Programs and Initiatives

Student in Fjords

Nordic Travel Grants – Funding for Luther College faculty or staff interested in developing courses or other academic opportunities (e.g., internships) focused on Nordic-related topics. Stipends can also be used for individual faculty research projects. The application process is administered through the Office of the Academic Dean.

Vesterheim Museum InternshipsThe Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum is a rich laboratory for Luther College’s Museum Studies minor. The Torgerson Center supports paid internships to assist the museum while providing valuable learning experiences for students. 

Peace Scholars – An outgrowth of the former Nobel Peace Prize Forum and affiliated with five other Norwegian-American colleges, the Peace Scholars program sends two Luther College students to Norway for a seven-week academic immersion in Lillehammer and Oslo, Norway. The program is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the central issues and theories regarding conflict resolution, war and peace.

King Olav V Scholar-in-Residence Program – Brings a visiting scholar to campus to expand the Luther community’s understanding of modern scientific, economic, social, environmental and cultural issues in the Nordic region.

The Tomson Family Endowed Chair in Norwegian Language and Modern Nordic Culture – Serves as the academic foundation of the Torgerson Center for Nordic Studies, providing oversight for academic and co-curricular programs, preserving existing partnerships, and creating new collaborative initiatives with educational institutions and scholars in Norway.