Statement of Solidarity: Black Lives Matter

The Department of Communication at Pacific Lutheran University stands in solidarity with those demonstrating and protesting both here and around the country against the state violence repeatedly enacted against people of color generally, and Black Americans specifically. Breonna Taylor was shot to death in her…

#BetweenArtAndQuarantine Challenge

Earlier this spring, the Getty Museum issued a fun and interesting challenge on social media: recreate a famous artwork using only readily available household items. This idea was inspired by the Dutch Instagram account Between Art and Quarantine . Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook were flooded…

T.O.H. Karl Invitational Debate Tournament

Tournament Schedule Friday, January 31 Open Public Forum 3:30-5:00 pm – Round 1 5:00-6:30 pm – Round 2 6:30-8:00 pm – Round 3 8:00-9:30 pm – Round 4 All Other Debate 3:45-5:45 pm – Round 1 5:45-7:45 pm – Round 2 7:45-9:30 pm – Round…

Meet Dr. Marnie Ritchie, Assistant Professor of Communication!

Meet the Communications department’s most recent faculty member, Dr. Marnie Ritchie. Dr. Ritchie joined PLU in 2018 and has taught a variety of communications classes since then, from introductory communications to courses covering complex topics like gender and ethics. Dr. Ritchie’s other interests for her…

2019 Ruth Anderson Public Debate

Rents are rising in Tacoma and surrounding areas, becoming increasingly unaffordable for vulnerable populations. What should be done? Pacific Lutheran University’s Ruth Anderson Public Debate will examine the rising cost of housing in Tacoma and whether a policy for rent control should be instituted. Brandi…

Life Under Drones: A Scholarly and Research Symposium

Life Under Drones is the first of its kind: a gathering of leaders in scholarly, military, artistic, and technology industries to assess the influence of drones on contemporary life. Taking place September 18-19, 2019, Life Under Drones will feature keynotes presentations, panels, art installations, workshops,…

MediaLab Premiere – “Living on the Edge”

Living on the Edge is the story of a community, North Cove in southwest Washington, who are experiencing extreme rates of coastal erosion. North Cove is home to the fastest-eroding Pacific coastline in the United States, and loses about 150 feet of land per year.…

Professor Justin Eckstein wins Rohrer Research Award

Congratulations to Justin Eckstein, Assistant Professor of Communication and Director of Debate, who was recently awarded the 2017 Daniel Rohrer Award for Outstanding Research by the American Forensics Association.  His research is titled, “Sound Arguments, Argumentation and Advocacy”. Among the most important activities of the…

PLU selected to host 2018 U.S. Senate debate

September 2018 – Pacific Lutheran University has been selected to host a 2018 U.S. Senate Debate on October 8 by the Washington State Debate Coalition. PLU was picked as a host site by the Governance Committee from a pool of 19 applicant organizations from around…