History News and Events

Jodi Evans (’84), Matthew Cox (’08), and Chris Johnson (’87)

History Alumni Event November 2015 "fantastic" according to attendees

On November 5, Jodi Evans (’84), Chris Johnson (’87) and Matthew Cox (’08) spoke to an audience of history and museum studies students and faculty about their lives since Luther. The event was co-sponsored by the History department, Phi Alpha Theta, Museum Studies program, and the Luther College Career Center.

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Chris Johnson, President and CEO of Vesterheim

History Alumni Visit Luther to discuss Museum Careers

Jodi Evans ('84), Chris Johnson ('87), and Matt Cox ('08) all graduated from Luther College with degrees in history and now work in museum/public history settings. Jodi is the Registrar of the State Historical Society of Iowa and Vice President of the Iowa Museum Association, Chris is the President/CEO of Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum & Heritage Center, and Matt is an exhibit creator at the Minneapolis Children's Museum. This event will bring them to campus to talk about their career paths from graduation to today, focusing on how their degrees have aided them in their work. They will each speak for 15-20 minutes, and there will be a question and answer session to follow.

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A group of students spent Spring 2015 in Botswana

Kylie Kozelka, '17, describes her semester in Botswana

Several ACM students spent Spring 2015 in Gaborone, Botswana. The group met people from a variety of cultures and customs, and traveled all over southern Africa. While there, they attended the University of Botswana and were taught by local professors, Peace Corps teachers, and program director Richard Mtisi. In addition to their course loads, each student also completed an individual research project course with a correlating internship.

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Anna Peterson teaser

'Narrating change'

In the opening lecture of the 2015-16 Paideia Texts and Issues series, Anna Peterson, Luther College assistant professor of history, will discuss letters that reveal how Norwegian women in the 1920s thought about their bodies and their lives.

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Spring 2015 Senior Paper Presentations

Please join the history department on Wednesday May 13, 2015 from 7-8:30 p.m. on the second floor of Koren to hear seniors share the research they've spent many months or even years compiling and analyzing.

Here is the schedule of when and where students are presenting, as well as the title of their presentations:

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