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Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture

Catholic Heritage Lectures

The annual Catholic Heritage Lectures, launched in 2010, engage the intellectual and religious communities of the Seattle area and the Seattle University community to explore aspects of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the intersection of Catholicism and culture. Seattle University has had the privilege of welcoming scholars from diverse fields since the inception of the lecture series. Our distinguished scholars have included scientists, philosophers, historians, sociologists and theologians.

In addition to the public lectures, we offer multiple opportunities to engage with the speakers and the subject of their presentations, including reading groups and lunch conversations. 

Rooted in Tradition, Growing Towards the Future: Seattle University at 125

2016 marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of Seattle University in 1891. During this important moment, the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture in partnership with the Center for Jesuit Education invites the community to a year-long examen of how the university is living out its Jesuit Catholic Mission. 

Tapping the Tradition: Sensemaking and Imagination for the Future of Jesuit Education

featuring Stephanie Russell, Vice President for Mission Integration of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
October 12, 2016 • Campion Ballroom • 5:00 pm

Living into the Mission: An Examen

Guided by leaders on and off campus, students, staff and faculty will reflect on the successes and challenges of living our mission today.
February 21, 2017 • Campion Ballroom • 5:00 pm 
Featuring a panel discussion with:

Bernie Liang, MA, Director, Center for Student Involvement
Holly Slay Ferraro, PhD,
 Associate Professor, Management & Program Director, Professional MBA
Rebecca Saldaña, WA State Senate,
37th District, Class of 1999
Fr. Pat Kelly, SJ, PhD,
Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Rose Lassalle-Klein, Class of 2017,
Cell and Molecular Biology & Chemistry

Please join the ICTC and the Center for Jesuit Education for a community examen, reflecting on how the university is living out its Jesuit Catholic Mission. All are welcome. As this is also a Colleagues event, dinner is included.

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Daring Forth: Imagining the Future of Jesuit Education

featuring Mark Ravizza, SJ, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Santa Clara University
Dr. Ravizza will help the community look to the future, reminding usof the characteristics of Jesuit education that invite us to “go forth andset the world on fire.”
May 8, 2017 • STCN 160 (Le Roux) • 5:00 pm 
Prior to each lecture, members of the university community will be invited to participate in a reading group on a key work of the visiting lecturer.
Presented in partnership with the Center for Jesuit Education




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