Stefan Buchwald to visit Luther College

Stefan Buchwald, director of the German Information Center based in Washington D.C., will visit Luther College March 28-April 1 for Campus Week, a series of events celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington. During this time, he will meet with advanced students in Luther's German department and attend Luther's Liberating Grace conference March 31-April 1.

Campus Week features several student events including the Martin-in-the-Union event, a showing of the film "Luther," and an exhibit of Martin Luther posters and objects; and corresponds with Luther's Liberating Grace conference. Callie Mabry, Luther class of 2013, will lead a breakout session during the conference. Mabry's session is sponsored by the German Information Center. Germany's International Public Service Broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, will also be on campus to document the events happening during Campus Week. 

Campus Week is an initiative to bring information, culture and history about Germany to colleges and universities in the United States through exhibits, panel discussions, speaker events, movie nights, social gatherings and more. The anniversary of the Reformation is the theme for the spring 2017 GIC Campus Week.

Buchwald has been director of the German Information Center for the past two years. The German Information Center USA is the public diplomacy department of the German Embassy in Washington D.C. Since 1961, the GIC has provided information about German politics, economy, science and culture to the American public, with special emphasis on academia and civil society.

Buchwald holds degrees in Latin languages, Medieval and modern history, and political economy from Heidelberg and Paris universities. He has worked in a number of German Embassies around the world as the head of various departments. Buchwald also worked for the Federal Foreign Office on the task force for International Environmental and Biopolitical Affairs, the crisis task force on Iraq, in the Division for the Promotion of German Companies in Central and Eastern Europe, and as deputy head of Division for Dialogue with the Islamic World.

'The Reformation of Everything'

The posting of Martin Luther's 95 theses on the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany was the beginning of a worldwide movement known as the Protestant Reformation. Luther College is commemorating the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation with a series of events throughout 2017 called "The Reformation of Everything." The next event in the series is the "Liberating Grace" conference March 31-April 1. A full list of events can be found at https://www.luther.edu/reformation-2017/events.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.