Conversations in Christ


The Afro-Semitic Experience The Afro-Semitic Experience Canisius

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Montante Cultural Center

7:30 PM

The Afro-Semitic Experience is a band of African-American and Jewish-American musicians who are dedicated to preserving, promoting and expanding the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Jewish and African Diasporas. Their music has been heard around the United States—the group has performed at festivals, in churches, synagogues, colleges, and wherever people come together to share their love and respect for community. Their performances are celebrations of community and culture that invariably get audiences up and dancing. This is a band beyond category—their music is an intricate tapestry of spiritual, world-beat, funk, jazz, cantorial, gospel, salsa, swing . . . soul-driven music. Their concerts are celebrations where they play great music, tell stories, and offer a positive and meaningful message: Unity in the Community.
Co-Sponsors of this event include Temple Beth Zion and ArtsCanisius.

The Afro-Semitic Experience will also perform at Temple Beth Zion, 804 Delaware Ave., on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 7:00pm. Free and open to the public. 


Christian Smith Lecture christian smith lecture canisius

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center
Grupp Fireside Lounge
7:30 PM

Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Director of the Global Religion Research Initiative at the University of Notre Dame. Smith is well known for his research focused on religion, adolescents and emerging adults, and social theory. Smith's books, Soul Searching, Souls in Transition, Youth Catholic America, and Lost in Transition, emphasize the interplay of broad cultural influences, family socialization, and religious motivations in forming the spiritual and life experiences and outcomes of American youth. Smith is a leading American theorist of the philosophy of critical realism and the social theory of personalism, which he addresses in such books as What is a Person?, Moral, Believing Animals, The Sacred Project of American Sociology, and To Flourish or Destruct. He has also written on secularism, atheism, and evangelicalism. 

Conversations in Christ & Culture: Past Speakers
  • Elizabeth Bruenig, opinion columnist at The Washington Post
  • James K.A. Smith, professor of philosophy and author
  • Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, writer and editor. 
  • David Bentley Hart, University of Cambridge
  • John F. Haught, PhD, Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center
  • Peter C. Phan, PhD, Georgetown University
  • T. Frank Kennedy, SJ, Canisius Professor at Boston College
  • Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist and networker among innovative Christian leaders.
  • Fr. Dean Brackley, S.J., University of Central America in El Salvador
  • Lisa Sowle Cahill, Boston College
  • Rev. Francis Clooney, S.J, Harvard University
  • Dr. James Cone, Union Theological Seminary, NYC
  • Dr. Martin Cook, Air Force Academy, Boulder, CO
  • Dr. John Dominic Crossan, Depal University
  • Dr. Lawrence Cunningham, Notre Dame University
  • Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Fordham University
  • Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, Kolel Center in Toronto
  • Joseph Grieboski, Institute on Religion and Public Policy
  • Dolores C. Huerta, Co-founder and Vice President Emeritus
  • Elizabeth Johnson, Fordham University
  • Gustav Niebuhr, Syracuse University
  • Rabbi David Novak, University of Toronto
  • Rev. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., Ignatius Productions
  • Rev. John Pawlikowski, University of Chicago
  • David Robinson, National Director Pax Christi
  • Dr. Ronald Sider, Palmer Theological Seminary
  • Linda E. Thomas, Lutheran School of Theology
  • George Weigel, Ethics and Policy Center Washington D.C.
  • Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University