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 College 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.

2022 Speakers 

Keisha N. Blain, PhD
  • Associate Professor of History
  • University of Pittsburgh
“Fannie Lou Hamer and the Power of the Vote”
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
7:00pm | Montante Cultural Center


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