Arts, Faith and Humanities

shepherd and his sheep move through streets of Madrid while tourists snap photos

Imagining the World

The Imagining the World: Study Abroad and International Photography Competition highlights global engagement—via education and travel abroad—in stunning fashion. See the world through the eyes of our students and members of the campus community in this photo gallery.

July 26, 2019

Restoring life: One Ugandan nun makes lasting connections in Clark County

Story mentions that Seattle U students desgined building under construction in Uganda to house a new medical center.

Clark County Today

July 18, 2019

“Public Policy and the Arts” Project: Seattle Arts Voter Guide

Seattle University MFA in Arts Leadership students enrolled in the 2019 summer course “Public Policy and the Arts” are creating the Seattle Arts Voter Guide, a nonpartisan guide collecting statements by City Council Candidates on how they envision arts as part of Seattle.

July 16, 2019

The 18 scholars posed for a group photo.

Eighteen Scholars from Eighteen Countries are at Seattle U for SUSI 2019

Eighteen scholars from eighteen countries are on campus this summer for the third year for Seattle University to host the Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars on Contemporary American Literature.

July 11, 2019

José Alberto “Chepe” Idiaquez, S.J, president of the University of Central America, received an honorary degree from Seattle U presented by President Stephen Sundborg, SJ, and Provost Shane Martin.

Seattle University Honors President of the University of Central America in Nicaragua

Rev. José Alberto “Chepe” Idiaquez, S.J, president of the University of Central America (UCA), a Jesuit institution in Managua, Nicaragua, received an honorary degree during the undergraduate commencement ceremony at Seattle University.

June 21, 2019

Sister Mary Namutebi, DM, '20, '22, left and Sister Paskazia Ampronia Nakitende, DM, '19 with The Daughters of Mary Sisters in Uganda share a moment together while reviewing a selfie photo they took on their cell phone in the garden at their St. Joseph's Residence in West Seattle.

Sisters in Learning and Leading

With an SU education, members of The Daughters of Mary Sisters in Uganda are transforming their lives and, in turn, the lives of fellow Ugandans. Get a look at their lives in Seattle and at Seattle U in this photo essay.

June 12, 2019

SUURA brochure

Celebrating Student Scholarship

An impressive array of student research was presented at the Seattle University Undergraduate Research Association (SUURA) Conference on May 31.

June 3, 2019

Seattle U Ethics Bowl team members and coach

No Argument Here: Ethics Bowl Team Created Opportunities for its Students

The way Ben Howe sees it, the Seattle U Ethics Bowl team he coaches that finished #6 in the nation this year is a great achievement—but not the be-all and end-all.

June 3, 2019

MacKenzie Bezos’ $17 billion pledge tops a growing list of women giving big

Essay authored by Elizabeth Dale, PhD, assistant professor in the Seattle U Non Profit Leadership program.

The Conversation

May 31, 2019

Rosa Joshi delivers Red Talk

Toward a More Inclusive Theater

Red Talk presenter talks about putting a more diverse cast on stage.

May 17, 2019

Seattle University students who won Fulbright Grants

Seattle U Produces Record Number of Fulbrights

A record-setting eight Seattle University students and recent alumni have been awarded prestigious 2019-2020 Fulbright Grants to study, research and work abroad.

May 17, 2019

Great Books programs do what education is supposed to do

Story includes interview with Seattle U Assoc. Prof. Sean McDowell, director of the Honors Program.

The Herald (Everett)

May 10, 2019

Photo of city of Seattle

SU Now Offers Minor in LGBTQ Studies

Seattle University’s Women and Gender Studies Program is offering a new minor in LGBTQ studies. Approved by the Board of Trustees’ Academic Committee, 14 students were enrolled in the minor by the time it was operational in winter quarter, says Program Director Theresa Earenfight.

May 10, 2019

George Kunz leaning back in a chair reading the book "Totality and Infinity"

Remembering George Kunz

Seattle U colleague reflects on the life of George Kunz, a true person for others.

May 3, 2019

Get an update on the 2020 election with Marco Lowe

KING TV New Day Northwest

May 1, 2019

Magnet vs. Charter Schools: Differences Explained

Story includes comments by Christine Campbell, a Seattle U admissions counselor.

US News & World Report

April 30, 2019

Washington poet laureate to use $100,000 award to bring poetry to Columbia River

Poet laureate Claudia Castro Luna teaches at Seattle University.

The Columbian

April 24, 2019

Seattle U Admits Students from Shuttered Art Institute

The first week of spring quarter welcomed 12 new Redhawks, all former students from the closed Art Institute Seattle who were admitted to begin courses at Seattle U.

April 5, 2019

Seattle U Admin Building

McGoldrick Fellowship

Professor Paulette Kidder is named 2019-2020 recipient of prestigious fellowship.

March 26, 2019

James Martin, S.J. and Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ

Commencement Speakers

Jesuit author and commentator James Martin, S.J., and prison ministry and justice advocate Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, will be Seattle University’s undergraduate and graduate commencement speakers, respectively, this June.

March 20, 2019

Seattle U basketball player engaging with elementary school students

Partners in Progress

Center for Community Engagement marks 15th anniversary with many milestones.

January 23, 2019

Building a Bridge book cover

Bridging Troubled Waters

James Martin, S.J., Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT community can enter into a relationship of respect, compassion and sensitivity.

October 17, 2018

Through the Central America Initiative, Seattle University is partnering with NGOs and nonprofits on the ground in Guatemala working to end violence against women in their country.

Initiative to Serve

Team of researchers fights gender-based violence in Guatemala.

October 15, 2018

Seattle U Choir performing

Dr. Leann Conley-Holcom named Director of Choral and Vocal Activities

Dr. Leann Conley-Holcom is Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Seattle University, where she oversees the voice program, conducts choirs, and teaches conducting.

August 7, 2018

Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen and Patrick Howell, S.J.

An Iconic Church Leader and Seattle U

The university had a great friend in Archbishop Hunthausen.

July 27, 2018

Group of students, alumni and faculty supporting the people of Nicaragua

Seattle University's Central America Initiative

As an expression of its commitment to global engagement in the Jesuit educational tradition, Seattle University formed a successful partnership with the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua.

July 13, 2018

2018 SUSI Scholars represent 18 countries

Seattle University welcomes 18 scholars and educators from 18 different countries for four weeks of academic residency and two weeks of study tour for the 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars on Contemporary American Literature.

July 5, 2018

PNB soloist Leta Biasucci (center) with company dancers in Coppélia, choreographed by Alexandra Danilova and George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo © Angela Sterling.

Ballerina Graduate

Leta Biasucci joined the Pacific Northwest Ballet as a company member in 2011, at the same time Seattle U was implementing their specialized Arts Leadership program through the partnership the school has with PNB.

June 8, 2018

Seattle U Men's Soccer Team celebrating

Church and Sport

Father Kelly assists with Catholic Church's first document on sports.

June 3, 2018

Seattle University

Five Redhawks Awarded Fulbrights

Three recent Seattle University graduates and two current undergraduate students have been awarded prestigious 2018-2019 Fulbright Grants to study, research and work abroad. This is the second time since 2016-17 that five Seattle U students have earned Fulbright Grants in a single year, making the university among the nation's top producers of Fulbrights.

May 22, 2018

Seattle skyline and moon at night

What to Do About Homelessness?

SU provides moviegoers with guides for addressing homelessness.

March 14, 2018

Seattle U Lemieux Library

Questioning "I Can Do It Again"

The visiting LeRoux Chair will deliver a public lecture on Feb. 27.

February 23, 2018

Seattle University’s Performing Arts and Arts Leadership have earned recognition for the theater program and music faculty member Dr. Quinton Morris.

Performing Arts Tops the Charts

OnStage Blog and Musical America Worldwide recognize Seattle University's theater program and music faculty member Dr. Quinton Morris, respectively.

January 23, 2018

Picture of a painting in progress of Pope Francis entitled “Under His Mercy” by Paul Mullally

Paul Mullally, '71, Honored to Paint Portrait of Pope Francis

Renowned painter and Seattle U alumnus Paul Mullally beamed as he described the moment that his daughters, Annelise, 9, and Ise, 7, approached the altar to receive their First Communion from Pope Francis in October 2017. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was a remarkable capstone to an already extraordinary event, the unveiling of Paul’s portrait of the Pope.

January 18, 2018

students studying at the Quad in the Spring

Poet Laureate

Washington's top poet Claudia Castro Luna is teaching in MRC this quarter.

January 17, 2018

Seattle U students rehearsing for a musical

Recognition for Seattle U Performing Arts

“Students majoring in the Performing Arts areas experience the highest level of creativity working alongside faculty who are all professional artists working in their fields,” says department chair Ki Gottberg.

January 8, 2018

Students studying at the Quad

Real American Patriotism

Noted author and voice for justice, Khizr Khan, will speak on campus Dec. 8.

November 29, 2017

a pile of broken furniture in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria

Responding to the Call

Nursing professor Diane Switzer travels to Puerto Rico to help care for victims of Hurricane Maria.

November 13, 2017

people gathered outside for a special service and tree planting

The Reformation at 500 Years

A service and tree planting at SU provides an opportunity to recommit to interfaith dialogue.

November 1, 2017

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Race and the Catholic Church

Bishop Edward Braxton will deliver first Catholic Heritage Lecture of the year.

October 13, 2017

Pigott building atrium filled with event attendees

Nobel Prize Recipient is SU-bound

The father of social business and microcredit Muhammad Yunus will visit campus on Oct. 12.

September 29, 2017

Rosa Joshi

2017 Gregory Awards for Theatre Feature Seattle U Connections

Congratulations to Seattle U Theatre Professor Rosa Joshi for her Gregory Awards nomination for Outstanding Director

August 22, 2017

Dr. Charles M. Tung, Director of the Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars (SUSI) on Contemporary American Literature

Seattle University to Host Program on American Literature for International Scholars

This summer, Seattle University will host the Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars (SUSI) on Contemporary American Literature, a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 

May 16, 2017

students studying outside Lemieux Library on a sunny Spring day

Naef Scholars

Seattle University announces the 2017-2018 student recipients.

May 15, 2017

Hunthausen Hall home to the McGoldrick Collegium

David Leigh, SJ, Receives 2017-2018 McGoldrick Fellowship

Seattle University President Stephen V. Sundborg, SJ, announced today that David Leigh, S.J., professor of English, is the 2017-2018 recipient of the McGoldrick Fellowship. Named for Father James McGoldrick, a beloved Seattle University Jesuit, the fellowship recognizes an extraordinary faculty member who embodies the mission and values of our institution.

May 5, 2017

people gathered to discuss homelessness and the affordable housing crisis

A Faith-based Response

The Center for Religious Wisdom and World Affairs will host an inaugural symposium on homelessness.

April 20, 2017

West Coast Mayors Address Homelessness at Seattle University in January 2017

Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs Hosts Inaugural Symposium on Homelessness

The symposium brings together 15 scholars to explore the religious, spiritual and ethical dimensions of homelessness.

April 20, 2017

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High Honors

SU's 2017 Alpha Sigma Nu inductees excel academically and represent the highest Jesuit ideals.

April 14, 2017

Harmony Arnold

Arnold Designs Costumes for Stage and Film

Harmony Arnold, MFA, Associate Professor, Performing Arts & Arts Leadership recently designed costumes for Murder for Two, the latest collaboration between The 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT Theatre.

April 3, 2017

Bailey Gatzert Elementary students at a screening of Hidden Figures

Not So “Hidden” Anymore

A field trip for young students and their parents to see the movie "Hidden Figures" included a bonus feature: A panel of women of color who work in the sciences & technology

March 30, 2017

Dr. Quinton Morris and a student

Dr. Quinton Morris Selected for Seattle Arts Commission

Dr. Quinton Morris is a concert violinist, educator, entrepreneur, filmmaker and founder of The Young Eight String Octet, comprised of distinguished African American string players from the nation’s most prestigious music schools.

March 29, 2017

view of campus chapel, reflecting pool, and Union Green on a sunny fall morning

New Scholars

Center for Religious Wisdom and World Affairs announces first cohort.

March 15, 2017

Father Eric Watson, Associate Professor of Chemistry

A Jesuit Priest Walks Into a Chemistry Classroom . . . As the Professor

Faculty profile: Eric Watson, S.J.

March 2, 2017

Looking out through the windows of the administration building toward the chapel

Adjunct & Author

Telecom veteran and cyber spy novelist Alan Johnston brings real world experience to readers and students

February 27, 2017

an author signing a book

Search for Meaning

Here are five things you need to know about this year's festival.

February 22, 2017

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Mission Examen

SU joins other universities in examining its Jesuit, Catholic identity and mission

February 13, 2017

yellow flowers on a tree with students walking through campus in the background

Educator of the Year

Becky Cobb of the School of Theology and Ministry receives Educator of the Year award

January 27, 2017

a closeup of thin taper beeswax candles inside the St. Ignatius chapel

New Leader

Father Arturo Sosa was elected Superior General of the Jesuits at General Congregation 36 earlier this month in Rome.

October 24, 2016

Chapel of St. Ignatius in the Spring

The Catholic Church and Sport

Patrick Kelly, S.J., participates in a worldwide gathering hosted by the Vatican

October 12, 2016

Students hanging out at the Quad during the Spring

Dynamics of Aggression

Francisco Guerrero’s artwork takes bold new direction in exhibition opening in Vachon Gallery.

October 11, 2016

Chapel of St. Ignatius in the Fall

Where Faith and Social Action Meet

The School of Theology and Ministry launches the Center for Religious Wisdom.

September 26, 2016

west exterior of St. Ignatius chapel features  a Roman ocher paint finish and modern stained glass windows

SU and World Youth Day

A Seattle U delegation attends a special gathering with Catholic youths and the pope.

August 22, 2016

Pink and red flowers blooming on campus

Alabaster Jar

At Baccalaureate Mass, Father Steve shares a personal story about his journey toward becoming a Jesuit.

June 20, 2016

students soak in the sun on the benches of St. Ignatius chapel and the Reflecting Pool

Chapter of the Year

National Jesuit honor society recognizes SU for its excellent programming and more

May 25, 2016

Pat O'Leary, S.J.

Finding Joy in Being Available

Pat O’Leary, S.J., prepares for new ministry in Spokane

May 25, 2016

exterior view of the Casey building atrium

Building the World from East to West

New video tells the story of Matteo Ricci College's namesake.

April 12, 2016

Dan Dombrowski

Teacher-Scholar Personified

2016-2017 McGoldrick Fellow Dan Dombrowski sits down with The Commons

March 30, 2016

St. Ignatius fountain in the afternoon shaded quad

New Frontier

Matteo Ricci College is partnering with Catholic high schools to offer hybrid coursework.

February 16, 2016

view of campus chapel, reflecting pool, and Union Green on a sunny fall morning

A Church in War

Guest speaker describes the role of the Church, Jesuits in Middle East conflict

February 2, 2016

a group of students sitting in a circle on the lawn in front of the Student Center

Unite

Author reflects on possibilities for renewal and interconnectedness

January 19, 2016

a closeup of thin taper beeswax candles inside the St. Ignatius chapel

Religion and Politics

Professor Dan Dombrowski addresses European Parliament on a volatile, vexing issue.

October 26, 2015

Austin Lively running a home run

Just for Sport?

New book edited by Patrick Kelly, S.J., is a critical examination of youth sports in the U.S. 

October 26, 2015

west exterior of St. Ignatius chapel features  a Roman ocher paint finish and modern stained glass windows

Delio on Climate Change

Noted scholar Sister Ilia Delio visits SU to deliver Catholic Heritage Lecture and meet with students.

October 26, 2015

the front of Lemieux Library on a sunny day

Good Theater

Albers professor Meena Rishi is the first South Asian woman to be nominated for a Gregory Award.

October 13, 2015

view of the fountain and campus quad

Welcoming a Legend

Acclaimed author Ursula Le Guin will visit Seattle U on Oct. 28.

October 13, 2015

a bird perched atop a tree branch with yellow flowers

For the Birds (and Other Species)

Fine Arts students create new homes for creatures in garden behind the Admin Building.

July 13, 2015

campus tree with leaves illuminated by sunlight

My Search

An SU student reflects on a powerful retreat experience.

June 9, 2015

Matteo Ricci students focused during class

Art that Empowers

Matteo Ricci students learn how theater can build community.

June 9, 2015

SU student Fred Seymour performing a song on guitar

SU Strummers

Guitar instructor Susan Palmer sees SU’s education striking a chord with her student.

April 21, 2015

Admin building roof top and surrounding trees

My Fluorescent God

SU alumnus Joe Guppy's book chronicles his struggle with mental illness.

April 21, 2015

Ariel view of campus on a sunny winter day

At Home

The School of Theology and Ministry is set to graduate its first Muslim student.

April 7, 2015

Seattle U fountain with Admin building in background

"Changing the World"

The School of Theology and Ministry is named a top seminary.

March 10, 2015

an author signing a book

Why We're Here

More than 50 authors and scholars are set to participate in Search for Meaning Book Festival.

February 10, 2015

a student reading a book in front of a large tree on campus

The Meditating Monk Re-imagined

Sharon Suh publishes a new book on Buddhism in film.

February 9, 2015

Exterior of Lemieux Library with lights on in the evening

Isn’t That Special?

A limited edition, two-volume bible has been donated to Seattle University.

January 27, 2015

view of campus chapel, reflecting pool, and Union Green on a sunny fall morning

Ignatian Exchange

SU and UCA colleagues collaborate to share in Ignatian retreats at both institutions.

December 8, 2014

President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. in the Lemieux Library

Forty Five Minutes with Francis

President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., recounts the unusual chain of events that placed him in the company of the leader of the Catholic Church.

November 13, 2014

west exterior of St. Ignatius chapel features  a Roman ocher paint finish and modern stained glass windows

Voice for Justice

Cardinal Peter Turkson, a high-ranking Vatican official, will be on campus next week.

October 28, 2014

campus tree with leaves illuminated by sunlight

Honor Roll Finalist

The White House has included SU on a short list for a prestigious award.

October 13, 2014

Mass of The Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit

Rector Tom Lucas, S.J., invites students into a deeper educational experience.

October 13, 2014

closeup of the unique Lemieux Library windows

Failing the Trapeze

Susan Meyers' award-winning debut novel depicts circus life.

September 16, 2014

looking upwards at the entrance to the Administration building and colorful fall trees

Big Step Forward

The School of Theology and Ministry hosts a gathering of international scholars even as it mourns a close friend.

September 16, 2014

students soak in the sun on the benches of St. Ignatius chapel and the Reflecting Pool

Q&A with Tammy Liddell

The new director of Campus Ministry is finding SU a familiar yet distinctive place.

August 19, 2014

view of the fountain and campus quad

Core Curriculum Covers Covens

SU faculty member Tracey Pepper offers course on witch hunts.

June 2, 2014

a closeup of thin taper beeswax candles inside the St. Ignatius chapel

Welcome Table

SU will host the National Association for Women in Catholic Higher Education's biennial conference.

June 2, 2014

west exterior of St. Ignatius chapel features  a Roman ocher paint finish and modern stained glass windows

Thank You, Father Bayard

Director of Campus Ministry Mike Bayard, S.J., reflects on his time at SU as he prepares for his next adventure.

April 22, 2014

looking upwards at the entrance to the Administration building and colorful fall trees

The Place Called Skull

Father O'Malley's book chronicles atrocities inflicted upon Catholic priests during the Holocaust.

April 4, 2014

students soak in the sun on the benches of St. Ignatius chapel and the Reflecting Pool

New Perspective

Ned Hayes's debut novel was heavily influenced by his time at the School of Theology and Ministry.

March 25, 2014

Admin building roof top and surrounding trees

Act of Faith

With support from SU, Tyrone Brown presents a re-imagined passion play.

March 25, 2014

view of campus chapel, reflecting pool, and Union Green on a sunny fall morning

The Church in a Global, Pluralistic World

Renowned scholar Jose Casanova will deliver the Catholic Heritage Lecture.

February 11, 2014

Pigott building atrium filled with event attendees

Signature Event

Now a university-wide presentation, the Search for Meaning Book Festival just keeps getting better.

January 13, 2014

a closeup of thin taper beeswax candles inside the St. Ignatius chapel

A Strengthening Bond

The incoming president of the Universidad Centroamericana sits down for a conversation with Victoria Jones.

November 19, 2013

west exterior of St. Ignatius chapel features  a Roman ocher paint finish and modern stained glass windows

Q&A with Fr. Tom Lucas

The new rector of SU's Jesuit community sits down for a conversation with The Commons.

November 10, 2013

students reading at the fountain in the Quad

Social Justice through Literary Fiction

Sonora Jha stretches beyond her comfort zone to tell an untold story.

November 5, 2013

Admin building roof top and surrounding trees

Zombies: Getting to the Core

New course provides a historical perspective on the undead.

October 23, 2013

Lemieux Library and Plaza at dusk

Special Appearance

A book in the Lemieux Library's Special Collections has left the building-temporarily, that is. 

October 22, 2013

Ariel view of the Mass of the Holy Spirit

"This is No Fluttering Dove"

Homilist describes Holy Spirit as fierce, feminine and freeing.

October 8, 2013

yellow flowers on a tree with students walking through campus in the background

Called to Make a Difference

Verle Bleese makes a landmark gift to the School of Theology and Ministry.

September 23, 2013

front exterior of Lemieux Library on a sunny afternoon

Well Read

Kerry Keller-Ash of the Budget Office is about to complete a quest to read 100 classics.

September 10, 2013

students working on a film project

Family Homelessness

The Center for Strategic Communications launches a new film project.

September 10, 2013

a red painted steel sculpture by Calder - a Seattle icon on the waterfront on a grey day

Deconstructing Terror

SU alumnus contributes significantly to the study of terrorism.

August 12, 2013

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