Diversity at Luther College Celebration

Diversity Center

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Black Student Union

The BSU was established in fall 1968 by a group of students who craved a space where they could celebrate their culture, their accomplishments, and lift up black struggles. The yearlong celebration kicks off at Homecoming. Other lectures, alumni speakers, and special events will fill out the calendar, culminating in an alumni reunion celebration April 26-27, 2019.

Thursday, October 25
7:00 p.m.
Religion Forum: "History of Race Relations within the ELCA and at Luther College."
Maggie (Steinberg) Hagen '15
CFL Recital Hall 

Friday, October 26Image for BSU page.
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Homecoming Reception for Alumni, Students, and Friends
Norby House
No charge, but RSVP requested

Saturday, October 27
10:00 a.m.
All alumni and students are invited to join us to walk in Luther's Homecoming Parade.

11:00 a.m.
Diversity at Luther College: A Celebration Brunch
Join alumni and friends for a casual brunch hosted by Lisa Scott, Interim Dean for Institutional  Equity and Inclusion, celebrating the election of Denise '82 and Willie '84 Davismckennie as co-presidents of the Luther College Alumni Association.Image for BSU page.
Winneshiek Ballroom, Hotel Winneshiek
$15 per person/RSVP requested

Friday, November 2
7:00 p.m.
An embodied dialogue -- "Issues of Color: It's More than Black and White"  (special thanks to the Doris and Ragnvald Ylvisaker Endowment)
Center for the Arts, 121 (Studio One)

Tuesday, November 27
6:30 p.m.

2018 Women and Gender Studies Endowed Price Lecture
Gaone Masire '82, Head of Human Resources, African Union, Abuja, Nigeria
Gaone will also be a CEPE visitor at Luther (November 25-28). The Price Lecture is an endowed lecture funded by Lucile Brickner Brown Price to feature speakers who illustrate the roles, contributions, programs and achievements of women as leaders in society.

Monday, January 21, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lecture

Friday, February 28, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Black History Month Distinguished Lecture
Ibram Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Non-Fiction, his 2012 prize-winning book, The Black Campus Movement, will provide a wonderful historical context and backdrop for our yearlong celebration.

March 2019
The Sihler Lecture
Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard, Professor of English Literature and Humanities at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The Sihler Lecture is sponsored by the Sihler Family Endowment, which funds lectures with an emphasis on women in church music. The event is co-sponsored by the Luther Music Department and Women & Gender Studies program.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
4:30 p.m.
Don Kemp Memorial Lecture
Maxie (Jones) Rockymore '82, Playwright and Poet
Shirley Baker Commons

Friday, April 26-Sunday, April 28, 2019
Alumni Reunion
Join us on campus for a weekend celebration of the founding of the BSU at Luther College.

Several alumni have been invited back to campus to speak to students throughout the year, including: Christie Owens ’16, Maggie (Steinberg) Hagen ’15, Emerald-Jane (Aggrey-Appiah) Hunter ’03, Maxie (Jones) Rockymore ’82, and Spruiell White ’67. More events and information will be posted as plans for the celebration progress.

“50 Years of the BSU at Luther College,” an exhibit of historic photos and timeline will be available for viewing throughout the year. 

Decorah Area Accommodations

We hope you'll join us for these events over the 2018-2019 academic year!