Student walking on campus with the sun hitting the fall leaves
John Froschauer, Campus Photographer

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

Avian Evolution: How Birds Got to Be Birds

Presented by Connie Sidles

Thursday, Sept 26, 2019
Morken 103 10:30 -12:00
$10  – Pay at the door or register now
(Free to PLU students, staff and faculty with Lute card)

Nature author and student of paleontology Connie Sidles takes you back in time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and nature began to experiment with a new approach to flight – birds. Exciting new fossils of extraordinary detail are being found in northeast China, dating back to the time when dinosaurs began to evolve into birds. Both strange and wondrous, these creatures – and others being discovered all over the world – open our eyes to the ways that evolution has shaped the biome and the birds that we enjoy today.

Constance is a master birder with more than 600 North American birds on her life list and has led several Seattle Audubon birding trips. She is the founder and president of Constancy Press and has been editor for many publications, including Teleflora, Pacific NW Magazine, Adventure Travel Association and others. Ms. Sidles has authored four print production and design books. Her latest book is In My Nature, about relationship between wild nature and human nature. She devotes her writing on current issues, especially environmental preservation. She is a graduate of U. of Chicago with a degree in Egyptology.

German Art in the Cold War Period

Presented by Dr. Heather Mathews

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Morken 103, 10-12 noon
$10 (free to PLU students, staff and faculty with Lute card)

Heather is the Chair and Associate Professor of Art & Design at PLU. She earned her B.A. in Art History and German from Hood College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. She joined the Department of Art & Design at PLU in 2007. Her specialization is the German art of the Cold War period, and she is interested in all aspects of German culture and history. Her research and publications are focused on the role of the artist in public discourse in East and West Germany, as well as on the exhibition of contemporary art as a cultural and political force in the Cold War era and today. Her most recent work deals with contemporary art and cultural integration.

In addition to teaching on topics such as gender issues, identity, and memory in modern and contemporary art, Heather is Coordinator of the University Gallery (including the University Gallery Annex and the Karen Hille Phillips Gallery) and manages the University’s Permanent Art Collection.

Stand Your Ground

Presented by Dr. Marit Trelstad

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Morken 103, 10:30 – 12:00 noon

Dr. Marit Treistad will speak about Trayvon Martin and Reverend Kelly Brown Douglas’ Book Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God.

Marit Trelstad is Professor of Constructive and Lutheran Theology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Her scholarly work combines feminist, process and Lutheran theologies and has focused on Christology, theological anthropology, the doctrine of God, and science and religion (including economics, geoengineering and ecology). As a contributor and editor, she published Cross Examinations: Readings on the Meaning of the Cross Today (Fortress, 2006) and contributed to Transformative Lutheran Theologies (Fortress, 2010) and Lutherrenaissance: Past and Present (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015) along with several other journals and books.