Communication & Theatre

Communication faculty publish paper exploring the rhetoric of food

Amy Young and Justin Eckstein published two pieces in the February 2015 edition of Communication & Critical/Cultural studies, one of the top journals in the communication field, and the articles are quite tasty. The duo has put together a special forum on rhetoric and food. The first paper entitled “Rhetoric & Foodways” outlines the potential for a rhetorical examination of…

Did you know intellectuals are lousy at talking about their work?  

What comes to mind when you think of the word “intellectual”? If you type “intellectuals are” into Google, the top three responses are “stupid,” “useless,” and “annoying.” Dr. Amy Young, professor of communication, argues that the fault lies with the intellectuals themselves at the TEDxTacoma event on Saturday, March 21 at 3pm. “I would argue, we seem irrelevant because we…

Steel Magnolias opens March 5 in the Studio Theater

With a stream of hairspray PLU will enter the 80’s for the spring production of Steel Magnolias. The production runs for two weekends in the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Studio Theater, March 5 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and March 15 at 2 p.m. The play, set in a small town in Louisiana, features…

MediaLab receives three major recognitions for “Waste Not” film

MediaLab has received three prestigious recognitions for its 2014 original documentary, Waste Not: Breaking Down the Food Equation. Waste Not, which explores global food waste and hunger, received a national second-place award from the Broadcast Education Association’s (BEA) Festival of Media Arts Competition, a Rising-Star Award from the Canada International Film Festival (CIFF), and a grand prize finalist nomination from…

Award Recognizes PLU Speech and Debate Team as one of the Best in the Pacific Northwest

Pacific Lutheran University’s Speech and Debate team returned from competition at Western Washington University with major honors: The team earned a coveted debate sweepstakes award for the 2014-15 season—its first such award since 2005—which honors PLU’s performance over the year at tournaments in the Pacific Northwest. PLU beat out rivals including Willamette, Lewis & Clark, Whitman, the University of Puget…

Students revitalize PLU children’s theatre program with production of  ‘Charlotte’s Web’

By Zach Powers & Mandi Brady PLU Marketing & Communications and the School of Arts and Communication Charlotte’s Web, the timeless story about the unbreakable friendship between an affable pig and a courageous spider, will be produced on stage next week at Pacific Lutheran University. The student-led production will be performed three times in Eastvold Auditorium: February 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 14 at 2…

‘Passion Play’ entertains while asking ‘big enough’ questions

Passion Play shows three communities, Queen Elizabeth’s England, Hitler’s Germany, and Reagan’s America, attempting to stage the death and resurrection of Christ. The play takes the audience on a humorous, but unsettling journey as it examines the intersection of religion and politics. The play is the featured Alpha Psi Omega (APO), the national theatre honor society, mainstage show directed by…

Save the date: Documentary ‘Namibia Nine’ to premiere in February

After a year and a half of planning, production and travel, Namibia Nine will premiere on February 28 at 6:30 p.m., to coincide with Black History Month celebrations, in the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. The film, created by a team of PLU filmmakers, explores the impact that access to education…

PLU hosts international speech and debate tournament

On December 5 and 6, 2014, PLU hosted 38 schools and more than 700 students from all over the Pacific Northwest (including Canada) for the return of the TOH Karl Speech and Debate Tournament. The tournament allowed students to improve vital public speaking, critical thinking, research and analytical skills. The tournament was a prestigious Tournament of Champions qualifier, giving top…

From First-Year Communication Student to Election Night Reporter With the Pros

By Matthew Salzano ’18 PLU Communication Student I woke up at 8:15 a.m. Nov. 7, 2014, to an email from Michael Bartanen, Chair of the Communication department, with the subject, “You’re famous.” I came to PLU intending to focus my Communication degree on public relations and advertising. By the end of October, passionate faculty members and even more enthusiastic peers…