Ideas and Creations

Robert Vrtis

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Fear

Robert Vrtis, assistant professor of theatre at Luther, implores readers to find courage and embrace risk, and ignore the whispering voice of fear that murmurs, "sit down," "don't ask," "blend in."

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Lea Donhowe Lovelace

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Empowering pre-service teachers in the era of iPad and Pinterest

Lea Donhowe Lovelace, visiting faculty in art at Luther College, discusses the importance of helping students recognize the practice of meaningful art integration and how a conference she attended with three Luther students energized her, her students, and created a ripple effect, empowering art educators across the state of Iowa and beyond.

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Hate or hope?

Todd Green, Luther assistant professor of religion, recounts his experiences with Islamophobia. He wrestles with the question, "Is hope stronger than hate?", and encourages us to find the courage to challenge Islamophobic bigotry.

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The Wonder Years

Todd Pedlar, associate professor of physics at Luther, piggybacks on last week's blog post by Amy Weldon, examining the importance of challenging students to rediscover their sense of wonder.

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Amy Weldon

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Darwin's beetle: On geeking out

Amy Weldon, Luther College associate professor of English, asks her students to "geek out" with her; to find answers, discern realities, fall in love with ideas and hurl themselves into learning-in and out of the classroom.

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Brad Miller

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The future of the book

Brad Miller, associate professor of computer science at Luther, delves into the seemingly endless possibilities of ebooks and ereaders, and how they can be used for more than just leisure reading.

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Who do WE want to be?

Renae Hartl, head softball coach and associate athletic director at Luther College, discusses eligibility, athletics and academics, and ethics in sport. She asks students, coaches and fans alike, "Who do WE want to be?"

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Return from Fright Mountain

Gereon Kopf, Luther College professor of religion, reflects on his trip to Fright Mountain and a Buddhist temple that offers services where family members can contemplate the questions of what happens after death.

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Music in the headlines

Brooke Joyce, associate professor of music and composer-in-residence at Luther College, asks readers to consider the importance of music and art in everyday life.

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Future of photography

Aaron Lurth, director of visual media, on the challenges of professional photographers due to the rise of the "citizen journalist." Do we need professional photographers?

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