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High School Model United Nations on Campus this Thursday

On Thursday, November 1, Canisius College will host the 34th Annual Model United Nations Conference for high school students. The conference features simulated proceedings of the UN Security Council, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the Human Rights Council, and the conference is staffed and adjudicated by two dozen Canisius College students who are providing a day of service. Model UN Secretary-General Ean Tierney and International Relations program director Jonathan DiCicco will welcome over 400 delegates from 17 area high schools to participate in the simulations. We thank you for your consideration of our guests and our volunteers on this very exciting day.

Submitted by:  Jonathan M. DiCicco, associate professor of political science, director of International Relations Program

Dr. James Valone Day of Recongnition

Come celebrate the career and friendship of Dr. James Valone with colleagues, family, students and alumni on Monday, November 12, 2012 from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Canisius College Montante Cultural Center.

Please RSVP by November 7, 2012 to Debbie Gianturco, or call 888-2160.

Submitted by: Stephanie Cattarin, executive director, Center for Professional Development

Preserving 170 Years of Jewish Memories in Buffalo

The 2012-13 Canisius College Archives Speaker Series will present Chana Revell Kotzin, PhD,  Community Archive Project Director, Jewish Buffalo Archives Project/Bureau of Jewish Education, speaking about “Preserving 170 Years of Jewish Memories in Buffalo,” Wednesday, November 7, 2012 in the Bouwhuis Library, 2nd Floor from 2:30-4 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The Jewish Buffalo Archives Project (JBAP) seeks to create a comprehensive archive of Jewish institutional, organizational and group documentary holdings, as well as family materials in the Buffalo and Niagara area. Since 2007, Kotzin has overseen the project and secured archival donations from the oldest synagogues in Buffalo to the area’s longest running Jewish sleep-away summer camp, as well as a range of family donations and many other Jewish groups or initiatives. She’s recorded a series of oral histories with a wide array of individuals that complements the documentary record. Much of the work of the project has involved working with the University Archives of the University at Buffalo, who are partnering with the project to provide guidance, repository services and access services. To view the online project click here:

Kotzin was born and educated in Britain, and initially followed a career in geological sciences including stints on various North Sea oilrigs. In 1994, she retrained as an historian and received a PhD in history from the University of Southampton in the UK in 2000. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the ways in which European Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi anti-semitism were received in Britain during the 1930s.

Kotzin has served as guest curator, scholarly advisor, and researcher for an exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, “Lives Lost, Lives Found: Baltimore’s German Jewish Refugees, 1933-1945.” She has researched and written oral histories for the Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA), an on-line resource for the history of Jewish women, with the aid of fellowships and grants from the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and the Jewish Women’s Archives. She has also researched and written about aspects of Jewish women’s history in the twentieth century, and has published works in Shofar, The Journal of Holocaust Education, and Jewish History and Culture and has taught courses on Anglo-Jewish History and Modern Jewish History.

The Archives Speaker Series showcases scholars with a special understanding of archival research, based on their own experiences; and who have completed a book or other expression of scholarship reliant on archival research.

For more information contact: Kathleen De Laney, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at 716-888-8421 or

Submitted by: Kathleen DeLaney, archvist/reference librarian


POSTPONED- John Haught Lecture

This event has been postponed due to weather. Details on the future event will be released shortly.

The Joseph J. Naples ’41 Conversatons in Christ & Culture Lecture Series presents John Haught, “Can Christian Theology Make Sense of Evolution?”

John F. Haught is Senior Fellow of Science & Religion at Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center. He specializes in systematic theology but has a particular interest in issues that pertain to science, cosmology, evolution, ecology and religion.

Haught is the author of 18 books and hundreds of articles but perhaps best known for his classic study God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution. He lectures internationally on many issues related to science and religion and is the recipient of several recognitions including the 2002 Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Religion, the 2004 Sophia Award for Theological Excellence, and the 2008 Friend of Darwin Award from the National Center for Science Education.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Tim Wadkins at Ext. 2824 or

Submitted by: Marilyn Tokarczyk, administrative associate, religious studies