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Digital Humanities Speaker Series Presents Dr. Rebecca Krawiec

The Digital Humanities Speaker Series resumes on Tuesday, October 16 at 4:00 p.m. in Lyons Hall 418 when Rebecca Krawiec, PhD, presents on the topic of “Studying Ancient Egyptian Christianity in a Modern Digital World.”

The chair of the Religious Studies and Theology Department will speak about her participation in a project aimed at creating a digital collection of ancient texts preserved in Coptic, a language that is linguistically related to earlier forms of Egyptian language, such as the hieroglyphs, but written in an alphabet based primarily on ancient Greek. The project itself is collaborative, with the two directors representing the areas of computational linguistics and religious studies. One of the main features of the project has been to incorporate many layers of information into the digitization so that each text provides access to multiple avenues of research. Krawiec will lay out these various layers and then focus on the specific work she has done to build the project as well as how the project has subsequently enhanced her own research about the development of Christianity in fourth and fifth century Egypt. Krawiec will also explore some of the challenges of this work, some of which are technical but also the ethical considerations about cultural heritage that are currently at the forefront of much of the study of antiquity.

Krawiec received her undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1990 and her PhD in religious studies from Yale University in 1996. She is the author of Shenoute and the Women of the White Monastery: Female Egyptian Monasticism in Late Antiquity (Oxford, 2002), which examines the lives of women in a monastery under a male leader, Shenoute. More recently, Krawiec published articles on issues of literacy and social memory in a range of forms of monasticism associated with Egypt in the fourth and fifth centuries. She is chair of the religious studies and theology Department at Canisius College. She specializes in courses on the New Testament and early Christian history, as well as women and religion more generally.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

Women Entrepreneurship Week 2018

The Canisius College Women’s Business Center (WBC) is getting in on all the action surrounding the fifth annual Women Entrepreneurship Week, which kicked off on Saturday, October 13 and runs through Saturday, October 20.

Sara Vescio, director of the WBC (pictured above, left) and Denise Rotondo, dean of the Wehle School of Business (pictured above, right) are representing Canisius among the 130 other colleges and universities participating in the week-long event. (Check out the great shout-out they give to Women Entrepreneurship Week – and Canisius – in the video clip above!)

Later this week, on Wednesday, October 17, the WBC will host a Google live stream entitled “Drive a Holiday Shopping Rush for Your Business.”  The event is aimed at educating people on how to increase sales activity before the holidays.  Experts from Google will be on live stream to provide expert advice.

The live stream runs from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  in Science Hall, Room 063.  A meet-and-greet prior to the live stream is begins at 11:30 a.m.

Click here to register.

Submitted by: College Communications 

Servoss Organizes National Conference on School Security

School security experts from across the country will converge in Washington, D.C. later this month to evaluate the effects and effectiveness of a variety of security measures currently in use in the nation’s schools.  The national conference, to be held Sunday, October 21 – Tuesday, October 23, is being organized by Timothy J. Servoss, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Canisius College and his UB colleague, SUNY Distinguished Professor Jeremy Finn, PhD.

The conference will bring together educators, researchers and practitioners, many of whom are nationally known for their work in school security, and highlight the security disparity between schools with large minority populations and those whose student populations are predominantly white.

Servoss and Finn have studied the subject of school security measures at length.  In 2016, using survey data from the U.S. Department of Education, they found that the more security in a school, the less safe students feel.  Additionally, their research indicated that increased security does not decrease student misbehavior, crime, victimization or bullying.  It does, however, lead to higher suspension rates in schools that utilize resource officers.  Heightened security also triples the likelihood of students being arrested in schools that employ police officers.

At the conference, Servoss will present brand new results from the most recent data collections on the relationship between police in schools and student arrests, as well as racial/ethnic disparities in the implementation of security.

Click here to read more about Servoss’ research and the upcoming conference.

Submitted by: College Communications