Performance: “A Room in the Trees”

November 17th, 2014 § 0





NOVEMBER 22, 2014 8:00 P.M.

For Information:

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.

Summer Internships

November 4th, 2014 § 0


From Mallie Woodfin, Coordinator of Recruitment and Admissions

U.S. Programs, The Fund for American Studies

We are now accepting applications for our Summer 2015 LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. Programs in Washington, DC. Each program includes academic credit, a guaranteed internship placement and fully furnished housing in the heart of Washington, DC.

More information on our programs may be found at Please contact me with any questions. I may be reached at or 202.986.0384.

Alumnae Pilgrims

October 22nd, 2014 § 0

English-major alums Amanda Keithley, Hillary Morris, and Lainey Pereboom have just finished their pilgrimage. For 33 days and 500 miles, they walked the “Camino”—the pilgrimage road from France to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, an endpoint for spiritual seekers since the Middle Ages.  Over 250,000 people will have walked the Camino this year alone.

Each alumna had her own reason for becoming a pilgrim, but all were seeking discernment about the next stages in their lives and careers. Amanda writes about completing the pilgrimage:

 I have found that arriving in Santiago was less about the cathedral and more about the people you walked with on the Camino every day. It was the journey, not the destination, that I found sacred and beautiful. It was in the people I met and the friends who became family, and not in any individual spiritual experience, that I saw the love of God. On the Camino, there are the people you walk with every day  and those you meet at an albergue or on the path and see again and again when you least expect to in towns and places neither of you has ever been. The way that people weave in  and out of each other’s lives on the Camino in unexpected and surprising ways is why the Camino is known for mysteriously bringing people together. We have built a Camino family by just wandering into each other’s lives. I’m not sure exactly how I have been changed by these people, but I do know that their presence in my life has given me hope and shown me great love that people of all backgrounds and cultures can share.

Amanda will accompany Lainey, Hillary, and their friend Bri, also an SPU alumna, on a month more of European travel. We wish them well and safe travels!

Study Abroad in Spain & Morocco, September 2015

October 16th, 2014 § 0

Are you interested in travelling to Spain and Morocco for study abroad next September?

This Global Seminar takes you to an Islamic Palace, the most visited site in all of Spain, known as the al-Hambra. In Spain, we watch whirling Flamenco dancers, eat tapas, visit the Cathedral of Isabella de Catolica, stay in homestays in the lovely city of Granada.

Even while touring three of the most famous cities in Spain and taking in art at the famous museum, the Prado, our conception of the region will be challenged by an intriguing novel called Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, which explores how illegal immigrants from Morocco experience Spain.

Crossing the Straits of Gibraltar by boat, we will then explore the connections between Spain and Morocco from the Moorish cities of Tangier, Meknes, and Marrakesh. We will stay overnight at the lovely ocean-side town of Asilah, in order to ride camels on the beach and wander in the markets. In Morocco, we will read about Islamic women and their experiences when crossing to the Western world. To top it off, we visit the Moorish baths, the souqs, the house of an imam, the tomb of Ismael Moulay, and take a horse-drawn carriage through the ancient sites.

Our third novel draws us into the city life and political tensions of Arab Spring, in a page turning, thriller about a young man, trapped in a scheme as a suicide bomber, and trying to get out! The city of Marrakesh will be explored on foot as we see snake charmers, live monkeys, market hustlers, dancers, and acrobats in the famous city square.

It is an unforgettable trip, which will challenge your ideas about Europe and the Islamic world, even as you are immersed in its wonders.

The deadline for this Sept 1-21, 2015 program is coming winter quarter! There is a Spain Morocco info session on November 11 at noon, and the application is due February 1, 2015. Or contact Dr Kimberly Segall right away to have coffee and discuss the possibility(!

It is Upper Division English credit, Exploratory Curriculum Humanities B, Ways of Engaging, and elective credit for the Reconciliation Studies, Women’s Studies, and Global Development minors.