Office of the Provost

Provost Lecture Series

February 2017

Genocide and Ecocide: Race and Specie in our Times

The Holocaust and Genocide Studies program, with the support of the Mayer Family Endowment, announces their spring event:

Dian Million
Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington
and author of
Therapeutic Nations: Healing in an Age of Indigenous Rights (2013)

will speak on

Genocide and Ecocide:
Race and Specie in our Times

on Thursday, February 23 at 7:00pm
in the Scandinavian Cultural Center

Dr. Million explains that genocide, the apex of crimes against humanity, cannot only focus on humans. Ecocide accompanied the genocide of the American Indians and Indigenous peoples worldwide, where the death of Indian bodies and cultures accompanied the killing and obliteration of our relations and our places. Marie Battiste (Mi’kmaq) and James Sakej Henderson (Chictaw) once wrote that “place” is an “expression of the vibrant relationships between people, their ecosystems, and other living beings and spirits that share their lands.” The idea of genocide falls short in these times where we destroy specie and place and relations.

View the poster here.

Legacy Makers: Historical Narratives on Gender and Sport

The Department of Kinesiology presents:

Legacy Makers: Historical Narratives on Gender and Sport:
February 27 from 6:30-8:00pm
in the Regency Room, Anderson University Center

Panel Speakers:
Judy Sweet, currently serves as co-Chair of the NCAA Gender Equity Task Force, ESPNW Advisory Board member, Women’s Sports Foundation Advocacy Committee member and is a Title IX and gender equity consultant.

Sharon Taylor, has served on the USOC Board of Directors, as President of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), as President of USA Field Hockey, and as President of the College Field Hockey Coaches Association.

Panel Moderator:
Collen M. Hacker, PhD, CC-AASP, USOC Mental SKills Registry
Professor, Department of Kinesiology at Pacific Lutheran University

Panel Introduction:
Mallory E. Mann, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology at Pacific Lutheran University

The rise of women like Becky Hammon (NBA), Kin Ng (MLB), and Christine Driesen (ESPN) in sport today paints an optimistic picture of women in leadership. However, only 15% of CEOs, 20% of U.S. senators, 26% of U.S. college presidents, and 22% of athletic directors are women. This panel will explore the lived experiences of two women who have reached top leadership positions in sport. Their stories speak to the depth and range of challenges women leaders face and provide a backdrop on which to consider the important work on gender equity that is yet to be realized.

Additional information is available here.

March 2017

The 3rd Biennial Ambassador Chris Stevens Memorial Lecture

Conflict is Inevitable, Violence is Not
Wednesday, March 1 at 7:00pm
Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

This year’s featured speaker is Shamil Idriss, President and CEO of Search for Common Ground and former Deputy Director of the UN Alliance of Civilians.

To mark the official launch of the Peace Corps Prep Program, please join the PLU community for a panel presentation by PLU and Peace Corps alumni, Colin Hartke ’08, Anne(Hoblitt) Linn ’07, Bonnie Nelson ’08 and Taneesha Jenkins ’10.

Local and Cross-Cultural Engagement: Challenges and Opportunities
3:45pm in the Scandinavian Cultural Center

Free admission to both events, registration recommended.  Find additional information and register here.
The Ambassador Chris Stevens Memorial Lecture celebrates the life of an extraordinary public servant and former Peace Corps volunteer killed on September 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya.

An Ecology of Knowledges and the Global Digital Humanities

Dr. Elika Ortega
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:30pm
The Philip A. Nordquist Lecture Hall (201), Xavier Hall

This event is open to the public and will address the history and foundational concepts of the Digital Humanities.

Dr. Ortega will offer a workshop titles From Page to Screen: Approaches to Electronic Literature. The workshop will introduce students and faculty to electronic literature with a focus on two aspects of this literary mode: first, how writers and artists producing e-lit understand and produce their work; second, how critics examine e-literature and how it might be different from scholarship on more traditional forms of literature. Friday, March 3, 2017 at 2:00pm in Hauge Administration Building, room 219
Space is limited for the workshop. Please contact Scott Rogers ( to RSVP.

If you have questions about these events, please contact Scott Rogers ( or Adela Ramos (

Jewish Studies Lecture

 The Garden of Earthly Delights: The Song of Songs in the Early Synagogue
Laura Lieber, PhD
Professor of Religious Studies at Duke University

March 23, 2017 at 7:30pm
Scandinavian Cultural Center

While most modern scholars read the biblical Song of Songs (also known as the Song of Solomon) as a collection of secular love poems, in antiquity, both the rabbis and the Church Fathers understood it to be an encoded account of God’s love for God’s chosen people. In this talk, we’ll consider how the Song of Songs was taught and understood in the synagogues of the Galilee in the 4th-6th centuries CE – not just as “Scripture” but as prayer – and we will see how the Song’s exuberant earthiness enriched and enlivened bold theological thinking not just among scholarly elites but at the popular level.