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 
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.


Call for Contributions: Winter Catholic Heritage Lecture, "Living into the Mission: An Examen"

During the 2016-2017 Catholic Heritage Lectures and the 125th anniversary of Seattle Universitythe Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture in partnership with the Center for Jesuit Education is inviting the university to reflect on how we are living into the mission, areas where we have embodied the mission's call and areas where we have fallen short. 
On February 21, 2017 the Catholic Heritage Lecture will focus on "Living into the Mission: An Examen," at 5:00 in Campion Ballroom. In a fishbowl conversation guided by leaders on and off campus, students, staff and faculty will reflect on the successes and challenges of living our mission today .
To highlight the diversity and breadth of our mission engagement, we would like to celebrate at this event the research, pedagogy, community engagement, service projects, and commitments of our students, faculty, and staff which bring the mission to life at SU.  
We welcome you to share with us your engagement, teaching, local and global projects, research, and service that is grounded in and connected to our mission.  To have your work included in our slide show or at a display table, please email a brief response to the below questions by Dec. 2, 2016 to
  • Name of individuals and/or group 
  • Title or brief description of project, research, community engagement efforts  
  • Preferred format: a flier, table, slide on a PowerPoint, or poster presentation at the lecture
  • A photo of your group or your project, if possible
Note: We cannot guarantee that all projects will be shared in the format requested but will make every effort to include all projects and will feature several on the ICTC's website. 






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