CEPE Programs

The Luther College Center for Ethics and Public Engagement (CEPE) programs create opportunities for meaningful conversations beyond the classroom. Examine your assumptions. Exchange ideas and encourage responsible action in the world.

Join a Book Group

The CEPE hosts a series of book groups throughout each academic year. Book groups are open to Luther students, staff, and faculty, as well as members of the broader local community. Books are provided to all participants at no cost.

Each book group will meet for at least one group discussion facilitated by a member of the Luther community. In some cases, CEPE book group participants have the opportunity to engage directly with the author.

Previous book selections include:

  • “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times” by Michelle Obama
  • “Matthew Henson and the Ice Temple of Harlem” by Gary Phillips
  • “Demon Copperhead” by Barbara Kingsolver


Participate in a PLEN Seminar

The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) is a nonpartisan organization based in Washington D.C. It focuses on preparing college women for leadership roles in public policy.

Each PLEN program provides the opportunity to explore a variety of possible careers. You’ll learn how to achieve your goals and connect with women from all over the country.

Learn more about PLEN opportunities

Guiding Principles of the Center


  • Emphasizes interdisciplinary inquiry. The CEPE engages the Luther and broader community in conversation to better understand issues of public concern.
  • Focuses on public engagement and consideration of what active citizenship means and requires.