LJWL EVENTS

FEATURED UPCOMING EVENTS

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 DriftwoodDepartment 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 AmericaRaising 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: 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 HouseIn 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. (More about Momaday.)

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FEATURED ONGOING EVENTS

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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! 

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.

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Group Photo at Zeta

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Journalism Students at Zeta
Journalism Students at Zeta

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Outside of Zeta

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Group Photo at Zeta

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GUEST LECTURE, Jason De León

October 27, 2022 - 3PM - Fermanian

 

LECTURE RECORDING

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." 

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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.

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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.

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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.

Click here to watch.

Click here for more info about Driftwood.

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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

 

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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

 

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"Examining Blackness in Mexico": Talk and Q&A with Ebony Bailey

 

6:00PM, ONLINE

Click here to watch the recording from this event.

Passcode: ?%rgt3Nb  

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POETRY ON POINT

ONLINE

A celebration of poetry at PLNU, featuring works by current and retired faculty from across disciplines.

CLICK HERE FOR POETRY ON POINT

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