Exploring what resources and conditions have fueled faculty research at the college, Luther College Professor Emeritus Richard Cole will present a lecture at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Mott Room of the Dahl Centennial Union.
The event, titled "Research, Writing, and Teaching at a Small College," is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Cole's presentation asks what aspects of teaching at Luther were helpful for research and writing at a small liberal arts college. In part, Luther's library holdings in European history and literature, and stipends for travel and research sabbaticals such as the National Endowment for the Humanities seminars in Europe and the Common Market encouraged high level scholarship by Luther professors.
Faculty scholarship at Luther College has produced several published authors, especially in the humanities, Cole noted. He explained that Luther College Professor Emeritus Knut Gjerset, known for his "History of Iceland," used literary sagas by Snorri Sturlason from Luther's library collection in his research; Professor Emeritus John R. Christianson, wrote the biography "On Tycho's Island: Tycho Brahe and His Assistants;" and Emeritus David T. Nelson was Luther's first Rhodes scholar.
Cole's own research on the status of the Reformation in Lutheran areas in the 17th century was furthered by the discovery of a book of Lutheran funeral sermons printed in 1627. Analyzing this source led Cole to evidence that he feels dismisses a misconception that the Lutheran tradition lacks a definable set of social visions.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,005, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.