Search for Meaning 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Opening Presentation

7:30 p.m.

Rachel Aspden | Tradition and Change in the Middle East | Downstairs at Town Hall Seattle

Saturday, February 25, 2017


Engineering Building Lobby & East Gallery


9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

The Rev. Dr. Herbert Anderson, PhD | Living Well While Dying | Pigott 203

Salma Kamlesh Arastu, MFA | Seeking Oneness | Pigott Auditorium 104 

Rev. George V. Coyne, SJ | Wayfarers in the Cosmos: Born of Stardust | Sullivan Ct C6

Sara Dickerman | Cleansing Your Palate: Ritual and Celebration to Boost Healthful Habits | Pigott 103

Josephine Ensign, RN, FNP, DrPH | The Meaning of Home(less) | Sullivan 110

Ahmad Y. Ereiqat, JD | A Basic Guide to Understanding the Qur’an | Pigott 102

Rabbi Sherre Hirsch | At a Crossroads: Navigating Expected and Unexpected Transitions | Sullivan 105

Fr. Patrick Kelly, SJ, PhD | Flow, Sport, and Spiritual Traditions | Sullivan Ct C3

Erin S. Lane, MTS | Homesick for God Knows What | Pigott 100

The Rev. Dr. Donald E. Mayer, DMin | Riding Kid Writes Home | Pigott 202

Paul Louis Metzger, PhD | Evangelical Zen: A Christian's Spiritual Travels with a Buddhist Friend | Pigott 201

Hannah Faith Notess | Writing What's Vividest: Using Truth, Imagination, and Poetry to Wonder About Big Questions | Sullivan 109

James J. Tracy, PhD | Faith, Doubt, Mystery: A Catholic Journey | Pigott 101

Book Signing 
10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Session 1 Authors | Pigott First Floor Atrium

Keynote Presentations & Q&A 
10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Matthew Desmond, PhD  | Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City  | Pigott Auditorium 104 

Margot Lee Shetterly | Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race (moderated by Enrique Cerna of KCTS9) | Campion Ballroom

Keynote Book Signing
12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.

Matthew Desmond, PhD  | Pigott First Floor Atrium 

Margot Lee Shetterly | Campion Lobby


12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

Marie Benedict, JD | The Other Einstein: Telling Her Story, Not His | Sullivan 109

Geri Marr Burdman, PhD | Finding Meaning in Times of Change, Challenge, and Chaos | Sullivan Ct C6

Jeff Chang, MA | We Gon’ Be Alright: Race & Resegregation in a Divided America | Pigott Auditorium 104

Garrard Conley, MA | How I Survived ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy and Learned Real Compassion | Sullivan 110

Rebecca Lawton, MFA | Your Brain on Climate Change: Story As a Way into the Biggest Scoop of Our Time | Pigott 202

David M. Levy, PhD | Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives | Pigott 208

Rabbi Yael Levy | Living Fully As All Things Pass | Sullivan 105

Yvonne M. Maffei, MA | The Deeper Meaning of Halal: Conscious Living, Clean Eating | Pigott 103

Zarqa Nawaz | From Sitcom to Memoir: How to Write about Muslims and Comedy, Very Carefully | Sullivan Ct C5

Corinna Nicolaou, MA | A None’s Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam | Vachon Gallery

Kaya Oakes, MFA | The Spirituality of Life on the Margins | Sullivan Ct C1

Mark Scandrette | Creating A Thriving Family Culture | Pigott 102

Michael Tetteh | Giftocracy: Awakening the Seeds of Greatness | Pigott 101

Michael Reid Trice, PhD | Religious Identity and Renewal in the Twenty-First Century  | Pigott 203

Kate Willette, MEd | Miracles Are for Wimps | Sullivan Ct C3

Book Signing
1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

Session 2 Authors | Pigott First Floor Atrium

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Paul Angone, MA | The Secrets to Finding Your Signature Sauce—Where Your Passion, Purpose, and Career Collide | Sullivan Ct C6

Ryan Berg, MFA | The Plight of LGBTQ Homeless Youth | Sullivan 110

Dennis Brooke, MBA | Storytelling Techniques to Influence the World – 3 Powerful Tools for Writing, Speaking and Presenting | Sullivan 109

Doreen Carvajal | The Quest: In Search of Religious Identity, Family Secrets, and Missing Tombs | Pigott 100

Rachel Cassandra & Lauren Gucik | Women Street Artists of Latin America: Art Without Fear | Vachon Gallery

Daniel Connolly | How Millions of Children of Hispanic Immigrants Search for Meaning—And How Their Search Will Change America | Pigott 201

Karen Finneyfrock | Courage: Poetry & Fiction for Women & Girls | Pigott 208

Leah Gunning Francis, PhD | Ferguson at the Intersection of Faith and Justice | Pigott Auditorium 104 

Russell Jeung, PhD | Ancestral Choices: Asian Americans in Trump's American Empire | Sullivan 105

Susan Linn, EdD | The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World | Pigott 202

Barbara Mulvey Little | The Healing Power of Love: Spiritual Awareness and Conscious Choices That Heal Mind, Body, and Spirit | Pigott 203

Rev. Margaret J. Marcuson, MDiv | Money and Ministry: Balance the Books While Keeping Your Balance | Pigott 102

Ebrahim E.I. Moosa, PhD | Repel Evil with Beauty: Faith, Ethics, and Knowledge in Islam | Sullivan Ct C1

Alana Raybon & Patricia Raybon, MA | Torn By Faith, Healing By Writing About It (moderated by Jan Fisher, MBA, MATS) | Sullivan Ct C5

David Roche | The Church of 80% Sincerity | Pigott 101

Sigal Samuel, MFA | How My Montreal Novel Led Me to Mumbai—and My Family’s Mystical Secret Society | Pigott 103

Book Signing 
3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Session 3 Authors | Pigott First Floor Atrium

Keynote Presentation & Q&A 
4:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Anthony Doerr | All the Light We Cannot See | Campion Ballroom (Live stream - Pigott Auditorium)

Keynote Book Signing 
5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Anthony Doerr | Campion Lobby


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Keynote Presentation & Q&A 
1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

Doreen Carvajal | The Quest: In Search of Religious Identity, Family Secrets, and Missing Tombs | Student Center 160

Keynote Book Signing 
2:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

Doreen Carvajal | Student Center 160