The next several months will include some of the most important work toward the future of the university in many years.
The newly approved University Strategic Directions outline vision and goals for the university over the next five years, charting a course for success and excellence through the shifting tides of higher education in the United States. With those strategic directions in hand, the college will finalize our own strategic plan to support and complement the goals of the university. You can find the university documents here, and we will announce opportunities to view and contribute to the College’s plan over the coming months.
Meanwhile, have a peek at some of the many amazing things going on in the College of Arts & Sciences.
David V. Powers, Dean
College of Arts and Sciences
Does the idea of a play about US presidential history bring back flashbacks of memorizing them, in order, in grade school? (The older you are, the easier it was.) Or maybe school plays with kids in powdered wigs and stovepipe hats, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” and “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”?
45 Plays for 45 Presidents by Andy Bayiates, Sean Benjamin, Genevra Gallo-Bayiates, Chloe Johnston, and Karen Weinberg could not be more different. Following closely on President’s Day this year, Seattle University’s theatre program offers this decidedly 21st Century perspective on our country’s leaders and American history. The play comes to the Lee Center for the Arts at Seattle University, February 19 through March 1, under the direction of Jane Nichols. Tickets are available online here.
"Hilarious, difficult, insightful, revelatory and totally unforgettable. Like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, (the play) helps illuminate, in [a] speculatively subversive manner." David Cashman, Chicago Weekly News
“Our production of this remarkable collection of 2-minute plays is particularly timely,” said Rosa Joshi, who points out that Washington State’s newly scheduled primary is March 10. “45 Presidents clearly supports the message of civic participation, and we are excited to promote voter registration and participation during the run of the play.”
Dr. Jasmine Mahmoud, Professor, Arts Leadership, is spearheading efforts to develop talkbacks after most performances of the play. “We are partnering with other SU departments like Political Science, Women and Gender Studies, the Institute of Public Service to offer a wide variety of perspectives and engage audiences in further discussion,” she said. Additionally, Lily Noto, ’21, and Stefania Giroud Zuluaga, ’22, the program’s Theatre Communications Fellows, are developing plans for the voter registration and participation activities.
In 2002, the writers and performers at Chicago’s Neo-Futurists premiered what was then 43 Plays for 43 Presidents. “The idea and development of the play were informed by the push and pull of the personalities in the 2000 election,” explained co-creator Chloe Johnston in a recent conversation. “It expanded as we explored the importance of the figurehead and symbolic power.”
(Chloe Johnston will be in residence at Seattle University during the opening of the play, as part of a parallel event with the SU Arts Leadership Book Club, featuring “Ensemble-Made Chicago: A Guide to Devised Theater” coauthored by her and Coya Paz Brownrigg. See below.)
Over the past 18 years, the play has expanded, first in offering the audience the opportunity to choose between candidates’ plays during each election year, and then adding plays for our 44th and 45th presidents. A number of the plays have also been rewritten during that time. Johnston says, “How we feel about history has changed and evolved since the play premiered in 2002. There was an original major oversight in not acknowledging that President Washington owned slaves. The two President Bush plays have also changed.”
"Deeply moving, stealthily patriotic... (the creators) have delivered a dramatic work of considerable originality and comic integrity." Wendell Brock, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Neo-Futurists’ website describes them as “a collective of wildly productive writer/director/performers who create theater that is a fusion of sport, poetry and living-newspaper and non-illusory, interactive performance that conveys our experiences and ideas as directly and honestly as possible.” Johnston explains, “In the Neo-Futurists, you never play a character. You are not stepping into this other persona and you’re not trying to suspend audience disbelief.”
This means that any performer may play any role in 45 Presidents. The Neo-Futurists have long embraced casting beyond gender and ethnicity (well before Hamilton became renowned for its remarkably diverse representation of America’s Founding Fathers and other historical figures.) “We are creating a visual of ‘this is our shared history, if I’m on stage, I can play the character’. You aren’t doing an impression of Bill Clinton or imitating Barack Obama.” One recent production even featured an all-female cast.
“This play is an incredible opportunity for our students to stretch their skills in ensemble based work,” said Joshi. “The actors are challenged to play multiple roles in a fast paced, physically driven, hyper theatrical world.”
At a time when politics and elections feel more divisive, a question of partisanship rises when talking about 45 Presidents. Johnston comments that responses have not necessarily fallen along partisan lines and that push back is part of the conversation. “We couldn’t have imagined the incredible life of this play, largely with colleges, high schools, and small theatres,” she said. “It has been produced in small towns all over the country. Based on location, I have to believe it has been staged by people of all political bents.” She also says that the creators see push back as part of the conversation they hope to prompt.
"The creators juxtapose the word with image, sound with light, humor, with sentiment, with just the right touch of insight and sociopolitical commentary." Tim Sauers, Gay Chicago
There have been interesting moments unrelated to current politics. Audience members certainly have “favorite” presidents; in Massachusetts, the theatre received numerous angry emails about the portrayal of John Quincy Adams. President Carter attended a performance in Atlanta. The cast was a little nervous, meeting President and Mrs. Carter afterwards, only to have her comment that “you were so hard on all of the presidents but you were so kind to Jimmy.”
“45 Plays for 45 Presidents is a statement of history, of being American, of being in America,” said Johnston. “It is kind of feel good, which feels weird to say, considering there are certainly dark parts of history, especially at this moment when we are really reckoning with that. There is a lot for a lot of people to get out of the show, but the play changes so quickly, it’s very energizing.” She also pointed out that the play is pretty all ages and many families have attended together. “You can tell when a kid’s favorite president comes on stage.”
Ensemble-Made Chicago: A Guide to Devised Theater
By authors and Book Club guest speakers Chloe Johnston and Coya Paz Brownrigg
Sunday, February 23, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room, Admissions & Advancement Building (ADAL)
12th and Marion, Seattle University
The Program in Arts Leadership presents Ensemble-Made Chicago: A Guide to Devised Theater, written by artists, playwrights, and authors Chloe Johnston and Coya Paz Brownrigg. The event will take place on the evening Sunday, February 23, 2020, 5 to 9 p.m. during the Theatre Program's run of 45 Plays for 45 Plays, co-authored by Chloe Johnston.
Chloe Johnston and Coya Paz Brownrigg will engage the community in an early evening dinner discussion (from 5 to 6 p.m.) about their careers as artists, authors, and professors and then lead an evening devising activity (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) Attendees are welcome to come to some or all of the event. Dinner provided.
This Book Club event is made by possible by support from the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Program, Endowed Mission Fund, Arts & Sciences College Events Committee, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Pathways to Professional Formation.
The Arts Leadership Book Club features interdisciplinary workshops, each tied to an academic or popular book and led by a faculty member, that expand engagements with professional develop.m.ent, intersectionality, and equity in the arts sector such as arts leadership strategies, people of color-led ensemble work, and decolonial approaches to arts & gentrification. Hosted at Seattle University, the Book Club is influenced by the Ignatian Pedagogy Paradigm, with space for engaging experience, reflection, and action to produce a more equitable arts sector. Each session is structured with the assumption that participants have read the book (or an excerpt) prior to attending, and are interested in connections in the book to self, to arts leadership, and to change.
(Images, top to bottom: Chloe Johnston and Coya Paz Brownrigg; Rosa Joshi; Dr. Jasmine Mahmoud.)
The 2019-20 Seattle University Common Text Program presents Science, Race and Power: Angela Saini on February 4, 6:30 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium. Tickets are $12 and are available online here.
(A limited number of free tickets are available to Seattle University students; contact Dr. Jeff Philpott by email, for information.)
Award-winning science journalist, author and broadcaster Angela Saini talks with Seattle University faculty member and journalist Ruchika Tulshyan about her latest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, which explores the murky history of race science and the ways in which it is being resurrected in the 21st century.
Combining science, history and politics, she explains how race maps out biologically, the abuse of the idea of race, and how those on the far right are attempting to repackage racism.
Superior: The Return of Race Science will be available for purchase at the event and Ms. Saini will sign books following the program.
Sponsored by Seattle University’s Core Curriculum, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Science and Engineering.
Angela presents radio and television programmes for the BBC, and her writing has appeared across the world, including in New Scientist, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Wired, National Geographic, among others.
Angela's latest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, was published by 4th Estate in May 2019 to enormous critical acclaim. Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, was published in 2017, winning the Physics World Book of the Year. It has been translated into eleven languages. Her first, Geek Nation, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2011.
In 2018 Angela was voted one of the most respected journalists in the UK. In 2015 she won the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Kavli Science Journalism gold award for a BBC Radio 4 documentary about birdsong and human language. In 2012 she won the Association of British Science Writers’ award for a news story in The Guardian about the misuse of statistics in courtrooms. And she was named European Science Journalist of the Year by the Euroscience Foundation in 2009.
Angela started her career with ITN on its news trainee scheme, before joining the BBC as a reporter, where her six-month investigation into bogus universities featured on the flagship national News at Ten and won a Prix Circom European television news award.
She has a Masters in Engineering from Oxford University, and a second Masters in Science and Security from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Between 2012 and 2013 she was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. And she has given distinguished and keynote lectures at Yale, Princeton, Oxford and Imperial College London.
Angela is an advisory board member of the Royal Institution and the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. In 2019 she was made an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association.
Ruchika is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Communication Department at Seattle University. An award-winning journalist, Ruchika's work has been published in Forbes, The Seattle Times, Time, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. She is also the author of 'The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality In The Workplace' (Forbes, 2015/16).
Ruchika has reported from six cities across four countries. She also serves on the founding and editorial team of women-run-and-funded media website, The Establishment. Ruchika holds a B.S. Government and History (Joint Honors) from the London School of Economics and a M.S. Journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
Previously, she served as an Adjunct Lecturer at University of Washington's Department of Communication.
Seattle U Gives is the university’s day of giving and a celebration of the uncommon generosity and impact of our community. For 24 hours, Seattle U alumni, students, parents, friends, staff and faculty come together to invest in what matters most to them at Seattle University.
This year, Seattle U Gives is on February 6 from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. PST, online here.
The College of Arts and Sciences’ Seattle U Gives campaign provides support for extraordinary students like these:
Thea Mercer, ’20, Arts Leadership, recipient of the Mary H. and David A. Gallant Endowed Scholarship.
“Discovering the BA in Interdisciplinary Arts Leadership at Seattle University is allowing me to transition from an instructor in the hairdressing trade into a second career as an arts administrator. I have a keen interest in learning about fundraising for cultural preservation within the arts sector. This program is providing the theory and practical application of working in the field as an arts administrator. I am very much looking forward to this new direction when I graduate in Spring 2020.
Mariana Renteria, ’20, Double Major, Criminal Justice and Psychology, recipient of the Ann and Bruce Blume Criminal Justice Endowed Scholarship
“I intern for the Seattle University Immigration Clinic through which I interview detainees in immigration detention centers in order to assist a legal team and psychologist in creating petitions for asylum. I also intern for Obsidian Forensics and assist in creating psychological evaluations that seek to support the behavioral, academic, and emotional needs for youths with trauma. I am a Serve Local Ambassador for the Center for Community Engagement and a Shinnyo Fellow. I am a research Assistant for Dr. J. Helfgott for a revision of her textbook.
Matthew Conde, ’23, Communication with Specialization in Journalism, Sullivan Leadership Scholarship
One day, I aspire to provide the world with reputable news that brings people together, rather than growing distant. Being a Seattle University student brings me closer to my dreams because they provide me with a rigorous academic program. Having an interesting philosophy class, I question the ethics and moralities of the US Mass Media System. Seattle University prepares me for life beyond graduation, as its curriculum allows me to cultivate my public speaking skills and to fight against injustices, while helping me grow in my spiritual, athletic, intellectual, and personal self--cura personalis.
Learn more about these remarkable students.
“Your generous financial support towards my education was a great relief to my spouse and myself because it helped alleviate the burden of further student loans and work. This scholarship allows me more time to devote to my studies. I wanted to again genuinely thank you for financially supporting my education path, you have provided me with a chance to explore fields of interest beyond the realm of what I considered possible. Without your interest and support I would not be able to pursue a degree.
“This past year I have volunteered at the Alliance Francaise de Seattle, assisting professors in French language classes and assisting as a class monitor at Gage Academy of Art. On campus, I am a member of the Anthropology Club and have served as a transfer student member on a University Core board, focusing on student outreach and participation. In my free time I enjoy swimming and hiking throughout the PNW with my family and friends. Research and the incorporation of the arts is a passion and I continue to seek experiences for self-development to foster civic engagement and cultural enrichment.
“As a non-traditional student leaving behind a twenty-year career, this has been my first opportunity to formally study art with a business focus within a liberal arts degree. I realize the necessity of higher education, which motivated me to pursue a new career. Prior to attending Seattle University, I relocated to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. I developed and cofounded a hairdressing academy nonprofit providing skills to women. There are limited scholarships available for individuals pursuing a new career path and I cannot thank you enough for your financial support; I would not have been able to afford the tuition and complete a degree on my own.”
Ann and Bruce Blume Criminal Justice Endowed Scholarship
“Education is essential in order to be the most impactful catalyst for positive change. As a scholarship recipient I am able to receive the education that I need to be a positive force for those who suffer from trauma. The barrier of financial burden is easier to overcome and thus I am more able to focus on excelling in my education. Receiving scholarships validate the struggles and sacrifices my family and I have made to overcome the challenges set by our finances and institutionalized racism to be put on the path to success.
“I am planning to obtain a doctorate degree in clinical psychology with a double specialization in behavioral pediatrics and forensic psychology. With my degree, I will serve as a psychologist for youth with behavioral difficulties and as a forensic evaluator for violent offenders.
“I was born to Mexican immigrants in Yakima, Washington and was witness to the impact of institutional racism and trauma on the mental health of the youth in my community as well as myself. As such, I have chosen to intern and volunteer at the intersection of trauma, youth, mental health, and healing. Because of my experiences I have chosen to pursue a PhD program in clinical psychology so that I may serve my community’s youth.”
Sullivan Leadership Scholarship
Thank you very much for your generosity and the gift of a scholarship. Your help has allowed me to travel out of state to experience a new city, culture, and life I would have never been exposed to if I stayed in my hometown. Your financial aid allows me to focus on my school work and academia without taking an on-campus job. I am a first year student in the Intellectual Traditions (IT) Honors Program, and my participation and work in that educational system would not have been made possible without your generosity. Thank you for your altruism and kindness--I greatly appreciate it.
Currently, I am training to be the piano player for the Chapel Choir at student masses. Recently, Fr. Ricky Manalo, theologian and Christian musician, visited campus, and I helped him plan a new song that he will write based on Seattle University. I am also member of the IT Honors Council, where we coordinate plans and relay them to the students. Additionally, I have a radio show from 17:00-18:00 every Wednesday, where I talk about astronomy and sports. In my free time, I enjoy playing piano, being with new friends, swimming, playing basketball, and talking to friends and family back home.
I was raised by a loving, amazing family. My parents taught me to never give up and to always work hard. Above all, my family emphasized the importance of loving others. I was privileged to attend a Jesuit high school where I edited the school newspaper, played the piano for the Liturgical Choir, learned the clarinet for pep-band performances, and started my swimming career. I also got to serve as a Kindergarten TA for a small school. There I saw the importance of education, sacrifice, and love -- aspects that can create a better world. My upbringings and love of Jesuit education brought me to the present: To a community of loving people.
You can give to the College of Arts and Sciences or to the program of your choice. Before February 6, bookmark our giving page. To designate your gift to your favorite Arts and Sciences program and/or department, please select “other” and include a note in the comments field.
Seattle U Gives is also your opportunity to share what you most value about the university with your networks of family, friends, and colleagues. As an Ambassador, we will give you the tools to promote your support as widely as you wish.
Contact Katie Chapman by email or call her at (206) 398-4401 to find out how to become a Seattle U Gives Ambassador or to answer any questions you might have.
Serena Oduro, 2020, was a finalist for both the Marshall Scholarship and Rhodes Scholarship, among the most prestigious national fellowships. Serena will graduate as a Sullivan Scholar with a major in History and minors in Business Administration, Chinese, and Philosophy.
Creative Writing major Alexandra McGrew, ’21, is a frequent contributor to Her Campus, a media site for college women, written entirely by college journalists. Read two of her recent articles, The Fine Line Between Being a Bad Feminist & a Badass Feminist, and My Worst Reads for 2019.
2019-20 Bill and Paula Clapp Humanitarian Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to academically successful rising sophomores who have demonstrated a personal commitment to and aptitude for leadership in humanitarian service, particularly in the international arena. The scholarships provide $10,000 per academic year and are renewable through graduation contingent on academic progress, service, and participation in cohort activities.
The new incoming Arts and Sciences Clapp Scholars are:
More Scholarship News
Olivia Knudson, English and Philosophy, received the 2019 COUNTRY Financial Life Lessons Scholarship. Read more here.
SU Debate Team
The team made a strong showing at the Lewis and Clark College tournament with a total of 44 debate teams participating.
Team members Caleb Ohryn, Jan Lippencott, and Victoria Vargas also participated.
David Stone, Criminal Justice, ‘08, an officer with the Spokane Valley Police Department, paid very special tribute to his late friend, Army 1st Lt. Robert Bennedsen, Seattle University Army ROTC and Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics alum, ‘10, naming his new canine partner after him. Read the article here.
Cody Albertin, Criminal Justice, ‘19, is Kennewick Police Department's newest officer.
Kevin Koppes, MNPL, Nonprofit Leadership Alumni Council member, was promoted to Executive Director at Epilepsy Foundation Washington.
Sara Billups, MNPL ’16, was hired as Communications Manager for the Bezos Family Foundation.
Cheryl Sesnon, MNPL, for started a new position as Executive Director at Harmony Hill.
Congratulations to Tena Gizinski, MNPL, ’15, and Nonprofit Leadership Alumni Council member, for starting a new position as Regional Manager of Business Development at SAILS Washington.
Jenessa Schulte, Sport and Exercise Science, ’19, was accepted into the Olympic Training Center internship program.
Stephanie Verdoia, Political Science, ’15, published a Crosscut op-ed on pay equity in women’s soccer. Read it here.
Dorothy Cordova, Sociology, ’53 and a Seattle U Regent from 1981 to 1991, is featured in The Seattle Times’ “Seattle’s keeper of Filipino American history is an 87-year-old volunteer, and replacing her may prove difficult.” Her late husband, Fred Cordova, was also an alum, Sociology, ’52. Read the article.
Charlotte West, Women and Gender Studies, ’02, published “Western Colleges Are Embracing Native Students & Practices, but Some Programs May Be At Risk” in Bitterroot: The West’s Magazine. Read the article.
Megan Tobias Neely, Women and Gender Studies, ’07, has coauthored “Divested: Inequality in the Age of Finance” with Ken-Hou Lin. The book, to be released December 2, is available on Amazon for pre-order.
Hollis Wong-Wear, Women and Gender Studies, ’10, released her debut single solo, “Sedative.” Her debut EP “half-life” will be out January 2020. Listen to the song and watch the video here.
Elaine Gunnison, PhD, and Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, are co-editors of "Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society" and the latest issue is available online.
“Unsettling Femininity,” the exhibition at the Frye Museum curated by Naomi Hume, PhD, Art and Art History, is reviewed in Apollo: The International Art Magazine. Read the review here.
Rob Efird, PhD, Anthropology and Asian Studies, gave a presentation at the 6th National Nature Education Forum in Wuhan, China on October 26, at the invitation of WWF China. The talk, entitled "Ethnobotanical Gardens and Biodiversity Education,” showcased our own Seattle University taqwsheblu Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden.
Kirsten Moana Thompson, PhD, Film Studies, published "Live Electrically with Reddy Kilowatt, Your Electrical Servant" in Animation and Advertising: eds. Malcolm Cook and Kirsten Moana Thompson, London and New York: Palgrave, 2019; 127-145. She also presented "Kanaka Maoli Childhood, Epistemologies, and Futurity", at the American Studies Conference, in Honolulu, Hawaii, November 7 through 10.
The English Department’s current Distinguished Writer in Residence, memoirist Theo Nestor, published the Seattle Times Op-Ed, “Anita Hill and Christine Blasey Ford, a through line of courage and faith.” Read it here.
Sven Arvidson, PhD, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, published “How Can Sartrean Consciousness Be Reverent” in Sartre Studies International. This peer-reviewed article articulates a connection between Sartre’s early work and virtue ethics, especially focusing on reverent awe. Read it here.
Sharon Suh, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies, presented “Mindfulness and Trauma-Embodied Healing” at the Compassionate Leadership Summit, November 8-9. Her session was highlighted in the Forbes article, "Personal Reflections on a Compassionate Leadership Summit." Read the article here.
Elise Murowchick, PhD, Psychology,recently participated in a symposium, “Predicting successful academic performance and degree completion: The roles of persistence, resilience, and academic skills”. The Symposium was conducted at the meeting of National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) 81st Annual Conference, November 20-23, 2018, Fort Worth, TX.
Steen Halling, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, recently presented a paper entitled “On receiving unexpected gifts: Reflections on first-hand accounts of spiritual experiences” at the second regional conference of the Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience, Valparaiso University, IN, October 11, 2019
Stephanie Neill, PsyD, Psychology, presented a paper entitled, "Ecology in Spiritual Counseling" at the Los Angeles Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education, November 3-5, 2019.
Kira Mauseth, PhD, Psychology, was appointed a team lead for a new program that the WA State Department of Health is developing; the creation and deployment of rapid response teams throughout the state that can help local groups prepare for and respond to all manner of critical incidents or disasters. Dr. Mauseth will be working with two other team leads on team development, training and deployment.
Elizabeth Dale, PhD, Nonprofit Leadership, received a grant from the Ford Foundation for $41,641. Her project, entitled “Deepening Community Participation: A Case Study of the Pride Foundation’s Transition to Broad-based Participatory Grantmaking,” was one of nine projects awarded nationally. Elizabeth will study the process by which a community foundation (Pride) transitions to a participatory grantmaking practice to better understand the challenges and opportunities this shift in organizational strategy presents, the questions it surfaces for the foundation, and the effectiveness of the foundation’s change management strategy.
Patrick Schoettmer, PhD, Political Science, was interviewed for the Crosscut article, “Seattle PACs spent $4 million on the election. Who got paid?” Read it here.
Ruchika Tulshyan, MS, Communication, was interviewed in the Seattle Times article, “Celebrating religious and cultural holidays at work, inclusively.” Read it here.
Audrey Hudgins, EdD, Becky McNamara, PhD, and Maria Tedesco, PhD, of Matteo Ricci Institute attended the American Association of Colleges and Universities (ACC&U) Institute on Civic Prompts in the Major: Designs in Social Responsibility and the Public Good at Loyola Chicago in mid-November. Small faculty-staff teams from 15 colleges and universities across the nation came together to draw on national consultants and the community of faculty with the goal of envisioning ways to embed civic learning across the structure, concepts, and pedagogies of undergraduate curricula. MRI’s focus was on its Peace and Justice Studies Core Curriculum and its three-year Humanities degree. Participants explored innovative designs that are intended to foster equity, social responsibility, and public-mindedness as an integral dimension of students’ specialized area of study.
Ben Howe, PhD, Mattoe Ricci Institute; Audrey Hudgins, EdD; and Becky McNamara, PhD, had their roundtable session proposal, “Transforming the Western Canon into a Social Justice Canon: Successes and Challenges in Building a Peace & Justice Core Curriculum” accepted to the 20th Anniversary Justice in Jesuit Higher Education Conference to be held June 3-6, 2020 at Georgetown University. The roundtable will offer participants the opportunity for discussion and reflection on the successes and challenges of designing and implementing a transdisciplinary global humanities core curriculum built on a foundation of peace and justice studies.
Marco Lowe, MPA, Institute of Public Service, was interviewed about the November elections and impeachment proceedings on KING 5's New Day. Watch the video here.
Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Criminal Justice, was quoted in the Seattle Times article, “Magnolia residents’ AI-powered surveillance camera tracks people, cars at entrance to neighborhood, experts caution bias.” Read the article here.
Sonora Jha, PhD, Communication and Media, spoke on a panel titled “Doors to Democracy: Challenges to Global Press Freedom,” at the annual conference of the Fulbright Association in Washington D.C., October 24-28, 2019.
Charles M. Tung, PhD, English, was invited to give a plenary lecture, “Going Sideways: John Wick, Time Traveler,” at the World(s) of John Wick conference, Nov. 7-9, at Indiana University, Bloomington, a meeting organized around a planned volume in IUP’s series on fan culture and cultural theory. Tung’s lecture focused on anachronistic communication and storage media at the heart of the larger financial and administrative totality of the underworld in the films, and explored the relation of speeds and channels of transmission to the production of worlds shot through with bits and pieces of different times.
Sven Arvidson, PhD, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, presented “Globally Extended Cognition: Philosophy of Mind Meets Earth Remote Sensing” at the annual conference of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies in Amsterdam. Integrating concepts from philosophy and earth science, “Globally Extended Cognition” is cognition by the earth scientist – developed with brain, body, and remote sensing tools – about the entire earth system rather than a specific place on earth or a single discipline. It was the first time he had worked with his co-presenter, scientist, and sister, Theresa Arvidson. He was also a panelist in a workshop for “Early Career Interdisciplinarians.”
Kimberly Hardin, PhD, Communication and Media, published “Bring Your Authentic Self to Work” in Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Read the article here. She also has a podcast, “The Ins and Outs of Remote Internships,” on DistantJob.com, available here.
Jacqueline B. Helfgott, PhD; Peter A. Collins, PhD; and Matthew J. Hickman, PhD, Criminal Justice, published an op-ed in The Seattle Times, “Allow Dreamers to become police officers to better serve our communities.” Read it here.
Peter A. Collins, PhD, Criminal Justice, published “The death penalty is getting more and more expensive. Is it worth it?” at LegalNews.com. Read the article here.
Social Work faculty were featured at the Council of Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Hye-Kyung Kang, PhD, Chair of the Social Work Department and Director of the MSW Program, received the Best Teaching Note Award for the article, “Constructing Critical Conversations: A Model for Facilitating Classroom Dialogue for Critical Learning,” co-authored by Peggy O’Neill, PhD, which appeared in Volume 54, Issue 1, of the Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE). Aakanksha Sinha, PhD, presented two sessions, including Engaged Pedagogy: Using anti-oppressive techniques to teach program evaluation, which focused on the methodology/ technique used in our MSW program to teach students program evaluation. The second was a workshop titled: Human Centered Design: Anti-oppressive research techniques to achieve social justice, introducing social workers to use Human Centered Design as a method for innovative research and practice.
Hye-Kyung Kang, PhD, Social Work, also presented a panel entitled “Leading with Intersectionality: Advancing Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity in Social Work Education at the National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work.
Henry Kamerling, PhD, History, published “Zombies and the City,” Chapter 9 in “The Spaces and Places of Horror.”
Theresa Earenfight, PhD, Women and Gender Studies, published "The Shoes of an Infanta: Bringing the Sensuous, Not Sensible, 'Spanish Style' of Catherine of Aragon to Tudor England," in “Moving Women, Moving Objects (400–1500),” eds. Mariah Proctor-Tiffany and Tracy Chapman Hamilton. Leiden: Brill, 2019, pp. 293–317.
Marco Lowe, MPA, was interviewed for the KIRO 7 story, “Starbucks asks citizens to 'Wake Up And Vote'.” Watch the video here. He also appeared on New Day Northwest to talk about “What to know before voting in Seattle's upcoming election.” Watch the video here.
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