Luther professor emeritus Dave Roslien will give a lecture titled "Make America Great Again– Bring Back the Buffalo" at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 11, in the Mott Room of the Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther campus.
Roslien's lecture focuses on the American Bison, an iconic American species that the U.S. Congress designated as the national mammal of the United States in 2016. It was one of a few bipartisan bills to pass both the Senate and House. Roslien describes his interest in bison as his academic hobby for over 50 years, saying that it is the perfect species to study if one is interested in the liberal arts. The study of bison can be approached via literature, art, politics, economics, anthropology, religion, geography, history, biology and almost any other discipline.
The bison as a species has never been far from controversy over the last 200 years. Roslien's colloquia will give a quick overview of bison past, present and future, an account of one of the most abundant mammal species on earth, taken to very near extinction by the hand of man. Roslien will include a story of Luther connections to the bison herd at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota.
Roslien has emeritus status at Luther both in the biology department, where he taught from 1965 to 1980, and as an administrator, from 1980 to 2000. In addition, he served as Luther's interim president from 1995 to 1996. Roslien headed the development department at the time the college received a $6.05 million gift from the Olin Foundation that resulted in a valued campus building.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.