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Canisius Presents Lecture, Screening by Michael Tobias, Acclaimed Ecologist and Filmmaker

Just a reminder that Canisius College will host a special symposium, entitled “Ecotourism:  A Partnership with Nature?” on Sunday, January 18 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., and Monday, January 19, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., in the Regis Room of the college’s Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. The symposium brings together visionary thinkers from across the country and the globe to discuss a variety of topics. View a complete schedule here.

In addition, the Canisius College Institute for the Study of Animal Human Relations (ISHAR) presents acclaimed filmmaker Michael Tobias, PhD, on Friday, January 16 and Saturday, January 17, 2015 in the Science Hall Atrium. Both events are free and open to the public.

On Friday, from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Tobias will screen the rarely seen “director’s cut” of his critically acclaimed PBS feature documentary “Mad Cowboy” (2006). The film tells the story of Howard Lyman, a fourth generation cattle farmer who turned vegan. He believes that the chemicals and herbicides used in his farming poisoned his land and may have been responsible for his brother’s death at 32. A tumor on Lyman’s spine may have also been the result of those same chemicals. Following a miraculous surgery, Lyman abandoned farming to assume his major role as a lobbyist in the animal rights and vegan movements.

On Saturday, from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Tobias will give a lecture entitled “The Many Challenges of Coexistence.” He will present images and footage gathered from his more than 100 ecological films, which date back more than three decades over a tumultuous environmental history. In addition, Tobias will share his views on some of the most salient conundrums that impact humanity’s habitat, species, populations and individuals.

Tobias is president and CEO of the Dancing Star Foundation, a non-profit public benefit corporation focused on international biodiversity conservation, global environmental education and animal protection. He is the author of more than 45 books (fiction and non-fiction), as well as several edited anthologies. Tobias has written, directed, produced, executive produced or co-executive produced more than 100 films, TV series, documentaries and dramas, most pertaining to environmental, cultural or scientific issues.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at Ext. 2790.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Service of Remembrance Rescheduled

In our hearts, there is a promise that says death can never win and a hope that will sustain us until we meet again. Please join us on Thursday, January 29 at 5:10 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel for a Remembrance Service to honor your loved ones and others who have died this past year.

During this prayer service, you will be invited to light a candle at the
reading of your loved one’s name. In the event you are not able to be there,
please be assured that we will light a candle in remembrance on your behalf.

We hope you, your family and friends will be able to join us in the Chapel.

Submitted by: Barb Wozniak, administrative associate, Campus Ministry

Faculty-Staff Day at Women’s Basketball

Canisius athletics is happy to announce that its next Faculty-Staff Day will be held Saturday, February 7 in the Koessler Athletic Center when your Golden Griffin women’s basketball team hosts perennial conference powerhouse Marist at 2 p.m.

All faculty and staff will be admitted free with their school ID. A notice, reminding you of this special event, will be sent to your mailbox on Monday, February 2.

For questions, call 888-2885 or 888-2977. For additional information on the women’s basketball team, visit

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs