The Arrupe Seminar on the Foundations and Vision of Jesuit Education is a great opportunity, within a lively, interesting discussion with your peers, to deepen your understanding of the Jesuit foundations of Seattle University.
The Seminar is designed to promote:
Understanding of the Jesuit educational tradition and of Jesuits
- Assimilation of the knowledge and values of the tradition
- Application of what one learns and assimilates to the carrying out of one’s role at the University
- Commitment to carrying on the tradition. It offers an experience that is both scholarly and personal, requiring a significant amount of reading, discussion, and personal reflection, and including presentations by people knowledgeable in the Jesuit tradition.
- A team made up of one Jesuit and one lay colleague leads each section, presents material, and facilitates discussions.
- Visiting experts present some sessions.
- The Seminar is open to faculty, staff, and administrators who have completed at least one year at the University.
- It meets approximately every two weeks for two hours throughout the academic year, beginning in October and ending in early May.
- Two sections at different times are offered to accommodate different schedules.
- Since 2004 about 275 SU faculty and staff will have completed the Seminar.
- About 30 faculty and staff are currently enrolled.
Seminar Leaders (past and present):
- David Leigh, S.J., English
- Teresa Ling, Albers School
- Thomas Murphy, S.J., History
- Catherine Punsalan, Theology
- Peter Ely, S.J., Theology
- Mary Bowman, Law
- Patrick O'Leary, S.J., Faculty/Staff Chaplain
- Jodi Kelly, Matteo Ricci College
- Terri Clark, Nursing
…this seminar has encouraged me to explore research topics related to Jesuit education. I am attending the Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education conference this summer to interact with other Jesuit educators who share similar interests. I am developing a research project to test the impact of Jesuit education on ethics in business. The Arrupe Seminar has changed my view of students; I am committed to forming a relationship with any students who are open to dialogue. I believe a personal relationship between faculty and students helps complete the educational process. I also hope to pass on the concepts of Ignatian spirituality to my students. The beauty of Ignatian spirituality is the inclusiveness and non-judgmental aspects of the philosophy.