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“Unaccompanied Children and other Asylum Seekers in Post 9/11 America”

Canisius presents Maria Cristina Garcia and a discussion on “Unaccompanied Children and other Asylum Seekers in Post 9/11 America” on Monday, March 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

María Cristina García is the Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies in the Department of History at Cornell University, where she teaches courses in 20th century U.S. history, immigration and refugee history, and Latino/a history. She is the author of Seeking Refuge: Central American Migration to Mexico, the United States, and Canada and Havana USA: Cuban exiles and Cuban Americans in south Florida, both published by the University of California Press. She has two forthcoming manuscripts: Keeping Faith: Refuge in Post-Cold War America and Origin Stories: Myth and History in the American Immigration Experience. She just completed a year as a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.

Sponsored by The Latin American Studies Program, The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures and the William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs & Leadership.

For information, contact M. Fernanda Astiz, PhD at Ext. 3724 or email

Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, Modern Languages, Lit. & Cultures

“Crossing the Line – An Insider’s Story of Fraud”

Canisius College will welcome Weston Smith to campus on Wednesday, March 4 at 4:30 p.m. in the Regis Room of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. Smith’s lecture, entitled “Crossing the Line – An Insider’s Story of Fraud,” is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.

Smith is the former chief financial officer of HealthSouth and the man who exposed the Fortune 500 company for committing $2.9 billion in financial fraud. Smith voluntarily came forward about the multi-year, multi-billion dollar earnings overstatement, and exposed how compromises and competition led HealthSouth to falsify its financial statements. He also revealed the mechanics of the fraud, how the company avoided detection for so long, and disclosed the financial and non-financial red flags that were ignored.

Smith began his career as a certified public accountant (CPA) with Ernst & Young, specializing in audit and healthcare consulting. He was hired by HealthSouth during its infancy and ultimately became the chief financial officer of the company, which grew from one location to more than 2,000 locations across the U.S. and abroad.

Smith has since accepted responsibility for his actions. He was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison (he served 14 months) and was ordered to pay $1.5 million in forfeited assets. Today, he works as an accountant for a small business and travels the country speaking about fraud prevention and ethical conduct.

Smith has been published in Issues in Accounting Education. He has spoken at more than 50 universities and to numerous professional groups across the country and internationally. Smith has also appeared on CNBC, Fox Business Network and other media outlets.

Smith’s lecture is sponsored by the Canisius College Accounting Society and the Joseph J. Castiglia Accounting Endowment Fund.

For more information, contact the Accounting Department at Ext. 5947.

Submitted by: Patricia Johnson, PhD, assistant professor, Accounting

Sexual Consent is Topic of SPB Lecture

Sexual consent is the topic of a lecture titled “Zero Shades of Gray,” presented by the Student Programming Board, on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The presentation is part of the Dynamic Lecture series and will be presented by series-founder Jonathan Pritchard.  Pritchard also provides lectures on motivation, self-defense, and memory.

The purpose of this lecture is to deliver the message that a person needs to provide consent – not just say no – before engaging in sexual activity.  Students are asked to dress in black and white, a symbolic gesture in support of there being no gray area in sexual consent.

Submitted by: Beth Crvelin, assistant director, Student Life

Women’s History Month Lecture by Novelist Susan Stinson

As a part of Women’s History Month, novelist Susan Stinson will present a lecture, entitled “Leah & Sarah: Imagining the Inner Lives of African and English Women in Puritan New England,” based on her recent novel, Spider in a Tree. She will speak on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Regis Room North of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center.

This event is co-sponsored by the History Department, the English Department, the Women and Gender Studies Program and Phi Alpha Theta and is free to the Canisius College community and the public.

Submitted by: Richard A. Bailey, PhD, associate professor, History Department