Ideas and Creations

Ellen Modersohn, Luther director of publications and design

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Entrepreneurship at Luther College

Do you know who came up with the technology behind Post-Its? (No it isn't Romy and Michele.) How about who invented the mouse scroll wheel? We do. Meeting with entrepreneurs, inventors and business execs is just one of the 10 ways Ellen Modersohn, Luther director of publications and design, talks about how Luther College educates entrepreneurs.

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Kirsten Jacobson

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Fulbright in Vietnam

Do they speak French in Vietnam? Odd as it may sound, the answer is yes, more than five percent of the population speaks French. Learn more about Vietnam with Luther grad Kirsten Jacobson as she begins her journey teaching there this upcoming year. With her recently awarded Fulbright, she discusses the opportunity to immerse herself in a part of the world that is unknown to many.

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Matthew Busche '07

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Tour de France

Matthew Busche '07, describes his first Tour de France experience and what the support from Luther and Decorah meant to him. Follow along as he shares his successes and failures of the greatest cycling race on earth.

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Amy Weldon

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The third rail: or, why are you here?

Finding the third rail means finding "that that current of electricity and excitement that doesn't just hold the engine in place but that truly makes it run" according to Amy Weldon, Luther associate professor of English. She encourages students (and faculty/staff) to find that third rail at Luther.

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Rob Shedinger

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What has Iowa to do with Gaza?

An hour south of Decorah, Iowa lies the small town of Elkader which bears the distinction of being one of the few towns in America (perhaps the only one) named for an Arab Muslim figure. Elkader’s founder named the settlement after the Emir Abdel-Kader, a well known Algerian military leader. Robert Shedinger, Luther associate professor of religion, asks "What was so significant about this Muslim leader that Davis would preserve his name in a small Iowa town?"

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Rob Shedinger

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Debating Darwin

In his most recent blog post "Debating Darwin," Robert Shedinger, Luther College associate professor of religion, asks whether Darwinian evolution is compatible with religious faith or if a person of faith must reject Darwinian principles. Is Intelligent Design an intellectually coherent alternative or just a conservative Christian ideology dressed up as science?

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Thomas C. Johnson

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On producing a short subject documentary film

Thomas C. Johnson, Luther assistant professor of Communication Studies, is teaming with Neal Abbott ’15 this summer to produce a short subject documentary film on Kelly Ludeking, ironmonger, sculptor and teacher, thanks to a student/faculty collaborative summer research grant from the Dean’s Office .

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Kate Elliott

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Get lost

Get lost. Words of wisdom from Kate Elliott, assistant professor of art history at Luther and self-proclaimed queen of getting lost, who tells folks to get lost in order to find the rhythms of the neighborhood and understand the spirit of a place.

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