This Week at Seattle University, 5/6-5/11

Written by Ryan Fallgren
May 7, 2013

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

Modern Day Slavery and You: A Panel on Human Trafficking in Seattle
Monday, May 6th
Bannan Auditorium

Join SU Human Trafficking Awareness Club on Monday, May, 6th at 7pm in Bannan Auditorium for a discussion on the topic of modern day slavery. The event will include discussion of the illicit practice of slavery from the perspectives of panelists with expertise from a variety of backgrounds, including a speaker from API Chaya who is also a member of the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (WARN), the International Peace and Justice Center and and a cultural anthropologist who is a leading scholar in the field. All are welcome. See you there!

From Warrior Pope to Pope of the People: The Changing Papacy, 1513-2013
Tuesday, May 7,
7 P.M.
Casey Commons?

Julius II, pope 1503-13, is remembered for commissioning the Sistine chapel ceiling from Michelangelo and as a warrior pope dressed in armor and leading troops into battle. Pope Francis seems to have dramatically different ideas about who and what the bishop of Rome should be. In ?From Warrior Pope to Pope of the People,? Le Roux Scholar Thomas Worcester, S.J., examines how and why the papacy has changed in many ways over the past 500 years. For more information, visit Arts and Sciences or contact Laura Paskin at

Truth and Justice for El Salvador
May 7, Tuesday
Wyckoff Auditorium

The Pro-Historical Memory Commission is a coalition of human rights organizations working for truth, justice, and reparations for grave human rights violations during the armed conflict in El Salvador. For the first time, the Salvadoran government is coordinating with the Pro-Historical Memory Commission to take initial steps towards reparations. However, depending on who wins the 2014 elections, the window for official government support for reparations may close. Grassroots organizations must pressure the government to take decisive action. Marina Ortiz has worked with the Pro-Historical Memory Commission for ten years. She was separated from her family and disappeared as a child. At age eighteen, Pro-Busqueda (a member of the Pro-Historical Memory Commission) helped reunite her with her family. She has worked to help other families find their disappeared loved ones ever since.

Education and Ethics in the Digital Age
Wednesday, May, 8th
Wyckoff Auditorium

Professor Anton Carey from the department of Communication Studies at Grand valley State University will discuss questions related to ethics, self-discipline, and developing a meaningful life in the midst of contemporary consumerism.

Affirmative Action: Social, Philosophical, and Educational Perspectives
Wednesday, May 8
Bannan Auditorium

Affirmative Action legislation was introduced in the 1970s as a way to increase student diversity in institutions of higher education. The implications of allowing race to be a consideration of college admittance remains controversial as seen by the case of Fisher vs Texas currently being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Please join us for a panel discussion on the social, philosophical, and educational complexities of Affirmative Action legislation. Dr. Monica Nixon, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Dr. Erica Yamamura, Associate Professor in the College of Education, and Mr. Jason Moy, Seattle University?s Assistant Director of Admissions will share their perspectives on this important topic in the history of higher education.

Half the Sky Screening
May 9, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Bannon Auditorium (Bannon 102)

Join Society of Feminists for a screening of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Shot in 10 countries, this documentary presents the stories of women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable ? and fighting bravely to change them. Traveling with intrepid reporter Nicholas Kristof and A-list celebrity advocates America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde, the film reflects viable and sustainable options for empowerment and offers an actionable blueprint for transformation. Questions? Email

Jesuit Universities Engaging Poverty: Perspectives from Seattle and Managua
Saturday, May 11,
9 a.m-1:30 p.m.
Pigott Auditorium

You are invited to this special morning conference at which members of the SU community will join with colleagues from the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua, to share best practices in engaging poverty through teaching, research and community initiatives. SU has enjoyed a strong and special relationship with the UCA for the past dozen years. That relationship is being deepened with the development of a convergence site in Nicaragua. In the days leading up to the conference, SU will be hosting a ten-person delegation from the UCA in order to strengthen our common mission as Jesuit Catholic universities and to explore how our respective experiences in engaging poverty might be mutually enriching. The conference on Saturday will feature presentations about signature community engagement projects in Nicaragua and Seattle as well as joint disciplinary workshops on how poverty education is integrated into various disciplines. The conference is designed for a broad audience?all faculty and staff are encouraged to take part and to invite students as well as members of the wider community to attend. Sponsored by the Office of Jesuit Mission and Identity and the Poverty Education Center of Matteo Ricci College. For more information and to register, please visit Engaging Poverty.