English Major Named Academic All-District Athlete

November 20th, 2014 § 0

English major Madi Cavell has just been named an Academic All-District Athlete for the All-West Region of the NCAA.  She is one of just six volleyball players from the entire West–from the Rockies to Hawaii–and the only representative of the Great Northwest Conference to achieve this distinction.  Congratulations, Madi! 

Rome 2015 Study Travel Meeting

November 18th, 2014 § 0

Rome Info Session

Ciao, Studenti!!!

Dr. Kresser and I will be hosting our first, Rome 2015 Info Session  THIS THURSDAY, Nov. 20, at 4:30-5:00  in the SPU Art Center, room 5.  (FYI, the Art Center is located on Cremona St., just behind the Shell station, on the way to Byen Bakery).    We’ll be providing general information about the program, including costs, accommodations, activities, and application deadlines and procedures.  Don’t miss it!  (But if you must miss it, let me know and we’ll try to fill you in later!

 A presto!

 Dr. Maier

Liberal Arts Employer Panel

November 17th, 2014 § 0

Doc2The Center for Career and Calling is hosting a Liberal Arts Employer Panel on Wednesday, Nov. 19th from 6:30-8pm in DH 150.  Learn from the career stories of professionals whose undergraduate majors include History, Communication, English, Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Psychology. 

 All students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited!



Performance: “A Room in the Trees”

November 17th, 2014 § 0





NOVEMBER 22, 2014 8:00 P.M.

For Information: dthorpe@spu.edu

Part documentary and part poetry, this is an attempt to evoke something of this place we call Seattle: the people, the land and the water. I follow the thesis of the writer Coll Thrush in his Native Seattle, who speaks of the city as a “crossing-over place:”

The entire city is a palimpsest, a text erased only partially and then written over again. It is a landscape of places changed by power, of Indian places transformed into urban ones and sometimes back again. 


Voices 1 & 3: Mary Goldman & Ruth McRee

Voices 2 & 4:   Doug Thorpe & Paul Tomes

Voice 5 (voice of history): Rachel Holley

Music: Marcus Oldham

What We’re Reading in English This Quarter

November 5th, 2014 § 0

Doug Thorpe reports that, in the Keats seminar, he’s reading with students Nicholas Roe’s new biography of the poet, aptly titled John Keats (2012).

Meanwhile, in American Ethnic Literature, April Middeljans is taking students through Ralph Ellison’s American classic, Invisible Man (1952), which she refers to as “a sixty-year-old guide to what happened in Ferguson.”

Only semi-retired Luke Reinsma is leading an independent study on—what else?—David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest (1996), a dense masterpiece Dr. Reinsma calls “the Ulysses of the twenty-first century.”  He means that as the highest praise.

Tom Amorose is helping students work through a play a week in the senior-level Shakespeare course. He’s about ready to cover Hamlet’s “Alas, poor Yorick” speech this week.  Yorick was the court jester when Hamlet was young, and the melancholy prince remembers how Yorick was “full of infinite jest.”  Thus Wallace’s title.  Course readings connect up in strange and delightful ways.

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