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Guy Nave, Luther College professor of religion

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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Steve Downs teaser

'Tribal Justice and the Erosion of Civil Rights: How Scapegoating Muslims Threatens Us All'

Tribalists who advocate for their tribal interests and try to bully other tribes into becoming subservient are increasingly dominating public discourse. Steve Downs, attorney at law, will reflect on the question of who speaks for the common good and what the role of religion is when religions themselves act like tribes in his lecture titled, "Tribal Justice and the Erosion of Civil Rights: How Scapegoating Muslims Threatens Us All," at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus.

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Scott Hurley

'Corporal Wisdom, Embodied Compassion'

Whether it occurs on a microscopic cellular level or in widespread social structure, change is a necessity for the survival of all organisms. On the other hand, the stagnation of one being can lead to the downfall of many more. Scott Hurley, Luther College associate professor of religion, will discuss how classical Chinese cosmology links the health of individuals, the state and the cosmos, to the ability of each level to change and adapt at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus.

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Luther Professors Deb Norland and Michael Engelhardt

'Displacement, Fear and Hope: The Impermanence of Place for Syrian Refugees'

For decades, Syria was a stable, though repressive, Middle Eastern dictatorship, much like many other states in the region. In 2010, stability gave way to a civil war, which triggered a massive outflow of refugees. Michael Engelhardt, Luther College professor of political science, and Deborah Norland, Luther College professor of education, will discuss the flight of Syrian refugees from their homeland at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus.

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Gereon Kopf, Luther College professor of religion

Do we really know what we are doing?

Do we choose inclusion or exclusion? Do we choose the compassion of tolerance or the irascibility of hubris? Will we be a nation that seeks solutions for those in need or will we indulge in rhetoric and forget the past? Professor Kopf argues that the key lies in our awareness of the shortcomings of our communities and ourselves.

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Interfaith Symposium, March 2 - 3

Luther will host an Interfaith Symposium on March 2 and 3. The event will feature worship services, Q&A sessions, and a panel discussion with Paul Knitter, Malcolm Nazareth, and Najeeba Syeed.

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