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“A Call to Conversion: Eliminating Anti-Black Racism as a Jesuit Catholic University”

MaryJ. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, PhD, vice provost and chief diversity officer at the University of San Francisco (USF) will present a webinar on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Register here for the talk titled, A Call to Conversion: Eliminating anti-Black racism as a Jesuit Catholic University.

Please note that the date of this webinar has changed from February 24.  The registration link remains the same.

Click here for more information.

Submitted by: College Communications

Professor Emeritus Publishes “My I’s: Isms, Ignorance, Interrelationships and Insights”

Charles Schmidtke, PhD, professor emeritus, recently published a book, titled My I’s: Isms, Ignorance, Interrelationships and Insights

The phrase “An unexamined life is not worth living” is a truism that became a guide for Schmidtke’s journey of self-reflection. His book is a unique mashup of memoir combined with philosophical reflections on life, cast within the topics of race, religion, gender, generations, and grief.  

In an exploration that spans decades, he tells of encounters with Jim Crow, journeys through religious transformation, shifts from a male dominant lifestyle to a more balanced view of gender roles, wanders through generations, confronts profound tragedies, deaths, and grief, and encounters those who have blessed his life in ordinary as well as extraordinary ways.  He looks specifically at the isms he himself has confronted, along with the all-around ignorance that has pervaded these experiences.

This highly personal narrative reflects how his attitude, language, and behavior have changed and become more inclusive, tolerant, and accepting.  His stories range from light-hearted to serious and from amusing to introspective. 

Congratulations on the publication!

Submitted by: College Communications

Between the World and Me

The ALANA Student Center will be hosting a viewing of the film “Between The World and Me” on Wednesday, February 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

The film is based on the book by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Ten copies of the book will be given to the first 10 people who attend the event. We will also have other prizes and giveaways.

Individuals can register to attend the event here.

If you have questions or concern, feel free to contact

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, ALANA Student Center

Voices of the Border

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Please join Borders & Migrations and Kino Border Initiative for a presentation of Voices of the Border, a book launch and conversation with Maria Engracia Robles Robles, M.E. and Tobin Hansen, PhD.

To attend this free live-streamed event on Wednesday, February 24 at 4:00 p.m., visit theBorder.

Click here for more information.

Submitted by: Amy Beiter, administrative associate, College of Arts & Sciences

ALANA Achievement Award

Canisius College would like to acknowledge the accomplishments of an African American, Latin American, Asian American or Native American (ALANA) senior who exemplifies the Jesuit value of magis through academic excellence, exceptional leadership, character, dedication and service to Canisius and the community-at-large.

Please take a moment to nominate a deserving graduating senior for this award. Students are permitted to nominate themselves, using this form. Identify and explain the reasons which make this student deserving of the award and include specific examples.

Nominations can be made online or paper nomination forms can be picked up in the ALANA Student Center located in the lower level of Frisch Hall, Room 008.

Please submit nomination(s) by Friday, March 19, 2021. If you have any questions or concerns, please Email

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, ALANA Student Center