Scholars Colloquium is a one-credit course that provides small-group discussions of readings, of local or national current events, or of the amazing cultural and intellectual events available on campus. Some sections of the colloquium focus on a particular theme for the semester; others range more broadly to include attendance at such events as lectures (by Luther faculty members and visiting scholars and dignitaries), concerts (ranging from classical to jazz to contemporary), theatre and dance performances, poetry readings, and art shows. The various sections of Scholars Colloquium are taught by faculty members from across the curriculum (open to first-year students by invitation).
What have been some of the most momentous debates in human history, and how did they influence the lives of people both then and now? Why were these issues so controversial, and why did they matter so much to those involved? How have these debates changed the world—or have they? These first-year seminars will explore in depth one or more of these “great debates” (think evolution, geocentrism, empire, civil rights, and more) and their role in shaping how we see ourselves and the world. This course is open to all first-year students, but intended for those wanting to explore the Scholars Intersections program.