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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.

Sarah Murdoch is a professional tour guide, travel writer, artist and occasional architect. 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. The travel bug bit her while she was 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.

Hope and Despair: Preparing for the 2020 Election Season

Presented by Dr. Michael Artime

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Morken 103, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Now that voting has started in the 2020 Democratic primary process, this lecture will consider what is at stake in the 2020 presidential election. Likewise, we will consider the current landscape of American politics and whether the last 4 years represent a “new normal” or an aberration.

Dr. Artime has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is interested in the intersections between new media and political behavior, voting and elections, and the institutions of American government. He lives in Tacoma, WA and  is a Professor of Political Science at PLU.

Every Penguin in the World

Presented by Dr. Charles Bergman

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Morken 103, 10:30 – 12:30 pm

Charles Bergman’s new book chronicles he and his wife in their quest to see every penguin species on the planet. He will talk about his  adventure, conservation, and what it is about penguins that captures our hearts. He will share his up close and personal encounters while photographing 18 species of penguins and what is happening globally to the birds.

Charles Bergman is Professor of English and Environmental Studies at PLU. Twice a Fulbright Scholar in Latin America, he is a passionate spokesperson for animals and the environment. He writes and publishes extensively on animals, nature, and sustainability—with stories in such magazines as Smithsonian, National Geographic, Audubon, and many more. He has written four books, and has won the Washington State Book Award, Southwest Book Award, and the Benjamin Franklin Book Award. He was a finalist for the PEN USA Literary Award.

Past Classes

Avian Evolution: How Birds Got to Be Birds with Connie Sidles
Thursday, Sept 26, 2019

German Art in the Cold War Period with Dr. Heather Mathews
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God with Dr. Marit Trelstad
Wednesday, November 13, 2019