The Center for Ethics and Public Engagement

Connect Learning with Living

Connect your curiosity in the classroom to the individual and social elements of daily life. Imagine and evaluate your ethical responsibilities. Discover how to align your values with community action.

The Luther College Center for Ethics and Public Engagement (The CEPE, pronounced “The Keep”) designs opportunities to help you become an informed, engaged, and critical thinking global citizen. Experience one of our public events, join a book group, or partner with The CEPE in community outreach.

Year in Review at The CEPE

Over the course of the 2023-2024 academic school year The CEPE arranged eleven major events for the Luther community and beyond, from hosting the former Director of the CDC to a planetarium multimedia experience of Anishinaabe star knowledge. We collaborated with faculty, staff, and students in funding book groups, guest speakers, and more.

The CEPE Theme for 2023-2024: Trust/AntiTrust

Sign up for our Book Groups

Analyze and critique books, albums, films, and essays with other interested readers.

Book Groups

Read Faculty Features

Discover how Luther College faculty shape their fields, students, and the future.


Explore PLEN Seminars

Learn how PLEN prepares women and marginalized gender groups for policy careers.

PLEN Seminars

Meet The CEPE Faculty Research Fellow

The 2023-2025 Research Fellow is Associate Professor of English Lindsey Row-Heyveld. She is using her Fellowship at the CEPE to explore representations of disability and able-bodiedness in early modern England. Thinking about issues of intimacy and care is guiding her project to disability’s intersections with transness and gender fluidity, especially throughout the life cycle. The CEPE fellowship also supports Lindsey’s work to theorize carelessness as a critical component of able-bodiedness and to foster access and care in scholarly and community circles at Luther and beyond.

The CEPE Staff

Learn about the team steering the center. If you have questions, ideas, or feedback, find out how to reach us.

Contact Us

The CEPE Funding

The CEPE offers funding for conferences, seminars, on-campus programming, and faculty research.

Learn about funding opportunities