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2013-14 Events

The Sihler Family Endowment Event

Friday, April 11, 2014
11:00 a.m. Presentation/discussion in MUS 248A: World Music Cultures
4:30 p.m. Sihler Lecture (open to public) on Women in/and Qur'anic recitation in Indonesia, Olin Building 102, Luther College

Sihler 2014Anne Rasmussen is Associate Professor of Music and chair of the music department at the College of William and Mary. An ethnomusicologist who has published extensively on music in the Islamic world, Rasmussen will speak about her research among women reciters of the Qur'an in Indonesia.

Her recent (2010) book on the topic, Women, the Recited Qur'an, and Islamic Music in Contemporary Indonesia takes readers to the heart of religious musical praxis in Indonesia, home to the largest Muslim population in the world. Rasmussen explores a rich public soundscape, where women recite the divine texts of the Qur'an, and where an extraordinary diversity of Arab-influenced Islamic musical styles and genres, also performed by women, flourishes. Based on unique and revealing ethnographic research beginning at the end of Suharto's “New Order” and continuing into the era of “Reformation,” the book considers the powerful role of music in the expression of religious nationalism. In particular, it focuses on musical style, women's roles, and the ideological and aesthetic issues raised by the Indonesian style of recitation. 

In Photo: Anne Rasmussen and ACM-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethnomusicology Michael O'Brien.


Lucille Brickner Brown Price Endowment Events: Women, Faith, and Finance

April 4, 2014

The Women, Faith, and Finance (WWF) Initiative is pleased to receive funding through the Lucile Brickner Brown Price Endowment to support student involvement in the April 2014 seminar. In addition to Luther students participating in the WFF seminar at the Hotel Winneshiek, Connie Kilmark, WFF Keynote speaker also presented in a Luther class on globalizing social change.


Lucille Brickner Brown Price Endowment Events: Donna Red Wing

Sunday, March 2, 2014 - Cancelled due to inclement weather and re-scheduled for Spring 2015 (TBA)

Donna Red WingDonna Red Wing serves as Executive Director of One Iowa, a team of organizers who support full equality for LGBT individuals living in Iowa through grassroots efforts and education. Formed in 2005, the organization has been an effective advocate for the community. In coalition with progressive and political allies, recent achievements include civil rights legislation to protect the LGBT community against employment and housing discrimination, safe schools legislation establishing anti-bullying policies in Iowa’s schools, and defeating anti-marriage legislation.

Before coming to Iowa, she led Grassroots Leadership, a national organization working to put an end to abuses of justice and the public trust by organizing to abolish for-profit private immigration detention and prisons. Served as Chief of Staff at Interfaith Alliance, Walter Cronkite’s organization in Washington DC. She was one of three members of the Obama’s kitchen cabinet on LGBT concerns and was Howard Dean’s outreach liaison to the LGBT communities. Red Wing has also held leadership positions at the Gill Foundation, Human Rights Campaign and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

While directing the Lesbian Community Project, Red Wing was featured in a Sundance Award-winning film about the 1992 struggle against the radical right and their Ballot Measure 9. Red Wing was the first recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Faith & Freedom. In contrast, during the Dean campaign she was named by the Christian Coalition as “the most dangerous woman in America.”

Red Wing serves on the national board of the Velvet Foundation which is building the national LGBT museum in Washington, DC. In 2012 Red Wing was inducted into the LGBT Hall of Fame. Red Wing lives in Des Moines, Iowa with Sumitra, her wife of almost 6 months and her life-partner of more than twenty-six years and their dogs Dogtor Watson (a wire-haired dachshund) and Cinnamon (a golden, Chow Australian mix).


The Luther College Philosophy Department and Women & Gender Studies Program are pleased to announce a rescheduled Philosophy Colloquium with Dr. Robin James:

Monstrosity & Damage as Human Capital in 'Gaga Feminism'

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4 p.m.
CRH (in Luther's CFL)

Reception to follow in Qualley Lounge
In her paper, Dr. James will argue that overcoming and profiting from "damage" are key components of privileged feminine subjectivity in Neoliberalism. The “Look, I Overcame!” narrative demands that minorities turn their “damage” into human capital: I am [an abused woman/queer/disabled/anorexic/obese/etc.] and overcoming those difficulties earns me inclusion in some echelon of privilege. Dr. James uses works by Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and other contemporary musicians to demonstrate that "Gaga Feminism" doesn't treat all monsters equally, discarding some stereotypical black masculinities as "damaged goods."

Dr. James is a classically trained musician and feminist theorist, whose theoretical and creative research bridges philosophy, gender/sexuality studies, critical race theory, musicology, popular music studies, and sound studies. She is associate professor of Philosophy at the UNC Charlotte, where she is also affiliated with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics. James’s book The Conjectural Body: Gender, Race, and the Philosophy of Music was published in 2010. She also writes a fascinating blog that combines her many critical and creative interests. Click here to watch a video of Dr. James speaking on teen music and patriarchy.

This lecture has been made possible through the financial and logistical support of the Luther College Philosophy Department, WGST Program, the Lucille Brickner Brown Price Endowment, and the Lecture and Fine Arts Fund.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

All the best,

Holly Moore

2012-13 Events

Lucille Brickner Brown Price Endowed Events: Women, Faith, and Finance Seminar

Friday, April 12, 9:00 - 3:30 Hotel Winneshiek

Due to the generous funding of the Lucille Brickner Brown Price Endowment, 15 Luther students will be able to attend this local and dynamic seminar for women on Friday, April 12, 9:00-3:30pm at the Hotel Winneshiek for free and receive a copy of True Treasures: Giving, Saving, and Spending According to Your Calling by Rachel McDonough (the keynote speaker).

This is an exciting collaborative women's philanthropy program!
Check it out at: http://www.luther.edu/wff/schedule/

Monstrosity & Damage as Human Capital in 'Gaga Feminism' by Dr. Robin James

April 17, 4:30pm, Olin 102 with reception following. Dr. Robin James

In her paper, Dr. James will argue that overcoming and profiting from "damage" are key components of privileged feminine subjectivity in Neoliberalism. The “Look, I Overcame!” narrative demands that minorities turn their “damage” into human capital: I am [an abused woman/queer/disabled/anorexic/obese/etc.] and overcoming those difficulties earns me inclusion in some echelon of privilege. Dr. James uses works by Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and other contemporary musicans to demonstrate that "Gaga Feminism" doesn't treat all monsters equally, discarding some stereotypical black masculinities as "damaged goods."

Dr. James is a classically trained musician and feminist theorist, whose theoretical and creative research bridges philosophy, gender/sexuality studies, critical race theory, musicology, popular music studies, and sound studies. She is associate professor of Philosophy at the UNC Charlotte, where she is also affiliated with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics. James’s book The Conjectural Body: Gender, Race, and the Philosophy of Music was published in 2010. She also writes a fascinating blog that combines her many critical and creative interests. Click here to watch a video of Dr. James speaking on teen music and patriarchy.
This lecture has been made possible through the financial and logistical support of the Philosophy Department, WGST Program, the Lucille Brickner Brown Price Endowment, and the Lecture and Fine Arts Fund.

Sihler Endowed Event:

The community is invited to join Mary Preus and Tom Witt for “Singing Justice Together," Luther College’s 2013 Sihler Lecture, Sunday, April 21, 7:00 PM, Studio II in Luther’s Center for the Arts. This interactive program will explore connections between justice, faith, song and community. Mary Preus currently serves as music director at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, MN. Tom Witt is a keyboardist, worship leader, songleader and worship planner based in Minneapolis. Mary and Tom co-founded Bread for the Journey, an ensemble committed to presenting songs of faith, hope, justice and inclusion from the Christian church near and far. Mary Preus and Tom Witt 

Their work with Bread for the Journey has taken her around the nation and around the world to learn and teach global songs of faith and justice. "Singing Justice Together” is open to the community at no charge. Mary and Tom will also lead music for Earth Day Chapel, Monday, April 22, 10:30-10:50 AM, Center for Faith Life Main Hall. 


Council Practice at the Center for Women & Gender Equality facilitated by Amy Chicos on High Street (former Upward Bound House)

April 4, 11, 18, 25 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Council Practice is a non-hierarchical group communication method. A simple yet powerful process of inquiry and building community. With roots in many cultures, it is as timeless as people sitting in a circle and sharing. Council is a contemplative practice based on mindful awareness and deep listening. Differences are valued—much as diversity is the strength of an ecosystem. Council reveals how our differences and our shared humanity engender new possibilities for relating, creative insights, and new ways of being. (Adapted from Sherry Ellms, Nancy Jane, & John Davis, Naropa University)

Sexual Assault Survivors Support Group

Kristi Vreeman from Helping Services will be offering a support group for sexual assault survivors. Beginning 7pm on Wednesday evenings starting on April 17th.  Students who are interested should contact Kristi at 800 383-2988. Location: Center for Women & Gender Equality, High Street, Luther campus.