Please note the time of year listed for each lecture is only an estimate. You should confirm the month/date with the department/division putting on the lecture.

Business and Economics: The Annual Dale E. Benson Lecture in Business and Economic HistoryBrings leading experts in the fields of history, business, and economics to campus to encourage historical reflection, creative problem solving, and ethical leadership through the exploration of business organizations, entrepreneurs, and the economic forces that shape our contemporary world and society.October
Languages and Literatures: The Bjug A. Harstad Memorial LecturesExplores the Scandinavian culture and traditions to carry out Bjug Harstad’s plea to maintain ties with the culture.October (during Bjug Day of Giving)
Holocaust and Genocide Studies: The Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust EducationProvides educators, students, and community members with a way to use the lessons of the Holocaust to empower themselves and others to challenge prejudice, violence, and other forms of dehumanization. The conference highlights interdisciplinary approaches to Holocaust and Genocide Studies with strong attention to arts, humanities, social sciences, and professional studies (including education).October (October)
Education: The Jolita Hylland Benson Education LectureSeeks to encourage the thoughtful exploration of education in its various capacities and different ways education can and should be accessible to all.Varies
Religion: The Annual David and Marilyn Knutson LectureBrings nationally recognized scholars creatively working with historical, scriptural, and theological sources into dialogue with contemporary questions and challenges.Varies
Natural Sciences: The Rachel Carson Annual LectureBrings leading experts in the field of science and technology to campus to lecture on a topic of general interest for the evening.Late February/Early March
Holocaust and Genocide Studies: The Natalie Mayer Endowed Lecture SeriesThe Natalie Mayer Endowed Lecture Series aims to bring forth conversations around racism and anti-Semitism as a way to connect past genocides to the bigotry and hatred of today’s world. The lecture series brings scholars and artists to PLU’s campus and classrooms to bridge the past with the present.Late April/Early May
Holocaust and Genocide Studies: The Annual Raphael Lemkin Lecture & Award CeremonyThis lecture focuses on bringing forth the history of genocide shedding light on things such as the concept and definition of genocide, ethical and legal aspects of genocide and international law, prevention of genocide and enforcement of the genocide convention, historical incidents of genocide, current events and the issue of genocideLate April/Early May
Jazz Studies: The Dick and Helen Weathermon Joyful Noise Endowment for Jazz StudiesEach year a renowned jazz artist is brought to campus to perform with the University Jazz Ensemble and a select local high school jazz band, to lead rehearsals and public master classes, and participate in other educational and performance activities.Late April/Early May
Humanities: Koller/Menzel Memorial LectureLectureship in ethics and/or creative writing in honor of Heather Koller '94. Varies
Wild Hope Center for Vocation: Meant to LiveEndowed by a generous gift of the PLU Class of 1958, the Meant to Live events bring alumni back to campus to talk about vocation with current students.Varies
Environmental Studies: Earth Day LectureEach year, in tandem with Earth and Diversity Week, the Environmental Studies Program brings a speaker who can address current and meaningful issues related to the environment, including sustainability, diversity, indigenous ways of knowing, climate change, and more. The lecture brings the speaker into Environmental Studies and related classrooms.April
Lutheran Studies: Lutheran Studies ConferenceThe annual Lutheran Studies Conference provides an opportunity for the university, the larger community, and persons from diverse religious and humanistic viewpoints to explore particular and pressing issues within the thoughtful and generous milieu of Lutheran higher education. Each conference welcomes scholars, artists, and religious leaders whose expertise is offered in an engaging and thought-provoking manner.September/October