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Andy Hageman appointed Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement | Securities


Andy Hageman, Associate Professor of English, has been appointed the new Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement (CEPE) at Luther College.

“I am delighted and honored to take on the role of Director of CEPE,” said Hageman. “My training, research and teaching focus on the power of storytelling, the ethical opportunities and challenges as new technologies emerge and shape our cultures, and the role that science fiction can play in the creative struggle against climate change and racism. I look forward to leading the center with particular attention to ethics in the stories we create, disseminate and consume about justice, from algorithms and athletics to ancient aquatic arthropods.

Founded in 2006, CEPE’s mission is to extend the conversation beyond the classroom by examining hypotheses, exchanging ideas and encouraging responsible action in our world. By encouraging and supporting in-depth reflection on ethical issues and responsible citizenship, the center helps students connect the pursuit of learning to what it means to live a meaningful life.

This mission is supported by programs such as guest speakers and residencies, discussions, reading groups, news meetings and panel discussions. A theme guides the attention of each year. This year, the theme is The Ethics of Leadership.

Hageman teaches courses in the English Department, Environmental Studies Program, Paideia Freshman Experience, and Ethics Cornerstones. It promotes the rigorous imagination of how and why an interdisciplinary liberal arts education prepares students for a future of life, work and civic engagement. He works with students to shape their core skills in creative analysis and design, ethical judgment, and the power of storytelling.

“The CEPE is a portal through which Luther’s students, faculty and staff can share their innovative and interdisciplinary work with larger communities. At the heart of my own work is the entanglement of different disciplines. I see the center as a way to connect projects and activities – a space where academics in English, environmental studies, and data science, for example, design projects together. Likewise, the center will offer students the opportunity to relate their academic work to the pathways they will take after graduation, ”said Hageman.

Hageman will begin his five-year term as Director of CEPE in February 2022. He succeeds Victoria Christman who was recently appointed Director of the Center for Global Learning at Luther College.

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