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Events in Global Engagement at Seattle University

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Aesthetics, Ethics, and Politics in Muslim South Asia: The Saga of Artist MF Husain

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 10:00am - 11:30am

Pigott Auditorium | Seattle University

A renowned Muslim painter from India who was exiled to Doha in 2006, MF Husain dedicated the final years of his long life to a series on Arab civilization. Its sub-theme was Muslim-Christian relations. What are the ethical issues raised in and by Husain's art, both in and beyond South Asia? Since his death in 2011 (at the age of 95), how have these same issues, and the legacy of Husain, changed?

Bruce Lawrence is the Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor Emeritus of Religion at Duke University. His seventeen books include Who is Allah? (2015), Prophecy and Power (ed., 2012), The Qur'an—A Biography, Muslim Networks from Hajj to Hip-Hop (co-edited, 2005), and New Faiths, Old Fears: Muslims & Other Asian Immigrants in American Religious Life (2002).

This is the first lecture in the Seattle Asian Art Museum's University Lecture Series, hosted by Seattle University. It is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies and Elliot Bay Book Company.

International Dinner 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2016 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Campion Ballroom

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Seattle University's International and help kick off International Week 2017. Come enjoy this definitive Seattle University experience with cultural performances from different community groups, international cuisine prepared by Seattle University students and local chefs, and raffle prizes provided by local businesses!

 Tickets can be purchased here. For more information, visit the International Student Center website.

Past Events in Global Engagement

Chinandega at the Crossroads - Opening Reception

Thursday, October 27th, 2016, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Kinsey Gallery | Seattle University

A Seattle University and Universidad Centroamericana collaboration: Children, Youth, and Families living with migration.

Presenting photographs, videos, and stories created in a workshop run by Seattle University and Universidad Centroamericana students and faculty in Chinandega, Nicaragua over the Summer of 2016. The participants/artists are children and youth aged 12 to 18 coping with estrangement from family members who have migrated to the United States and other countries in order to find work.

This exhibition begins September 30, 2016 and runs through January 8, 2017.

Hawks Abroad Fair

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, 11:00am - 2:00pm

Father LeRoux, S.J. Conference Center, Student Center 160

The Education Abroad Office will be hosting the annual Hawks Abroad Fair. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about international programs, scholarships, and getting a passport. There will also be a henna artist, photo booth, and giveaways!

Myanmar in Transition: New Dawn or False Dawn?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room, Admissions & Alumni Building

Myanmar (Burma) has been in a critical transition period. This talk will cover the historical background and current key issues. Larry S. Dohrs is Chairman of the Board of Directors of US Campaign for Burma, member of Amnesty International USA Business and Human Rights Program, and a Visiting Scholar in Southeast Asian Studies at Texas Christian University. He travels to Southeast Asia every year, and has met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders of the democracy movement. He leads the Seattle Burma Roundtable in Seattle, which has been meeting monthly for more than 21 years.

This event is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, History Department, Asian Studies, International Studies, and the Global Awareness Program at Seattle University.

Richard Rego, S.J., Lecture: Deconstructing Mediation, Interrogating Modification: The Politics of Imaging Public Personalities

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Lemieux Library, Faculty Lounge

Richard Rego, S.J., the William F. LeRoux Endowed Chair in Arts and Sciences for the winter quarter 2016, will analyze both the superfluity and falsity of public images of Modi and the ways in which they contributed to the promotion of Modi as the future Prime Minister. Sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences. For more information, contact Stephanie Lewis at Read more about Father Rego at Arts & Sciences.

Memory, Culture and Politics in Turkey: A Presentation by Onur Bakiner

Friday, March 4, 2016, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Wyckoff Auditorium (ENGR 200)

A country long known for its troubled past, Turkey has been living through a memory boom for some time. From Ottoman palace disputes to cultural reforms during the early Republic, class conflict in the 1970s to countless episodes of mass violence against ethnic and religious minorities, history casts its long shadow. Politicians, civil society activists, intellectuals and soap opera producers are keen to engage the public’s curiosity for history, though not necessarily for the same goals: for some, the past is simply entertainment, while for others it is a source of glory and heroism. Yet for others, past injustice and violence calls for national reflection, self-criticism and enlightenment.

Where does this complex picture leave us? Why do the Ottoman and Republican legacies weigh so heavy on people’s hearts and minds today? What does memory have to do with the Kurdish issue, the prospects for democratization, and the war in Syria? Onur Bakiner, assistant professor of political science, will address these questions in his presentation. Hosted by the Department of Political Science and co-sponsored by the Global African Studies Program, Department of History, International Studies Program and Political Science Club. For more information, contact Associate Professor Rose Ernst at

International Week 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 to Saturday, February 6, 2016

An array of programs, including public dialogues, photo exhibitions, student discussion, and even a Henna body art event! These events given SU students, staff, and faculty a chance to share their international cultures and experiences.

For the full schedule, see the I-Week program list.

International Dinner 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Campion Ballroom

Kick off International Week 2016 with the 39th Annual International Dinner. Come enjoy this definitive Seattle University experience with cultural performances from different community groups, international cuisine prepared by Seattle University students and local chefs, and raffle prizes provided by local businesses!

Between Traditions and Modernities - RK Narayan's Novels and Satyajit Ray's Films as Points of Departure for an Understanding of Contemporary India

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 4:00pm

Wyckoff Auditorium

Dr. Cheriyan Alexander of St. Joseph's College in Bangalore, India will be coming to Seattle University to speak about his scholarship in Indian film and literature. The Office of Global Engagement is delighted to host Dr. Alexander as an initial step toward the development of Seattle University partnerships in Asia.

Challenges and Prospects for U.S.-China Relations

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Pigott Auditorium

On Sept. 22, the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution will partner with Seattle University to present keynote addresses by top American and Chinese policy makers and two panel discussions featuring Brookings scholars to explain the challenges and prospects for U.S.-China relations during President Xi’s state visit and beyond.