Luther named Fulbright U.S. Student Top Producer

Luther College named top producer of U.S. Fulbright students

Luther has been named among the top schools in the United States for number of students granted a Fulbright award. The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. students and the list was highlighted in the "The Chronicle of Higher Education." The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program.

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Taylor Brorby, environmentalist, activist and writer

'Drill, Baby, Drill: The North Dakota Oil Boom and Iowa's Future'

Taylor Brorby has a unique perspective on the fracking industry in North Dakota. He has studied how it has created boom towns and boom industries, and all of the unique and unforeseen challenges that follow. There is no other place in contemporary America where one can witness this process at the rate and intensity as it has occurred in North Dakota. Brorby, writer, environmentalist and GLBT rights activist, will give the lecture "Drill, Baby, Drill: The North Dakota Oil Boom and Iowa's Future" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206.

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Tim Johnson, Seed Savers seed bank manager

'Garden Hackers, Rogue Biologists, and Agricultural Anarchists'

Tim Johnson, Seed Savers seed bank manager, will discuss the biology of seeds, seed storage, a brief history of agriculture and the cultural practice of seed saving as the first step toward agriculture in the lecture "Garden Hackers, Rogue Biologists, and Agricultural Anarchists:  The Biology and Culture of Seed Saving" at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in Valders Hall of Science, Room 206 on the Luther College campus.

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Jonathon Struve

POSTPONED: Luther's Jonathon Struve to perform baritone recital Feb. 21


Jonathon Struve, Luther College adjunct faculty in music, will perform a baritone recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Noble Recital Hall on Luther's campus. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission and explores themes of love, infatuation, spirituality, the fantastic and the mundane, with texts by Leconte de Lisle, Paul Verlaine, Eduard Morike, Walt Whitman and Lewis Carroll, among others.

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Richard Merritt

POSTPONED: Richard Merritt and Scott Hurley present lecture Feb. 17

THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN POSTPONED, new date and time TBA. Richard Merritt, Luther College professor of art, and Scott Hurley, Luther assistant professor of religion, will present the Paideia Texts and Issues lecture "Invisible Geographies: Violence and Oppression in the Prison Industrial Complex and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus.

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Heidi Brende Leathwood, pianist

Luther College to host pianist Heidi Brende Leathwood

Heidi Brende Leathwood, guest pianist, will present a concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the CFL Recital Hall. Brende Leathwood will perform Sonata in A Major, Sonata in G Major and Sonata in D Minor by Domenico Scarlatti, Sonata Op. 31 No. 1 and Sonata Op. 109 by Beethoven, and Piano Sonata No. 1 by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

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Dorian festival

Luther to host the 67th annual Dorian Band Festival

Luther College will host the 67th annual Dorian Band Festival Feb. 22-23. High school band students, from approximately 125 schools, nominated by their high school directors come to stay on campus for the chance to experience Luther, rehearse with music faculty and perform in concert.

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Lisa Rausch

Lisa Rausch to present guest lecture Feb. 19

Lisa Rausch, lead post-doctoral researcher on a project studying deforestation in Brazil, will present a guest lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther College campus.

The lecture, sponsored by the Luther College Political Science Department and the Center for Sustainable Communities, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

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Luther College V-Day to present benefit performances Feb. 13-15

One of every three women in the world will be physically or sexually abused in her lifetime, according to information from the United Nations. To raise money and awareness to stop violence against women and girls, 23 Luther students will present three benefit performances of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" Feb. 13-15. The performances include heartwarming, funny, poignant and at times heartbreaking stories of women across the globe.

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The Lightning Thief

'The Lightning Thief' TheatreWorks USA Feb. 26

Percy Jackson finds his normal world flipped upside down when mythological figures seem to walk straight out of his Greek mythology textbook and into his life. Luther College's School Performance Series presents TheatreWorks USA's stage adaptation of Rick Riordan's, "Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief," in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26.

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Hot Sardines

Jazz band Hot Sardines Feb. 20

Bandleader "Bibs" Palazzo and lead singer "Miz Elizabeth" Bourgerol combine with the ensemble of powerhouse musicians to play hot jazz as it was in the era when live music was king. Called "one of the best jazz bands in NY today," by Forbes magazine, the Hot Sardines take the stage as part of Luther College's Center Stage Series of live performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.

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