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2015 SOAC Focus Series on Perspective – ‘connections that draw meaning’

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February 3, 2015

February kicks off the 2015 SOAC Focus Series in the School of Arts and Communication. Each year, the series brings together SOAC’s talented students and faculty to examine a chosen theme through a multi-disciplinary approach. This year, our community will gather together to explore perspective—the connection of people, disciplines, and the ideas that draw meaning to our worldview. Events take a look at this idea through music, art, theatre, and communication. Read below to view the events in this year’s series.

National Print Exhibition: Vantage Points

Wednesday, February 11, at 5pm
University Gallery, Ingram Hall, Free

Visual art communicates the perspective of its maker in an immediate and direct way; but it also reveals to viewers truths about themselves through their consideration and interpretation of the work of art. The University Gallery’s National Print Exhibition provides the PLU community with a chance to see the world from many different vantage points. Featuring printwork from all over the United States, the exhibition surveys the remarkable range of mark making and imagery of some of the finest printmakers in the country.

Debussy’s 'The Prodigal Son'

Friday, March 6, at 8pm
Lagerquist Concert Hall, Mary Baker Russell Music Center

$8 GA, $5 Senior Citizens (55+) and Alumni, FREE Students, PLU Community and 18 and under

PLU’s Regency Voices ensemble presents two musical realizations from Debussy and Sullivan of the iconic story of the Prodigal Son. The idea of perspective is explored through two compositional voices of 20th century masters and the Prodigal’s humility in his return. Performed with Choir of the West.

Visibility and Empathy

Monday, April 6, at 6pm
Studio Theater, Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Free

This panel explores the nature of conflict, communication and the arts. When individuals, groups, and communities clash, there is a sense that one’s perspective is not being heard and seen. The work of conflict practitioners is to create and facilitate processes that allow each group to see the other. The process of making others visible and of helping participants take perspective can involve an array of expression – storytelling, playwriting and production, artistic exploration, bodywork and more. This panel will bring together conflict, community and peace practitioners who use a variety of expressive forms to connect participants working to manage conflict, build community and even create peace. Presented by Associate Professor of Communication Amanda Feller.

Into the Woods

Friday, May 8, 7:30pm
Jeff Clapp, Director • James Lapine, Book • Stephen Sondheim, Music and Lyrics
Eastvold Auditorium, Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
$8 GA, $5 Senior Citizens (55+) and Alumni, $3 Students, PLU Community and 18 and under

What happens after you receive everything you wished for? And what does “happy ever after” really mean? Into the Woods looks at Grimm’s Fairy Tales from a new perspective. A wish granted does not necessarily lead to emotional fulfillment; it often leads to a new responsibility that may be harder than for what was wished.

Lincoln, Douglas, and Slavery: In the Crucible of Public Debate

Thursday, May 14, at 6pm
Studio Theater, Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Free

The capacity to master multiple perspectives is a central tenet of contemporary forensics pedagogy. It also offers a perspective to take on a famous encounter: the 1858 debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. One of the foremost scholars on Lincoln, Professor Emeritus at Northwestern, Dr. David Zarefskey, brings his expertise to Pacific Lutheran University this spring. He will discuss Lincoln’s argumentative strategies to convert public sentiment on the complicated issue of slavery. Presented by PLU Speech and Debate.