South Africa Study Abroad Info Session

November 6th, 2015 § 0

The next info session on the English Department’s South Africa Study Abroad trip, led by Dr. Kimberly Segall, takes place Tuesday, December 1st from 12:30-1:30 in Marston-Watson 253.

See the earlier post on this trip for specifics–coursework, credits, and costs.

Pilgrimage to Peace Tour on Campus

October 26th, 2015 § 0

Wednesday, November 4th, 3:00-4:30pm, Eaton 112
For more information, contact: Professor of English Doug Thorpe,


Guided by Christ’s abundant love, we are committed to peace and justice for all people, including Palestinians and Israelis. We espouse Christ’s heart for the poor and marginalized and take seriously their protection in times of conflict. Our message emphasizes compassion while upholding justice in pursuit of security, freedom, and dignity for all the people of the Holy Land.


More than sixty years of conflict have had an especially destructive effect in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. In the West Bank and Gaza, infrastructure and basic services such as water, education and healthcare are often in short supply in Palestinian communities. We encourage a community-based, sustainable framework in which individuals, families, and communities move toward healthy individual development, positive relationships, and a context that provides safety, social justice and participation in civil society.


Sami Awad is the Executive Director of Holy Land Trust (HLT), a Palestinian nonprofit organization which he founded in 1998 in Bethlehem. HLT works with the Palestinian community at both the grassroots and leadership levels in developing nonviolent approaches that aim to end the Israeli occupation and build a future founded on the principles of nonviolence, equality, justice, and peaceful coexistence.

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon is a pastor, writer, and academic who cares deeply about God’s heart for the poor and the oppressed. She is the author of Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World (IVP, 2009), Just Spirituality: How Faith Practices Fuel Social Action (IVP, 2012) and co-author of Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith (Zondervan, 2014). Mae earned her doctorate in American History with the minor in Middle Eastern studies from the University of California – Davis, focusing her dissertation on the history of the American Protestant church in Israel and Palestine. She has worked as both a consultant to the Middle East for Compassion International and as the Senior Director of Advocacy and Outreach for World Vision.

Sahar Vardi is an Israeli peace activist who works for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Jerusalem. As a secular Jew, she works alongside Israelis, Palestinians, and Internationals to focus on equal rights and demilitarization. Sahar served three prison sentences for her refusal to be conscripted into Israel’s military service. She serves as Coordinator of AFSC’s Israel program in east Jerusalem. Since age 14, she has worked for a number of Israeli peace organizations that try to break down barriers between Israelis and Palestinians.

“In any armed conflict, it is always the most vulnerable, particularly children, who suffer most. Both Palestinian and Israeli children have the right to live in safety; free from violence, fear and want.” – Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

English Majors Attend Comedy of Errors

October 5th, 2015 § 0

Last Friday evening, Professor Emeritus of English Luke Reinsma attended Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of the Comedy of Errors with students from his senior Shakespeare course. Professor Reinsma explains why this particular work is a good way to start off a quarter studying the Bard: “this early play of Shakespeare is based on a Roman comedy by Plautus, about two twins who get mixed up with one another in Ephesus – except, Shakespeare being Shakespeare, he doubles the fun by pairing each of them with yet another set of mixed-up twins, who are their servants. Much comic mayhem to follow!”

Attending productions by the Seattle Shakespeare Company has become something of a tradition associated with enrollment in the department’s Shakespeare course, bringing to life for students less familiar with Shakespeare the obvious delights his plays contain.

Conference: For Such a Time as This

April 10th, 2015 § 0

In Partnership with ScholarLeaders International, The John Perkins Center presents

For Such a Time as This: The

Challenges and Hope of


April 23 – 25, 2015
An international conference on the challenges and hopes of reconciliation. Join interdisciplinary conversations – led by scholars, visionaries, local leaders, and Seattle Pacific University faculty and staff – as we explore stories, theories, and practices of being a reconciled people.

Speakers include Dr. Kimberly Segall and Dr. Doug Thorpe of SPU’s English Department.


February 6th, 2015 § 0







In early January, five SPU students, along with English Professor Doug Thorpe, journeyed to Washington DC for an event called Millennial Voices for Peace.  Fifty young evangelicals from around the country gathered for the first time to deepen their understanding about the conflict in Israel-Palestine, to learn about advocacy, and then to visit Congressional offices.

On Thursday evening, students will  discuss their experience in D.C. and introduce the Millennial Voices idea.  They will be joined by Mae Cannon, World Vision’s Mideast Advocate, who will share a little of the group’s backstory.


 When: Thursday Feb. 12th @ 7:30pm

Where: The SUB Collegium


short film called “My Neighborhood” by one of the organizations we heard from in D.C.

Mae Cannon, World Vision’s Senior Director for Advocacy & Outreach, sharing some of the background of MVP

Time for questions and conversation

And time to eat pita and hummus!




An event sponsored by

The Israeli-Palestine Club

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