Performances of "Body of Water" are March 5-7

Performance merges arts and science to explore water concerns

Students at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, are combining dance, live music and video, merging the arts and science, to influence how people think about water use. The interdisciplinary performance "Body of Water," March 5-7, is one result of a biology and dance teaching partnership at Luther. In this project, dance and video reveal the sacredness of water, this essential molecule and elixir of life, while acknowledging challenges and solutions surrounding water usage and quality within the Dry Run Creek Watershed in northeast Iowa, Decorah, and the broader community.

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Luther students assist Professor Enos-Berlage in water collection and analysis.

Dry Run Creek Watershed is focus of 'Body of Water' performance

Research on water quality in northeast Iowa's Dry Run Creek Watershed has inspired a unique interdisciplinary performance at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. "Body of Water," March 5-7, combines dance, music and documentary video to express human connection with water, from how people are drawn to the sound and feel of it, to the water challenges humanity faces, to how people can keep water sources clean, in both urban and agricultural areas. Grant committee members at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, co-sponsor of the production, said the endeavor is "both innovative and important, and that using the arts to communicate about agricultural issues may be key to helping Iowans change both their attitudes and practices as they relate to water."

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Sheila Radford-Hill

Spotlight on Sex and Gender lecture Feb. 23

Sheila Radford-Hill, executive director of Luther's Diversity Center, will lecture on "A Race, Race(ed) Woman Speaks about Hypervisibility, Invisibility, and Micro-Aggression" for the Luther College Women and Gender Studies Department's Spotlight on Sex and Gender series at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in Valders 362.

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Stacyann Chin

SAC Spotlight presents Staceyann Chin Feb. 27

Spoken word poet Staceyann Chin will perform her poetry at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, on the Luther College campus. The performance, sponsored by Luther's Student Activities Council's Spotlight Committee, the Diversity Center and PRIDE, will be held in Marty's Café on the lower level of Dahl Centennial Union.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door.

In addition to performing in and co-writing the Tony-nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, she has appeared in off-Broadway one-woman shows and the Nuyorican Poets Café. Chin also holds poetry workshops worldwide.

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Luther College Norse

David Pendergast to present guest lecture Feb. 26

David Pendergast, Luther College class of 2002 and vice-president of corporate development and legal affairs at PCH International, will present a guest lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther College campus. The lecture, titled "Cross Pacific Partnerships: The Shenzhen-Silicon Valley Innovation Bridge," is open to the public with no charge for admission.

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Luther named Fulbright U.S. Student Top Producer

Luther College named top producer of U.S. Fulbright students

Luther has been named among the top schools in the United States for number of students granted a Fulbright award. The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. students and the list was highlighted in the "The Chronicle of Higher Education." The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program.

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Taylor Brorby, environmentalist, activist and writer

'Drill, Baby, Drill: The North Dakota Oil Boom and Iowa's Future'

Taylor Brorby has a unique perspective on the fracking industry in North Dakota. He has studied how it has created boom towns and boom industries, and all of the unique and unforeseen challenges that follow. There is no other place in contemporary America where one can witness this process at the rate and intensity as it has occurred in North Dakota. Brorby, writer, environmentalist and GLBT rights activist, will give the lecture "Drill, Baby, Drill: The North Dakota Oil Boom and Iowa's Future" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206.

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Tim Johnson, Seed Savers seed bank manager

'Garden Hackers, Rogue Biologists, and Agricultural Anarchists'

Tim Johnson, Seed Savers seed bank manager, will discuss the biology of seeds, seed storage, a brief history of agriculture and the cultural practice of seed saving as the first step toward agriculture in the lecture "Garden Hackers, Rogue Biologists, and Agricultural Anarchists:  The Biology and Culture of Seed Saving" at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in Valders Hall of Science, Room 206 on the Luther College campus.

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Jonathon Struve

POSTPONED: Luther's Jonathon Struve to perform baritone recital Feb. 21


Jonathon Struve, Luther College adjunct faculty in music, will perform a baritone recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Noble Recital Hall on Luther's campus. The recital is open to the public with no charge for admission and explores themes of love, infatuation, spirituality, the fantastic and the mundane, with texts by Leconte de Lisle, Paul Verlaine, Eduard Morike, Walt Whitman and Lewis Carroll, among others.

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Richard Merritt

POSTPONED: Richard Merritt and Scott Hurley present lecture Feb. 17

THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN POSTPONED, new date and time TBA. Richard Merritt, Luther College professor of art, and Scott Hurley, Luther assistant professor of religion, will present the Paideia Texts and Issues lecture "Invisible Geographies: Violence and Oppression in the Prison Industrial Complex and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus.

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Heidi Brende Leathwood, pianist

Luther College to host pianist Heidi Brende Leathwood

Heidi Brende Leathwood, guest pianist, will present a concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the CFL Recital Hall. Brende Leathwood will perform Sonata in A Major, Sonata in G Major and Sonata in D Minor by Domenico Scarlatti, Sonata Op. 31 No. 1 and Sonata Op. 109 by Beethoven, and Piano Sonata No. 1 by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

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Dorian festival

Luther to host the 67th annual Dorian Band Festival

Luther College will host the 67th annual Dorian Band Festival Feb. 22-23. High school band students, from approximately 125 schools, nominated by their high school directors come to stay on campus for the chance to experience Luther, rehearse with music faculty and perform in concert.

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