Alumni Seminar Series

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM PDT

Seattle University’s curriculum is designed to make students active participants in their education, creating life-long learners. As alumni, Seattle University invites you back to the classroom to continue that learning without the distraction of grades or papers with the Alumni Seminar Series.

This fall, seminar participants will enjoy exploring the timely topic, “Uncertainty and Turmoil in the Middle East.” You’ll go beyond the headlines with History Professor Carmen Gitre and Law Professors Won Kidane and Russell Powell for a provocative look at events taking place in the Middle East and their effects beyond their borders. This series begins meeting on Tuesday, October 1st.

Alumni who have participated before will know these impactful seminars are nothing new.  Fr. David Leigh, S.J., has been heading the Alumni Seminar Series for the College of Arts and Sciences since 1983. Modeled after the Seattle University Honors Program, the alumni seminar program has evolved into a quarterly series, led by Seattle University faculty members.

The focus shifts each quarter. In the fall, there is usually an emphasis on the human person. Topics include theology, philosophy or history. For winter, participants are invited to examine relevant social issues, such as emerging economies or social trends. For the readers among you, the focus shifts to literature in the spring.

“What makes the seminar series so engaging, is that everyone who is there, is there because they have a love of learning,” said program director, Fr. Leigh. “I also like to offer a discount to those in the teaching profession, as re-exploring things like literature can really benefit them in the classroom.”

This series includes six, two hour and thirty-minute sessions, parking, refreshments and course materials for $240. If you are interested in attending any upcoming seminar series, please contact to learn more.