Mark Luttio

Associate Professor, Philosophy and Religion

Office Location:

Freiburger Residence Hall

North Wing

Email: mluttio@lynn.edu

Phone: +1 561-237-7169

Professional Profile:

Mark Luttio has been a professor at Lynn University for over 12 years. Moving to South Florida, from Notre Dame, IN. where he served on the faculty of Saint Mary's College in the Department of Religious Studies, he joined the faculty at Lynn as adjunct professor in 2002. Since then he has become Associate Professor of Religious Studies Religion in the College of Arts & Sciences, teaching a variety of courses both in the Dialogues of Belief and Reason and the Humanities. Luttio is a U.S. citizen, but born and raised in Asia, and thus finds himself at home in the International ethos of Lynn. He is often described as an Asian soul in a Caucasian body. He has travelled and lectured in numerous international venues, most recently at the University of Haifa, Israel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan.

Education:

B.A., Wheaton College
M.Div., Luther Theological Seminary
M.A., The University of Notre Dame
Ph.D., The University of Notre Dame

Teaching Philosophy:

One of John Dewey's greatest insights into the learning process is that education requires the attention and effort of the learner. As teachers, he argued, we cannot simply hand ideas to students as if they were bricks and expect learning to take place. Luttio therefore believes that genuine learning occurs when students actively participate in the construction of meaning by forging their own connections between the course material and their experience. Creating conditions that foster this type of active learning where students develop their own ideas by engaging with the course subject matter is the goal of Luttio's teaching, which rests on there being a difference between students having to say something and having something to say. Further, if what William James' says is true about his particular area of teaching responsibility, that philosophy "is not a technical matter, but our more or less a dumb sense of what life honestly and deeply means," then, to be sure, we ALL have something to say.

Teaching Specialties:

Study of religion and culture
History of world religions
American philosophy
World philosophy
Philosophy and popular culture
Anthropology of ritual
Politics of religion

Areas of Scholarship:

  • SL Societas Liturgica (International Society for the Study of Liturgy).
  • LWF Lutheran World Federation .
  • NAAL The North American Academy of Liturgy
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