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Hugh Masekela

'20 Years of Freedom'

Celebrating 20 years since the end of Apartheid, South African musical icons Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus.

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Bomb Pops by Matthew Drissell

'Shelved'

"Shelved," an exhibit of food-based paintings created by Matthew Drissell, will be on display March 6-April 18 in the Center for Faith and Life Gallery on the Luther College campus.

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Blake Nellis '07 in "Forgiveness Lunch"

'Forgiveness Lunch' original dance performance

"Forgiveness Lunch," an original dance performance conceived and choreographed by Blake Nellis, Luther adjunct faculty in dance, will be held at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20; 2 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, in Storre Theatre on the Luther campus. Throughout the performace Nellis attempts to answer, "In our somewhat-human-struggle to hold it together, we build and we grasp all the while dropping pieces and missing moments. What helps us keep it together?"

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Nancy Simpson-Younger

Paideia Text and Issues lecture featuring Nancy Simpson-Younger

A sleeping body on stage is thought to have little importance. It is just a body sleeping. However, according to playwrights and scholars of early modern England, the sleeping body was considered a cipher that holds secrets about its own identity and culture. Does the community at large have a responsibility to protect the sleeper's original identity? How can we confirm that this secret identity is who the sleeper really is?

Nancy Simpson-Younger, Luther visiting assistant professor of English, will attempt to answer these questions and more in her lecture "Watching the (Secret) Sleeper in Early Modern Drama," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall.

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Performances of "Body of Water" are March 5-7

Performance merges arts and science to explore water concerns

Students at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, are combining dance, live music and video, merging the arts and science, to influence how people think about water use. The interdisciplinary performance "Body of Water," March 5-7, is one result of a biology and dance teaching partnership at Luther. In this project, dance and video reveal the sacredness of water, this essential molecule and elixir of life, while acknowledging challenges and solutions surrounding water usage and quality within the Dry Run Creek Watershed in northeast Iowa, Decorah, and the broader community.

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Luther students assist Professor Enos-Berlage in water collection and analysis.

Dry Run Creek Watershed is focus of 'Body of Water' performance

Research on water quality in northeast Iowa's Dry Run Creek Watershed has inspired a unique interdisciplinary performance at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. "Body of Water," March 5-7, combines dance, music and documentary video to express human connection with water, from how people are drawn to the sound and feel of it, to the water challenges humanity faces, to how people can keep water sources clean, in both urban and agricultural areas. Grant committee members at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, co-sponsor of the production, said the endeavor is "both innovative and important, and that using the arts to communicate about agricultural issues may be key to helping Iowans change both their attitudes and practices as they relate to water."

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