Speaker Date Topic
Robert Muller Nov 19, 2019
Caesarea Archaeology Project in Israel

DRC Sponsor: Don Holmertz

Robert Muller, a senior at Luther College, will share his experiences from this past summer when he accompanied Associate Professor of Classics Dan Davis and two other Luther students to the Caesarea region in Israel to participate in an archaeological expedition there from May 9th to June 2nd. They were part of a team that also included 22 undergraduate students from Vanderbilt University and a staff of six, including Davis as trench supervisor. The team started new excavations on the north side of a massive temple platform built by Herod the Great in the final years of the first century. The top of the giant platform held a temple of Roma and Augustus as a way for Herod to pay respects to Romans, who had set him up as a client king of Judea.

The students on the trip learned the fundamentals of field excavation: laying out grids; excavating and recognizing archaeological stratigraphy; recovering human remains; identifying diagnostic features of pottery and glass; washing, recording, and drawing artifacts; and interpreting cultural remains in their historical contexts. On weekends, the team visited a variety of sites including the Galilee region, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, and Tel Aviv.

Sean Brown Nov 26, 2019
The Evolution of Impact Coffee

DRC Sponsor: Don Holmertz

Sean Brown is local, born and raised in Decorah. He went to Luther College and graduated in 2013. Along with his parents Jeff and Anja, in 2015 they opened Impact Coffee in Decorah and haven't looked back. With the help of extended family and friends, they have overseen a major expansion at their old location in the former frame shop on Washington Street followed by a complete renovation and relocation to their current location on Water Street in the former J.C. Penny's building. Sean plans to share some of the highlights of his family's experiences and business model with our members.

Learn all about Impact Coffee at their website: Impact Coffee Bar and Roasters


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