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 a new series of presentations called PLU Experts & Insights, which are virtual webinars on interesting and current topics, highlighting experienced PLU faculty and alumni. PLU also offers other lectures, conferences, and workshops that are open to the community. See upcoming opportunities below.

Jolita Hylland Benson Education Lecture

April 20, 7 pm - 8 pm PT

Three Compliments: Ways to Feel Seen as an Invisible Student

Before she grew up and became a published author, Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly was an underperforming student who nearly failed English and graduated high school with a 1.7 GPA. When you’re quiet and make mediocre grades, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. In this lecture, Erin will share the three compliments from teachers that she remembers to this day, how those brief moments of praise influenced her writing life, and ways that teachers can change a young person’s life in the briefest of moments.

Erin Entrada Kelly received the 2018 Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe, a 2021 Newbery Honor for We Dream of Space, the 2017 APALA Award for The Land of Forgotten Girls, and the 2016 Golden Kite Honor Award for Blackbird Fly, among other honors. She is also the author and illustrator of the Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey series.

Anderson University Center, 214

Recent Lectures & Presentations

16th Annual David & Marilyn Knutson Lecture

November 2, 2021

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

2021 Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education

October 27, 2021

Holocaust Distortion and Denial PAGE BANNER

11th Annual Lutheran Studies Conference

October 5, 2021

Lutheran Studies Conference keynote Dr. Deanna Thompson

PLU on Demand

PLU on Demand features virtual faculty presentations, recorded conferences, PLU’s YouTube channel and so much more!

Share Your Expertise!
Are you interested in sharing your knowledge with other Lutes? We are looking for alumni and faculty who would be interested in participating in the PLU Experts & Insights series. Submit an interest form!

Upcoming Workshops

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.

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.