Ideas and Creations

The ideas and viewpoints expressed in the posts on the Ideas and Creations blog are solely the view of the author(s). Luther College's mission statement calls us to "embrace diversity and challenge one another to learn in community," and to be "enlivened and transformed by encounters with one another, by the exchange of ideas, and by the life of faith and learning." Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the college are encouraged to express their views, model "good disagreement" and engage in respectful dialogue.

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Practicing inclusive pedagogy

Sheila Radford-Hill, executive director of the Diversity Center, talks about the importance of validating students for who they are, which "invites them to think through the complexities and contradictions inherent in a complex understanding of the world."

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From the courtroom to the classroom

What's the difference between a lawyer and a college professor? Sound like a bad joke? Steve Holland compares being a litigation attorney to being a college professor. It isn't as different as you might think!

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What do our beliefs say about us?

Guy Nave, Luther College associate professor of religion, highlights the socially constructed nature of beliefs and belief systems, and how they say far more about us than they do about the "gods" we claim to accept or reject.

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Robert Vrtis



Robert Vrtis, Luther assistant professor of theatre, paints a picture with words, or more specifically a voice-his 18-month-old daughter's voice. He takes a look at why we don't "feel out loud" and whether or not that's good.

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Brad Miller

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Why MOOCs? Why not?

Brad Miller, associate professor of computer science, asks the question, "What is the role of online education at Luther College?" and discusses the pros and cons of MOOCs.

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Aaron Lurth

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Can we trust photos? Should we?

Though the term "Photoshopping" is relatively new,  Aaron Lurth, Luther College director of visual media, explains that the practice of altering images is almost as old as the ability to photograph. His blog post questions whether or not we can or should trust photos.

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The art (and science) of film music

The art (and science) of film music is front and center these days at Luther College. In January, Luther associate professor of music, taught a new first-year seminar on film music, culminating in four collaborative film scores composed and performed by the students in his class.

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