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7th Biennial Wang Center Symposium

Countenance of Hope

February 25-26, 2016 in PLU's Anderson University Center

The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.

– Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela



“Resilience”, derived the from Latin resilire, meaning to rebound or recoil, was first used in the early seventeenth century to describe the ability of materials such as wood, iron and bronze to withstand severe loads without breaking. Used now in a wide range of fields including epidemiology, psychology, business, biology and ecological science, public policy, post-disaster recovery and community development, the term has evolved into a concept that describes the capacity to withstand and overcome the stress and devastation related to traumatic events such as violent conflict, forced migration, major epidemics, natural disasters and climate change.

Chambers Bay Tree
The Lone Fir at Chambers Bay has survived years of uncertainty, weather and even vandalism to become a symbolic fixture at 2015 US Open.

Featured Speakers & Panels

See a detailed list and bios of the 7th Wang Symposium: Countenance of Hope speakers.

Sessions & Schedules

Find out times, room locations and titles of each session for the Feb. 25-26 symposium.

Reading Challenge

The PLU community is invited to participate in a Countenance of Hope Reading Group Challenge.

The Wang Center for Global Education

Made possible by a generous gift from Drs. Grace and Peter Wang, the Center is an academic support unit dedicated to providing faculty, students and staff with the resources necessary to advance PLU’s distinction and vision for global education of “educating for a just, healthy, sustainable and peaceful world at home and abroad” through faculty development and grant opportunities, delivery of study away programs, on-campus programming on pressing world issues and a commitment to best practices when engaging with educational partners worldwide.

Thank You to our Sponsors
Evil Twin Booking Agency
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Arbaugh Family Endowment

Benson Family Foundation