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Discerning Diversity

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All Ignatian educators are invited to take part in the upcoming conversation “Discerning Diversity” on Thursday, April 23 at 4:00 p.m. with Dr. Mary Wardell- Ghirarduzzi, vice provost and chief diversity officer at the University of San Francisco.

Discerning Diversity” is a virtual ISN gathering for Ignatian educators to reflect and discuss diversity, equity and inclusion in the Ignatian tradition, and to share resources of support to create a culture of care during these challenging times.

During this unique time of isolation related to COVID-19, we focus our attention toward communities disproportionately impacted by racial injustice. As the impact of COVID-19 increases globally, so too have incidents of racism targeting Asian-identified people impacted by a wave of xenophobia and bigotry. The call will use Zoom video conferencing. RSVP here for Discerning Diversity.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity

Larry Jones, PhD, Authors New Book

Larry E. Jones, PhD, emeritus professor of history, recently authored a new book, titled The German Right:  Political Parties, Organized Interests, and Patriotic Associations in the Struggle against Weimar Democracy, 1918-1930 published by Cambridge University Press in England.

This book examines the various factors that accounted for the failure of various organizations on the German Right to effective resistance against the rise of Nazism and the eventual Nazi takeover of the German state in 1933.  The official release of the book in the United States is scheduled for May 2.

Professor Jones is also co-editor, with Professor Hermann Beck of the University of Miami, of From Weimar to Hitler: Studies in the Dissolution of the Weimar Republic and the Establishment of the Third Reich, 1932-1945 that appeared with Berghahn Books in early 2019. Jones has also authored an essay entitled “From Democracy to Dictatorship:  The Fall of Weimar and the Triumph of Nazism, 1930-33,” for the Oxford Handbook on the Weimar Republic that is edited for publication by Oxford University Press by Benjamin Ziemann and Natalie Rossol and that is scheduled to appear in 2021.

Submitted by: Larry E. Jones, PhD, emeritus professor, History Department

Shelter in Hope

The “Holy Koinonia” icon from the Community of Bose depicts a younger person carrying an older person

This past Sunday was Easter. But when we rolled away the stone, things looked much the same. Many of us, it seems, remain hidden in our own tombs.

This Easter was unique. But perhaps we have more in common with that first Easter week than we realize. Let’s not forget that the disciples locked themselves away in fear, and it was the risen Christ that sought them out behind lock and key.

Let us make ourselves ready and available, then, to encounter Jesus in our homes, to welcome him into this moment of uncertainty and fear. To help, the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States prepared this brief digital retreat – “Shelter in Hope” – to follow their popular “Into the Cave” retreat.

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Mission & Identity


CEEP 2020-21 Award Recipients

A hallmark of academic excellence at Canisius, CEEP (Canisius Earning Excellence Program) facilitates student collaboration with faculty mentors through highly rewarding educational experiences. These intellectually demanding collaborations create exciting opportunities for applied learning and enhance faculty scholarship. Working closely with faculty on scholarly projects, students gain readiness for a professional career or advanced graduate study. Click here to learn more about CEEP.

The 2020-2021 CEEP students and mentors worked closely at the start of the semester to put together their proposals. Projects were then evaluated and approved by an interdisciplinary faculty review panel. All of the students and their mentors should be very proud of the accomplishment of being recognized as a CEEP awardee. Congratulations!

As with so much these days, CEEP 2020-2021 will not go unaffected by the ongoing pandemic crisis. In the days and weeks to come, the Office of Academic Affairs will work closely with individual mentors to identify ways to support CEEP students while realizing the extra public health and fiscal responsibility we must take in these unprecedented times.

While disruption to many CEEP projects may be substantial, students will still include this award on their resumes and curriculum vitae in recognition of the excellence of their proposed project, regardless of whether the project is completed. This recognition will remain an important part of their professional experience and Canisius history.

We extend our sincere appreciation to the CEEP awardees and their mentors as well as to the CEEP advisory committee. We wish to extend a special thank you to the CEEP review team who worked diligently to approve these projects through the growing disruptions of COVID-19:

Jenn Lodi-Smith, PhD, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

Emily McGorry, executive assistant, Academic Affairs

Sara R. Morris, PhD, vice president, Academic Affairs

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