Seminars add LIFE for retirees

Learning is ForEver (LIFE), a Pacific Lutheran University-affiliated program that offers educational seminars for active retirees, has announced it slate of spring classes that will begin in April and continue into June.

The classes are held at PLU locations for a fee of $15 per person, payable at the door. In addition to its relationship with the university, the program is affiliated with Road Scholar’s Lifelong Learning Network in the U.S. and Canada.

The upcoming lectures include:

  • April 25, “Marbled Murrelet Malaise,” by author Maria Mudd Ruth, on the odd habits of a reclusive sea bird, 10:30 a.m.-12:30, Garfield Book Company.
  • April 26, “Robotics in Surgery:  Past, Present, and Future,” by Dr. Karen Nelson, 9-11 a.m. at Morken Center 103.
  • May 10, “The Economy of Renaissance Europe,” by Michael Halvorson,a PLU history professor, author and speaker, 10:30 a.m. at Garfield Book Company.
  • May 25, “Printmaking and Picasso’s Innovations,” by University of Puget Sound faculty member Janet Marcavage, 10:30 a.m. at Morken Center 103.
  • June 1, “From the Congo to the Arctic: New Adventures with Becci Crowe,” artist and wildlife conservationist, 10:30 a.m. at Garfield Book Company.
  • June 9, “African Penguins on Robben Island,” by Charles Bergman, PLU English professor, writer and photographer. 10:30 a.m. at Garfield Book Company.

Additional information is available at and from program coordinator Laura Stewart at 253-241-4166 and

LIFE, affiliated with PLU since 2005, is a non-profit organization that advocates lifelong learning. Participants and members help set the curriculum.