FEATURED UPCOMING EVENTS
HOSTILE TERRAIN 94 EXHIBIT
January 17 - February 18, Keller Art Gallery
Join us for the opening reception and month-long display of the Hostile Terrain 94 installation project. The opening reception will be on Tuesday, January 17 from 5 PM - 7 PM, and the exhibit will be open M - F from 9 AM - 4:30 PM until Saturday, February 18.
January 27, 9:45AM, The Greek
Join us for our first LJWLes department-wide chapel of the spring semester! Donut holes and orange juice will be provided.
FILM SCREENING: CLEAN SLATE
February 9, 6:30PM, Crill Performance Hall
The Department of Communication Studies in partnership with Writer's Symposium by the Sea will host a screening of Clean Slate, a documentary directed and produced by PLNU alum Jared Callahan, on February 9 at 6:30pm in Crill Performance Hall. The film screening will be open to the PLNU community and guests. Callahan will also be the featured guest director/producer as part of PLNU’s Student Short Film Festival on February 20.
2023 - 28th Annual Writer's Symposium by the Sea
WRITING THAT CELEBRATES
Join us this February 2023 for our 28th Annual Writer's Symposium by the Sea. Our featured Pulitzer Prize winning authors include Anthony Doerr, William Finnegan, Maria Hinojosa, and N. Scott Momaday. Tickets are on sale now! Click the links below to learn more.
MON, FEB 20: Driftwood Short Film Festival (FREE event)
PLNU's Student Short Film Festival is an annual event featuring the winning films submitted to Driftwood's contest. The 2023 Festival will also feature work from director/producer Jared Callahan, followed by discussion with the filmmakers.
Festival hosted in partnership with Driftwood, Department of Communication Studies, and Department of Literature, Journalism, Writing, and Languages.
TUES, FEB 21: Anthony Doerr
ANTHONY DOERR is the author of All the Light We Cannot See, which was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and Cloud Cuckoo Land, which was a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award and is currently a finalist for Novel of the Year in the British Book Awards. (More about Doerr.)
WED, FEB 22: William Finnegan
WILLIAM FINNEGAN is an award-winning reporter, a staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of five books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Barbarian Days, a memoir about his lifelong passion for surfing. (More about Finnegan.)
THURS, FEB 23: Maria Hinojosa
MARIA HINOJOSA has written three books: Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America; Raising Raul: Adventures Raising Myself and My Son; and Crews: Gang Members Talk with Maria Hinojosa. Hinojosa is the founder of Futuro media group, anchor of the Emmy Award winning talk show from WGBH Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One, and has reported for PBS, CBS, WNBC, CNN, and NPR. (More about Hinojosa.)
FRI, FEB 24: *Recorded Interview* - N. Scott Momaday
N. SCOTT MOMADAY received a Pulitzer Prize for his first novel, House Made of Dawn. His books include The Way to Rainy Mountain, In the Bear's House, In the Presence of the Sun: Stories and Poems, 1961-1991, and The Gourd Dancer. He is author of several other novels, prose collections, the children's book Circle of Wonder, and the play The Indolent Boys. He is also the editor of various anthologies and collections centered on his Kiowa heritage.
March 17, 9:45AM, The Greek
Join us for our LJWLes advising chapel for the spring semester! Donut holes and orange juice will be provided.
BOOK READING WITH DR. EDDIE MATTHEWS
April 13, 6PM, Colt Forum
Join LJWL's Dr. Eddie Matthews for a reading from his debut novel, Border Memories (Watermark Press, 2022). The event will also feature an interview portion conducted by Dean Nelson. Book signing to follow.
POETRY & JAZZ BOOK LAUNCH
April 20, 3PM, Cooper Parlour
Join us to celebrate Dr. Katie Manning's brand new book, Hereverent, with drinks, dessert, music, and poetry! The event will feature special guest Brenda Martin on piano.
SPANISH RESEARCH CONFERENCE
April 20, 6PM, Fermanian Conference Center
Join us for the 2023 Spanish Research Conference! The event will feature capstone presentations en español from our Spanish seniors, Caroline McClaskey and Beverly Topete, and more.
LJWL SENIOR BRUNCH
April 22, 10:30AM, PLNU Alumni Lawn
Congratulations to the Class of 2023! We want to celebrate you. Join us for the LJWL Senior Brunch on Saturday, April 22 at the Alumni Lawn for a memorable event. PLNU students and invited guests are welcome too! Please fill out this form HERE so that we can plan more details. More info to come!
FEATURED ONGOING EVENTS
WRITERS GONNA WRITE
Last Saturday of every month
Join Dr. Katie Manning, LJWL students, alumni, and faculty for a time to write in community.
These casual, drop-in style events take place the last Saturday of each month from 9am-12pm PST.
Contact us for the Zoom link!
DRIFTWOOD CREATIVE ARTS SERIES
February 8, March 29, & April 19
Join the Driftwood for an open mic session from 4:30-5:30pm in the ARC on the dates above! All are welcome! Come enjoy some original student work—and a free donut!
WRITING CENTER WORKSHOPS
Bresee Computer Lab, Ryan Library
Join the Writing Center for various workshops throughout the semester! All of the workshops will be held in Bresee Computer Lab in Ryan Library. Check below for the full list of dates, times, and topics.
Monday, Feb 15 (4-5pm): How to Read a Scholarly Article
Wednesday, Mar 1 (7-8pm): MLA Documentation
Wednesday, Mar 22 (6-7pm): Thesis Statements
Thursday, Apr 13 (4-5pm): Organizing Your Writing
Thursday, Apr 27 (4:30-5:30pm): Proofreading Your Writing
FEATURED PREVIOUS EVENTS
May 2022 Trip: ZETA
Check out these pictures from the combined JRN4040 and Spanish trip to Tijuana to visit Zeta Magazine on May 2, 2022!
LJWL's Katie Morris also published an article in PLNU's the Viewpoint about the trip to Zeta. You can read the story here.
GUEST LECTURE, Jason De León
October 27, 2022 - 3PM - Fermanian
Dr. Jason De León is a professor of anthropology and Chicano/a Studies at UCLA, a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award, and the executive director of the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP). His current installation project is Hostile Terrain 94, which PLNU has been completing in collaboration with the UMP. His lecture is titled "The Land of Open Graves: Visualizing Migrant Death Along the U.S./Mexico Border."
ANTI-RACIST FILM SERIES #2, Negra
(Oct-8-15) Stream the film Password: negraPointLoma
INTERVIEW WITH MEDHIN TEWOLDE SERRANO
October 14, 2021, 6PM PST, On Zoom
Negra, presented at more than 25 Film Festivals internationally, has won several awards including the Best Mexican Documentary at the International Film Festival in Monterrey, Mexico. The documentary narrates the Director’s exploration, along with five other Afro descendant women’s search for what it means to inhabit the body of a Black woman in Mexico. It weaves the stories of five women in southern Mexico, and their experience with racism. It traces their process of resistance and self-acceptance, as well as the strategies they build to transcend stereotypes and finally, the celebration of their identity.
This event will provide a streaming link to view the film (prior to the interview) and an interview with the director of Negra, Medhin Tewolde Serrano.
ANTI-RACIST FILM DISCUSSION
Five Years North
Streaming thru Oct 1, 2021
Click here to stream the film (Password: PLNU)
View the online discussion from Sept 30, 2021
Five Years North is the coming-of-age story of Luis, an undocumented Guatemalan boy who just arrived alone in New York City. He struggles to work, study, and evade Judy - the Cuban-American ICE officer patrolling his neighborhood. The film is intimate and observational — following Luis, Judy, and Luis’ family back in Guatemala for more than three years to provide a fresh and valuable entry point to understanding America’s immigration system and its human cost on all sides.
DRIFTWOOD STUDENT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Watch the winners of the Driftwood Student Short Film Contest, followed by interviews with their directors and Dr. James Wicks.
This event is hosted by Driftwood, Dept. of LJWL and Dept. of Communication Studies.
This event was part of the 2021 Writer's Symposium by the Sea.
2021 WRITER'S SYMPOSIUM BY THE SEA
(Click links below to watch events online)
Driftwood Student Short Film Festival. Moderated by James Wicks.
Theology Writing Discussion with Brad Kelle, Michael Lodahl, & Montague Williams. Moderated by Rebecca Laird.
Poetry Workshop with Katie Manning & Margarita Pintado Burgos
Interview with Katie Manning & Margarita Pintado Burgos by Dean Nelson
Academic Writing Panels (Moderaded by Hadley Wood):
PANEL 1: Alain Lescart, Max Butterfield, Bettina Tate Pedersen, Kara Lyons-Pardue, and Karl Martin.
PANEL 2: Stephanie Smith Matthews, David Cummings, Carol Blessing, and Linda Beail.
Interview with Dean Nelson by Stephen Goforth
LJWL CREATIVE WRITING CELEBRATION
Original creative writing from PLNU alumni, current students, and faculty.
Hosted by Dr. Katie Manning
Click here to watch the 2021 Creative Writing Celebration
"Examining Blackness in Mexico": Talk and Q&A with Ebony Bailey
Click here to watch the recording from this event.
POETRY ON POINT
A celebration of poetry at PLNU, featuring works by current and retired faculty from across disciplines.
GUEST LECTURE: CHRISTIAN Y. BERMÚDEZ
January 26, 3PM, Fermanian Conference Center
Join us for our first Spring 2023 lecture as part of the LJWL Committed to Diverse Perspectives. Christian Y. Bermúdez, PhD (UCLA) will present "México Negro Identities across the US-Mexico Border: The Problem of the Color Line in 20th and 21st Century Mexican Literature and Culture." The lecture will be on Thursday, January 26 at 3pm at Fermanian Conference Center.