Professor of English David Faldet’s recent book, Oneota Flow (U of Iowa Press), was chosen as the summer reading for Luther’s first-year class this fall, so David had the thrill of giving the opening convocation lecture to an audience who had read his book. In Oneota Flow David folds his local roots and stories into a natural-cultural history of Decorah’s Upper Iowa River and the Driftless region of Northeast Iowa.
David’s interests in ecology make him an invaluable link between Luther’s English department and its Environmental Studies program, and his project as Jones Distinguished Professor was to lead the faculty to explore the major questions and texts of that field. A Luther grad and a Ph.D. from Iowa in nineteenth-century British literature, David teaches Victorian literature as well as rhetoric. David’s fine talent as a visual artist combines with his literary scholarship in his work on the poet and designer William Morris.