We like to think of ourselves as world leaders in the political,
diplomatic, and economic senses, but in truth, we are simply a
part of a larger whole in an international culture. Americans
need to know the world a little better, without losing their connections
to home. Engaging Worlds, the Academic Salons theme for
the next three years, seeks to answer questions such as, What
does it mean to live in the world in the broadest senses—physically,
geographically, intellectually, culturally, linguistically, and
politically? How do we educate students to be responsible worldly
people whose work is expansive in outlook, tolerant, and open-minded
while at the same time intellectually engaged and socially aware?
This year, Academic Salons events will engage the global, international
worlds, the physical and natural worlds in order to better understand
how our interaction across borders of space, race, and language
affects law, politics, and religion.
We will engage the rich voices and cultures of Seattle and the
Puget Sound area—Native American, Asian, European, South
and Central American, African American—and the world beyond
the Pacific Northwest in a conversation with faculty, staff, and
students from International Studies, Asian Studies, Global African
Studies, Latin American Studies, International Business, Xavier
House, the International Student Center, Study Abroad programs,
student clubs and organizations.
Students discuss this year's academic theme with their own set
of innovative programming. Join us!
The Salons are proud to be in their fourth year at SU, a continuing
tradition offering a year-long discussion on a focused theme.