Arts, Lectures, Events

Coming up in the College of Arts & Sciences

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

Public Events

Distance Dialogues



In Fall 2020, Hedreen Gallery, Vachon Gallery, and Seattle University Department of Art, Art History and Design hosted an online exhibition program, Distance Dialogues. This series includes four video programs created by emerging curators who graduated from Seattle University in Spring 2020. Curators include Anna Iwasaki, Meilani Mandery, Dev McCauley, and Kate Murray. In these interview-driven programs, the curators explore the leadership of a working artist, activist, and/or creative community member through conversation and close-readings of their recent work. Each of these original projects was produced during Fall 2020 and was shaped by the ongoing conditions and context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the exhibition here.

Racial Justice, Poetry/Performance, and Activism

January 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m.


Are you a high school educator? Do you have friends and/or colleagues who are? Do you know a high school student who should learn about Seattle University? This event, held the week of MLK Day and the US Inauguration,  an opportunity to explore and experience together the connections between the arts, humanities, and social sciences, and how we imagine and work toward racial justice.


  • Anastacia-Reneé Tolbert, SU Visiting Writer-in-Residence and Seattle Civic Poet 2017-19
  • SU alum Meme Garcia reading from their play, House of Sueños
  • SU Sociology students Natalie Hutson and Nate Shani, sharing perspectives on learning about race
  • Joseph DeFilippis, Social Work, talking about racial justice and activism

A teaching guide is available; the link to the guide and the Zoom event will be made available to those who register.

  • High school teachers, SU community, and other audiences , RSVP here.
  • Individual High School students, RSVP here.

Questions: Contact Dr. Charles Tung by email.

Supported by the Seattle U College of Arts and Sciences, English and Creative Writing, Matteo Ricci Institute, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, Sociology, and the University Core Curriculum.

Free-to-Play: Mobile Video Games, Bias, and Norms

January 21, 6 p.m.


Join author Christopher Paul for a discussion about his latest book, an examination of free-to-play and mobile games that traces what is valued and what is marginalized in discussions of games. Purchase the book at Elliott Bay Book Company.

Free-to-play and mobile video games are an important and growing part of the video game industry, and yet they are often disparaged by journalists, designers, and players and pronounced inferior to to games with more traditional payment models. Learn more and register for the free event.

Presented by the Seattle U Communication and Media Department and College of Arts and Sciences and Elliott Bay Book Company.

Unsettling Native American Art Histories on the Northwest Coast by Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse and Adlona Jonaitis   

January 28, noon-1:30 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.

Online (receive the Zoom link after registeration)

For the first book club event of 2021, the Arts Leadership Book Club Series is proud to present Unsettling Native American Art Histories on the Northwest Coast by Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse and Adlona Jonaitis. Presented by The 2020-2021 Arts Leadership Book Club Series, supported by the Endowed Mission Fund at Seattle University.

  • Noon-1:30 p.m., discussion with the editors followed by a Q&A: RSVP here
  • 5-6 p.m., decolonial arts discussion and Indigenous Arts demonstration: RSVP here

This year’s series provides space to dive deeper into one's process and positionality as an intersectional art leader. Learn more about the Arts Leadership book club and gain access to digital copies of our selected texts by visiting the Lemieux Library Arts Leadership Book Club Library Guide.

The Nonviolent Shift: The Catholic Church and the Growing Call to Gospel Nonviolence

January 28, 4 p.m.


Ken Butigan, PhD, Senior lecturer in the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies Program at DePaul University keynotes the winter Patrick Howell, SJ Catholic Heritage Lecture. Nonviolence is a spiritual journey, a way of life, a method for social change, and a universal ethic. Pope Francis has increasingly called on the Church and the world to embrace Gospel nonviolence in our lives and in the struggle for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. This presentation will explore how the Church is responding to this call – and how we can all be part of this nonviolent shift. Learn more about Dr. Butigan and the lecture series here. RSVP  by email; Zoom access details will be available closer to the event.

“Rescripting Rape and the Victim-Survivor in Maxine Hong Kingston, Bharati Mukherjee, and Patricia Chao” By Robin Field

February 2, 12:30-1:30 p.m.


Presented by the 2020-22 Pigott McCone Chair, Professor Nalini Iyer, PhD, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. “Writing the Survivor: The Rape Novel in Late Twentieth-Century American Fiction identifies a new genre of American fiction, the rape novel, that recenters narratives of sexual violence on the survivors of violence and abuse, rather than the perpetrators. A radical reconsideration of late twentieth-century American novels, Writing the Survivor underscores the importance of women’s activism upon the novel’s form and content and reveals the portrayal of rape as rape to be an interethnic imperative. Register for the Zoom event here.

How Change Happens: Protests – a Panel Presentation 

February 2, 5:30-7 p.m.


In the wake of the George Floyd murder, the COVID virus and electoral politics, protests have become ever-present experiences across the US and the world.  This panel will explore historical examples of protests and assess their effectiveness as agents of change. 

  • Michael Dean (History): Comparing Antifascisms: Successes and Failures  
  • Hazel Hahn (History): From Tiananmen Square to the Capitol: Urban Planning, Architecture & Protests  
  • Dan Dombrowski (Philosophy):  What Is Civil Disobedience? Some Lessons from Gandhi and MLK  
  • Moderated by Henry Kamerling (History)    

This is the second of a three-part panel series organized by the Seattle University History Department. Join the event on Zoom here.

Active Non-Violence in relation to the ideas of Peace, Non-Violence and Pacifism

February 2, 4 pm.


Claude AnShin Thomas is a Vietnam combat veteran turned Zen Buddhist monk, author, and speaker who will explore the difference between the ideas of peace, non-violence, and pacifism and a commitment to the reality of “active" non-violence. Learn more about Claude AnShin Thomas here. RSVP  by email; Zoom access details will be available closer to the event. Sponsored by ICTC's Interreligious Dialogue Initiative (IDI).

The Promise and Peril in Seattle’s New Era of Female Leadership

February 17, 6 p.m.

Town Hall Seattle Digital Stage

In this installment of “The Conversations”, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best and Seattle Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau discuss the highs and lows of women serving as leaders. The event will be moderated by journalist Joni Balter, and Larry Hubbell, longtime previous director of Seattle University’s Institute of Public Service, with additional questions from Dr. Rashmi Chordiya and Seattle University students.

You can say off the top Seattle loves to elect and appoint female leaders. They occupy many key positions. But what happens next? Is it enough to get them into these high-level posts -- or do they need some degree of support once they land these jobs? Protests this summer laid bare some inequities in how we treat some of our leaders. All three of these women are leaving or have left their jobs. Why? Does it have anything to do with gender? Do we treat women executives differently than we treat male CEOs? Join us to encounter new perspectives on this conversation.

Sponsored by Seattle University Institute of Public Service and Town Hall Seattle. Tickets on sale here soon.

Seattle University Choirs, "To Dust," by Karen Marolli

February 22, release date


Director Leann Conley-Holcom, Assistant Director Lee Peterson and Guest Producer Stephen O’Bent are pleased to announce the next virtual performance by Seattle University’s Choirs. This piece is a nod to the longstanding tradition of Lenten Prayer choral concerts honoring the liturgical season and is a prayer for hope and healing during this difficult time in our world: "Let my mourning turn to song / Let my sorrow turn to sunrise / Kyrie eleison..."  For more information and to join the virtual audience, like and follow the program on Facebook and Instagram (@seattleuchoirs). Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership.

 “ACTIVATE” Poetry Event

March 4, 4:00 p.m.


A Winter Quarter ENCOMPASS event from the Creative Writing Program, “ACTIVATE,” hosted by Distinguished Visiting Writer Anastacia-Renee Tolbert, brings together poets with one common denominator: to incite, interrogate and excavate words that speak power to truth. A variety of visiting poets will share and discuss their work. All are welcome. Join us here.

Roots of Injustice: The Structural Sources of America’s Penal State

March 5, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Seattle University Crime and Justice Research Center presents a continuing education event featuring David Garland, author of Punishment and Modern Society, The Culture of Control, The Peculiar Institution, America’s Death Penalty, Mass Imprisonment, The Welfare State. Register here.

Uncharted Waters: A tri-production with Seattle U Theatre, Cornish College of the Arts, and University of Washington School of Drama

March 11-13

Online, tickets on sale February 4.

Seattle University Theatre faculty, students, and staff are embarking on a new adventure for Winter Quarter with a cross-town theatrical collaboration the likes of which Seattle has never seen. The partners invite the community to join us as we meet the challenges of isolation with radical togetherness.

Seattle U Performing Arts and Arts Leadership Chair Rosa Joshi (Bring Down the House, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, upstart crow collective) directs William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Cornish College of the Arts’ Sheila Daniels (Indecent, Seattle Rep; The Wolves, ACT Theatre) and UW Drama acting alum Porscha Shaw (Nina Simone: Four Women, Seattle Rep; Saint Joan, ArtsWest) co-direct a devised piece in response to themes in Shakespeare’s play. Both productions will feature student casts from all three schools, and the artistic and production work of students, faculty, and staff from all three schools, and both will be rehearsed and performed entirely online.

Vulnerability, Humility and Social Action: The Paradox of Power In the Clinic and the Streets

March 19-21


Psychology for the Other Conference: 17th Meeting. Keynote address: The Truth of Testimony: Testimony as Act and Narrative by Scott Davidson, PhD, West Virginia University. Learn more here.

How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family

April 7, time TBD

Online: Town Hall Seattle

Dr. Sonora Jha, Professor, Communication and Media, and Associate Dean for Academic Community, College of Arts and Sciences, talks about her latest book. More information and registration link to come.

Graduate Program Information Sessions and Open Houses