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  • This Week at Seattle University, 4/21 - 4/25

    A Conversation with Renowed Theologian Michael Amaladoss, S.J.
    Wednesday, April 23, 2:05-3:30 p.m.
    Wyckoff Auditorium (EGNR 200)

    Michael Amaladoss, S.J., a well-known theologian from India and the author of several books about intercultural and interreligious relationships, will join students from Psychology of Religion and members of the community to discuss the pioneering work of Jesuits who have facilitated interreligious dialogue in Asia. Sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture. For more information, visit ICTC or contact Emily Holt at
    Softball vs. Grand Canyon
    The Seattle University softball team closes out the regular season this weekend with a three-game conference series against Grand Canyon University. The series begins with a doubleheader Friday, April 25, starting at 4 p.m., followed by a single game Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. The games will take place at Logan Field at Seattle University Park. Saturday is Senior Day, as the five seniors on this year’s squad will be honored for their contributions to the Redhawk softball program. Admission is free for all three games this weekend, so come out and support the Redhawks as they look to put themselves in the best possible position heading into the WAC Tournament in two weeks. As always in the Pacific Northwest, weather may alter start times, so visit for the most up-to-date information regarding the weekend series.
    Home: An Earth Week Interfaith Service and Eco-Sangha Sit
    Thursday, April 24, 6 p.m.
    Chapel of St. Ignatius

    From 6 to 7 p.m. a service of prayers, silence, lament and hope will be held and a reflection offered by environmental writer and activist Taylor Brorby. The Eco-Sangha sit will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability, Campus Ministry, Sustainable Student Action and Eco-Sangha. For more information visit Home or contact Michael Schut at
    Magis Needs your Nominations! Contemplative Leaders in Action
    Magis is recruiting applicants for its third Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) cohort and needs your nominations. Ideal candidates are young, Jesuit-educated emerging leaders representing a variety of professional, cultural/ethnic, socioeconomic and faith backgrounds who are between the ages of 25-39. Through a unique two-year cohort experience, members gather monthly to explore a variety of topics that integrate leadership and faith, and build practical skills within a tight-knit community. For more information about the CLA program, please visit the CLA website. To nominate someone, please e-mail CLA Program Manager Katie Steele at by Friday, April 25.
    Student Recognition Award Deadline Extended
    Know a student who should be celebrated? The deadline to nominate them for a recognition award has been extended to Wednesday, April 23. Help identify worthy honorees by submitting a nomination today at Leadership Development. The recognition event will take place 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22, in Campion Ballroom. For more information, contact Michelle Etchart at

    Earth Day Celebration: “Money, Food and Resilience: Living with Enough,” with Best-Selling Author Vicki Robin
    Tuesday, April 22, 7 p.m.
    Pigott Auditorium

    In the course of our lives we’ll eat approximately six tons of food, own six cars, live in 11 homes and wear countless items of clothing—yet all of this consumption is largely unconscious. We use, eat and wear these items without much consideration of the core question for all of us: how much is enough and how do we know? Resilience is the ability of any system to recover from stress—be it an I-beam or a person or a community. Part of resilience is having what you need to survive and thrive. Another part is NOT having what you don’t need, releasing rather than hoarding, spreading the wealth around so everyone has enough. Vicki Robin has been a leading voice in sustainable consumption for more than two decades. Her books, Your Money or Your Life and Blessing the Hands that Feed Us, help people understand consumption in the larger circle of their lives. Sponsored by the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability, the Albers School of Business and Economics and Mission and Ministry. For more information, visit CEJS or contact Mike Schut at
    Retirement Celebration for Bill Taylor
    Friday, May 2, 4-5:30 p.m.
    Casey Atrium

    You are invited to a celebration for Associate Professor Bill Taylor who is retiring after more than 50 years of teaching at SU. This party is being hosted by the President’s Office, the College of Arts and Sciences, Matteo Ricci College, the English Department, Film Studies, Fine Arts and University Honors. This legion of hosts reflects the scope and range of Taylor’s teaching and service to the university. The celebration will feature brief toasts from President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., Deans David Powers and Jodi Kelly, Chair of English Maria Bullon-Fernandez, Director of Film Studies Edwin Weihe, Theater Professor Ki Gottberg and University Honors Director Sean McDowell. Please join in honoring Taylor’s long career and his many contributions to the Humanities at SU.
    Nick Carr, Author of The Shallows: Reading Group and Luncheon
    The Seattle University Learning Communities Program is organizing two events leading up to the May 19 lecture of Nick Carr. Carr’s book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, was highlighted in last fall’s New Student Academic Day. The events include an opportunity to read and discuss the book on May 13, 12:20-1:30 p.m.; and a staff/faculty discussion with the author on May 19, 12:20-1:30 p.m.  Lunch will be provided at both events and the locations will be determined once we know the size of the group. RSVP to Jacquelyn Miller at if you are interested participating in these events.
    3rd Annual Seattle University Film Festival
    Friday, April 25, 7-9 p.m.
    Pigott Auditorium

    The 3rd Annual Seattle University Film Festival (SUFF) is almost here! This free event is open to the public, so bring all of your friends to see some great student films. There will also be an audience vote at the end of the event for the “Audience Choice Award”—voting will be via text message, so bring your phone. A casual reception will follow the screenings with light refreshments. For more information, visit SUFF or contact Ruth Huang at Sponsored by the Media Production Center and Student Activities.
    Public vs. Private Schools in China: the Educational Revolution in a Rapidly Changing Society
    Thursday, May 1, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
    Bannan 102

    No country in the world has changed more in the past 30 years than China. One of the biggest changes is the massive expansion of educational opportunities. Yet only since 2003 have private schools played a major role in China’s changing educational landscape. How has Chinese private education been rebuilt? What are the significant challenges facing private education? What are its advantages and disadvantages compared to public education?

    Answering these questions will be Zixiong Ma, chairman of the Jinqiao Education Group. He has worked in primary, secondary and tertiary education in China since 1977, and in 2000 started an experimental, bilingual private school in the city of Wuxi, outside of Shanghai. The school has since expanded to become one of the top-performing and most sought-after schools in its region. Ma has pioneered partnerships between government and business to build up the Jinqiao group of private schools. Sponsored by Matteo Ricci College. For more information, contact Ben Curtis at
    Many Faiths, One World: an Interfaith Earth Day gathering
    Wednesday, April 30, 4-5:30 p.m.
    LeRoux Conference Room (STCN 160)

    Come hear speakers from five different traditions—an Orthodox rabbi, Muslim community leader, Episcopal priest, Zen Buddhist and Swinomish tribal elder—on how faith puts us in touch with the natural world. Light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by Earth Ministry/WAIPL and Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry, Interreligious Dialogue Initiative and Campus Ministry. Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry. For more information, visit Earth Ministry or contact Karin Frank at or call (206) 632-2426.
    Imagining the World Photo Competition Exhibition
    Exhibition: May 1-29
    Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony: May 1, 5-8 p.m.
    Kinsey Gallery, Admissions & Alumni Building

    The annual Imagining the World Photography Competition highlights our students’ participation in the global community as they share a personal window into a world. Current students who have participated in a study abroad program while enrolled at SU, as well as international students attending SU, are invited to submit photos. For more information, contact Em Olson at
    Baseball vs. Washington
    Tuesday, April 22, 6 P.M.,
    Bannerwood Park (Bellevue)

    Coming off a key Western Athletic Conference series, the Seattle University baseball team returns to its home field for a midweek contest against top-10 team Washington in the first of three games between the two Division I programs from Seattle. The Washington Huskies have emerged as one of the top teams in the country this year, but the Redhawks have also played well, especially over the past couple of weeks, and Tuesday’s game should be a close one between the crosstown rivals. Seattle U students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge to all home Redhawk baseball games at Bannerwood Park. For the most up-to-date information regarding Seattle U home baseball and softball games, visit or follow Seattle U Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@su_athletics).
    Business Ethics Week
    Business Ethics Week, to be held May 5-9, will highlight real-world examples of navigating the ethical and legal waters of business. Sheri Flies, one of the main proponents of sustainability at Costco, will be the keynote and will talk about Costco’s sustainability strategy that will soon extend to the entire Kirkland brand. Learn more at Ethics or contact JP McCarvel at Sponsored by the Center for Business Ethics.
    Writer and Environmental Justice Advocate Taylor Brorby Speaking Event
    Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m.
    Casey Commons

    Taylor Brorby is going to speak about his time as a creative writer and how he advocates and informs on environmental issues including the North Dakota oil fields. Sponsored by Housing and Residence Life; Health and Wellness; and the Earth and Society Learning Community. For more information, contact Hilary Hawly, health and wellness faculty advisor, at
    Hack to End Homelessness
    May 3, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; and May 4, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    220 and Change, 220 2nd Ave. S., Seattle

    Seattle’s best minds in technology and innovation will work side by side with service providers and advocacy organizations in the city’s first-ever Hack to End Homelessness. The goal is to design and build solutions to all forms of homelessness, especially family homelessness. The Project on Family Homelessness, in the Center for Strategic Communications (CSC), has been collaborating with the organizers to help connect them with the housing and homelessness community and work with them to define projects. More than a dozen different leading organizations have proposed projects and will serve as mentors that weekend. The process—a unique approach to organizing a hackathon—will ensure that the projects are useful and sustainable. Software developers, coders, graphic designers, writers and more are invited to participate. Tickets are $100 for professionals—for all the weekend events, including a Friday night film premiere with social media pioneer and homelessness advocate Mark Horvath (@hardlynormal), and a finale event Sunday judged by funders, government officials and media—or $25 for students. Contact Catherine Hinrichsen in the CSC,, for a student discount code. For more information, visit
    “Not My Life”: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
    Tuesday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.
    SIFF Film Center, 305 E Harrison St.

    The UNICEF United States Fund in coordination with the Zonta Club, East King County, presents a film screening of the widely acclaimed documentary “Not My Life,” which investigates serious examples of child labor exploitation across the globe. The Human Trafficking Awareness Club will be organizing a group to attend the film, panel and reception afterward. RSVP to For more information, contact Calvin Garrett at

    The White Mass: The One Question Is in the Room
    Monday, April 21, 5 p.m.
    Wyckoff Auditorium (EGNR 200)

    Visiting Scholar Friedhelm Mennekes, S.J., will be giving a lecture on the work of James Lee Byars which is part of a lecture series on contemporary art and sacred space. For more than 30 years Fr. Mennekes has been involved with exhibitions at the crossroads between art and religion. The lecture series is made possible by the Pigott Family Endowment. For more information, visit Mennekes Series or contact Em Olson in Fine Arts at


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