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Canisius welcomes Peter Ahrensdorf, PhD

Davidson College professor to speak on heroes in the ancient world

The All-College Honors Program will host a free public lecture by Peter Ahrensdorf, PhD, on Wednesday, October 18, at 7 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. Ahrensdorf is a chaired professor of political science at Davidson College in North Carolina.

The talk is entitled “The Contest between Achilles and David: Homer, the Bible and the Question of Human Excellence.”  This lecture seeks to shed light on the contrast between Classical Greece and the Bible over the question of what constitutes a fully virtuous and admirable human being by comparing Homer’s Achilles, the foundational hero of the Greeks, with David, the heroic poet-king of the Bible.  Through an examination of Achilles and David as men of war, as men of faith, as men of passion and as men of reason, this lecture attempts to clarify the most surprising and thought-provoking features of the contest between Achillean and Davidic excellence.

Light refreshments will be served.

Submitted by: Bruce Dierenfield, PhD, professor of history & director of the All-College Honors Program


The Center for Urban Education to Host Jabari Mahiri, PhD

Topic of lecture is “A New Racial Literacy for Educational Equity”

The Center for Urban Education at Canisius College, in partnership with the National Urban Alliance, presents “A New Racial Literacy for Educational Equity,” on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  Jabari Mahiri, PhD, professor of education and William and Mary Jane Brinton Family Chair in Urban Teaching at the University of California, Berkley, will be the keynote speaker. Sandy E. White ᾽77, president of Mustard Seed World Consulting Group, will serve as moderator.

Panelists include:

  • Robert Gioia, president of the John R. Oishei Foundation
  • Yvette Jackson, senior scholar at the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education
  • Jeffrey Lindauer, PhD, dean of the School of Education and Human Services, Canisius College
  • Nadia Nashir, assistant superintendent of multilingual education for Buffalo Public Schools
  • David Rust, executive director for Say Yes to Education, Buffalo
  • Finune O. Shaibi ᾽05, supervisor of multilingual student placement for Buffalo Public Schools

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call the Center for Urban Education at Ext. 3294.

Submitted by: Jeffrey R. Lindauer, PhD, dean, School of Education and Human Services