Undergraduate Fiction Contest

April 2nd, 2015 § 0

From Stony Brook University’s Southampton Campus:

“We’re writing to update you on Stony Brook Southampton’s annual short fiction contest, now in its 24th year.  We seek original fiction from undergraduate students and offer a prize of $1000 for a story that stirs, shifts, or shakes us in some way. We hope that you could help spread the word about this rewarding opportunity.

Out of our desire to keep this contest accessible to all, we do not charge a fee for submissions and also ensure that judges read stories blindly, without knowledge of the entrant’s identity or academic institution, because what matters to us fundamentally, is the work itself. The deadline has been extended to May 1, 2015. You can read more about the contest at: www.stonybrook.edu/southampton/mfa/special_programs/fiction.html.”

Alumna Profile: Kate Hoskins

April 2nd, 2015 § 0

Kate Hoskins, former English major (Class of 2010), recently got in touch with the English Department to report on her life post-graduation.  She offers advice for all those finishing up in June:

“I spent the next few years [after graduation] teaching elementary school, and was extremely grateful for a degree that helped me make a difference in my community. College prepared me to teach, but at twenty-five, I had hit the mid-life crisis of Millennials and needed to make a change. I didn’t have a back-up plan. Or a game plan.  I just knew I needed to make room for something new.

There are a million ways to make a difference in the world, and I’m learning to see that my way of making a difference might look different than I thought it would. I have friends that have made it into Response and etc. publications for their work in cancer research and non-profits. Other friends made post-grad life look charmed by having jobs or weddings lined up directly following graduation. At the time, my heart ached with envy, and I longed for a similar security. In the four or five years since graduating, many of these friends have realized that they desire something other than the security and success that they’ve found in their professional careers. Some have left jobs, others have gone back to school, and I’ve been humbled to realize that everyone goes through seasons of uncertainty, questioning, and transition in their own good time.

The good news is that your major does not determine your life. You will continue finding out who you are and who God has made you to be long after graduation. Thankfully, it is a lifelong process—a process that is not to be feared, but welcomed. Trust that God will continue to guide you as you move beyond this campus and your next job or internship. It’s okay to be a barista, to move home, to rest, to travel, to stop, and to let things go. Listen to your instincts and don’t force something to happen. Know that you’re going to be okay and there is no formula for your freshman year of life. Take comfort knowing that the first year out is surprisingly unsettling.”

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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Senior Profile: Kelsey Chase

February 19th, 2015 § 0

Kelsey ChaseKelsey Chase (senior English major, University Scholar, and track and field athlete) spent part of last summer in South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia living with African Christians, interviewing them and writing about their stories of faith.


Kelsey has loved Ethiopia since she first visited seven years ago (and not just because of the coffee) and feels it’s important that the stories of Ethiopians are told with faithfulness to their history and literary tradition.


So, for her senior honors project, she’s collecting the stories of Ethiopian Christians and juxtaposing these stories to Ethiopian folk tales.  Kelsey’s relying on her experience reporting for SPU’s The Falcon ,and as many English classes as she can squeeze in, to guide her in conscientiously reproducing these stories, with special sensitivity to the imagery and symbolic content of the narratives.


Kelsey doesn’t know yet where this project is leading but is hopeful it will allow her to return to Ethiopia or pursue graduate studies in African Literature. And if all else fails, she thinks being a librarian in a library with old books and big wide windows (preferably at Oxford University, where she studied for a semester) sounds pretty great as well.Kelsey Chase 2


February 6th, 2015 § 0







In early January, five SPU students, along with English Professor Doug Thorpe, journeyed to Washington DC for an event called Millennial Voices for Peace.  Fifty young evangelicals from around the country gathered for the first time to deepen their understanding about the conflict in Israel-Palestine, to learn about advocacy, and then to visit Congressional offices.

On Thursday evening, students will  discuss their experience in D.C. and introduce the Millennial Voices idea.  They will be joined by Mae Cannon, World Vision’s Mideast Advocate, who will share a little of the group’s backstory.


 When: Thursday Feb. 12th @ 7:30pm

Where: The SUB Collegium


short film called “My Neighborhood” by one of the organizations we heard from in D.C.

Mae Cannon, World Vision’s Senior Director for Advocacy & Outreach, sharing some of the background of MVP

Time for questions and conversation

And time to eat pita and hummus!




An event sponsored by

The Israeli-Palestine Club

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