J-term opportunities go beyond the classroom. There are special guest speakers, workshops, films, concerts, small reading groups, and community events to complement what's going on in classrooms around campus.
For example, in January 2013:
- Luther hosted the annual Oneota Film Festival—bringing independent filmmakers and students from far and wide for a weekend of discussion and learning
- Students, faculty, and staff formed a group to read together the novel When Madeline Was Young, by award-winning author and artist-in-residence Jane Hamilton; Ms. Hamilton also offered a public reading and joined the group for discussion
- Jeffrey James, featured on Season 3 of NBC's "The Voice," performed in concert as part of the student-run "Spotlight" series, in Marty's CyberCafé at Luther
- Friends and families from the Decorah community joined Luther students for games and events at the annual Winter Carnival in the Regents Center (absence of snow didn't stop the fun!)
- The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration featured a lecture and discussion with distinguished visiting scholar Dr. Ula Taylor, University of California-Berkeley, on "Black Power within the Nation of Islam"
- English students staged a public, open-mic marathon reading of all of John Milton's epic poem, Paradise Lost, by the cozy fireplace in the student Union
- And of course, there were the swimming, basketball, and wrestling teams to cheer on.