Day of Common Learning

The Day of Common Learning is a campus-wide event in which students, faculty, staff, and people from the greater Seattle area have the opportunity to engage in deep thought and conversation around a topic of focus, interest, and concern. All seminars, classes, and labs held before 3 p.m. are suspended while classes and labs after 3 p.m. are held as usual.

All events are free and open to the public.

SPU’s Seventeenth Annual Day of Common Learning:

Bending toward Shalom: Public Theology through the Lens of Liturgy


Dr. James K. A. Smith
Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 10 a.m.
Royal Brougham Pavilion

The day will begin on Wednesday, October 16, with our public keynote address, by Dr. James K. A. Smith.

James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. Trained as a philosopher with a focus on contemporary French thought, Smith has expanded on that scholarly platform to become an engaged public intellectual and cultural critic. An award-winning author and widely-traveled speaker, he has emerged as a thought leader with a unique gift of translation, building bridges between the academy, society, and the church.



**Interested in viewing this year's Day of Common Learning keynote address? Visit our YouTube site to watch the most recent speaker, as well as past Day of Common Learning speakers.**

Afternoon Seminars

In the afternoon, the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development will host two concurrent 50 minute sessions of forums, seminars, and panel presentations, led by faculty, staff, students and community members. All sessions will be offered twice, from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.  Information about breakout sessions will be available October 1st.

3:30 – 4:20: Talk back with Dr. James K. A. Smith

Demaray 150

What’s on your mind? Any questions you would like to ask Dr. Smith? Join us for an informal time with Dr. Smith as he closes our Day of Common Learning.

Social Media

#SPUDCL – you can start using social media now to comment on what you are hearing and responding to throughout the day!

To listen to or view past Day of Common Learning lectures, please visit Digital Commons @ SPU