College of Arts and Sciences
History Department

Jesuits in World History

  • International Symposium and Teacher's Workshop, January 31 - February 1, 2014


    Seattle University is proud to announce an international symposium and teacher’s workshop dedicated to exploring new scholarship and teaching strategies on the theme of “The Jesuits in World History.”  On Friday January 31, scholars from England, Canada and the United States will explore emerging scholarship on the critical role that the Jesuits played in shaping world history.  

    The Society of Jesus was, as one historian has noted, “The most important organization in the early modern world.”  Their travels and writings defined cross-cultural encounters and dialogues across the globe.  Sessions will be designed to allow for significant discussion.  This event is free and open to all.

    On February 1, there will be a half-day (9 am -12 noon) teachers’ workshop focusing on innovative ways to integrate key resources in Jesuit history into world history classes.  Sessions will focus on a prize-winning classroom exercise exploring the Jesuits in China, a critical look at world history films dealing with the Jesuits and primary source materials on Jesuit travelers.   There will be resources provided for each session and plenty of time for discussion and teaching strategy.

    The workshop is open to both high school and college-level world history teachers. There is no fee for the workshop but an unhosted lunch will follow the completion of the workshop during with educators are encouraged to continue their discussion of the sessions.

    High school teachers will receive continuing education/clock hours for their participation. Space will be limited to insure that interactive sessions can be appropriately managed.  Please RSVP to Thorne Clayton-Falls.


    InternationalSymposium, January 31, 2014

    Morning session, 9 a.m. - 12 noon
    • Irrational Christianity:  The Early Jesuits and the Improbability of Catholicism, Dr. Luke Clossey,  Simon Fraser University
    • Jesuits, Miracles and the 17th C Atlantic World, Dr. Karin Velez,  Macalester College
    • Martyrs and Missionaries:  The Jesuits in Chile, Dr. Andrew Redden,  University of Liverpool   
    Lunch Break 12-1:30 p.m.
    Afternoon session  1:30-4:30 p.m.
    • Building a Global Missionary Network: Jesuit Travelers to China, Dr. Frederik Vermote, Cal State- Fresno
    • The Jesuit Mission on Guam and Environmental Change, Dr. Cynthia Wiecko, Texas A & M, Commerce
    • Jesuits in Late Qing China, Dr. Anthony Clark,  Whitman College

    Teachers' Workshop, February 1, 2014

    9 a.m. - 12 noon

    • The Chinese Rites Controversy: A Classroom Exercise, Colleen Kyle, Lakeside High School  
    • Jesuits and Film: Teaching World History through The Mission and Black Robe, Mark Lentz, Utah Valley University
    • Charting Jesuit Global Networks: Teaching Quantitative Methods Through Jesuit Sources, Frederik Vermote, Cal State- Fresno