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.

Paul Gardner, Political Science Professor Emeritus, hosts an alumni travel group in Ireland 2019.

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How I Helped My Mom with Dementia

In this post, Professor Paul Gardner shares his experience of his mom entering the world of dementia, facing it with denial, and learning about ways he could have helped her enjoy her last memories.

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What Is Happening in America?

In this post, professor emeritus Gardner reflects on the January 6, 2021 mob attack on the Capitol and reminds us how the words of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution call for a more perfect union and extension of liberty to all Americans.

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