College of Arts and Sciences

Alumni Seminar Series

  • The Alumni Seminars Series take place each quarter and are open to Seattle University alumni and other college graduates in the Seattle area who seek a high-quality learning experience, stimulating discussions of life’s deeper questions, and the companionship of other active minds.

    The Alumni Seminars Series is organized by the College of Arts and Sciences of Seattle University under the guidance of Professor David Leigh, S.J.

    Alumni Seminar Series 2014 - 15

    Fall Series, October - December, 2014: Pope Francis and the Future of the Church

    Alumni Sem Presenters Sept 2014

    SU faculty presenters: Patrick Howell, S.J., Catherine Punsalan, Fr. Michael Raschko, David Leigh, S.J., and others.

    Pope Francis is the first pope from the Americas and the Jesuit order. This seminar series introduces his life, teachings, spirituality, and hopes for the Church and the world. 

    Join us as we read and discuss his biography, writings, interviews, and recent letters to the world and the Church.  We will also focus on the first Synod of Bishops that will meet with Pope Francis this fall.  

    Tuesday evenings,6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

    October 7, 21; November 4, 18; December 2,9 

    The cost of the six-session seminar, which includes all materials, parking, and refreshments is $210.

    Participants may sign up by email at Please include your mailing address, phone number, and whether or not you will require on-campus parking for the seminar.


     Coming Winter 2015

    How Can We Overcome the Growing Gap Between the Rich and the Poor?  The Ongoing Debate Between  Thomas Piketty and His Critics  for A More Equitable Economy

    Tuesday evenings: January - March 2015.

    Coming Spring 2015

    Contemporary Trends in the Fine Arts:  Creative Ideas from the Two New ‘Arts’ Departments at Seattle University.Tuesday evenings: April - June 2015.

    Debate the issues.
    Discover meaning.
    Discuss new ideas.