Arts, Lectures, Events

Coming up in the College of Arts & Sciences


Professional Formation Events

Designed to help students explore and prepare for their careers.

Learn more here.

Graduate Program Information Sessions and Open Houses


Through March 1

Hedreen Gallery

E.T. Russian's interactive exhibition of animation, sculpture, and poetry that follows gargoyle apparitions as they fly over cemeteries, bridges, land, and water, and experience a series of surreal events. This installation is a meditation on choosing what to live for.

Albert Mann Lecture:  Nationalists at War: Tales of Revolution and Betrayal in the Republic of Vietnam

January 27, 7-8:30 p.m. / Reception 6-7 p.m.

Stuart T Rolfe Room, ADAL (12th and Marion)

Nu-Ahn TranNu-Anh Tran is Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut with a joint appointment in the Department of History and the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute. She received a BA with honors in History from Seattle University and a Ph.D at U.C. Berkeley in History. Her first book is tentatively titled “Disunion: Anticommunist Nationalism and the Making of the Republic of Vietnam, 1954-1963.”

Download the Poster here.

Roger Fernandes

January 28, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Pigott Auditorium

Seattle U’s Core Curriculum program, in conjunction with classes in Anthropology, Geology, and Theology, host Roger Fernandes, who will tell myths and legends of the Northwest Indigenous groups and how they reflect spirituality and knowledge of the land and peoples.

Following the talk, attendees are invited to a reception at the Indigenous Peoples Institute in Xavier 160, with refreshments and informal conversation.

Roger Fernandes is a Native American artist, storyteller, and educator whose work focuses on the culture and arts of the Coast Salish tribes of western Washington. He is a member of the Lower Elwha S’Klallam Tribe and has a B.A. in Native American Studies from The Evergreen State College and an M.A. in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University.

LinkUp: An Alumni and Student Mentoring Event  

Jan. 28, 4 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

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Student Center 1st Floor

An 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.

Headcase: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness, edited by authors Stephanie Schroeder and Teresa Theophano

January 30, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room, Admissions and Advancement Building (ADAL), 12th and Marion, Seattle University

The Program in Arts Leadership presents Headcase: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness edited by authors Stephanie Schroeder and Teresa Theophano. The book club event will take place on the evening of Thursday, January 30, 2020, from 6 p.m. to 8pm in the ADAL Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room. The event will begin with an interactive, curated panel discussion with artist Dan Paz, artist Philippe Hyojung Kim, and Psychology Professor at Seattle University Kevin Krycka. The second part of the evening will include a guided, expressive arts reflection of the text open to all attendees -- all art supplies provided; no previous art experience necessary. Read more and RSVP here.

Science, Race and Power: Angela Saini, Award-winning Science Author and Journalist

February 4, 6:30 p.m.

Pigott Auditorium

Presented by the 2019-20 Seattle University Common Text Program

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.

Tickets and more information available here.

Sponsored by Seattle University’s Core Curriculum, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Science and Engineering.

Winter Career & Internship Fair

Feb. 11, 11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Campion Ballroom

handshake image for fair Meet with 50+ employers to learn more about job and internship opportunities offered by companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations where you might like to work.

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!

Ensemble-Made Chicago, by Chloe Johnston and Coya Paz Brownrigg

February 23, 2020, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room, Admission & Alumni 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 during the Theatre Program's run of 45 Plays for 45 Plays, a play in which Chloe Johnston co-authored. The authors will engage the community in an early evening dinner discussion (from 5 to 6pm) about their careers as artists, authors, and professors and then lead an evening devising activity (6:30 to 8:30pm). Attendees are welcome to come to some or all of the event. Dinner provided.  Learn more and RSVP here. 

DOUBLE CLEAR, Closing Conversation

March 1, 5-7 p.m.

Hedreen Gallery

E.T. Russian's interactive exhibition of animation, sculpture, and poetry that follows gargoyle apparitions as they fly over cemeteries, bridges, land, and water, and experience a series of surreal events. This installation is a meditation on choosing what to live for. Learn more here.

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.

Meet Me Here: A Lenten Prayer

March 9, 7:30 p.m.

Chapel of St. Ignatius

This Seattle University Choirs performance is both contemplative - performed without applause -  and interactive: the audience will sing several Taizé chants along with the choir between major sections. Meet Me Here examines historical and contemporary innocents who have died, through the lens of the Passion of Christ. Learn more here.

Dreams of Thee

April 23, 7:30 p.m.

Chapel of St. Ignatius

Come hear the Seattle University Choirs in reflection upon two of humanity’s greatest joys and sorrows - love and loss - along with guest artists from our esteemed voice faculty, tenor Ross Hauck and soprano Tess Altiveros. In addition to solo sets by Mr. Hauck and Ms. Altiveros, this concert includes choral selections ranging from the passionate, to the funny, to the poignant. Learn more here.

Emergent Strategy, by adrienne maree brown

Monday, May 4, 2020, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Location TBA

The Program in Arts Leadership presents Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown, in partnership with the Nonprofit Leadership Program. Including the voices of local leaders, this workshop will help participants reflect upon the principles from brown and seek applications within their own lives, communities, and organizations. Read more and RSVP here.

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.

Only All of Us

May 30, 8 p.m.

St. Joseph Parish, 732 18th Avenue East

We live in a time when our country is deeply divided around concepts of immigration, inclusion, and social and personal responsibility. This concert seeks to encourage our audience toward a deeper conversation on these issues, toward hope and toward action. Learn more here.

Commencement 2020

June 14, 3:00 p.m.

Tacoma Dome, 2727 East D St., Tacoma, WA 98421

We will celebrate both undergraduate and graduate students at a joint ceremony. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. Complete information available here.