Brad Miller, Luther College professor of computer science

Data Science approved as newest major at Luther College

Touted as the "sexiest job of the 21st century" by Harvard Business Review, the Luther College Board of Regents unanimously approved data science as the newest major in the college's curriculum. Data science, the study of how to extract meaning from data, is an emerging area of work concerned with the collection, preparation, analysis, visualization, management and preservation of large collections of data and the information it provides.

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Philip Freeman and his newest book, "How to Grow Old"

'How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life'

People often worry that old age inevitably means losing their health, their libido and possibly their mental capacity. Marcus Tullius Cicero would beg to differ, and thanks to Luther College Professor Philip Freeman's new translation, "How to Grow Old: Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life," the rest of us can read Cicero's advice.

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Scott Hurley

'Corporal Wisdom, Embodied Compassion'

Whether it occurs on a microscopic cellular level or in widespread social structure, change is a necessity for the survival of all organisms. On the other hand, the stagnation of one being can lead to the downfall of many more. Scott Hurley, Luther College associate professor of religion, will discuss how classical Chinese cosmology links the health of individuals, the state and the cosmos, to the ability of each level to change and adapt at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus.

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Luther Professors Deb Norland and Michael Engelhardt

'Displacement, Fear and Hope: The Impermanence of Place for Syrian Refugees'

For decades, Syria was a stable, though repressive, Middle Eastern dictatorship, much like many other states in the region. In 2010, stability gave way to a civil war, which triggered a massive outflow of refugees. Michael Engelhardt, Luther College professor of political science, and Deborah Norland, Luther College professor of education, will discuss the flight of Syrian refugees from their homeland at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus.

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Jessica Paul

Faculty and students present final SONG JAM April 4

Bringing a close to nine years of unique performances, the final SONG JAM, part of a performance series devoted to art song by women composers, will take place at 5:15 p.m. Monday, April 4, in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus. This performance, open to the public with no charge for admission, features pieces by composers Cécile Chaminade, Nadia Boulanger, Pauline Viardot-Garcia, Lita Grier, Judith Cloud, Mary Howe and Madeleine Dring.

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Kate Harding, author of bestselling "Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It"

'Asking For It'

Kate Harding, author of bestseller "Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture-and What We Can Do About It," will give a lecture of the same name at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther College campus. In addition, Harding will hold a discussion at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 at Luther's Women and Gender Equality Center, 405 High St. Both events are open to the public with no charge for admission.

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