Day of Common Learning

The Day of Common Learning is a campuswide event in which students, faculty, staff as well as the 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 Fifteenth Annual Day of Common Learning:

Tracing Our Roots, Telling Our Stories

 Not Just Fun and Games: The Social and Political Significance of “Recreational” Genetics
Dr. Alondra Nelson
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 10 a.m.
Royal Brougham Pavilion

The day will begin on Wednesday, October 26, with our public keynote address, by Dr. Alondra Nelson,  Columbia University.


Alondra Nelson is Dean of Social Science and professor of sociology and gender studies at Columbia University. An interdisciplinary social scientist, she writes about the intersections of science, medicine, and inequality. Nelson is the author, most recently, of The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome. Her books also include the award-winning Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination and, as coeditor, Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History, and Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life. Chair-elect of the Science, Knowledge and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association, her essays, reviews, and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Science, the Boston Globe, and National Public Radio.


**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 speakers of Day of Common Learning **


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.  More information about afternoon sessions will be available in early October.


3:30 – 4:20: Talk back with Dr. Alondra Nelson

Demaray 150

What’s on your mind? Any questions you would like to ask Dr. Nelson? Join us for an informal time with Dr. Nelson as she 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