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Luther College announces "Texts and Issues Lecture Series" speakers
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Luther College tradition continues this year with the return of "Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture Series." Since 1983, Luther faculty have presented research from a variety of disciplines, centered on a common theme. This year the focus is on "Resistance and Resilience."
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Each year the Paideia Governing Board selects four to five presentation proposals that provide a range of perspectives from the liberal arts.
"In contemplating responses to oppression, this year's widely varying topics offer us inspiring models of individual courage and creativity, and collective strength," said Kathy Reed, Paideia program director.
All lectures will take place at 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall with receptions to follow in Qualley Lounge. Sponsored by the Paideia Endowment, these events are always open to the public with no charge for admission.
Here are the lectures for the 2019-20 academic year. For more information, visit the Luther events calendar at luther.edu/events.
Sept. 24 – Martin Klammer, professor of English, presents "Steve Biko: Black Consciousness as Resistance to the Apartheid State"
Drawing inspiration from liberation movements across Africa and from Black Power and black theology in the United States, Black Consciousness inspired a generation of South African blacks to create community centers, clinics and other self-help organizations, and to stand up to the apartheid regime, often at the risk of their lives. Biko himself died while in police custody, but his life, writing and legacy lived on, helping bring about the end of apartheid and a new South Africa in 1994.