January 12, 2011
President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., will install Associate Professor Ted Fortier
as the Reverend Louis Gaffney Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences on
February 10. At the ceremony, Fortier
will present “Converting
the Black Robes: Native American Contributions to the Jesuits.”
The Gaffney Chair is
awarded every two years to a distinguished member of the Arts and Sciences
faculty who is dedicated to promoting issues germane to the Jesuit mission and
identity. Fortier was awarded
the chair for his work cultural identities of indigenous people throughout the
world. He is a member of the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work.
spiritual elements, cultural adaptation, and historic events, Fortier has
conducted field research that addressed cultural memory, resistance,
environmental justice, faith, and identity. His anthropological studies have involved work
with tribes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska; Mayans in Chiapas,
Mexico; and peoples of the First Nations in Canada.
In addition to his
numerous awards and grants for his research and scholarship, students selected Fortier
for the Outstanding Faculty Member award in 1999. He currently teaches courses
anthropology, Indians of the Pacific Northwest, psychological anthropology,
shamanism, anthropological theory, linguistics, religions of the oppressed, and
experiences of the sacred across cultures. He recently published “Cultural Memory:
Religion, Resistance and Identity,” (co-authored with Professor Jeanette
his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Washington State University, Th.M. and M.Div.
from the Jesuit School of Theology, M.A. from Gonzaga University, and B.A. from
Simon Fraser University. He joined the
College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 1997. In addition to teaching in the
Department of Anthropology, Social Work and Sociology, he has served as an
Adjunct Professor in the School of Theology and Ministry.
ceremony takes place at on Thursday, February 10, at 4 p.m. in Campion Ballroom
on the Seattle University campus. A reception immediately follows the ceremony.
Cultural Anthropology is one of 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees offered by the
College of Arts and Sciences.
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