Dean's Monthly Memo, November 2018


We were very pleased to welcome author Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns) and Razia Jan, founder of Razia's Ray of Hope, to Pigott Auditorium during Family Weekend on September 27. Dr. Sonora Jha moderated a compelling conversation for nearly 400 students, family members, faculty, staff and Seattle-area community members. The entire conversation is available now on KUOW.

A&S LinkUp: An Alumni and Student Mentoring Event

Mark your calendars. Encourage students to attend. Help us recruit alumni.

  • What: LinkUp is a structured, low-key, networking event that connects current Arts & Sciences undergraduate and graduate students with A&S alumni over topics around professional formation and how to prepare for life, post-graduation.
  • Who: All A&S undergraduate and graduate students are invited - All are welcome! To the best of our ability, graduate students will be paired with alumni from the same graduate program.
  • When: January 30, 2019, 4-6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Campion Ballroom
  • How: Visit the to website for registration information

We are now accepting submissions for the 11th Annual Imagining the World: Study Abroad and International Photography Competition. The entry deadline is December 4, 2018. Winners and honorable mention contestants will be honored at the Annual Awards Ceremony and Artists’ Reception on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Current students who have participated in a study abroad program while attending SU, or current international students attending SU, and faculty and staff, are invited to submit photos that address the theme, "Imagining the World." International students are invited to enter photos of their experiences in the United States. Find the submission forms here.

The Project on Family Homelessness, a program in the Institute of Public Service, received a $250,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, extending their work through June 2020.

If you would like to know more about SU arts events, you can sign up for the new Arts at SU newsletter.

Change in the Dean's Memo publication schedule: We will publish in the second week of December, take January off, and resume in February. This aligns better with our holiday schedules.

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Leadership Committee on Intersectionality and Justice

The Leadership Committee on Intersectionality and Justice (LCIJ) is pleased to introduce its newest members following a call for applications -

Dr. Hye-Kyung Kang is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work and Director of the Master of Social Work Program. She steps in as a faculty member on the LCIJ for 2018-19, in place of Dr. Gary Kinte Perry, who is on sabbatical.

Sarah Curtis-Tilton joins the LCIJ as staff representative. She has served as the senior administrative assistant for the Nonprofit Leadership department at Seattle University for the past three years.  She has a background in gender studies, sexual violence prevention, and affordable housing and looks forward to engaging topics of intersectionality and justice, and to representing staff voices within the committee. 

Serena Oduro joins the LCIJ as a student representative. She is a third year History Major with minors in Business Administration, Creative Writing, and Philosophy. She is currently studying abroad in Accra, Ghana at the University of Ghana, Legon.

Michael Ninen also joins the LCIJ as a student representative. He is currently a junior at Seattle University and studies international studies and Spanish.

The new members with join the existing members on the LCIJ - Dr. Jeanette Rodriguez, Dr. Gary Kinte Perry, Dr. Jason Wirth, and Dr. Sonora Jha (ex officio; Associate Dean) - to deepen the work of intersectionality and justice in the College of Arts & Sciences.

We are pleased to support the Theater Department’s production of M. Irene Fornes’s The Conduct of Life. “This play prompts students to examine the power dynamics that exist between genders, classes, and within relationships, as well as how our societies and governments can foster a culture of violence and assault.”

As part of our support of this production, we are conducting three talkback sessions to discuss the intersectional issues that the play raises. The three sessions are:

  • Friday, November 9: Dr. Jason Wirth
  • Wednesday, November 14: Dr. Hye-Kyung Kang
  • Saturday, November 17: Dr. Jason Wirth

The talkbacks will take place at the conclusion of the play. The play runs from November 8 until November 18 at the Lee Center for the Arts.  Performances run Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00PM.  There will be a preview performance on November 7. For tickets contact the Box Office at 206.296.2244, or purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets.

Jin us on December 7, 4-6 p.m., in the Casey Commons, for a publication launch of After Marriage Equality. Co-edited by Dr. Joseph Nicholas DeFilippis (Assistant Professor, SU Social Work and Women & Gender Studies) with Drs. Angela Jones, and Michael W. Yarbrough. Celebrate the publication of the three-volume series that includes Queer Activism After Marriage Equality, Queer Families and Relationships After Marriage Equality, and The Unfinished Queer Agenda After Marriage Equality. Sponsored by the Social Work Department, Women and Gender Studies Program, and Anthropology and Sociology Department. Read more about the books at Routledge.

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Dr. Kirsten Moana Thompson extends an invitation from Film Studies’ partner, the Tasveer (South Asian) Film Festival. They are hosting a special fundraising gala at the end of term on campus on December 8 and all faculty, staff and  students are offered free admission, so please invite your  students to come along with you and your families. Learn more about Tasveer on their website.

  • 2nd Annual Tasveer Gala: Light. Camera. [take] Action
  • Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Seattle University, Campion Hall
  • Registration: 5:30 p.m.
  • Program: 6:00 p.m.
  • To register: enter the promotion code, tasveerwaiver, on their ticket site, and select the Table named Seattle University.

Seattle University Criminal Justice is once again administering the Public Safety Survey in Seattle.  Dr. Jacqueline Helfgott was interviewed in The Seattle Times: “It taps into the health of the neighborhood around issues of public safety, so we’re able to see how community members feel…How afraid a person is of crime can be just as important as the actual crime if it stops a person from enjoying the quality of life someone in another neighborhood can enjoy." Participate in the survey online.

Dr. Helfgott and Dr. William Parkins presented Trends in Misdemeanor Arrests, Referrals, & Charges in Seattle, part of the Misdemeanor Justice Project at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Read the report and view the presentation materials on the SU Crime & Justice Research Center website.

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Of Gifts and Gratitude

The Indigenous Peoples Institute, and the College of Arts and Sciences were pleased to be a part of honoring Steve and Tricia Trainer, this year’s recipients of the St. Ignatius Medal at the 35th Annual SU Gala the end of October. They were honored for their service to the university and the community and were joined by faculty, students, staff and community members representing their many projects and interests from Chief Seattle Club, Indigenous Peoples Institute, Global Engagement programs, and St. Joseph’s Parish to name just a few. Learn more in this brief video. CAS student Nayeli Cervantes ’19 shared her story in this video and in person to represent SU students and the importance of scholarships. The event raised more than $715,000 for student scholarships (with more than $12,000 for the Indigenous Peoples Institute).  

College Fundraising Goal this Fiscal Year =  $1M!

Save the DateFeb 6-7, 2019 for SU Gives, our online day of giving. Every gift counts! If your department is interested in alumni crowd-funding – this is your chance. Have an idea for someone to put forward a Matching Gift Challenge? Do you know one or two alumni who are on social media whom you can ask to be department ambassadors? SU Gives is a way to raise some funds for your programs, the college and SU. Sign up with Katie Chapman to learn more. Last year IPI, MSAL and a few other departments got in on the fun and set up a matching gift challenge.

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Faculty Works in Progress: Fall Quarter Presentations

November 15, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Pigott 309
The Conduct of Life: Direction, Professor Ki Gottberg (Performing Arts & Arts Leadership)

This play, The Conduct of Life, was first presented in 1985. Written (and subsequently directed) by Cuban-American playwright Maria Irene Fornes, the play is a one-act, about an hour and 20 minutes. Containing 19 scenes that move on a continuum to the explosive ending. The play contains scenes of sexual abuse and violence interspersed with seemingly mundane scenes of household maintenance. It is through juxtaposition, a careful building of tension mixed with humor, and a sublime eye for detail that the playwright creates a deeply philosophical statement in an “unnamed Latin American Country”. The direction of this play is painstaking, and it is because of my long association with the playwright that I feel qualified to attempt to bring it to life. The difficult aspects of the action on stage is challenging work for student actors, and yet it is because of the close—knit community we foster in our major Theatre that I can attempt this work.

I will discuss various aspects of my pre-production preparation including conceptualization and research, work with designers, fight choreographer, students through the casting process, in rehearsal, and with the Intersectionality Committee, etc. in our continued attempt in PAAL to engage SU faculty and students in our work.

The production runs November 8-18 in the Lee Center for the Arts.  I might be able to bring a scene/a student designer, etc. into the presentation.

Surviving the Americas: Garifuna Persistence from Nicaragua to New York City, Dr. Serena Cosgrove (International Studies)

This directly engages vital social justice issues of diaspora, exclusion, and Afro-indigenous persistence through an ethnographic study with the Garifuna, a Central American Afro-indigenous group with roots in western Africa and the Caribbean.  Today, the Garifuna are concentrated on the Caribbean coast of Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Belize, and about 50,000 Garifuna live in the United States.  This presentation would focus on the methodological considerations that emerge from participating in an intergenerational, intercultural research team with people living in communities of origin and in diaspora.

November 27, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Casey 525
Mark Tobey and Ed Kienholz: West Coast Urbanism and Forms of Community, Dr. Ken Allan (Art History)

Artists working in Seattle and Los Angeles have often been represented as providing interesting, but not consequential additions to the triumphal narrative of the founding of an American avant-garde art after WWII. This universalizing discourse of modernist criticism marginalizes the way American artists, even those in the art world capital of New York, responded to the ways their cities were changing in the postwar period as new industries developed, demographics shifted and urban sites became important registers of the changing nature of public space in America. The paintings of Mark Tobey and the assemblage sculptures of Ed Kienholz are rich examples of art produced in regional metropoles that represent new forms of urban collectivity and possibilities for community in the American city. I will focus on Tobey’s 1940s pictures of Seattle’s Pike Place Market and Kienholz 1965 The Beanery, a walk-in tableau sculpture of a Los Angeles bar, to explore how so-called regional artists have reflected on one of the central developments in 20th century American life: the shift from a supposedly authentic communal experience of the central city to an alienated encounter with consumer spectacle on its periphery. Tobey and Kienholz exhibited this work in the mid-1960s when these issues were central to debates about urban renewal and suburbanization. Shortly thereafter, both artists leapfrogged New York City and moved to Europe, becoming international representatives of American art while still seen as regionalist at home.

Border Walls and Identity Politics in Argentina, Dr. Robert Andolina (International Studies)

This paper highlights the importance of border walls as a political symbol by analyzing recent migration politics in Argentina. It studies one existing wall on the Argentina-Paraguay border and examines politicized demands to build additional border walls. These walls have provoked local anxieties in borderlands, political disputes in the capital city, and diplomatic spats in the region, even though the existing wall does little to stem unauthorized cross-border flows, and the proposed walls are unlikely to materialize. Drawing on various social-science disciplines, the paper suggests that border walls play two important parts in Argentine identity politics. First, they are emblems of sovereignty that public officials deploy in performances of national strength to contain disorder and danger represented as external. Second, they are boundaries of belonging that politicians and citizens invoke in narrations of national superiority over countries nearby (Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru in the case of Argentina). The spatial and racial underpinnings of border-wall symbolism are visible in Argentina’s disavowal of the concerns of borderland residents, and in the contrast between the welcome that Argentina expresses toward migrants arriving from distant countries and its cool if not hostile reception of migrants from neighboring countries.

SU Political Science's Dr. Patrick Schoettmer was in high demand as a commentator during this election season. Some of his appearances:

Seattle University Communication Department's Dr. Caitlin Carlson discussed the lawsuit against a Washington State Representative who banned two constituents from his public Facebook page on KUOW Public Radio. Listen to the interview on KUOW.

Kevin Krycka has a new publication, “Transformational Focusing Experiences: A Thematic Analysis of Memoirs” in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Available here, it presents a narrative analysis of 19 published memoirs from individuals reflecting on a particular transformational experience. Phenomenological and transpersonal methods were used in order to reveal the nuances of the experiences. Findings are presented as significant themes and subthemes found across all the memoirs. They formed this research team four years ago due to their mutual interest in the experience of transformation and the possible impact of paying close attention to one’s bodily awareness in recalling and living further from the reflected upon event. Grindler Katonah, D., Grafanaki, S., Krycka, K. C., & McDonald, M. V. (2018).

Charles M. Tung, PhD, associate professor of English, organized and chaired the Paleofuturism roundtable at the ASAP/10 conference, October 17-20, 2018, New Orleans, LA.  He also presented the paper “The Mathematician and the Image-Maker: Vilem Flusser’s Medium Historicity” on the Scale, Representation, and the Ontology of the Present roundtable.

Gadamer for Architects by Paul Kidder, Phd, has now appeared in Korean, Chinese, and Persian translations.

Stephen K. Rice, PhD, co-edited “Doing Ethnography in Criminology,” a unique volume that asks ethnographers in crime and justice to reflect on their research questions, research methods, and research trajectories. Read more about the book.

Sonora Jha, PhD, published her political essay, “We Need Boys to Dismantle the Patriarchy.” Read the essay at Dame Magazine.

Rob Efird, Ph.D. hosted a group that included twelve environmental educators from China and two Cornell University faculty for a tour of Seattle University's taqwsheblu Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden.

Paulette Kidder, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy, had an article, “From ‘Martha Nussbaum on Dickens’ Hard Times,’” reprinted in Fred Kaplan, ed., Hard Times, Norton Critical Edition, 4th edition.

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Aerica Banks (Environmental Studies ’10, Truman Scholar talked about the walkout at Google over sexual harassment on NPR. She has been working for gender justice since she was a Sullivan Scholar at SU.

Artsfund CEO Mari Horita, MNPL '99, is featured in Puget Sound Business Journal. (Sorry, it's behind the paywall, but maybe some of you have subscriptions.)

Alum Kevin Eggers (BA, Philosophy; minor Political Science; 2011) and Northwest Consumer Law Center were featured in a Seattle Times story about their assistance in a local woman’s battle with a local tow company.

Teen Vogue published this essay on race and college applications by SU alum, Charlotte West, ’02, a history major, an adjunct faculty member in the History Department, a Fulbright scholar, and now a consultant on international education and free-lance writer.

Ben McCarthy, MFA ’15, is now Executive Director of Three Dollar Bill Cinema. From the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog: “Three Dollar Bill Cinema is about bringing our community together around queer film and media. Being able to see ourselves reflected on the screen is really important for our community, and it’s important to come together and see a film in a theater, the way it’s supposed to be seen, rather than on your phone or on your laptop or tablet or even your TV at home.”

Toshiko Grace Hasegawa, Criminal Justice and Spanish,'10, was appointed executive director of Washington State Commission on Asian and Pacific American Affairs. She is a current MACJ student. Read the full story in the Arts and Sciences news feed.

Mia McNeal, Photography, ’18, received a GAP award from Artist Trust to continue her project "Undefinable." The funding will cover film, printing, and exhibiting cost for her series of over a 100 different portraits. Through this, she aims to highlight the beauty, power, and uniqueness that is naturally exuded by women of color. Read more about her on the Artist Trust website.

Congratulations to 2016 MACJ graduate, Kaitlin Muench, who accepted a position as a juvenile probation officer with Williamson County Juvenile Services in Texas.

The 2018 Seattle Police Foundation award recipients include MACJ alum and SPD Officer Matthew Thomas who received the “Lifesaving Award” and MACJ alum Mary Amberg, SPD North Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator, who received the “Excellence Award.”

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Verna McKinnon-Hipps, Senior Administrative Assistant in the Communications Department published a new novel, The Bardess of Rhulon, now available on Amazon. View and order all of Verna’s books on Amazon.

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Dr. Victor Evans class’ latest newscast is available online.

Taylor McKenzie (Communication and Media, Journalism) is interviewed in this story about first-time voters. (oops, her name is misspelled in the article.) Everyone: VOTE!

MFA '19 student, Alma Davenport Person appeared on KING 5, October 5 to discuss her one act play, 'The Assailant'. Using the prison industrial complex as a backdrop, it is the story of a young black officer who is trying to figure out what his values are and where his loyalties lie, while also dealing with old familial wounds.

Claire Lucas, a senior Psychology and Theology & Religious studies double major, is working for the academic year at the Archdiocese of Seattle as the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) intern. Claire is one of 28 interns chosen by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and their dioceses to serve across the country in promoting outreach and education on Catholic Social Teaching and the Church's support of grassroots anti-poverty organizing in the U.S.

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  • Nov. 13, 6-7:30 p.m., Sullivan Hall, room C6, The 2018 Midterm Elections and the Latinx Community: What’s Next for Families, Children and Immigrants?
  • Nov. 14-18, Lee Center for the Arts, The Conduct of Life by M. Irene Fornes, directed by Ki Gottberg
  • Nov 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Casey 520, Talk: Interdisciplinary Community Engagement, Dr. Claire Garoutte, Fine Arts, and Dr. Jen Schulz, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
  • Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m., Pigott Auditorium, Masculinidades: Evolving Masculinities, poetry and a Fish Bowl Conversation
  • Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Harding Building 142 (formerly Law School Annex), The Poems of Hanshan: An Evening With Peter Levitt
  • Nov. 17, 3-4:30 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium, #MeToo and the Film Industry, One Year On:  What Has Changed?  What Has Not?  Where Do We Go from Here?
    Nov. 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Vi Hilbert Hall, Grand Opening
  • Nov. 28, 7 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium, An Evening with Michael Daley: Poetry Reading
  • Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m., Pigott Auditorium, Fall Student Chamber Music Concert
  • Dec. 1 - March 3, Hedreen Gallery, Elizabeth LaPensée | heart of the game
  • Dec. 1, 4-6 p.m., Hedreen Gallery, Elizabeth LaPensée | heart of the game, Opening Reception
  • Dec. 1 & 2, Seattle University, SU College Debate Tournament
  • Dec. 3, TeachIn: The Women of Wakanda, Moral Mondays at SU, the #BlackLivesMatter Initiative at Seattle University
  • Dec. 7, 4-6 p.m., Casey Commons, Publication Launch: After Marriage Equality, co-edited by Dr. Joseph Nicholas DeFilippis
  • Dec. 7 & 8, 8 p.m., St. Joseph Church (18th E and E Aloha, Seattle), GLOW: A Christmas Celebration, Seattle U Choirs
  • Jan. 9, 6-9 p.m., Hedreen Gallery, Elizabeth LaPensée | heart of the game, Artist Talk and Reception
  • Jan. 22, Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: Immigration / Migration, Moral Mondays at SU, the #BlackLivesMatter Initiative at Seattle University
  • Feb. 6 & 7, Seattle U Gives - annual campus campaign
  • Feb. 18, Presidents Day, African American Legislative Day, Moral Mondays at SU, the #BlackLivesMatter Initiative at Seattle University

More College of Arts and Sciences events

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Graduate Program Information Sessions

  • Nov. 15, 12:30 p.m., MACJ Info Session at UW-Tacoma (Joy Building, Room 114)
  • Nov. 15, 3 p.m., Online MSW Information Session
  • Nov. 27, 11 a.m., Online MSW Information Session
  • Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m., MFA Arts Leadership On Campus Info Session
  • Nov. 28, 2018, 6:30 p.m., MAP On Campus Info Session
  • Nov. 29, 6 p.m.,In Person MSW Information Sessions
  • Dec. 5, 6 p.m.,In Person MSW Information Sessions
  • Dec. 6, noon, Online MSW Information Session
  • Dec. 10, noon, MFA Arts Leadership Online Info Session
  • Dec. 10, 6 p.m., Nonprofit Leadership Information Session
  • Dec. 11, 6 p.m., In Person MSW Information Sessions

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Academic Calendar

  • Nov. 13: Registration begins, Winter 2019
  • Nov. 15: Last day to remove “N” grade, Fall 2019
  • Nov. 16: Last day to withdraw from classes
  • Nov. 21-25: Thanksgiving break, no classes
  • Nov. 22-25: Thanksgiving holiday, faculty and staff
  • Dec. 8: Last Class Day
  • Dec. 10-15: Final Exam Week
  • Dec. 17: Non-matric Registration: Winter 2019
  • Dec. 19:  Grades Due by Noon
  • Dec. 19: Grades Posted on SU Online by 6pm
  • Dec. 24-Jan. 1: Administrative Offices Closed
  • Jan. 7: Classes Begin
  • Jan. 11: Last Day to Add/Drop or Change Grading Option
  • Jan. 11: Roster Checks for Winter Quarter Due
  • Jan. 19-21: Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend: No Classes
  • Jan. 22-Feb. 8 : Advising Period: Spring and Summer 2019
  • Feb. 1: Last Day to Apply for Graduation: Spring 2019
  • Feb. 1: Last Day to Remove “I” Grade: Fall 2018
  • Feb. 11: Registration Begins: Spring 2019
  • Feb. 16-18: Presidents’ Day Weekend: No Classes
  • Feb. 19: Registration Begins: Summer 2019
  • Feb. 25: Last Day to Withdraw from Classes

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