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Mark Merlis Presentation

Canisius College will present award-winning author Mark Merlis on Thursday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Language Resource Center, Old Main Room 314.

Mark Merlis’s novels include American Studies, about a closeted literature professor in the McCarthy era; An Arrow’s Flight, a riff on the Philoctetes myth, set simultaneously in the ancient and modern worlds; and Man About Town, a tale about politics and growing older set in Washington, DC. His work has won the Los Angeles Times book prize (Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction), the Lambda Literary Award, and the Ferro-Grumley award for distinction in gay writing. A new novel, tentatively titled JD, is due in 2014.

The event is sponsored by embraceWNY, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, All College Honors Program, Women and Gender Studies

For more information email Richard Reitsma, PhD at

Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, modern languages

Baroque Concert

The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture and the Canisius Fine Arts Department are hosting the Il Giardino d’Amore Baroque Orchestra in concert fresh from their appearance at the Early Music Festival in New York City. The performance is Friday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Montante Cultural Center. The ensemble features instrumentalists playing on period instruments and two vocalists in performances of European Baroque Masters. Tickets $15, $7 Non-Canisius students, Canisius students Free

Submitted by:  Mary Lou T. Wyrobek, adjunct instructor, religious studies

Women Empowering Women: The Mothers Club of Haiti

The Mothers Club has been providing micro-credit loans to rural Haitian and African people, primarily women, since 1991. A non-profit charity, Mothers Clubs has made loans to over 5,000 members.

Katherine Mang-Haag will give a talk at Canisius on Tuesday, October 29 in Horan O’Donnell, Room 107, at 4 p.m. Join us for an informative and interesting afternoon to learn more about the important work being done by the Mothers Clubs of Haiti and Tanzania. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Program and co-sponsored by the English Department, The Center for Community Based-Learning and the Women and Gender Studies Club. It is free and open to the public.

For further information, contact Johanna Fisher, adjunct professor, English at

Johanna Fisher, adjunct professor, English and co-director, Women and Gender Studies

Fireart Workshop Soup With Substance Nov. 6

Back by popular demand!

November is national Native American Heritage Month. ALANA Student Center and Chartwells Dining Services on Wednesday, November 6, will present a Fireart Workshop as the Soup With Substance Series program.

The program is free and open to students, faculty and staff from 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.. Visit any time for approximately 20 minutes to create fireart that you can keep! The location is the Steffan Faculty Dining Room on the first floor of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center, near the Economou Dining Hall.

Woodland Visions Native Arts conducts this interactive fireart demonstration. They invite and assist participants to use woodburning tools to create art on slabs of wood while listening and learning about aspects of Native American cultures. During your project time, enjoy a courtesy soup and a beverage by Chartwells. For more information, please contact ALANA Student Center, ext. 2787.

Submitted by:  Kathleen Mathews, administrative associate, ALANA Student Center