Office of the Provost


  • October 22, 2014

David and Marilyn Knutson Lecture
Rev. Dr. Monica Coleman
You Can Have it All: Theorizing Transreligious Spirituality from the Field of Black Studies
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 7:30pm, Karen Phillips Auditorium

We are excited to have the Rev. Dr. Monica Coleman deliver the Marilyn and David Knutson lecture Wednesday, October, 22 2014. She is a pastor, scholar and activist and one of the brightest lights in womanist / black theology. Because of her work with religion and justice, the interdenominational preaching magazine The African American Pulpit named Coleman one of the “Top 20 to Watch” – The New Generation of Leading Clergy: Preachers under 40.

A scholar and activist, Monica A. Coleman is committed to connecting faith and social justice. An ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Coleman has earned the following degrees: A.B. in African American Studies at Harvard University, the Master’s of Divinity degree and Certificate in the Study of Religion, Gender and Sexuality at Vanderbilt University and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont Graduate University. Coleman is currently Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions and Co-Director of the Center for Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology in southern California. She is also Associate Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University. She has had previous academic appointments at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Bennett College for Women.

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  • October 31, 2014

Department of Psychology Colloquium Series
Kalim Gonzales, Ph.D., Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China
How the Rich Multidimensional Environment Assists Early Bilingual Learners
Friday, October 31, 2014, 2:00pm to 2:50pm, Hauge Administration Building, Room 101

Individuals who grow up with two languages come to communicate proficiently in each one. How do these early bilinguals learn and process their two languages without massive interference? Research shows that in adulthood, early bilinguals represent the speech sounds of their two languages in separate systems and switch between these systems based on cues to the communication context. Experiments with infants suggest that this language separation might emerge by the first year of life, aided by the languages contextual differences like their occurrence at different time periods or in different voices. In his talk, Dr. Gonzales will highlight these findings as evidence that the rich multidimensional environment within which early bilinguals learn and process their two languages helps them avoid massive interference.

All are invited. Psychology majors are especially encouraged to attend.

PLU, Department of Psychology, 253-535-7294


  • November 17, 2014

Bjug Harstad Memorial Lecture
Cathrine Sandnes, Norwegian journalist and editor
Director of the Norwegian think tank Manifest
Why Norwegian Women Can Have it All
Monday, November 7, 2014, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Scandinavian Cultural Center, PLU

The Scandinavian Area Studies program is pleased to invite Norwegian journalist and editor Cathrine Sandnes as our 2014 Harstad Memorial lecturer. Sandnes is an influential voice in current social debate on gender equality, contemporary literature and sport in Norway. In her lecture, Sandnes will explore the particular challenges and successes of “having it all” - parenthood, family and career - in contemporary Norwegian society.

Cathrine Sandnes’ decades of engagement in feminist issues began in 1990 with her work as a newspaper journalist. She held the position of cultural editor for the newspaper Dagsavisen from 1998-2000 and 2002-2005. From 2006-2014 Sandnes served as the editor of Samtiden, Norway’s largest and oldest cultural and political journal. Under her leadership, the journal received several awards for its intense and critical engagement with contemporary issues. In 2013, Sandnes was named to the Norwegian government’s commission for the marking of the 100-year anniversary of women’s right to vote, and was responsible for the publication of Norsk likestillingshistorie 1814-2013, a history of women’s equality from 1814 to 2013. She is the presently the director of the Norwegian think tank Manifest. Cathrine Sandnes lives in Oslo, Norway.

The Bjug Harstad Memorial Lecture is an endowed lectureship made possible through the generous support of Harstad family and friends. Light refreshments will be served following the lecture.