by Jasmine J. Mahmoud
I began playing violin at age three, and growing up I participated in orchestras from elementary through high school. These orchestras were highly diverse, with students from a variety of racial and economic backgrounds. And yet, the composers we performed — from Bach to Mozart to Beethoven to Debussy — were almost exclusively dead white men.
Continue reading Debuting Juneteenth, ‘Unmute The Voices’ Highlights Composers and Musicians of Color
by Josh Merchant
Seattle University is facing demands from students, faculty and staff to cut ties with the Seattle Police Department (SPD) amid ongoing protests over police violence, White supremacy, and the criminal justice system. The university currently has a relationship through its Department of Public Safety and its Criminal Justice program.
On May 30, a letter signed by over 100 faculty and staff in Seattle University’s College of Arts & Sciences questioned the relationship between Public Safety and SPD. Some Seattle University (also “Seattle U” or “SU”) community members have also spoken up on Twitter and on Instagram — one Tweet calling for the university to end this relationship has received dozens of retweets and over 100 likes.
Continue reading Seattle University Faces Demands to End Relationship With SPD
by Beverly Aarons
Featuring five artists, a multitude of disciplines, and one goal to explore geographic, political, and aesthetic space for Black presence and citizenship in the United States, Abstractions of Black Citizenship: African American Art from St. Louis is a virtual exhibition currently running through Sunday, August 2, 2020. Presented by Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery, Abstractions of Black Citizenship features painting, photography, mixed media, works on paper, sculpture, and video artwork that explores the possibilities for being, belonging and togetherness for Black people in the United States.
Continue reading Abstractions of Black Citizenship Online Exhibit Comes to Seattle
by Chhavi Mehra
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of many around the globe. In the U.S., that is true of many small-business owners and low-income families who’ve been struggling to put food on their table. However, a population that may often feel left out of these conversations are college students. Some have had their commencement ceremonies canceled, postponed or held virtually, and some have had to adjust to a new learning environment — one that is remote. Continue reading Are Partial Tuition Refunds for Distance and Virtual Learning Justified?
Alexis Taylor’s multi-media installation explores personal history and her experience as a black woman and includes audio recording of Seattle Times Columnist Nicole Brodeur asking to touch her hair
by Jessie McKenna
When Alexis Taylor, a senior at Seattle University, got to work on an independent study project during her last year at Seattle University, the outcome was as much a surprise to her as it was to her teachers.
Continue reading ‘Black Among Other Things’ Installation Reflects on Racial Insensitivity of Local Journalist
by Nathalie Graham
Over 462 universities have committed to or acted on fossil fuel divestment. With climate change and environmental injustices rearing their heads more and more each year, Seattle University’s Sustainable Student Action (SSA) is determined to get their school to divest. Continue reading Seattle University Moves Toward Fossil Fuel Divestment Despite President’s Lukewarm Response