Arts, Lectures, Events

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Coming up in the College of Arts & Sciences

All in-person events will follow the Seattle University COVID-19 protocols in place that the time of the event.


We ask all in-person visitors, including guests, to provide proof of one of the following:

  • Your COVID-19 vaccination
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test dated within 72 hours of the campus visit. Note: home tests, such as a rapid test, will not be accepted as proof of a negative test.

Masks are required indoors.

Ahead of your event complete our daily Safe Start Health Check screening before coming to campus.

Note: many campus buildings are closed due to ongoing COVID-19 safety precautions.

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

Public Events


*Gallery currently closed due to Seattle University COVID-19 protocols"

Through mid-March, Wednesday - Saturday, 1 - 6 p.m.

Hedreen Gallery, Lee Center for the Arts.

Hedreen Gallery is proud to reopen for the Fall 2021 Faculty and Staff Exhibition. This event marks the reopening of the gallery after 18 months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Works on view in this exhibition represent a snapshot of the creative lives and conversations that are a part of this vibrant arts program. Some artists and scholars have chosen to share their most recent work, others share work in progress, and others revisit works from years past. The department invites viewers to enjoy these works in conversation, meet the visual arts team, and reconnect with community in the gallery setting. This exhibition features artwork and scholarship from Dawn Cerny, Francisco Guerrero, Alexander Mouton, Naomi Kasumi, Claire Garoutte, Arturo Araujo, Josef Venker, Trung Pham, Em Olson, Melinda Hurst Frye, Tara Champion, Lucas Boyle, and Hasaan Kirkland.

Fixing The Social Media Machine

January 27, 12:30-2 p.m.


A virtual conversation with Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia, Faculty Associate, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University, and Author of Anti-Social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy. Hosted by Caitlin Ring Carlson, PhD, Associate Professor of Communication and Faculty Fellow, Center for Business Ethics, author of Hate Speech. Presented by Albers School of Business and Economics Center for Business Ethics and co-sponsored by the Initiative in Ethics and Transformative Technologies. Information and registration to receive the Zoom link here.

Catherine of Aragon: Book Launch with Dr. Theresa Earenfight

February 3, 6-7 p.m.

Zoom, free

While recently featured in pop culture with the new Broadway musical, “Six,” about Henry VIII’s wives, and the 2019 Starz series, “The Spanish Princess,” based on Philippa Gregory’s novels The Constant Princess and The King’s Curse, Catherine of Aragon remains an elusive subject. Despite her status as a Spanish infanta, Princess of Wales, and Queen of England, few of her personal letters have survived, and she is obscured in the contemporary royal histories. In this evocative biography, Theresa Earenfight presents an intimate and engaging portrait of Catherine told through the objects that she left behind.

Dr. Earenfight, Professor and Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Seattle University, shares her compelling picture of a multifaceted, intelligent woman and a queen of England in a lively conversation with Dr. Hazel Hahn, Professor, History. Registration and book purchase information available here.

Poetry // Poesía: Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs , Raúl Sánchez/Tlatecatl , Angela Trudell Vazquez and Edward Vidaurre

February 7, 6 p.m.

Online with Elliott Bay Book Company

This evening’s virtual group poetry reading lets us do something that virtual programs can make possible - two poets here in Seattle read, as do poets here from Madison, Wisconsin and McAllen, Texas. Good, engaged poetry this is, too, all the way around. Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs is the daughter of migrant farmworkers from Durango, Mexico, and was herself a farmworkers as a child. She is now professor of Modern Languages and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Seattle University, the author of numerous scholarly books and eight books of poetry, the most recent being The Runaway Poems (Finishing Line Press), with others to come. “For Gabriella Muhs, ‘love is a pre-existing condition’ needed to address the injustices she so powerfully explores in this new collection of her work. These dazzling poems are rooted in the wisdom and witness of motherhood which could not be more timely. What a gift.”–Demetria Martinez. Information and registration here.

Hope to Healing: The C.A.R.E. Model w/ James Norris and SU MAP Program

February 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Casey Building

James P. Norris, MA, LMHC, PhD candidate, is the founder of Matumaini Counseling and Community Center, a non-profit that provides psychoeducation, social justice, and advocacy work around mental health in the African American community. James will provide his own therapeutic model which has been adapted for use in Seattle Public School educator trainings and for use in therapist trainings throughout the Northwest, California, and Arizona. In this interactive event, participants will learn about the model as both a theoretical framework and a practical approach that can help them identify and understand their own experiences, how these are present and impactful in the therapeutic space and elsewhere, and how to create more equitable, anti-bias environments that are conducive to connection, vulnerability, and trust. Free to $75 (for CEUs.) Learn more and register here.

All Seattle U COVID-19 protocols in effect at the time of the event will be followed. Learn more here.

Federal Careers: Hiring Pathways and Stories from the Field in Seattle

February 16, 4:30-6 p.m.


Seattle University MPA program invites you to network with the Federal employees based here in Seattle. In this meeting, attendees will explore Federal government connections in the region; the Federal Government is the largest employer in the United States. Learn about the federal online hiring platform network with enthusiastic federal employees working in the Pacific Northwest. Rachelle Marts from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will moderate this session. This event is free and open to all students and the public. Register here.

Hidden Mercy: AIDS, Catholics, and the Untold Stories of Compassion in the Face of Fear

February 16, 7 p.m.

Wyckoff Auditorium

Michael J. O’Loughlin talks about about his new book in a talk sponsored by The Center for Jesuit Education, the Insititute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and St. Joseph Parish. Yancy Dominick PhD, Senior Instructor, Philosophy, is a Faculty Associate in The Center for Jesuit Education and a member of the Faith Justice Commission at St. Joseph. Jeannette Rodriguez, PhD, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies and Couples and Family Therapy is the Director of the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture. Learn more and RSVP here.

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

February 16-20, various times

Lee Center for the Arts

Presented by Seattle University Theatre. Directed by Sunam Ellis. Dying tragically on her wedding day, Eurydice is prematurely plunged into the underworld. Reunited with her father there, she struggles to remember her past life and love. Filled with fantastical characters roaming a surreal landscape, this contemporary retelling of the traditional Orpheus myth, recenters the hero's journey on the heroine, in a touching, darkly comic examination of loss and love. More information here.

All Seattle U COVID-19 protocols in effect at the time of the event will be followed. Learn more here.

Incarceration Without Conviction

February 22, 6-8 p.m.


Mikaela Rabinowitz talks about pretrial detention and the erosion of innocence in American Criminal Justice. Sponsored by the Seattle University Crime and Justice Research Center. Attend the virtual event here.

Both Extirpate and Vagabond Forever: Material Formations of Faith in Early Modern Compilation

March 3, 12:30 pm

Location TBD

Dr. Allison Machlis Meyer, Associate Professor, English, asks how the processes of compiling eclectic, separately-created and separately-printed works into unique physical books—called Sammelbände—construct early modern thinking about religious difference. These compiled volumes provide compelling work for an examination of the fraught religious identities permeating the early modern period: they are polyvocal books that through their material form unsettle codified historical narratives about faith divides between Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and Muslims. RSVP by email.

Seattle University Choirs: 2022 Lenten Prayer Concert

March 7, 7:30 p.m.

Chapel of St. Ignatius, free

SU Choirs returns to live performances, presenting their first in-person performance since Christmas 2019. Featuring performances by University Chorale, Chamber Singers and University Singers, music sung by the combined choirs, and inspirational readings/reflections. Join us as we commemorate nature’s emergence from winter and reflect upon the lessons and spirit of Lententide. With Dr. Leann Conley-Holcom, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities and Dr. Lee Peterson, Assistant Director of Choral Music.

Psychology Undergraduate Research Symposium (PURS)

March 14

Venue TBA

Save the date for the Psychology Department’s annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Symposium (PURS)! Join us as we hear our Statistics and Research Methods students share their research projects. Contact the Psychology Department by email for further details.

LinkUp: An Alumni and Student Mentoring Event  

April 6, Students: 4-6 p.m.; Mentors: 4:30 p.m.

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Student Center, 1st Floor

An informal event where Arts & Sciences undergraduate and graduate students meet alumni, discover shared interests, discuss professional plans and ideas, and learn from their experience. We are excited to return to an in-person event. We will be following Seattle U Covid-19 protocols in place at the time of the event. Learn more and register here.

Meet the New Seattle Mayor: Where Do We Go From Here?

April 11, 6:30 p.m. (rescheduled from January 25)

Pigott Auditorium, free

Hear Bruce Harrell, after his first month in office, describe plans for turning the city around. Seattle has been through tough times, no doubt. The new mayor takes a few moments out of his busy City Hall schedule to meet students and constituents and discuss steps to move the city forward. We’re talking about all of it -- public safety, downtown revitalization, housing and overall well-being of the city. Harrell will be interviewed on stage Larry Hubbell, professor, and Joni Balter, journalist, and several students. Presented by Seattle University's Institute of Public Service's "Conversations Series." We will follow Seattle University COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of the event. Register now.

Summertime by Charles Mee

May 11-22, various times

Lee Center for the Arts

Presented by Seattle University Theatre. Directed by Rosa Joshi. What better way to welcome the spring but with a dreamy, romantic comedy inspired by Moliere, Shakespeare, Chekhov and Magritte! Tessa is enjoying a relaxing summer morning when her idyllic world is invaded by her family and their various lovers, past, present and future. Join us as we explore renewal, passion, and playfulness in the whimsical and wild world created by one of the nation’s leading experimental playwrights. More information here.

Graduate Program Information Sessions and Open Houses

Past Events on Video

Seattle University Choirs present their seasonal celebration in song and word. Dr. Leann Conley-Holcom, Director; Dr. Lee Peterson, Assistant Director and Pianist. Featuring University Chorale, Chamber Singers & University Singers.

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The Indigenous People's Institute at Seattle University presents the Second Annual Honoring Indigenous Voices: Interweaving the work of Storytelling and its Relationship to Inner Growth. Presented live at Pigott Auditorium on Monday October 25, 2021.

In “Her Honor”, Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell provides a rare and thought-provoking insider account of our legal system, sharing vivid stories of the cases that came through her courtroom and revealing the strengths, flaws, and much-needed changes within our courts. Joining her in this conversation was Judge Anita Crawford-Willis, a graduate of Seattle University and its Law School.

Dr. Nalini Iyer, Pigott-McCone Endowed Chair in the Humanities. and the English Department welcomed Dr. Tamiko Nimura, who spoke about her recent book, “We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration.” This graphic novel about Japanese Americans is co-authored with Frank Abe and artists Ross Ishikawa and Matt Sasaki.

“Virtual Transversal: Poetry & Performance by Urayoán Noel.” A bilingual poetry event featuring English/Spanish translations of the author's new book, "Transversal," just released by the University of Arizona Press. With Susan Meyers, PhD, Associate Professor, English and Director, Creative Writing Program and Juan Reyes, MFA, Assistant Professor, English.

Panelists include: Marc Dones (they/them), CEO of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority; Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (she/her); Tiffani McCoy (she/her), advocacy director for Real Change News; and Jon Scholes (he/him), president and CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association. The event was moderated by Larry Hubbell, professor at Seattle University, and Joni Balter, contributing columnist and lecturer at SU.

A resilient workforce during these challenging times is more meaningful than ever. Leaders and team members alike have unique opportunities to help others navigate their experiences while also taking care of themselves. Learn about behavioral health considerations and navigating the unknowns during recovery. The presentation includes information about the physical and neuro-chemical processes at work that influence our behavior in disaster recovery, strategies for improving healthy boundaries, self-efficacy, and active coping, and the PEACE model for active, practical resilience building.

Few figures in American arts have stories richer in irony than does architect Minoru Yamasaki. While his twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center are internationally iconic, few who know the icon recognize its architect’s name or know much about his work. One is tempted to call him America’s most famous forgotten architect. He was classed in the top tier of his profession in the 1950s and 60s, as he carried modernism in novel directions, yet today he is best known not for buildings that stand, but for two projects that were destroyed under tragic circumstances: the twin towers and the Pruitt-Igoe housing project in St. Louis.

Dr. Sonora Jha (Professor, Communications and Associate Dean)  in conversation with Dr. Nalini Iyer (Professor, English and Pigott-McCone Endowed Chair) and Dr. Theresa Earenfight (Professor, Department of History and Chair, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies) about her important new book “How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of my Family.”

The final in a three-part panel series organized by the Seattle University History Department. Presenters: Dr. Saheed Adejumobi, “Race, Empire and the Legacies of Aborted Revolutions,” Dr. Tom Taylor, “The Fate of any Revolution Hangs Upon the Disposition of the Army,” The Revolutionary Lessons of Leon Trotsky, and Dr. Aldis Purs, “Teaching Coups amidst Coups.” Moderated by Dr. Nova Robinson

Dr. Danielson hoped to sustain people’s commitment to racial equity during these exhausting days and to go deeper into the nature of systemic racism and strategies to help address the difficult work of promoting equity. Presented by Seattle University Master of Social Work and Seattle University Nonprofit Leadership,

In the wake of the George Floyd murder, the COVID virus and electoral politics, protests have become an ever-present experience across the US and the world. This panel explored historical examples of protests and assessed their effectiveness as agents of change. Presenters: Dr. Michael Dean: Comparing Antifascisms: Successes and Failures, Dr. Hazel Hahn: From Tiananmen Square to the Capitol: Urban Planning, Architecture and Protests, and Dr. Dan Dombrowski: What is Civil Disobedience? Some Lessons from Gandi and MLK.

Dr. John Hainze appears in conversation with Dr. Heidi Liere, Ecologist and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Seattle University where she studies, among other things, insects in urban gardens and in urban agriculture.  They considered human relationships with insects and other tiny creatures, especially in built environments. Co-presented by Seattle University Department of Environmental Studies and College of Arts and Sciences and Elliott Bay Book