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Phi Beta Kappa teaser

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'Bait and Switch: The Unexpected Career Journey of an English Major'

Discussing the benefits of a liberal arts education, Spruiell White, Luther class of 1967, will give the address at this year's induction ceremony for new members of the Luther College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. White will present a lecture at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28 in the Noble Recital Hall of Luther's Jenson Noble Hall of Music. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.

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Nordic

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Luther College Nordic Choir to perform in Des Moines

In collaboration with the Des Moines Symphony, the Luther College Nordic Choir will perform Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" during the Masterworks 6: Simon Sings Porgy and Bess concert. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Des Moines Civic Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Ticket information is available at https://dmsymphony.org/.

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Maxie Rockymore

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Luther hosts Kemp Memorial Lecture April 25

As part of Luther College's Black Student Union Reunion Weekend, Luther alumna Maxie (Jones) Rockymore '82, is serving as the keynote speaker for the annual Don Kemp Memorial Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the Shirley Baker Commons on Luther's campus.

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Dorian Summer Retreat

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Luther College to host second annual Dorian Choral Retreat

The Dorian Choral Retreat, now in its second year, will be hosted this summer at Luther College June 28-30. This event is available to all who are interested and at least 19 years of age. The retreat is ideal for Luther alumni, music educators, church musicians, career musicians and folks who just love singing. The goal of the weekend is to be a musical retreat, a way to recharge batteries, an opportunity to take a break from everyday life and a time to explore Decorah and Luther College.

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BSU

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Luther College celebrates 50th anniversary of Black Student Union

The 2018-19 academic year has marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Luther College Black Student Union. To celebrate this milestone, Luther has engaged in a yearlong celebration that will culminate with a BSU Reunion Weekend, April 25-28. Through four days of public events, the reunion weekend will bring the entire campus and broader Decorah community together to honor BSU founders and celebrate 50 years of BSU presence at Luther College.

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Luther College Spring Oratorio performance.

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Luther College music ensembles present 2019 Spring Oratorio concert

Luther College's music department presents the biennial Spring Oratorio concert, featuring Luther's Symphony Orchestra, Nordic Choir, Collegiate Chorale and Cathedral Choir. The performance includes Francis Poulenc's Gloria and Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms in commemoration of Bernstein's 100th birthday. The concert will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in Luther's Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

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Deborah Smith Pollard

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'When I Get to Heaven, I'm Gonna Jump and Shout:' Female Artists and the Life-Changing Song "Oh Happy Day"'

Luther College presents its 2019 Sihler Memorial Lecture featuring guest speaker Deborah Smith Pollard, University of Michigan-Dearborn Professor of English Literature and Humanities. Focusing on performances of the gospel music standard "O Happy Day" by female performers, the lecture commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Black Student Union at Luther College, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.

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Giving Day

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Luther College Giving Day to connect service with giving

Giving Day, a 16-hour fundraising event to support the Luther Fund at Luther College, will be held 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, March 7. The day features a simultaneous 12-hour live feed beginning at 8 a.m. bringing entertainment, engaging stories and information from students, faculty and staff across campus to Luther family and friends across the globe. The community is invited to make a gift, view the live feed and get real-time updates on Giving Day at luther.edu/giving-day.

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Kurayi Mahachi

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'Lyme disease among hunting dogs: field research in public health'

As a part of Luther College's Spring 2019 Biology Colloquium series, Kurayi Mahachi, Luther class of 2015, will present his lecture, "Lyme disease among hunting dogs: field research in public health," at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.

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Agents of Change

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'Agents of Change' Presented by Luther College BSU

In 1968, a group of students led the longest campus strike in United States history in search of equality and social justice for the African American community. Today this event is seen as a starting point for the establishment of ethnic studies and social equality. Through the stories of the young men and women who lead the battle for a more relevant and meaningful education for African American students, "Agents of Change" is a film that examines the racial conditions found on college campuses. As part of their 50-year anniversary commemoration, Luther College's Black Student Union will host a film screening of "Agents of Change" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus. Both the screening and discussion to follow are open to the public with no charge for admission.

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