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Professor Rick Barot discusses being longlisted for the National Book Award and teaching creative writing during a pandemic

December 3, 2020 – Rick Barot is a highly acclaimed national figure in poetry whose 2020 collection “The Galleons” was recently longlisted for the National Book Award. He’s also a dedicated creative writing teacher, serving as an English professor at Pacific Lutheran University and the director of the Rainier Writing Workshop – PLU’s low-residency creative writing MFA program.

Professor Samuel Torvend on Martin Luther’s teachings during the plague

November 9, 2020 – The trials, tribulations, and big questions that confounded 16th century Europeans as they faced the bubonic plague are eerily similar to what we are facing right now with COVID-19 and other social issues. German professor and priest, Martin Luther, had a lot of ideas of what people, and their political and spiritual leaders, should be doing in such trying times.

Pandemic Performance: PLU Music Chair Brian Galante on education during the coronavirus

October 19, 2020 – As the effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to impact the world, educators are being forced to get creative as classrooms move online. Remote learning combined with the cancellation of large, in-person events, and concerns over the germ-spreading potential of singing and playing wind instruments means Pacific Lutheran University’s Department of Music has had to rethink everything from instruction to performance opportunities. We asked Brian Galante, chair of the PLU music department, to talk about how faculty are working to preserve valuable instruction while keeping students safe.

Prof. Bridget Yaden on using technology to make remote learning inviting and accessible

March 25, 2020 – Distance learning and teaching can feel isolating at times. PLU Professor of Hispanic Studies Bridget Yaden has been combating these potential limitations by using different technological tools to make her virtual classroom as accessible and accommodating as possible.

Prof. Gregory Youtz talks transitioning classrooms and teaching styles to distance learning

March 19, 2020 – Switching a campus-based curriculum to a distance-learning model mid-semester in the face of a pandemic is no easy feat. Luckily, PLU professor of music Gregory Youtz and his faculty peers have proved to be up for the challenge.