Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 4:33 PM PDT

Seattle University alumni enjoy access to all kinds of continuing education benefits, including the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Seminar Series.

The Alumni Seminars Series takes place each quarter and is open to Seattle University alumni who seek a high-quality learning experience, stimulating discussions of life’s deeper questions and the companionship of other active minds.

This fall, the seminar series will explore Pope Francis’s letter, Laudato Sí, which was issued in June 2015 causing a stir around the world.

The Pope’s encyclical raised questions about the ecology and the economy in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. What does this have to do with faith? With Catholic social teaching? With our responsibility to creation and to human ecology?

Join SU faculty presenters and fellow alumni to read and discuss this long and eloquent document and the future of our planet. You will engage the proposals of Pope Francis and participate in the worldwide debate they have caused.

One seminar will be led by Wesley Lauer, who teaches Environmental Engineering; another seminar will be led by David Boness, who teaches Physics, with a sub specialty in physics of the earth; a third seminar will be taught by Stacey Jones, who teaches Economics in the Albers School of Business and Economics; another seminar will be taught by Jessica Imanaka and myself—Prof. Imanaka teaches Business Ethics and we together teach a faculty seminar in Catholic Social Thought; the other two seminars will be taught by Catherine Punsalan, who teaches Theology, with a sub-specialty in Theology and Science and in Catholic Social Thought, and by Fr. Pat Howell, SJ, who also teaches theology, with a specialty in recent Catholic thought, with a special interest in Pope Francis I.   These professors are well qualified to teach and discuss the issues of the Environment, Economics, and Creation raised by Pope Francis’ letter." Seminar series director, Fr. David Leigh, shared. 

Tuesday evenings | 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15

The cost of the six-session seminar, including all materials, parking, and refreshments, is $200.

Participants may sign up by email at Please include your mailing address and phone number and specify whether or not you will require on-campus parking.

The Alumni Seminars Series is organized by the College of Arts and Sciences of Seattle University under the guidance of Professor David Leigh, S.J. To learn more, visit the College of Arts and Sciences website