Sarah Pruis (’19) Accepted into Graduate School

March 1st, 2019 § 0

“I hit my head on the ceiling. Sure, I live in a low-ceilinged basement apartment, but, nonetheless, it’s worth mentioning that my joy was enough to warrant jumping high enough to get a bruise on my head.”

So writes Sarah Pruis (’19), in spreading her good news about being accepted into graduate school. Recently, Sarah learned she had gotten into Northern Arizona University’s MFA program for poetry and MA program in anthropology. Since NAU is known, as Sarah puts it, “for its focus on interdepartmental collaboration,” she might try to combine the two degrees.

“I’m currently discussing with the directors of both programs the feasibility of pursuing them simultaneously, combining research on Hopi rock art with creative writing centered on the landscape,” she writes. “I’m over the moon and ready for some Southwest.”

Congratulations and best wishes, Sarah!

Sam Ernest (’15) Begins Doctoral Program at Yale Divinity School

February 22nd, 2019 § 0

Sam Ernest, English major alum, recently checked in with his former SPU professors. Sam had much to say about his post-graduate studies.

“After graduating from SPU in 2015,” Sam begins, “I moved to New Haven to study at Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School, pursuing a Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) in Religion and Literature and a Certificate in Anglican Studies.” While at Yale, Sam joined the Institute of Sacred Music (ISM) and won the ISM Students Choice for Best Colloquium Prize. “Throughout my time at YDS,” Sam continues, “and particularly in a couple of seminars my third year, I benefited greatly from the company of wonderful and talented friends dedicated to pursuing theological inquiry together.”

Sam finished his masters program in 2018, “and after some time working at Trader Joe’s and freelancing as a research and editorial assistant,” Sam decided to pursue doctoral studies in theology at Yale. His program begins in August of this year.

Throughout his academic career, Sam has been consistent in his focus. The work he’ll be doing in his upcoming Ph.D. studies began, Sam reports, as an SPU undergrad studying abroad at the University of Oxford, through Best Semester’s Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) program, and then completing an honors thesis his senior year.

Good luck in your doctoral program, Sam!

Tim Wise Event

February 14th, 2019 § 0

March 1, 2019
7:00 pm
Upper Gwinn Hall

Tim Wise’s talk, “The Politics of Fear in America,” will address how shootings of people of color are treated in the media and what Wise considers the politics of black outrage and white backlash. It will call for taking urgent measures towards justice and racial equality.

Tim Wise has spoken to audiences on over one-thousand college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country. The host of a new podcast, Speak Out with Tim Wise, he is also the author of seven books, including Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America, and his most well-known work, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. Wise has appeared on many news programs, including MSNBC Live and ABC’s 20/20.

After Wise’s presentation, a question-and-answer period will be led by faculty members Brian Bantum, Kimberly Segall, Carlene Brown, and Kevin Neuhouser.

A book-signing with Wise will take place after the program.

Abigail Ayulo Studies at Oxford

January 28th, 2019 § 0

Abigail Ayulo, English and theatre major, has recently returned from studying abroad at the University of Oxford, having followed in the footsteps of a regular cohort of SPU students taking advantage of a Best Semester program offered at Oxford each fall.

Abby reports that she found her academic voice while “struggling through all seventeen 2,500-word papers” she was required to write over the fall term. “Oxford is a book you can judge by both the cover and the content,” she explains, reporting that she honed both her “academic and extracurricular skillsets” while there.

Abby continues: “Personally engaging with the constant and growing history in Oxford and in England is what this program is about, and I know I have become a better scholar and [am] more aware of my growth as an individual because of it.”

Congratulations on your experience, Abby, and welcome back to SPU!

Justice & Equality in Israel-Palestine

January 28th, 2019 § 0

Thursday January 24
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Eaton Hall 112

Come join fellow SPU community members for a riveting presentation and dialogue on the issue of demolition of Palestinian homes and Israel’s Nation-State law.

Jeff Halper is an American-born anthropologist, author, lecturer, and political activist who has lived in Israel since 1973. He is a frequent speaker about Israeli politics, focusing mainly on non-violent strategies to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Halper was nominated in 2006 for the Nobel Peace Prize.