School of Arts and Communication

2015 SOAC Focus Series

The SOAC Focus Series brings together SOAC’s talented students and faculty to examine a chosen theme through a multi-disciplinary approach. Through music, art, dance, theatre, and communication we will come together to explore perspective, the connection of people, disciplines, and the ideas that draw meaning to our world view.

Past themes have explored compassion (2012), empowerment (2013), and entrepreneurship (2014). Gain a new perspective and join us in Spring 2015 for this dynamic series. Watch for event announcements early this fall. View the Press Release 

Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 5pm


National Print Exhibition: Vantage Points

The University Gallery’s National Print Exhibition provides the PLU community with a chance to see the world from many different vantage points. Featuring printwork from all over the United States, the exhibition surveys the remarkable range of mark making and imagery of some of the finest printmakers in the country.

Friday, March 6, at 8pm


Debussy’s The Prodigal Son

PLU’s Regency Voices ensemble presents two musical realizations from Debussy and Sullivan of the iconic story of the Prodigal Son. The idea of perspective is explored through two compositional voices of 20th century masters and the Prodigal’s humility in his return. Performed with PLU’s Choir of the West.

Monday, April. 6 at 6pm


Visibility and Empathy

This panel explores the nature of conflict, communication and the arts. The process of making others visible and of helping participants take perspective can involve an array of expression – storytelling, playwriting and production, artistic exploration, bodywork and more. This panel will bring together conflict, community and peace practitioners who use a variety of expressive forms to connect participants working to manage conflict, build community and even create peace.

Friday, May 8, at 7:30pm

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Into the Woods

What happens after you receive everything you wished for? And what does “happy ever after” really mean? Into the Woods looks at Grimm’s Fairy Tales from a new perspective. A wish granted does not necessarily lead to emotional fulfillment; it often leads to a new responsibility that may be harder than for what was wished.

Thursday, May 14, at 6pm

Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln, Douglas, and Slavery: In the Crucible of Public Debate

The capacity to master multiple perspectives is a central tenet of contemporary forensics pedagogy. It also offers a perspective to take on a famous encounter: the 1858 debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. One of the foremost scholars on Lincoln, Dr. David Zarefsky, brings his expertise to Pacific Lutheran University.

Past SOAC Focus Series Themes