Intiman Theatre Is Hiring

January 18th, 2016 § 0

Intiman, one of the many theatre companies in Seattle’s vibrant stage community, has opened the hiring process for a communications manager. Details about the position and Intiman as an organization can be found by following this link:

Prof. Suzanne Wolfe Publishes New Novel

January 18th, 2016 § 0

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Professor Suzanne Wolfe, Writer-in-Residence in the English Department, has this to say about her new novel:

The Confessions of X is the story of St. Augustine of Hippo’s concubine told in her own voice. I first came across her in religion class at my English convent school when I was 12. I remember raising my hand and asking Sister Bernadette who this mysterious woman was in Augustine’s Confessions—the woman he referred to as Una, the One. She replied: “No one knows. She is lost to history.” That phrase “lost to history” stuck with me. I thought: so many great women are lost to history, eclipsed by the lives of the men they loved. So, forty years later, I decided to go looking for the concubine so she could tell her story.

“My research and the writing of this novel took me eight years. I traveled to Tunis in North Africa, the site of ancient Carthage, and to Ostia and Rome. I read Augustine’s extraordinary Confessions, his letters and sermons and other works, in order to catch his “voice” and the shape of his mind and soul. I also read secondary texts—biographies of Augustine’s life, books on the fifth century and Africa Province and the late Roman Empire. This gave me an extraordinarily complete picture of Augustine and his time but a blank for the concubine. So I imagined her character, her life, her family, her background. It seemed to me that only an equally remarkable woman would fall in love with a man as remarkable as Augustine.

“As a writer of historical fiction, I find that, when all the research is done, what remains is to locate beneath the differences of dress, of culture, of social custom, the beating heart of the person who lived so long ago. Then, through a fictional narrative, place the reader’s hand on that beating heart.

“I will be reading from The Confessions of X at Elliott Bay Books in Seattle on Saturday, February 6th at 7pm. I would love to see you there.”

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The Annual Milton Fellow Reading at SPU

January 5th, 2016 § 0

Join the English faculty and Image journal for a reading and Q&A with the English Department’s 2015-16 Milton Fellow, Camellia Freeman, next Monday, January 11 at 7:00pm in the SPU Art Center Gallery.

Freeman’s manuscript of essays integrates personal experience, memory, and imagination with larger histories of American science, violence, and racial politics. Through these essays, she seeks to identify her own shortcomings and complicities as a means to explore the complicities and limitations of the broader national, diasporic, and faith communities she inhabits.

This reading is free and open to the public. Free dessert will follow.

English Majors as Employment Superstars?

December 18th, 2015 § 0

“English majors are making strides toward becoming the superstar employees of the future.” Say what? Campus News, an independent student newspaper published online and in traditional print form, claims the “sudden desire for English majors may be reflecting the change in contemporary work environments.” Read all about it by following this link:

Great holiday news!

Spring Break Opportunity in Washington DC

December 3rd, 2015 § 0

Kimberly Petersen, SPU Career Counselor, recently sent news of this spring-break opportunity:

Friends Committee on National Legislation holds an annual event for young adults (ages 18-35) in Washington D.C. each year during spring break (in 2016 the dates are March 12-15) and FCNL’s local meeting is looking for college- age adults who might want to attend under its financial sponsorship. The event, which brings together over 300 young adults, involves some training in lobbying Congress, actual lobbying, and a lot of interaction with others who share a passion for action on social justice.

See flyer here:
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