Professor David Faldet to present fall opening convocation lecture, 'Oneota Flow: A River Education' Sept. 2

Aug. 26, 2010

David Faldet, professor of English at Luther College, will present "Oneota Flow: A River Education," the 2010 Luther College Opening Convocation Lecture, on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 9:40 a.m. in the Center for Faith and Life.

Faldet is the author of the book "Oneota Flow: The Upper Iowa River and Its People." His convocation lecture marks the opening of the 2010-11 academic year at Luther.

Luther invites the community to attend and take part in opening convocation, to celebrate the beginning of the academic year and welcome the class of 2014 and new transfer students. The public is also invited to a question-and-answer session with Faldet on Sunday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life, with a book signing to follow.

Faldet's lecture is in keeping with the college's "Connections and Commitments" theme for Paideia, Luther's first-year interdisciplinary course. 

Faldet's lecture is the major lecture for the first year interdisciplinary core course, Paideia I, whose students will have the opportunity to engage in reflection, dialogue and scholarship throughout the academic year.

Faldet's presentation will include features from his book, "Oneota Flow: The Upper Iowa River and Its People," published in 2010. All Luther first-year students for 2010 have read this book as their summer reading assignment.

In the book, Faldet moves through the history of life along the now-polluted Upper Iowa, always focusing on the ways people depend on the river, the environment and the resources of the region.

Faldet is in the sixth generation of his family to live in the basin of the Upper Iowa River.

He blends contemporary conversations, readings from the historical record, environmental research, and personal experience to show us that the health of the river is best guaranteed by maintaining the biological communities that nurture it. In return, taking care of the Upper Iowa is the best way to take care of our future.

In "Oneota Flow," Faldet steadily develops the central idea that people are walking tributaries of the river basin in which they make their homes.

Faldet is the Jones Professor of English at Luther. He holds the bachelor’s degree from Luther, the master's degree from the University of Washington and the doctoral degree from the University of Iowa on a Danforth Fellowship.

In addition to "Oneota Flow," Faldet has written several columns to direct readers to close-at-hand natural resources and environmental issues. Much of his published writing deals with William Morris, a writer and artist who was an early environmentalist.