For more information, call the fine arts office at Ext. 2542 or click here.

Submitted by:  Ellen Barnum, assistant director, ArtsCanisius

An Evening With To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA)

Jamie Tworkowski, founder of the organization “To Write Love On Her Arms” (TWLOHA) will speak on campus on Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  All students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to attend this very special evening which will include musical performances by Eric James, Under the Skylight and Canisius’ own Inlite.  This event is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

TWLOHA is an organization that has started a movement on college and university campuses across the nation that is dedicated to helping those who suffer from depression, addiction, self-injury and suicidal tendencies find hope, support and love.

Beginning in 2006, Tworkowski founded TWLOHA as the simple attempt to tell the story of a friend in need.  TWLOHA quickly became an internet phenomenon with the aid of various social media outlets and is now truly a global movement.  Supported by bands such as Switchfoot, Anberlin, Paramore, Anthony Raneri and Eric James, TWLOHA spread in the music world, from venue to venue, and became known all over the world.  Now, with the largest online audience of any non-profit on Facebook and MySpace, the organization has donated nearly $500,000 to help fund treatment, responded to thousands of messages from over 40 countries, and has been featured on NBC’s Nightly News and Today Show, Rolling Stone and more.

This event is part of the Campus Programming & Leadership Development Leadership Series and made possible through various sponsors which includes CPLD, TWLOHA Canisius and the William H. Fitzpatrick Institute.  Canisius College invites all students, faculty, staff and members of the community to attend this very special evening with TWLOHA as Jamie begins a conversation of pain and hope along with musical performances by Eric James, Under the Skylight and Canisius’ own Inlite.

For more information, please contact Chris Lauth, leadership development coordinator at ( or Ext. 2190.

Submitted by:  Katie Martoche, assistant director, campus programming & leadership development

Deadline For 2011 Canisius Care March 15

For those who participated in Canisius Care in 2011, March 15 is the last date that to incur expenses for 2011 funds. Questions regarding Canisius Care balances should be directed to Independent Health at (716)504-1468 or 1-800-258-3348.

Canisius Care participants have until April 20, 2012 to file for reimbursement. Claim forms can be found here and medical claims are submitted directly to Independent Health. Dental claims must be submitted and processed under the Canisius dental assistance plan first, then submitted to Independent Health. Attach a copy of a dental bill and the college’s explanation of benefits to an Independent Health claim form.

The deadline for submitting 2011 dental claims to the Controller’s Office is March 20, 2012.

Please direct questions to Dawn Rotterman at Ext. 3151.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, associate, human resources