Arts, Lectures, Events

Coming up in the College of Arts & Sciences


Graduate Program Information Sessions and Open Houses

Up from the Table, a new exhibition by Creative Justice

September 28 - November 24

Hedreen Gallery

An exhibition of new work by artists and cultural organizers working with Creative Justice, an arts-based alternative to incarceration for young people in King County. The exhibition features photography, sculpture, textile and sound created by the youth artists of Creative Justice in collaboration with program mentor artists Dan Paz, Le’Ecia Farmer, Ashley Tiedeman and Olisa Enrico and program directors Aaron Counts and Nikkita Oliver. The work explores the human cost of mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline. Hours and location here.

How to Use Your Liberal Arts Degree in Tech Panel 

Thurs. Oct. 10, 12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. 

Student Center 210

During this panel conversation, students will have the opportunity to hear from a group of people working in the tech industry, serving in a variety of functional areas. The tech industry is built from a wide array of talent, not merely coders and engineers. Learn how these professionals utilized their liberal arts degrees to break into tech. This session is being offered as a part of the Seattle University’s 2019 Engineering & Tech Takeover. 

The Last Jesuit: On the Leaving of Indian Missions in the Northwest

October 16, 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Hunt 110

ICTC Research presentation by Prof. Ted Fortier, a cultural anthropologist who specializes in Indigenous Spirituality, Culture change and People of the Pacific Northwest. He is the founder of the Anthropology Department at Seattle University. Lunch is provided, please RSVP by email. More information.

Curved TV: Take Two

October 16, 6-7:30 p.m.

Casey Commons

Curved TV: Take Two, the second documentary in the Curved TV series, discusses and evaluates the current state of LGBTQ media representation during the 2018-19 television season. It includes interviews with academics and SU students. Q&A follows with Dr. Victor Evans, who will be leading a discussion on LGBTQ media representation and documentary production. Refreshments provided! Presented by the Communication Department and co-sponsored by Women and Gender Studies and The College Events Committee. For more information contact Verna McKinnon-Hipps.

Digital Design Careers in Tech Panel

Thurs. Oct. 17, 12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. 

Student Center 210

How can you use your creative skills in the tech industry? What role do graphic and digital designers play in this immense field? Hear from current and past SU students along with other industry professionals regarding their own career experiences.  

Coming Home: A New Map Telling A New Story of this Place! The Salish Sea and Surrounds and How It Came to Be

October 17, 7 p.m.

Wyckoff Auditorium (ENGR 200)

David McCloskey, retired Seattle University professor of sociology and geography and a pioneering thinker of the bioregion and culture of Cascadia, will present and discuss his new map of “The Ish River-Lillooet Country with The Salish Sea.” Sponsored by Seattle University EcoSangha Zen Community and the Philosophy Department. For more information, contact Professor Jason Wirth at

Environmental Studies and the Beacon Food Forest

October 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Beacon Food Forest

Rain garden workshop and the BFF work party.  All are welcome to join.

Historical Perspectives on Impeachment in the Age of Trump

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 4-6pm

ADAL - Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room

Panel discussion and Q&A.

  • Chair: Henry Kamerling
  • Randall Souza, “Protecting Democracy and the Rule of Law in the Ancient Mediterranean”
  • Thomas Murphy SJ, “Why the British were Letting Go of Impeachment Even as the Americans were Writing It into the Constitution"
  • Daniel Burnstein, "High Crimes and Andrew Johnson: The First Presidential Impeachment"
  • Henry Kamerling, Trump: “The Case for Impeachment”

Sponsored by Seattle U History Department. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Are & Be Series: Education Re-imagined

October 23, 6-7 p.m.

Casey Commons

Joelle Pretty and Angie Jenkins present "Education Re-Imagined." The Are & Be sessions are an informative, life skills program designed to show students, particularly students of color, that who they currently are has no bearing on who they can become.

The Crossroads Matrix:  Spirituality, Cosmopolitanism and Black Subjectivity in “Fela! On Broadway” and Marvel’s “Black Panther”

October 23, 4-5:15 p.m.

Harding 143

Presentation by Saheed A. Adejumobi, Associate Professor in the History Department, Global African Studies Program and Film Studies. He specializes in African and African American History, and African Diaspora intellectual and cultural traditions. More information.

Discussion with Timothy Wise on the Future of Food

October 29, 12:30-1:20 p.m.

Bannon 102

The Environmental Studies program, in conjunction with the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS), hosts a discussion with author Timothy Wise on his new book “Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers and the Battle for the Future of Food.”  As Director of the Land and Food Rights Program at Small Planet Institute, Wise has researched farm policy and agricultural development in Mexico, Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, and India. He will share his insights with us on family farming and feeding the world in the context of climate change.

Crush the Culture Code Series: Women in/and Leadership

October 30, 6-8 p.m.

Student Center, Rm 160

Moderated by Dr. Kimberly  Harden, CEO, Harden Consulting Group, LLC and Professor, Seattle University. Panelists: Bre Weider, Policy Analyst, Office of the WA State Attorney General; Chelsea Behrens, Personal Development Coach, Owner, Rise to the Occasion; Ubah Araweelo Warsame-Aden, Health Coach and Medical Interpreter, Swedish Medical Center; Shannon Braddock, Deputy Chief of Staff, King County Executive Dow Constantine. Harden Consulting Group, LLC in partnership with Seattle University’s Department of Communication presents a quarterly series designed to advance conversations and perspectives on the evolving practice of communication, organizational leadership, and civic engagement.

The event is free for students. $25 for community members. All proceeds will be donated to Seattle University's Dream. Plan. Do. Scholarship Fund. Register here.

Pacific Science Center Career Trek  

Fri. Nov. 1, 8:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Meet the van at Bellarmine Turnaround

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Spend the morning at Pacific Science Center, learning about internship and career opportunities for students who major in the liberal arts. This FREE event includes transportation and snacks! Only 10 spots available, so register now! 

The Misanthrope by Moliere, translated by Richard Wilbur, directed by Ki Gottberg

November 13 -17 and 20-21

Lee Center for the Arts

Do you know anyone who thinks they know what is truly right and wrong about everything? In Moliere's comic masterpiece we meet the outspoken, opinionated Alceste, whose only comic flaw is that he thinks his wit, artistry and reasoning are flawless. Of course, he's in love with Celemine, a mistress/master at manipulating a posse o’ many lovers all at once…and all their pals/lovers/frenemies, who live to recite poetry, flirt, be loved and looked at...reminding you of anyone? In verse by the late Poet Laureate of our fair and furious land, Richard Wilbur, your time with The Misanthrope will spent in a whirl of heightened language, intrigue, high-fashion and laughs.

Bites of Reality: An informal pizza conversation series, featuring Ellen Chestnut, Attorney, US Dept. of Education, Office of Civil Rights  

Thurs. Nov. 14, 12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. 

Administration Bldg 321

Pizza + casual conversation on what it is like to work in the field of law and with disability and civil rights = an AWESOME free lunch! 

Fall Catholic Heritage Lecture, Cultural Contributions and Contemporary Challenges: African American Catholics

November 14, 7-8:30 p.m.

LeRoux Room, Student Center 160

Cecilia Moore, PhD, Associate Director of the Degree Program for the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at University of Dayton. Her area of specialization is U.S. Catholic history and currently she is working on the history of black conversion to Roman Catholicism in the 20th century. More information.

Contemporary Gestalt Couples Therapy Film Screening

November 15, 6:30-9 p.m.

ENGR 304

Open to psychotherapists, counselors, students and anyone interested in learning about working with relationships in psychotherapy. Join Bob Resnick and Rita Resnick for this film screening and discussion on moving from a fusion model to a connection model in couples therapy, and how to help couples move from stencils and templates to movement and process. This year’s updated event will feature two new videos, this time of an LGBTQ-identifying couple. 2 CEUs are being offered for this event. Information here.

“The Experience of Envy” Professional Development Training

November 17, 2-5 p.m.

STCN 130

This workshop is a 3 CEU professional development opportunity led by Dr. Steen Halling. The training will explore the therapeutic implications of the experience of envy. We will explore the results of our research and implications for our clients and ourselves. Information here.

LinkUp: An Alumni and Student Mentoring Event  

Jan. 28, 4 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Student Center 1st Floor

Pathways to Prof Formation ImageAn informal event where Arts & Sciences students meet alumni, discover shared interests, discuss professional plans and ideas, and learn from their experience. Registration opens October 1st. 

45 plays for 45 Presidents by Andy Bayiates, Sean Benjamin, Genevra Gallo-Bayiates, Chloe Johnston, and Karen Weinberg, directed by Jane Nichols

February 19-23 and February 26-March 1

Lee Center for the Arts

Brush up on your presidential knowledge and get prepped for the 2020 elections by journeying through this fast paced, irreverently comical portrayal of every US president.  This hilarious and incisive collage of American political history as revealed through the lives of our presidents, was first created in 2004 by the Neo-Futurists as 43 Plays for 43 Presidents and has been updated to remain current for each new election cycle.  Throughout the evening you’ll experience the Neo -Futurists’ particular brand of irreverent experimental theatre through their insightful, musical, tragic, bizarre and painfully funny takes on leadership in our country – just in time for election season!

13th Annual Giving Voice to Experience Conference

March 7, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Casey Commons

For more than a decade, this one-day conference has focused on how qualitative research gives voice to experience and thereby informs the practice of psychotherapy and provides us with a deeper understanding of our shared human existence. This year we are delighted to have Dr. David Kopacz as our keynote presenter, addressing the topic of burnout. We invite you to attend this conference and also to consider submitting an abstract for a presentation on qualitative research. Information and directions on the website.

Marisol by Jose Rivera, directed by Rosa Joshi

May 7-10 and 13-17

Lee Center for the Arts

No one has seen the moon for months.  All the food has turned to salt.  God is frail and dying and the angels have gone to war.  This is the landscape in which we encounter Marisol, a young professional living in the Bronx, who is just trying to survive.  How will she survive a disintegrating world that has been thrown off its physical, ethical and spiritual moorings?  Initially written in 1992, Jose Rivera’s apocalyptic fantasia, -- part absurdist, part magical realism -- remains fiercely relevant as an exploration of homelessness and mental illness in a society facing ecological peril and deep civil discord.