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Richard Reitsma, PhD, is proving that despite having to move classes online in less-than-ideal circumstances, incredible teaching can still happen.

The chair of the Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department shared a recent experience from his HON 271 class “Sexuality & Political Discourse.”

“We met via Zoom and also invited into the discussion Flavio Alves, the director of the film “The Garden Left Behind,” which is one of the items we were discussing today, along with Kristine Hollander, a local trans representative,” says Reitsma.  He explains, “The film deals with a trans DACA person in New York City and her relationship with her Mexican grandmother. It’s an incredible film. The conversation with Flavio and Kristine was so wonderful, and I’m so grateful to the both of them for stepping up and joining our class and sharing their stories.”

Reitsma recorded the class discussion, which can be viewed by clicking here(Viewers will need to log into their Google Drive/Google Accounts using their Canisius Email address.)

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs