Dear Arts and Sciences Alumni and Friends,
I write to you in the midst of the most significant series of events for our college, the university, the nation and indeed the world in at least a generation. The College has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic with a full migration of courses, meetings and events to virtual format. We have developed plans toward some measure of opening campus in the fall. At the same time, we are being realistic about how the failure to contain the virus nationwide impacts the volume and nature in-person activity we can have in the fall, even with thorough precautions in place.
Our faculty and staff worked incredibly hard to support our students in a virtual environment and faculty have committed large parts of this (shorter-than-usual) summer to learning how to create even richer and more vibrant virtual learning experiences for our students. Across the university, over 300 faculty have taken additional training through our Center for Digital Learning and Innovation to support students with a range of virtual tools and techniques. I have every confidence in their ability to provide an excellent experience for our students in the face of whatever circumstances will be.
We also recognize and are engaging the dramatically expanded awareness of continued racist violence and institutional racism across the United States. We are looking at what education we can provide and what actions we can take against violence and against the underlying institutional racism on which it is based and which it supports. Awareness and action have grown across the country and the world, in the Seattle region and "on" our campus even as we operate virtually.
It is part of our mission to help students become leaders in creating a more just and humane world; recognizing racism and addressing it in anti-racist ways are critical to truly making the world more just for everyone in our country. The college is working to improve both our curriculum and our college culture. We have several expert scholars on racism, institutional racism and anti-racist work in the College of Arts and Sciences. We will be sharing our new College Strategic Plan in the fall; it calls for us to work even more toward Inclusive Academic Excellence, as called for by the 2016 report by the Seattle University Task Force on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence and the new University Strategic Directions. The College of Arts & Sciences is poised to be a leader in addressing these issues and as the Dean of the College I am committed to moving ahead in concrete ways.
The exhibition brings together work by Dominic Chambers, Damon Davis, Jen Everett, De Nichols, and Katherine Simone Reynolds. The exhibition is curated by Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud, PhD, Assistant Professor in Arts Leadership at Seattle University and supported by Hedreen Gallery and the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts.
Molly Mac, Hedreen Gallery Curator, explains,"Abstractions of Black Citizenship: African American Art from Saint Louis is an art and interview-driven exhibition project that counters legacies of anti-Blackness in mainstream art historical scholarship and theories of abstraction. After over a year of planning for the physical show (and with several of the exhibition artworks already in transit from Saint Louis to Seattle), the exhibition’s curatorial team made a rapid effort to pivot the exhibition to an online format in response to the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the dynamic leadership of curator Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud, PhD, and the generous participation by the five artists whose work is included in the show, the online version of this exhibition and public programs have become a catalyst for public conversation and organizing between the artists and scholars engaged in the project. We especially appreciate the dedication of the curatorial team of Seattle University Arts Leadership and Art History students and alumni, whose flexibility and care made this project possible."
Abstractions of Black Citizenship: African American Art From Saint Louis, continues online through Sunday, August 2, and may be found here. Members of the public are invited to deepen their experience with the exhibition in these final virtual events:
Friday, July 24, 11 a.m. PT
Thursday, July 30, noon-2.p.m. PT (2-4 p.m. CST, 3-5 p.m. EST) via Zoom
Saturday, August 1 at 10-11:30am PT via zoom. Register here (required)
From 2016 to 2018, I worked as the Postdoctoral Fellow in Inequality and Identity in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, a very arts-rich city. There, I became really interested in a growing cohort of Black artists whose work was incredibly stirring, and often engaged with the murder of Michael Brown and the Black Lives Matter movement around Ferguson. So, I decided to conduct research for a book about this work and started interviewing artists, including Damon Davis, Jen Everett, and De Nichols, three of the five artists in this exhibition.
Shortly after I arrived at Seattle U, Molly Mac and I were talking about the book over lunch, and she said, 'Why don't you curate a show about this for the Hedreen Gallery?'
Originally, the book was going to be called Acts of Black Citizenship. When we think about U.S. history, one of the ways in which racism has continued is by racist artistic representations of Black people, including Blackface minstrelsy which began in the 19th, and grew to become the most popular form of theatre in that century. I was thinking of anti-racist representations of Black people by Black people as the acts of Black citizenship. I leaned heavily on scholar Salamishah Tillet who thinks about art as a central form for Black people to express their citizenship as they have long been denied their full rights.
But as I began to curate and talk to the artists, 'act' became 'abstraction,' as this work is not just representational, it is also often conceptual and aspirational. In the show I highlight themes -- shine, citizenship, growth, beauty, reading & leisure, the sonic, and quietness & interiority -- to make sense of the concepts, ideas, and practices surrounding the work of these artists. Abstraction also borrows heavily from curator Adrienne Edwards who asks about the burdens we put on Black artists to uphold blackness and confront racism. Abstraction allowed me to ask the show's central questions, including: 'How might an attention to abstraction make aesthetic, geographic, and political space for Black presence and citizenship?'
That question also animates the geographic location and history of St. Louis, as a city and region that spans Missouri and Illinois. St. Louis, MO is in the center of the U.S. geographically, bordering the Mississippi River, where enslaved people were sold downriver; the region is the site of so much thinking about race and citizenship in the US. One hundred years ago, St. Louis, MO was the fourth most populous city in the United States. Two hundred years ago, Missouri became the northernmost slave state. St. Louis became the site of the emergence of the Dred Scott decision, the Supreme Court case that decided in 1857, a few years before the Civil War erupted, that Black people would never be US citizens. More recently, Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, MO in St. Louis County.
Before the pandemic, Molly and I were thinking about what might it mean to bring St. Louis artists to the Seattle arts community, and to have an intercity city dialogue. We pivoted to the virtual exhibition space as soon as it became apparent that we would not be able to mount the show physically in Seattle.
Another very important component of this exhibition is the participation of Seattle U students and alumni. Ashley Marshall, a current MFA in Arts Leadership student, is our Education Assistant and wrote the K-8 Education Guide, and is leading the Youth Virtual Field Trip in August. Meilani Mandery, BA, Art History and Arts Leadership, 2020, wrote our Youth Education Guide. Ellen McGivern, MFA in Arts Leadership, 2019, created the Adult Education Guide. Both Meilani and Ellen also served as Curatorial Assistants. Dev McCauley, BA in Design with Honors, 2020, provided brilliant graphic design. Their talents and perspective contributed greatly to the exhibition.
The exhibition website offers the opportunity to meet the five artists in virtual studio tours, which you can find here.
(photos go here)
Dominic Chambers is an artist from St. Louis, MO who creates large scale paintings and drawings that reference literary narratives cited in books he’s read, various mythologies, and African-American history. His current work is invested in exploring moments of contemplation and meditation through reading and leisure. Chambers has exhibited his work in both solo and group exhibitions regionally and internationally. Chambers also has been the curator of exhibitions at the Kravets Wehby Gallery in New York and the Pitch Project in Milwaukee,WI. He has also participated in a series of residencies including- The Yale Norfolk summer residency and the New York Studio Residency Program in Brooklyn, NY. Chambers received his BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and received his MFA from the Yale University School of Art.
Studio tour link
Damon Davis is an award-winning, post-disciplinary artist who works and resides in St. Louis, Missouri. In a practice that is part therapy, part social commentary, his work spans across a spectrum of creative mediums to tell stories exploring how identity is informed by power and mythology. Davis is a 2015 Firelight Media Fellow, a 2016 Sundance Music and Sound Design Lab Fellow, a 2017 TED Fellow 2017, and a 2017 Root100 Honoree. His work is featured in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and he has exhibited at Art Basel Miami, the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts and the San Diego Contemporary Museum of Art. Davis is an upcoming artist in residence at Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland and will be exhibiting at the Crenshaw Dairy Mart in Summer 2020.
Studio tour link
Jen Everett is an artist from Southfield, Michigan, currently working in Saint Louis, Missouri. Broadly, she is interested in the myriad ways that Black people continue to produce and transmit knowledge. Her practice encompasses lens based media, installation and writing. Jen’s recent work considers the relationship between rupture and Black interiority through an investigation of the materials we collect, the information we hold in our bodies and where the two may converge.
Jen received an MFA from Washington University in Saint Louis where she was a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. Jen has shown at SPRING/BREAK Art Show New York, Leo Model Gallery at Hampshire College, Vox Populi – Philadelphia and Gallery 102 in Washington DC. She has presented her work during lectures at the Saint Louis Art Museum and Harvard University and her work has been published in Transition and SPOOK magazines. She has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts and ACRE.
Studio tour link
De Nichols is a designer, social entrepreneur, and keynote lecturer who mobilizes young creative change makers through the production of interactive experiences, digital media, and social initiatives.
De is currently a Loeb Fellow of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and she serves as Principal of Design & Social Practice at Civic Creatives, a design and strategy collective she founded in 2015 to help cities more boldly develop creative solutions for the civic and social challenges residents face. As a national keynote presenter and lecturer, De champions the power of design and storytelling to inspire and equip audiences to spark creative social change across their communities.
Because of her leadership, Nichols has been deemed as a national Ideas that Matter recipient, a two-time Clinton Global Initiative innovator, and a St. Louis Visionary for her community impact. She additionally is a 2017/18 Citizen Artist Fellow of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and a 2018 Artist Fellow with the Regional Arts Commission in St. Louis, MO
Studio tour link
Katherine Simóne Reynolds’ practice is working in emotional dialects and psychogeographies of Blackness within the “non”, and the importance of “anti-excellence”. Her work tries to physicalize emotions and experiences by constructing pieces that include portrait photography, video works, and choreography. In the process of making subtle changes to her practice she has learned that creating an environment built on intention brings the most disarming feelings to her work. Utilizing the Black body and her own personal narrative as a place of departure has made her question her own navigation of ownership, inclusion, and authenticity within a contemporary gaze. She draws inspiration from Black glamour, the Black athlete, and the Church. Her practice generally deals in Blackness from her own perspective and she continually searches for what it means to produce “Black work.”
She has exhibited work within many spaces and institutions around Saint Louis, including the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, and The Luminary. Internationally she was hired to work for ImPulsTanz, the largest contemporary dance festival in Europe, as the event photographer where she worked on photographic and performance projects within the MUMOK, the Weltmuseum, and many other unique venues around Vienna, Austria.
She has exhibited in local, national, and international group and solo shows, has spoken at The Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis and The Saint Louis Art Museum, and MoMA for their Gallery Sessions where she also performed. She has recently exhibited work in the In Practice group exhibition at The Sculpture center and Rule Gallery in Marfa, TX. She has also been appointed as the new curator at The Luminary a non-profit art institution in Saint Louis, MO. Her next exhibition is scheduled for October at the Knockdown Center in NY.
Studio tour link
Visitors have the opportunity to explore the exhibit themes and learn more about the artists with a variety of educational materials. While some are designed for younger audiences, they will all engage adult audiences, as well.
Author Meilani Mandery writes, “I want young people to find ways to engage with art and take inspiration from contemporary artists. This guide includes guiding questions to aid your interaction with the exhibit. In this guide, I profile each artist with a short bio and art assignment These assignments are opportunities for you to make art in response to what you see in this exhibition. They are designed to help you think deeply about themes and styles.”
Meilani Mandery is a community organizer within the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and works for a youth arts program at the Wing Luke Museum. She recently graduated from Seattle University with a double major in Art History and Arts Leadership (BA ‘20).
Author Ashley Marshall writes, “Students are encouraged to think about the word redlining and how it has affected our environment. This guide includes activities, guiding questions, and vocabulary to accompany your interaction with the exhibition. Each artist is profiled in this guide with a short introduction of their work. The activities included were created to provide students with an opportunity to consider how movement and removal of a community of people through redlining can influence their artistic vision. Have fun with it; art is art. No fancy tools or art supplies needed, just your imagination, pencil or pen, and paper.”
Ashley Marshall is a part of Youth in Focus; an organization started to inspire youth to tell their stories through photography and committed to creating equitable access to art education to youth despite the socioeconomic status.
Author Ellen McGivern writes: “Due to the virtual reformatting of this exhibition due to the global COVID-19 pandemic in Spring 2020, I want to facilitate an opportunity for, adult audiences to be introspective, allowing them to take time, to contemplate and find inspiration in our memories, histories, and communities. In addition, I seek to give adults the permission to create abstractly, make mistakes, try something new, and use mediums that are accessible and easy to exchange and share within your circles. Like the artists in Abstractions of Black Citizenship: African American Art from Saint Louis, I am asking you, the audience, to examine your relationship to your current home, the homes you once had, and/or the homes you wish to create after this crisis subsides.”
Ellen McGivern is a curator and art administrator currently living in Seattle, WA. Her curatorial interests lie within the intersections of performance, craft, artist rituals, and invisible labor.
Photo credits (top to bottom): Katherine Simóne Reynolds, Mending Keloid 1 (2020). Image courtesy of the artist. Jen Everett, Unheard Sounds, Come Through (2019). Image courtesy of the artist. Damon Davis, Negrophilia 78 (2015). Image courtesy of the artist.
The Imagining the World: Study Abroad and International Photography Competition highlights the College’s – and the University’s – participation in the global community. Demonstrating the Ignatian principles of self-reflection and discernment, our students and faculty capture more than a moment in their experiences—they share with us a very personal window into the world.
Our Imagining The World exhibition is usually presented at the Kinsey Gallery on campus. With the restrictions on public gatherings, the exhibition is presented virtually this year.
Our students, faculty, and staff who participate in the university’s study abroad program are encouraged to look beyond the surface during their time in different countries. Their images illustrate a truly authentic connection with the people and places visited. International students attending Seattle U share their personal perspectives of Seattle, the Pacific Northwest, and other parts of the United States. They reflect back images of the country in which the university resides, providing their interpretation of our “home.” The photo entries come from all Seattle U schools and colleges, and include short essays from the photographers, providing the viewer more context and greater insight into their experiences. The winners of this year’s competition:
The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to the formation of national and global citizens who are equipped to lead justly and humanely. We encourage our students to engage deeply with diverse cultures around the world through faculty-led programs abroad, language and international studies, partnerships around the globe, service learning, student and faculty exchanges, internships, and Xavier Global House. Arts and Sciences has led the university in its effort to develop an international focus.
Michael Ninen, ’20, will be in Mexico teaching English with the Fulbright Grant. He will be graduating with majors in International studies and Spanish, as well as a minor in Latin American Studies. Michael hopes to incorporate a culturally responsive pedagogy in the classroom to establish a common ground learning environment that serves all types of students. Upon returning to the United States, he would like to aim for a career with the foreign service as a public diplomacy officer.
Congratulations to junior Alyssa Gaston, who won seven debates in a row to place first at the online debate tournament hosted by University of Alaska earlier in the month—not a single loss. Alyssa was also fourth speaker.
Samantha Kielty, MNPL 2020, is deeply committed to food justice. She and her team at the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance are focused on ensuring that low income people have access to fresh, locally-produced food and that local farmers have a place to sell their food. When the pandemic hit and farmers markets closed, she and her colleagues worked quickly to find ways to support farmers and customers. Read about that work here.
Brandon Frost, MNPL student, was one of those who documented the recent Capitol Hill protests about racial equity and police violence. Brandon also works at Seattle U in the IT department.
Mariah Ribeiro, ’19, Art History with Departmental Honors, will be attending Syracuse University for an MA in Art History in Fall 2020. She was also accepted into very competitive MA programs at American University; Hunter College/City University of New York; the University of Chicago and the University of Washington. Mariah’s honors thesis on indigenous art and contemporary museum practice may form the basis of her graduate work with Sascha Scott, a scholar of Native American and Indigenous Studies and director of art history graduate studies in Syracuse’s Department of Art and Music Histories. Mariah will be publishing a portion of her honor’s thesis in the upcoming edition of SUURJ, SU’s undergraduate research journal this spring.
Mary Lacey, Public Affairs '20, and project assistant for the Seattle University Project on Family Homelessness, wrote this blog entry about her experience with weighing the decision to vote in Wisconsin against her own safety. Read her entry here.
Sydney Thun, Film Studies with minor in Creative Writing, ’19, Sydney worked as an intern on the set of Universal's TV show Z Nation and on a Disney film shot in Seattle prior to graduation. Since graduation, Sydney has worked with A+E Networks on commercial shoots as a location scout, and as a set assistant, and recently accepted a very exciting job opportunity to create pitch decks and assist in selling scripts to networks and platforms such as Freeform, HBO, Netflix, and NBC.
Brandon Bassler, Film Studies ’19, has begun work at Lifetime Television as a Publicity Assistant.
Brennan Bunn, Film Studies ’19 has been splitting his days between producing short videos for the King County District Council and the Seattle Housing Authority.
Emma Cooney, Film Studies ’19, moved to NYC and is now working at an editing studio in Manhattan that specializes in documentary film and advertising. She plans to attend the School of Visual Studies for further graduate studies.
Kelly Hunt, Communication and Media, with a Spanish Minor, ’20, is featured in the April Issue of New England PGA's Full Swing News Magazine. Read it here.
ChrisTiana ObeySumner, BA, Psychology with Honors, '13; MNPL, '16; and MPA ’20, and recipient of the 2020 Social Justice and Community Engagement Award, was included in The Seattle Times story, “Could the coronavirus reset society? Questions we should be asking about post-pandemic life.” Read the story here.
Charese Jones, MNPL ’20, talked about her work at Orion Center in The Seattle Times story, “Coronavirus brings ‘a whole other layer of trauma’ for workers who serve homeless people.” Read the story here.
Chhavi Mehra, Communication with specialization in Journalism ’20, published “Are Partial Tuition Refunds for Distance and Virtual Learning Justified?” in the South Seattle Emerald. Read the story here.
Josh Merchant, Psychology '20, wrote a story for the South Seattle Emerald, "Seattle University faces demands to end relationship with SPD." Josh was the Investigative Editor for The Spectator. Read the story here.
Mason Bryan, Political Science '15, is the Associate Opinion Editor for Crosscut, where he recently published "It's not so hard to imagine a life without police." Read the story here.
Toshiko Grace Hasegawa, Criminal Justice, BA '10, MACJ '19: "As executive director of CAPAA, it’s my tremendous honor to serve such a reputable agency originally founded by the will of the people to make sure that APIs had a voice in state government. Here, with COVID-19, we are seeing the need for our voice and representation more than ever. We have historically concentrated our work in a couple of different target issue areas: education, health and human services, civil rights and immigration, economic development, and also, of course, census. What we’re really finding in this pandemic is that the issues have not changed but the equity gap has deepened." Read the North American Post story here.
Ken D. Allan, PhD, Art History, Department of Art & Art History, publishes review of new study of African-American art in 1960s Los Angeles; joins the board of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP). Allan, a specialist on American art of the 1960s on the West Coast, was solicited to write a review of a major new book in his field by art historian and curator Kellie Jones, Professor in Art History and the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. His review of her South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s, (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2017) appeared in The Art Bulletin, Vol. 102, No. 1, March 2020: 119-121.
Allan also was appointed to the board of an interdisciplinary scholarly organization, the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP). He will serve as secretary for a 4-year term. The organization focuses on work on contemporary art, film, literature and performance. It sponsors a yearly conference in the US and a bi-yearly international symposium as well as publishes a journal with the Johns Hopkins University Press.
Hazel Hahn, PhD, History, has joined the editorial board of the journal “French Historical Studies.” The appointment is for three years. Her essay, "Stumbling upon a Revolutionary monument during a pandemic" is on the Clio Speaks blog page of the Seattle University History Department website.
Marco Lowe, MPA, Institute for Public Service, talked to KING5 News about ” The Presidential race, the race to reopen, and blowback for Inslee.” Watch the interview here.
Caitlin Carlson, PhD, Communication, was interviewed by Wired for “Facebook’s AI for Hate Speech Improves. How Much Is Unclear.” The research project he mentions in the piece is from an article she published with Hayley Rousselle, a CMME major who graduated in ‘18 and just recently completed her first year of law school at Syracuse. Read the article here.
Serena Cosgrove, PhD, International Studies, was awarded a Fulbright to carry out research in Guatemala. Her project is entitled: “Indigenous Women’s Leadership to End Gender-Based Violence in Guatemala” and she hopes to travel to Guatemala in the 2020-2021 school year to teach and carry out research.
Alfred G. Pérez, PhD, Social Work, is featured in a new campaign by the Foster Care Alumni of America. In recognition of May, Foster Care Awareness Month, they are highlighting stories about adults with foster histories, beginning with Dr. Pérez. See the Facebook post here, and the Instagram post here.
Kira Mauseth, PhD, Psychology is the co-lead of the Behavioral Health Strike Team for the WA State Department of Health; she specializes in disaster relief work in her clinical role as a practicing psychologist. She participated in a press conference held by the state Joint Information Center on May 7. She spoke on behalf of the team's work with forecasting and preparing guidance for the behavioral health issues associated with COVID19. Media coverage included stories with My Northwest, KOMO News, and The Spokesman-Review. (Links lead to the stories.)
Sofia Locklear, Sociology ’14, an Instructor in Sociology teaching Native American Studies, is a 2020 recipient of the prestigious American Sociological Association Minority Dissertation Fellowship for her dissertation, "Ethnic Identity and American Indian/Alaska Native Culture in the Pacific Northwest." Sofia is currently a PhD candidate at the University of New Mexico.
Erica Rauff, PhD, and Sarah Shultz, PhD, Kinesiology, collaborated with researchers in New Zealand to publish a paper in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, “Are all Sedentary Behaviors Equal? An Examination of Sedentary Behavior and Associations with Indicators of Disease Risk Factors in Women.”
Sarah Shultz, PhD, Kinesiology, created an accredited CME (continuing medical education) module on Exercise Prescription for Osteoarthritis and Weight Management, as part of her work and leadership within the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance.
Jacob Kysar, MS, Kinesiology, published a paper in Journal of Physiology, “Unchanged Cerebrovascular CO2 Reactivity and Hypercapnic Ventilatory Response during Strict Head-down Tilt Bed Rest in a Mild Hypercapnic Environment,” in collaboration with colleagues at University of Oregon and aerospace groups KBR, NASA, German Aerospace Center.
Rosa Joshi, MFA, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, directed an educational reading of Brighde Mullins translation of Shakespeare’s KING JOHN with Play On Shakespeare as part of their First Reads series. Seattle University faculty and upstart crow collective founding member, Kate Wisniewski, read the titular role of King John. The reading featured an all-female/non-binary cast and was streamed on YouTube on May 1. The reading was a collaboration between Play On, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and upstart crow collective.
Chris Paul, PhD, Communication, will have his new book, “Free-to-Play: Mobile Video Games, Bias, and Norms,” published next fall. Learn more here.
Jaisy Joseph, PhD, and Sharon Suh, PhD, are now advisors with the Harvard Pluralism Project. An ongoing research effort, the Pluralism Project studies and interprets religious diversity and interfaith relations in the United States. Learn more here.
Caitlin Carlson, PhD, Communication, published a piece with Christopher Terry in the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society's Digital Beat. Read the article.
Ted Fortier, PhD, and Jeanette Rodriguez, PhD, were just informed by their publisher, University of Texas-Austin, that their book, “Cultural Memory: Religion, Resistance and Identity”, is to be translated into Chinese.
Rachel E. Luft, PhD, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, will direct a National Hazards Center Covid-19 Working Group on Social Movements. One of 30 social and natural science national task forces created by the flagship disaster center, the Working Group on Social Movements brings together an interdisciplinary team of scholars to study the effects of Covid-19 on social movements, including social movement responses to the disaster. SU Philosophy Assistant Professor Natalie Cisneros, PhD, is a member of the group.
Mx WE King, an Instructor in Sociology teaching Gender and Sexuality has been awarded the highly competitive Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship studies in North American Christianity for their dissertation, "A Match Made in Heaven? Queer Christian Dating Apps." Mx WE is a PhD candidate in Information Studies at the University of Washington and was recently profiled in the UW Daily. Read the article.
Paul Kidder, PhD, Philosophy, published “What Can Existentialism Teach Us About Today?” online at Post Alley. Read the article.
Congratulations to Kimberly Harden, EdD, Seattle University Communication Department, for receiving the Sankofa Award, recognizing a faculty or staff member who has made a positive impact on graduating students’ lives and on multicultural advocacy at Seattle University.
Angelique Davis, JD, published “Finding Refuge in Writing” for the National Center of Faculty Development & Diversity newsletter. Read the newsletter here. (Seattle University faculty may join for free as part of Seattle University’s Institutional Membership. Follow the prompts to claim your membership.)
Larry Hubbell, PhD, Institute of Public Service, is featured in WalletHub’s “Ask the Expert” in the story “State Economies Most Exposed to Coronavirus.” Read it here. That article was also referenced in Economía de Florida es la más vulnerable al covid-19" in El Venezolano News. Read the story (in Spanish) here.
Kira Mauseth, PhD, Psychology, was interviewed for KUOW’s story, “Trouble concentrating? Forgetting things? Our brains are doing strange things during this time of crisis.” Listen to the story here. She was featured in the Seattle Channel City Inside/Out story, “COVID-19: Mental Health Help. Watch it here. She was included in “How the pandemic impacts the mental health of local front-line workers” in the Inlander. Read the story. Also, in The Courthouse News, “Virus Talk Is Inescapable, 44% of Americans Tell Pew.” Read the story.
Matthew Hickman, PhD, Criminal Justice, is quoted in an AP story about President Trump's June 16 executive order to improve policing. Read the story here. He was interviewed by NBC Bay Area for a story, “Experts Track Data to Reduce Police Violence.” Watch the story.
Carmen Rivera, BA, Criminal Justice ’11, MS, Criminal Justice, published an Op-Ed, “Washington State’s Institutional Education Is Criminally Underfunded”, in the South Seattle Emerald. Read it here.
Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Criminal Justice, was interviewed for a number of stories about defunding the police and police reform. On KQED, “What would it mean to defund the police?” Listen to the story. On WPR, “What Does Defunding Police Forces Look Like?” Listen to the story. KIRO Radio, “Protesters call to defund Seattle Police Department, invest in community based solutions.” Listen to the story. She was interviewed by The Seattle Times for “‘Mean world syndrome’: In some Seattle neighborhoods, fear of crime exceeds reality.” Read the story. She also published an Op-Ed in the Seattle Times, “The movement to defund the police is wrong, and here’s why.” Read it here.
Anne Farina, PhD; Aakanksha Sinha, MSW, PhD; and Hye-Kyung Kang, MSW, PhD, were awarded the 2020 Katherine A. Kendall Institute (KAKI) for International Social Work Grant for their proposal, the Development of an Open Access Platform of Case Studies for Global Social Work Educators Project. The KAKI grant period is August 1, 2020 through August 31, 2023.
Audrey Hudgins, EdD, Matteo Ricci Institute; Affiliate Faculty, International Studies, published a letter to the editor in The Seattle Times, “National security: ‘Renewed meaning.’” Read the letter here.
Brooke Gialopsos, PhD, Criminal Justice, is a co-author on a paper that was recently published in the journal Victims and Offenders. The paper is entitled “Are Students Scared or Prepared? Psychological Impacts of a Multi-Option Active Assailant Protocol Compared to Other Crisis/Emergency Preparedness Practices” and is the first assessment of both negative and positive psychological impacts following a multi-option based training for 4th-12th grade students.
Co-editor Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, PhD, Modern Languages and Cultures and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and contributor Jodi O’Brien, PhD, Sociology, participated in a launch for “Presumed Incompetent II: Race, Class, Power, and Resistance of Women in Academia.” The courageous and inspiring personal narratives and empirical studies in the book name formidable obstacles and systemic biases that all women faculty—from diverse intersectional and transnational identities and from tenure track, terminal contract, and administrative positions—encounter in their higher education careers. Watch the online book talk here.
Steen Halling, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, published "Reflections on the tensions between openness and method in experientially oriented research and psychotherapy” online in the European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counseling. Read it here.
Estella Williamson, DSW, MSW, ACSW, Social Work, wrote a guest editorial for the journal, The Field Educator, “Advancing Field Education as a Key Area of Focus in the 2022 EPAS.” Read it here.
Yitan Li, PhD, Political Science, has been invited to serve on the editorial board of the International Studies Perspectives, one of the academic journals of the International Studies Association – the flagship academic association for international politics. The appointment is for three years.
Elizabeth Dale, PhD, Nonprofit Leadership, published “Want to do more for your favorite charity? Consider a planned gift” in The Conversation. Read it here.
Mary-Antoinette Smith, PhD, English, and Rev. Louis Gaffney Endowed Chair (2018-2020) has had two chapters accepted for forthcoming edited volumes: “Of Human Bondage: Recurrent Replications of Supplication, Enslavement, and Appeal from Antiquity through the Nineteenth Century” in Adaptation Before Cinema: Literary and Visual Convergence from Antiquity through the 19th Century. Eds. Lissette Lopez Szwydky and Glenn Jellenik [Palgrave 2021] and “Dickens Demystified: The Jesuitical Journey of Ebenezer Scrooge through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola” in THE THEOLOGICAL DICKENS. Eds. Brenda Ayres and Sarah E. Maier (Routledge 2021).
Kevin Maifeld, MFA, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, was a speaker for the virtual Late-night Art Talk Series in Hong Kong. LNAT was series discussing how the Coronavirus affects the arts and cultural industry.
Elizabeth Dale, PhD, Nonprofit Leadership, coauthored “The million dollar donor journey: Stages of development for high‐net‐worth women donors” with Heather A. O’Connor, which was published in the International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing. Read it here.
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