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Spring 2004 | Volume 26, Number 6 | Campus
From Lunar New Year to GospelFest, SPU Explores and Celebrates Intercultural Heritage

BETWEEN JANUARY AND MAY, Seattle Pacific University resonated with the hum of intercultural history, heritage and expression. Through guest speakers, panel discussions, video, film, music, food, drama, costume and dance, the campus community took part in a variety of cultural and ethnic experiences.

During January, which was Asian Heritage Month, the University highlighted stories of Chinese in the frontier West and Japanese-American internment during World War II, and hosted a faculty/staff panel on being Asian at Seattle Pacific. The month-long emphasis culminated in a Lunar New Year event that featured Asian cuisine and entertainment.

“Our goal was to give SPU students a taste of a celebration that is important to many people in the world,” says Annalise Nordtvedt, student coordinator for the festivities. Asian-Americans and Pacific-Islanders number 227 students this year, just over 6 percent of Seattle Pacific’s total student population.

February’s celebration of African-American History Month, which culminated in an evening of West African drumming and dance, began with the visit of two renowned gospel music experts: pianist-composer-conductor Stephen Michael Newby and the acknowledged “dean” of American gospel music, Horace Boyer. Concerts on February 6 and 12 showcased their talents, involving musicians from SPU and beyond.

“During his guest residency at SPU, Dr. Boyer took us through about 150 years of music in the African-American experience,” says James Denman, SPU instructor of music. “It was a walk through American history — and a journey in faith.”

For a week in April, the TRIBES Project brought the power of first-person narratives to campus through speakers dedicated to fostering reconciliation between peoples and cultures. Among them was Richard Twiss, a Lakota/Sioux and author of One Church, Many Tribes.

The Image/SPU Film Festival in May focused on “Border Lands: Movies That Explore the Space Between Us.” These included “Malcolm X” and “Europa, Europa.”

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From the President
As today’s opinion-shapers declare the Christian message irrelevant, Seattle Pacific University President Philip Eaton reminds us: “For two billion people, the resurrection of Jesus Christ changed everything.”

“This Is Our Campaign”
Creativity and commitment are the hallmarks of faculty contributions, including finding precision science equipment and seeking grants. [Campaign]

When Disaster Strikes
As senior development officer for Northwest Medical Teams, alumnus Dick Frederick ’63 helps deliver care to those who need it most. [Alumni]

Fact or Fiction?
A new Response department reviews the best-seller The Da Vinci Code. Why is this page-turner disturbing so many Christians? [Books & Film]

Looking Ahead
Falcon women keep their sights on a national championship after a perfect season ends too soon at the Elite Eight. [Athletics]

My Response
Nicaraguan native Maria Antonia Caldera Hunter ’89 tells of an SPU study tour to her homeland that showed her the presence of Christ in unlikely places.