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.

Guy Nave, Luther College professor of religion

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Justice is not a zero sum-game

Guy Nave explains the "zero sum fallacy"—the belief that all resources are fixed and limited, therefore, one person's gain is always another person's loss, and how when it comes to justice... more justice for one, is more justice for all.

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La Donna McGohan, Luther College associate professor of nursing

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Putting ALL the pieces together

From the academic "Nursing Educator" to the amusing "Hater of Washing Dishes" to the more serious "Experienced Postpartum Depression," Professor McGohan talks about putting together all the pieces of what makes us, well... us, and the importance of understanding mental health and the resources to manage it.

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Karen (Titus) Trewin, Luther College class of 1992, with her kids, Sean and Abby.

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For Patty Wetterling

"True strength is keeping everything together when everyone expects you to fall apart." Karen (Titus) Trewin, Luther class of 1992, explains her shock and despair when hearing a man confess to kidnapping, molesting and murdering 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling nearly three decades ago, and then finding grace and strength through Jacob's mother's Sept. 6 statement.

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Guy Nave, Luther College professor of religion

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Make America Great AGAIN?

In response to Donald Trump's presidential campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," Professor Guy Nave asks at what point during America's 250-year history of slavery, lynching, Jim Crow, segregation, anti-Civil Rights violence and other sundry forms of racialized violence and discrimination was America "great."

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Pedro dos Santos

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Be a voice where there is deafening silence

Professor dos Santos is speaking out against the racialized rationalization that followed the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the Dallas officers last week. He shares his personal (both positive and negative) encounters as a person of color with police officers.

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