Writer, director, Buffalo native and Canisius alumus Tarabu Betserai Kirkland will present his award winning documentary film “100 Years From Mississippi“ in a special showing today, February 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the Regis Room of the Richard E. Winter Student Center.
The documentary shares the story of Tarabu’s mother, Mamie Lang Kirkland, who fled Ellisville, Mississippi in 1915 to escape an approaching lynch mob, moved to Buffalo and lived to be the city’s oldest citizen at 111. Mamie vowed she would never return to Mississippi, however 100 years after she fled, she was convinced to return to Ellisville to confront her childhood trauma and begin to heal.
“100 Years From Mississippi” is directed and produced by Tarabu Betsarai Kirkland and producer Gina Rugolo Judd. Executive producer and well-known TV and film actor Barry Shabaka Henley adds powerful poetic voice over narration along with masterful editing by Cassandra Chowdhury and an emotionally powerful score by Derek Nakamoto with songs by the incomparable Keb’Mo’.
This event is sponsored by the ALANA Student Center, the Afro American Society and the Diversity Committee of the Undergraduate Student Association. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bennie Williams at email@example.com.
Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, Assistant Dean of Students, ALANA Student Center
Canisius College will welcome renowned molecular biologist, author and Catholic priest Rev. Nicanor Austriaco Jr., OP, to campus on Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m., in the Grupp Fireside Lounge of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. Father Austriaco’s lecture, “Defending a Historical Adam after Darwin,” is made possible by the Joseph J. Naples Conversations in Christ and Culture Lecture and Performance Series. It is free and open to the public.
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Submitted by: Philip Reed, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Join with the Canisius hockey team this Friday, February 3, for a post game skate on the LECOM Harborcenter ice after the Golden Griffins play host to long-time rival RIT.
Game time on Friday night is set for 7 p.m., and immediately following the game’s conclusion, fans will be invited to join the team on the ice. Skate rental through the LECOM Harborcenter is free of charge, but fans are also welcome to bring their own skates, if they prefer.
For tickets, or more information, contact the Canisius ticket office at (716) 888-TIXX, or purchase online by CLICKING HERE.
Submitted by: Matt Reitnour, Associate Athletic Director for Communications, Athletics
The Division of Academic Affairs in conjunction with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has partnered with Native American Community Services to offer a training series addressing Native American culture, historical trauma, trauma-informed care and its relevance to institutions of higher education.
The session, entitled “Working with All Our Relations – A Journey Toward Exploration & Understanding Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion from an Indigenous Cultural Perspective,” will take place on Thursday, February 16, from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m . in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. The session will be facilitated by Pete Hill, special initiatives director for the Native American Community Services.
Please consider attending with members of your office and/or departments. These sessions will be offered in person and in a virtual format through Zoom.
Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, Associate Dean, Office of Diversity & Inclusion