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Center Stage Series

2017–18


Welcome to the 40th season of presenting here in the magnificent Center for Faith and Life (CFL). This season continues the rich Luther College tradition of offering a diverse range of internationally and nationally acclaimed groups in a variety of performing arts.

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October 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the dedication of the CFL and, as we look forward to celebrating this milestone, it feels appropriate to also celebrate the team of dedicated people who work behind the scenes to keep the building, and the Center Stage Series, ticking. For even a simple event to run smoothly in the CFL it takes a great deal of planning and experience. To pull off an entire Center Stage Series requires a dedicated, talented, and hardworking team. Some begin planning a performance 24–18 months in advance, some will drive hundreds of miles to collect equipment for a show, some will hang hundreds of lights and run a seemingly endless amount of cables, while some will work multiple 16-plus hour show days, not leaving until the CFL is prepared for the next event. It is also fitting to acknowledge Luther’s late president, Elwin Farwell (1963-1981). After all, it was his vision that led to the creation of a space, which now means so much to so many. I am immensely proud of the CFL team and we are all glad to share this season with you. We hope you enjoy being a part of it as much as we enjoy producing it for you.

Paul Atkins Director of Campus Programming

Photo credit: Chip Peterson

The CFL Team: Michael Anderson, Adam Ptacek, Susan Peterson, Paul Atkins, Bradley Phillips, Kendall Thompson, Mick Layden.

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Front cover photo: Ayodele Casel


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September 16

Spanish Brass

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September 30

Flip FabriQue “Catch Me!” 3

October 20

American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook The Gershwin Big Band Michael Andrew, Music Director

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November 4

Anat Cohen

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November 18

Thomanerchor Leipzig

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February 17

Art of Time Ensemble: Songbook with Steven Page 7

February 24

Lamajamal

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March 17

Ronald K. Brown / EVIDENCE Dance Company

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April 6

L.A. Theatre Works: The Mountaintop 10

Reformation Commemoration

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School Performances

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Ticket Office • Venue Information

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Tickets Purchasing • Subscriptions

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Campus Map • Event Parking

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Campus Highlights

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All performances are held in the Center for Faith and Life at Luther College.

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Saturday, September 16 7:30 p.m.

Tickets On sale Aug. 28

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One of the most dynamic and admired brass groups on the international music scene, Spanish Brass dazzles audiences with a range of styles from baroque to flamenco to jazz. The quintet has released 20 albums and founded three international brass festivals. No one sets higher standards for brass chamber music.

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Flip FabriQue Saturday, September 30 7:30 p.m.

“Catch Me!”

Tickets On sale Sept. 7

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In a high-energy mix of theatre and acrobatics, the artists of Flip FabriQue delight audiences of all ages as they tumble, juggle, and bounce their way through a captivating and awe-inspiring performance. The troupe “projects an irrepressible spirit of fun,” using world-class circus training to offer mind-blowing, gravitydefying “acts that don’t seem humanly possible” (New York Times).

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American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook

Presented by The Gershwin Big Band Michael Andrew, Music Director Friday, October 20 7:30 p.m.

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Join singer and bandleader Michael Andrew for an evening of iconic American music by the inimitable George Gershwin, whose music remains as fresh and irresistible as it was during the Jazz Age. Backed by a 17-piece band, the virtuosic Andrew performs favorites from Broadway, Hollywood, opera, and the classic American songbook.

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Anat Cohen

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Saturday, November 4 7:30 p.m.

Tickets On sale Oct. 19

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Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. As “one of the brightest, most original young instrumentalists in jazz� (Washington Post), Cohen brings to the stage a soulful blend of modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and Afro-Cuban styles.

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Thomanerchor Leipzig

Saturday, November 18 7:30 p.m.

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Tickets On sale Oct. 26

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Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear J.S. Bach’s own choir! Established in 1212 and representing 800 years of musical tradition, this iconic all-boys choir continues to be a strong cultural influence worldwide. With its light, bright, distinctive sound, the St. Thomas Choir delivers an evening of uplifting, transcendent music that hasn’t changed since Bach himself directed it.

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Art of Time Ensemble:

Songbook with Steven Page

Saturday, February 17 7:30 p.m.

Steven Page, of the Barenaked Ladies, joins Toronto’s highly inventive Art of Time Ensemble in an evening of seminal songs by Randy Newman, Radiohead, Elvis Costello, Barenaked Ladies, Leonard Cohen, and others. These gems are reimagined by some of the greatest minds in classical, pop, and jazz, and delivered by a defining voice in contemporary rock. Songbook is chamber music for the modern era.

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Lamajamal

Saturday, February 24 7:30 p.m.

Lamajamal combines Middle Eastern, North African, Balkan, and Roma traditions with luscious, dubbed-out production, Tickets hip-hop influence, and a rock band's sensibilities. Highly On sale danceable, heavily percussive, with a “knack for sexy, Dec. 5 serpentine grooves and a mean, mean oud player" See (Chicago Reader), Lamajamal is a band without borders page 17 that will infect the audience with its complex, riveting, cross-cultural music.

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Photo credit: Lelund Durond Thompson

Saturday, March 17 7:30 p.m.

Blending traditional African dance with contemporary choreography, EVIDENCE shares the African Diaspora experience with its audience through vibrant, kinetic movement, music, and spoken word. The New York Times lauds this Brooklyn-based group for its “magnificently textured style, which shifts from earthy, raw-powered movement to jumps that send dancers sailing into the air like spirits.�

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2018

Friday, April 6 7:30 p.m.

Tickets On sale Mar. 15

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On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside his motel room. Almost exactly 50 years later, L.A. Theatre Works brings its radio-style theatre to Decorah to imagine what may have transpired in that room the night before the assassination. King reveals his hopes, regrets, and fears, creating a masterful bridge between mortality and immortality.

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Commemorate 500 Years of the Reformation with Luther College

1517–2017 the

REFORMATION of everything Exploring a movement that changed the world

Gehard Marcks Lecture: Jeffery Chipps Smith Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7 p.m. Olin 102

Jeffery Chipps Smith, Kay Fortson Chair in European Art at the University of Texas at Austin, will present the Gerhard Marcks lecture in Art History. A world-renowned expert in art of the early modern period, Smith will speak to the issue of “Art and the Challenges of the Lutheran Reformation.”

Singing the Faith: A Reformation Hymn Festival with Marty Haugen ’73 Sunday, October 29, 2017, 4 p.m. Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Led by Luther alumnus and renowned composer of church music, Marty Haugen, this event celebrates the role of music, hymns, and singing in the shared work of spiritual formation, proclaiming the Gospel, and building community across generations, cultures, and traditions.

Symposium The Reformation of Everything, 1517–2017 Tuesday, October 31, 2017

What was the Reformation? How did it impact Christianity, the church, education, broader society, and culture? How has it shaped Luther College? Join the Luther community for a one-day symposium on the Reformation, its historical impact, and its continuing influence. Professor Brad Gregory of the University of Notre Dame will present the opening address, “Why the Reformation Still Matters (Whether We Want It to Or Not).” Marty Haugen ’73, renowned composer of liturgical music, will offer workshops. Faculty from across disciplines and other members of the broader Luther community will present, perform, and discuss the Reformation and its legacies.

Luther College Music Department: Reformation Commemoration Concert Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

This concert will premiere the Reformation Cantata, a work composed in honor of the Reformation Commemoration by four Luther College alumni and four current students. The program will also include a new work for concert band, jointly commissioned by a consortium of Lutheran colleges. Featured ensembles include Concert Band, Collegiate Chorale, and Cathedral Choir. All reformation events are open to the public with no charge for admission.

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Matinee

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Performances

Theatreworks USA:

Thursday, November 9, 2017 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. K to 4th grade From the moment his striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will Mom find when she comes home? Curriculum connections: caring, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness

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Nugget and Fang Tuesday, February 27, 2018 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Pre-K to 2nd grade This colorful musical tells the story of Nugget, a minnow, and Fang, a shark, who get along swimmingly—until Nugget’s first day of minnow school, where he learns that minnows should fear sharks. But when Nugget and his schoolmates are caught up in some big trouble, can Fang prove he’s a true friend by saving the day? Curriculum connections: family relationships, literature-based, values-based Due to generous support of donors and sponsors, all tickets are just $2 per child. Area schools have priority for school matinees; community members are welcome as space is available. Big Yellow School Bus Grants available at www.iowaartscouncil.org. All performances are one hour and take place in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Reservations are made separately from the Center Stage Series; contact Luther’s Ticket Office at (563) 387-1293 or tickets@luther.edu.

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Offered by the Norse Culinary Team The highly creative and talented chefs of the Norse Culinary Team invite you to partake in the Center Stage Dinner Series, featuring a different multi-course menu to complement each evening’s performance. Local ingredients will be used whenever possible and highlighted at each dinner. The dinners are served on campus within walking distance of the Center for Faith and Life, where the performances are held. All meals will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room on the second floor of the Dahl Centennial Union. Dinner tickets are $19 per person. Wine and beer are available for purchase. A distinctive vegan entrée (V) will be available for every meal. Special dietary needs will be accommodated as we are able; please inform the Ticket Office at time of ticket purchase (a minimum of 24 hours prior to the meal). Guests who want to sit together should designate this on the order form (or notify the Ticket Office a minimum of 24 hours prior to the meal). Luther students may use NordiCash. Menu items are subject to change based on availability. More information about the dinner series is available at tickets.luther.edu. Saturday, September 16, 2017: Spanish Brass Celebratory subscriber dinner. By invitation only. A taste of Spain’s heritage with modern style Starter: Grilled pan cateto (rustic Spanish bread) with Manchego, jamón serrano, apple, and whole grain mustard. Entrée: Seared sea bass with sweet corn saffron rice, tomato water, and sweet peas, or marinated fried tofu “scallops” (V). Dessert: Vanilla bean– grapefruit frozen custard with quince jelly and almond crisp. Saturday, September 30, 2017: Flip FabriQue Fresh, fun flavors, combined with precision Starter: Watermelon salad with balsamic-beet reduction, chèvre, pistachio, and bull’s blood micro greens. Entrée: Apple-pecan smoked pork tenderloin with flash-braised apple, fennel, and orange marmalade over smashed baby red rosemary potatoes and grilled asparagus, or roasted vegetable-quinoa stuffed portabella mushroom and herbgrilled tomato (V). Bread: Grilled baguette with olive oil. Dessert: spiced cherry sorbet martini with cola syrup rim, fresh cherries, and amaretti cookie.

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Friday, October 20, 2017: The Gershwin Big Band Irresistible, classic compositions Starter: Berkshire sausage and caramelized wild mushroom crostini with Prairie Breeze cheese and micro kale. Entrée: Herb-grilled Ferndale turkey breast with brandy-braised pears and cranberry gastrique over whipped squash, roasted parsnips, and green beans, or spice-roasted chickpeas and cauliflower (V). Dessert: Blueberry and ginger cream tart with whipped Meyer lemon curd, ginger syrup, and candied lemon zest. Saturday, November 4, 2017: Anat Cohen Inspired by Brazil, soulful and sweet Starter: Mariscos a la chalaca (mussels with onion, corn, and tomato relish). Entrée: Picanha (beef) sous vide with heirloom tomato and tomato vinaigrette over zucchini nest, or black bean and rice cake (V). Bread: Pao de queijo (Brazilian-style cheese bread). Dessert: Bolo de mousse de chocolate (moist chocolate cake layered with chocolate mousse) with strawberry and dark chocolate. Saturday, November 18, 2017: Thomanerchor Leipzig Traditional flavors that transcend the centuries Starter: Potato soup with fresh herbs. Entrée: Apple-brined bone-in pork loin with pan jus over braised root vegetables and Brussels sprouts with cranberry and apple, or red beanstuffed zucchini (V). Bread: Pumpernickel. Dessert: Reformationsbrotchen (jam-filled, glazed yeast buns). Saturday, February 17, 2018: Art of Time Ensemble: Songbook with Steven Page Innovative twists on longtime favorites Starter: Apple and roasted squash crostini with bacon and whole grain mustard-maple gastrique. Entrée: Lobster and smoked Gouda cavatappi primavera with sautéed asparagus, or chickpea ragout (V). Dessert: Strawberry cream cake with Grand Marnier glaze and crystallized mint. Saturday, February 24, 2018: Lamajamal Luscious, cross-cultural flair Starter: Grilled flatbread Pindjur (tomato and bell pepper relish) with goat cheese and micro-greens salad. Entrée: Lemon-scented shrimp with djuvec (ratatouille-style simmered vegetables) over satarash (stir-fried risotto), or dolmas (stuffed roasted vegetables) (V). Dessert: Knedle (plum dumplings) with plum reduction and pistachio. Saturday, March 17, 2018: Ron K. Brown / EVIDENCE—A Dance Company Vibrant combination of custom and innovation Starter: Sweet pea bisque with crisp prosciutto, pea shoots, and lavender yogurt. Entrée: Slow-braised smoked lamb shank with cognac demi-glace over couscous pilaf with green beans and carrots, or couscous pilaf–stuffed, herb-roasted tomato (V). Bread: Aged-cheddar twist. Dessert: Celeriac-lime sorbet with ginger cream, hazelnut biscotti, crystallized celery leaf, and candied ginger. Friday, April 6, 2018: L.A. Theatre Works—The Mountaintop Feast of flavor from America’s heritage Starter: Spinach salad with toasted quinoa, pickled strawberry, carrot, chili-spiced almonds, cheddar crisps, and honey-lemon vinaigrette. Entrée: Cornmeal-dusted chicken breast with peppercorn velouté over smoked pork belly–braised kale and onion and herb-whipped potatoes, or cornmeal-dusted portobello with sundried tomato chutney (V). Bread: Egg-and-butter rolls. Dessert: Pecan pie with charred peach and sorghum butter • (V) = vegan • All items are subject to availability

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Mail: Ticket Office, CFL, Luther College 700 College Drive, Decorah, Iowa 52101 (include a stamped, addressed, business-sized envelope)

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Phone: (563) 387-1357 • (800) 458-8437 (800-4Luther) Email: tickets@luther.edu Online: Log in to your account at tickets.luther.edu. You have an account if you have purchased Luther tickets in the past, online or not. Do not create a new account. If you have any difficulties or have special requirements, please contact the Ticket Office. In person: Regular Hours:

Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Thursday 9 a.m. –7 p.m. Closed for chapel. 9 a.m. to showtime on performance days. 1 p.m. to showtime for Saturday performances.

Summer Hours: Monday–Friday (May 22–July 28) 10 a.m. –1 p.m. Closed August 7–13.

Fees and Discounts Ticket fees are waived for subscribers! Individual tickets purchased online or via phone have a $2/ticket fee. No fee for purchases at the Ticket Office. Group rates are available at a 15% discount for 10 or more. Gift cards are available; gift subscriptions are available when purchased by August 25.

Venue Information and Policies All performances are held in the Center for Faith and Life at 7:30 p.m. All sales are final. Sorry, no refunds. Children under 4 years of age are not admitted to Center Stage events. Perfumes and colognes are discouraged in consideration of the allergies of other patrons. Hearing devices are available at no charge from the Ticket Office. Accessible seating is available on the main floor. Accessible seating is not available in the balcony. We appreciate advance information to help with special needs.

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Season Tickets Season packages may be purchased by mail or in person at the Ticket Office. Complete the form below (or download it from tickets.luther.edu) and mail to the address below. This form is only for packages of 5 or more performances, not individual tickets. Only 400 subscriptions are available. Select 5 or more different events for each subscription. Designate the desired number of regular, senior, or youth tickets and complete the math for a total price. Returning subscribers must respond by Friday, July 14 to retain last year’s seats. All subscription orders must be received by Friday, August 25. Dinner tickets are separate from your subscription, and are $19 for all events, ages 4 and up. Any number of dinner tickets may be purchased; they are not tied to your subscription. Event/Day

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Spanish Brass Sat., September 16

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Sept. 16  dinner by invite only.

Flip FabriQue Sat., September 30

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The Gershwin Big Band Fri., October 20

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Anat Cohen Sat., November 4

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Thomanerchor Leipzig Sat., November 18

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Art of Time Ensemble Sat., February 17

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Lamajamal Sat., February 24

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EVIDENCE Dance Co. Sat., March 17

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LATW—The Mountaintop Fri., April 6

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Subscriber subtotal Discount 5–6 events—10% off (multiply event total by .10)= Discount 7–8 events—15% off (multiply event total by .15)= Discount 9 events—20% off (multiply event total by .20)= Subscriber total (subtract discount from subscriber subtotal)= Return completed form with payment to: Ticket Office, CFL, Luther College Dinner total 700 College Drive, Decorah, Iowa 52101 (include a stamped, addressed, Grand total due business-sized envelope)

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Any campus lot is available after 5 p.m. with the exception of the studentonly lot south of Loyalty Hall. Event parking is encouraged in the Library Lot behind Preus Library and in the Jenson Parking Lot. These parking areas are marked in blue. Dotted red lines show the walkways that lead to the performance venue. Handicapped parking is marked with a circled P, and some visitor spaces are available near the Center for Faith and Life entrances. Visit luther.edu/campus/map or contact the Ticket Office for specific driving directions. Ticket Office (563) 387-1357

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Campus

Highlights 2017–18

This listing highlights top-notch creative offerings by Luther College student artists and special guests. For a complete listing of events and activities, see luther.edu/events. Get tickets for all Luther events at tickets.luther.edu.

Signature Campus Events Oct. 7–8 Homecoming Oct. 10 Farwell Distinguished Lecture—James Fallows March 3 Ethnic Arts Festival

Visual and Performing Arts @ Jewell Theatre, CFA

Oct. 5–7 The Life of Galileo April 7–8 Dance and Theatre Senior Showcase May 3–5, 10–12 Soil Turning & Marie Antoinette

Music Department @ Center for Faith and Life Oct. 8 1:30 p.m. Nov. 5 4:00 p.m. Nov. 12 4:00 p.m. Nov. 19 4:00 p.m. Feb. 11 7:00 p.m. Feb. 13 7:30 p.m. March 11 4:00 p.m. April 10 7:30 p.m. April 17 7:30 p.m.

Homecoming Concert (Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band and Nordic Choir) Concert Band Concert Symphony Orcestra Concert Jazz Orchestra Concert Symphony Orchestra Homecoming Concert Nordic Choir Homecoming Concert Annual Benefactor’s Organ Recital— Paul Tegels Concert Band Homecoming Concert Jazz Orchestra Homecoming Concert

Center for Faith and Life Art Gallery Professional art exhibitions by local, regional, and national artists are displayed in the gallery on the upper level of the Center for Faith and Life. Please note that the CFL art gallery does not have elevator access. luther.edu/galleries Aug. 30–Oct 11 Oct. 19–Dec. 3 Feb. 12–March 2 March 7–April 6 April 10–May 27

“Great Places,” Carl Homstad ’73, oil paintings “Sola Scriptura: Biblical Text and Art Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation” “Hateful Things,” materials from the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University “Making Change,” David Kamm, mixed media “UnNatural History,” Diane Fox, photography

All dates subject to change. For information on events at Luther, contact the Campus Programming Office at (563) 387-1291 or visit luther.edu/events.

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