David McCulloch will present “Cycling the Himalayas”

Through an inspiring series of photographs, McCulloch will introduce us to his cycling adventures with Jon Muellner. Born in northern India, in the foothills of the Himalayas, McCulloch had the opportunity to see the landscapes he traveled and the people he met from the perspective not only of adventure but also return, as he reconnected with this distant home. Cycling provided the pace necessary for thoughtful recollections, as well as intense physical experiences and close observations. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 12:30pm
Little Theater

Jennifer Galvin and Emma Jones will introduce The Memory of Fish

Join us for an engaging dialogue with Galvin and Jones, who co-produced this extraordinary film, which follows retired millworker-turned-activist Dick Goin in his tireless quest for the Elwha River to run free once again. Dr. Galvin is the founding director of reelblue, an independent film company. As a scientist, educator, and entrepreneur, Galvin uses her background in public health and environmental science to inform her work as a filmmaker. Jones, who served as the archival researcher and co-producer, is the student navigator for the Advanced Manufacturing Program at Peninsula College. The Memory of Fish will be screened April 7, at 7pm, in Maier Hall, through the Magic of Cinema program. 

John Midgely photo credit

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 12:30pm
Little Theater

Jennifer Santry will present “Service Learning:  Fostering a Culture of Civic Engagement, Solidarity, and Empathy”

Santry will be joined by a panel of students who will share short presentations focused on their service learning (SL) projects here at PC. Santry is a faculty member and has coordinated service learning through her continued efforts to create connections and opportunities that address social and environmental concerns in our community. In addition, Santry designed and implemented the Sustainable Agriculture certificate program at Peninsula College.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 12:30pm
Little Theater

Prequel to the Writer in Residence, Alice Derry

English faculty members Dr. Helen Lovejoy, Dr. Janet Lucas, and Dr. Matt Teorey will present an introduction to the work of poet Alice Derry in preparation for her residency here at Peninsula College, April 25-27.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:30pm
Little Theater

Alice Derry, Peninsula College Writer in Residence, will present “Let Poetry Delight You: An Exploration of Poems by Contemporary Women Poets.” 

Derry’s poetry collection Strangers to Their Courage was a finalist for the Washington Book Award in 2002, and her first collection, Stages of Twilight, was selected by Raymond Carver as the recipient of the King County Arts Commission Award. After thirty-seven years teaching writing and literature, and more than twenty-five years co-directing the Foothills Writers Series, she retired from Peninsula College. With generous contributions from Gunnar and Frances Fagerlund, Derry founded The Peninsula College Writer in Residence Program. It is an honor and a pleasure to welcome her to the stage as our Writer in Residence for 2017.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:00pm
Little Theater

Celebrating the First Amendment with Rich Riski and Students of Journalism 

Journalism students from the award-winning Buccaneer staff will share their experiences attending a conference in New York City, where they focused on the First Amendment and its importance to all our lives.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 12:30pm
Little Theater

Experience “trompe l’oeil with a twist” as the PUB Gallery of Art at Peninsula College presents “Crafty Obejcts,” a solo exhibition by Artist in Residence, Shalene Valenzuela, April 4 through May 11.

Valenzuela was born in Santa Barbara, CA, and received a BA in Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Ceramics from California College of Arts and Crafts. She has participated in artist residencies at the Clay Studio of Missoula, the Archie Bray Foundation, and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. She has taught at Flathead Valley Community College, University of Montana, Oregon College of Art and Craft, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula Art Museum, Richmond Art Center, ASUC Studios at UC Berkeley, and CCA Extended Education.

“My ceramic sculptures reflect upon a variety of issues with a thoughtful, yet humorous and ironic tone,” she said. “My narratives explore topics ranging from fairytales, urban mythologies, consumer culture, societal expectations, etiquette, and coming-of-age issues.

Valenzuela has been a guest artist and speaker at a number of art centers, colleges, and universities. Her work has been featured in several group and solo exhibitions nationally and is included in numerous private collections. She was the recipient of the Jessie Wilber and Frances Senska Individual Artist’s Innovation Award from the Montana Arts Council in 2013, and is the executive director at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

“Exploring issues focusing on women is important to me for many reasons,” Valenzuela said. “My investigations speak to a greater issue of how women in general perceive themselves and are seen in society, historically and today.”  Her exploration of these issues addressing self-perception and expectations reach beyond purely feminist concerns. Rather, it’s a question of how all people strive to attain impossible ideals based on what others define (they) should be, the artist said.

“My work is a form of trompe l’oeil with a twist,” Valenzuela said. “In using clay to reinvent everyday objects, I play with the notion that things are not what they initially seem to be. The object being referenced remains recognizable while the illustrations are imperative in creating the narratives that create various dialogues and statements within and about the physical object.”

A Studium Generale presentation at 12:30 pm and artist reception at 1:30 pm on May 11 in the Little Theater at PC will round out her solo exhibition. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Michael Paul Miller at .

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 12:30pm
Little Theater

Each May, Port Angeles is the gathering place for one of the nation’s leading transgender conferences. A panel of participants will introduce themselves and the conference and provide opportunities for learning more about Esprit.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:30pm
Little Theater

Tod Marshall, Poet Laureate of Washington State

Dr. Marshall coordinates the visiting writers’ series at Gonzaga University, where he is the Robert K. and Ann J. Powers Endowed Professor in the Humanities. Marshall’s visit coincides perfectly with the birthday of internationally-renowned writer Raymond Carver, and he will join poet Tess Gallagher and others in a celebration of Pie and Poetry, as is traditional here in Port Angeles on Carver’s birthday. This event is co-sponsored with the Foothills Writers Series.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 12:30pm
Little Theater

Poet Charlotte Gould Warren 

Warren will read from her new collection of poetry, Dangerous Bodies, published by the Stephen F. Austin College University Press in Texas. SFA Press also published her memoir, Jumna:  Sacred River, which chronicles her childhood in India during its fight for independence from Great Britain in 1947, and her coming of age in the United States. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 12:30pm
Little Theater

Kylee Butler, Makah weaver, and Students from Humanities Courses will present their work in Celebration of Student Arts Week

Butler has been working on a service learning project in coordination with the “House of Learning,”  ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ  , PC Longhouse. Her presentation will include a focus on her own weaving as well as a discussion of the workshops she has offered for students and the greater community. Students from humanities classes including Spanish, drama, English literature, and film will also present their work in this unique celebration of student success in the arts and humanities.


Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 12:00pm