Seattle Pacific University's Perkins Perspective e-newsletter

Autumn 2009 | Volume 2, Number 1

JPC Director's Note

Tali HairstonTali Hairston discusses how race is "The Skeleton in America's Closet" Read the full article.

The Burden of Blackness

The Burden of BlacknessUsing the evocative narrative of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, Dr. Curtis Evans looks at why black leaders have sought to capture this burden of blackness by asking: How do we make sense of a history of slavery, segregation, and racial oppression. Read the full story.

Memoriam: A Sermon for Joseph Kevin Snell

Joe Snell Joe Snell, who died suddenly in August, helped establish long-lasting momentum toward diversity and reconciliation at SPU. Writes Tali Hairston: "Joe was hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair ..." Read the full story.

The (Sub)Urban Scene

D.A.D.S. Making a Difference

D.A.D.S. Making a DifferenceBorn under the shadow of the 1965 Moynihan report, my life's trajectory eventually fulfilled Moynihan's prophetic vision. I was among the masses of urban youth who grew up in female-headed households to face crime, drugs, poverty, and violence. Read the full story.

Reconciliation at Work in Urban Education

Urban EducationLast fall, the John Perkins Center at Seattle Pacific facilitated a new relationship between Seattle Central Community College (SCCC) and Seattle Pacific University. Read the full story.

The Global Outlook

Make That Change

Make That ChangeWho would have imagined that in Summer 2009, nearly 70 SPU students -- 10 teams serving in nine countries, as well as students serving weekly in Seattle-area organizations -- would share the same vision with Michael Jackson, the King of Pop? Read the full story.


Talking to Strangers

Talking to StrangersReaders, especially those of an activist bent, may be wondering why Danielle S. Allen, an African American discussing interracial conflict, places such emphasis on distrust. Shouldn't the point be justice? Read the full story.

Reflections on The Origins of Proslavery Christianity

Proslavery ChristianityMy most basic finding was that white evangelicals subtly altered their positions on slavery quite frequently -- typically in response to the spiritual initiatives of their black congregants. Read the full story.

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What do plums, parenting, and reconciliation in the neighborhood have to do with each other? Find out in the Perkins Center blog.

Upcoming Events

October 14
Day of Common Learning
10 a.m., FREE
Royal Brougham Pavilion, Seattle Pacific University

Ronald C. White, Ph.D., a Lincoln scholar and author of A. Lincoln: A Biography (2009), on "transformational leadership."

October 16
Asian-American Pioneers in Music Awards Gala
6-9 p.m.
$60/before Oct. 10; $70/after Oct. 10; $85/walk-ins; $30/students with ID
China Harbor Restaurant, 2040 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle

Six Asian different Asian ethnicities honored together. Live music from many performers.

October 22
Which Way Seattle? Series: Geography of Black Seattle
6:30 p.m., FREE
Yesler Community Center

An series of civic dialogues about local and political affairs that impact Seattle's African-American community.

October 25
Gospel: Night of Worship, with special remembrance of Joe Snell
7 p.m., FREE
First Free Methodist Church, Seattle

October 29-31
National Christian Multicultural Student Leadership Conference 2009
Houghton College, NY

A conference to encourage and empower student leaders to embrace cultural diversity on their college campuses.

October 31
Latreia Service Day
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., FREE

Students meet in the Student Union Building's Gazebo Room, and then disperse for a day of service in the Seattle area. For more information, contact Natalie Clements (

November 7
Urban Involvement Refugee Project
9 a.m.-7 p.m., FREE
World Relief, Seattle

Students explore the refugee experience and interact with recently arrived families in Seattle's International District and in Kent.

December 3
American Heritage Series: From Pioneers to Mayors: Blacks in the West
7 p.m.; $7 gen. admission;
$5 students/seniors
(Purchase online or call 1-800-838-3006.)
Northwest African American Museum

Ongoing series of lectures and discussions on the role of African Americans in U.S. history.

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