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Archives Speaker Series

Canisius College Archives Speaker Series launched in Fall 2007 as a celebration of American Archives Month-- an opportunity to raise awareness about the value of archives –- and archivists -- and encourage researchers at any level to explore and share the rich discoveries found in archival collections.

Our inaugural speaker Dr. I. Joan Lorch, professor emerita and first woman to chair the Biology department at Canisius, spoke about historical documents used to research her coming of age in Germany memoir just as WWII erupted. The success of that lecture led Archives to schedule a speaker each semester.

The program consists of a presentation by an invited speaker whose archival research results in an expression of scholarship. Speakers are chosen from many disciplines and are not limited to scholars with ties to Canisius. From time-to-time an accompanying display or exhibit accompanies the program. The Archives welcome suggestions for speakers. These free lectures,open to the public, are held in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library.

Upcoming Events


Past Events

February, 28, 2022 - Raykesh Satyal, Borders and Migration Initiative Focus on AAPI Experiences - Poster (PDF)

October 6, 2021 - Monserrat Canela Garayoa, Memories of Flight : Archiving Refugee Histories - Poster (PDF)

Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 – Events cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic.

February 28, 2020 - Elizabeth Leader, Discarded Ancestors : At the Intersection of Art & Ancestry - Poster (PDF)

September 12, 2019 - Stephen J. Vermette, Ph.D., Alexander von Humboldt at 250 & Canisius College at 150: Impact, Influence and Longevity in the City by the Lake - Poster (PDF)

April 12, 2018 - Reflections: 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Poster (PDF)

November 7, 2017 - Catherine Pelonero, Absurd Madness: A Story of a Serial Killer, Race, and a City Divided - Poster (PDF)

March 23, 2017 - Joseph P. Hassett, Ph.D. and Hon. Matthew J. Murphy, III, State and Federal Obscenity Trials of James Joyce's Ulysses - Poster (PDF)

October 26, 2016 - Dr. Bruce Dierenfield & Dr. David Gerber: Catholic and Profoundly Deaf: Jim Zobrest, Disability, and the Delicate Balance between Church & State - Poster (PDF)

March 15, 2016 - Bridgette K. Slavin, Ph.D., Let Her Be Hanged: Women, Crime and Punishment in Anglo-Norman Ireland - Poster (PDF)

October 21, 2015 - Gladys McCormick, Ph.D., The Politics of Memory in the Archives: Using Oral Histories and Intelligence Reports to Decode State Terrorism in Latin America - Poster (PDF)

March 25, 2015 - Eileen M. Angelini, Ph.D., Réveíl: Ku Klux Klan Attacks on New England’s Franco-Americans - Poster (PDF)

October 7, 2014 - Joseph M. Hassett, Ph.D. Class of ’64, The Irish Literary Revival & The City of Light: W.B. Yeats & Florence Farr Visits to Buffalo, New York 1907 to 1914 - Poster (PDF)

April 2, 2014 - Dean Pavlakis, Ph.D. Connecting Through the Congo: Meeting the Past & Present through the Archival Collections of the Congo Reform Association - Poster (PDF)

September 26, 2013 - Paul Lubienecki, Ph.D. Buffalo’s Catholic Labor Schools: Uncovering Resources That Shaped a Business Model - Poster (PDF)

March 5, 2013 - Christine Anne George, J.D., MSIS. The Past That Has Yet to Pass: Archives and The Boston College Belfast Project - Poster (PDF)

November 7, 2012 Chana Revell Kotzin, Ph.D. Preserving 170 Years of Jewish Memories in BuffaloPoster (PDF)

April 26, 2012 - Howard Stanger, Ph.D. Documenting Marketing History: Researching Buffalo’s Larkin CompanyPoster (PDF)

September 29, 2011 - Jonathan Di Cicco, Ph.D. Rumors of War, Redacted?: Fear, Secrets & Nuclear Crisis During the Regan Administration - Poster (PDF)

April 7, 2011 - Constance B. Eve. From Blue Tent to Dignity Circle: The Legacy Finds an Archival HomePoster (PDF)

October 1, 2010 - Nancy J. Rosenbloom. Finding Sonya Levien: My Search Through the ArchivesPoster (PDF)

March 4, 2010 - Eric Jackson-Forsberg. Frank Lloyd Wright Art Glass of the Martin House ComplexPoster (PDF)

September 23, 2009 - Daniel P. Starr, Ph.D. The Golden Age of Buffalo Sports, 1945-1950

February 12, 2009 - Mark Castner. Earthquakes, Jesuits and Seismograph Stations:100 Years of ShakingPoster (PDF)

September 12, 2008 - Robert J. Butler, Ph.D. The Richard Wright EncyclopediaPoster (PDF)

January 25, 2008 - Joseph Bieron, Ph.D. Postcard Views : A Walk Down Main Street, Buffalo, NY circa 1910Poster (PDF)

October 5, 2007 - I.Joan Lorch, Ph. D. Chance or Choice: My First Thirty YearsPoster (PDF)