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

Reflections on the Limits of Peace Dialogue

March 20, 2023 - 6pm

Marking the 1st Anniversary of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine, PLU’s Wang Center and the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize invite you to:
Reflections on the limits of peace dialogue and the consequences of the Ukraine War with Steinar Bryn
Regency Room
Light refreshments to follow

Weathermon Joyful Noise Concert

March 21, 2023 - 7:30pm

PLU is excited to host a very special guest artist this year: singer, trombonist, and songwriter
Aubrey Logan.

Travel as a Wildly Hopeful Act

March 22, 2023 - 7pm

The Wild Hope Center for Vocation is pleased to bring Rick Steves to campus for this presentation. Rick is the preeminent North American authority on European travel. This event is free and open to the public but space is limited.

The People's Gathering

March 30, 2023

Winner of the 2022 NASPA Region V Innovation Program Award

Melannie Denise Cunningham is the Director of Multicultural Outreach and Engagement at PLU, as well as the creator, executive producer and host of The People’s Gathering.

Nazi ideology and White Supremacy: Historical Precedents and Context

April 4, 2023 at 7 PM PST

Co-organized with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Presented by Dr. Adam Knowles
Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Zurich

Natalie Mayer & Raphael Lemkin Lecture

April 13, 7 pm

“Adrift Between Two Americas” presented by bestselling author David Treuer. 

Jolita Hylland Benson Education Lecture

April 18, 6:30 pm

SHELF LIFE: Finding Community (and Yourself) in the World of Books

Author Minh Lê 

Past Lectures & Presentations

Koller/ Menzel Memorial Lecture

March 15, 2023 - 4-6pm

Visiting Writer Series

March 7, 2023 - 7pm

Celebration of Service

March 1, 2023 - 7pm

Reflections on a Career in Diplomacy
by Ryan Gliha, Diplomat In Residence Northwest US State Dept

Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education

October 26-28, 2022

The People’s Gathering: A Revolution of Consciousness

Nov 10, 2022

Visiting Writer Series

Nov 10, 2022

Lutheran Studies Conf.

September 29, 2022

Knutson Lecture

Sept 29, 2022

From Religion to Politics: Antisemitism and Jew Hatred From Ancient Times Until Today with Dr. Marc Dollinger
7 p.m.

Knutson Lecture

November 2, 2021

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

Powell-Heller Conf.

October 27, 2021

Holocaust Distortion and Denial PAGE BANNER

Lutheran Studies Conf.

October 5, 2021

Lutheran Studies Conference keynote Dr. Deanna Thompson

2022 Rachel Carson Lecture: Biomimicry

Crumbs from the rich man's table

10th Wang Symposium

16th Dale E. Benson Lecture

Beyond Climate Doom

Raphael Lemkin Lecture

Benson Education 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.