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Tabita Green

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Work study: A day in the life

Luther doesn't just provide work-study positions for students, the college really strives to provide a work-study experience, allowing students to develop skills in areas they may not otherwise have experience in. Tabita Green, Luther director of web content, explains how work-study is not only a great experience for students, but also for their supervisors.

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Martin Klammer Headshot

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Frankenstein on what it means to be human

Was the Creature in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" human? Did his creator Victor Frankenstein forego parts of his humanity in the choices he made? Do we? Martin Klammer, Luther professor of English and Africana studies, debates the question "What does it mean to be human?" in his Paideia course and shares some of the conversation.

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Laurie Iudin-Nelson, professor of Russian Studies and director of Luther's Russian Studies and Nordic Studies departments

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Learning about peace

Director of both the Russian Studies and Nordic Studies departments, Professor Laurie Iudin-Nelson's plate is full of international insight already, but that doesn't mean she's done learning. Laurie discusses the importance of continuing to study peace making and reconciliation efforts.

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Char Kunkel, Luther professor of sociology

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'Hey guys': Gender and the power of words

"Three guys walked into a bar, a Jew, a Catholic and a Muslim. They ordered drinks. Which one ordered a Bloody Mary? Better yet, which one was named Mary?" Char Kunkel, Luther professor of sociology and director of Luther's Women and Gender Studies program, explores the power of gender in simple phrases like "Hey guys."

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Ellen Modersohn, Luther director of publications and design

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10 Ways Luther Educates Entrepreneurs

Do you know who came up with the technology behind Post-Its? (No it isn't Romy and Michele.) How about who invented the mouse scroll wheel? We do. Meeting with entrepreneurs, inventors and business execs is just one of the 10 ways Ellen Modersohn, Luther director of publications and design, talks about how Luther College educates entrepreneurs.

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Kirsten Jacobson

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Fulbright in Vietnam

Do they speak French in Vietnam? Odd as it may sound, the answer is yes, more than five percent of the population speaks French. Learn more about Vietnam with Luther grad Kirsten Jacobson as she begins her journey teaching there this upcoming year. With her recently awarded Fulbright, she discusses the opportunity to immerse herself in a part of the world that is unknown to many.

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Matthew Busche '07

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Tour de France

Matthew Busche '07, describes his first Tour de France experience and what the support from Luther and Decorah meant to him. Follow along as he shares his successes and failures of the greatest cycling race on earth.

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Amy Weldon

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The third rail: or, why are you here?

Finding the third rail means finding "that that current of electricity and excitement that doesn't just hold the engine in place but that truly makes it run" according to Amy Weldon, Luther associate professor of English. She encourages students (and faculty/staff) to find that third rail at Luther.

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Rob Shedinger

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What has Iowa to do with Gaza?

An hour south of Decorah, Iowa lies the small town of Elkader which bears the distinction of being one of the few towns in America (perhaps the only one) named for an Arab Muslim figure. Elkader’s founder named the settlement after the Emir Abdel-Kader, a well known Algerian military leader. Robert Shedinger, Luther associate professor of religion, asks "What was so significant about this Muslim leader that Davis would preserve his name in a small Iowa town?"

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