This Week at Seattle University, 10/22-10/26

Written by Ryan Fallgren
October 22, 2012

Check out the different events and offerings taking place this week at Seattle University.

?Freedom: The Jason Puracal Story
Monday, Oct. 22, noon
Sullivan Hall, Room C5?

Jason Puracal was wrongfully convicted in Nicaragua of money laundering and drug trafficking despite conclusive evidence of his innocence. The trial proceedings were rife with violations of Nicaraguan and international law, and he suffered abuses of basic human rights during his detention. His story was followed by CNN, the Today Show and many other major media outlets. Now he is finally home, and he will speak about the pervasive criminal justice problems in Nicaragua and urge institutional and legal reform in that country. The School of Law?s International Human Rights Clinic is currently advising him on international legal strategies for redress. Presented by the Latin America Program, the International Human Rights Clinic and Social Justice Mondays. For more information, contact Junsen Ohno at

Soup With Substance: "Workers? Rights: Who are the Moral Agents of Economic Life?"
Tuesday, Oct. 23
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Student Center 130?

Join us for a simple lunch and meaningful conversation. We will have a number of excellent voices to contribute to a conversation around workers? rights in the Seattle area. Bring a friend and bring your thoughts, which are most welcome. For more information, contact Ray Kaffer in Campus Ministry at

?Tuesday Evenings of Prayer (7 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Ignatius)??

Campus Ministry invites you to these upcoming Tuesday Evenings of Prayer: Oct 16 - "Say Yes To Love" Taiz? prayer with GLBTQ students, staff and allies with campus procession; Oct. 23 - Reflective prayer?come relax and breathe; Oct. 30 - Ignatian prayer joined by Brendan Busse, S.J.; Nov. 6 - Election Day candlelight prayer vigil?details to follow. Join us for one or all of these reflective evenings?staff, faculty, students and graduate students are all welcome. For more information, contact Marilyn Nash at

Devoted but Divided: The Catholic Vote in the U.S.??
Wednesday, Oct. 24
Noon-1 p.m.
Chardin 144?

Come and join the conversation about the different ways Catholics are approaching their vote in this election season. Peter Ely, S.J., vice president for Mission and Ministry, will share some of the inherent tensions within the ?Faithful Citizenship? document by the U.S. Bishops, and Jessica Ludescher, assistant professor of management in the Albers School, will discuss the policy implications of Catholic Social Teaching. A light lunch will be served. All are welcome. For more information, contact Eddie Salazar at

Telling the Story from Seattle to Cuernavaca and Back again with Sharon Williams
Friday, October 26
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Garrand Building, Room 112

The Lunchtime Scholar Series kicks off with an afternoon of storytelling performed by our very own, Sharon Williams. She will share stories, poems, photos and remembrances inspired by her experiences in Mexico as a traveler with an SU immersion group.

Williams is a producer, playwright, solo performer, speaker, and the current Manager of Budget and Operations for the College of Nursing.?She believes the best way to bring attention to social issues is through storytelling. In her quest to spark conversation, awareness, and change within the community she?s written, produced and performed the one?act plays, Plight: I am My Brother?s Keeper (Wilmington, DE Fringe Festival) and Circles of Life (Arts Crush). For the past two years she has been a Teaching Artist for Freehold Theatre?s Engaged Theatre Residency Program for the Washington Correc?tional Center for Women. She?s also created various short pieces centered around, homelessness for the Urban Poverty Forum. Williams is one of the founders of The Ma?hogany Project and is currently a producer for the short film What About Us?

Her travels to Mexico were funded through SU Mission & Ministry and a competitive pro?fessional development program offered internally by the College of Nursing with the generous support of the Sinegal Initiative for Nursing Education. ??