Spring Quarter always makes me think of transitions and new beginnings; the class of 2019 starts the newest phase of their lives with Commencement, we welcomed newly admitted students to Open Houses, and prospective students and their families have been touring the campus, thinking of the future.
When I think of the future, I am heartened by the recent surge of support for liberal arts education that I have seen locally, nationally and even internationally, and by the support we now have in Arts and Sciences for students on their professional formation journeys.
Seattle University instills the desire for purpose in our students and Inside Higher Education highlights the importance of the intersection of purpose and the value of the liberal arts. “The survey also examined employers’ attitudes about the liberal arts. Other studies have confirmed that employers do tend to value these “soft skills,” and in this survey, hiring managers said they felt that colleges should be teaching students critical thinking skills and to communicate effectively.”
In Why ‘worthless’ humanities degrees may set you up for life,’ the BBC further supported how the humanities ready students for success in the workplace. “But few courses of study are quite as heavy on reading, writing, speaking and critical thinking as the liberal arts, in particular the humanities – whether that’s by debating other students in a seminar, writing a thesis paper or analyzing poetry. When asked to drill the most job market-ready skills of a humanities graduate down to three, (author George Anders) doesn’t hesitate. ‘Creativity, curiosity and empathy,” he says. “Empathy is usually the biggest one. That doesn’t just mean feeling sorry for people with problems. It means an ability to understand the needs and wants of a diverse group of people.’ ”
Also from that article: "Or take it directly from two top executives at tech giant Microsoft who wrote recently: ‘As computers behave more like humans, the social sciences and humanities will become even more important. Languages, art, history, economics, ethics, philosophy, psychology and human development courses can teach critical, philosophical and ethics-based skills that will be instrumental in the development and management of AI solutions.’ “
However, the exciting opportunities and host of career paths open to College of Arts and Sciences students are not always obvious. That is why we launched our new program, Pathways to Professional Formation. We are committed to help each student explore their lifetime journey toward a life of meaning and purpose that starts here, on the SU campus. Through these initiatives, we provide opportunities to develop skills and networks that help students start building career paths, opening doors, and expanding possibilities for the future. You can learn more here, including how alumni can be involved.
Thank you for playing your part in the success of Seattle U’s College of Arts and Sciences and for demonstrating the value of the liberal arts as an alumnus.
David V. Powers, PhD
The Washington Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers recognized members of Seattle University’s Master of Social Work program at their annual Social Work Month Celebration on March 29. Katherine (Kat) Cole, currently in her second year in the SU MSW program, received the Outstanding Student Award. Faculty members Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, LICSW; Hye-Kyung Kang, MSW, PhD; and Riva Zeff, MSW were named Social Work Educators of the Year.
The nomination for Kat Cole stated, “(she) is the perfect exemplar of an outstanding social work student; she consistently demonstrates the core values of social work profession (service, social justice, dignity and worth of the individual, importance and centrality of human relationships, integrity, and competence) through her leadership and service.”
While maintaining a 4.0 GPA, Kat has embraced leadership and service roles in the Social Work Department and beyond. She co-founded a Student of Color peer support group for MSW and BSW students of color, advocated for and started a peer-mentorship in the MSW Program, and serves on the Seattle University Social Work Department Practicum Advisory Board where she provides a valuable perspective and insight as a current student. She has also organized a practicum panel for incoming students to help them prepare for a successful practicum.
Kat is the Co-President of the Seattle University Arts and Sciences Graduate Council, where she has been an effective and passionate advocate for equity and inclusion on campus. She has also collaborated with the University’s Career Center to develop graduate student-specific professional career support services.
She is the NASW student representative for the Seattle University MSW Program, serving as the co-coordinator (with Professor Alfred Perez, PhD) of the NASW Social Work Lobby Day. In her coordination efforts, she has advocated for more minority voices in the Lobby Day training and arranged transportation to increase access for more students to participate in the Lobby Day. She also monitors information disseminated by the WA State NASW and communicates relevant information (especially policy, training, and advocacy-related information) to MSW students.
The nomination concluded, “Kat’s commitment to social work values is evident in her practicum work. She is currently placed at You Grow Girl! where she provides mental health counseling to young women of color at schools. As a student of a social justice-focused and community-based clinical social work program Kat strives to integrate micro, mezzo, and macro contexts of social work; she builds strong relationships and works with her clients in a way that affirms their dignity and worth as a person while providing client-centered advocacy. She also studies policies that affect her clients’ lives and seeks opportunities to be part of the larger policy change.”
The nomination for the Social Work Educators of the Year award notes, “The most significant achievement of the trio is the success of Seattle University’s Social Work Programs. Dr. Mary Kay Brennan has, since 2006, continued to develop the BSW program, which now enables students to pursue an MSW program through the Advance Standing Program. The MSW program, under the leadership of Dr. Hye-Kyung Kang and Riza Zeff, is in its third year of the accreditation process with the council on Social Work Education. This program is and will continue to be an important resource for our region by providing competent social works to the field.”
Mary Kay Brennan, MSW, DSW, LICSW, is a Clinical Professor and Director of the Baccalaureate Social Work program. She received her MSW (clinical concentration) from University of Michigan and her doctorate in social work from University St. Thomas and St Catherine University School of Social Work. Dr. Brennan is trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and has over 20 years of experience in direct clinical social work practice and supervision prior to her academic career. She holds professional licensure for independent clinical practice and is an approved supervisor for licensure. Dr. Brennan teaches courses in the BSW and MSW program on generalist and clinical practice with individuals, families, and groups; clinical assessment; HBSE and human development. Areas of clinical specialization include children’s mental health, play therapy, sexual abuse and trauma treatment, and crisis response within the school setting. Her research interests include the pedagogical application of social learning theory, reflective practice in clinical skill development, and the use of technology to enhance clinical proficiency.
Hye-Kyung Kang, MA, MSW, PhD, is the Chair of the Department of Social Work, Director of the Master in Social Work Program and Associate Professor at Seattle U. She received her MSW and PhD at the University of Washington School of Social Work. Dr. Kang’s research focuses on postcolonial social work practice, community organizing and mobilization in immigrant communities and communities of color, cultural citizenship, and critical pedagogy. She has over a decade of community-based social work practice experience as well as in community organizing. In the recent years, she has been focusing on building community capacity and university-community partnership with marginalized communities through community-based participatory research. She is concerned with the interconnection between personal struggles and societal oppression and inequalities, and continues to teach clinical social work practice that integrates multiple contexts and narratives. She has authored various journal articles and book chapters as well as a book, Cultural Citizenship and Immigrant Community Identity: Constructing a Multi-ethnic Asian American Community.
Riva Zeff, MSW, is Field Director and Clinical Professor in Social Work at Seattle U. She has presented at both of the annual social work meetings of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and Baccalaureate Program Directors. She has two articles in a Sage encyclopedia and is a chapter co-author in Social Worker Field Directors Foundations for Excellence. Her committee involvement is with CSWE’s Committee on Field Education, Northwest Field Directors Consortium, Baccalaureate Program Directors Field Directors Committee, and statewide Seminar in Field Instruction as organizer and co-chair. Her professional associations include the Academy of Certified Social Workers, National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Clinical Social Workers, Council on Social Work Education, and Baccalaureate Program Directors.
Photo: left to right, Katherine Cole, MSW Candidate; Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, LICSW; Hye-Kyung Kang, MSW, PhD; and Riva Zeff, MSW.
In 2018, Seattle University’s MFA in Arts Leadership and Lemieux Library launched the Arts Ecosystem Research Project (AERP), dedicated to researching, documenting, and sharing information about the region’s dynamic arts and culture sector since 1962.
Focusing on the organizations, businesses, and major events that have shaped the unique character and innovative approach of the Seattle and King County arts ecosystem, the first phase looks at the fifty years from the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair to 2012. Lemieux Library will be the public point of access to the research, hosting a website with a digital timeline and repository, which is currently under development.
“Applied research in the field – research that extends traditional scholarship into the realm of practical application – is a critical component of the SU MFA Arts Leadership program,” says project founder and adjunct faculty member Claudia Bach. “Students taking our new elective, Applied Research Seminar: Arts Innovation is Seattle, master concepts, develop their research skills, and expand their knowledge as future arts leaders by conducting and adding research to AERP each year.”
A unique feature of the project is a deep community connection developed from the very beginning. Three highly respected members of the cultural community provide guidance, context, and varied perspectives for the project: arts marketer and advocate Vivian Phillips, KUOW arts reporter Marcie Sillman, and arts project manager and writer/editor Mayumi Tsutakawa. Seattle University Research Services Librarian Felipe Anaya and Bach, along with Arts Leadership program director Kevin Maifeld and faculty members Roxanne Hornbeck and Jasmine Mahmoud round out the AERP advisory group.
“The combination of students’ academic research and community benefit is particularly powerful,” says Bach. “The students are learning from the experiences of those who came before them, so it is very intergenerational. At the same time, they are creating a resource that will inform the next wave of arts leaders.”
During the inaugural Applied Research Seminar in Winter quarter 2018, 15 graduate students gathered data via interviews and open-ended surveys from 74 arts leaders representing a cross section of the cultural spectrum.
“We are fortunate that many of the individuals involved are able contribute to the understanding of the legacy and lineage of this still young and vibrant arts ecosystem. From the beginning, it has been our goal to capture significant information directly from the people who lived these experiences before their insights are lost forever,” adds Philips. “We are creating a holistic source for examining and informing future artistic ventures, policies, and funding, while grounding students committed to entering the field with a context of historical data.”
With data on noteworthy moments and seminal arts events, organizations, and businesses in the region, students identified more than 200 potential entries for the AERP timeline, as well as a great deal of additional information on the context and evolution of the sector, resulting in an initial 100 pilot entries created during spring and summer 2018, shaping the development of the website. Respondents also provided more than 300 suggestions of additional potential research contacts, and numerous offers to participate in further research such as case study development.
This year, students focused on developing exploratory case studies to provide depth to timeline entries. The process of creating these case studies will guide the development of future case studies over the coming years.
With support from Dean Sarah Watstein and Research Services Librarian, Felipe Anaya, the Lemieux Library has taken a key role in developing the website and institutional repository. “We are committed to AERP becoming a sustainable academic and community resource,” says Dean Watstein. “We hope to launch the website and institutional repository this summer with the initial timeline and case studies creating the platforms for future research by our students and to provide broad access to the community as the project develops.”
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and 4Culture have provided support to help get AERP underway. Other supportive entities include MOHAI and Seattle Public Library.
“Students continue to be enthusiastic about the project, with some interested in extending their participation even after they have completed the class,” Bach says. “It is also garnering national interest from the academic field of arts administration.”
The advisory group is exploring additional ways to structure and support the long-term project to fulfill its potential, including a newly formed “Friends of the Arts Ecosystem Research Project” in association with Shunpike. To learn more about the Arts Ecosystem Research Project, contact Claudia Bach, or Kevin Maifeld, Director of the Arts Leadership Program.
Photo: MFA students and faculty and AERP community advisors.
In June, UCA President P. José Alberto Idiaquez, S.J. will receive an honorary doctorate from Seattle University at the undergraduate commencement. An accomplished scholar and academic leader, Father “Chepe,” as he is known, has done fieldwork with indigenous and marginalized communities in Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua.
NPR broadcast a story about Father Chepe recently, including an interview with his niece, who currently lives in Seattle, and Dr. Serena Cosgrove, Director of Seattle U's Central America Initiative. You can listen to the interview here.
On January 9, 2019, the UCA announced that the government had cut their annual government funding by 30 percent, resulting in a reduction of their annual $16 million budget by $2.5 million. While the UCA has reopened and classes resumed in January, enrollment has decreased by 50 percent given the high levels of insecurity and fear. The university is projecting a 50 percent budget deficit for 2019 but has decided to seek interim bridge loans in the short-term and create a fundraising office in the mid-term rather than implement massive layoffs. Funds that were raised in the US and Europe will be used for student scholarships but there is still far to go to make up for the cuts.
Following this announcement, Dr. Cosgrove traveled to Managua, participating in several meetings with Fr. Chepe, members of the UCA cabinet, and the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa. She also had the opportunity to meet the U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua Kevin K. Sullivan to communicate the concern of the 28 Jesuit universities in the U.S. regarding the situation in Nicaragua and the UCA, in particular.
“The Father General has been very concerned about the situation in Nicaragua, in general, and the challenges the UCA has been facing, in particular, since last year,” says Dr. Cosgrove. “But given that Fr. Chepe, the rector of the UCA, has received multiple death threats from sources close to the government, Fr. Sosa decided to include Nicaragua in his plans to visit Central America.”
She also attended a mass conducted by the Superior General at Colegio Centroamericano (one of whose students has been killed by police.)
Dr. Cosgrove found an odd tension in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, during her stay. During the day, she saw cars, trucks, and buses moving around the city like ‘normal,’ even people out on foot. However, police, riot police, and the paramilitary are stationed around the city. The national economy has been seriously affected, and tourism, once a thriving industry, has contracted significantly; there are no tourists in Managua.
Universities in the city are open. In the public universities, controlled by the government, all students are searched entering and leaving. At the UCA, police and paramilitaries maintain an around-the-clock presence near the campus and surrounding neighborhood. They stop students and search them.
“Carrying a Nicaragua flag or having a Facebook page that is critical of the government is sufficient cause for arrest. People are afraid to carry their cell phones in public,” said Dr. Cosgrove. “Multiple times I heard people say that they fear there will not be a negotiated settlement to this situation due to the fact that Daniel Ortega, the president of the country, is a fighting man, not a negotiator. “Es un hombre de balas” (He is a man of bullets).”
The people of Nicaragua have faced an ongoing crisis since April 2018 as repressive government tactics have subdued peaceful civilian demonstrations, leading to more than 500 deaths, 1,000 people who have disappeared, and an additional 4,000 people injured. Over 700 political prisoners, many of whom are young college students, are being held by the government, accused of terrorism.
Dr. Cosgrove and others in the Jesuit community are particularly protective of Fr. Chepe, who has been outspoken in his support for students. “By raising his international profile, we believe that we can provide additional protection,” she said. “We nominated him for a significant humanitarian award from the Latin American Studies Association. He will travel to Boston in May to accept the LASA/Oxfam America Martin Diskin Memorial Lectureship. Dr. Cosgrove and Fr. Chepe are also co-authoring a book, “Surviving the Americas: Garifuna Persistence from Nicaragua to New York City, due out from University of Cincinnati Press in 2020.
Seattle University has promoted solidarity with the people of Nicaragua and colleagues and students at UCA along with other Jesuit universities, beginning with a public statement on April 26, 2018. On May 4, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, to which Seattle University is a member, issued a statement condemning the violence and in support of the UCA. In June 629 members of the Seattle U community signed a letter of support and solidarity. As UCA has experienced cuts and delays in the financial support provided by the Nicaraguan government, last December Father Stephen Sundborg, SJ, made an emergency appeal for scholarship support for UCA students which raised $50,000.
Seattle University has welcomed five UCA students to campus this year, allowing them to continue their education. (The students’ names are not being released to ensure their safety.)
Those interested in supporting UCA students and/or the Central America Initiative may make donations here:
Photos, top to bottom: UCA President P. José Alberto Idiaquez, SJ (Father Chepe), Dr. Serena Cosgrove, and Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa. Father Sosa celebrating Mass. Dr. Cosgrove, Father Chepe, Father Sosa, and members of the UCA Cabinet.
Seattle University President, Stephen V. Sundborg, SJ, recently announced that Dr. Paulette Kidder is the 2019-2020 recipient of the James B. McGoldrick, S.J., Fellowship. Named for a beloved Jesuit who devoted a half century of his life to Seattle University, the fellowship recognizes an extraordinary faculty member who embodies the mission and values of Seattle University. The McGoldrick Fellowship, the most prestigious award Seattle University confers upon faculty, includes a quarter or semester sabbatical.
In his announcement, Fr. Sundborg said, “Dr. Kidder’s considerable contributions as a teacher-scholar are rivaled by her incredible service to the university. Much as Father McGoldrick guided our institution through times of transition and challenge, Dr. Kidder has, time and again, answered the call when our university has needed her most. After having served as associate dean and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, she was appointed interim dean of Matteo Ricci in 2016 and, with a steadying hand, she led the college through its transition to the institute that she now directs.”
He continued, “Colleagues and students alike value Dr. Kidder for her warmth and compassion and her principled and visionary leadership. She not only espouses but truly lives out the highest ideals of our Jesuit educational mission.”
“I can imagine no better exemplar of someone who “embodies the mission and values of our institution” in the spirit of Fr. McGoldrick than Dr. Paulette Kidder,” said Dr. David V. Powers, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “She is a teacher-scholar who has stepped up into a host of leadership roles across the college and the university, often in challenging times. Paulette’s thoughtfulness, graciousness and strength create an environment where people feel heard, supported and able to move forward together even through difficulties. She is an outstanding faculty member and genuinely warm-hearted person; I offer my sincerest congratulations.”
Currently the director of the and associate professor of philosophy, Dr. Kidder has been on SU’s faculty since 1989. She teaches courses on health care ethics, ethics of food, 19th century thought, feminist moral theory and the philosophy of Martha Nussbaum. Her research and numerous publications have focused on bioethics, philosophy and literature/film, contemporary continental philosophy and the dialogue between Catholic thought and contemporary philosophical movements.
Upon learning of her selection, Dr. Kidder said, “I am very grateful for this recognition, especially when I read the list of past recipients, many of whom have been my friends and my most admired colleagues at SU. I was fortunate to meet Fr. McGoldrick once when I visited SU as a college student. He made a strong impression as someone who carried the identity of the institution but who took the time to interact with students in a warm and humorous way. It’s a great thing that we continue to celebrate his legacy.”
Kidder will be recognized as the recipient of the 2019-2020 McGoldrick Fellowship at the annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event in May.
Congratulations to Sarah LaChance Adams ‘04, alum of the MA in Psychology program, who has recently accepted a position as Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Florida Blue Center for Ethics at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
James Norris ‘09, alum of the MA In Psychology program and executive director of Matumaini Counseling, is launching a new event series, the Matumaini Community Forums. The events will serve as an open forum to discuss community needs and concerns related to mental health, and the first event will be held April 12th and 13th on SU’s campus.
Patrick Brady, Major General, U.S. Army (Ret.), BA, Psychology, ’60 and Medal of Honor recipient, joined the Board of Directors of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, and will play a leadership role in the creation of a permanent home to honor America's bravest heroes.
Julia Olson, BA, Communication and Media, ’19 published an op-ed about the inequity in unpaid internships in the Spokesman-Review.
Debra Entenman, BA, Political Science, '03, State Representative for the 47th Legislative District was recognized by KEXP in their Sound and Vision series. Read the interview here.
ParentMap has named alum Olivia Ashé, Political Science and Spanish, '16, "The Equalizer" as one of their 2019 Superheroes for Washington State Families. Read the story here.
Nick Turner (Ryusei Takahashi), Journalism, ‘18 and former Spectator editor-in-chief, is now a reporter at Japan Times. Read his recent stories.
Nick Pineda, Theatre '17, with a minor in Film Studies, and his father are planning a 1,954-mile trek along border to change how we talk about migration. Read Tyrone Beason's story in The Seattle Times.
Leigh Pierre Oetker, English ’90, is the new Executive Director of the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation.
Marie McNabb, ’03, Karl Chan-Brown, ‘01, and Julie Keller, ’10, alums of the MA in Psychology program, have had their manuscript “In my Head, I have a Cleaning Lady: Symbol Form and Symbolic Intention in the Everyday Use of Money" accepted for publication by Semiotica: Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies.
Congratulations to Dawn Loerch, ’96, Helena Soholm, ‘07, and Naoko Brown, ’03, alums of the MA in Psychology program who recently received their PhD in Psychology. Dawn attended Pacifica Graduate School, and Helena and Naoko both received their PhD from Saybrook University.
Sasha Anderson, Sociology '03, is running for Seattle City Council.
Katherine Rodela, History/Philosophy '04, and Fulbright Scholar, now a member of the WSU Vancouver faculty, is the first recipient of the George Brain and Gay Selby Faculty Award in Educational Leadership.
Thomas Hoffer, BAH, Humanities, Matteo Ricci and BA, Religious Studies, ’86, was one of ten recipients of the 2018 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards. First bestowed in 2013, the awards honor exemplary leaders in the global disability community who, through the example of their professional accomplishments and advocacy efforts, are reshaping societal perceptions and making significant changes in the quality of life of people with disabilities.
ChrisTiana ObeySumner, BA, Psychology with Honors, ‘13 and MNPL, ‘16, spoke on the importance of actionable accomplices in social justice versus philosophical allies in inaction at the Seattle Womxn’s March on January 19. Read the transcript here.
Leigh Nishi-Strattner, BA, Creative Writing, ’13 published her debut collection of romantic prose poetry, Bone Honey.
Stephen Greer, BA, Criminal Justice, ’81, was appointed municipal court judge for the City of Shelton.
Jacinta Tegman, MNPL ’15 was named President and CEO of CRISTA Ministries.
Mike Descamp, BA, Psychology, ’67, published his first novel, Sunrise, Yeomen’s County.
Debra Entenman, BA, Political Science, '03, State Representative for the 47th Legislative District, was appointed to serve as vice chair of the College & Workforce Development Committee.
Charles M. Tung, PhD, associate professor and chair of English, published a new book,” Modernism and Time Machines,”now available in the Critical Studies in Modernist Culture series at Edinburgh University Press.
Ohla Krupa, PhD, spent her winter sabbatical as a visiting scholar at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In that position, she worked on her research project entitled: "School Funding Disparities: the Case of Washington School Districts". During her time at the Lincoln Institute, she presented a lecture on land markets in Ukraine and a lecture on Washington's school finance reform.
Jasmine Mahmoud, PhD, wrote a chapter "Space: Postdramatic Geography in Post-Collapse Seattle," for the recently published Postdramatic Theatre and Form (Methuen 2019), a book edited by Michael Shane Boyle, Matt Cornish, and Brandon Woolf. She also published an interview in Hyperallergic with artist Tschabalala Self about her exhibit that runs at the Frye Art Museum through April 28.
Serena Cosgrove, PhD, published “Who will use my loom when I am gone? An Intersectional Analysis of Mapuche Women’s Progress in Twenty-First Century Chile,” in The Palgrave Handbook of Intersectionality in Public Policy, Eds. Olena Hankivsky and Julia Jordan-Zachery.
Rob Efird, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies, gave a tour of our taqwsheblu Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden to a group of high school girls visiting from the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He presented a paper entitled "Urban Chinese Childrearing and Social-Ecological Resilience" at a symposium at the University of Puget Sound on Resilience, Response and Reclamation in the Ecology and Environment of Greater China.
Marie Wong, PhD, was featured in an article in the North American Post, Marie Rose Wong, Community chronicler turns her eye to prewar Nikkei baseball.
"The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games” by Chris Paul, PhD, was mentioned in this article on Gamespot.
Patrick Schoettmer, PhD, Political Science, talked about the Mueller report, what we might expect next, and how the report may become public with Bill Radke on KUOW's The Record.
Jeff Philpott, PhD, had a piece on writing in the core and adapting to communication contexts published in AJCU’s Connections.
Caitlin Carlson, PhD, was on KUOW’s The Record, discussing whether elected officials should be able to block constituents on social media.
Catherine Hinrichson wrote this Op-Ed, Why KOMO’s Take on Homelessness is the Wrong One, for Crosscut about a recent documentary about homelessness on KOMO TV.
Kimberly Harden, EdD, co-authored Moving from Ally to Accomplice: How Far Are You Willing to Go to Disrupt Racism in the Workplace? with Tai Harden-Moore In Diverse Issues in Higher Education. She was featured in the Seattle Times for her presentation at Ignite Education Lab.
Jackie Helfgott, PhD was quoted in two articles recently, Facebook removes 15 million videos of New Zealand Shooting and Firms in New Zealand pulls Ads from Facebook, Google after Christchurch shootings.
Marco Lowe, MPA, appeared on CBS News for Jay Inslee becomes third presidential candidate to release tax returns.
Ali Altaf Mian, PhD, published “Love in Islamic Philosophy.” In The Routledge Handbook of Love in Philosophy, edited by Adrienne Martin. London and New York: Routledge.
Joy Sherman, DMA, Professor Emeritus, attended the National Conference of The American Choral Directors’ Association in Kansas City where she received the Distinguished Choral Alumna Award by the Choral Program of The University of Colorado at Boulder.
Wes Howard-Brook, JD, Senior Instructor, Theology and Religious Studies, led a Lent retreat in Lacy for the Holy Wisdom Catholic Community and gave a presentation on "The Gospel of Luke and Jubilee" at St. Leo Church in Tacoma.
Julie Homchick Crowe, PhD, presented a paper at the Columbia History of Science Group titled: Maternal Instincts: Pregnancy, Labor and Arguments of “Common Sense”
Susan Meyers’, PhD, essay "Visits to the Border" in the journal Creative Nonfiction in April.
Sonora Jha, PhD, Professor, Department of Communication and Media, presented on a panel titled “The Unlikable Woman in Literature,” at the Orcas Island Literary Festival 2019, April 6.
Sharon Cumberland, PhD, Professor of English Emeritus, has been accepted at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia to study "The Identification of Photographic Print Processes." Her poem, "The Day No One Died" has been accepted in the forthcoming international anthology "Magnum Opus" (New Delhi, India, 2019)
Harriet M. Phinney, PhD, participated in "Future Horizons in Critical Medical Humanities" - a symposium sponsored by the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for Humanities at the University of Washington March 27-29.
Yitan Li, PhD, presented a research paper co-authored with Enyu Zhang, International Studies, “Unification through Changing Discourse or by Force?: Cross-Strait Relations in the Xi-Trump Era” at the 60th International Studies Association Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada on March 28. He also served as the discussant on the same panel.
Kathryn L. Bollich-Ziegler, PhD, presented her research "To Know or Not to Know? Personal and Relational Correlates of Perceived Self-Knowledge and Perceived Meta-Accuracy” at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Annual Convention in New Orleans
Randall Horton, PhD, moderated a panel on Global Mental Health at the South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest which was held at the University of Washington.
Le Xuan Hy, PhD, recently received a $4,000 Institute of Catholic Thought and Culture grant.
Lane Gerber, Professor Emeritus in the Psychology department has a new publication “Hidden injuries: Stories of social class, politics, and the face of the Other” which was published in the journal Psychoanalysis, Self and Context. Lane presented a paper "Malignant Normality and Enlivening Guilt" at the 2018 International Federation of Psychoanalytic Education Annual Meeting.
Jacob Kysar, MS, Kinesiology Department recently published an article in Gait & Posture, Kysar, J. E. & Dalton B. H. (2019), "Static monocular visual cues can decrease the vestibular-evoked balance response at low frequencies," 69, 162-168, aimed at examining how visual asymmetries may alter one’s ability to maintain standing balance.
Rosa Joshi, MFA, directed As You Like It at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which opened on March 8. Listen to her director’s interview here.
Angelique Davis, JD, was featured for her work on reparations, apologies, and racial gaslighting on NBCNews.com, Gov. Northam blackface case distracts from broader problems of racism, and This Black Light, Turn The Gaslight Off.
Psychology faculty member Claire LeBeau, PhD, presented her paper, "The Movement of Justice through Dénucleation: Levinas, King and the Personal Dynamics of Peace" at the 12th Annual Conference for Society for Humanistic Psychology at Oregon State University. She also participated in an interview on KUOW about changes in parental leave policies at the Gates Foundation. Listen here.
Chris Paul, PhD, co-edited Casual Games, a special issue of Games and Culture: A Journal of Interactive Media. He was interviewed on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Ali Altaf Mian, PhD, presented "Sufi Shrines in Modern South Asia" at the University of Washington March 5.
Seattle University Institute of Public Service's Marco Lowe, MPA, was interviewed by KING 5 about Governor Jay Inslee's potential announcement of his candidacy for president. Watch it here.
Jackie Helfgott, PhD, Criminal Justice, was interviewed by KOMO TV for the story “Man with 72 convictions almost set free by city attorney.” She was also interviewed by Le Devoir for a story about the fascination with serial killers in pop culture.
Rob Efird, PhD, gave a presentation on March 2 at Seattle Public Schools' School Learning Garden Network Winter Workshop on the topic "'The Earth is Our First Teacher': Native Plants and Indigenous Culture in School Ethnobotanical Gardens.”
Julie Homchick Crowe, PhD, Communication Department, organized a panel for the Western States Communication Association Health Communication division called “Expertise, Experience and Evidence in Argument about Women’s Health.” She chaired the panel and also presented a paper called “Maternity, Moral Imperatives and Arguments from ‘Nature.’” Her paper, “Architectural Advocacy: The Bullitt Center and Environmental Design,” was chosen for the Top Papers Panel in the Environmental Communication division at the Western States Communication Association. Preliminary research for this project was supported by Seattle University’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability.
Dominic Cody Kramers, MFA, designed sound for the play "John" by Annie Baker at ArtsWest, directed by Erin Murray.
Mary-Antoinette Smith, PhD, English and Women and Gender Studies, 2018-2020 Reverend Louis Gaffney, S.J., Chair, presented at three conferences recently, including “No More No-Woman’s Land Over Troubled Waters: Transnational Bridge Building (Britain, the Americas, and Beyond).” Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages (PAMLA) Conference. Western Washington University (November 2018); “(B)romancing the Stone: Hubris, Allure, and Manipulation in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus” at the Natality vs Immortality: The Case of Frankenstein & The Creature Conference. The University of Cyprus (December 2018); and “No [Wo]man is an Island: Restoring the Umbilical Ties that Bind Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley.” The British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS) Conference. St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University (January 2019).
Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Criminal Justice, was interviewed by KUOW for “Not just pot cases: Seattle tries to lift colossal burdens of low level convictions.”
Ruchika Tulshyan, MS, Communication, is included in TheThinkers50’s annual selection of 30 thinkers to watch in the coming year.
Caitlin Carlson, PhD, Communication, recently published an article in the Journal of Hate Studies, Carlson, C.R. (2018). “Misogynistic hate speech and its chilling effect on women’s free expression during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.” Journal of Hate Studies, 14(1), 97-111.
Julie Homchick Crowe, PhD, Communication, presented “Fake News, Fake Experts and Fake Data: The Trump Administration’s Alternate Reality” to The Oatmeal Club on Bainbridge Island on December 13.
Sonora Jha, PhD, Communication Department, taught "Crafting Unforgettble Characters in Fiction and Nonfiction," in India for Hedgebrook, a women’s writing residency based on Whidbey Island, Washington. Six writers from the US and India worked with Dr. Jha for seven days in Karjat, India.
Seattle University was represented at the Tasveer South Asian Lit Fest on January 12 in presentations by Sonora Jha, PhD, Communication, "Women of Color Writers in the US" and Nalini Iyer, PhD, English, “Meena Alexander: A Memorial with Nalini Iyer.”
Nalini Iyer, PhD was part of “ ‘Four raisins in a rice bowl’ no more,” a conversation on KUOW. http://bit.ly/2MetYho
Charles M. Tung, PhD, English, published the article “The Angel of Alternate History and Apocalyptic Hope” in Apocalypse, a special issue of ASAP/Journal, vol. 3, no. 3, 2018, pp. 547-69.
Maureen Emerson Feit, PhD, Nonprofit Leadership, contributed to Reframing Nonprofit Organizations: Democracy, Inclusion and Social Change, a new book that offers critical perspectives on the history, leadership and management of nonprofits. In her chapter, Dr. Feit draws on critical race theory to surface and examine strategies for addressing racial bias in nonprofit human resources.
Sarah Schulz, PhD, Kinesiology, was interviewed for “Testing Stretch 22, a new ‘stretch therapy’ startup backed by Expedia and Zillow founder Rich carton” on GeekWire.com.
Catherine Hinrichson, MA, Institute of Public Service, Project on Family Homelessness, was interviewed for “Real Change: How Seattle’s Street Newspaper Plans to Survive in the Digital Age” in The Seattle Times’ Pacific Northwest Magazine.
Kevin Maifeld, MFA, Arts Leadership, was interviewed by NPR for “Acclaimed Art Museum Deals With Fallout Over Sexual Assault Scandal.”
Kirsten Moana Thompson, PhD, Film Studies, has a new publication coming out, “Tattooed Light and Embodied Design: Animated Surfaces in Moana” eds. Paula Massood, Angel Daniel Matos, and Pamela Robertson Wojcik, Yours, Mine and Ours: Intersectional Spaces on Screen. Durham: Duke University Press, 2019. (forthcoming). She was named a member of the First Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) Pacific panel.
Alfred G. Pérez, PhD, MSW, Social Work, is a keynote speaker for Washington Passport Network’s annual Passports to Careers State Conference on May 16.
Marie Wong, PhD, Institute of Public Service, was featured in Seattle Magazine’s ID Renovations Clash With Housing Affordability.
Kathleen Pape, PsyD, Psychology Department, became licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in the State of Washington.
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