Des Moines Area Luncheon and Speaker Series

The Des Moines Area Luncheon and Speaker Series is open to all alumni, parents, and friends of the college. Please join us for this great opportunity to network and socialize with others in the Des Moines area and learn from interesting and dynamic speakers.

Friday, September 11, 2015

President Paula J. Carlson, Speaker

A scholar of medieval literature and modern American literature, Carlson was formerly vice president and liaison to the St. Olaf Board of Regents and, at the University of Dubuque in Iowa, director of the Wendt Center for Character Education and associate dean for academic affairs. Carlson brings to Luther great depth in academic leadership skills and experience. A 1976 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Olaf, she holds a Master of Arts degree, a Master of Philosophy degree, and a doctorate in English and comparative literature from Columbia University.

Her teaching experience ranges from first-year college writing classes to graduate seminars at St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Ind.; Yale University; the University of Wisconsin–Platteville; and the University of Dubuque. Carlson specialized in 14th-century English poetry and contemporary American prose, focusing on religious themes, characters, questions and issues. With Peter S. Hawkins, she is the contributing editor of the series "Listening for God: Contemporary Literature and the Life of Faith," published by Augsburg Fortress Press.

Carlson grew up in St. Paul, Minn., and New York, where she attended Hunter College High School. Her husband, the Rev. Dr. Thomas Schattauer, is a professor of liturgics and dean of the Chapel at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque. They have two children, Peter and Anna.

As Luther’s 10th president, Carlson follows Richard L. Torgerson (1999-2013), Jeffrey D. Baker (1996-99), H. George Anderson (1982-95), Elwin D. Farwell (1963-81), J.W. Ylvisaker (1948-62), Ove J.H. Preus (1932-48), Oscar L. Olson (1921-32), Christian Keyser Preus (1902-21), and Peter Laurentius (Laur.) Larsen (1861-1902).

Event Information

11:00 a.m. Registration
11:30 a.m. Buffet luncheon begins
12:00 p.m. Program
1:00 p.m. Event ends

$15.00 per person. Please register online.

Windsor Heights Community Center
6900 School Street, Colby Park
Windsor Heights, Iowa
515-645-6821

The dates for the academic year 20152016 are:

Friday, September 11, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
Friday, February 12, 2016
Friday, April 15, 2016

Planning Committee:
Eric Carlson '89, Shannon (Miller) Duval '95, Kris Gregersen '82, Jerry Jaeger '09, Cara Kennedy-Ode '94, John Kenworthy '88, Suzanne (Roverud) Mineck '96, Becky (Linnevold) Shaw, '71, Anjie Shutts '93

Paula J. Carlson