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Canisius Commemorates American Archives Month

The Archives Speaker Series celebrates a milestone this Wednesday, October 21, at 4:30 p.m. when Gladys McCormick, PhD, presents “The Politics of Memory in the Archive: Using Oral Histories and Intelligence Reports to Decode State Terrorism in Latin America.” McCormick becomes the 20th speaker in this series which also commemorates American Archives Month. The event will take place on the first floor of the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library. It is free and open to the public.

Each semester since 2007, the Canisius College Rev. J. Clayton Murray, SJ, Archives and Special Collections has offered the Archives Speaker Series as an opportunity to share a scholar’s research experience through personal use of archives and special collections. The result of each speaker’s work is a tangible expression of scholarship. Among speakers’ achievements have been publications, film, artwork and photography, documentation of historic sites and architecturally significant buildings and a wide-range of other projects dependent on use of original primary resources.

McCormick, currently an assistant professor of history at the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Public Affairs and Citizenship, will present her research on political violence, drawing from declassified intelligence reports in the U.S. and Mexico, as well as oral histories, both archived and one she gathers, herself. She will share methodologies related to using these documents to reach a holistic picture of what surrounds political events, and explore how historical memory can be used to popularize or mythologize political figures.

Among her research interests are 19th and 20th-century Mexican history; political and economic history of Latin America and the Caribbean; comparative history; questions of historical memory and political violence; gender; and the experiences of rural peoples. Most recently, Dr. McCormick has focused on Mexico’s political prisoners and use of torture in the 1970s; and the role of informants with Mexican secret police.

The fall 2015 Archives Speaker Series is sponsored by the Rev. J. Clayton Murray, SJ, Archives and Special Collections; Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library; Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs; Modern Languages Department; and the Women and Gender Studies Club.

For more information, contact Kathleen De Laney, archivist and special collections librarian, at or at Ext. 8421.

Submitted by: Kathleen DeLaney, archivist/reference librarian

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Seminar

The Department of Counseling and Human Services will hold a dialectical behavior therapy seminar Saturday, October 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge.  Attendees will gain an understanding of borderline personality disorder (BDP), as well as how to work with those affected with BPD and self-injurious behavior.

This counseling seminar will provide a broad understanding of dialectical behavior therapy and the populations most appropriate for this approach. This workshop will provide attendees with an understanding of how borderline personality disorder develops and how to identify those young clients at risk for this diagnosis.

Attendees will be provided with mini-assessment guidelines and specific intervention tools for helping clients to modulate their emotions as well as specific “do’s” and “don’ts” of working with this population.

The price to attend is $25.00 for Canisius College students.  Lunch is also included.  If you have any questions, call 888-3298 or email Dr. Holly Fetter at

Submitted by: Jaimie Sedlack, graduate assistant, counseling and human services

Online Course Development Workshop

Beginning Sunday, November 1, there will be an online course development workshop for those looking to teach online at Canisius College. This five-week virtual workshop guides instructors through the online course creation process. Attendance is highly encouraged for those who intend to teach fully online, blended or hybrid courses.

Sign up now for this and other workshops offered this fall by the FacTS Center.

For more information about the Online Course Development Workshop, contact Leah MacVie at Ext. 8355.

Submitted by: Leah MacVie, instructional designer, FacTS Center