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Faculty Exchange Lectures in Poland

 

June 2: Eat, Migrate, Love: Gastronomic and Sexual Desire as Identity

Richard Reitsma, PhD, is currently on a faculty exchange program at the University of Warsaw in the American Studies Center, organized with Margaret Stefanski, PhD, the Permanent Chair in Polish Culture at Canisius, Daemen University and the Kosciuszko Foundation.

Reitsma is teaching a course on LatinX in the U.S. in literature and film.  He has welcomed virtual guests including scholars such as Dr. Deborah Kanter, Dr. Octavio Gonzáez and Dr. Paola Fajardo Heyward; authors Emanuel Xavier, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Michael Nava, Jaime Manrique and Homeboy Industries Reformed Gang Member Gabriel López.

Reitsma has also been invited to give a series of lectures on immigration, LatinX, and LGBTQIA+ issues. He has already presented a keynote talk for the center’s conference on Gender & Sexuality in American Studies (May 23, 2002).  His paper was “Queer Identity & Queer Spaces in Cuba, Mexico, and the U.S.”

On June 2, Reitsma presented the last lecture in the American Studies Center colloquium series.  His talk is available on the University of Warsaw’s YouTube Channel.  Later in June, Reitsma will present a talk on U.S. Immigration issues in Krakow and another in Przemysl.  He also plans to visit Ukrainian Refugee centers in Poland, as part of his ongoing research on issues of immigration.

Submitted by: Richard D. Reitsma, PhD, chair, associate professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Award-Winning Author Visits Magic Realism Class

On Wednesday evening, May 4, award-winning author and television producer Sheri Holman visited HON 378: Magic Realism on Zoom with Richard Reitsma, PhD, associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures.  Holman joined remotely from Brooklyn, NY, while Reitsma managed the class from Warsaw, Poland.

The class discussed her last novel Witches on the Road Tonight and talked about writing novels versus writing for TV, dealing with trauma and finding inspiration.  The class recording is available but please contact Dr. Reitsma at reitsmar@canisius.edu if you are interested in the YouTube link.

For more on Sheri Holman’s career as a writer and as a TV producer click here.

Submitted by: Dr. Richard D. Reitsma, chair, associate professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Trailblazing Author Discusses Detective Fiction

Michael Nava, author of the Henry Rios detective fiction series, visited Dr. Richard Reitsma’s SPA 436: Novela Negra class to discuss his novel Lay Your Sleeping Head, and his life as a lawyer and a writer.  Michael Nava’s importance to the detective fiction genre cannot be overstated: he created Henry Rios, the first Mexican American gay detective in fiction.

In addition to the eight book series of Henry Rios, Nava is also the author of a historical novel The City of Palaces, he is currently working on the sequel.

The conversation with Michael Nava (which was conducted in English), is available on our YouTube channel.

Submitted by: Dr. Richard D. Reitsma, chair, associate professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Diaspora on the Front Lines Final BMI AAPI Event

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Please join us for our final Borders & Migrations event on Thursday April 21 at 6.30 p.m. in Science Hall focusing on AAPI: Diaspora on the Front Lines.

You’ve seen the cubes in the library and Science Hall come find out what it’s all about!

Submitted by: Dr. Richard D. Reitsma, chair, associate professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Diaspora on the Front Lines

The Borders & Migrations Initiative presents “Diaspora on the Front Lines: Filipino Health Care Workers and Covid,” an art installation on display through April 28 in the Science Hall Atrium and the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library.  The exhibit, by artist Rosem Morton, was originally commissioned and produced by the Friends of The Philippines Society USA Inc. and Photoville, for the Photoville Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC.

The campus community will have an opportunity to hear from the artist on Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Science Hall Commons. 

Rosem Morton is an internationally recognized documentary photographer and nurse based in Baltimore, MD. She is a National Geographic Explorer, an International Women’s Media Foundation Fellow and a We, Women Photo Artist whose work focuses on the intersection of gender, health, culture and resilience.

Rosem’s work appears in The New York Times, National Geographic, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR and CNN, among others. She will discuss her career, as well as the specific themes and processes involved in her Diaspora on the Front Lines installation. 

Interested parties may attend Morton’s talk in-person or over Zoom by typing the following link into their browser or clicking the blue text: c.anisi.us/RosemMorton

* Event and art installation part of the Diana and Simon L. Nobleza AAPI Event Series of Borders & Migrations with special thanks for Gloria Wise, in honor of her parents.

For further communication about events or with questions, please Email Dr. Reitsma, at reitsmar@canisius.edu

Submitted by: Dr. Richard D. Reitsma, Chair, Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, & Cultures