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    Key Note Authors

    (In Alphabetical Order)

    Krista Tippett

    "The Adventure of Civility"

     Krista Tippet Author Photo Krista Tippet Book PhotoDescription of Presentation: Our young century is awash with urgent questions of survival, of meaning, of how we structure our common life and who we are to each other. And yet it seems we are more divided than ever before - unable to listen and speak across the differences we must engage to create the world we want for ourselves and our children. Krista Tippett's public radio show and podcast, On Being, brings a vast range of voices to the animating questions at the center of life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? Her Civil Conversations Project has focused these questions on public life, in practical terms, for communities from the deep south to Harvard Law School. She will speak with us about how we can all begin to create the conversations we want to be hearing, where we live - and how communities of faith bring important wisdom to this 21st Century calling.

    Location: Campion Ballroom   
    Time: 4:15pm-5:15pm

    Biography: A journalist and former diplomat, Krista Tippett has created, hosted, and produced the popular public radio program Speaking of Faith since it began as an occasional feature in 2000, before taking on its current form as a national weekly program in 2003. She came up with the idea for Speaking of Faith while consulting for the internationally renowned Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

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    Paul Vallely

    “Francis—The Pope of Surprises”

    Paul Vallely Author Photo Paul Vallely Book Cover Description of Presentation:Nearly two years into his pontificate Pope Francis is still a Pope of Surprises. Some days he sounds orthodox, other days revolutionary. In this talk Paul Vallely lays bare a pope of paradox – a man who is a radical but not a liberal, an enabler with an authoritarian streak, a self-confident man in constant need of forgiveness, a pastor who combines religious humility and political guile. Drawing on his internationally best-selling biography – which is critical without being hostile, admiring without being hagiographical – Paul Vallely uncovers the hidden past of Jorge Mario Bergoglio and explains what it tells us about the kind of pope Francis has become.

    Location: Campion Ballroom  
    Time: 10:45am-11:45am

    Biography:Paul Vallely wrote the first journalistic biography of Pope Francis, going to Argentina shortly after Jorge Bergoglio was elevated to the top position in the Catholic Church and researching the complex life of a man who has captured the attention of the world with his openness to discussion, profoundly symbolic acts of compassion, and bold comments supporting peace and justice.  Vallely interviewed people who had known Bergoglio most of his life and especially those who were impacted by his leadership as the top Jesuit in the country, and later as the Archbishop of the largest city, Buenos Aires.  What emerges from the text of Vallely’s biography is the rich story of a Pope who has undergone major transitions in his life and has learned to connect with people on the deepest level of a shared humanity. 

    Paul Vallely is a writer, broadcaster, lecturer and consultant on media and business ethics. He writes and lectures on ethics, religion and international development. He is Visiting Professor in Public Ethics and Media at the University of Chester and Senior Research Fellow at the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester. He has a regular column in the United Kingdom’s Independent newspaper and writes regularly for other national and international newspapers including the New York Times. He is a director of a popular international journal, The Tablet, and a columnist for the Church Times.  Throughout his distinguished career, Vallely has been a writer or editor on a dozen national newspapers, serving as a specialist in development and a foreign and war correspondent, and has produced award-winning reports from more than 30 countries.  He has been commended as International Reporter of the Year in the British Press Awards, short-listed for the Orwell Prize, and nominated for the UN Media Award.

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    General Session Authors and Presenters

    (In Alphabetical Order)

    Jan Alkire, BS in Physical Medicine

    "Sharing Your Stories, Creating Your Legacy"

    Jan Alkire Headshot Jan Alkire Book CoverDescription of Presentation: Searching for meaning is only part of our challenge. Discoveries need to be passed on to others! Sharing stories---orally, visually, and/or in writing---is a way to create a legacy that future generations will cherish.

    Location: Pigott 105 
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Biography: Jan Alkire is a faculty member with the Archdiocese of Seattle's Catechist Certification Program and a graduate of the "Mastery of the Catechism" Program. She is author of four books, including Healing: Stories of Faith, Hope, and Love (Paulist Press), plus two books coauthored with the late Fr. Leo Thomas, OP. She also has created a spiritual formation program called "Formation for Spiritual Companions." Alkire's work includes healing, healing ministry, and inspiring people to pass on their wisdom and knowledge to others—to tell stories so that their unique legacy (family, spiritual, cultural) will not be lost.

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    Fred Bahnson, MTS

    "Soil and Sacrament: Food, Faith, and Growing Heaven on Earth"
    "Jails, Gardens, & the Hunger in Our Stories: The Making of Two Spiritual Memoirs" (with Chris Hoke)

     Fred Bahnson Author pic Fred Bahnson Book picDescription of Presentation: What does it mean to be truly alive? In his visits to four agrarian faith communities over the course of a year, Bahnson pursues that question. Part memoir, part narrative journalism, part lyrical hymn to the soil that sustains us, Soil and Sacrament chronicles Bahnson’s journey among Trappist monks, Mayan coffee growers, Jewish farmers, and Pentecostal prayer warriors, a story Kirkus Reviews called “A profound, moving treatise on finding God in gardening.”

    Location: Pigott 103 
    Time: 9:00am-10:00am

    Biography: Fred Bahnson is the author of Soil & Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith (Simon & Schuster) and co-author of Making Peace with the Land (IVP). He is director of the Food, Faith, & Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University School of Divinity and holds a Masters in theological studies from Duke Divinity School. After being drawn to the agrarian life while serving as a peaceworker among Mayan coffee farmers in Chiapas, Mexico, he returned to the U.S. and in 2005 co-founded Anathoth Community Garden, a church-supported agriculture ministry in North Carolina.

    In Soil and Sacrament, Bahnson tells the story of his agrarian conversion and his subsequent journey into the world of food and faith. "A profound, moving treatise on finding God in gardening," wrote Kirkus Reviews in its starred review. Beginning with the simple question, 'What does it mean to follow God?' Bahnson immerses himself in the connections between the Jewish and Christian faiths and the burgeoning food movement. He sets off on a journey to across four seasons and five gardens. Along the way he grows mushrooms with Trappist monks, catches a buzz with Pentecostal coffee roasters, and celebrates Sukkot on a Jewish farm. Writes Kirkus: "Bahnson’s lively prose is spiritual without ever being preachy or heavy-handed, and the overall effect is akin to reading a Wendell Berry essay, if Berry also had a sense of humor."

    Bahnson's literary nonfiction has appeared in Oxford American, Image, Orion, The Sun, Washington Post, and Best American Spiritual Writing 2007. Awards include a Pilgrimage Essay Award, a William Raney scholarship in creative nonfiction at Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, a Kellogg Food & Community fellowship, and a North Carolina Artist fellowship in creative nonfiction from the NC Arts Council. He lives with his wife and sons on a small acreage in western North Carolina where they grow an edible forest garden and raise a flock of recalcitrant chickens.

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    Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD

    "Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman"

     Jean Shinoda Bolen Author pic Jean Shinoda Bolen Book CoverDescription of Presentation: Search for Meaning and soul journey are the underlying themes of all of Jean Shinoda Bolen's books. Her themes draw from being a Jungian analyst, psychiatrist, physician, mother, and mystical feminist-activist. She writes about synchronicity (Tao of Psychology) and archetypes (Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman), pilgrimage (Crossing to Avalon), life-threatening illness (Close to the Bone), patriarchy (Ring of Power) and activism (The Millionth Circle, Urgent Message From Mother, Like a Tree). Her latest: book is Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman. www.jeanbolen.com

    Location: Pigott 104 Auditorium 
    Time: 9:00am-10:00am

    Biography: Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, author and speaker. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco. The Millionth Circle Initiative, www.millionthcircle.org, was inspired by her book and led to her advocacy for a UN 5th World Conference on Women. She is the author of several books including Goddesses in Everywoman, Crones Don’t Whine, Urgent Message from Mother, Close to the Bone, Like a Tree, and more.
    Visit her online at www.jeanbolen.com
         
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    Susanne Braham, MA

    "‘Writing Through Grief,’ a discussion with four contributors to the new anthology, The Widows’ Handbook.” (with Kristine Shorey Forbes, Connie Fisher, Donna Hilbert, and Abigail Carter)

     Susan Braham Author PicSusan Braham Book CoverDescription of Presentation:

    Location: Pigott 103 
    Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Biography: Susanne Beth Braham, M.A. has a master’s degree in theatre education and has worked as a children’s librarian and as an editor. Following the sudden death in 2002 of her husband, a 56-year-old professor of medicine, Braham began taking undergraduate creative writing classes to help cope with the onslaught of feelings unleashed by traumatic loss. Braham says that putting her feelings in writing, giving them form, has been a great catharsis.

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    Rebecca Brown

    "MYSTERIOUS: a reading of new fiction and poetry writing"
    photo credit: Andrea Auge  

    Rebecca Brown Author Pic Rebecca Brown Book CoverDescription of Presentation: Rebecca Brown, author of 12 books of fiction and nonfiction and published in the US and abroad, will read recent work.  Brown’s subjects range from being present with the dying (The Gifts of the Body, Harper 1994), to reflections on national character (American Romances, City Lights, 2009), to intersections of indie pop culture and the search for the divine (Experimental Theology, co-edited with Robert Corbett, SRI, 2003). In 2006, Brown curated the DEVOTION exhibit at SU’s Hedreen Gallery.

    Location: Pigott 100 
    Time: 9:00am-10:00am

    Biography: Rebecca Brown is a writer, artist, lecturer, curator, journalist and performer. Author a dozen books published in the US and abroad, including American Romances, The Last Time I Saw You, The Dogs and The Terrible Girls (all with City Lights) and The Gifts of the Body, (HarperCollins). Her work has been translated into Japanese, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Italian, etc. She co-edited, with Robert Corbett, Experimental Theology, (Seattle Research Institute, 2003) an anthology of responses modern views of God and godlessness, and with Mary Jane Knecht of the Frye Art Museum, Looking Together: Writers on Art (University of Washington Press).

    She has been awarded The Boston Book Review Award, The Lamba Literary Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, two Washington State Book Awards, a Stranger Genius Award and grants to MacDowell, Yaddo, the Millay Colony, Hawthornden Castle, The Breneman-Jaech Foundation, etc. Her altered texts and installations have been exhibited in the Frye Art Museum, Hedreen Gallery, Arizona Center for Poetry, Simon Fraser Gallery (Vancouver, BC) and Shoreline Art Gallery. “Monstrous,” her one woman performance/talk, premiered at Northwest Film Forum in December, 2013. Her play The Toaster premiered at On the Boards. Brown wrote the libretto for The Onion Twins, a dance opera, in collaboration with Better Biscuit Dance and Mike Katell, and has collaborated with numerous other dancers, musicians, theater, opera, film and visual artists. For five years she was lecture partner with Perry Lorenzo of the Seattle Opera on the Dangerous Opposite Series and, in 2014, conducted a series of public conversations on photography and language at the Photography Center Northwest. She has conducted onstage conversations with writers and cultural figures such as Paul Auster and Garry Wills at venues ranging from Town Hall to Elliot Bay Books.
    She has read and lectured in Berlin, London, Tokyo, Seattle, Portland, New York and on campuses ranging from Brown University, Wesleyan, U of Texas, U of Alaska, San Francisco U, etc. She is currently working on a book of stories and a book of short parables/monologues and poems.

    She is currently Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington, Bothell, and teaches in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing and Poetics program there. For nearly twenty years she has been a faculty member at the Master of Fine Arts program at Goddard College, Vermont.
    She is a practicing Catholic and member of St Joseph and St James parishes in Seattle.

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    Ruth Broyde Sharone

    "Minefields & Miracles: Why God and Allah Need to Talk"

     Ruth Broyde Sharone Author Pic  Ruth Broyde Sharone Book CoverDescription of Presentation: Prize-winning filmmaker/author/journalist Ruth Broyde Sharone is convinced that the arts are the most effective way to reach hearts and minds, to encourage meaningful interfaith activities and to build peace in the community. She has taken up the challenge to prove her point by composing and writing an interfaith musical.  Entitled "What If When You Awoke . . .?" Ruth is excited to introduce a few of the 16 songs she has already composed. Feedback on the current story line is welcome and invited. Come and have your say!

    Location: Sullivan 109 
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Biography: Honored internationally for her interfaith activism, Ruth Broyde Sharone, author, filmmaker and inspirational public speaker, has served as Co-Chair of the Southern California Parliament of the World's Religions since 2007. Ruth travels frequently to college campuses to present her popular interfaith program and award-winning film God and Allah Need to Talk. Together with an African-American woman, Ruth led multiple interfaith pilgrimages of Christians, Muslims, and Jews, encouraging them to share their faith stories as they journeyed from Cairo to Sinai to Jerusalem--in the spring of 1993, '94, '95, and 2000. In 2013, in recognition of her contributions to bridge-building, Ruth was inducted into the Martin Luther King Advisory Board of Morehouse College.

    Her interfaith memoir, Minefields and Miracles, received 30 plus endorsements from prominent religious leaders, including H.H. the Dalai Lama, and won two top literary prizes. She is also the author of the upcoming series Be Interfaithful & Multiply. A faculty member and advisor for All Paths Divinity School, Broyde Sharone also serves as a correspondent for The Interfaith Observer, an on-line magazine dedicated to interfaith engagement around the world. A strong advocate for using the arts to promote interfaith activism, Ruth is currently composing an interfaith musical entitled, "What If When You Awoke…”

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    Adam Bucko

    "Occupy Spirituality: Radical Aliveness for Changing the World"

    Adam Bucko Author Pic Adam Bucko Book CoverDescription of Presentation: Adam believes that you come alive by acting from your deepest calling, turning inward to God, and turning outward to serve compassion and justice. Adam's radical vision for a new generation integrates spiritual contemplation with going into the streets, wielding a fearless, loving spirit against inequity, violence, and injustice. Join him as he shares his struggles and stories of homeless kids he's worked with, experiences with HAB (his inter-spiritual fellowship for young people), and lessons he's learned from spiritual radicals.

    Location: Sullivan 109 
    Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Biography: Adam is a co-author of Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation. An activist and spiritual director to many of New York’s homeless youth, he is a co-founder of the Reciprocity Foundation, empowering homeless youth to break the cycle of poverty, and HAB, a “new monastic” fellowship focused on training young people in radical spirituality and sacred activism.

    Adam is a recipient of several awards and his work has been featured by ABC News, CBS, NBC, New York Daily News, National Catholic Reporter, Ode Magazine, Yoga International Magazine and Sojourner Magazine.
         
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    Geri Marr Burdman, PhD

    "Search for Significance: Finding Meaning in Times of Change, Challenge, and Chaos"

    Geri Marr Burdman Author Pic Geri Marr Burdman Book Cover Description of Presentation:Geri Marr Burdman met Dr. Viktor Frankl, founder of Logotherapy and author of Man’s Search for Meaning, in the late 1960s shortly after she returned from serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia. Profoundly impacted by Frankl’s unwavering conviction that the motivating force behind all human behavior is a pursuit of meaning, Geri actively promotes the principles of Logotherapy in her teaching, counseling and international health work. This presentation will highlight practical approaches to finding meaning in today's world of uncertainty.

    Location: Pigott 105 
    Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Biography: Geri Marr Burdman, Ph.D., is a health promotion, counseling and gerontology specialist as well as an international health consultant. She offers a unique inter-disciplinary and transcultural perspective on the integration of mind-body-spirit. 
           
    Dr. Marr Burdman's books and educational seminars focus on promoting quality and dignity throughout the lifespan.  She has presented her work in many parts of the world including Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Caribbean, Central America and South America as well as Canada and the U.S.A. Geri was among the first Peace Corps volunteers to serve in Bolivia.
           
    Dr. Marr Burdman has served on the faculties of the University of Oregon, Case Western Reserve University and the University of Washington. She combines her experience and skills to provide informative, spirited, interactive workshops and seminars on a variety of current topics including:

    • New Dimensions of Holistic Healthcare
    • Life Review and Logotherapy
    • Healthful Aging: Issues of Our Times
    • Dealing with Despair
    • Finding Meaning in Times of Change, Challenge, and Chaos
    • Mid-Life is More than Crisis
    • Wellness, Mental Health, and Aging
    • Transcultural Communication in Health and Social Services
    • Caring for the Caregiver: Essential Self Care Practices
    • Reviewing the Stepping Stones of Our Lives
    • Whole Person Eldercare

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    Abigail Carter

    "‘Writing Through Grief,’ a discussion with four contributors to the new anthology, The Widows’ Handbook.” (with Kristine Shorey Forbes, Susanne Braham, Connie Fisher, and Donna Hilbert)

    Abigail Carter Author Pic Abigail Carter Book CoverDescription of Presentation:

    Location: Pigott 103 
    Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Biography: Abigail Carter wrote The Alchemy of Loss: A Young Widow’s Transformation (HCI, 2008) as a form of catharsis after her husband’s death in the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. She self-published a novel, Remember the Moon in 2014. Her work has also appeared in SELF magazine, Reader’s Digest Canada, MSN.com and MORE.com and she maintains blogs at www.abigailcarter.com and www.alchemyofloss.com. Abigail is also the co-Founder of Writer.ly, an online marketplace where writers can find the people they need to publish successfully. She can be found on Facebook and on Twitter (@abigailcarter). Abigail is now working on another memoir, The House and I, a memoir about owning the home of the late “Mrs. Piggle Wiggle” author Betty MacDonald on Vashon Island, WA.

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    Dr. Gregg Caruso

     "Science and Religion: 5 Questions"

    Gregg Caruso Author Pic Gregg Caruso Book Cover Description of Presentation: Are science and religion compatible when it comes to understanding cosmology (the origin of the universe), biology (the origin of life and of the human species), ethics, and the human mind (minds, brains, souls, and free will)? Do science and religion occupy non-overlapping magisteria? How do the various faith traditions view the relationship between science and religion? These and other questions are explored in Science and Religion: 5 Questions—a collection of thirty-three interviews based on 5 questions presented to some of the world's most influential and prominent philosophers, scientists, theologians, apologists, and atheists.

    Location: Pigott 105 
    Time: 9:00am-10:00am

    Biography: Dr. Gregg D. Caruso is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Corning Community College (SUNY) and Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Science, Religion and Culture. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from William Paterson University and his M.Phil and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the City University of New York, Graduate Center. He is the author of Free Will and Consciousness: A Determinist Account of the Illusion of Free Will (2012) and the editor of Exploring the Illusion of Free Will and Moral Responsibility (2013). His most recent book, Science and Religion: 5 Questions (2014) is a collection of interviews with thirty-three of the world's leading philosophers, scientists, theologians, apologists, and atheists. Contributors include a Nobel Prize winning physicist, three Templeton Prize winners, two “Humanist of the Year” winners, the “Most Influential Rabbi in America” (Newsweek, 2012), “the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism” (New York Times), a National Humanities Medal winner, a National Medal of Science winner, a Star of South Africa Medal winner, a Carl Sagan Award winner, a National Science Board’s Public Service Medal winner, a MacArthur Fellow, a Lakatos Award winner, an Erasmus Prize winner, a “Friend of Darwin Award” winner, a “Distinguished Skeptic Award” winner, the first Muslim to deliver the prestigious Gifford Lectures, and many more.

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    Colette Casavant, MAPS

    "Questioning for Purpose: A Workshop on Career & Life Change Discernment" (with Joelle Pretty)

    Colette Casavant Author Pic Description of Presentation: Q4P (Questioning for Purpose) is an interactive discernment workshop for people searching for direction.  Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their passions and sources of energy in their life. Attendees will utilize journaling and paired discussions to draw out deep longings and inner wisdom.

    Location: Pigott 101 
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Biography: Colette M. Casavant is entering her eighth year with the Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry, where she is the Student Community and Admissions Coordinator. She holds a Master of Arts in pastoral studies from the School of Theology and Ministry and is a doctoral student with an emphasis in higher education and student development.


    Denise Chávez, MFA, Creative Writing and Theatre

    “Healing La Frontera”
    photo credit: Daniel Zolinsky
           

    Denise Chavez Author Pic Denise Chavez Book Cover Description of Presentation: Chávez will discuss the contemporary challenges found on the U.S./México Border and read from her new novel, The King and Queen of Comezón, which is set on the border corridor of New Mexico, Texas and Northern México.

    Location: Sullivan Ct C6 
    Time: 1:00-2:00pm

    Biography: Denise Chávez is a Performance writer, Novelist, Playwright, Teacher and Cultural Activist based in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She has roots in Far West Texas with her mother’s family and in Las Cruces, New Mexico with her father’s family and has learned to love life, literature, and tacos in both places.

    A true child of La Frontera, Chávez is the author of the new novel The King and Queen of Comezón, a border mystery/love story; the recent memoir A Taco Testimony: Meditations on Family, Food and Culture and the novels Loving Pedro Infante and Face of An Angel, as well as a short story collection, The Last of the Menu Girls. She has also published a children’s book, La Mujer Que Sabía El Idioma de Los Animales/The Woman Who Knew the Language of the Animals. She is currently working on several collections of stories, “The Febe Stories,” and “Beautiful English/El Ingles Tan Bonito,” as well as doing research for a family memoir, Río Grande Family. An actor, Chávez has performed her one-woman shows, Novena Narrativas and El Muro/The Wall: A Chorus of Immigrant Women’s Voices throughout the U.S.

    Chávez is the director of The Border Book Festival, a major national and regional book festival based at Casa Camino Real in Las Cruces. It is the longest running book festival in New Mexico, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014. Denise, along with her husband, photographer Daniel Zolinsky, is currently creating Museo de La Gente—Museum of the People—in downtown Las Cruces on the historic Camino Real. It will serve as an arts residency center, a resource library, a workshop and exhibit space as well as a venue for multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-ethnic literary, literacy, music and arts events for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

    Denise Chávez is the winner of various awards including the Don Luis Leal Award in Chicano Literature given by the City of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Book Festival, University of California, Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City College, as well as the New Mexico Governor’s Award in Literature, the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, and The American Book Award.

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    Brian Doyle

    "A Book of Uncommon Prayer: A Reading From My Work"

     Brian Doyle Author Pic Brian Doyle Book CoverDescription of Presentation: Brian Doyle reading from his essays and poems, which are in general about grace, pain, joy, giggling, unimaginable forgiveness, hawks, sneakers, children and other wild animals, mercy, the genius of Catholicism as a verb and the awkward thumping idiocy sometimes of it as a noun, the pleasure of achieving excellent bishops here and there, basketball as the greatest sport of all, humor as a weapon against the dark, and stories as glorious ways to give greed and violence the finger. Also maybe why Bruce Springsteen is the great catholic poet of our time.

    Location: Pigott 101 
    Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Biography: Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, in Oregon – ‘the finest spiritual magazine in America,’ says Annie Dillard, clearly a woman of discernment. Doyle is the author of many books of essays and fiction, notably the sprawling Oregon novel Mink River and the headlong sea novel The Plover; his most recent books are the essay collection Children & Other Wild Animals (Oregon State University Press) and A Book of Uncommon Prayer (Ave Maria Press).

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    Connie Fisher

    "‘Writing Through Grief,’ a discussion with four contributors to the new anthology, The Widows’ Handbook.” (with Kristine Shorey Forbes, Susanne Braham, Donna Hilbert, and Abigail Carter)

    Connie Fisher Author Pic Connie Fisher Book CoverDescription of Presentation:

    Location: Pigott 103 
    Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Biography:: Connie Fisher began her career as a journalist in Mexico City and has continued as writer, journalist and editor throughout the United States. She lives in North Carolina, where she writes theatre reviews for an online daily newspaper. She is the author of Come Fly With Me, a children’s international adventure published in 2006, and co-author of the autobiography of John Milano, Doing It the Right Way, published in 2005. Fisher, a Catholic, is a trained volunteer minister who spent many years in Dallas, Texas assisting the clergy during funeral Masses at end-life scenarios. She has been widowed twice: once at age 28, and more recently from her husband of 39 years.

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    J. Spencer Fluhman, PhD

    "A Peculiar People: Mormons and the Problem of American Religious Freedom"

    J Spencer Fluhman Author Pic J Spencer Fluhman Book CoverDescription of Presentation: The U.S. Constitution protects religion but does not define it. As a result, Americans have been left to debate questions of religious authenticity with an intensity that is often downplayed in accounts of our "religious freedom." Since Mormonism both reflected and challenged the religious and political cultures from which it sprang, the faith offers an almost unmatched view of the paradoxes in American thinking about religion and the public sphere.

    Location: Pigott 107 
    Time: 9:00am-10:00am

    Biography: J. Spencer Fluhman is associate professor of history at Brigham Young University (BYU), where he teachers American religious history. He graduated summa cum laude from BYU and received masters and doctoral degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research takes up the question of religious identity and the intersection of religion and politics in the United States. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Journal of Religion and Society, Journal of Mormon History, and Mormon Historical Studies. He is currently editor of the Mormon Studies Review. His book, “A Peculiar People”: Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in the Nineteenth-Century America won the Mormon History Association’s “Best First Book Award” in 2013.

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    Ru Freeman

    "Our Words, Our Selves"

    Ru Freeman Author Pic Ru Freeman Book CoverDescription of Presentation: The World Giving Index released recently, finds the USA holding the rank of #1, #5, and #9 in the respective categories of helping a stranger, volunteering, and donating money. Most Americans achieve this status, however, from a great physical or emotional distance, and consider the “cost” to ourselves before we speak or act. What does speaking for Palestinians have to do with speaking for the people of Ferguson? As it turns out, a great deal.

    Location: Sullivan 105 
    Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Biography: Ru Freeman is a Sri Lankan born writer and activist whose creative and political work has appeared internationally. She holds a graduate degree in labor studies, researching female migrant labor in the countries of Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and has worked at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, in the South Asia office of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL/CIO), and the American Friends Service Committee in their humanitarian and disaster relief programs. She is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2009) and On Sal Mal Lane (Graywolf, 2013), both of which appear in translation including into Italian, French, Turkish, Dutch, Hebrew, and Chinese, and in audio. She is a contributing editorial board member of the Asian American Literary Review, and blogs for the Huffington Post on literature and politics. She is the 2014 winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman.

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    Rick Grant, MA, LMHCA

    "Seattle's Churches: Ministry, Legacy, and Amazing Architecture"

    Rick Grant Author Pic Rick Grant Book Cover Description of Presentation: The best-kept secret in Seattle? The dynamic ministry, intriguing architecture, and profound legacy of Seattle’s churches may not be a mystery to the tens of thousands who attend weekly services, but to most others we’re the unchurched. INSPIRED: Churches of Seattle, looks to rectify this, featuring a discussion of the history and ministry of the churches and a slide presentation showcasing the amazing architecture as photographed by award-winning photographer Lara Swimmer.  A secret no more!

    Location: Pigott 108 
    Time: 9:00am-10:00am

    Biography: Rick Grant is currently a licensed psychotherapist and his background includes work as a freelance writer and professional athlete (tennis). Along with the book INSPIRED: Churches of Seattle he has written dozens of magazine articles for various publications. He received an MA in Pastoral Counseling from Seattle University and a BA in History from the University of Washington.

    Rick and his wife Hattie Kauffman live in Seattle and together have three children and seven grandchildren.

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    Dana Greene, PhD

    "Denise Levertov: Poet, Prophet, and Pilgrim"

    Dana Greene Author Pic Dana Greene Book Cover Description of Presentation: As "poet in the world,” Denise Levertov responded to life with a sense of "primary wonder." As prophet, she opposed the violence of war and environmental destruction. Jewish in heritage, agnostic by declaration, Levertov came to the Christian faith in the process of writing poetry. She spent her life in search of the "numinous," making her a pilgrim as well.  As a major poet of the second half of the twentieth century, Levertov exemplified John Ruskin's claim: "To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion, all in one."  

    Location: Pigott 107 
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Biography: An historian by training and a biographer by craft, Dana Greene is dean emerita of Oxford College of Emory University and author or editor of seven books, including biographies of Denise Levertov, Evelyn Underhill and Maisie Ward.  An avid traveler, she served as one of the first Peace Corps volunteers, had a Fulbright to China, and an award from the American Historical Association to study in Cameroon. She lectures widely, and is an episodic writer and reviewer for the National Catholic Reporter.  

    Choice wrote of Denise Levertov: A Poet’s Life: “Essential. This absorbing book is must reading for lovers of American literature, particularly by women, and contemporary poetry.” Kirkus Reviews wrote: “This compelling study deftly blends personal details with consideration of the poet’s craft.”

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    Nicola Griffith

    "Hild: The Woman Who Changed the World 1400 Years Ago"

    Nicola Griffith Author Pic Nicola Griffith Book Cover Description of Presentation: Hild, born 1400 years ago, in what used to be called the Dark Ages, changed history. She is now known as St Hilda of Whitby. How did she, in a time when kings were petty warlords and might was right, make such a difference? By being exactly herself. Extraordinary, yes, but very, very human. Because woman have always been, above all, human beings. Even so long ago...

    Location: Pigott 103 
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Biography: Nicola Griffith is an English novelist (now dual UK/US citizen) living in Seattle. She is the author of six novels, most recently Hild, and a multi-media memoir. She is the co-editor of the Bending the Landscape series of original queer f/sf/h stories. Her shorter work has appeared in venues ranging from NPR and New Scientist to BBC Radio 4 and Nature. Until her diagnosis with MS, she taught women's self-defense (for groups as varied as the Union of Catholic Mothers and the Equal Opportunities Unit in the UK, and the Girl Scouts in the US) but then switched her attention to writing. She now teaches workshops for writers, focused mostly on creative writing but occasionally more practical issues such as live performance and social media best practices.

    Her work has won two dozen awards (national, international, and regional), been shortlisted for many more, and translated in a dozen languages. She is married to writer Kelley Eskridge. They co-founded Sterling Editing and now live in Broadview. Although these days mostly lost in the 7th century, working on the second novel about Hild of Whitby, she emerges to drink just the right amount of beer and take enormous delight in everything.

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    Chad Hamill, PhD

    "Our Spirituality is Sung: Locating the Musical Middle Ground Between Indians and Priests in the Columbia Plateau"

    Chad Hamilton Author Pic Chad Hamilton Book Cover Description of Presentation: During the period spanning the mid-to-late nineteenth century, the Coeur d’Alene and Salish tribes of the Interior Northwest US– in adopting Catholicism– underwent a seemingly radical transformation. Focusing on hymns translated into Salish by the early Jesuits, this presentation will show that rather than being transformed, the Salish and Coeur d’Alene indigenized the Catholic faith, creating space for a Jesuit and his two Indian “grandfathers” to rewrite the rules of engagement for Indians and priests in the Columbia Plateau.

    Location: Pigott 107    
    Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Biography: Chad Hamill (Spokane tribe) earned his PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Colorado in 2008. He is the author of Songs of Power and Prayer in the Columbia Plateau: The Jesuit, the Medicine Man, and the Indian Hymn Singer (Oregon State University Press, 2012). The book examines the role of song– both Native and Catholic– in the perpetuation of indigenous identity, a phenomenon he explores largely through the relationship between Gibson Eli (Hamill’s great-uncle) “the last medicine man of the Spokane tribe,” Fr. Tom Connolly, a Jesuit active in the Columbia Plateau for over half a century, and Mitch Michael, an Indian hymn leader. His next book, American Indian Jazz: Mildred Bailey and the Undiscovered Origins of America’s Art Music (University of Washington Press) will explore the critical contributions of Mildred Bailey and other Native American musicians in the development of jazz. Hamill is Associate Professor and Chair of the department of Applied Indigenous Studies at Northern Arizona University.

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    Randy Harrington, PhD

    "EVOLUTIONARIES: The Art & Science of Leading Transformative Change" (with Carmen Voilleque)

    Randy Harrington Author Pic Randy Harrington Book CoverDescription of Presentation: This session introduces the term “Evolutionaries” to describe the kind of leaders that successfully guide organizations through transformative change. Evolutionaries are the secret weapons of organizations that quickly adapt and innovate. Based on the new book EVOLUTIONARIES—Transformational Leadership: The Missing Link in Your Organizational Chart, this entertaining and informative session will showcase wisdom from some of the best modern Evolutionary leaders in the world—from the Bluetooth SIG, the Navy SEALS, Nike, Microsoft and more.  

    Location: Pigott 102 
    Time: 9:00am-10:00am

    Biography: Randy Harrington, PhD is CEO and owner of Extreme Arts & Sciences and the co-founder and owner of Strategic Arts and Sciences and Best Practices Media. After completing his doctorate in organizational communication from the University of Oregon in 1992, he began his consulting career. With 20 years of experience, Dr. Harrington is now one of the premier consultants to financial institutions in the USA. He is a sought after strategic planner and executive coach as well as for his work in organizational change management and media messaging. His theories on the effectiveness of high-impact teams and communication push clients like Microsoft, Blue Tooth SIG Inc. and the United Nations to work smarter and more efficiently. Dr. Harrington also earns lots of frequent flier miles—delivering keynote speeches each year to audiences from New York to Kyoto. He is an avid guitarist, cook, and scuba diver. He makes his home in Eugene, Oregon with his wife, Patty.

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    Lyanda Lynn Haupt, MA

    "Nature, Wildness, and the Crafting of a Creative Life"

     Lyanda Haupt Author Pic Lyanda Haupt Book CoverDescription of Presentation: It doesn’t matter if we are hiking in a forest, strolling through an urban park, or sitting around in our pajamas observing a moth on a windowsill:  attention to the natural world draws us into Wildness.  Wildness is a state of mind and way of being that brings creativity, originality, meaning, and delight to our lives and work—as writers, as painters, as everyday humans attempting to craft a life of beauty and meaning.  In this session we will explore habits of natural connection that will bring new vitality to any form of creative work. 

    Location: Pigott 101
    Time: 9:00am-10:00am

    Biography:Lyanda Lynn Haupt is a naturalist, eco-philosopher, and speaker whose writing is at the forefront of the movement to connect people with nature in their everyday lives. Her newest book is The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild, published by Little, Brown in fall, 2013. Her previous book, Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness, was published by Little, Brown in July 2009, and was awarded the 2010 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award.

    Lyanda’s first book, Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds (Sasquatch, 2001), explores the relationship between humans, birds, and ecological understanding, and is a winner of the 2002 Washington State Book Award. Her second book, Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin’s Lost Notebooks, published by Little, Brown, continues to resonate with audiences interested in natural history, Darwin, birds, and their intersection.

    Lyanda has created and directed educational programs for Seattle Audubon, worked in raptor rehabilitation in Vermont, and been a seabird researcher for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the remote tropical Pacific. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Utne, LA Times, Image, Open Spaces, Huffington Post, Wild Earth, and Conservation Biology Journal. She lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter, and their mixed backyard chicken flock.

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    Michael Heyn, BA (Political Science), MA Latin

    "Breaking Down Inequality: A Global Challenge-Coming Together of Rich and Poor"

    Michael Heyn Author Pic  Michael Heyn Book CoverDescription of Presentation: An inspiring inside story of the struggle to eliminate poverty and growing inequality across 15 countries.  From Peace Corps life in a Peruvian village through a 40 year United Nations career, Michael confronted civil war in Liberia, hopelessness in Nairobi’s slums, ousting dictators in Malawi and Yemen, tribal oppression in Bangladesh, growing disparity between rich and poor in America.  Learning from mistakes and building on what worked, it is the tale of peoples’ decency and unexpected power to overcome their divide and achieve a common good.   

    Location: Sullivan 109  
    Time: 9:00am-10:00am

    Biography: Michael Heyn holds Bachelor (Political Science) and Master (Latin American Studies) Degrees from Stanford University, California. He served two years (1964 - 1966) as a Peace Corps Volunteer living in a village in the altiplano of Peru facilitating villagers to initiate and manage a chicken raising cooperative farm. He then returned for further post graduate studies in development administration at the London School of Economics. Michael joined the staff of the United Nations Development Programme in New York in 1967, and continued serving the UN in various development management and representative capacities across Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe up through 2011, including: UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in India; UNICEF Communications Consultant in Ethiopia and Pakistan; UNFPA (Population Fund) Country Director in the South Pacific, Nepal, Kenya; UN Special Coordinator of the Secretary General for Emergency Relief Operations during the civil war in Liberia; UN Resident Coordinator in Malawi and Thailand; UNDP Regional Representative in Asia (Bangkok); UN Special Delegate to post-war Kosovo; UNDP Director for peace and development in tribal areas of Bangladesh; and UNDP Conflict Prevention and Recovery Coordinator in Yemen.  Michael also served as Consultant to the Chancellor at the University of California Medical Center (UCSF) in San Francisco to initiate and manage a Community Outreach and Partnership Programs with poor neighborhoods.   

     Michael recently published his memoir entitled In Search of Decency—The Unexpected Power of Rich and Poor which captures his experiences across 15 countries, including the US, over 50 years, and proposes a new paradigm to break barriers between rich and poor to bring them together for the common good of reducing poverty, inequality and injustice, and promoting peace. Michael and his spouse Suvira Chaturvedi now reside in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

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    Donna Hilbert, MA

    "‘Writing Through Grief,’ a discussion with four contributors to the new anthology, The Widows’ Handbook.” (with Kristine Shorey Forbes, Susanne Braham, Connie Fisher, and Abigail Carter)

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    Location: Pigott 103 
    Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Biography: Donna Hilbert’s latest book is The Congress of Luminous Bodies, from Aortic Books. The Green Season, World Parade Books, a collection of poems, stories and essays, is now available in an expanded second edition. Ms. Hilbert appears in and her poetry is the text of the documentary “Grief Becomes Me: A Love Story,” a Christine Fugate film. Earlier books include Mansions and Deep Red, from Event Horizon, Transforming Matter and Traveler in Paradise from PEARL Editions and the short story collection Women Who Make Money and the Men Who Love Them from Staple First Editions and published in England. Poems in Italian can be found in Bloc notes 59 and in French in La page blanche, in both cases, translated by Mariacristina Natalia Bertoli. New work is in recent or forthcoming issues of 5AM, Nerve Cowboy, PEARL, RC Muse, Serving House Journal, Poets & Artists, California Quarterly, A Year of Being Here, and Zocalo Public Square. She is a frequent contributor to the online journal Your Daily Poem.Her work is widely anthologized, most recently in The Widows’ Handbook, Kent State University Press.Learn more at www.donnahilbert.com

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    Chris Hoke, BA, UC Berkeley, MFA, SPU

    Chris Hoke Author Pic Chris Hoke Book Cover "Jails, Gardens, & the Hunger in Our Stories: The Making of Two Spiritual Autobiographies" (with Fred Bahnson)

    Description of Presentation: In this panel Bahnson, a permaculture gardener, and Hoke, a jail chaplain, recount the stories of unlikely friendships. Writing their spiritual autobiographies on opposite sides of the country, each found themselves moving beyond their individual stories to report on the underbelly of a new American spirituality. Whether traveling among jails, gardens, monasteries, or trailer parks, they recount how their own spiritual hunger drove them beyond personal narrative, seeking instead the messier, more fraught terrain of other people's lives.

    Location: Sullivan 105 
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Biography: Chris Hoke is a jail chaplain and pastor to Mexican gangs in Washington's Skagit Valley, working with an ecumenical ministry, Tierra Nueva, which seeks to reach the most marginalized members of society in the Northwest. He co-founded Tierra Nueva's Underground Coffee (undergroundcoffeeproject.com), a coffee roasting enterprise employing men coming out of prison and addiction, while connecting them to agricultural partners in Honduras. Chris has a bachelor degree from UC Berkeley and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Seattle Pacific University. His articles and personal essays have appeared in The Sun, Image, Portland Magazine, Sojourners, Christian Century, and GEEZ, as well as multiple episodes on NPR's Snap Judgment. He travels and speaks to university groups and prison groups alike on the value of bridging divergent worlds, connecting the mainstream and the margins of society for mutual flourishing. Together with the former leader of a Mexican gang, he is currently exploring how Eastern Orthodox monastic practices might be applied by inmates in county jail, prison, and solitary confinement cells in the Northwest for spiritual empowerment within society's dumpsters. Wanted is his first book, published by HarperOne, out on February 3rd, 2015.

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    Linda Lawrence Hunt, PhD

    "Pilgrimage through Loss: Pathways to strength and Renewal after Life's Shipwrecks"

    Linda Hunt Author Pic Linda Hunt Book Cover Description of Presentation: Drawn from interviews and recent research on grief and resilience for Pilgrimage through Loss, we'll explore what others have discovered on living with creativity and hope after life's shipwrecks. Whether loss of a loved one, a health crisis, ending of a family or relationship, personal violence, or economic upheaval, almost everyone experiences life's hard challenges. Yet, some even eventually know post-traumatic growth. Of interest, also, for those who desire to walk wisely alongside others during their hard pilgrimages.

    Location: Sullivan Ct C6 
    Time: 2:30-3:30pm

    Biography: An award-winning author, Linda’s latest book Pilgrimage through Loss addresses pathways to strength and renewal after encountering life’s “shipwrecks.” She co-founded, along with her husband Jim, the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship created in memory of their daughter who was killed while volunteering in Bolivia. A two-time cancer survivor, she keynotes events, retreats, and workshops throughout America on living with boldness, resilience, and hope during challenging times. The former Director of Writing at Whitworth University, she is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and her freelance writings have appeared in national regional publications. Her previous book Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America also received the national Willa Cather Literacy Award for Non-Fiction and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. Her blog writings appear on www.pilgrimagethroughloss.com.

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    Tina Kelley

    "Poverty and Poetry: Bearing Witness through the Written Word"

    Tina Kelley Author Pic Tina Kelley Author Book Cover Description of Presentation: What can "invisible people" teach us in our spiritual journeys, and why are their stories crucial to our growth as individuals and as a society? A discussion of the challenges, joys and spiritual bounty to be found in writing, led by a former New York Times reporter and current poet who chronicled victims of the 9/11 attacks and homeless youth helped by Covenant House, the largest shelter network in the hemisphere. Topics will include avoiding cynicism and despair, and discovering delights in our common humanity.

    Location: Sullivan 110
    Time: 9:00am-10:00am

    Biography: Tina Kelley is the co-author of Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, (Wiley October 2012), a national bestseller. She was a reporter at The New York Times for a decade, where she was part of the Metro section team that won a 2002 Pulitzer Prize in the Public Service category for coverage of the September 11 attacks. She wrote 121 “Portraits of Grief,” short descriptions of the victims. Her first book of poems, The Gospel of Galore, (Word Press, 2003) won a Washington State Book Award, and her second book, Precise, was published by Word Press in January 2013. During her 20-year newspaper career she worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts, and The Seattle Times and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and her writing has appeared in Audubon, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Orion, People, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, and The Best American Poetry 2009.

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    Peggy Kelsey

    "Gathering Strength: Conversations with Afghan Women"

    Peggy Kelsey Author Pic Peggy Kelsey Book Cover Description of Presentation: Photojournalist, Peggy Kelsey's program, Gathering Strength: Conversations with Afghan Women shares the stories of a few of the women Peggy met during her two trips to Afghanistan. Each of the women presented sheds light on particular issues Afghan women (and men) face. By looking beyond the stereotypes, one can see avenues for hope that are hidden by the broad generalizations in the headlines. Some of the stories will surprise you.  

    Location: Pigott 108 
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Biography: Peggy Kelsey’s interest in the Middle East began during her travels to pre-revolutionary Iran as an exchange student at Pahlavi University in Shiraz. Several years later she and her future husband set off on an around-the-world odyssey that included two years studying and teaching in the Middle East, specifically in Jordan, Bahrain, and Yemen.

    A 2002 encounter with a delegation of Afghan women in Austin, TX brought into sharp focus the difference between these strong, flesh-and-blood women and the victim-like images of them in the media at that time. Peggy became inspired to travel to Afghanistan to bring back a wider and more nuanced view of Afghan women, their various situations, and how they had dealt with their struggles. To that end, Peggy, by now a professional photographer with her own portrait and wedding business, created The Afghan Women's Project and traveled independently to Afghanistan to photograph and interview women in 2003 and 2010.

    After her second trip she compiled her insights, the interviews and photographs into a book, Gathering Strength: Conversation with Afghan Women. The author of The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini, endorsed her book and she now lectures on the topic of Afghan Women throughout the United States and abroad.

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    David Laskin

    "From Family History to World History: Finding, facing and telling the stories that connect us all"

    David Laskin Author Pic David Laskin Book Cover Description of Presentation: All of our families have been touched by the big movements of history -- war, mass migration, economic rise and collapse, slavery and genocide.  How do we uncover, analyze and communicate the seemingly ordinary family events that embody the big currents of history? What issues arise in families touched by genocide?  I'll discuss how I dealt with this subject in my recent book The Family:  A Journey into the Heart of the 20th Century.

    Location: Sullivan Ct C1
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Biography: Born in Brooklyn and raised in Great Neck, New York, David Laskin grew up hearing stories that his immigrant Jewish grandparents told about the “old country” (Russia) that they left at the turn of the last century. How he wishes he had recorded and video-taped every one of their memories.

    An avid reader for as long as he can remember, David graduated from Harvard College in 1975 with a degree in history and literature and went on to New College, Oxford, where he received an MA in English in 1977. After a brief stint in book publishing, he launched his career as a freelance writer. In recent years, David has been writing suspense-driven narrative non-fiction about the lives of people caught up in events beyond their control, be it catastrophic weather, war, or genocide. His 2004 book The Children’s Blizzard, a national bestseller, won the Washington State Book Award and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and was nominated for a Quill Award. The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War (2010) about the immigrant experience in the First World War, also won the Washington State Book Award.  His most recent book, The Family: A Journey into the Heart of the Twentieth Century, was issued in Penguin paperback in the fall of 2014.

    David writes frequently for the New York Times Travel Section, and  has also published in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Seattle Times, and Seattle Metropolitan.
           
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    Rev Dr Eric Law, MDiv, DD

    "Holy Currencies: Six Blessing for Sustainable and Missional Ministries"  

    Eric Law Author Pic Eric Law Book Cover Description of Presentation: Money is not the only currency your ministry needs.  More important to a vital ministry are the currencies of relationship, truth, wellness, gracious leadership, time and place.  Through insightful stories, activities, instructions and processes, author Eric H. F. Law shows you how to "flow" these currencies to rejuvenate, recirculate, regenerate and expand your ministry.

    Location: Sullivan Ct C1
    Time: 9:00am-10:00am

    Biography: The Rev. Dr. Eric H. F. Law is the founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, which provides leadership resource and training for building inclusive community, intercultural competency, community transformation, congregation vitality and stewardship. He has been a consultant and trainer for building inclusive community for over 25 years working with the Roman Catholic, Episcopal, United Methodist, Presbyterian, American Baptist, United Church of Christ and Lutheran Churches in the United States, Canada, Asia, Australia and Europe.  

    He is the author of 7 books: The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb (also available in Spanish), The Bush Was Blazing But Not Consumed, Inclusion: Making Room for Grace, Sacred Acts, Holy Change, The Word at the Crossing,  Finding Intimacy in a World of Fears, and Holy Currencies: Six Blessings for Sustainable and Missional Ministries. He is an Episcopal priest, a composer of church music, a photographer and a playwright. He writes a weekly blog called The Sustainist: Spirituality for Sustainable Communities in a Networked World.

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    David Levy, PhD

    "Mindful Tech: Finding Contemplative Balance with and through Our Digital Devices"

    David Levy Author Pic David Levy Book Cover Description of Presentation:

    Location: Pigott 108    
    Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Biography: David M. Levy is Professor at the Information School, University of Washington in Seattle. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford University and a diploma in Calligraphy and Bookbinding from the Roehampton Institute in London. For over 15 years he was a researcher at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, exploring the transition from paper and print to digital media. At the University of Washington since 2000, he focuses on bringing mindfulness training and other contemplative practices to address problems of information overload and acceleration. He is the author of Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents of the Digital Age (Arcade, 2001), which will be republished in a new edition in 2015. He is completing work on a new book, Mindful Tech, to be published by Yale University Press in 2015.

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    Jen Marlowe

    "Reflections on Resistance: Palestine, Darfur and the Death Penalty"

    Jen Marlow Author Pic Jen Marlow Book Cover Description of Presentation: Reflections on Resistance: Palestine, Darfur and death row. The word "resistance" is often equated with "armed struggle."  Jen Marlowe, however, brings us stories of a very different kind of resistance; stories of people whose resistance is expressed through humanity and dignity in the face of atrocities, from Palestine, Darfur, to death row in the United States.

    Location: Sullivan Ct C5      
    Time: 9:00am-10:00am

    Biography: Jen Marlowe is a Seattle-based award-winning author, documentary filmmaker, and human rights activist.  Her most recent book is I Am Troy Davis (Haymarket Books, 2013) and her most recent documentary film is Witness Bahrain. Her previous film is One Family in Gaza.  Jen co-directed/co-produced the award-winning documentary film Darfur Diaries: Message from Home and wrote the accompanying book Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival. Jen’s second award-winning documentary is Rebuilding Hope: Sudan’s Lost Boys Return Home. Jen also co-authored, The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian’s Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker which won the Middle East Monitor’s Palestine Book Award. Jen is the playwright of There is a Field, addressing issues faced by Palestinian citizens of Israel. Jen’s most recent documentary is One Family in Gaza. Jen’s articles can be found at The Nation, The Progressive, Colorlines.com, Tomdispatch.com, Massachusetts Review and Yes! Magazine. Her website is www.donkeysaddle.org. She is the founder of donkeysaddle projects.

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    May McCarthy, CEO, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Investor

    "The Path to Wealth: How to Turn Intuition into Profits! / Seven Spiritual Steps to Financial Abundance"

    May McCarthy Author Pic May McCarthy Book Cover Description of Presentation: In The Path to Wealth, serial entrepreneur, investor, and author, May McCarthy, will teach you how to partner with an all-knowing, universal power that can help you to achieve greater financial abundance and freedom. May has used the seven spiritual steps she describes in her book to grow six successful companies and make millions of dollars. You will learn how to use spiritual principles and achieve more of your goals, while your new partner does its job in the partnership.

    Location: Sullivan Ct C5 
    Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Biography: Since 1982, May McCarthy has co-founded and grown six profitable companies with four of them being multimillion dollar technology companies as large as $100 million in annual revenues. She also worked for Fortune 500 companies like Johnson & Johnson and Boeing. May is an angel investor, advisor to dozens of small and medium sized companies, and is on the boards of business, philanthropic, arts, and educational organizations including the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center at Seattle University. She is a guest university lecturer and speaker sharing successful business strategies that make work more profitable and fun!  

    May has become an expert on how to recognize and follow the advice provided by the All-Knowing Power of the Universe, whom she calls her Chief Spiritual Officer, to make millions of dollars and have fun along the way. Through workshops and her book, The Path of Wealth: Seven Spiritual Steps for Financial Abundance, she teaches others how to partner with their all-knowing power of the universe and rely on the intuitive messages they receive to achieve more of their goals, dreams, and desires. After sharing her simple seven step system with hundreds of people in workshops across the country, all have reported achieving more of their goals while having more fun in the process. May believes that financial abundance and freedom are available for everyone and these simple principles can help all people to achieve their goals! Learn more at www.bizzultz.com.

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    Patricia O'Connell Killen, PhD

    "Deep Impulses in Pacific Northwest Catholicism, Then and Now" (with Roberta Stringham Brown)

    Patricia O'Connell Killen Author Pic Patricia O'Connell Killen Book Cover Description of Presentation:The spiritual longings, actions, and experience of early Catholics in the Pacific Northwest are not so different from our own. In Charles Pandosy’s thirst for the sacred, Mother Joseph’s compulsion to aid the destitute, and William McBean’s indigenously-inspired lay preaching, we find a mirror of our own deep hungers, sacramental rootedness in this place, and the challenges to being a multicultural church. Discover these forbearers through the life and letters of Washington’s first Roman Catholic Bishop, A.M.A. Blanchet.
     
    Location: Pigott 109    
    Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Biography: Patricia O’Connell Killen is Academic Vice President and Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Previously she taught and served in administration at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. An historian and theologian whose scholarship focuses primarily on Christianity in North America, particularly Catholicism, and religion and spirituality in the Pacific Northwest, she researches and writes about the intersection of social context, community, and spirituality, exploring how, in differing social contexts, communities “think” (or don’t think) with the wisdom of their religious heritage to address the challenges and novel circumstances of their time. Killen received her B.A. from Gonzaga and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.    

    Killen is co-editor, with Roberta Stringham Brown, of The Selected Letters of A.M.A. Blanchet, Bishop of Walla Walla and Nesqualy, 1846-1879, (University of Washington Press, 2013). She is the primary editor of Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest: The None Zone (Alta Mira Press, 2004), the first of a nine-volume series that explores the religious configuration and public presence of religion in different regions of the United States, and a contributor to Cascadia, the Elusive Utopia: Exploring Spirituality in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia (Ronsdale Press, 2009). Killen authored two award-winning books, Finding Our Voices: Women, Wisdom and Faith (1997) and, with John de Beer, The Art of Theological Reflection (1994), which recently appeared in Korean translation. She is a co-author of The Catholic Experience of Small Christian Communities (2000), which reports on the largest study to date of small faith communities in the Catholic Church in the United States. Currently she is co-editing and contributing to a volume of essays on the future of Roman Catholicism in the United States to be published by Columbia University Press.  

    Among awards she has received for her work as a teacher and scholar are the American Academy of Religion Teaching Excellence Award (2006), the Paul Bator Memorial Award from the Canadian Catholic Historical Society (2001), the Elizabeth Seton Medal from the College of Mt. St. Joseph (1999), and an Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Foundation Award for Outstanding Humanities Teachers (1991).

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    Gregory Orfalea

    "Junipero Serra: an Alternate Foundation Story for The United States"

    Gregory Orfalea Author Pic Gregory Orfalea Book CoverDescription of Presentation: Is there another foundation story for the United States than that of the Puritans in New England, or the English in Virginia?  Could it be a Spanish Catholic in 18th century California?  The answer lies in the extraordinary life of Father Junipero Serra. Gregory Orfalea will discuss this unusual, controversial man—who seems to have had both Arab and Jewish blood—and his new celebrated Scribner biography, Journey to the Sun:  Junipero Serra’s Dream and the Founding of California (2014).

    Location: Pigott 100    
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Biography: Gregory Orfalea was born and raised in Los Angeles. He is the author of Journey to the Sun: Junipero Serra's Dream and the Founding of California, published in January 2014 by Scribner. Kirkus Review said of the Serra book, twelve years in the making: "A California story has become an American story." Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J., Cassasa Chair and Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, noted, "Serra comes alive in this volume as in no other." About Orfalea's work, James Fallows has written, "Southern California has produced its distinct literary voices, from Nathaniel West and Joan Didion to Walter Mosely and Michael Connelly. Gregory Orfalea is the next in this series."  

    With degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Alaska, Orfalea has published nine books, including a history of his father's unit in World War II, Messengers of the Lost Battalion, and Angeleno Days, a memoir of growing up in Los Angeles, which won the Arab American Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN USA Prize in Creative Nonfiction. He is also the author of a collection of short stories, The Man Who Guarded the Bomb, as well as the seminal study, The Arab Americans: A History. Orfalea directed a writing program at the Claremont Colleges and has taught at several universities, including his alma mater, Georgetown, California Lutheran University, and currently Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where he directs the Conference on California Studies.

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    Nancy Pearl, MLS, MA

    “My Reading Life”

    Nancy Pearl Author Pic Nancy Pearl Book Cover Description of Presentation: Books and reading have been at the center of my life for as long as I can remember. They helped me survive (or at least come through better than I might otherwise have) growing up in a not so functional family. My career has been that of bookseller, librarian, and (after “retirement”) professional recommender of good books to read. In this presentation I’ll talk about my life as a reader, and the books that have meant the most to me.

    Location: Pigott 104 Auditorium  
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Biography: Nancy Pearl speaks about the pleasures of reading to libraries, literacy organizations, and community groups throughout the world and comments on books regularly on NPR's Morning Edition. She’s the author of Book Lust To Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers; Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason; More Book Lust: 1,000 New Reading Recommendations for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason; and Book Crush: For Kids and Teens: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Interest. Her most recent project is a series of reprints of 12 of her favorite novels published between 1960 and 2000, called Book Lust Rediscoveries. Born and raised in Detroit, she received her library degree (MLS) in 1967 from the University of Michigan. She also received an MA in history from Oklahoma State University in 1977.

    Most recent of her many honors and awards are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal; the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association; the 2011 Literary Lions Award from the King County Library System; the 2010 Margaret E. Monroe Award from the Reference and Users Services Association of the American Library Association, “presented to a librarian who has made significant contributions to library adult services;” and the 2004 Women's National Book Association Award, given to "a living American woman who …has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation."

    On her monthly television show, Book Lust with Nancy Pearl, she has interviewed authors as diverse as E. L. Doctorow, Ann Patchett, and Terry Pratchett.

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    Kenneth Peterson, MA, OblSB

    "Prayer as Night Falls: Seeking the Numinous at the End of the Day"

    Kenneth Peterson Author Pic Kenneth Peterson Book Cover Description of Presentation: Every Sunday night for almost sixty years, a choir sings the monastic office of Compline at Seattle’s St. Mark’s Cathedral. The presentation will explore this ancient rite, and the relevance of its themes and beauty to our personal and collective spiritual journey. Members of the Compline Choir will assist in the presentation.

    Location: Sullivan 105  
    Time: 9:00am-10:00am

    Biography: Kenneth Peterson has sung for more than five decades with the Compline Choir at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle. After earning degrees in music theory and history, he taught music in Washington and British Columbia before entering into a career in software engineering. He has had a long interest in chant and choir music, and has performed in and directed ensembles, as well as written articles and led workshops on the Liturgy of the Hours and Compline. He became an oblate of St. Placid Priory (Lacey, Wa) in 2010. Peterson's book, Prayer as Night Falls: Experiencing Compline, was published in 2013 by Paraclete Press. Described by one reviewer as "equal parts history, memoir, travelogue, theology, and music history," the book weaves together the history and themes of the last monastic office of the day, along with Peterson's personal stories and reflections, and twenty-five musical examples (available for listening at the book's website).


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    Joelle Pretty, MA

    "Questioning for Purpose" (with Colette Casavant)

    Joelle Pretty Author Pic Description of Presentation: Q4P (Questioning for Purpose) is an interactive discernment workshop for people searching for direction. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their passions and sources of energy in their life. Attendees will utilize journaling and paired discussions to draw out deep longings and inner wisdom.

    Location: Pigott 101    
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Biography: Joelle Pretty is entering her fourth year as Seattle University’s Director of Premajor Studies and Student Academic Persistence, where her work focuses on undergraduate student success and discernment. She holds a Master of Arts in student development administration and is a doctoral student in educational leadership.


    Father Timothy Radcliffe, OP

    "How Can Christians Touch the Imagination of Our Contemporaries?"

    Timothy Radcliffe Author Pic Timothy Radcliffe Book CoverDescription of Presentation: Many people find Christianity boring. Timothy Radcliffe OP will explore how we can touch their imagination. He will show clips from Of gods and men, a film about a community of monks in Algeria who were murdered in 1996. This film has deeply moved audiences all over the world. Why is this? It is not necessary to have seen the film before the lecture.

    Location: Pigott 104-Auditorium 
    Time: 2:30pm-3:45pm

    Biography: Timothy Radcliffe OP was born in London in 1945, the fourth of six children. He is Director of the Las Casas Institute, Blackfriars, Oxford. He was educated by the Benedictines at Worth and Downside schools. He joined the English Province of the Dominican Order in 1965, and was ordained a priest in 1971. He studied at Blackfriars and at St John’s College in Oxford, and in Paris. He was a chaplain to the University of London in 1974 – 76, before returning to Oxford, where he taught scripture and doctrine for twelve years. Besides teaching and preaching, he was involved in the Peace movement and in ministry to people with AIDS. He was Prior of Oxford from 1982 – 88, when he was elected Provincial of the English Province. He was President of the Conference of Major Religious Superiors. In 1992 he was elected Master of the Order, finishing his term in 2001. He was Chancellor of the Angelicum University in Rome, S.Tomas in Manila, the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem and the Theology Faculty in Fribourg. He is now an itinerant preacher and lecturer, based at Blackfriars, Oxford, spending two thirds of the year traveling, and is a Trustee of the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development. He is an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford, and Doctor of Divinity hon. Causa of Oxford University and the Pontifical University of St Thomas (Angelicum), and has honorary doctorates from various other universities in France, and the United States. He is the author of Sing a New SongI Call You Friends, Seven Last Words, What is the point of being a Christian?, ed. Just One Year, Why go to church? The drama of the Eucharist, which was commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury as his Lent book for 2009, Take the Plunge: living baptism and confirmation and The Stations of the Cross. His books have been translated into 22 languages. He was awarded the Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing in 2007. He is a Sarum Canon of Salisbury Cathedral.

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    Rev Bruce Reyes-Chow, MDiv, DDiv

    "But I Don't See You As Asian: Curating Conversations About Race"

    Bruce Reyes Chow Author Pic Bruce Reyes Chow Book Cover Description of Presentation: Through personal stories, social commentary and engaging interaction, "But I don't see you as Asian" puts one person’s joys and struggles on the table for dissection and discovery. Sitting in the sweet spot between lectures in academia and activism on the streets, Bruce challenges us to talk about the too often avoided topic of race. He invites us to chuckle, gasp, and perhaps nod in understanding as he lists and deconstructs statements often used to reinforce stereotypes and racism.

    Location: Sullivan Ct C3 
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Biography: Born and raised In Northern California after his Filipino and Chinese grandparents immigrated to the US in the 1940s, Bruce Is a San Francisco based writer, speaker, coach, and Presybterian minister. He is the author of two books, The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media In the Church and But I Dont See You as Asian: Curating Conversations About Race and is in the process of completing his third book, Craptastic: Family, Faith and The Facebooks, a humorist memoir.  

    Bruce speaks and teaches on religion, culture, race, parenting and technology in a variety of contexts from seminaries to pre-schools. He is a Senior Consultant at the Center for Progressive Renewal and has pastored congregations for nearly 20 years. Bruce was the founding pastor of Mission Bay Community Church in San Francisco, a church of young, multicultural and progressive Presbyterians and in 2008 he was the youngest person ever elected as Moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the highest elected office of the 2M member denomination.

    His favorite job, however, is to parent with Robin Pugh their three daughters, Annie, Abby and Evelyn and to try and single-handedly support the San Francisco coffee industry.  

    You can find connect with Bruce via @breyeschow on most social networks visit his blog, www.reyes-chow.com  and see what others say about him on Wikipedia.

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    Rosette Royale

    “Sacred journalism: Touching the untouchable in newspaper writing”
    Photo credit: Jon Williams

    Rosette Royale Author Pic Description of Presentation:

    Location: Sullivan 110  
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Biography: Rosette Royale is a writer, speaker and storyteller who lives in Seattle. He currently works as the interim editor of Real Change, a weekly paper sold on the street by people who are homeless or low-wage earners. In 2009, he won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Feature Writing, a national journalism prize from the Society of Professional Journalists, for his three-part series “The Man who Stood on the Bridge,” about a sex offender with mental illness who attempts suicide on the Aurora Bridge. He also won numerous awards for his four-part series “Gravity of Abuse,” about an abusive relationship between a homeless mother, who faced meth addiction, and her partner, who had ties to a white supremacist group. Rosette also received a Program Venture Fund grant from KUOW for a radio feature about a family raising a transgender child.

    After years practicing Zen meditation, in 1997 he began participating in a Native ceremony based upon the traditions of the Shoshone/Paiute people of the Great Basin. Each June, he organizes the largest of these ceremonies, a five-day event in Southern Oregon attended by 200 people, the majority of whom identify as two-spirit or queer.

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    Rosette Royale's Website

    Article by Rosette Royale


    Mary Doria Russell

    "Jewish Survival in Nazi-Occupied Italy-What Went Right in Italy?"

    Mary Doria Russell Author Pic Mary Doria Russell Book Cover Description of Presentation: There are two questions embedded in every consideration of the Holocaust. How could this have happened? What would I have done? Mary Doria Russell's historical novel A Thread of Grace focuses on the little known fact that 85% of the Jews of Italy survived a brutal 20-month occupation by the Nazis with the help of a vast conspiracy of priests, nuns and peasants. Instead of asking what went wrong in Germany, she asks, What went right in Italy?

    Location: Sullivan Ct C5     
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Biography: Mary Doria Russell has been called one of the most versatile writers in American literature and one of our greatest contemporary storytellers. Her novels have earned a passionate readership and are studied in literature, theology and history courses in colleges and universities around the world.

    Russell’s first novel, The Sparrow (1996), was chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by Entertainment Weekly and won the Arthur C. Clarke Prize, the British Science Fiction for Best Novel in 1998. The sequel, Children of God (1998), won the Friends of the Library USA Reader’s Choice Award. The San Francisco Chronicle called A Thread of Grace (2005) “hauntingly beautiful,” and the novel was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Dreamers of the Day (2008) was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and is one of the few novels about the Middle East acclaimed in both Turkey and Israel. Doc, her fictional biography of Doc Holliday, was named as one of the three best novels of 2011 by NPR and The Washington Post. Its follow-on, Epitaph, examines the way the gunfight at the O.K. Corral became central to American mythology of the Old West. Epitaph will be published on March 3, 2015.   

    Mary lives in Cleveland, Ohio. She is currently working on a novel about the early days of the American labor movement.

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    Kristine Shorey Forbes, MBA

    ""‘Writing Through Grief,’ a discussion with four contributors to the new anthology, The Widows’ Handbook.” (with Susanne Braham, Connie Fisher, Donna Hilbert, and Abigail Carter)

    Kristine Shorey Forbes Author Pic Kristine Shorey Forbes Book CoverDescription of Presentation:

    Location: Pigott 103    
    Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Biography: Kristine Shorey earned her undergraduate degree Phi Beta Kappa from the USC Journalism School, during which time she had an op-ed piece published in the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and was Director of the USC Student News Service. She earned her MBA at Harvard and spent 15 years working for large brand-name corporations, the last being Microsoft. While there, she was interviewed by Business Week and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, appeared on the New York local TV news, and had her photo published in Fortune magazine. Leaving the corporate world, she then returned to writing, to start the long-delayed processing of her experience of being widowed at age 29 from her 33-year-old husband, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor only 18 months after their wedding.

    Shorey has lived in Seattle for over twenty years. She was a regular columnist for the quarterly HBS Alumni magazine for a decade. For many years she has been involved with Seattle’s Hugo House, the Pacific Northwest’s premier literary center, as a student, as a supporter and as a board member. In 2004 one of her pieces won a Hugo House award. She recently earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History at the University of Washington, and now writes about family history along with completing her book about grief, entitled The Secret Widow.

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    Jennie Shortridge

    "Fiction is a Conversation: The Healing Power of Writing and Reading Novels"

    Jennie Shortridge Author Pic Jennie Shortridge Book CoverDescription of Presentation: The Healing Power of Writing and Reading Novels
    In this difficult time, trauma surrounds us. How can we heal as individuals, as a community? Recent studies conclude that reading fiction builds empathy; I believe it also has the power to heal, comfort and teach resilience.  Has a novel changed your life for the better? Those are the novels I aim to write and teach others to write, inspired by our lives and the world around us.

    Location: Pigott 100    
    Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Biography: Jennie Shortridge is the author of five acclaimed novels, including Love Water Memory and When She Flew. Her stories are inspired and informed by trauma, resilience and healing, as well as experiences with mental illness in her family, the communities she has volunteered with, and in her own life. Her books have been optioned for film and translated into several languages and selected as American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next picks, Target Bookmarked picks, and Library Journal’s Editors’ Picks.   

    Shortridge teaches writing and is the co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a nonprofit collective of Northwest authors who raise money and awareness for literature and literacy. She is also a member of The Stability Network, a national group of community leaders who advocate for mental health.

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    Roberta Stringham Brown, PhD

    "Deep Impulses in Pacific Northwest Catholicism, Then and Now" (with Patricia O’Connell Killen)

    Roberta Stringham Brown Author Pic Description of Presentation: The spiritual longings, actions, and experience of early Catholics in the Pacific Northwest are not so different from our own. In Charles Pandosy’s thirst for the sacred, Mother Joseph’s compulsion to aid the destitute, and William McBean’s indigenously-inspired lay preaching, we find a mirror of our own deep hungers, sacramental rootedness in this place, and the challenges to being a multicultural church. Discover these forebears through the life and letters of Washington’s first Roman Catholic Bishop, A.M.A. Blanchet.

    Location: Pigott 109    
    Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Biography: Roberta Brown's work unearthing and translating documents from archives in the Pacific Northwest, Quebec, and Europe, written mostly in French by some of the region's earliest Catholic founders, has lent to new understandings of the Church both yesterday and today. The documents tell stories of friendships and mutual influences between missionary priests and Indians, of independent and innovative religious women who were as good in business as in curing and consoling, and of cosmopolitan settlements, where Indians, métis (French-Indians), and white immigrants often struggled and found inspiration side by side. These stories appear in Brown's co-edited volume, Selected Letters of A.M.A. Blanchet, Bishop of Walla Walla and Nesqualy, 1846-1879 (University of Washington Press, 2013), in articles she has published, and in talks she has given both locally and internationally. Presently she is writing on Washington's French Canadian founders, including Father F.X. Prefontaine of Seattle. Professor emeritus of Pacific Lutheran University, she taught French language and literatures (including African, Caribbean, and Canadian), chaired the Honors Program, and was recognized for distinguished teaching and service.

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    The Elliott Book Company


    Indu Sundaresan

    "Before the Brown Sahib, the imperfect gentleman: An Indian Maharajah at Queen Victoria's court prior to the British domination of India"

    Indu Sundaresan Author Pic Indu Sundaresan Book CoverDescription of Presentation: In 1850, Lord Dalhousie secreted the 186 carat Kohinoor diamond to his queen in London. Dalhousie had summarily annexed the mammoth Punjab Empire to British lands in India, and torn the 11-year-old Maharajah Dalip Singh from his land, his people, and his treasury. Dalip—brought up by British guardians to be a perfect English gentleman—follows his Kohinoor to England. He meets with kindness from Queen Victoria, but realizes that nothing can replace the loss of his kingdom, his wealth, or his Kohinoor diamond.

    Location: Sullivan Ct C3 
    Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Biography: Indu Sundaresan was born and brought up in India, and came to the U.S. for graduate school. She is the author of six books. The Twentieth Wife, The Feast of Roses and Shadow Princess, set in 17th Century India, from the Taj trilogy. The Splendor of Silence is set in India during four days in May of 1942. In the Convent of Little Flowers is a collection of contemporary Indian short stories. The Mountain of Light is set in India in the early 1800s, just prior to colonization.

    Indu’s work has been translated/published in 22 languages worldwide. The Twentieth Wife won the 2003 Washington State Book Award. Indu received the Light of India Award for excellence in Literature in 2012. The Taj trilogy novels are currently being filmed for a television series in India. And, a Kathak dance drama is currently being composed onThe Twentieth Wife.

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    Laura Swan, OSB

    "The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women's Movement"

     Laura Swan Author Pic Laura Swan Book CoverDescription of Presentation: "Beguine" was a nickname given to women in medieval times who felt called to serve the gospel outside the expected norms of marriage or monastery. These women lived independently, often times forming villages within a city called "beguinages," pursuing their calls as preachers and teachers, mystics and writers, operating hospitals, and serving the marginalized. Many were successful businesswomen that allowed them to fund these ministries.  We will look at some evidence that these women, whose influence in the realm of spirituality was significant, left for us.  

    Location: Sullivan Ct C6         
    Time: 9:00am-10:00am

    Biography: Laura Swan OSB is a writer, spiritual director, speaker, and educator. One of her passions is restoring women's presence and voice to history ~ to question how the story is told by noting who is left out and who is silenced. For many years she has studied and written about the history of women's spirituality and the monastic life.  

    Her most recent book is The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Story of a Forgotten Women's Movement [BlueBridge], which focuses on a little-known but wide spread movement of women who lived independent lives in pursuit of ministry. Their influence in the realm of spirituality was significant ~ and beguines (by their many names) kept alive the gospel imperative to serve the marginalized and oppressed.    

    Her other books include The Forgotten Desert Mothers (Paulist Press) which has been translated into 6 languages, Engaging Benedict (Ave Maria Press), and The Benedictine Tradition (Liturgical Press). She is the associate editor of Magistra: A Journal of Women's Spirituality in History and adjunct professor of religious studies at Saint Martin's University in Olympia, WA. She is a member of St. Placid Priory, a community of Benedictine women in Lacey, WA.

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    Helen Szablya, Hon Consul General of Hungary

    “From Refugee Escapee, to Consul General of Hungary: One Woman's Exciting Journey”

    Helen Szablya Author Pic Helen Szablya Book CoverDescription of Presentation: My Only Choice 1942 – 1956 is the compelling story of a remarkable woman. Join Helen Szablya as she takes you on her journey as a young mother who escapes from Hungary with her husband and three young children (one born during the Uprising) during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution against the Soviets – and later becomes the Honorary Consul General for the country she once fled. You will laugh and cry!

    Location: Pigott 109    
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Biography:: Helen M. Szablya, once a refugee from Hungary in 1956, is now Honorary Consul General of the same country, Hungary, for WA, OR, and ID and is based in Seattle. She is a Past President of the Washington Press Association, and is an award-winning author, columnist, translator, and lecturer. She has two university degrees, speaks six languages, and many of her more than 700 publications have won awards. Helen co-authored "Hungary Remembered", an award-winning, oral history drama/lecture series for the 30th anniversary of the Hungarian Uprising, and The Fall of The Red Star, an award-wining novel based on true stories of an illegal scout troop during the 1956 Hungarian Uprising, published for its 40th anniversary. Her newest book My Only Choice 1942-1956 Hungary is the story of her life, and through that the story, the story of her native land as seen by a 7-year old growing up and becoming a mother of three. Szablya recently received the Presidential Order of Merit of Hungary for her consular and cultural work and the Spirit of Liberty award from the Ethnic Heritage Council. Szablya and her late husband, John, escaped Hungary and Communism in 1956 with two toddlers and a newborn. They have seven children, sixteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, with two on the way. She currently lives in Seattle, WA and is active in her community, including the Hungarian-American Coalition, the Hungarian American Association of Washington, and the Seattle-Pécs Sister City Association.

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    Teresa Tamura

    "Healing Properties of Art: Documenting Minidoka War Relocation Center"

    Teresa Tamura Author Pic Teresa Tamura Book Cover Description of Presentation: Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor forced 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans living within so-called military “exclusion zones” along the Pacific Coast into concentration camps primarily in the western United States. Teresa Tamura researched, interviewed and photographed the survivors, remnants and site of one of those camps to produce her book, Minidoka: An American Concentration Camp. In her presentation, Tamura asks the question: Can photographs help heal victims of trauma?

    Location: Sullivan 110  
    Time: 2:30pm -3:30pm

    Biography: Teresa Tamura is a third-generation Japanese American born and raised in Idaho. She received an M.F.A. in photography from the University of Washington and taught photojournalism at the University of Montana from 2002 to 2007. Tamura began work on her book, Minidoka: An American Concentration Camp (Caxton Press, 2013), after President Clinton designated a portion of the original Minidoka War Relocation Center as a national monument in 2001. She was a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation artist-in-residence in Taos, New Mexico (2010); a National Geographic faculty fellow in Washington, D.C. (2005); and a Freedom Forum Asia fellow in Honolulu, Hawaii (1998). Tamura worked as a photojournalist at The Seattle Times from 1993 to 1999. She is currently a graduate student in art therapy/counseling at Adler University in Chicago.

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    Alex Tizon

    "How Exile and Alienation Saved My Life"

    Alex Tizon Author Pic Alex Tizon Book Cover Description of Presentation:

    Location: Pigott 102    
    Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

     Biography: Alex Tizon is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Big Little Man: In Search Of My Asian Self. He is a former Seattle bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, a former longtime staff writer for the Seattle Times. He has written for Salon, Newsweek, and Sun Magazine. His reportage has covered aspects of some of the most cataclysmic news events in recent times, including the 9/11 attacks, the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina. He has contributed to the coverage of two presidential campaigns, and has written profiles on heads of state, activists, murderers and poets. Tizon has traveled and studied throughout Asia, and was a 2009-2010 Knight International Journalism Fellow based in Manila. He studied at the University of Oregon and Stanford, and currently teaches at UO. More information can be found at alextizon.com.

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    Dorothy Van Soest, MSW, PhD

    "Forgiveness, Destiny and the True Nature of Justice"

    Dorothy Van Soest Author Pic Dorothy Van Soest Book Cover Description of Presentation:The Baker family will touch your heart and shake your soul as, in the aftermath of homicide, each of them in their own unique way discovers the true nature of justice and their very humanity. In the end, the novel Just Mercy explores the complexity and difficulty of coming to terms with the issue of the death penalty and provides insight into the power of forgiveness to take us to the inescapable truth that we are all connected.

    Location: Sullivan Ct C7         
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Biography: Dorothy Van Soest is a writer, social worker, and political and community activist. A retired professor and university dean, she holds an undergraduate degree in English literature and a Masters and Ph.D. in Social Work. She is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, with a research-based publication record of nine books and over fifty journal articles, essays, and book chapters that tackle complex and controversial issues related to violence, oppression, and injustice. Her debut novel, Just Mercy, was informed by her widely acclaimed investigation of the lives of thirty-seven men who were executed by Texas in 1997 and her knowledge of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Restorative Dialogue program. Dorothy Van Soest lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is currently working on her next novel, a mystery inspired by her experiences with the child welfare system. Her website is www.dorothyvansoest.com.

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    Rev Thomas Vandenberg, MDiv, MA

    "The Surprising Sacrament of Matrimony: What difference does it make?"

    Thomas Vandenberg Author Pic Description of Presentation: How is Christian marriage different from all other marriages?  What difference does it make?  What is unique about its spirituality?  Father Tom will address how his book addresses these and other issues surrounding marriage and its place in the church and world today by proclaiming the depth, power and beauty of this extraordinary vocation.  His focus is not on problem solving but to present a vision that will significantly change the way we look at marriage.

    Location: Sullivan Ct C3       
    Time: 9:00am-10:00am

    Biography:Fr. Tom Vandenberg is a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle, ordained to the priesthood in 1962. While most of his time has been spent in parish ministry, he also served as Director of the Catholic Youth Organization for seven years and with the Worldwide Marriage Encounter Movement for two years. He served as pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish for 25 years before retiring in 2008. Since retirement, his primary focus has been on the renewal of the Sacrament of Matrimony in the Church.

    This ministry has resulted in the publication ofRediscovering A Pearl of Great Price,” The Surprising Sacrament of Matrimony, as well as speaking engagements on the national level, including the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers Convention at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, the Mid-West Catholic Life Conference in Wichita, KA, and as keynoter at the North American Worldwide Marriage Encounter Convention in Houston, TX. He has also given seminars in Rockford, lL, Boise, lD, Phoenix, AZ and Henderson, NV, as well as many retreats and seminars in the Archdiocese of Seattle.

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    Carmen Voilleque

    "EVOLUTIONARIES: The Art & Science of Leading Transformative Change" (with Randy Harrington)

    Carmen Voilleque Author Photo Carmen Voilleque Book CoverDescription of Presentation: This session introduces the term “Evolutionaries” to describe the kind of leaders that successfully guide organizations through transformative change. Evolutionaries are the secret weapons of organizations that quickly adapt and innovate. Based on the new book EVOLUTIONARIES—Transformational Leadership: The Missing Link in Your Organizational Chart, this entertaining and informative session will showcase wisdom from some of the best modern Evolutionary leaders in the world—from the Bluetooth SIG, the Navy SEALS, Nike, Microsoft and more.  

    Location: Pigott 102    
    Time: 9:00am-10:00am

    Biography: : Carmen E. Voillequé is the CEO and owner of Best Practices Media, co-founder of Strategic Arts and Sciences, and Principal consultant for Extreme Arts & Sciences. She has over 15 years of experience in public speaking and facilitation and is nationally respected for her ability to provide advanced strategic planning for complex partnerships, systems, associations and networks to achieve significant organizational change. Ms. Voilleque has narrowed her focus to strategic planning and the development of high performance teams in the last five years of her career.  She serves clients in finance, law, government, non-profit, technology, education, health care, and hospitality. Her varied experience allows her to bring a combination of fresh perspectives and deep knowledge to her work with private, non-profit, and public organizations. Ms. Voilleque also logs her fair share of frequent flier miles to deliver keynote speeches across the nation.  When not working, she enjoys traveling with her husband and daughter. She and her family make their home in Portland, Oregon. To experience more Evolutionary stories, visit us at: www.areyouevolutionary.com

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    The Elliott Bay Bookstore

    EVOLUTIONARIES Website


    Roy I Rochon Wilson, Honorary Chief, Cowlitz Indian Tribe

    "Native American Culture and Spirituality As Related to Other Cultures and Religions"

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    Location: Pigott 102    
    Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

    Roy I Rochon Wilson Author Photo Roy I Rochon Wilson Book Cover Biography: Roy I. Wilson was born on the Yakima Indian Reservation of an Indian father and a non-Indian mother. He is the honorary chief of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, the tribal spiritual leader and historian, and has served as the tribal chairman in national offices in the Indian world as well as in the Native American arm of the United Methodist Church. He has also served as a chairman of the board of directors of the Small Tribes Organization of Western Washington, a college professor, and as a member of the Board of Managers of St. Paul School of Theology. He is a retired United Methodist minister and has written 37 books.

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    Maged Zaher

    "If Reality Doesn't Work Out"

     Maged Zaher Author Photo Maged Zaher Book CoverDescription of Presentation:

    Location: Sullivan Ct C7
    Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

    Biography: Maged Zaher is the author of If Reality Doesn't Work Out (SplitLevel Text Press, 2014), Thank You for the Window Office (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), The Revolution Happened and You Didn't Call Me (Tinfish Press, 2012), and Portrait of the Poet as an Engineer (Pressed Wafer, 2009). His collaborative work with the Australian poet Pam Brown, Farout Library Software, was published by Tinfish Press in 2007. His translations of contemporary Egyptian poetry have appeared in Jacket Magazine, Banipal, and Denver Quarterly, and forthcoming as a book: The Tahrir of Poems, from Alice Blue Review in 2014. He performed his work at Subtext, Bumbershoot, the Kootenay School of Writing, St. Marks Project, Evergreen State College, and The American University in Cairo. Maged is the recipient of the 2013 Genius Award in Literature from the Seattle weekly The Stranger.

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