'What is a College Education For?' and 'What Am I Supposed to Do After I Graduate?'

Mark Edmundson, professor of English at the University of Virginia, will give two guest lectures at Luther College on the importance of a college education Oct. 24 and 25.

Edmundson's lecture, "What is a College Education For?" is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in Room 206 of Valders Hall of Science. A book signing will follow the lecture. His second talk, "What Am I Supposed to Do After I Graduate?" is at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in Valders 206.

The lectures are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Edmundson is a passionate teacher who believes that powerful, strong teachers making students rethink who they are and what they might become is what real education is all about.

Edmundson's lectures explore the value of a college education and discuss how education is a privilege that should not be taken for granted. College is an opportunity to pursue subjects that are meaningful to students. He will also discuss what students must do after they successfully exit college with a diploma in hand.

Edmundson teaches in the English department at the University of Virginia. He is the best-selling author of 10 books including, "Why Teach?" "Teacher: The One That Made The Difference," "Why Read?" "Literature Against Philosophy, Plato to Derrida: A Defence of Poetry" and "Towards Reading Freud: Self-Creation in Milton, Wordsworth, Emerson, and Sigmund Freud." He has contributed numerous articles to The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Atlantic, Oxford American and others.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,500, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the bachelor of arts degree in 60 majors and preprofessional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: www.luther.edu.