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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Return from Fright Mountain

Gereon Kopf, Luther College professor of religion, reflects on his trip to Fright Mountain and a Buddhist temple that offers services where family members can contemplate the questions of what happens after death.

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Music in the headlines

Brooke Joyce, associate professor of music and composer-in-residence at Luther College, asks readers to consider the importance of music and art in everyday life.

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Future of photography

Aaron Lurth, director of visual media, on the challenges of professional photographers due to the rise of the "citizen journalist." Do we need professional photographers?

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Literature remains ever-new

Martin Klammer, Luther professor of English and Africana studies, discusses how literature can mean different things to different people, and how the emotional connection we form with books affects that meaning.

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My Amish education

Bob Shedinger, Luther associate professor of religion, discusses what we can learn from traditional societies, after befriending an Old Order Amish family.

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