Professor Richard Rego, S.J., joins the faculty as the William F. LeRoux Endowed Chair in Arts and Sciences for the winter quarter 2016. Fr. Rego, who received his PhD in Kannada cinema from India?s Pune University, is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at St. Joseph?s College in Bangalore where he directs the college?s Research Centre. He previously taught at St. Aloysius College in Mangalore.
While at St. Aloysius, Rego founded and directed the Community Radio SARANG 107.8 FM. The community radio station came in second in programming for popularizing local culture at the national level in 2011.
Rego focuses his research and scholarship on media and culture. The Karnataka Sahitya Academy published his book Suvarna Karnatakanth Konkani Monis, a Konkani compilation of the cultural life and celebrations of the 32 different Konkani communities spread across India. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Creative Communication and Explorations.
Fr. Rego will teach "Visions of Progress in Indian Cinema," crosslisted in the English Department?s Film Studies program and the Communication Department. A public lectured will be offered during the quarter.
The William F. LeRoux, S.J. is awarded to a Jesuit academic in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. The appointment is for one academic quarter. The chair is required to teach one course and conduct a public lecture, with remaining time available to advance his scholarship and engage with the Seattle University community.
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees, 3 graduate certificates, and 7 master's degrees.