College of Arts and Sciences


  • Sacred Encounter: Jesuits and Indians in the Pacific NW

    October 15, 2010

    Columbia Plateau Indians and Jesuits forged a strong relationship when Jesuits were invited to Indian territories in the 19th century.  Michael Holloman, Ph.D., (Coeur d’Alene-Spokane Tribes) Director of the Center for Plateau Studies at Washington State University, Tom Connolly, S.J. who has worked with the People of the Plateau for over 40 years, and Jeanne Givens, Coeur d’Alene Tribal Member and Vice Chair of the Institute of American Indian Arts, join with Professor Ted Fortier , Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work , in a panel  and multi- media presentation on historical significance and present-day issues of being Indian and Catholic.  “The Sacred Encounter” takes place at 7:00 p.m. on November 2 in Pigott Auditorium on the Seattle University  campus.

    This special event , the first in a two-year series of Gaffney lectures addressing Jesuit and Indian interactions, is made possible through funding for the Gaffney Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences. The purpose of the Gaffney Chair endowment is to promote issues related to the Jesuit mission and identity. Professor Fortier is the current Gaffney Chair. 



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