This June, the first class of BAHL students will be graduating. These students have pioneered the BAHL program and set high standards for the following classes. We wish them luck as they leave Seattle University and move forward on the path to success.
See the feature article in The Commons about Matteo Ricci College's course here.
Morgan Burdick (BAH, '15) and Ian Carrick (BAHL, '15) have received 2014 Critical Language Scholarships (CLS). The CLS is funded by the State Department for American Students to learn "critical languages." This summer, Ian will study Indonesian in Malang, Java, Indonesia and return to Parapat, Sumatra this fall for his BAHL international internship with the Study Group for People's Initiative Development, an organization that empowers and educates rural farmers. Morgan will spend the summer in Luknow, India studying Urdu and plans to stay in India to become fluent in Urdu.
For more information on the Critical Language Scholarship Program, click here.
“War is not over when it’s over” is a common
refrain that keeps coming up for Matteo Ricci College professors Ben Curtis and
Serena Cosgrove in their research about how war contributes to poverty.
Compelled by the initial results of research about violence in post-conflict
societies in Central America, Curtis and Cosgrove decided to expand their
research to Eastern Europe. With a grant from Seattle University’s Endowed
Mission Fund, the two professors travelled to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the
fall of 2013 to interview peace makers, human rights activists, and youth
leaders about how the country is doing since the war ended in 1995.
Bosnia still confronts many challenges with integration and collaboration
across ethnic lines. This is particularly relevant for K-12 students who
are separated by ethnicity at school, seldom enjoying the opportunity to
interact with students from the other ethnicities. Moved by the long-term
peace and reconciliation challenges the country continues to face, Curtis and
Cosgrove applied for a grant from Seattle University’s Global Grants Program to
take an SU student delegation to Bosnia in June 2014. With the recent
news they had won the grant, Curtis and Cosgrove are now preparing to return to
Bosnia. In addition to carrying out research on the ongoing peace and
reconciliation process, Curtis, Cosgrove and their students will attend an
international youth conference as the US delegation commemorating 100 years
since the start of World War I.
Humanities for Leadership students Chelsea
Schiller and Robert Gavino worked with the Office of Leadership Development to organize the 11th annual Leadership Blitz on
Chelsea and Robert were involved in everything from event planning to implementation.
"The most exciting part of the Leadership Blitz
was seeing students engage in a fun, challenging, educational experience
together while developing a stronger community of leaders on campus," said Chelsea.
The Leadership Blitz is a free half-day leadership conference open to all students at Seattle University interested in building personal leadership skills. Each year, students from across campus attend the Leadership Blitz to grow and learn together. This year's theme was Connections: Relationships in the Age of Technology. During the conference students explored how technology enhances and limits their ability to work together for change. For more information, read here.
As part of Seattle University's annual Search for Meaning Book Festival, Rev. Daniel Peterson PhD and Fr. William O'Malley S.J. were asked to give presentations.
Rev. Peterson gave a presentation titled, "Rediscovering Paul Tillich: How America's 'Most Dangerous Theologian' of the Twentieth Century Can Help Us Today." Making the case for Tillich’s broader relevance again Rev. Dr. Peterson discussed the extremes of fundamentalist religion and empty skepticism to a deeper kind of faith open to doubt and questioning.
Fr. O'Malley's presentation was titled "The 2700 Priests of Dachau." In it, he discusses 2,700 priests that were interned in the Dachau concentration camp during World War II.