College of Arts and Sciences Faculty News: December 2022

Written by Karen L.Bystrom
December 19, 2022

Connie G. Anthony, PhD, Associate Professor, Political Science, presented a conference paper, “The Global Politics of Sexuality: the States that ‘Resist’ New International Norms,” at the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association conference, November 10-12.

Andrew G. Bjelland, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Philosophy, published an op-ed in The Salt Lake Tribune, "Trump’s paranoid style continues to bedevil American politics."

Leann Conley-Holcom, DMA, Interim Director of Music, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, and Assistant Teaching Professor, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, performed with Symphony Tacoma in one of the world’s most well-known and beloved choral works in this holiday tradition. The classic oratorio was conducted by Dr. Geoffrey Boers and performed by the talented orchestra and Symphony Tacoma Voices.

She has also been engaged by MidAmerica Productions to appear as guest conductor in the historic Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in May 2024. She will lead the New England Symphonic Ensemble and singers from across the country. Passionate choral singers are invited and information about how to register to sing is forthcoming.

Kathleen Cook, PhD, Professor, Psychology presented an online workshop in November for all recipients of the National Science Foundation’s RED (Revolutionizing Engineering and Computer Science Departments) grants.  The goal was to help researchers assess and address the sustainability of their change efforts. 

Angelique M. Davis, JD, Professor, Political Science, and Appointments in African and African American Studies, Pre-Law Program, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, facilitated a workshop at Swarthmore College on December 8 for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity titled, "Post-Tenure Pathfinders: How and Why to Chart Your Own Path after Winning Tenure." This workshop is designed for Associate Professors to identify the challenges associated with post-tenure life and to better understand the diverse pathways that faculty members can take after winning tenure. 

She served on a panel for Mothers Against Police Brutality, Inc. with their fellow, Janet Baker. Janet's son, Jordan Baker, was murdered by police on January 16, 2014.  Angelique spoke on the panel regarding her "N.H.I. - No Human Involved" and "racial gaslighting" research and how it provided insight into the experience of Janet and others who have lost family members due to police brutality.

She was interviewed by KING 5 News for "Why housing discrimination is worse today than it was in the 1960s."

Daniel A. Dombrowski, Professor Emeritus, Philosophy, published a new book, "Process Mysticism," with State University of New York Press. He also published two articles in books published by Oxford University Press: one is titled "Charles Hartshorne: Animals in Process Thought" and the other is titled "Omnipresence in Process Thought."

Theresa Earenfight, PhD, Professor, History and Director, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, was a panelist for “Stories Worth Telling: A Roundtable on Biographical Writing” presented via Zoom by el Taller @KJCC, moderated by Esther Liberman Cuenca (University of Houston-Victoria/Princeton IAS) and also featuring María Americo (St. Peter’s University, Jersey City), and Pura Fernández (CSIC/NYU).

Christie Eppler, PhD, LMFT, Program Director and Professor; Kimberly Riley, DSW, Assistant Clinical Professor; and LaDonna Smith, MA, LMFT, Interim Clinical Coordinator, all Couples and Family Therapy presented, "Cultivating Systemic Resilience" at AAMFT's 2022 Systemic Family Therapy Conference.

Dr. Eppler also completed the NY Marathon in record heat. She raised nearly $4,000 for Allied Services, a charity that promotes mental and physical wellbeing across the lifespan Their programs include supporting hospice patients to stay with their pets, hosting adaptive races for people of all ages and abilities, and supporting emotional wellness for children, adolescents, and their families.

Carlyn E. Ferrari, PhD, Assistant Professor, English, published a new book, “Do Not Separate Her from Her Garden: Anne Spencer’s Ecopoetics” with the University of Virginia Press. The first book published about poet Anne Spencer since 1975, she discusses it in this interview. On December 5 she delivered a Mellon Midday Lecture at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., entitled “If People Were Like Flowers: Anne Spencer’s Environmental Imagination.”

She also participated in a book launch and discussion in November at the University of Pittsburgh for the book, "It's Our Movement Now: Black Women's Politics and the 1977 National Women's Conference.” She wrote the chapter in the book entitled “Maxine Waters: ‘I stood with Coretta Scott King.’”

Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Professor, Criminal Justice and Director, Crime and Justice Research Center, was named to the Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Sexual Assault and System Reform by Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell. More information is in this Seattle Times story.

She co-authored an Op-Ed for the South Seattle Emerald with MACJ students Brandon Bledsoe and Katie Kepler, “Diverse Voices Are Needed to Understand Public Safety and Security in Seattle.”

Audrey Hudgins, EdD, Clinical Associate Professor, Matteo Ricci Institute, and Amanda Heffernan, Amanda Heffernan, MSN, CNM, College of Nursing, will lead a group of 12 students on a migration justice immersion program with Kino Border Initiative, a bi-national non-governmental organization (NGO) located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The December 17-22, 2022 experience will immerse participants in the complexities of migration in the borderlands, with a focus on making humane, just, workable migration between the US and Mexico a reality.

Dr. Hudgins, Becky McNamara, and Ernesto Aguilar, Executive Director of Fundación Esperanza de Mexico, will collaborate on the chapter, "Global experiential learning: (De)Constructing Housing Justice in Tijuana, Mexico" for the book, Critical Innovations in Global Development Studies Pedagogy.

A panel , “Mexican H-2A Labor Migration, Transnational Families, and Communities: Plataforma Huaya-Puebla-Seattle Research Collaboration,” proposed by Dr. Hudgins and Cullin Egge, Seattle University Social Work senior, and Guillermo Yrizar, Elena Ayala, Angelica Villagrana, and Alejandra García, Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, was accepted to the Latin American Studies Association 2023 Congress, América Latina y el Caribe: Pensar, Representar y Luchar por los Derechos, to be held Vancouver, Canada in May 2023.

Quinton Morris, DMA, Associate Professor, Violin, was featured in the Seattle Times, “Interest in Joseph Bologne is reawakening after racism nearly erased him from music history.” His project and short film, “The Breakthrough,” (2015) based on based on 18th century violinist/composer Joseph Bologne inspired a full-length movie, “Chevalier.”

Jodi O’Brien, PhD, Professor, Sociology, Special Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Development and Director, SU ADVANCE, was quited in The Salt Lake City Tribune story, "LGBTQ people of faith — from LDS to Catholics to Jews to Muslims — find ways to belong where doctrine rejects them."

Katherine Raichle, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology, David Green, PhD, Clinical Professor of International Studies and Director of the Center for Faculty Development, and Holly Ferraro, Associate Professor of Management at Villanova University, presented a paper, “The impact of identity on using active learning strategies,” at the annual national conference of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education in Seattle in November 2022. At the same conference, Green also presented a paper with Deandra Little, PhD, Professor of English and Associate Provost, Elon University, titled “Recentering our integrity in a time of instability.”

Kimberly Riley, DSW, Assistant Clinical Professor, Couples and Family Therapy, presented “Wellness and Gratitude: Using self-awareness to find peace on stressful days” at the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) Bremerton “Strengthen Families Locally” wellness meeting in November.

Rachel Turow, PhD, Adjunct Faculty, Seattle University Psychology, published an article in The Greater Good Science Center Magazine entitled "Five Ways to Feel Like You’re Doing Enough." As we approach the holidays and winter months, "it's easy to criticize yourself for not getting enough done, but that can just make things worse." Rachel suggests five techniques to instigate new mental perspectives and reminds us: "it's ok not to be busy all the time—to be an alive, human person in the moment rather than a task-performance robot."

Sharon Nyree Williams, MFA in Arts Leadership, Adjunct Professor, Arts Leadership puts her voiceover, story-telling skills to work on behalf of the Seattle Kraken. Read about her and her work here.