Jolita Hylland Benson Education Lecture

Dale and Jolita Benson both attended PLU and graduated in 1963. Dale earned a BA in history and then a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Maine. He has had a long and successful career in the financial industry. He is a member of the university’s Board of Regents.

Jolita graduated from the School of Education and has dedicated her life to educating children. She has lived out her passion each day as a teacher, mother and dedicated volunteer.

Throughout her career Jolita exhibited unique gifts for recognizing the needs of children and providing them the support and positive regard that allowed them to flourish. 

The Jolita Hylland Benson Education Lecture seeks to encourage the thoughtful exploration of education in its various capacities and different ways education can and should be accessible to all.


7:00-8:00 p.m. | April 15, 2024

The Beautiful Mind: A Journey from Thought to Page

Tami Charles is an award winning and New York Times bestselling author of children’s, middle grade, and young adult books. Before turning to full time writing, Tami was a teacher and a member of an R&B singing group.

Tami’s latest picture book biography, Ketanji Brown Jackson: A Justice for All, celebrates the life and work of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and honors those who shaped her path. You can learn more about Tami at her website.

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