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Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture

Co-Sponsored Events

In order to support the exploration of Catholic thought and culture through various disciplines, the ICTC co-sponsors events on campus and in the community, engaging the intersection of Catholicism with disciplines ranging from sociology and business to history and gender studies.   

The Trump Presidency Confronts the World

Alumni Seminar Series: Winter, January - March 2017

  • January 18 - Trump Presidency and History
  • February 1 - Trump Presidency confronts Trade and Asia
  • February 15 - Trump Presidency Confronts Catholic Social Thought
  • March 1 - Trump Presidency Confronts Immigration Issues

(Left to right)

  • Stephen Bender, PhD, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, School of Law (Mar. 1)
  • Catherine Punsalan, PhD, Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, and Director, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture (Feb. 15)
  • Thomas Murphy S.J., History Professor (Jan. 18)
  • Meenakshi Rishi, PhD, Economics Professor (Feb. 1)

All sessions take place in ADM 322 on Wednesday evenings from 6 - 8:30 p.m. on these dates: January 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 15, and March 1. COST:  $120 for the four sessions.

Registration Information: Alumni Seminars are open to Seattle university alums and other college graduates in the Seattle area who seek a high-quality learning experience, stimulating discussion of life’s deeper question, and the companionship of other active minds.

The cost of the four-session seminar, which includes all material, parking, and refreshment, is $120.  Participants may sign up by email here. Please be sure to include your mailing address, phone number, and whether or not you will require on-campus parking.

Coming Spring 2017: American Ethnic Life in History, Literature, and Film


Jan 21: Seeking Refugee: Forced to Flee

A refugee camp simulation

Join us on Saturday, January 21st for a unique, eye-opening experience on what it is like to enter a refugee camp. While no simulation can give you the full sense of the refugee experience, this simulation will help you to better understand the situation faced by refugees around the world. Of the 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, 21.3 million are refugees.

Immerse yourself in the difficulties and frustrations experienced by refugees throughout the process of resettlement at St. James Immigration Assistance's refugee simulation: Seeking Refuge: Forced to Flee. Participants will gain insights into the complexities of the process through a simulation facilitated by St. James Staff and volunteers.

 10 am to 12:30 pm - St. James Cathedral Hall, 804 9th Ave, Seattle. Space is limited, and registration is required. You can register by emailing Christopher Koehler at

Learn more about the refugee crisis.


Jan 31: Bias and Hate Crime in the Current Political Climate

Presented by Campus Ministry, The Office of Multicultural Affairs, International Student Center, The Office of Institutional Inclusion, and the Council on American Islamic Relations

6:30 PM | Student Center 160

We must take responsibility for preventing acts of hatred. Join us for a discussion about discrimination and hate crimes in the United States. We'll explore the connection to the Japanese internment; hear from a Muslim hate crime survivor; and learn about prevention. 

Light appetizers will be served. Questions? Contact Victoria Carr.


Feb. 4: The Teachings of Pope Francis: Towards a Vision of Social Justice and Sustainable Capitalism?

Symposium Schedule and Panels | Presented by the Seattle Law Review

8:30 a.m.-4:00 PM | Seattle University School of Law Annex

A conversation about Pope Francis’s influence on the global dialogue about social justice, capitalism, and climate change and the implications of his teachings on law and policy. Closing Remarks, "Influential Voices: International Law and the Global South," by Steven Bender, Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development, Seattle University School of Law.



Feb. 11: Catholics Called to Accompaniment: An Immigration Summit

in partnership with the Archdiocese of Seattle & St. James Immigrant Assistance

9:00 am - 4:00 pm | Seattle University, Student Center Rm 160

An opportunity for parishioners, service providers, community leaders, and interested volunteers to gather, discuss the current state of refugee/immigrant/migrant affairs locally and nationally, and explore the ways in which our shared faith inspires leadership and community engagement. The day will include panel discussions, breakout sessions, and opportunities for networking, closing with a mass with Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo in the Chapel of St. Ignatius.

Contact us at (206) 220-8270 or for more details. Register here


Feb. 16: Only Amazement Knows: An Astrophysicist on the Beauty of the Cosmos

7:00 pm | Wyckoff Auditorium

Fascination with the Moon and the Stars is documented at every stage of human history. In the last century, tremendous advances have improved our understanding of the evolution and content of the Universe. And yet, the same wonder and sense of mystery that drove the builders of Stonehenge is still very much a driver of modern research. In this talk, I will share my experience as an astrophysics looking for one of the most elusive components of the Universe, Dark Matter and about the experience of beauty in scientific work. 

Dr. Maria Elena Monzani is a Staff Scientist at the Kavli Institute for Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. She received her PhD from University of Milano and University of Paris 7, working on Solar Neutrinos. Her research field is astroparticle physics, which focuses on the intersection between particle physics and astrophysics/cosmology. As a manager of the LUX-Zeplin collaboration, she is building an innovative Dark Matter detector, which will be deployed in the former Homestake mine in South Dakota. She also leads the Science Operations Team for the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope.

Presented in partnership with Image journal and Communion and Liberation. 


Jesuits in Science Series

Jesuits in Science is a series of quarterly events aimed at increasing understanding and appreciation of the place of science and engineering in the long history of Jesuit education. Co-sponsored by Endowed Mission Fund, the Physics Department and the Chemistry Department.


December 1, 2016: Jesuits in the History of Science

Featuring David Boness, Chair of the Physics Department, Seattle University

3:30 PM | Wyckoff Auditorium

**Rescheduled from November 8**

When many hear the words "Jesuit" and "science" together, they think of the trial and house arrest of Galileo, and perhaps of the teleological view of humanity's destiny advocated poetically by the paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ. As a scientist teaching at a Jesuit university, Dr. Boness will discuss some of the fascinating Jesuits who devoted years of their lives to doing science---in astronomy, physics, and geophysics. He teaches theoretical, computational and experimental physics courses, and his research areas include geophysics, shock wave physics and biological physics. 


February 28, 2017: Reflections of a Jesuit Scientist

Featuring Eric Watson, SJ, PhD, Associate Professor, Chemistry

12:00-1:20 pm | Wyckoff Auditorium

Through research groups with Fr. Watson, students have the opportunity to discover the challenges and delights associated with synthesizing remarkable new compounds. Dr. Watson has degrees in philosophy, divinity and chemistry and spent his novitiate tutoring high school students on the Blackfeet Indian reservation in Montana.


April 10, 2017: Contemplation, Science and the Arts

Featuring Naomi Kasumi, MFA, Associate Professor, Art & Art History; Paul Fontana, PhD, Associate Professor, Physics; Wesley Lauer, PhD, Director, Environmental Science Program

4:30-7:00 pm | Casey Commons

Dr. Kasumi works in installation art, mixed media, book art and digital design and researches the role of memory and memorial rituals in artistic temporary monuments, including and Tsunami memorial & relief projects. Dr. Fontana’s research focuses on experimental fluid dynamics and plasma physics; he recently set up a 2D lab at SU to enable further student research. Geomorphologist and engineer Dr. Lauer is currently studying implications of long-term changes in environmental conditions on river systems and has worked on research and consulting projects around the world.





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