Inklings


Amy Weldon Headshot

Luther College: by the book, and beyond

Professor Weldon cheers on and challenges our recent graduates to a life of expansive adventure and continuous learning, referencing our mention in Frank Bruni's new book "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be."

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Oxford's Bodleian Library, which houses Duke Humfrey's Library.

Narveson: Ruminations on a Sabbatical

Professor Kate Narveson has spent her 2014-2015 sabbatical studying devotional manuscripts, seeking to understand how religion shapes the authors' emotional habits and connecting what she finds to the poems of John Donne and George Herbert. In conjunction with her research, Narveson travelled this past fall to such cities as Cambridge, London, and Winchester, visiting the British Library as well as several county archives. This spring, she is working as a Research Fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC.

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Twenty years of freedom

Klammer sings the praises of "The Voice." And he's not talking about the TV show... rather about two legendary South African musicians, Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlesela.

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Amy Weldon

Weldon on Publishing Spree

The Luther College English Department is proud to offer belated congratulations to Dr. Amy Weldon, whose work appeared in Nov/Dec of 2014 on Bloom, an online magazine dedicated to writers who began publishing after the age of 40.

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Nancy Simpson-Younger

Paideia Text and Issues lecture featuring Nancy Simpson-Younger

A sleeping body on stage is thought to have little importance. It is just a body sleeping. However, according to playwrights and scholars of early modern England, the sleeping body was considered a cipher that holds secrets about its own identity and culture. Does the community at large have a responsibility to protect the sleeper's original identity? How can we confirm that this secret identity is who the sleeper really is?

Nancy Simpson-Younger, Luther visiting assistant professor of English, will attempt to answer these questions and more in her lecture "Watching the (Secret) Sleeper in Early Modern Drama," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall.

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A word for it: On being a teaching writer

Amy Weldon, Luther associate professor of English, writes about why "Being a writing teacher or a teaching writer is like being in a long marriage, where sometimes it's exciting and sometimes it's a drag and sometimes you have to work really hard to keep the spark alive amid the piles of email and dirty laundry and sometimes you succeed and sometimes you fail and sometimes just staying in it is a triumph."

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Frankenstein on what it means to be human

Was the Creature in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" human? Did his creator Victor Frankenstein forego parts of his humanity in the choices he made? Do we? Martin Klammer, Luther professor of English and Africana studies, debates the question "What does it mean to be human?" in his Paideia course and shares some of the conversation.

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Amy Weldon

The third rail: or, why are you here?

Finding the third rail means finding "that that current of electricity and excitement that doesn't just hold the engine in place but that truly makes it run" according to Amy Weldon, Luther associate professor of English. She encourages students (and faculty/staff) to find that third rail at Luther.

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Kate Narveson

Narveson Publishes Scholarly Book

Bible Readers and Lay Writers in Early Modern England: Gender and Religious Self-Definition in an Emergent Writing Culture, was published by Ashgate Publishing in September, 2012. Reviews of the book praise its significant and astute scholarly work as well as Narveson's lively, readable style.

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Mark Z. Muggli

Muggli Involved in Theatre/Dance Productions

Professor of English Mark Muggli’s second year as the Dennis M. Jones Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities has been busy. This semester’s projects have included three Shakespeare productions: the early October theatre PRODUCTION Much Ado About Nothing, the November DANCE PROGRAM, A Tragedy Like Macbeth, and the “Shakespeare Performed” class’s December PERFORMANCE of Twelfth Night.

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