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Star Tribune to Publish St. Olaf College Student Perspectives in Oles on the Election Blog

September 28, 2016

NORTHFIELD, MINN., The Institute for Freedom & Community at St. Olaf College announced today that it has partnered with the Star Tribune to establish the blog Oles on the Election.

Students from St. Olaf will contribute regularly to the Oles on the Election blog, which is published on the Star Tribune’s website. Participating students, brought together by The Institute for Freedom & Community on campus, will blog about their perspectives on the current presidential race.

Edmund Santurri, director of The Institute and a professor of religion and philosophy at St. Olaf College said, “We have gathered a diverse group of student voices from multiple political party leanings that we expect will contribute interesting and rich commentary. The group includes students in The Institute’s Public Affairs Conversation (PACON) program as well as others with wide-ranging views. Contributors include students studying economics and political science, music, nursing, and philosophy, among other academic majors. The group includes the news editor for the school newspaper and a violinist in the St. Olaf Orchestra, as well as international students from Peru, Indonesia, and Venezuela and several students studying abroad this semester.”

Some of the student bloggers are participants in PACON, a program that engages students and faculty in developing an interdisciplinary perspective on American public policy, and The Institute for Freedom & Community, which offers opportunities for students, faculty, and the public to engage in and learn from serious debate and civil discourse. To learn more about The Institute, visit

A full list of student contributors can be found on the accompanying fact sheet. To keep up with student blogs on Oles on the Election, visit


About The Institute

The Institute for Freedom & Community was established at St. Olaf College, a private liberal arts college, in 2015 to encourage free inquiry and meaningful debate of important political and social issues. The Institute programs, including coursework, the Public Affairs Conversation, public affairs internships, and public lectures, aim to challenge assumptions, question easy answers, and foster constructive, respectful dialogue among those with differing values and contending points of view. For more information, go to

About St. Olaf College

One of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf College offers a distinctive education grounded in academic rigor, residential learning, global engagement, and a vibrant Lutheran faith tradition. By cultivating the habits of mind and heart that enable graduates to lead lives of financial independence, professional accomplishment, personal fulfillment, and community engagement, St. Olaf College provides an uncommon educational experience that fully prepares students to make a meaningful difference in a changing world.