Davis Wins Dickinson Society Award

June 15th, 2015 § 0

English major Rebekah Davis has won the Emily Dickinson International Society’s Undergraduate Research Contest for the final paper she wrote in the Dickinson seminar, taught by Dr. VanZanten winter quarter of this year.  This is quite an honor. 

She’ll receive $250, and the essay will be published on the EDIS website (see http://www.emilydickinsoninternationalsociety.org/node/467.)

Congratulations, Rebekah! 



May 26th, 2015 § 0

Suzanne Paola

A Reading and Conversation

Wednesday May 27, 2015 at 3:00

Bertona 4

In Make Me a Mother, acclaimed memoirist Susanne Antonetta adopts an infant from Seoul, South Korea. After meeting their six-month-old son, Jin, at the airport—an incident made memorable when Susanne, so eager to meet her son, is chased down by security—Susanne and her husband learn lessons common to all parents, such as the lack of sleep and the worry and joy of loving a child. They also learn lessons particular to their own family: not just how another being can take over your life but how to let an entire culture in, how to discuss birth parents who gave up a child, and the tricky steps required to navigate race in America.

Susanne Antonetta (Suzanne Paola)’s most recent book is Make Me a Mother, a memoir and study of adoption. Awards for her poetry and prose include a New York Times Notable Book, an American Book Award, a Library Journal Best Science book of the year, a Lenore Marshall Award finalist, a Pushcart prize, and others. She is also coauthor of Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction. She has published several prize-winning collections of poems, including Bardo, Petitioner, Glass, and The Lives of The Saints. Her essays and poems have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Orion, Seneca Review and many anthologies, including Short Takes and Lyric Postmodernisms. She lives in Bellingham, Washington, with her husband and son.

Paola was raised among the New Jersey Pine Barrens, which she later used as the setting for Body Toxic, in one of the most contaminated counties in the United States. Paola’s memoir merges her personal and familial sagas with historical accounts, politics, and environmentalism.

Professor Kimberly Wedeven Segall to Speak at Showing of “The Other Son”

February 23rd, 2015 § 0

Wednesday, February 25,

7:00 pm

St. Mark’s Cathedral

Skinner Auditorium

Seattle Washington

About the Film

Before arriving in Israel to shoot the film, French Director and Co-Writer Lorraine Lévy distributed copies of Amos Oz’s “Understanding the Other” to her crew. “I wanted to give them a sense of what direction we were going,” she said.  “It goes beyond Israel and Palestine. If in some way I can put together something that suggests a rapprochement between these different sides that would be very important to me. I want it to be a movie that brought people together.”- See more at: http://www.nypress.com/lorraine-levy-an-interview-with-the-director-of-the-other-son/#sthash.we3tfmXD.dpuf

Mideast Focus Ministry Film Series II: Choices in an Occupied Land

Le Fils de L’Autre In The Other Son, a bomb goes off near a hospital in Israel, and two newborn sons are switched at birth. When Joseph, played by Jules Situk, takes a blood test to enter the military, part of the conscription of all Israelis, his blood type reveals that Orith and Alon Silberg cannot be his actual parents. His response is shock, for he has grown up within the Jewish faith and with the privilege of Israeli citizenship. Yacine, played by Medhi Dehbi, lives with Said and Leila Al Bezaaz in the West Bank, and when he is told that he is actually Jewish by birth, he cries. His identity is of his enemy, his oppressor, the group that occupies the land and constructs Apartheid walls. The film endeavors to show two sons—one Israeli, one Palestinian—raised in families, considered enemies; yet the film positions family on both sides of the wall, suggesting a need to break down these walls of segregation. With its endearing close ups, this film claims these two sons as related to Abraham, and this modern Ishmael and Isaac discover the importance of family, reconceiving shared spaces and collective bonds, not just blood, to recalibrate the heart of this divided region. –K.W. Segall

Tonight’s Topic Expert & Discussion Leader: Kimberly Wedeven Segall

Professor Kimberly Wedeven Segall, author of Performing Democracy in Iraq and South Africa: Gender, Media, and Resistance (Syracuse University Press, 2013), teaches reconciliation studies, Middle Eastern diasporic literature and film at Seattle Pacific University. She is also Affiliate Faculty of Gender, Women, and Sexuality at the University of Washington, and partners with the John Perkins Center for Reconciliation. While her central emphasis is on how societies use artistic forms as an attempt to cope with trauma, and at times, work towards conciliation, she has also travelled to Palestine and Israel, beginning in 1995, before moving to Northern Iraq to record traumatic stories in Kurdistan. Returning several times to Palestine Israel, most recently in December 2013, she teaches about this region using film, fiction, and memoir

Thanks to those who have helped make this series possible! Our hosts: John Berg, Gerri Haynes, Ed Mast, Dr. Kimberly Segall, Judith Kolokoff and Amin Odeh. Also: Steve Thomason, Mike Jackson, Liz Sloat, Erik Donner, Glenn Sands, Ian Ford, Rene Marcequ, Camille Jarvis, Warren Guykema, Don Sullivan and Joanne Silvernale, Goodies Mediterranean Market.

Film Credits

Originally released in 2005

Join Us! You are invited to help us in presenting this film series by making a contribution. Funds raised that exceed operational costs will  be donated to the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility delegation to Gaza. Details are on the back of the program.




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Panel on Careers for English Majors

February 5th, 2015 § 0


The Center for Career and Calling is hosting a “Media & Communications” Employer Panel on Thursday, Feb 12, 5:30 – 6:30 pm in Demaray Hall 150, with Dr. Peg Achterman moderating the discussion.

employer panel

All students and faculty are welcome to attend.  They are also welcome to stay and network with the panelists afterwards.

Here is the panel line-up:

·         KIRO TV – Producer and Reporter, Deborah Horne

·         KOMO 4 – Director of Creative Services and Marketing, Scott Altus

·         Children of the Nations – Development Director, Fraser Ratzlaff, ’05 Communications

·         Zillow – Senior Social Media Specialist, Madison Slinker, ’11 English & Creative Writing

Gates Reading

February 4th, 2015 § 0


A Reading with Mary Szybist

Wednesday, February 11 | 6:30 p.m.

Seattle Pacific Art Center Gallery

3 West Cremona, Seattle 98119


Join Mary Szybist, award-winning poet, for the Fan Mayhall Gates Literary Reading at Seattle Pacific University.

Mary Szybist is most recently the author of Incarnadine, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared in such publications as Best American Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and two Pushcart Prize anthologies. Her first book, Granted, won the 2004 GLCA New Writers Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center.

A native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, she now lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is an associate professor of English at Lewis & Clark College.

SPU faculty and students established the Fan Gates reading series in 1999 to honor this well-loved professor and colleague after her retirement from the English dept. after 36 years. Funded by the Fan Mayhall Gates Literary Reading Series Endowment, the annual event is intended to bring prominent writers to campus. 


This event is free and open to the public.


For more information, call (206) 281-2988.


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