January 31, 2016


BUFFALO, NY – Canisius College will host writer and former New York State Assemblyman Nelson Denis on Tuesday, February 23 at 7 p.m. in Old Main Room 314, the Language Resource Center.   Denis will read from his latest book, War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony. A question and answer session will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Denis, a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, is a former New York State Assemblyman (1997-2001). He has written for The New York Times, Orlando Sentinel and Harvard Political Review. Denis’ most recent book tells the story of the violence that swept through Puerto Rico in 1950 as a result of an armed insurrection against the United States after 50 years of colonial rule. It is an unflinching account of the gunfights, prison riots, political intrigue, FBI and CIA covert activity, and mass hysteria that accompanied this tumultuous period in Puerto Rican history.

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, Sigma Delta Pi (the Spanish Honor Society), the Latin American Studies Program and The William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership.

For more information, contact Richard Reitsma, PhD, associate professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, at (716) 888-2408 or

Canisius is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.