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!"
Seattle University will soon welcome colleagues from around the world to the Pacific Northwest for the 2018 Study of the US Institute on Contemporary American Literature. This year's participants come from Algeria, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Cote d'Ivoire, India, Indonesia, Israel, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, People’s Republic of China, Slovak Republic, Suriname, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, and Ukraine.
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 Department of State.