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David Devereux, PhD, professor of history, led a conversation on China and the Silk Roads in the first Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies (ICMS) Lifelong Learners course of the semester. This six-week course is held on Wednesday afternoons and is in its second week. The topic was Confucius and philosophy. The Lifelong Learners will begin a new course on Wednesday, October 9 on the topic of Vikings.

There is still time to sign up. Visit the ICMS website for registration and information.

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, staff, Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies


The faculty and staff turnout was strong at the Progress Report and Advisement Workshop. Thanks to all who participated!

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor, Psychology; interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

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Faculty and staff gathered with their families on Friday evening, September 13 in the Christ the King Chapel undercroft for a potluck dinner and some impromptu yoga before heading to Old Main to watch InsideOut. Look out for more family-friendly events like this one in the future!

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor, Psychology; interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs

Trivia Wednesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Wednesdays” which will be published throughout the school year in every Wednesday edition. The first person to respond to pubrel@canisius.edu with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.” Additionally, once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly-designed Canisius Sesquicentennial gear.

Winners will be announced the following Wednesday each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s special giveaway question is:

Where was Canisius located immediately prior its move to Main Street in 1912?

Answer: _________________

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Congratulations to Sarah Signorino, director of mission and identity, who was last week’s Trivia Wednesday winner! See below for last week’s question and answer.

Canisius diplomas were written in Latin for the last time in what year? 1954

Submitted by: College Communications

Soccer Doubleheader

The Canisius men’s and women’s soccer teams will host the second doubleheader of the fall this weekend at the Demske Sports Complex.

The women kick off at 1:00 p.m. against Quinnipiac University in the conference opener. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

The men battle Cornell University at 4:00 p.m. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

There is no admission charge for either game. For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com. Both games will be televised live on ESPN+.

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Philosophy Speaker Series: Steven Petersen, PhD

Steve Petersen, PhD, associate professor of philosophy at Niagara University, will present a talk entitled “Machines Learning Values” on Thursday, September 26 at 4:00 p.m. in Old Main 403.

If human beings create superintelligence (an artificial intelligence with a god-like ability to achieve its goals), what guarantee do we have that it will be friendly? Can we design it to learn values like ours? Are our values too complex to program or hardwire explicitly?

The event is free and open to faculty and students and is sponsored by the departments of Philosophy and Computer Science. For more information, contact Philip Reed, PhD, professor of phiolosophy, at reedp@canisius.edu.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Philip Reed, PhD, professor, Philosophy

Physics/Pre-Engineering Seminar

This week’s physics/pre-engineering seminar will be on the topic of Electroskip™, a platform for art and innovation created by Jon Mrowczynski ’16.

An interdisciplinary art research project turned medical technology company, Electroskip combines digital media arts, computer science and engineering into a versatile technology. This patented, wearable, wireless, real-time auditory biofeedback system has been used by physical therapists, medical researchers, dancers and DJs to analyze human movement and to convert those movements into music.

The seminar will be held on Friday, September 20 in Science Hall 1028 from 2:10 – 3:10 p.m. All are welcome.

Submitted by: Michael Wood, PhD, chair, Physics

Watch This Month’s Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the September episode of “Kaleidoscope” premiered earlier this month on WGRZ-TV 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of our region and is produced in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities. “Kaleidoscope” will rebroadcast each Friday at 6:30 p.m. on Spectrum Cable 20 and each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on Charter 6 in Olean, NY.

Many refugees and parolees are traumatized emotionally, spiritually and physically due to their experiences of war, civil conflict, genocide, violence, rape and death. The Buffalo community has received thousands of refugees in recent years, many of whom have experienced trauma. The RiverRock Church is beginning a project through the Trauma Healing Institute of the American Bible Society to help address the wounds of trauma. In the first segment, Dr. Stan Bratton talks with Rev. Dr. Bob Tice and Laurie Tice about the Faith-based trauma healing groups and training project.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the most important of all Jewish Holidays. They are observed in the fall season of the western calendar and the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. In the second segment, Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein, Congregation Shir Shalom, talks with his son Boaz and daughter Jarah about the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and other Jewish Holy Days.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ‘86, MS ‘02.

Submitted by: Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor, Communication Studies; co-director, Video Institute