2017 SUSI Program Highlights

Back row, left to right: Edwin Roldán Medina López (Honduras); Abdullah Al Mamun (Bangladesh); Jo Li-Hsin Hsu (Taiwan); Ken Allan, SUSI Associate Director, Seattle U; Virginia Frade Pandolfi (Uruguay); Edwin Ntumfon Tangwa (Cameroon); Maria Chionis (Greece); Muhammad Kamal Khan (Pakistan); Hicham Mahdjoub-Araibi (Algeria). Front row, left to right: Charles M. Tung, SUSI Director, Seattle U; Ece Saatçıoğlu (Turkey); Elisa Lima Abrantes (Brazil); Nibedita Mukherjee (India); Gunel Jannatova (Azerbaijan); Min Sun (China); Haris Abdelwahab Fayez Noureiddin (Egypt); Sun Tharita Intanam (Thailand); Jawhar Ahmed Dhouib (Tunisia); Miharisoa Larah Raharison (Madagascar); Tonja Brown, Program Coordinator, Seattle U.  Juliette Gbassi (Cote d’Ivoire), not pictured.

“We are honored to be part of this very important international scholarship initiative,” said David Powers, Dean of the Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences. “We highly value the opportunity to work with these scholars from around the world, exploring U.S. literature from the vibrant perspective of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.”

The SUSI program is, undeniably, a dream come true. The knowledge, the exposure to new texts from different US literatures, the shared ideas from 18 participants from all over the world, all provide for many years to come in areas of teaching and research. It is a heavy dose of nourishing, eye-opening, and gratifying study.

Haris Abdelwahab Fayez Noureiddin Egypt

2017 SUSI participants at a barbecue at Seahurst Park

 Charles M. Tung, the Director of the SUSI at SU, said that he was “very excited to have received the three-year award and will strive to honor the strengths of the Institute, which was developed in and hosted by an excellent university humanities center for over a decade.  But we’ve added our own equally compelling content, too—a diverse range of literary and cultural expression distinctive to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, as well as works that consider how our region figures in the imagination of the contemporary U.S.  And Associate Director Ken Allan has added an important art and visual culture component to the SUSI.”

WA Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib speaks with a SUSI Participant


At the welcome dinner on June 26, Washington Lieutenant. Governor Cyrus Habib delivered the keynote address. He centered his speech on a quote by Edward Said: “Critical thought does not submit to commands to join in the ranks marching against one or another approved enemy. Rather than the manufactured clash of civilisations, we need to concentrate on the slow working together of cultures that overlap, borrow from each other, and live together.” 

Eleven Seattle U faculty members led seminars:  Christina Roberts, Ben Stork, Nalini Iyer, Ali Mian, Hilary Hawley, David Neel, Molly Clark Hillard, Susan Meyers, Sonora Jha, Sharon Cumberland, and June Johnson.  Three University of Washington faculty led seminars, including Dr. Brian Reed, the chair of English.

2017 SUSI participants at the musical, Fun Home, at 5th Ave Musical TheatreParticipants bonded over the four-week academic residency at Seattle University and enjoyed our city and campus. During their time in Seattle, they attended the Fifth Avenue Theatre’s opening night performance of Fun Home, the touring Broadway musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir. They also attended 17 academic seminars on texts and topics ranging from Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake, and Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, to ecocriticism, postmodernism, and contemporary art.  In the middle of the Institute, participants went on a two-week study tour to sites of historic, cultural, and literary interest in San Francisco/Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

The SUSI experience has been the most enriching experience in my life. It opened many windows that widened my horizon, not only from a professional perspective, but also from a personal one. I met seventeen scholars from seventeen different countries, but most important, I made seventeen new and wonderful friends.

Virginia Frade Pandolfi Uruguay


2017 Study Tour

On the study tour, participants received seminars from professors from Florida State University, UC Berkeley, Scripps College, Loyola Marymount, Rice University, Hamilton College, and Georgetown University.

2017 SUSI participant in front of the Hollywood sign

Juliette Gbassi visiting the Hollywood sign, California

SUSI participants at the MLK Memorial in San Franciso

Professor Aaron Jaffe (FSU), at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, San Francisco

2017 SUSI participant at the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in San Francisco

Jawhar Ahmed Dhouib (Tunisia) at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, San Francisco

2017 SUSI participants in a seminar group

Seminar with Professor Benjamin Widiss (Hamilton College) at Georgetown University.

2017 SUSI participants at the Center for Poetic Thought

At the Center for Poetic Thought, Washington, D.C., with Poet Sami Miranda

2017 SUSI Participants with the Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

2017 SUSI Participants with the Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

2017 SUSI participants at Yerba Buena Park

Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco

2017 SUSI participants at the Sather Gate, University of California, Berkeley

The Sather Gate, University of California, Berkeley

2017 SUSI participants in Berkeley, CA

Seminar with Professor Aaron Jaffe and Professor Mark Goble at the University of California, Berkeley

2017 SUSI participants at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco

The Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

2017 SUSI participants at the Last Bookstore in Los Angeles,, CA

The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles

2017 SUSI participants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

Dodger Stadium

2017 SUSI participants at community radio station KCHUNG

KCHUNG Radio, Los Angeles

2017 SUSI participants at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC

The Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC

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. 

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