PLU Lectures, Presentations & Workshops

Learning doesn’t end when you graduate! PLU alumni continue their quest for knowledge, engagement, and critical thinking as they explore new ideas, challenge their beliefs, and listen to new perspectives from diverse groups. We are excited to offer lectures, conferences, and workshops that are open to the community. See upcoming opportunities and past lectures below.

Upcoming Events

Visiting Writer Series

Nov 2 - 7 p.m.

Anderson University Center
Scandinavian Cultural Center

The People's Gathering

November 9

Believe Your Eyes – gather for a day of truth telling strategic planning and coalition building.

Rachel Carson Lecture

February 21, 2024

Featuring Dr. Bryn Nelson, an award-winning science journalist, microbiologist and author.

Past Lectures & Presentations

Community Economic Development

Nov 1 - 6:30 p.m.

Hauge Admin Building, 101

Powell Heller Conference for Holocaust Education

October 25-27

Dale Benson Lecture

Dr. Glory Liu will explore the legacy of Adam Smith and his ideas in American thought, politics, and culture.

Lutheran Studies Conference

Knutson Lecture

Decarbonizing the NW Economy

Eileen V. Quigley

Eileen V. Quigley is Founder and Executive Director of the Clean Energy Transition Institute.

Jolita Benson Lecture

Author Minh Lê discusses the role of the imagination and stories in challenging times.

Earth Day Lecture

Taylor Brorby is the author of Boys and Oil: Growing up gay in a fractured land (2022). 

Natalie Mayer HGS Lecture

“Adrift Between Two Americas”

Author David Treuer

Nazi ideology and White Supremacy: Historical Precedents and Context

Presented by Dr. Adam Knowles
Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Zurich

Travel as a Wildly Hopeful Act

Rick Steves is the preeminent North American authority on European travel. 

Weathermon Joyful Noise

Featuring singer, trombonist, and songwriter Aubrey Logan.

The People's Gathering

Winner of the 2022 NASPA Region V Innovation Program Award

Koller/ Menzel Lecture

Visiting Writer Series

The Limits of Peace Dialogue

Powell-Heller Holocaust Conf.

A Revolution of Consciousness

Celebration of Service

Knutson Lecture

From Religion to Politics: Antisemitism and Jew Hatred From Ancient Times Until Today with Dr. Marc Dollinge

Visiting Writer

Powell-Heller Conf.

Holocaust Distortion and Denial PAGE BANNER

Lutheran Studies Conf.

Lutheran Studies Conference keynote Dr. Deanna Thompson

Knutson Lecture

Knutson Lecture: “Bonhoeffer, the Church, and the Climate Question”

Crumbs from a rich man's table

10th Wang Symposium

2022 Rachel Carson Lecture

Beyond Climate Doom

Raphael Lemkin Lecture

16th Dale E. Benson Lecture

Jolita Benson Lecture


Continuing Education at Pacific Lutheran University offers a variety of professional development courses and programs to meet the needs of business professionals and life-long learners. Discounts for the workshops below are available for PLU alumni, students and current employees. Contact Continuing Education at prior to registering for the discount code.

Sales Success: Tools & Skills

Social Media Workshops

School Nursing workshops at PLU

The Center for Continued Nursing Learning (CCNL) provides excellent continuing education and professional development for nurses and other interested health care professionals. We offer multiple programs that provide the opportunity to gain contact hours and clock hours.

Center for Continued Nursing Learning

Our professional and educational standards, our innovative responses to changing health care markets, and our distinguished history of educating students for lives of service have earned the Pacific Lutheran University School of Nursing, and it’s Center for Continued Nursing Learning, a reputation for excellence in the Pacific Northwest. Many workshops, seminars, and courses will enable health professionals to stay current with the latest research and skills, refresh previously-acquired information, and ultimately improve health care for society.