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Provost Lecture Series

Provost Lecture Series

September 2017

Executive Leadership Lecture Series

The Russell Family Foundation (TRFF)
Richard Woo
Chief Executive Officer

Tuesday, September 19th, 6-7:00 pm
Rieke Science Center, Leraas Hall

Richard Woo is the chief executive officer of the Russell Family Foundation (TRFF) in Gig Harbor, Washington. The Foundation supports grassroots leadership, environmental sustainability, and global peace. Richard joined the Foundation in 2000, as the first executive director outside of the Russell Family. He currently serves on the steering committee of Divest Invest Philanthropy, the global initiative of signatory foundations fighting climate change representing combined assets under management of nearly $13 billion. He is a past board member of Philanthropy Northwest, the Council on Foundations, and Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.

Before arriving at TRFF, Richard worked for nearly a dozen years at Levis Strauss & Co. in San Francisco on community relations, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. He served for three years as executive director of the Levi Strauss Foundation – overseeing global grant making in 40 countries. Early in his career, Richard spent a dozen years in Northern California nonprofits working on community health and youth development. Richard earned an English degree from the University of California, Davis.

Presented by Pacific Lutheran University School of Business and Pyramid Staging and Events. View the full series and find more information online: https://www.plu.edu/busa/executive-leadership-series/

The 2017 Lutheran Studies Conference

“SING: 500 years of Faith, Reform and Liberation”

Thursday, September 28, 2017 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Anderson University Center, Regency Room with evening concert by the National Lutheran Choir at 7:30 pm
Lagerquist Concert Hall

The Seventh Annual Lutheran Studies Conference

Come Join in the Song and Celebration!

The Seventh Annual Lutheran Studies Conference will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Thursday, September 28 beginning in the Regency Room of the Anderson University Center, with events also in Lagerquist Concert Hall. This conference will focus on the liberating and reforming role singing has played in the Protestant tradition from its very beginning. Participants will be invited to participate in song and learn about the role music has played in the Lutheran and Gospel music traditions.

Following the conference, the National Lutheran Choir, directed by Dr. David Cherwien, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 28 in Lagerquist Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public, but tickets must be picked up in advance at the PLU Concierge Desk in the Anderson University Center. Tickets will be available starting Monday, September 11 on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit of 10 tickets/per person.

The conference is free and open to the public and is made possible by the generosity of the anonymous donors who endowed the University Chair in Lutheran Studies.

For more information and to view the full schedule online: https://www.plu.edu/lutheran-studies-conference/

Clarifying the Process of Struggle: A Critical Response Lecture to Ta-Nehisi Coate's Between the World And Me

Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 pm
Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Writing 101 students will attend the lecture “Clarifying the Process of Struggle: A Critical Response Lecture to Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me” by guest speaker, Dr. Rhone Fraser, English Department, Howard University.

This lecture is open to all.

October 2017

Bjug Harstad Lecture

“Bjug Harstad: A Man For All Seasons”
Philip Akerson Nordquist

Monday, October 9, 2017 from 7-9:00 pm
Scandinavian Cultural Center, Anderson University Center

Bjug Harstad was a remarkable man – sturdy, plain-spoken, determined, and administratively able. Without his leadership, the Lutheran church among Norwegian Americans in the Pacific Northwest would have been much slower to develop and Pacific Lutheran University might have stillborn. He was a man of many parts, a man for all seasons.

Philip Akerson Nordquist is the grandson of Swedish immigrants who homesteaded in South Dakota in the 1890s, and the son of parents who headed west ahead of drought and depression. A native Washingtonian, he was born in Ellensburg, educated in the public schools of Lake Stevens, and graduated form Pacific Lutheran College in 1956. While at PLU he played football and basketball for Marv Harshman, wrote for the Mooring Mast, and was active in student government. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington and taught at PLU from 1963 until his retirement in 2005.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

For additional information contact: Dr. Sergia Hay (haysk@plu.edu), Department of Philosophy

The Thirteenth Annual Benson Lecture in Business and Economic History

“A Conversation with Brad Tilden, CEO Alaska Airlines”

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 7:30-8:30 pm
Scandinavian Cultural Center, Anderson University Center

What moments of imagination led to the success of Alaska Airlines? Come find out on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m., in the Anderson University Center, Scandinavian Cultural Center (AUC 100), when Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden will engage with students, faculty, and community members in a lively conversation about the past, present, and future of Alaska Airlines. Mr. Tilden and a panel of faculty experts will discuss Alaska Airline’s customer service model, environmental policies, labor practices, and economic impact on the Northwest region. Bring your questions and ask the CEO! The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists: PLU Faculty panelists at this event will include Bridgette O’Brien (Religion), Sergia Hay (Philosophy), Mark Mulder (School of Business), Norris Peterson (Economics), and Master of Ceremonies Michael Halvorson (History).

For more information: https://www.plu.edu/business-economic-history-program/annual-lecture/

Executive Leadership Lecture Series

BCT Partners
Dr. Randal Pinkett
Founder, Chairman, CEO

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 6-7:00 pm
Rieke Science Center, Leraas Hall

Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author and scholar, and as a leading voice for his generation in business and technology. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of his fifth venture, BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management consulting, research and evaluation, information technology, and data analytics form headquartered in Newark, NJ. Dr. Pinkett has received numerous awards for business and technology excellence including the information Technology Senior Management Forum’s Beacon Award, the National Society of Black Engineers’ Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the National Urban League’s Business Excellence Award.

He holds five degrees including: a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University; a M.S. in Computer Science form the University of Oxford in England; and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering, MBA, and Ph.D. from MIT. Most notably, he was the first and only African-American to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University; he was inducted to the Academic All-America Hall of Fame, as a former high jumper, long jumper, sprinter and captain of the men’s track and field team.

Presented by Pacific Lutheran University School of Business and Pyramid Staging and Events. View the full series and find more information online: https://www.plu.edu/busa/executive-leadership-series/

November 2017

10th Annual Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education

“Synagogue & Church”

November 1-3, 2017
Anderson University Center

The conference will dive into the controversial role of the Roman Catholic Church and its relationship to the events of the Holocaust. The speakers will present on the heated debate about the role of Pope Pius XII, examine the role of Catholic anti-Semitism, inaction by many Church leaders, and actions taken by those resisting the Nazis. By contrast speakers will share the courageous stories of individual Catholics who resisted, such as Bernhard Litchenberg.

The final sessions will focus on the changing nature of the Catholic Church vis a vis the Jewish people, with the aim of understanding efforts to improve Jewish-Catholic relations and understanding, providing attendees with a message of hope that antisemitism can be defeated.

Additional information and the full schedule online: https://www.plu.edu/holocaustconference/

Executive Leadership Lecture Series

Washington State Investment Board
Theresa J. Whitmarsh
Executive Director

Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 6-7:00 pm
Rieke Science Center, Leraas Hall

Theresa J. Whitmarsh is Executive Director of the Washington State Investment Board, one of the United Sates’ leading institutional investors, managing nearly $116.5 billion of state pension, insurance, and other assets. The WSIB is a leader in private asset investing, with private equity, real estate, and tangible assets comprising 43 percent of its retirement portfolio. Theresa joined the WSIB in 2003 with 20 years experience in business, government, and media. She has a Master of business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University and a Bachelor of arts degree in English Literature from Seattle Pacific University.

Theresa currently serves as Chair of the Council of Institutional Investors and she is immediate past Chair of the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute and a past director of the International Centre for Pension Management. she also Serves on the FCLT Global Board, the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance Advisory Board, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Long Term Investing, and the ABP Investment Committee.

Presented by Pacific Lutheran University School of Business and Pyramid Staging and Events. View the full series and find more information online: https://www.plu.edu/busa/executive-leadership-series/

12th Annual David and Marilyn Knutsen Lecture

“The Oppressed Luther – His Biblical Critique of Capitalism”
Dr. Ulrich Duchrow, Professor of Theology
University of Heidelberg

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Lagerquist Concert Hall, Mary Baker Russell Building

The PLU Religion Department welcomes you to the 12th Annual David and Marilyn Knutsen lecture at 7:30 pm Tuesday, November 7 in Lagerquist Concert Hall in the Mary Baker Russell Building. To honor the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, this year’s lecture will be given by DR. Ulrich Duchrow, Professor of Theology at the University of Heidelberg and the leader of the international Radicalizing Reformation Project. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information: https://www.plu.edu/religion/knutson-lecture/