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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


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, Monzani will share her 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 Crossroads Cultural Center.


Feb. 17: The Jesuit Brand: Perspectives on the Marketing of Jesuit Universities

12:00-1:30 pm | Casey Commons 

You are invited to a panel discussion on the Jesuit brand. The discussion will feature Director of University Marketing at SU Francesca Lukjanowicz and marketing professors Nicky Santos, S.J. (Marquette University) and Mathew Isaac (Albers School of Business and Economics).

Panelists will explore:

  • Various approaches that Jesuit universities take in marketing and branding themselves
  • How a Jesuit university can remain true to its identity when marketing itself without alienating non-Catholics
  • Potential strategies for a Jesuit university to authentically and appropriately communicate different aspects of its identity when interacting with disparate audiences (e.g., alumni, students, staff, donors, faculty, community partners, employers, parents)

Cosponsored by Albers Arrupe Alumni, the Center for Jesuit Education, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and Marketing Communications. Lunch will be served. RSVP by Feb. 14


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

12:30-1:20 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.


March 1 & 7: ICTC Fellows Present:

Sharon Suh, PhD: "Occupy this Body: Meditation as Political and Recuperative Strategy."

Michael Jaycox, PhD: “Sustaining the Movement for Black Lives: Intersectional Narratives of Resistance”

March 1, 2017 | 12:15-1:20 PM | STCN 210


Meena Rishi, PhD: "Laudato Si’, Ecological Debt, and Carbon Pricing: An Empirical Exploration" 

Robert Efird, PhD:  “Effective pedagogy: Responses to Laudato Si' and Pope Francis’ Call for Ecological Education”

March 7, 2017 | 12:15-1:20 PM | STCN 210





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