2017-18 Events

ICTC Faculty Fellows Presentation:

Individual Tax Provisions and Income Inequality through a Catholic Social Thought Lens

Thursday, May 31 in Pigott 106
12:15pm lunch, 12:30-1:20pm presentation
Light lunch provided, please RSVP to ICTC@seattleu.edu

Against the backdrop of rising income inequality in the United States is the recent overhaul of federal tax regulations that nevertheless leaves intact certain individual tax provisions that together are estimated to cost the US budget more than $5 trillion dollars over the next decade. This calls into question the extent to which these major tax provisions are consistent with an economic system that promotes integral human development, a central theme in Catholic Social Thought (CST). Our examination of the home-mortgage-interest deduction, the preferential tax rate on capital gains, and the income exclusion for employer-paid health insurance premiums highlight the importance of confronting the tradeoffs among CST principles of human dignity in an economic system that continues to preserve regressive tax provisions.  This project was inspired the authors’ participation in the Spring 2016 faculty seminar on Catholic Social Thought.

The authors, in alphabetical order:

Stacey Jones is a Senior Instructor in the Economics Department of the Albers School. Her research is primarily on the historical development of women's role in the US economy, including women's role in the labor market, higher education, and the household.

Susan Weihrich teaches primarily in the area of taxation. She is a frequently invited speaker in the areas of Federal tax policy. Her research has been published in tax journals, corporate finance, accounting and auditing journals. She has many years of experience in tax compliance and has assisted in the Seattle University’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for over 20 years. She  was the first recipient of the Seattle University “Spirit of Community Award.”

Tina Zamora is an Associate Professor in the Accounting Department of the Albers School. Her research examines how economic and fairness incentives, financial and nonfinancial information, and corporate governance factors impact individual decisions and organizational performance. Her work is published in top journals in finance, business ethics, auditing, management accounting, and accounting education. Prior to joining academia, she worked in the Japanese and Korean Tax and Audit Practice of KPMG LLP in New York City.

ICTC Faculty Fellows Presentation:

Struggling in Seattle: Embodying Islam in the Pacific Northwest

Wednesday, June 6
12:15pm lunch, 12:30-1:20pm presentation
Light lunch provided, please RSVP to ICTC@seattleu.edu

This presentation will explore the issues faced by Seattle's Muslim community, and how local Muslims deploy theological and spiritual tools to address these issues. The presentation will particularly highlight the experiences of the Somali community.

Ali Altaf Mian is assistant professor of Islamic studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. He completed his Ph.D. in religious studies in 2015 from Duke University. His research interests include: Islam in South Asia; Islamic law and ethics; gender and sexuality; feminist theory and practice; Sufism and comparative mysticism; continental philosophy; comparative religion; theory and method in the study of religion. Currently, he is working on two manuscripts: Muslims in South Asia (contracted with Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming in 2019) and Surviving Modernity: Ashraf ‘Ali Thanvi (1863-1943) and the Politics of Muslim Orthodoxy in Colonial India.His publications have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Islamic Studies Muslim World, and Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies.

Rembrandt and the Faces of Christ

Tuesday, May 15
4pm in Wyckoff Auditorium

Art Historian and Theologian Fr. Tom Lucas S.J., Rector of the Arrupe Jesuit Community at SU, will present a visually engaging reflection of the face of Jesus as depicted in Rembrandt’s paintings, etchings, and drawings.

Co-sponsored with the Arrupe Jesuit Community.

Each spring the ICTC sponsors a Catholic Imagination and the Arts program for the campus and community that focuses on literature and the arts as an entry point into the Catholic sacramental vision. These programs draw attention to the unique contribution of the Catholic imagination to the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition, both in terms of an inherited treasury and as invitation to a textured understanding of the world.

Taste and See: Exploring Foodways and Film
with Antonio Sison

Thursday, April 26 | 4pm
Bannan Auditorium 130
Reception to follow at 5:30pm in Bannan Arboretum

Born and raised in a culture where cooking and feasting are wedded with ancient communitarian values, Br. Antonio Sison, CPPS, shares his passionate and imaginative quest for recipes of grace in the integration of theology and intercultural cinema.

Encountering Laudato Si’

Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture Faculty Fellows Presentation

Thursday, April 19

12:15-1:20pm (Lunch at 12:15, presentation begins at 12:30pm)
HUNT 100 | Light lunch provided; please RSVP to ictc@seattleu.edu

Forms of Life: From Technocratic Paradigm to Eco-politics

Inspired by Pope Francis’ critiques of technology and calls for a “bold cultural revolution” in Laudato Si’, this paper argues that environmental injustices issue from a dynamic between technologies of power and the powers of technology. The paper puts Laudato Si’ into dialogue with Peter Sloterdijk’s account of Ignatian anthropotechnics and Giorgio Agamben’s thoughts on Franciscan forms of life so as to sketch a vision of an eco-politics guided by contemplation.

Laudato Si’ and Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness

This project brings Laudato Si’ into dialogue with Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) program. The GNH concept implies that sustainable development should take a holistic approach towards notions of progress and give equal importance to non-economic aspects of wellbeing.

More about the faculty:

Jessica Ludescher Imanaka is an Associate Professor in the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University, where she holds a joint appointment in Management and Philosophy. She teaches Ethical Reasoning in Business, Ethics in Business, Spiritual Business, and select Philosophy classes at SU. Imanaka’s research has focused on corporate social responsibility, theory of the firm, political economy, sustainability, environmental justice, globalization, philosophy of technology, and Catholic social thought. Her papers have appeared in The Harvard International Review, Business and Society Review, The Independent Review, Environmental Ethics, The Journal of Catholic Social Thought, The Journal of Jesuit Business Education, Somatics Journal, The Journal of Management for Global Sustainability, and the International Journal of E-Business Research.

Jason M. Wirth is professor of philosophy at Seattle University, and works and teaches in the areas of Continental Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy, Aesthetics, Environmental Philosophy, and Africana Philosophy. His recent books include Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth: Reading Gary Snyder and Dōgen in an Age of Ecological Crisis (SUNY 2017), a monograph on Milan Kundera (Commiserating with Devastated Things, Fordham 2015), Schelling’s Practice of the Wild (SUNY 2015), The Conspiracy of Life: Meditations on Schelling and His Time (SUNY 2003), a translation of the third draft of The Ages of the World (SUNY, 2000), the edited volume Schelling Now (Indiana 2004), the co-edited volume (with Bret Davis and Brian Schroeder), Japanese and Continental Philosophy: Conversations with the Kyoto School (Indiana 2011), and The Barbarian Principle: Merleau-Ponty, Schelling, and the Question of Nature (SUNY 2013). He is the associate editor and book review editor of the journal, Comparative and Continental Philosophy. His forthcoming manuscript is called Nietzsche and Other Buddhas (Indiana 2019) and he is currently completing a manuscript on the cinema of Terrence Malick. He is an ordained priest in the Soto Zen tradition.

Cherishing the Wisdom of Community: A Benedictine Contribution to (Graduate) Leadership Education

ICTC Faculty Fellows Presentation by Dung Tran, PhD
Thursday, February 15

12:15-1:30pm(Lunch at 12:15, presentation begins at 12:30pm)
HUNT 100 | Light lunch provided; please RSVP to ICTC@seattleu.edu

The Organizational Leadership program at Gonzaga University has taken graduate students to a Benedictine monastery as part of a course on "Leadership and Community" for 15 years.  As an alumnus of this experience, the presenter will discuss how the understanding and experience of a monastic community leads to effectively engaging the world during turbulent times.

Dr. Dung Q. Tran, the son of Vietnamese refugees, is an inaugural instructor of Organizational Leadership at Seattle University. In terms of research, Dr. Tran is interested in how spiritual, ethical, and values-based perspectives shape leadership theory and practice, with a particular focus on leader identity development.

Unimagined Latin@s

Of Great Walls, Borders, Bridges and Dreams

FREE! Thursday, January 18, 2018
6-7:30pm (7:30pm reception), Pigott Auditorium
View the Facebook Event here

Presentations and poetry from top SU and international Latin@ intellectuals, including Steven Bender, JD, Associate Dean, Seattle U Law School; Claudia Castro Luna, 2018 Washington State Poet Laureate and former Seattle Civic Poet; Natalie Cisneros, PhD, Assistant Professor of Philosophy; Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, PhD, Professor, Modern Languages and Women & Gender Studies; Jeanette Rodriguez, PhD, Professor, Theology and Religious Studies. Information: email Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs or Steven Bender.

Cosponsored by Seattle University School of Law, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Matteo Ricci College, College of Arts and Sciences, Women & Gender Studies, and Northwest Folklife.

Martin Luther King Jr. Mass

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his death

All are welcome!
Monday, January 15, 2018
11 am Mass
12:15 pm Keynote

The Black Catholic Advisory Circle of the Archdiocese of Seattle, in partnership with the Seattle University Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture will hosts a Mass celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The keynote speaker is James F. Williams, Managing Partner of the Seattle office of the law firm Perkins Coie. Mr. Williams is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He is a member of Immaculate Conception Parish.


An Advent of Possibilities: Imagining Racial Justice

An invitation to "Listen! Learn! Think! Pray! Act!"

For those of you who heard Bishop Edward Braxton speak in October, these are familiar words. Please join us as we accept the invitation to "listen, learn, think, pray and act" in the call for imagining racial justice. The event will consist of brief talks, quiet reflection time, and table-sharing.

All are welcome!
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
3:30-5:00 pm

Casey Commons, 5th Floor Casey Building, Seattle University
Festive refreshments provided
Please RSVP to ICTC@seattleu.edu

Traversing Holy Places: Conversion and Religious Identity in Late Colonial Punjab featuring Maria Magdalena-Fuchs, Princeton University

October 30, 2017 | 6:30 | Seattle University LeRoux Room (Student Center)

Maria Magdalena-Fuchs, a PhD candidate in religion at Princeton, will focus on the life and work of Barkat Ullah, an ordained Anglican priest, writer and Protestant convert from a Punjabi Shia family. She will analyze Ullah’s engagement with Muslim Urdu writers and thinkers such as Syed Ahmad Khan and Sanaullah Amritsari on questions of naturalism, universalism and religious reform.

Image Courtesy of Church Mission Society Archives

Week of Prayer and Action: October 7-13, 2017

On September 27, 2017 Pope Francis launched a global campaign to support migrants and refugees around the world. In collaboration with the annual celebration of Respect Life Month in October, the bishops in the U.S. are asking Catholics around the country to help kick off the campaign by taking part in a week of prayer and action for migrants and refugees from October 7-13.

Catholic leaders across parishes, schools, and universities can animate their communities to participate in the week of prayer and action - learn more at Share the Journey!

Sept 14: "Laudato Si', Climate Change & the Northwest: A Response of Faith for the Future" with Jeff Renner from King5

7:00-8:30 pm | Wyckoff Auditorium, Seattle University

Jeff will discuss the changes he has seen in our climate, the latest science and the compelling call of Pope Francis in Laudato Sí to Care for Our Common Home.

For nearly four decades, Jeff Renner served as Chief Meteorologist at KING TV. He has participated in conferences at both the White House and the Vatican and earned degrees in Atmospheric Science from the University of Washington and science journalism from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Jeff and his wife, Sue, are members of Mary Queen of Peace Parish in Sammamish where they are active in a variety of ministries.

For information: call IPJC, 206-223-1138 or email ipjc@ipjc.org.

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In partnership with the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center and Earth Ministry.

Laudato Si': A Mass Celebrating the Season of Creation

Close-up image of St. James Cathedral

Saturday, September 30 | 10:30 am
St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Avenue, Seattle
Lunch and Resource Fair to follow

Join with Christians worldwide to commemorate the Season of Creation, the time between September 1 (World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation) and October 4 (feast day of St. Francis of Assisi).

We invite all people of faith to celebrate the joy which the Earth shares with us. Let us come together to thank God for the richness that is in the Creation which we share. Father Michael G. Ryan will preside at the Mass. A lunch and resource fair will follow. All are welcome.

In instituting the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis expressed the hope that it would “offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”

Sponsored by the ICTC, CEJS, the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center, Earth Ministry and St. James Cathedral

Resource List for the Season of Creation

Download Fr. Ryan’s homily for the Care for Creation Mass