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Learning Is ForEver (LIFE)

Educational lectures open to all in the community.

Learning Is ForEver (LIFE) offers unique educational experiences to enrich and enhance the lives of its participants. Learning is a lifelong pursuit that opens minds and enriches lives. Sharing new ideas, challenges and experiences is rewarding in every season of life. Participants come from every walk of life, to learn together, exchange ideas, and explore the world.

The LIFE Program Committee members work in collaboration with PLU’s Continuing Education Office and the Office of Alumni & Student Connections to offer classes on a variety of subjects on the campus of PLU. Classes are open to the public, and the community is encouraged to attend.

If you are interested in serving as a Program Committee members, contact Gene and Dot Giannobile at

History of Notre-Dame and the Fire Damage

Presented by Sarah Murdoch

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Morken 103, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Sarah Murdoch joins us to talk about Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France and the damage caused by the fire in April 2019. The fire broke out beneath the roof and by the time it was extinguished, the building’s spire and most of its roof had been destroyed and its upper walls severely damaged. Many works of art and religious relics were moved to safety early in the emergency, but others suffered some smoke damage, and some exterior art was damaged or destroyed. The cathedral’s altar, two pipe organs, and its three 13th-century rose windows, suffered little to no damage.

Sarah Murdoch is a professional tour guide, travel writer, artist and occasional architect. Beginning her world travel adventures as a kid in 1985, she’s been traveling regularly since the travel bug bit her while studying in Italy in 1995. With a BA in architecture from the University of Washington, she worked as an architect before abandoning the drafting board for the allure of the open road.

Sarah has worked for Rick Steves since 2000 in a variety of jobs: as a guidebook writer and researcher, lecturer, tour diva, packing ninja and tour guide. She’s been a featured speaker for Rick Steves’ Europe for more than 16 years and was a speaker for Humanities Washington, a National Endowment for the Arts program. She presents slide lectures on a wide range of topics including art, architecture, history, Italian destinations and culture, and packing light.