Seattle Pacific University and the Faculty Life Office are pleased to present the 21st annual Day of Common Learning with Lo Alaman: Jan. 25, 2023.

Our world is filled with hurt and injustice, and many are singing a hymn of mourning. Yet the world is calling for justice and unity. How are believers called to respond?

This year’s speaker, Loren “Lo” Alaman, uses poetry and stories to share his lament about racial tensions in the Black community and elsewhere. As he writes in his book, We Sang a Dirge, “Biblical lament stems from hope that God has more in mind for His people than the brokenness that they find themselves in.”

In this 2023 Day of Common Learning, come to explore and consider ways “Art and Atonement” can help heal brokenness in this world.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Lo AlamanLo Alaman. Artist. Speaker. Minister.

Loren “Lo” Alaman, who’s also known as Lo The Poet, is the author of We Sang a Dirge: Poems, Laments, and Other Things That Matter to God. He is a nationally known spoken-word artist, author, speaker, and minister. He’ll also tell you that while he's an L.A. Lakers fan most days of the week, there is not a day that he doesn’t consider himself a husband and father, and son of the Most High God.

Whether preaching, spitting poetry, or just chilling with new friends, Lo seeks to create moments to minister the love of Jesus Christ in every space he enters. Lo lives in Texas with his wife and their two young children.

DOCL 2023 Schedule

Keynote Address

“Missing Piece of the Masterpiece: Finding Ourselves in the Atoning Work of God”
Lo Alaman

Time: 10–11 a.m.
Location: Royal Brougham Pavilion

 Afternoon Sessions

Time: 1–1:50 p.m. and 2–2:50 p.m.
Various locations

Open Mic Night With Lo The Poet

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Upper Gwinn

SPU students are invited to join Lo The Poet in an evening of spoken-word art and expression.

About the Day of Common Learning

Now in its 21st year, the Day of Common Learning at Seattle Pacific University is a campus-wide event in which students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to engage in deep thought and conversation around a topic of interest and concern. To enable the community to gather, all classes before 3 p.m. are canceled and offices are closed during the keynote address. 

All DOCL 2023 events are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. Classes scheduled from 3 p.m. onward are held as usual.


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Wednesday, January 25th
10:00 AM

Missing Piece of the Masterpiece: Finding Ourselves in the Atoning Work of God

Lo Alaman

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

1:00 PM

August Wilson’s 20th-century slave narrative: Another side of truth and justice

William Purcell, Seattle Pacific University

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Emplacement: Art exhibition by artist Maria Fee in the SPAC Gallery at the SPU Art Center

Zack Bent, Seattle Pacific University

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Framing Atrocity: Artists (re)present lynching

Jennifer McFarlane Harris, Seattle Pacific University

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Justice for Mrs. Packard: Asylums, religion, and gender in 19th century Illinois

Andrew Ryder, Seattle Pacific University

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Looking death right in the face

Katie Kresser, Seattle Pacific University

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Our stories connect us, our stories heal us: Sharing and connecting stories through Playback Theatre

Hee-Sun Cheon, Seattle Pacific University
Debe Edden, Heartsparkle Playback Theatre

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM