William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership

Former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm speaks at Montante Cultural Center as part of the Fitzpatrick Lecture Series.

The William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership at Canisius University remains true to William Fitzpatrick's guiding belief that political leaders can be trained for the profession of politics. The highly acclaimed Fitzpatrick Lecture Series continues within the context of an academic institute at Canisius that sponsors additional academic initiatives to enrich the learning environment and opportunities for its students.

Besides the lecture series, The Fitzpatrick Institute sponsors and facilitates other public affairs and leadership programming, such as more focused lectures, workshops and symposia, with the intention of bringing Canisius students into close contact with ideas and people who are contributing to American political life.

The Fitzpatrick Institute encourages Canisius students to develop leadership potential through close contact with, and exposure to, those involved in societal leadership with travel experiences to Washington DC, Albany, New York City, and to locations abroad. Internship experiences and educational opportunities, on-campus and off, both in Western New York and elsewhere, are encouraged and supported, as is volunteerism with political campaigns, political parties, and interest groups.

All lectures are free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Upcoming Speakers

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Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, S.T.D.

Part of Buffalo’s “5/14 Remembrance Weekend: Reflection, Healing & Hope”

When: Saturday May 13, 7 pm
Where: Montante Cultural Center 
Renowned as the world’s leading Catholic social ethicist, Father Massingale is the James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics at Fordham University and Senior Fellow at the institution’s Center for Ethics Education. 

The event is presented as part of the city’s “May 14 Remembrance Weekend: Reflection, Healing & Hope,” formed by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to honor and memorialize the lives lost, and support and pray for all those impacted by the racially-motivated shooting at the Tops Friendly Markets store on the East Side of Buffalo.  

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