Film Review by Professor Susan VanZanten

June 11th, 2017 § 0

A Quiet Passion and the Myth of Emily Dickinson

The myth of Emily Dickinson often overshadows her profound poetry. Read Susan VanZanten’s review of A Quiet Passion, a new biopic about Dickinson’s unusual life: http://collegevilleinstitute.org/bearings/a-quiet-passion/

Flannery O’Connor Event

May 31st, 2017 § 0

“An Ultimate Concern”
The Life & Work of Flannery O’Connor

Thursday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Seattle University
Bannan 102 Auditorium, Bannan Science Building

“The only concern, so far as I see it, is what Tillich calls the ultimate concern. It is what makes the stories spare and what gives them any permanent quality they may have.”
—Flannery O’Connor

Organized by Crossroads Seattle Cultural Center and featuring Image editor Gregory Wolfe, this multi-media presentation will offer insights into the life and art of American writer Flannery O’Connor.

A collage made up of film and audio clips—including O’Connor’s own voice—dramatic readings, and narrative background, “An Ultimate Concern” will delve into this Southern writer’s enigmatic stories and their provocative use of violence and the grotesque.

This event is an opportunity to encounter Flannery O’Connor through her own words, in order to enter into the heart of her thought, her stories, her personality, and her brief but intensely fulfilled life.

Milton Fellow Craft Lecture with Isaac Anderson

May 4th, 2017 § 0

“The We of Me: Writing the Relations that Define Us”

Thursday, May 4 | 3:00 p.m.
Seattle Pacific University
Library Reading Room

Our stories often find their significance where the “me” and the “we” intersect. This talk will consider the ways the personal essay decenters the self to make room for another’s experience, complicating and enriching the individual in the process.

Isaac Anderson is the 2016-17 Milton Fellow at Image journal. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourth Genre, Image, Portland Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, Literature and Belief, and elsewhere, and his piece “Lord God Bird” (Image issue 72) received honorable mention in Best American Essays. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the Ohio State University, has taught at Ohio State, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and Western Theological Seminary, and has been a writer-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

As Milton Fellow, Isaac is working on a collection of essays titled This Is How the End Begins, a manuscript that examines moments of personal or historic consequence as threshold moments of birth and death, opening and closure. His essays consider subjects such as American identities and rituals, fidelity, addiction, loneliness and prayer, faith and science, cultivating empathy, religious extremism, and contingency as a native part of human being.

This event is free and open to the public. Q&A to follow.

Annual Gates Reading

April 20th, 2017 § 0

Thursday, April 27, 2017
7:30 pm
Seattle Pacific University Art Center Gallery

Join the English Department for this year’s event. Mischa Willett, Ph.D., Instructor of English, will read from his poetry.

Willett’s poems have been described by the poet Scott Cairns as working with “surprising linguistic brilliance to compose oratoria that brighten the hearts of readers,” and by the poet Kevin J. Craft as “rub[bing] shoulders with classical figures and Biblical traditions, stoics and shepherds and sleep-deprived poets, the better to place the old stories in a contemporary light.”

SAMEA Conversation with Alex Awad

April 12th, 2017 § 0

Thursday, April 27
3:00 pm
Demaray 353

Students For Middle East Awareness (SAMEA) is delighted to be hosting a conversation with Reverend Alex Awad. Alex is the retired pastor at East Jerusalem Baptist Church and a professor at Bethlehem Bible College.

His family is one of the oldest and most celebrated Christian families in Bethlehem. Alex’s brother Bishara is founder of Bethlehem Bible College; his nephew Sami is director of Holy Land Trust as well as founder of both Christ at the Checkpoint and the BetLehem Music Festival; and his brother Mubarak, recognized by Newsweek as the “Palestinian Gandhi,” is Professor of Peace Studies at American University in Washington DC.

Alex advises the United Methodist Church’s Board of Global Ministries and the Mennonite Palestine-Israel Network (MennoPIN) on issues regarding Palestine and Israel.

For more information contact:
Doug Thorpe, Faculty Advisor, at dthorpe@spu.edu
Bree Brinson, Chair, SAMEA, at brinsonb@spu.edu

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