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Paideia Text & Issues: "Resilient Communities in a Time of Change"

  • Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: Zoom

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Luther College Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies Jon Jensen will present “Resilient Communities in a Time of Change” on Tuesday, April 13 on Zoom. This is the last lecture of the 2020-21 Paideia Texts and Issues series Building Community in a Changing Society. Jensen, with Luther seniors Piper Wood, Carina Hansen, and Jonathan Rivera, will discuss how communities can increase resilience and prepare for social and environmental changes in the twenty-first century.

How do communities respond to challenges in this era of rapid change?  What can be done to increase resilience and build community to prepare for the next disruption? This talk examines these larger questions in the context of case studies of research involving Luther students and faculty.  Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies Jon Jensen will be joined by three Luther seniors to examine case studies that shed light on community resilience and the many ways that Luther students and faculty are addressing questions raised by our changing times.   Piper Wood will share the results of research she conducted on the Upper Iowa River Watershed and the impacts of the flood of August 2016, especially on the unincorporated community of Freeport near Decorah.  Psychology major Carina Hansen will present her research on the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative and a partnership with the Mayo Clinic that researched the impacts of interventions to address childhood obesity in Northeast Iowa.  Finally, Jonathan Rivera will provide an international case study with his research on solar microgrids as a response to climate change in Puerto Rico in response to Hurricane Maria and its destruction.  Using these case studies as context, Jensen will provide analysis and lessons learned for communities seeking to increase resilience and prepare for social and environmental changes that characterize the twenty-first century.

Questions? Contact Bonnie Johnson, 563-387-1153