History News and Events

Attendees at the Slave Narrative Seminar Summer 2016

Anderson Chosen to Participate in Selective “Slave Narratives” Seminar

Luther College is pleased to announce that Lauren Anderson was one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to participate in a special American history seminar on “Slave Narratives.” The multidisciplinary seminar for faculty members in history, English, and related fields used the slave narratives—as well as some other assigned secondary reading—to comprehend the lived experience of slaves themselves in the transition from bondage to freedom. From a pool of 66 highly competitive nominations, 27 faculty members were selected to participate in the seminar, which was held at Yale University June 19–24, 2016.

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History Majors Present their senior papers at the 2016 Student Research Symposium

Three History Majors presented their senior papers at the 2016 Student Research Symposium, Andrea Woodberry (History, Museum Studies), Anne Willey (History, Biology), and Ethan Taylor (History, Biology). Each paper brought their undergraduate career to a compelling conclusion and sparked much conversation after each excellent presentation.

Read their abstracts below to learn a little more about each one's research.

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Burning of Master Hooper, Bishop of Gloucester

Martin Luther's Reaction to the Reformation's First Executions

Robert Christman's article "For He is Coming: Revisiting Martin Luther's Reaction to the Reformation's First Executions" was recently published in the German periodical Lutherjahrbuch 82 (2015), 11-43. You will find information about ordering the article at the publisher's website.

Victoria Christman and Robert Christman held a lecture series titled "The Reformation and the Common Folk (Germany and the Low Countries)" for the ELCA's School of Lay Ministry Dec. 11-12 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.  

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Joie Tanaka, Shane O'Leary, Alayna Nelson, and Andy Todd present their senior papers

History Senior Paper Presentations in Fall 2015

On Tuesday, December 8, four seniors in the history department shared their research. They were split into two separate panels, one concerning the teaching of history in secondary education and the other talking about the international effects of disease.

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Jodi Evans (’84), Matthew Cox (’08), and Chris Johnson (’87)

History Alumni Event November 2015 "fantastic" according to attendees

On November 5, Jodi Evans (’84), Chris Johnson (’87) and Matthew Cox (’08) spoke to an audience of history and museum studies students and faculty about their lives since Luther. The event was co-sponsored by the History department, Phi Alpha Theta, Museum Studies program, and the Luther College Career Center.

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Chris Johnson, President and CEO of Vesterheim

History Alumni Visit Luther to discuss Museum Careers

Jodi Evans ('84), Chris Johnson ('87), and Matt Cox ('08) all graduated from Luther College with degrees in history and now work in museum/public history settings. Jodi is the Registrar of the State Historical Society of Iowa and Vice President of the Iowa Museum Association, Chris is the President/CEO of Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum & Heritage Center, and Matt is an exhibit creator at the Minneapolis Children's Museum. This event will bring them to campus to talk about their career paths from graduation to today, focusing on how their degrees have aided them in their work. They will each speak for 15-20 minutes, and there will be a question and answer session to follow.

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