Oen Fellowship

Oen Fellows and Guest Lecturers

Ordean and Carol Oen
Ordean and Carol Oen

The Oen Fellowship program enables the department to invite a distinguished guest lecturer to Luther College biannually to explore and discuss intersections between religion, science, politics, and the arts. Oen Fellows spend three to five days on campus meeting with both faculty and students to discuss issues in formal and informal settings. The Oen Fellowship endowed program was established in 1992 through a gift by Ordean and Carol Oen, friends of H. George Anderson, the seventh president of Luther College and the second presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (1995-2001).

Students studying religion also benefit from many visiting lecturers. Some are hosted by the department and others are invited through various college-wide lecture series. Visiting lecturers in religion have included Cornell West (Princeton University), Diana Eck (Harvard), Martin Marty (University of Chicago), Elaine Pagels (Princeton University), and Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza (Harvard University).

Past Oen Lecturers

Marjorie Woollacott

Near Death Experiences: Windows into the Nature and Origin of Consciousness

    September 27, 2017

    David Hodge and Hi-Jin Kang Hodge

    "Impermanence: The Time of Man"

      October 2015

      Winnifred Sullivan

      "A Ministry of Presence: Chaplains Under Law"

        March 2013

        Robert Wright

        "The Evolution of God"

          October 2009

          David Domke

          "Religious Politics in America: Why the 2008 Presidential Election May Change Everything for Everyone"

            September 2008

            John F. Haught

            "Evolution and Faith: What is at Stake?"

              September 2006

              Rita M. Gross

              "Excuse Me, But What's the Question? Isn't Religious Pluralism Normal?"

                April 2004

                Marc Ellis

                "What Does It Mean to Be Jewish? Religious Identity and the Search for Peace in the Middle East"

                  April 2003

                  Elizabeth Morgan

                  "Poetic Justice: The Love Affair Between Literature and Politics"

                    November 2001

                    Larry Rasmussen

                    "Three Defining Images, One Defining Earth"

                      April 1997

                      Gordon Kaufman

                      "Modern Evolutionary Theory and the Reconception of God"

                        April 1994