'Where's your Pendulum?'

"Where's your Pendulum?" Luther College's 2014 Opening Convocation Lecture, will be held Thursday, Sept. 4.

Convocation begins at 9:40 a.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus. The service is open to the public with no charge for admission.

This Opening Convocation begins a new academic year with a sense of purpose and inquiry, keeping in mind questions that books such as George Orwell's "1984" raise concerning what it means to be human in today's world. That novel was chosen as Luther's first-year student summer reading book.

In discussing the extent of government's online surveillance and the business practices of Internet companies selling user information for profit, "Where's your Pendulum?" offers valuable insight into the nature of Internet identity. The speaker infers that since we as a society are able to interact with the wider world though the Internet, how we act online determines how much others can know about us.

Convocation also includes the installation of Maryna Bazylevych, Luther assistant professor of anthropology and women and gender studies, as the Nena Amundson Distinguished Professor. The professorship is granted biennially to a professor with a proposal that focuses on health and wellness issues for women, as they were central to Amundson's career. A 1956 graduate of Luther, Amundson taught physical education and coached women's athletics for more than 40 years, primarily at California Lutheran University, and was a pioneer in collegiate women's sports programs.

The Amundson Award provides a faculty stipend of $5,000, a student stipend of $2,500, and $2,500 for the research project. The award is renewable up to one year.