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BYO Lunch and Conversation Today on Ignatian Spirituality and Racism

Have you wondered what the Catholic Church has to do with the Black Lives Matter movement? Are you interested in hearing about the connections between anti-racism and Jesuit spirituality? Come, bring your lunch and join an informal conversation today from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Old Main 204. All faculty, staff, students, family members and friends are welcome.

alex-pic-thomas-hall-closersmallWe’ll be joined by Dr. Alex Mikulich, a Roman Catholic theologian and social ethicist who devotes his scholarship and activism to racial equity in the Roman Catholic Church and society. Mikulich is a spiritual director in the tradition of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and currently serves as assistant director of Mission and Ministry at Loyola University New Orleans.

His recent “Breathing Space” essay, published in America magazine, argued that “Jesuit institutions must do more to undo racism.” The essay won the 2016 best essay in a national weekly from the Catholic Press Association.

For more information, contact Nancy M. Rourke, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology and coordinator of the Catholic Studies Program, at Ext. 2460 or

Submitted by: Nancy Rourke, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology and coordinator of the Catholic Studies Program

The Black-Jew Dialogues, a Touring Comedy Show

Join the ALANA Student Center (ASC) and Undergraduate Student Association (USA) to experience the Black-Jew Dialogues, a comedy about diversity, on Wednesday, October 12 at 7 p.m. in Science Hall Commons.  A question and answer session will follow.

Click here for a sneak peek of the touring comedy.

For more information about the Black-Jew Dialogues, contact Therese Bass at (716) 888-3231 or

Submitted by: Therese Bass, assistant director, ALANA Student Center


Celebrate 10 Years Online at Canisius College!

MNCM_10thAnnivLogo_RibbonOnly_FNLThe Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI) is excited to celebrate 10 years of offering online programs this fall. Today, Canisius College has 11 online programs and five online certificates. The college offers more than 200 courses online every semester and it has more than 100 faculty teaching online. This would not be possible without the hard work of faculty and staff from across the the college. COLI invites you to join us in a small celebration to commemorate the occasion on October 13 at 3:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The gathering will include wine, appetizers and accolades. We invite everyone who has been a part of online learning over the past 10 years to join us.

Submitted by Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI

Watch the October Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the October episode of “Kaleidoscope” premiered earlier this month on WGRZ-TV Channel 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of our region and is produced in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities. “Kaleidoscope” will rebroadcast on Friday, October 14 at 6:35 p.m. on Time Warner Cable 20 and Sunday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m. on Time Warner 6 in Olean.

In the first segment, Rabbi Perry Netter of Temple Beth Tzedek talks with Kim Yonaty on the subject of the High Holy Days.

In the second segment, Dr. Stan Bratton talks with Dr. Surjit Singh of the Sikh Societies of the Niagara Frontier and Rev. Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies at Canisius College, about the meaning of Holy Scriptures in each of their traditions.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of digital media arts and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ’86, MS ’02.

Submitted by: Sarah Seiler, graduate assistant, Communication Studies