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:

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!