Ideas and Creations

Robert Vrtis

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Laughter and the Nails of Reason

Taking comedy seriously. Bobby Vrtis, Luther College assistant professor of theatre, explains Franca Rame's comment, "When you laugh, you open your mouth, but you also open your mind to be pierced by the nails of reason," in the context of the horrific Charlie Hebdo event.

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Students snorkeling at Mexican Rock and Mata

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J-term student blogs

During J-term 2015, 408 Luther students and 38 faculty/staff program leaders are participating in courses around the world. Each course is a different journey and has a different blogger (or several). Here is a glimpse at just a few.

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Brad Miller

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New perspective

Snippets from Brad Miller's time in Vietnam explore comfort zones, why it's important to push yourself outside them, and what we can gain from being a student (even after we've graduated).

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Ben Harney, Luther senior

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Reaction to Charlie Hebdo

Over January, hundreds of Luther students have the opportunity to travel abroad. Here, Ben Harney, Luther class of 2015, is just one of those students relating the incredible opportunity he is experiencing on his J-term trip to Europe.

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Renae Hartl Headshot

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Telling good stories

It was the bottom of the seventh... and we were down, 0-1... Head Softball Coach Renae Hartl reminisces about a big game, reminding us why telling good stories and working together is worth it.

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Todd Green Headshot

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Why study Islam in Europe?

After Wednesday's attack on the offices of Paris's satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, J-term class members find themselves right in the middle of the very debate they went to Europe to study.

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Alexandra White

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Managing ourselves: The business of the liberal arts

New blogger Alexandra White, Luther College assistant professor of management, leads us through the "official" definition of management to the public's opinion of management (via the boss from Dilbert) and discusses the most important resource in management... hint: it's not paninis and sushi.

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Gereon Kopf, Luther College professor of religion

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On being uncomfortable

Discussing being uncomfortable, Gereon Kopf, Luther professor of religion, finds that maybe being comfortable isn't all it's cracked up to be. Do we really want everyone to agree with us?

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