Theatre department's Lisa Lantz and students to speak on 'Self and Service' Oct. 12

Sept. 29, 2010

Lisa Lantz, Luther College assistant professor of theatre, and three Luther students will present "I Felt That: Defining the Relationship Between Self and Service through Personal Connections and Unanswered Questions" Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life recital hall.

The lecture is part of the 2010-11 Luther Paideia Text and Issues Lecture Series.

A reception will be held in the Center for Faith and Life Qualley Lounge following the presentation. The lecture and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

According to Lantz, the more refined students become in their ability to think critically, the more they learn to value the question just as much as the answer. This theory was the focus of the 2010 January-term course Vocation, Self and Service co-taught by Lantz and Sean Burke, Luther assistant professor of religion.

The course asked students to investigate the definition of vocation and then determine how and/or if it affected their sense of self. The students realized that they left the course with more questions than answers, but most were content and fulfilled by this conclusion.

Lantz and Luther juniors Kristi Holmberg, Melissa Erickson and Kristin Westby will discuss what they learned from the course and how service plays an integral role in defining vocation.

Lantz is an assistant professor and costume designer in the Luther theatre/dance department. She teaches design, technical theatre and theatre history courses, and designs and builds costumes for departmental productions.

"I was pleased to be able to break out of my comfort zone to teach Vocation, Self and Service," Lantz said.

Lantz also does freelance costume design. Most recently, she designed "Enchanted April" at Commonweal Theatre Company in Lanesboro, Minn.


Lisa Lantz