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What Disney Gets Wrong About Its Princesses and Heroines

How far has Disney come from its early days of promoting traditional and limiting gender roles? This is an especially potent question today at...
Kaena Kekoa As Jasmine in Disney's Aladdin

“A Whole New World” for Kaena Kekoa

A year after graduating PLNU, Kaena Kekoa (18) made her professional theater debut as Jasmine in Disney’s Broadway production of “Aladdin”.
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TEDx at PLNU

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share...
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Musical Performances | PLNU Concert Choir

Watch the PLNU Concert Choir perform Wene Wedwa, a traditional Zulu song that translates to "You Alone." Arranged by Daniel Jackson and filmed on the beautiful campus of PLNU.
Two couch chairs for the Writer's Symposium sit outside on a cliff edge.

Writing that Liberates: 2020 Writer’s Symposium By The Sea

Here’s what a colleague just asked me: “Has the Writer’s Symposium ever had a literary giant as big as Alice Walker?" It was a question that gave me pause, and it was great fun trying to think of an answer.
PLNU student leaving the cliffs.

Combo Swell

Read about the historic sunset cliffs located at the edge of PLNU and the surfers who shaped the culture around this community.
Jessica Bird

Wearing Masks in Order to Remove Them: Healing Through Show Business

In a theatre course on Laban movement techniques at PLNU, Jessica Bird (09) was asked to create a series of assignments based off of...

Faith and Hip-Hop: Lindsey Lupo’s Journey to Social Justice through Music

For Lindsey Lupo, growing up in the golden age of hip-hop meant a view into the power behind lyrics, stories, and speaking up about injustice – a perspective she now brings to her students at PLNU.

Writing that Imagines: 2019 Writer’s Symposium By The Sea

The Writer’s Symposium By The Sea brings in top novelists, essayists, poets, journalists, songwriters, screenwriters and others each year to interact with our students...
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Caring More About Less | MAEK Ceramics

Alumni Ryan (17) and Michaela Shoemaker (16, MBA 17) talk about the life, business, and spiritual lessons they are learning as owners of handmade...

Making a Musical: A Glimpse Into the Life of Hamilton Resident...

{ SCENE 1 } Morning light breaks. Before getting ready for the day, Hannah Ryan (08) makes her way to her computer, where she edits...

Music & Grit: How Music-Making Makes Us Tougher, Smarter, Braver, and...

It’s ancient, cross-cultural, universal. It’s present in our celebrations, our mournings, our worship. We speak it, make it, hear it, feel...