College of Arts and Sciences


  • Gaffney Chair Presentation Focuses on Coast Salish Identity and Christianity

    September 30, 2011

    Anthropology Professor Ted Fortier, Rev. Louis Gaffney, S.J., Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences, presents “Coast Salish Identity: The Importance of Understanding and Authentically Living Both the Uniqueness and the Complementarity of the Coast Salish Lifeway and the Lifeway of Jesus,” a panel discussion, on October 19.  

    The presentation by John La Pointe honors the 170-year effort of Salish Peoples to protect, affirm, and continue their ancient manners of understanding the Most Sacred. La Pointe is a member of the Swinomish Tribe and a doctoral student in religion.  

    La Pointe is joined by Rev. Pat Twohy, S.J. (above). Twohy has lived and worked among the Salish people for more than 40 years. 

    “We acknowledge the effort of the Coast Salish to understand and integrate the Presence and teachings of Jesus in a manner that is truly life-giving and deeply respectful of their unique and ancient Way of being in the world,” Twohy said.

    The presentation, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 6 p.m. on Oct. 19 in Student Center Room 160.

    The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees.


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