This Week at Seattle University, 01/06-01/10

Written by Hannah Crivello
January 7, 2014

Ilan Stavans on Latin@ Literature, Diversity, Pablo Neruda and Being Jewish in Mexico and Mexican in the United States
Thursday, Jan. 9, 4-6 p.m.
LeRoux Conference Room (STCN 160)

As part of his Jan. 8-12 visit to Seattle, which includes a Jan. 8 event at Town Hall among others, Amherst Professor Ilan Stavans will speak at SU. Said to be ?one of the most influential figures in Latino literature in the United States? (New York Times), Stavans is a prolific writer, translator and cultural critic with a specialty in Spanish, Latino, Hebrew and Yiddish literature and poetry. He has just translated a new volume of Neruda Odes, All the Odes: A Bilingual Edition, and has announced a new book publishing venture he has founded, Restless Books, through which he intends to publish digitals translations of literature from around the world, often ignored by mainstream U.S. publishers (Los Angeles Times). The event is sponsored by the Diversity, Citizenship and Social Justice program. For more information, contact DCSJ Director Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs at

Trung Pham Solo Show - Creation: From Chaos to Cosmos
Exhibition: Jan. 9-April 14
Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan. 9
4:30-7:30 p.m.
Kinsey Gallery, Admissions & Alumni Building

Father Trung Pham?s recent paintings take the viewer?s imagination to the first moment of creation when an eruption/disruption took place in a split second, when time and space open endlessly, when strange ?dark energy? rushed spirally in the nonlinear geometry of chaos. Through the creation of this work, he seeks to share and express this mystical experience while remaining in harmony with his own spiritual center and the manifestations of the outer world. Pham, assistant professor in Fine Arts, teaches drawing, painting, sculpture and 3-D design. Pham received his M.F.A. in drawing and painting with a secondary field in sculpture at the Pratt Institute in New York. He received his M.Div. and S.T.L in theological aesthetics from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. He was ordained as a Jesuit priest in 2012. The exhibit is curated by Tom Lucas, S.J., curator of university art collections. For more information, visit Fine Arts or contact Em Olson at

Book Art in Siena, Curated by Naomi Kasumi
Exhibition: Jan. 9-31
Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan. 9
4:30-7:30 p.m.
Vachon Gallery, Fine Arts Building

Come enjoy this exhibition of student book art created during the four-week study abroad seminar and workshop based in Siena, in the central Italian region of Tuscany. Students learned diverse book binding techniques and Italian artists demonstrated special techniques such as illuminating and decorating manuscripts. Book Art in Siena was directed and curated by Naomi Kasumi, a book artist and an associate professor of digital design at Seattle University. For more information, visit Fine Arts or contact Em Olson at

Blood Drive
Jan. 7, 8 and 9
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Bloodmobile in Bellarmine Turnaround

The holidays always make a big dent in our region?s blood supply. Whether you?re a first-time or repeat donor, please consider giving blood. (Donors can give blood every 56 days.) You can make an appointment at the Puget Sound Blood Center?s new online sign-up system. For more information, contact Krista Fink with any questions at (206) 422-1686.