Eighteen visiting scholars and educators from eighteen different countries are invited to come to Seattle University for four weeks of academic residency and two weeks of study tour.
In academic seminars, participants will encounter a diverse set of contemporary U.S. authors and artists, different kinds of cultural expression, and a variety of American colleagues from Seattle University and institutions around the country who represent a range of disciplinary approaches to literature and culture.
The goals of the Institute include more complex conceptions of U.S. history, society, and institutions; new materials and paths for research and teaching in participants’ home countries; and connections that foster peaceful, mutual understanding and the possibility for further intellectual and institutional exchange.
"When I got the SUSI, I had no idea my thinking, worldview, and research interests were about to undergo a revolution; and then for six weeks I was plunged into this amazing world of boundless possibilities, an enchanting, exhilarating (but more importantly, transforming) academic experience."
"SUSI at Seattle University is a wonderful chapter of my life. I love the hard-core reading and discussion activities, site visiting, study tour, and non-academic things we did together. It is once in a lifetime and will definitely not be the last time we connect to each other."
"The SUSI program is an invaluable opportunity for a hands-on experience of contemporary American literary texts from various genres and traditions; a cultural tour to better comprehend literary texts; and a nuanced readings of texts to better understand American culture. It is life-changing at more levels than one: personal, intellectual, and social."
"The SUSI program offers one surprise after another. Participating in the SUSI is the highlight of my life! It is such an unforgettable experience. I have met so many amazing people and made so many lifelong friends in the six weeks that it is so hard to say goodbye at the end of the program!"
This was a great journey of rediscovering American literature and art. The new voices we got to read and listen to will continue to inspire me for years.
SUSI has been the landmark of my professional and academic career and also a good lesson in fostering mutual understanding and minding more and more about tolerance and human communication.
SUSI was an amazing experience for me. The carefully designed program provided a multidimensional view of U.S. society … and will shape my classroom practices and curriculum development.
Never would I have imagined that a 6-week-program would be so transformative. Not only were we able to get acquainted with cutting-edge theories and really contemporary texts, but also to get to know 17 amazing scholars from all around the world.
My six weeks at SUSI-SU is the most valuable professional experience I have ever had. The seminars, workshops, visits to museums and historical places, and discussions with colleagues from all over the world have broadened my horizon of American literature, art, culture, and life. I cannot wait to share what I have learned here with the academic community in Thailand.
Seattle University will soon welcome colleagues from around the world to the Pacific Northwest for the 2019 Study of the US Institute on Contemporary American Literature. This year's participants come from Belarus, Brazil, Cameroon, Finland, France, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, People’s Republic of China, Portugal, Tajikistan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.
The academic program will feature a number of overlapping themes:
On the study tour, SUSI participants will visit San Francisco/Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. In these major centers of literary and artistic production, we will visit sites of historical and cultural interest that are important for understanding the work of writers, artists, and thinkers from the mid-twentieth century to the present.
The Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars on Contemporary American Literature is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and supported in its implementation by Seattle University.
Department of English
Department of Art History
SUSI Assistant Coordinator
SUSI Assistant Coordinator