Ideas and Creations

Chris Norton standing tall in the Legends Center at Luther College.

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Four-year anniversary

Luther senior Chris Norton encourages us to appreciate the little things, saying "Do not wait until something is taken from you to appreciate it." Read on for a reflection from Chris on the four-year anniversary of his paralysis.

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Gereon Kopf, Luther College professor of religion

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Religious studies at Luther College

The religion department decided to dedicate this year's religion forum to the topic "teaching religion at a college of the church." It seems that, while I was away on sabbatical, my colleagues felt that there is a need to clarify the purpose and scope of the academic study of religion at a church affiliated college. From my experience, I have to agree that there seems to be a lot of confusion with regard to the academic study of religion in general and its role at Luther College in particular.

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Aaron Lurth, director of visual media at Luther College

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Lucky number 10

Aaron Lurth, Luther's director of visual media, shows a behind the scenes look at the inauguration of Luther's 10th president, Paula Carlson.

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Tabita Green

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Work study: A day in the life

Luther doesn't just provide work-study positions for students, the college really strives to provide a work-study experience, allowing students to develop skills in areas they may not otherwise have experience in. Tabita Green, Luther director of web content, explains how work-study is not only a great experience for students, but also for their supervisors.

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Frankenstein on what it means to be human

Was the Creature in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" human? Did his creator Victor Frankenstein forego parts of his humanity in the choices he made? Do we? Martin Klammer, Luther professor of English and Africana studies, debates the question "What does it mean to be human?" in his Paideia course and shares some of the conversation.

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Laurie Iudin-Nelson, professor of Russian Studies and director of Luther's Russian Studies and Nordic Studies departments

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Learning about peace

Director of both the Russian Studies and Nordic Studies departments, Professor Laurie Iudin-Nelson's plate is full of international insight already, but that doesn't mean she's done learning. Laurie discusses the importance of continuing to study peace making and reconciliation efforts.

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Char Kunkel, Luther professor of sociology

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'Hey guys': Gender and the power of words

"Three guys walked into a bar, a Jew, a Catholic and a Muslim. They ordered drinks. Which one ordered a Bloody Mary? Better yet, which one was named Mary?" Char Kunkel, Luther professor of sociology and director of Luther's Women and Gender Studies program, explores the power of gender in simple phrases like "Hey guys."

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Ellen Modersohn, Luther director of publications and design

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10 Ways Luther Educates Entrepreneurs

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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