MediaLab’s 2021 Documentary Premiere: Turning The Page

MediaLab students at Pacific Lutheran University will premiere their latest documentary virtually on Thursday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m. Turning the Page: The Story of Next Chapter explores how local nonprofit Next Chapter is tackling the issue of homelessness in greater Pierce County, Washington. Co-founders…

Media Literacy J-Term Projects

Originally published on the PLU Library blog . Reposted with permission. During J-Term 2021, students in Assistant Professor Kate Drazner Hoyt ’s Media Literacy COMA 388 explored topics such as: the role that the press plays in sustaining democracies; the different forms of online misinformation…

MediaLab Premieres New Documentary Eyes Above: Militarization of Sacred Land

MediaLab students at will premiere their latest documentary virtually on Thursday, April 1.  Eyes Above: Militarization of Sacred Land explores how the Tohono O’odham Nation in southern Arizona grapples with the encroaching surveillance technologies implemented on their land as the United States further militarizes its…

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.…