Arts, Lectures, Events

Coming up in the College of Arts & Sciences

Times for all virtual events are Pacific Time, unless otherwise noted

Public Events

Redhawk Squawk: Sustainability 

April 12, 12 p.m PST 


Guest Speaker: Darcy Winslow, Sustainability, Leadership, Former Nike Executive. The Kinesiology Department continues the podcast series; Redhawk Squawk: Exercise for Life. Register here for the Zoom link.

Women and Catholic Social Thought

April 13, 5 p.m.


Dr. Jeanette Rodriguez, ICTC Director and professor in Theology and Religious Studies, presents "Women’s Liberating Praxis of Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice: An Emerging Contribution to Catholic Social Thought" as part of the series of events celebrating the forthcoming book, Solidarity Toward the Common Good: Women Engaging the Catholic Social Tradition.  Register for the online series here.

How Change Happens: Revolutions: Panel Presentation by SU History Faculty

April 14, 5:30-7 p.m.


Third in the panel series organized by the Seattle University History Department, featuring Saheed Adejumobi: Race, Empire and the Legacies of Aborted Revolutions; Tom Taylor: “The Fate of any Revolution Hangs Upon the Disposition of the Army”-  The Revolutionary Lessons of Leon Trotsky; and Aldis Purs: Teaching Coups amidst Coups. Moderated by Nova Robinson. Free. Join the event on Zoom here. Questions: contact Tom Taylor by email.

Memoir, Migration, and Masculinity: A Conversation with Dr. Sonora Jha

April 19, 6 -7:30 p.m.


Sonora Jha will be in conversation with Dr. Nalini Iyer and Dr. Theresa Earenfight about her new book How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of my Family. Sponsored by Pigott-McCone Chair and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. RSVP here to receive the Zoom link.

The Imperative of the Geopsychology Theory in International Relations in the Violence-centric World Order

April 21, 9:20 – 10:45 a.m.


Dr. B. M. Jain, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, South Asia Studies Centre, University of Rajasthan, India, talks about his new book The Geopsychology of International Relations in the 21st Century: Escaping the Ignorance Trap (2021, Lexington Books) and introduce an innovative theoretical construct of geopsychology to navigate the complex dynamics of international politics in the 21st century. It argues that peace and stability in the troubled parts of the world warrants an imperative need for understanding psychological dispositions of non-state actors and authoritarian regimes. Importantly, the regional case studies — India and Pakistan in South Asia, North Korea and China in Northeast Asia, and the U.S. involvement in the Middle East — reveal how the psyche and thought processes of national and regional actors have been the driving force in triggering interstate conflicts and civil wars. Moderated by Dr. Enyu Zhang, Associate Professor, International Studies, Seattle University. This event is free and open to all. It is co-sponored by SU College of Arts and Sciences Events, Asian Studies Program, and International Studies Program. Join the Zoom meeting here.

The Future of Nonviolent Resistance with Erica Chenoweth, Harvard University

April 21, 12:30-2 p.m.


This talk will explore a paradox in the nonviolent resistance movements today: while such movements are now more common than in any other period in recorded human history, they have also been defeated at a higher rate than at any other point in the last 70 years. Dr. Chenoweth will offer several explanations for this seeming paradox and discuss a path forward for nonviolent resistance movements seeking to build their advantage. Erica Chenoweth, Ph.D. is the Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard Kennedy School and a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Learn more about Dr. Chenoweth here. Sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture; RSVP by email to attend the event.

Curve Conference 2021

April 23-24


The second annual virtual conference with SU students' presentations on important topics such as reproductive justice, gender identity, intersectionality, gender and economics, LGBTQIA+ issues, representations of gender and sexuality, community organizing and activism, gender and politics, and healthcare. Presented by Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Free. More information here.

Combating Racial Animus Against the AAPI Community: Solutions for Change

April 27, 6 p.m.


Xenophobia and bigotry against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community are on the rise in cities throughout the country, including Seattle. With nearly 4,000 hate crimes reported in the last 12 months, this trajectory became impossible to ignore when six Asian women were killed in a shooting in Atlanta. Why did this happen? What were the stepping stones that led to this increase in violence? Could those stepping stones have been influenced by a president who used bigoted and racist language in reference to a global health crisis?

In the third installment of Seattle University’s “The Conversations,” we hear from former U.S. ambassador to China and former Washington Governor Gary Locke, CEO of Treehouse Lisa Chin, and interim Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz. Journalist Joni Balter and Dr. Larry Hubbell, longtime previous director of the Seattle University Institute of Public Service, moderate an honest discussion with Locke, Chin, and Diaz about the possible causes of this disturbing trend—and offer suggestions on how we can make change around a problem that has a long legacy of harming our communities. With student questions led by Asian Studies Program Director Dr. Yitan Li, you won’t want to miss this essential and urgent conversation. Tickets available here.

Presented by Seattle University Institute of Public Service and Asian Studies Program and Town Hall Seattle.

Redhawk Squawk: Sustainability

April 29, 12 p.m PST


Guest Speaker: Brian McCullough, Texas A&M. The Kinesiology Department continues the podcast series; Redhawk Squawk: Exercise for Life. Register here for the Zoom link.

Embodied Practices in Teaching and Research

April 29, 12:30-2:30 p.m.


After a year of working in the oft-labeled “disembodied” Zoom space, many of us are recognizing how, faced with the lack of opportunities for interpersonal engagement as well as the fear of infection, we have become increasingly aware of our own embodiment. The ubiquitous threat that discriminatory practices, systems, and implicit bias poses to certain bodies over others has, again, been thrown into bold relief during this time.

Dean Spade (School of Law), Jasmine Mahmoud (College of Arts and Sciences), and Alic Shook (College of Nursing) respond to the following question: How do you attend to embodiment (conceptually and/or in practice) in your teaching and your research? Following the talks, we will invite you into lively conversation and collaboration. Bring your lunch and stay, if you can, for the next hour. Co-Sponsored by the Consortium of Interdisciplinary Scholars and CETL. Join the Zoom meeting here.

ICTC’s Spring Faculty Research Fellowship Series

April 29, 12:30 p.m.


The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture hosts this year’s current Faculty Fellows in presenting their research. Dr. Charisse Cowan Pitre, College of Education: Black Catholic Educators on Identity, Reconciliation and Teaching for Justice in the Era of the Black Lives Matter Movement and Dr. Mary-Antoinette Smith, English: Her Fierce Faith: Introducing Ellen Tarry (African-American Catholic Convert and Pre-Civil Rights Interracial Justice Advocate.) RSVP by email.

A Critique of Systemic Racism as Explanation, Description, and Conceptual Frame

April 30, 4 p.m.


Ronald R. Sundstrom is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco. He is also a member of USF’s African American Studies program and teaches for the university’s Honors College. He is the Humanities Advisor for the SF Urban Film Festival and a co-convener of the Black Philosophy Consortium  His areas of research include philosophy of race, mixed-race identity and politics, political and social philosophy, justice and ethics in urban policy, and African American and Asian American philosophy. He published several essays and a book in these areas, including “The Browning of America and The Evasion of Social Justice” (SUNY 2008). His current book project is titled, “Just Shelter: Integration, Gentrification and Racial Equality” (Oxford, forthcoming). Presented by the SeattleU Philosophy Club and the Philosophy Department. Please register for the talk here.

Biden’s First 100 Days

May 6, 12:30 – 1:25 p.m.


Join the Political Science faculty for a panel discussion on President Joseph Biden’s first 100 days in office.  They will discuss a range of issues from bipartisanship, foreign policy, to the rule of law.  The event is free and open to all at this Zoom link.

Seattle University Choirs, "America," Virtual Launch

May 10


Seattle U Choirs continue their virtual performances with "America" by Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel, arranged by Stephen O'Bent, in a collaborative performance with the Digipen Institute of Technology Vocal Ensemble. Presented by Dr. Leann Conley-Holcom, Director of Choral ad Vocal Activities and Dr. Lee Peterson, Assistant Director & Pianist. Video and audio production by Stephen O’Bent. Follow Seattle U Choirs on Facebook for the link.

Who Is My Neighbor? A lecture and conversation with Professor M. Shawn Copeland

May 13, 4-5:30 p.m.


The Theology and Religious Studies Annual Ann O’Hara Graff Lecture is excited to welcome theologian M. Shawn Copeland, Professor Emerita at Boston College. From Dr. Copeland: “As we peoples of Earth continue to grapple with the lethal coronavirus, we are beset with grave existential, spiritual, and intellectual suffering. Moreover, we in the United States are grappling with waves of white racist supremacy. To answer the question, ‘Who is my neighbor?’ in deeds as well as in words requires that we rethink what it means to be human and what it means to live humanely in a world shaped by legacies of racial domination and oppression.” An award-winning author, Dr. Copeland has written and/or co-edited six books including her Knowing Christ Crucified: The Witness of African American Religious Experience (Orbis, 2018) and Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being (Fortress 2010), and no less than 125 articles, book chapters, reviews, and blog entries on spirituality, theological anthropology, political theology, social suffering, gender and race. She is the recipient of six honorary degrees. Read more about Dr. Copeland here, and RSVP by email to attend the event. The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture is a co-sponsor for this year’s lecture.

2020-2021 Arts Leadership Book Club Series: Emerald Street: A History of Hip Hop In Seattle by Dr. Daudi Abe

May 13 and 14


For the final book club event of 2021, the Arts Leadership Book Club Series is proud to present Emerald Street: A History of Hip Hop in Seattle written by Dr. Saudi Ade with a foreword by Sir Mix-A-Lot.

  • May 13, noon – 1 p.m.: Discussion led by author Dr. Daudi Abe followed by a Q&A with Ashley Marshall, MFA '21.
  • May 14, noon - 1:30 p.m.: "The State of Music", an interactive discussion with leading voices in the Seattle music scene.

RSVP and find more information about the book club here.

The 2020-2021 Arts Leadership Book Club Series is supported by the Endowed Mission Fund at Seattle University.

Redhawk Squawk: Tech



Dan Giuliani, Volt Athletics, Technology in performance and health/fitness. The Kinesiology Department continues their podcast series, Redhawk Squawk. Register here to receive the Zoom link.

Women and Catholic Social Thought

May 18, 3:45 p.m.


Dr. Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, former ICTC Director and Theology and Religious Studies faculty member, presents on May 18 on "Women, Migration, and Domestic Work in CST." Register for the online series here.

Interreligious Dialogue Initiative Spring Conversation with Darrell Hillaire and Pat Twohy, SJ

May 19, 4-5:30 p.m.


The topic will be twofold: Lummi spirituality in dialogue with Jesuit spiritual practice as well as Lummi reflections on ecology and earth care. Darrell Hillaire is a highly esteemed leader and the executive director of Tse-sum-ten and Setting Sun Productions. Pat Twohy, SJ is the author of two seminal works, Finding a Way Home and Beginnings: A Meditation on Coast Salish Lifeways. He has lived with and served indigenous peoples of the Northwest for four decades, including eleven years with the Colville Confederated Tribes in Eastern Washington and more recently the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes of the Coast Salish Peoples. Learn more about the event here. Sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture. RSVP by email to attend the event.

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms by Qui Nguyen

May 19-23


Directed by Sonia Martin ('21) and Jasmine Ritter (‘21). She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms is an online theatrical experience that tells the story of Agnes Evans as she comes to terms with the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes discovers Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she embarks on an adventure in the fantastical world that was Tilly's refuge. In this dynamic dramatic comedy loaded with homicidal fairies, cheerleader succubi, and a gelatinous blob, Qui Nguyen pays a wonderful homage to the geek and warrior within us all. More information and tickets here.

ICTC’s Spring Faculty Research Fellowship Series

May 20, 12:30 p.m.


The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture hosts this year’s current Faculty Fellows in presenting their research. Dr. Jaisy Joseph, Theology and Religious Studies: On the Edges of Catholic Consciousness: Eastern Catholics in the US. RSVP by email.

Al Mann Lecture: Christine DeLisle, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota

May 24, 5-7 p.m.


Featuring Christine DeLisle, author of Placental Politics: CHamoru Women, White Womanhood, and Indigeneity under U.S. Colonialism in Guam (forthcoming). The title of the talk will be announced soon. Zoom link for the event.

ICTC’s Spring Faculty Research Fellowship Series

May 27, 12:30 p.m.


The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture hosts this year’s current Faculty Fellows in presenting their research. Dr. Amelia Seraphia Derr, Social Work: Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs: Using Participatory and Collaborative Processes to Respond to Emerging Migration Trends. RSVP by email.

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