Thursday, Sept. 21 – 7 pm – ANCIENT WARS/MODERN VETS – Prof. Peter Meineck (at 215 Niagara St. site)

Peter Meineck

Peter Meineck, Ph.D.

Peter Meineck, Ph.D., will point out connections between ancient warriors and modern-day veterans in his presentation “Ancient Wars/Modern Vets,” Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at the History Center’s 215 Niagara St. site. Meineck, a professor and theater founder, will offer short readings from contemporary translations of ancient texts. He will elucidate the experiences and thoughts shared by these soldiers across the centuries.

During his 90-minute illustrated presentation, Meineck will ask participants to relate their own stories to this ancient material. He’ll encourage them to explore together themes such as coming home, democracy and war, women at war, the ethics of war, and the relationships between veterans and civilians.

This free presentation is made possible by a grant from the Humanities New York Public Scholar program.

Meineck is a Professor of Classics in the Modern World at New York University. He holds a B.A. from University College London and a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham.He founded the Aquila Theatre in 1991, serving as its artistic director until 2011. He now serves on its Board.

Meineck has also held appointments at Princeton University and the University of Southern California, and is Honorary Professor of Classics at the University of Nottingham. He was honored with the 2009 NYU Golden Dozen Teaching Award and a 2010 National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman’s Special Award.

Humanities New York (HNY) provides leadership and support across the state through grants, programs, networking and advocacy, encouraging critical thinking and cultural understanding in the public arena.

The History Center receives grant assistance from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

Please call the History Center at (716) 434-7433 for details.


Wednesday, Oct.18 – 2 pm – LOCKPORT’S RELIGIOUS FOUNDATIONS – Kathleen Riley, Ph.D. (at Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St.)

Kathleen Riley, Ph.D.

Kathleen Riley, Ph.D.

“ Lockport’s Religious Foundations” is the topic of professor and author Kathleen L. Riley, Ph.D., speaking at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. Riley will discuss the religious foundation of Lockport in light of the many expressions and experiences along the Canal’s path, often referred to as the “Burned-Over District” for its religious zeal.

Her presentation will detail the importance of belief and faith to those who planned and built the Canal, made their livelihood from it and near it, and experienced the changes it wrought in their personal lives and communities. Riley will tell of the roles played by the Quakers, Presbyterians and Catholics throughout the early days of the Canal’s construction and growth of Lockport. She will speak of how religion and religious values made Lockport and the Canal what it is today and how they shaped a national consciousness.

Riley is a professor of History and head of the History Department at Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH. A Lockport native, she is a graduate of Nazareth College in Rochester. She holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Notre Dame.

Riley is a past adjunct professor at Canisius College in Buffalo and taught history at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart. She is the author of the books “Lockport: Historic Jewel on the Erie Canal” and “Fulton J. Sheen: An American Catholic Response to the Twentieth Century.“

Riley appears through the program Reflections on Erie’s Waters,” a series of artist-led workshops and statewide lectures whose goal is to examine the Canal’s history and impact through different perspectives. “Reflections” is a collaborative effort of the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse and the Canal Society of New York State.

Reflections on Erie’s Waters” is supported by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

Admission to the program is free. Please call the History Center at (716) 434-7433 for information.






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