SUSI SU 2017

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars on Contemporary American Literature invites eighteen visiting scholars and educators from eighteen different countries 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. 

This year’s Institute features the following overlapping themes: 

  1. Indigenous Perspectives in/as American Literature
  2. Major Currents and New Directions in American Literature
  3. Literature and Identity:  Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
  4. The Environmental Imagination and America in Deep Time
  5. Contemporary Art and Creative Writing in the Pacific Northwest and the U.S.
  6. Technology, New Media, and Post-1945 Fiction and Poetry
  7. Infrastructure, Diverse Publics, and Frameworks for the Contemporary.

The Institute on Contemporary American Literature is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Department of State.  This year, SUSI@SU welcomes colleagues from Honduras, Brazil, Uruguay, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Madagascar, Greece, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, China, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Charles M. Tung, Associate Professor of English, Director of SUSI@SU

Ken Allan, Associate Professor of Art and Art History, Associate Director

Tonja Brown, Administrative Director/Program Coordinator

Daniel Bentson, Assistant Program Coordinator





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Charles M. Tung, PhD
Director, SUSI
Associate Professor of English
Casey 507

Kenneth Allan, PhD
Associate Director, SUSI
Associate Professor of Art History
Fine Arts 216

Tonja Brown, MA
Administrative Director/Program Coordinator
Casey 1W