2016-17 Spotlight Series: Re•forming
By Zach Powers '10
PLU Marketing & Communications
In recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran reformation, throughout the 2016-17 academic year a wide range of academic, community and artistic events at Pacific Lutheran University will address questions and concepts relating to Re•forming.
Second Annual César Chávez & Dolores Huerta Latino Studies Lecture
April 6 | 6:30 p.m. | Xavier 201
Dr. María Chávez, PLU Associate Professor of Politics and Government, will give a lecture titled “The Pioneers: The Role of Public Policies and Mentors for First Generation Latino Professionals.”
Inaugural PLU Undergraduate Research Symposium
April 8 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Anderson University Center MORE INFORMATION
Hitler’s Pink Victims: Robert Oelbermann and the Persecution of Homosexuals in Nazi Germany
April 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Anderson University Center (Scandinavian Cultural Center)
Dr. Samuel Torvend’s Farewell Lecture as University Chair in Lutheran Studies. MORE INFORMATION
Luther, Seven Scenes for Brass Quintet
April 23 | 3 p.m. | Lagerquist Concert Hall
The Lyric Brass Quintet will perform “Luther, Seven Scenes for Brass Quintet” composed by PLU music professor emeritus Jerry Kracht. MORE INFORMATION
Guest Speaker: Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson
Sept. 14 | 1:45 p.m. | Xavier 201
Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, who oversees Pierce County Elections and a wide variety of other local government services, will be visiting Associate Professor of Politics and Government Kaitlyn Sill’s course on American government. All PLU students are welcome to attend the course for this Q&A discussion. Sponsored by the Department of Politics and Government.
The Saint John’s Bible Exhibit Opening
Sept. 15 | 4 p.m. | Mortvedt Library
Suzanne Moore, a contributor to the Bible, will present on “Dynamic Collaboration: One Painter’s Perspective on Illuminating the Saint John’s Bible.” Sponsored by the Lutheran Studies program.
Who Will Win the White House: The Current State of the Race
Sept. 14 | 7:30 p.m. | Rieke 103
PLU Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics and Government Michael Artime and presidential historian Mike Purdy will discuss the party conventions, the vice-presidential picks, fluctuating polls and the upcoming debates. Sponsored by the Department of Politics and Government.
Topics on Tap: Election Edition
Sept. 20 | 5:30 p.m. | Garfield 208
An informal discussion among students, staff and faculty about how to listen critically and be an active citizen in the upcoming election.
Sponsored by the PLU Diversity Center.
Get Real! – Gender Equity Training for Relationships that are Empowering, Awake, and Loving
Sept. 23-25 | All Day
Workshop that helps participants to shed negative gender conditioning and discover new forms of authentic relating that cultivate mutual trust, integrity, responsible intimacy and inspires collaboration. Sponsored by the Center for Gender Equity.
Fall Forum on Sexual Assault and Violence
Sept. 27 | 3:45 – 5 p.m. | AUC Regency Room
The PLU community continues open dialogues on sexual assault and violence on campus in an effort to expand community understanding and advocacy, while also increasing the safety and care of our community. Sponsored by the Title IX Working Group. MORE INFORMATION
Guest Speaker: Representative David Sawyer
Sept. 28 | 1:45 p.m. | Xavier 201
Rep. David Sawyer represents Parkland, Spanaway and parts of Tacoma and Lakewood in the Washington State House of Representatives. He will be visiting Associate Professor of Politics and Government Kaitlyn Sill’s course on American government. All PLU students are welcome to attend the course for this Q&A discussion. Sponsored by the Department of Politics and Government.
Sixth Annual Lutheran Studies Conference
Sept. 29 | All Day | Anderson University Center
Free at last? Lutheran Perspectives on Racial Justice. In a political season marked by the demonization of racial, religious, and ethnic minorities, this conference focuses on the quest for a just vision of life shared in community. Sponsored by the Department of Religion and Lutheran Studies program. MORE INFORMATION
Ruth Anderson Public Debate: A Third-Party Vote is a Wasted Vote
Oct. 4 | 7 p.m. | Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The 4th annual Ruth Anderson Public Debate will feature PLU debaters Mariah Collier ‘17 and Charles “Tate” Adams ‘19 along with Washington State Senate Democratic Caucus Communications Specialist (and former PLU debater) Aaron Sherman ’11 and University of Washington-Tacoma Assistant Professor of Security Studies and Conflict Resolution Ben Meiches.
Sponsored by the PLU Speech and Debate Team.
Opening of “Nordic Explorers: A Legacy Beyond the Horizon” exhibition
Oct. 5 | 7 p.m. | Scandinavian Cultural Center
Special guest lecture by Norwegian journalist Ragnar Kvam, about people who pushed themselves to new levels and inspired other to do the same. Sponsored by the Scandinavian Cultural Center.
Let’s Talk About: Gender
Oct. 6 | 6 p.m. | Xavier 201
Panel discussion on how gender equity, identity and trans rights have been represented locally and nationally in election 2016. Confirmed panelists include Associate Professor of Religion Seth Dowland, Assistant Professor of English Jenny James, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Andrea Munro and Rainbow Center Crime Victim Advocate Vaan Melendez.
Sponsored by the Center for Gender Equity, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Center for Community Engagement and Service, ASPLU, Lute Vote, American Association of University Women (AAUW).
Oct. 9 | 3 p.m. | Lagerquist Concert Hall
The program will include selections from J. S. Bach’s Clavierübung III, sometimes referred to as The German Organ Mass, one of the many masterpieces by the most famous of Lutheran composers. Sponsored by the Department of Music.
Let’s Talk About: Islamophobia and Hispanophobia
Oct. 13 | 5:00 p.m. | Xavier 201
A discussion of how hateful rhetoric directed at immigration, Muslims and Latinos is shaping the 2016 election. Confirmed panelists include Associate Professor of Politics and Government Maria Chavez-Pringle, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Katherine Wiley, and Executive Director of Tacoma Community House Liz Dunbar and Washington State DACA Program Manager at 21 Progress Wendy S. Martinez Hurtado ’14.
Sponsored by the Department of English, Hispanic Studies Program, Department of Anthropology, Center for Community Engagement and Service, ASPLU and Lute Vote.
Ninth Annual Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education “Women and the Holocaust”
Oct. 17-19 | All Day | Anderson University Center
Featuring leading Holocaust researchers and historians from all over the country, the Ninth Annual Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education will explore the many roles of women in Holocaust. Sponsored by the Holocaust and Genocide Studies program. MORE INFORMATION
Department of Politics and Government Open House and Debate Viewing Party
Oct. 19 | 5:30 p.m. | Xavier 201
An opportunity to learn more about the PLU Department of Politics and Government and join politics and government faculty members and students in watching the third and final presidential debate.
Sponsored by the Department of Politics and Government.
Let’s Talk About: Education
Oct. 19 | 5:30 p.m. | AUC Regency Room
This November’s election will determine the future health of the Franklin Pierce School District, determine Washington’s next State Superintendent of Public Instruction and have major ramifications on the future of the Department of Education. A panel of experts will discuss what is at stake for America’s education system. Confirmed panelists include Interim Dean of the School of Education and Kinesiology Terry Bergeson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Ksenija Simic-Muller, and Franklin Pierce School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Hewins.
Sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Service, Franklin Pierce School District, PLU School of Education, Lute Vote and ASPLU.
Who Will Win the White House: The Final Sprint to the White House
Oct. 25 | 7:30 p.m. | Rieke 103
PLU Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics and Government Michael Artime and presidential historian Mike Purdy will discuss what the polls suggest will happen on election day, recap critical moments from the debates and look forward to what the campaigns can do to maintain or gain support in the closing days of the race. Sponsored by the Department of Politics and Government.
11th Annual David and Marilyn Knutson Lecture
Oct. 26 | 7:30 p.m. | Lagerquist Concert Hall
Dr. Jennifer Harvey will lecture on “From Ferguson to Charleston: Religous Fath, Righteous Feminists and Holy Fire.” Sponsored by the Department of Religion.
Working for Change
Nov. 2 | 6-8 p.m. | AUC 133
Alumni panel highlighting Post-graduate service opportunities for alums pursuing domestic and international DJS work. Sponsored by Center for Community Engagement and Service, Career Connections, Wild Hope.
Poverty Immersion Workshop
Nov. 9 | 6-9 p.m. | AUC CK
Interactive workshop to build an understanding and empathy of those experiencing poverty. Sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Service.
Reflective Viewing: Finding the Divine Within You
Feb. 23 | 7 p.m. | Ingram 100
Selected pages from the St. John’s Bible will be used to practice Visio Divina, a contemplative, repetitive, prayerful viewing of the illuminations on the page. In an increasingly visual culture, where the images we view are fast paced, this technique invites the viewer to slow down and see the image. Workshop participants will identify symbols that represent the divine within themselves, and use them to make collages, drawings or poems. We will ask ourselves, as visual thinkers and makers, how do we communicate our ideas effectively, with intention to the world, and yet, still create an opening for our viewers to include their own narrative in our work? MORE INFORMATION
The People’s Gathering: A Revolution of Consciousness
Feb. 24 | All Day | $125-250 | Anderson University Center
A professional and personal development to bring our community together to discuss race, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and school environments. MORE INFORMATION
Legacy Makers: Historical Narratives on Gender and Sport
Feb. 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Anderson University Center (Regency Room)
Trailblazers Judy Sweet and Sharon Taylor will share their lived experiences reaching the highest leadership levels in college athletics. Sponsored by the PLU Department of Kinesiology.
Sanctuary Panel Conversation
Feb. 27 | 5:30 p.m. | Anderson University Center (Chris Knutzen Hall)
A panel of experts will discuss the current state of American immigration policy, options for undocumented residents and what it means to be a “sanctuary” campus or city. MORE INFORMATION
The Rachel Carson Science, Technology and Society Annual Lecture
March 8 | 7:30 p.m. | Anderson University Center (Scandinavian Cultural Center)
This year’s distinguished speaker is Dr. Jim Anderson, Philip S. Weld Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at Harvard University. His lecture is titled “The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change.”
Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts
March 15 | 8 p.m. | Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Members of PLU’s choral and jazz ensembles will perform selections from Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Concerts.” Religion professor Dr. Douglas Oakman, Ph.D. will offer comments during the musical presentation. Illuminations from The Saint John’s Bible will be featured throughout the program.
The Garden of Earthly Delights: The Song of Songs in the Early Synagogue
March 23 | 7:30 p.m. | Anderson University Center (Scandinavian Cultural Center)
While most modern scholars read the biblical Song of Songs as a collection of secular love poems, in antiquity it was understood to be an encoded account of God’s love for God’s chosen people. This talk will consider how the Song of Songs was taught and understood in the synagogues of the Galilee in the fourth through sixth centuries, as well as how the Song’s exuberant earthiness enriched and enlivened theological thinking.