Lifelong Learning Lectures

The Lifelong Learning Initiative is a program at Pacific University Oregon designed to offer further learning opportunities for Alumni. Each video is a lecture and interview with Professors at Pacific's main campus. If you have any suggestions as far as content or professors you would like to see please visit

Past Lectures:

Modeling Chemistry: From One To One Thousand Molecules

Dr. Kevin Johnson

Chemistry Department

October 2011


Matroids and Sabbatical

Dr. Nancy Ann Neudauer

Mathematics and Computer Science

This video presents Dr. Nancy Neudauer’s talk, “Matroids You Have Known: Bringing Matroids to a Wider Audience.” Dr. Neudauer explains both matroids and the extensive process of research which enabled her to work on her sabbatical leave with internationally renowned mathematicians in countries from Canada to Austria. She discusses the importance of this emerging field, and related work which she has done with advanced Pacific University students. Dr. Neudauer has been selected as a Berglund Faculty Research Fellow for her work as well.

Frying Fancy Fish: Why Truman Capote Sauteed the Jet Set in His Book Answered Prayers

Dr. Todd Schultz


Dr. Todd Schultz, Professor of Psychology, presents “Frying Fancy Fish: Why Truman Capote Sauteed the Jet Set in His Book Answered Prayers.” Todd edits a very interesting series of books at Oxford University Press in which noted scholars present psychological portraits of famous figures. Todd discusses both the series and his own most recent book. This deals with the author Truman Capote, with particular reference to Capote’s most famous book, In Cold Blood, and with Capote’s mysterious unfinished work in which he reportedly roasted many of his famous friends. Todd interviewed both friends and enemies of Capote for this very interesting study.

"Where Did They Go?" and "Who Are We Now?"

Dr. Juliet Brosing


Dr. Juliet Brosing discusses her work encouraging young women to pursue science. Pacific recently received a National Science Foundation grant of more than $500,000 to further this goal. Dr. Brosing explains, in her usual inimitable and dynamic fashion, the success of earlier similar programs at Pacific on the basis of extensive data she gathered from earlier participants, now fully engaged in their fields. If you want to know how a student in a science camp became an elephant trainer, start with this video!