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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'Ad te levavi'

Brooke Joyce, associate professor of music and composer-in-residence at Luther College, wishes you a safe and joyous holiday season and shares a short organ meditation on a chant based on "Ad te levavi."

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Gereon Kopf

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What to do about disagreement?

Gereon Kopf, Luther College professor of religion, challenges the community to think critically about disagreement and what readers can do to open themselves to a different point of view.

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Leadership Lessons from Cicero

Philip Freeman, Luther professor of classics, discusses how Cicero was able to see through the follies of political stubbornness during Caesar's reign by making an interesting and thought-provoking argument relating Cicero's writings to the present day political world.

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Rob Shedinger

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Handel's irony

Robert Shedinger, Luther associate professor of religion, contemplates the irony of Handel's "Messiah." For Isaiah, Cyrus is the Lord's Messiah, not Jesus! Does the 2,000-year-old interpretive tradition that reduces Isaiah to nothing more than a prophetic predictor of the coming of Jesus erase the far more prophetic message standing at the heart of Isaiah's proclamation?

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Kate Elliot


Teaching during 'Christmas at Luther'

Kate Elliot, Luther assistant professor of art history, discusses the relationship between studies and extracurricular activities during "Christmas at Luther" week, as well as the understanding that these activities are actively developing some of the "soft" skills that students so desperately need in the workforce.

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Major decision

Rob Larson, vice president for Communications and Marketing, tells readers about a recent conversation he had with his son concerning college majors and whether or not he and his wife would ever be "empty-nesters."

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Teaching is believing

Sheila Radford-Hill, executive director of Luther's Diversity Center, blogs about teaching, learning and believing, and shares a touching story of how her teaching pedagogy came full circle through the memory of a former student.

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Tiny joys of a botanist

Beth Lynch, Luther associate professor of biology, examines one of the autumn "tiny joys" she finds in nature, and asks readers to "play science" with her to find out why we can find flowers in November.

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