Creative Conversations

Creative Conversations

Come to the Seattle Pacific University Library to hear members of the SPU community share scholarly and creative works in progress. Bring your curiosity and join in conversations about the discovery, creation, and sharing of knowledge.

WHERE: Library Reading Room, Main Floor
(Wheelchair Accessible)
COST: Free
All are welcome!

Brian Chin, Music

Thursday, February 9th
12–12:50 p.m.

How to Fail as a 21st Century Artist

Working as an artist in the 21st century is rife with challenges. Dr. Brian Chin, Associate Professor in Music, will present his perspectives on the future of music and art in America and will suggest a path for navigating a productive career. Brian is just returning from a sabbatical with a new book titled Building Talent and will incorporate his research on life-long talent development and creating art with a social consciousness.

David Leong, Theology

Thursday, February 16th
12 - 12:50 p.m.

Race and Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation

How do place and location shape our understanding of belonging and community? Why do so many Christians experience a faith that is culturally separate from others we deem “different”? Race and Place examines the urban roots of racial segregation in our divided cities, neighborhoods, and churches. By reimagining social logic and the practices of Christian reconciliation, this conversation will explore how we can locate our lives in the shape of faithful discipleship.

Kim Gilnett

Thursday, February 23rd

12–12:50 p.m.

Road to Redemption: A Screening of the WWII Documentary Featuring POW, SPU Alum, and Missionary Jake DeShazer

This is a showing of a documentary produced in Japan of the amazing story of Seattle Pacific’s Jacob DeShazer, one of General Doolittle’ flyers who bombed Tokyo during World War II, was forced down over Japanese occupied China, spent 40 months in prison, was condemned to death and later reprieved by Emperor Hirohito, was converted in prison and after the war, attended Seattle Pacific College. After graduation, he returned to Japan as a missionary with the Gospel of the love of Christ.  It also tells the story of Mitosu Fuchida, Commander of the Pearl Harbor attack.  In the fall of 1948, Fuchida was passing by the bronze statue of Hachikō at the Shibuya Station when he was handed a pamphlet about the life of Jacob DeShazer. In the pamphlet, "I Was a Prisoner of Japan"[11] DeShazer, a former U.S. Army Air Forces staff sergeant and bombardier, told his story of imprisonment, torture and his account of an "awakening to God."[12] This experience increased Fuchida's curiosity of the Christian faith. In September 1949, after reading the Bible for himself, he became a Christian. In May 1950, Fuchida and DeShazer met for the first time.[13] Fuchida created the Captain Fuchida Evangelistical Association based in Seattle, Washington and spoke full-time of his conversion to the Christian faith in presentations titled "From Pearl Harbor To Calvary".

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