Guest Speakers 2010-11

David Loy, author of The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory presented a lecture on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm in Olin 102. Loy is an authorized teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Japanese Zen Buddhism.

Center for Ethics and Public Life, sponsored an Informational Forum on the budget/political battles that have been taking place in Wisconsin. John Lehman (’67) and Brian Rude (’77), former members of both the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate, shared their views. The discussion was held in Valders 206 at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27.

Ambassador Dan Mozena, U.S. Ambassador to Angola from 2007-2010 was on campus visiting with classes on April 17-19, 2011.

Janne Flisrand, Luther '94, was on campus the week of April 11-14. Flisrand gave a public lecture on Tuesday, April 12 entitled "The Luxury of Limited Means: The Freedom to Choose Your Own Route." She also visited with multiple classes and student groups.

Ahmed Shawki, editor of International Socialist Review and author of Black Liberation and Socialism presented a lecture entitled "Eyewitness to the Egyptian Revolution” on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in Olin 102.

Jacqueline Smith, Luther '05, University of Michigan School of Public Health, met with classes during her visit on March 12-15.

Jeffrey Shulman, associate professor of legal research and writing at Georgetown Law, presented the lecture "Who Owns the Soul of the Child?: Religious Parenting Rights and the Enfranchisement of the Child" Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life.

"Use Your Words: finding a voice in a noisy world" - A talk by Kathy Sime '94 (former ELCA senior administrator, writer, consultant, public speaker, and parent) at Baker Commons, Tuesday, February 22, 4:30 p.m. A Sesquicentennial Alumni Visitor.

Dr. Mike Rahfaldt, a Sesquicentennial Alumni Visitor, was on campus Feb. 14 thru Feb. 19 visiting with multiple classes. Michal is a radio producer, journalist, trainer, and academic specializing in youth media and education, popular music, and arts journalism. Originally from the US, he has been living and working in Cape Town for eight years. Mike received his PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan in 2007.

Daniel Lohrmann, author of Virtual Integrity (Brazos Press, 2008), presented a lecture entitled "Freedom and Responsibility: A Christian View on Cyber Ethics" on Sunday, January 16.

January 13, 2011 - Sheldon Kurtz, University of Iowa law professor, spoke to a number of Luther College J-term classes about the new health care law. Professor Kurtz's research interests have focused not only on property and health law issues but on estate planning as well.

Luther grad, Bethel Erickson '07, was on campus Oct. 21 & 22, visiting with multiple classes regarding her work as a self-proclaimed agrarian social worker for the Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition.

Drew Curtis, a 1995 Luther College graduate and creator of the news aggregator site, presented "It's Not News, It's Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap As News," (based on his bestselling book of the same name) on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in Valders 206. The lecture was part of a weeklong residency, during which Curtis visited classrooms and met with students and faculty.

Richard Davis, professor of religion and Asian studies at Bard College, lectured on Thursday, Oct. 7. His lecture was entitled, "A Mixing of Pure Waters: Thoreau Reads the Bhagavad Gita at Walden Pond," in which he discussed the more convincing criticisms regarding the attempts to assimilate human knowing. Davis led a Brown Bag Seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 6 called "Reading Sacred Literature."

Distinguished Lecturer for 2010-11 is Harvard Professor Michael Sandel. On September 30, 2010, Sandel, author of Justice: What’s the Right Thing To Do?, presented "The Lost Art of Democratic Argument: Can We Reason Together about Values without Rancor and Incivility?”

The Center collaborated with Campus Programming and Farwell Distinguished Lecture.