Thursday Food for Thought Recap

The library wrapped up its quarterly Thursday Food for Thought program this afternoon with Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, co-directors of SPU’s Center for Relationship Development, reading from their newest book The Good Fight: How Conflict Can Bring You Closer. In addition to discussing the counter-intuitive message of the book, they revealed practical ways in which to use conflict to your advantage. You can purchase a copy of the new book here.

Last week, Rick Steele read a report of his experience of teaching – and learning from – offenders who are trying to live their Christian faith under the conditions of incarceration, written for his work in progress, Ambassadors in Chains: Teaching Christian Prison Literature in a State Prison.

Books featured at Thursday Food for Thought may be available for checkout at the SPU Library. See the previous post for call number information and links to the catalog to view availability.

We had a great turnout this quarter—thanks to all the speakers and those who attended for your participation and the stimulating conversation. The next list of speakers will post on the Thursday Food for Thought website later in the summer, so check for updates shortly.

Thursday Food For Thought


Spring Quarter’s Thursday Food for Thought lineup is three weeks in, with topics ranging from theater, to journalism, to young adult dystopian. Here is a list of our recent speakers, with links to the featured or associated books discussed:

If you haven’t yet made it out to the library’s Thursday Food for Thought program this quarter, join us next week May 2nd, for Rick Steele’s new book project, Ambassadors in Chains: Teaching Christian Prison Literature in a State Prison. Our final session will conclude on May 9th, with Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott reading from The Good Fight: how Conflict Can Bring You Closer. We look forward to seeing you there!   

2013 Friends of Library Lecture: “Presenting Culture: The Curator as Steward, Critic, and Provocateur,” by Gregory Wolfe

When: Thursday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Upper Gwinn Commons

The 2013 Friends of the Library Lecture will be delivered by Gregory Wolfe, founder and editor-in-chief of Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, writer-in-residence at Seattle Pacific University, and founding director of SPU’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. In addition to building a variety of literary programs and institutions, Wolfe is a prolific author of essays, reviews, and books, including Beauty Will Save the World. He will speak about the curator’s roles as a protector of artistic tradition, an arbiter of taste, and a creative force in his or her own right.

The Friends of the Library Lecture is an annual public lecture started for and sponsored by the Friends of the SPU Library. Members of this group contribute to an endowment that strengthens the library’s resources and enhances its ability to support the discovery, creation, and sharing of knowledge at Seattle Pacific. To learn more about Friends of the Library program, visit the library’s giving site.

FOL Lecture Poster 2013

Going to College in the Fifth Grade

Every year, the SPU campus and library host fifth graders from Dearborn Park Elementary school. The objective of this annual event is to introduce the students to a college environment early so they can begin thinking, planning, and preparing for their own academic possibilities and subsequent journey. The students participate in programs in the Physics and Physical Education department on campus, eat at our cafeteria, and hunt for information at the library to find resources for their State Report projects, in conjunction with their Social Studies class. Cindy Strong, the Education and Business Librarian, organizes the library portion of the event.

Today, fifty Dearborn Park fifth graders participated in the event with twenty-five SPU students assisting them. Many of our library staff also contributed their time and efforts to help make this event a success. It has been a highlight of our academic year for the past nine years, and this fall, a student who attended a past Going to College in the fifth grade day enrolled as a freshman at SPU.

To the fifth graders at Dearborn Park Elementary School – we hope you had a blast today, and will seriously consider Going to College in the “thirteenth” grade as well.

Thursday Food For Thought Recap

This quarter’s lineup of TFFT topics ranged from theology and pop culture to jazz music, from the creation of a magazine to philosophical and then on to Pacific Northwest regional history. With such a variety of perspectives, each session was filled with unique conversation. Here is a list of the books featured this quarter, complete with a brief bit about what was discussed:

January 24-Priscilla Pope-Levison, professor of theology, and other contributors

Written by professors from disciplines as distinct as health sciences and religion, literature and marriage counseling, Sex, Gender, and Christianity provided perfect jumping-off points for rich discussions.

January 31-Paul de Barros, instructor of music

Longtime Seattle Times jazz and world music critic Paul de Barros, instructor of music at SPU, read his biography of the incomparable jazz pianist Marian McPartland, Shall We Play That One Together?: The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland.

February 7-Hannah Notess, editor of Response

Managing editor Hannah Notess read from articles inside SPU’s award-winning magazine, discussed telling stories through words and images, and talked about the role of print magazines in our digital culture.















February 14-Tom Trzyna, professor of English

Professor Tom Trzyna read from his new book Le Clézio’s Spiritual Quest, which examines the Nobel Prize-winning author’s attempt to create a new philosophy and a new spirituality from three marginal world traditions: Islamic Sufism, the pre-Socratic philosophy of Parmenides, and Aztec religion.

February 21-Bill Woodward, professor of history

Before 21st century American leaders created the Department of Homeland Security to prevent another 9/11, 19th century leaders installed a system of shore guns to prevent another 8/14. Now quaint state parks, these artifacts of a past obsession with “Never again!” raise questions about threats both imagined and real. Bill Woodward read excerpts from a manuscript in preparation.