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.

Seeking Justice Colloquium Series February 1

January 28th, 2019 § 0

Faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend the First Fridays Colloquium series presented by the Social Justice and Cultural Studies major. The next two events are Friday, February 1. For more information, email Professor of English Kimberly Segall at segalk@spu.edu.

Health Crisis in the Middle East
12:30-1:20 p.m.
Otto Miller Hall, Room 109
Host: Lori Wilde, Dean of Health Sciences
Special guests:
Dr. Alice Rothchild, physician and author of Condition Critical
Dr. Mary Segall, Ph.D. in nursing and an M.S. in Public Health. Worked with United States Agency for International Development and non-governmental organizations in Jerusalem, Libya, Iraq, Jordan, and Yemen.

Artistic Design as Activism for Social Justice
3-4 p.m., SPU Art Center
Special guests:
Laura Lasworth, SPU professor of art
Karen Gutowsky-Zimmerman, SPU professor of art-visual communications

Lauren Wilford (’13) Publishes Book

November 26th, 2018 § 0

English alum Lauren Wilford, who graduated from SPU in 2013, has recently published The Wes Anderson Collection: Isle of Dogs (Abrams, 2018), co-written by Lauren and her husband Ryan Stevenson. It’s a beautiful hardbound treasury of film studies, filmmaker interviews, and photography that together bring to life an extravagant animated feature. And in December, GKids will release a 30th-anniversary edition of the Studio Ghibli classic My Neighbor Totoro, which will feature Lauren’s essay “Towards a True Children’s Cinema: On My Neighbor Totoro.”

Lauren has risen in five short years to Senior Editor position at the film criticism website Bright Wall Dark Room. Her work is so widely respected that some of her essays have been republished at RogerEbert.com . It’s also been published by Vice, The Other Journal, Christianity Today, Gradient, and Christ and Pop Culture.

Lauren and Ryan live and collaborate in Providence, Rhode Island. You can follow her work on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Letterboxd.

Congrats, Lauren!

First Generation Student Celebration

November 13th, 2018 § 0

November 15, 2018
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Student Union Building
Second Floor

Join other students, professors, and staff who are, or were, the first members of their families to attend a four-year college or university.

There will be good snacks, activities, and featured first-gen faculty and staff stories.

You can proudly pick up and wear a SPU First Gen sticker!