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Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Jerome L. Neuner, PhD, greets former President Jimmy Carter in advance of his March 1993 lecture.

It’s Flashback Friday!

Each Friday, we will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter.  Flashback Fridays are another part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to March 1993 when former President James (Jimmy) Carter Jr. visited Canisius to deliver a poignant lecture on the social condition of the United States.

Speaking at the invitation of the William H. Fitzpatrick Lecture Series, Carter opened his remarks recalling his initial encounter with the Queen City. “The first crisis I faced as president,” he said, “was the horrible storm that affected all of Buffalo back in January 1977.”

The crowd of 1,500 laughed as the president shared his story but the tone turned more somber as Carter went on to discuss issues of poverty, illiteracy and drug abuse in the United States. In closing, he encouraged Canisius students, faculty and friends to “break out of the ivory tower” and set an example by reaching out to those in need.

Submitted by: College Communications