Dean's Monthly Memo, October 2018


As has been announced earlier, author Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns) will appear in conversation with Razia Jan and our own Dr. Sonora Jha on Saturday, October 27 at 1:30 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium. Several of you have organized tickets for your classes. We also offered tickets to Family Weekend attendees. We have a limited number of free tickets still available for Arts and Sciences students, faculty and staff and have decided to award them by lottery. You can enter here beginning at 9 a.m. on October 10. Entries close at 5 p.m. on October 19 and we will contact ticket recipients on October 22. All of the details are on the entry page.

If you would like to guarantee a seat, we need volunteers to help with registration and ushering. Volunteers need to arrive at 11:45 and work until the start of the program at 1:30. To sign up, contact Karen Bystrom.

Seattle Repertory Theatre is extending a special offer for the Seattle University Community for their production of the stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns running through November 10.

Thanks to our campus partners, School of Law and School of Theology and Ministry, and Elliott Bay Books, we had a very successful event featuring former Secretary of State John Kerry and his new book, Every Day is Extra. KUOW recorded his conversation with Mark Markuly, Dean of the School of Theology and Ministry and it is available online.

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Leadership Committee on Intersectionality and Justice

The Guadalupe Faith/Hospitality Experience in Mexico: Faculty/Staff Seminar with Immersion Experience, Dec. 5-14

Applications are now being accepted. All faculty and staff are invited to apply. The deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 10. Limited spaces available! Please contact Professor Jeanette Rodriguez to request an application.

The growing problems of immigration, displacement and poverty in our country and throughout the world accentuate the relevance and importance of the Faith/Hospitality experience offered by the Mexican Benedictine Sisters at the Guadalupe Center in Cuernavaca. This immersion experience/seminar addresses the dire need to build bridges of understanding between the rich and the poor, the north and the south, and differing cultures and religions. A faculty and staff delegation from Seattle University has traveled to Mexico since 2006 to engage with these perspectives. Their cumulative experiences were rich, diverse and resulted in a number of unexpected directions in creative work and professional development. The program cost, $850 per participant, is covered by a grant from the Endowed Mission Fund. Participants are responsible for airfare, which is estimated at $500.

We are postponing "Intersectionality and the Upcoming Election" due to some participant schedule conflicts. We will announce a new date soon.

The Committee recommends a number of events coming up on campus, all of which are listed on our website.

Just a few highlights:

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) in association with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Campus Ministries, and community partner Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas has announced the MORAL MONDAYS at SU programming for 2018-2019. These six signature events include; a remembrance of Charleena Lyles; a women of Wakanda teach-in; migration and immigration themed Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration; a trip to Olympia, WA for African American Legislation Day; an Antoine Hunter dance residency and performance; and the 4th annual burning of a symbolic confederate flag.

  • Monday, October 29, 2018 - Charleena Lyles: Still Saying Her Name
  • Monday, December 3, 2018 - Teach-In: The Women of Wakanda
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: Immigration / Migration
  • Monday, February 18, 2019 - Presidents Day - African American Legislative Day
  • Monday and Tuesday, March 4 and 5, 2019 - Artist In Residence: Antoine Hunter
  • Monday, April 22, 2019 – 4th Annual Symbolic Confederate Flag Burning

Details are available here.

From our colleagues in Performing Arts and Arts Leadership:

Conduct of Life by M. Irene Fornes

  • November 7-18
  • Performances: Wednesdays – Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m.
  • Tickets: Call the Box Office, 206.296.2244, or look up the event on Brown Paper Tickets on or after Monday, October 8. For Group Sales, contact Em Olson.

Perfect for classes exploring  gender, justice, social & political violence, abuse, terrorism, philosophy & ethics, power dynamics, or contemporary male/female relationships. There is a connection between the essays by Emerson and this riveting play about violence and abuse that grows inside an “ordinary” home in an unspecified Latin American country. The question in both is “How shall I live?”

The intersectionality found in the rituals of household work and the work of the state are explored in galvanic detail by one of America’s most famous “unknown” playwrights.

M. Irene Fornes’ absurd and brutal play follows a military lieutenant’s obsessive pursuit of maximum power and how that manifests in his personal relationships and home life. This short, intense, one-act play features plenty of physical action, stage violence, and unique and poignant storytelling which is sure to set it apart from anything else you have seen on stage before.   

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.  Topical, physical, and absurdist, it also promises to be great live entertainment. We highly encourage you to add this to your syllabus to provide students with a tangible and experiential way to grapple with the themes and content in your courses! To better serve your class, specific performances will have post show discussions, and we can also offer director and actor visits to classrooms upon request.

Directed by Ki Gottberg, Assistant Directed by Brennan Bunn (’19), Set Design by Will Harris (’19), Light Design by Amiya Brown, Sound Design by Dominic CodyKramers, Costume Design by Harmony Arnold, Stage Managed by Emily Brown (’20)

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Several departments are partnering on-campus and off-campus on events this fall.

October 11, 7 - 9:15 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium

Change in the Family, Social Justice Film Festival

Director Sam Hampton brings heart to this transgender-transition film with a story of celebration, health, and unconditional love. Screening includes four more short films. Hosted by Seattle University Film Studies. Presented by TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival. Free tickets at the door for SU students.

October 15, 2:15-3:15, p.m., Pigott 103

The Silencing of Dissent: How Freedom of the Press is Threatened in Honduras

Jennifer Avila spent six years at Radio Progreso, an essential bulwark of freedom of expression in an increasingly hostile environment for journalism, before co-founding Contra Corriente in 2017. While at Radio Progreso, she directed Guardiana de los Ríos (about the defense of rivers led by Berta Cáceres), No Se Van (about the whys and hows of migration), and Libertad Tiene Nombre de Mujer (about women organizing to protect community territory). Jennifer’s talk is part of a regional tour sponsored by Witness for Peace Northwest. Seattle University co-sponsors include International Studies, Latin American Studies, and the Central America Initiative.

October 15, 4-6 p.m., John and Judy Harding Building

Film Screening & Panel Discussion with Filmmaker Jeanne Marie Hallacy

Screenings of Jeane Marie Hallacy's films, Amae, Thamee, Ama (Mother, Daughter, Sister) and Sittwe, followed by discussion. Sponsored by Seattle U’s History Department, Asian Studies,  and College of Arts & Sciences, and Southeast Asia Center, University of Washington. Free and open to the public. The Harding Building (formerly the Law Annex) is located at 1215 E. Columbia.

October 17, noon-1:55 p.m., Harding 143

Our Voices, Our Future: How Indigenous Women are Shaping Social Movements on Both Sides of the Border

Two speakers from Chiapas—Amalia Hernandez, a Tseltal leader, and Marisela Garcia, a supporter of indigenous women’s rights – join Colleen Echohawk, Chief Seattle Club; Brooke Pinkham, SU’s Center for Indian Law and Policy; and Christina Roberts, Director, SU's Indigenous Peoples Institute (IPI).  The panel will be facilitated by Diane Tomhave, Program Coordinator, IPI.  This panel is part of the outreach work of One Equal Heart.  Seattle University co-sponsors include the Indigenous Peoples’ Institute and the Central America Initiative.

October 20, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Campion Ballroom

Transforming Powerlessness into Power, Vanessa Jackson, LICSW

Seattle U’s Master of Social Work program is proud to partner with the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work to co-sponsor this major clinical conference. SU MSW students can attend this conference for free with the code: SUSW84.

November 6, 10:15-11:15 a.m., Garrand 110

How to Stop a Dam with Indigenous Resistance

Maya Mam community leader José Gómez speaks about indigenous environmental activism in Guatemala. He is a representative of the Association of Communities for Development and the Defense of Land and Natural Resources (ACODET). This talk is part of the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) who has provided human rights accompaniment and strategic advocacy support to ACODET for many years and is organizing this tour to lift up their important work defending their ancestral lands against the imposition of the Xalalá megadam, which if constructed would displace multiple communities, the majority indigenous Maya.  Seattle University co-sponsors include International Studies, Latin American Studies, and the Central America Initiative.

The College of Arts and Sciences has taken over the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). Staff include Dan Hudson (MFA in Arts Leadership), Festival Manager; Amy Williams (SU Film Studies student), Festival Coordinator and Lead Programmer; and Frances Thea Divinagracia (SU Film Studies and Journalism student), Digital Marketing Intern. Several students and alumni also have work playing in this year's festival, running October 25-28. 

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Amelia Derr, PhD, Social Work, continued her partnership with the City of Seattle Office for Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) by offering two community-based programs.

Dr. Derr and the OIRA team completed the second year of The Immigrant Family Institute (IFI) in June, a program designed to build systems knowledge, leadership, and self-advocacy skills for immigrant families with youth ages ten to fourteen who have had experience with the juvenile justice system or feel vulnerable to having such an experience. The focus of the IFI is to: 1) build youth and caregiver knowledge and advocacy skills regarding their rights in the juvenile justice, law enforcement, education, and city service systems; 2) build and heal relationships between police officers and immigrant families; and 3) increase police officer knowledge and cultural responsiveness regarding immigrant families. This year there were 72 participants. The IFI is currently being featured as a model program by the Police Executive Research Forum, a national organization that sets best practices in policing.

Building on the success of the IFI, and in response to requests from the participants, Dr. Derr and partners at OIRA developed and ran Strengthening Immigrant Families (SIF), a program to support family cohesion adapted from the Strengthening Families Program 10-14, an evidence-based prevention program. This past summer the first pilot session was delivered in four languages simultaneously to great success. This is the first time this evidence-based program has been adapted for multi-lingual participants. It will run again next year. 

Richard III at Seattle Shakespeare Company, directed by Rosa Joshi, MFA, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, received excellent press coverage, including this story on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy on The Seattle Channel. 

Erica Rauff, PhD, Kinesiology, published “A Prospective Examination of Physical Activity Predictors in Pregnant Women with Normal Weight and Overweight/Obesity” in Journal: Women's Health Issues.

Caitlin Carlson, PhD, Communication Department, published “Half the Spectrum: A Title IX Approach to Broadcast Ownership Regulation” in Communication Law and Policy.

Sean H. McDowell, PhD, Associate Professor of English and Director of the University Honors Program, published “Of Quintains, Harts, and Lionesses: Melancholy As Shakespeare Liked It” in Études Epistémè, a peer-reviewed journal under the auspices of the Institut du Monde Anglophone in Paris. This essay is part of a special issue titled, “Profane Shakespeare – Perfection, Pollution and the Truth of Performance.” It can be accessed at

Hazel Hahn, PhD, History, signed a book contract with the National University of Singapore Press to publish in 2019 the volume she edited, “Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Modern Era in Southeast Asia, Europe and Beyond.”

Rick Malleus, PhD, Communication Department co-authored “Coming Home Your Way: Understanding University Student Intercultural Reentry” with Marina Micari.

Allison Machlis Meyer, PhD, English, published “Constructing Islam in an Early Modern Anthology: Intertextuality, Politics, and Religion in Seventeenth-Century Europe” in the Fall issue of Renaissance Quarterly, 71.3 (2018).

Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, PhD, Modern Languages and Cultures and Women and Gender Studies, joined Tacos Chukis owner Roberto Salmeron, UW's Rosalina Guillen, and artist Ixtli White Hawk Salinas on September 20 in La Charla de la Gente: Introducción, a discussion about the past, present, and future of Mexico, presented by Northwest Folklife.

Christopher Paul, PhD, Communication Department, published the essay, “First person Singular.”

Both in the Communication Department, Kimberly Harden, EdD was featured in the Seattle Times article written by Ruchika Tulshyan, MS, “Seattle-area women of color share how they navigate the workplace.”

Sven Arvidson, PhD, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, edited and published a Festschrift for William Newell, founder of modern interdisciplinary studies. The 200-page volume includes a lengthy interview of Dr. Newell by Sven, “Integrity in Education.” The Festschrift will be published as a special volume in Issues for Interdisciplinary Studies. He also presented “Administering Interdisciplinary Programs” in October at the 40th Association for Interdisciplinary Studies annual conference, Detroit, MI.

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Nick Carvel, Journalism and Communication, 2008, returns to campus for “What’s Next in the Hashtag “Real World,” a candid chat about how to “make it” in today’s world of media, social media, and the fast moving shifts accompanying both. As a reporter, he has covered three Olympic Games, worked as a TV commentator, a New York Times and USA Today writer, and much more. Invite your students to attend October 17, noon to 2 p.m., Pigott Auditorium

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Kiran Oommen, a senior in Sociology and punk rocker, is one six young people from Eugene among 21 youth plaintiffs suing the federal government in an unprecedented, constitutional climate change lawsuit that seeks to overhaul the nation’s energy system. Read about his and his fellow activists.

Mickey Rowe, MFA, 2020, is featured in The Great American Read on PBS (watch it all, but he’s at the 48:00 mark.) He was the first actor with autism to play the lead in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a character with autism, in a production at Indiana Repertory Theatre and Syracuse Stage.

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  • Now through October, ADAL, Kinsey Gallery, Imagining the World Photo Competition
  • Oct. 10, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Vachon Gallery, exhibition reception for Pull Request: Collaborative Code Art
  • Oct. 10, 6 p.m., Campion Ballroom, Intersectionality and the Upcoming Elections
  • Oct. 15, 5-8 p.m., Campion Hall Ballroom, 2018 Idealist Graduate Fair, free and open to anyone interested in learning about grad school. Co-sponsored by Nonprofit Leadership and Master in Public Administration.
  • Oct. 19, 7-8:30 p.m, LeRoux Room, STCN 160, Clinical psychologist Dr. Enrico Gnaulati will give a free public lecture on the value and effectiveness of psychotherapy.
  • Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m. Pigott Auditorium, The Midterms: The Impact of Disaffected Voters, With Gary Locke and Rick Wilson. *Seattle University does not support or oppose the positions of the speakers. The views expressed are those of the speakers only. Sponsored by The Institute of Public Service is sponsoring this event.
  • Oct. 27, 10 a.m., Wing Luke Museum, Dr. Marie Rose Wong: Building Tradition: Pan-Asian Seattle and Life in the Residential Hotels. Tickets available here.
  • Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., SU School of Law, Are & Be: Fostering Student Success On Campus and Off
  • Oct. 29, Charleena Lyles: Still Saying Her Name, Moral Mondays at SU
  • Nov., 8, 7 p.m., Pigott Auditorium, The Latinx Catholic Imagination and the Future of American Catholicism, Dr. Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Theology and Religious Studies Department, Ann O’Hara Graff Lecture
  • Nov. 8-18, Lee Center for the Arts, The Conduct of Life by M. Irene Fornes, directed by Ki Gottberg

More College of Arts and Sciences events

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Graduate Program Information Sessions

  • Oct. 11, 11 a.m., MFA Arts Leadership Online Info Session
  • Oct. 15, 5 p.m., Idealist Grad Fair, sponsored by Nonprofit Leadership & Master in Public Administration
  • Oct. 16, 12:30 p.m., online MAP Program Info Session
  • Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m., MAP On Campus Info Session
  • Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., MFA Arts Leadership On Campus Info Session
  • Nov. 1, 6 p.m., MACJ Information Session (Casey Building, Rm 515)
  • Nov. 5, 6 p.m., Nonprofit Leadership Information Session
  • Nov. 13, 10 a.m., MFA Arts Leadership Online Info Session
  • Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m., MFA Arts Leadership On Campus Info Session
  • Dec. 10, noon, MFA Arts Leadership Online Info Session
  • Dec. 10, 6 p.m., Nonprofit Leadership Information Session 

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Academic Calendar

  • Oct. 22-Nov. 12: Advising Period, Winter Quarter 2019
  • Oct. 22: Last day to remove “I” grade, Spring & Summer 2018
  • Nov. 1: Last Day to Apply for Graduation: Spring 2019
  • Nov. 12: Veteran’s Day, No Classes
  • 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

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The Dean’s Monthly Memo is published the second full week of the month, September through November and January through June. Remember to send your updates to Karen Bystrom