Luther College Faculty Research Symposium April 7

Celebrating the varied creative and scholarly pursuits by faculty and staff, the fifth annual Luther College Faculty Research Symposium is Saturday, April 7, in Valders Hall of Science on the Luther campus.

The day-long event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Modeled after the student research symposium held each spring, the Faculty Research Symposium is an outlet for Luther faculty to share and discuss their research and ongoing projects with colleagues, students and the Decorah community. Each of the five panels is composed of presentations from a cross-section of disciplines.

The day begins with welcome, introductions and refreshments at 9:30 a.m. in Valders Room 206.

The first session is 10-10:50 a.m. It includes:

  • Panel one, "Translating Communities," Room 206. Participants are Maryna Bazylevych from anthropology, discussing "Medicine is not a Business, Health is not a Commodity, Physicians are not Salesmen!: The Role of Class in Professional Identity of Healthcare Providers in Ukraine," and Andy Meyer from Nordic Studies, discussing, "Translation and Other Troubles: Svalbard's First Woman Polar Bear Hunter."
  • Panel two, "Political Contexts," Room 262. Participants include Michael Engelhardt, political science, with "Morale Bombing in the Smart Bomb Era," and Tony Mutsune, economics, accounting and management, with, "Competitors or Complements: Behavioral Proclivity and Investing Strategy."

The second session is 11-11:50 a.m. and includes:

  • Panel three, "Gendered Interruptions," Room 206. Participants are James Hoke, religion, with "παρὰ φύσιν; ἅλις ἤδη (Unnatural? Enough Already!): Feminism and Queerness Interrupt Paul," and Anita Carrasco, anthropology, with, "Healers, Sorcerers and Misfortune: Indigenous Women's Strategies for the Protection of their Health and Wellness."
  • Panel four, "Teaching Journeys," Room 252. Panelists are Jill Wilson, education/music, discussing, "A Comparison of Music Faculty and Music Education Faculty Beliefs Regarding Music Curricula for Pre-service Teachers," and Amy Weldon, English, presenting, "Gain Experience!: Literature, Travel, and Life."

Following a lunch break from noon-1 p.m., the fifth panel, "Means of Illumination," is 1-2:30 p.m. in Valders 206. Panelists are Alfredo Alonso Estenoz of modern languages, literatures and linguistics, presenting, "Cuban Writers and the Revolution: A Reference Guide," Molly Wilker, chemistry, with her research, "Creating Fules with Sunlight," and David Faldet, English, with, "Victorian Malaise and the Ground Beneath Us."

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