Academic Year 2011-12

Michelle Alexander author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness presented a lecture on Wednesday, February 15th, 7:00-8:30pm in the CFL Main Hall.

Nicholas Kristof spoke on Thursday, February 2 as the Farwell Distinguished Lecturer. Kristof has worked for the New York Times since 1984 and has twice won the Pulitzer Prize. Recently, he co-authored a book with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, entitled "Half the Sky." Prior to his visit, Luther hosted student-led reading groups on the book.

Carrie Newcomer and Parker J. Palmer came together to create an evening concert and day-long retreat experience on January 21 and 22. Both events were designed to encourage a new kind of political conversation—one that bridges our divides and helps restore civic community. In a time when it is easy to feel overwhelmed, discouraged or cynical, Carrie and Parker offered a journey of mind and spirit characterized by thoughtfulness, realism, vulnerability, good humor and hope.

Beth Ylvisaker, ('88) presented a guest lecture and recital entitled "Tracing My Musical Family Tree" on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Nobel Recital Hall of Jenson-Nobel Hall of Music. She performed pieces by Beethoven, Barber, Debussy, Grieg and Mozart.

Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen presented a lecture on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Valders Hall of Science.