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“Laudato Si'” Reading Group


Join the departments of English and Religious Studies & Theology for a Laudato Si‘ reading group on Wednesday, November 13 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the Loyola Hall great room.

The group will read chapter 1 and (either) chapter 2 or 5 from Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.

Wine and cheese will be provided. If interested, please respond to Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, professor emeritus of religious studies & theology, at or Ext. 2831 by Tuesday, November 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Click here to view a list of discussion questions.

Submitted by: Marshelle Woodward, PhD, assistant professor, English;Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, professor emeritus, Religious Studies & Theology


Deborah Kanter to Speak on Forthcoming Book

Deborah Kanter, PhD, professor of history at Albion College, will visit Canisus to speak about her forthcoming book Chicago Catolico: Making Catholic Parishes Mexican on Thursday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge. The event is sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and Theology, the Borders and Migrations Initiative. as well as a range of other groups on campus.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rebecca Krawiec, chair and professor of religious studies and theology, at

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Submitted by: Rebecca Krawiec, chair and professor, Religious Studies and Theology

Exhibition Opening for Sara Zak’s “Forget-Me-Nots”

Sara Zak’s “Forget-Me-Nots” will be on display throughout the month of mid-December in the Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Gallery in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis, SJ, Library. The multi-sensory installation is based on Zak’s pilgrimage to the crash site of her father’s F-111 fighter jet. Three years ago, she held an exhibition at this gallery entitled “MISHAP Contained.” The paintings and prints analyzed the crash sites of many F-111 jets.  “Forget-Me-Nots” is a more contemplative healing experience. In response to climbing her dad’s mountain in Scotland, Zak’s work deals not only with trauma, but with healing. “Forget-Me-Nots” is an homage to people dealing with PTSD and loss.

This exhibition opens on Monday, November 11. Join the Fine Arts Department for a reception on Friday, November 15 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. “Forget-Me-Nots” will be on display through Friday, December 13.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History; director, ArtsCanisius


Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies Lifelong Learners Courses

Registration for the Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) Lifelong Learners Courses is now open. The first six-week course titled “Jesus, from Messiah to God” will take place on Thursday afternoons beginning January 30.

The course will be taught by Rebecca Krawiec, PhD, chair and professor of religious studies and theology, and Matthew Mitchell, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology. King Arthur and his legacy will be the topic of the second course of the semester, which will take place on Thursday evenings beginning on Thursday, March 26.

Visit the ICMS website for more information and details.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, social media and web administrator, Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies

Turnitin Available Within D2L

Turnitin software includes an originality checker that can help students avoid plagiarism. This program also has tools so professors can provide detailed feedback to students about their writing.

Faculty can easily employ Turnitin within the D2L dropboxes. Both professors and students can access Turnitin features and feedback through D2L. Within the D2L dropbox editor, look for the Turnitin toolset on a new tab. Those who prefer to read and grade paper copies can still instruct students to upload papers to Turnitin via D2L.

See this quick tutorial for setting up Turnitin in your D2L dropboxes.

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