Leadership and Service Schedule 2010-2011
Travis "The Half-Blood" Prinzi is a popular author and speaker on the intersection of fantasy and politics, myth and culture in Joanne Rowling's Harry Potter novels. John Granger, the 'Hogwarts Professor,' has said "There is no more insightful commenter on the Harry Potter novels than Travis Prinzi " and a reviewer of Mr. Prinzi's important Harry Potter & Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds echoed that by saying "Travis Prinzi's name should be synonymous with Harry Potter scholarship from this point forward."
Prinzi appears on The Leaky Cauldron's PotterCast as a "Potter Pundit." He has been a featured speaker and led panel discussions at five Harry Potter conferences and has lectured on everything from Harry Potter to religion to education to hit TV shows like The Office at university campuses and libraries in the United States and Canada. He collects and edits the best in Harry Potter scholarship each year for Zossima Press, Hog's Head Conversations: Essays on Harry Potter, the first volume of which was published in July 2009.
PubCasts from The Hog's Head feature Travis' reflections on everything 'Harry Potter' as well as discussions with the best and brightest of Fandom.
Travis holds graduate degrees in education and theology from the University of Rochester and Northeastern Seminary. He lives in Rochester, NY with his wife Tricia, daughter Sophia, and their dog, Moses.
Dr. Peter Ochs
Dr. Peter Ochs presents, "Reading Scripture together with Jews, Muslims, and Christians."
Dr. Peter Ochs is one of the founders of Scriptural Reasoning, an approach to reading the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Qu'ran side-by-side at places where they deal with common themes. The purpose of Spiritual Reasoning is to, "offer a way of practicing peace at a time of inter-religious tension and conflict." Dr. Ochs, Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia, will be joined at convocation by Imam Saad Baig, Islamic Center of the Quad Cities, Moline, Rabbi Tamar Grimm, Tri-City Jewish Center, Rock Island, and Rev. Richard Priggie, Augustana Campus Ministry in a demonstration of Scriptural Reasoning.
Richard and Fumiko Mori Halloran
"East is East and West is West: Will the Twain never meet?"
To help us celebrate International Studies Week, Wilson Scholars Richard and Fumiko Mori Halloran share their unique experiences as journalist and writers in exploring US relationships with China and Japan. Richard Halloran, longtime journalist for the New York Times and Honolulu Advertiser, now works as a freelance writer, contributing explanatory, analytical articles on Asia and US relations with Asia. His expertise is in areas of security and he regularly contributes to publications in America and Asia. Fumiko Mori Halloran is a former political analyst in both Washington and Toyko and has published numerous books and articles exploring international relations between East and West. The Hallorans will help us explore several ideas:
As thinking citizens, students should look beyond the headlines into the context of events. Kipling was not as pessimistic as the oft-quoted line seems.
Relations between Japan and the US since 1945 have been remarkable given the bitterness of WWII. (Some of us even marry each other!)
Responding to Academically Adrift: What Colleges Can Do
Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa
Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA)
Dimensions of learning assessed
critical thinking, complex reasoning, and written communication
Direct measures (as opposed to student reports)
NOT multiple choice
Holistic assessment based on open-ended prompts representing "real-world" scenarios
Used in other contexts
One of the measures of learning used by VSA
Will be utilized in 2016 by OECD-AHELO project
Are students improving their critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing skills during college?
What specific experiences and college contexts are associated with student learning?
How do disadvantaged groups of students fare in college with respect to learning?
American Shakespeare Center Workshop
Thursday, Feb 3 Centennial Hall 10:30 am: American Shakespeare Center Workshop
The American Shakespeare Center will be presenting As You Like It on the evening of Feb 3 in Centennial Hall. During convocation, the actors focus on the actions and words most ridiculous in love. Through examination of the text of As You Like It, the company explores gender ideals and stereotypes, pastoral and city life, and the foolish and fantastic choices we make when we fall in love.
The troupe recognizes they are not alone in the theatre, and actively shatter the "fourth wall" between the actors and audience. This inclusive arrangement allows the ASC on Tour to recreate the festive sense of community found in Shakespeare's Blackfriars Playhouse.
The American Shakespeare Center Convocation is cosponsored by OSA and Institute for Leadership and Service.
Fear that relations between China and the US in 2011 are on a downhill slide that parallels that with Japan seventy years ago.
AirForce Leadership Symposium
"Walk the Walk: Leaders in Ethical Action"
The annual National Character and Leadership Symposium, one of the premier national symposiums in the field of character and leadership development, brings together distinguished scholars, military leaders, corporate presidents, world-class athletes, and others to explore a character-related theme based on the USAFA Outcomes. This three-day symposium provides the opportunity for all Academy personnel, visiting university students and faculty, and community members to experience dynamic speakers and take part in group discussions to enhance their own understanding of the importance and challenges of sound moral character and leadership.
The best leaders tell great stories - to illustrate, to inform, to share. At NCLS, we orient leaders to see themselves and their world differently, to see opportunities for character and leadership development, to emerge from being great people to being great leaders whose decisions and actions will shape a better future.
Since 1993, USAFA has hosted students and faculty from over 500 different schools, to include civilian colleges and universities, ROTC detachments, service academies, as well as international delegations from Turkey, Korea, and Japan. Previous speakers include humanitarian Greg Mortenson, Coach Tommy Lasorda, Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner, Coach Brian Billick, and numerous members of all branches of the United States Armed Forces.
Jeanie Knigin, Senior Investment Management Specialist for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney will discuss the risks and benefits of global investing. She will look at developed vs. emerging markets, the currency equation and the benefits of international diversification. Ms. Knigin will be on campus for several days as a Woodrow Wilson scholar. If you are interested in meeting with her, contact Darrin Good at -3438.
With over 30 years in the financial services industry, Jeanie Knigin is a seasoned professional who is highly qualified to assist you in making potentially life-changing financial decisions.
Knigin's educational background includes an Economics Degree from the College of William & Mary, an MBA in Finance and Investments from George Washington University, both a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and CHARTERED RETIRMENT PLANNING COUNSELOR designations from the College for Financial Planning, and the Securities Industry Institute at Wharton.
Tian Kong Choir
The highly regarded all-female ensemble is visiting the United States for the first time and has scheduled stops in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and at Augustana College. The concert is free and open to the public.
A relationship between Augustana and Huazhong Normal University in Central China (CCNU) started in the 1980's. An Augustana alumni group visited the university for the first time in 1982, students and faculty followed in 1983 as part of their East Asia term experience and an official agreement between the two schools was signed in 1987. In 1992, Augustana granted an honorary degree to CCNU university president, Dr. Zhang Kai-yuan, a noted Chinese historian. The partnership continues today with annual visits by faculty, and recent Augustana graduates teaching English on-campus.
"We currently have six recent grads teaching English to the university students at CCNU," said Dr. Van Symons, professor of history and director of the ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program. "Over the life of the exchange, over 70 Augustana teachers have taught at CCNU on one-year academic appointments."
One of the participants in the student-faculty fellows program was Dr. Jon Hurty, director of the Augustana Choir and a music professor. Through the program, Dr. Hurty and Dr. Tian Xiaobao, director of the Tian Kong Choir, developed a strong relationship that led to the Augustana Choir visiting CCNU and Tian Xiaobao visiting Augustana several times to work with Hurty and study choral literature. In 2005, the Augustana Choir went to China on tour and performed with the Tian Kong Choir.
"I have had the pleasure of working with Tian on several occasions since 2002 - both in China and here at Augustana," said Dr. Hurty. "His choirs are some of the finest in all of China. It is wonderful to finally host the Tian Kong Choir here at Augustana - it will be a great opportunity for the two choirs to exchange and to expose the Quad-City community to this style of choral music."
The Tian Kong Choir is comprised of music students from CCNU and teachers of music from other colleges and universities in the Central China region. Under the direction of Tian Xiaobao, the choir is known for its high level of precision, musicality and interactive performance style. It has received numerous awards, including the first grade award of specialized group in the National Contest of Art Song Singing for College Students.
"CSI and anthropology: What do they have in common?"
The presentation will explore how a liberal arts education prepares students to meet the challenges present in various professional fields with particular focus on forensic science and criminal justice. The criminal justice system's increased emphasis on science and technology demands criminal investigators, attorneys, and even jurors evaluate information which likely falls outside their formal education and training. At the same time popular culture informs, and in some cases misinforms, perceptions about forensic science and criminal justice. To address these challenges, responsible citizens must be capable of critical thought and the adoption of multi-disciplinary perspectives.
Matthew Davis is in his thirteenth year of service as a sworn police officer. In that time he worked in patrol, investigative, and supervisory capacities. He has contributed to the investigation and prosecution of crimes ranging from residential burglaries to serial homicides. He is also an expert witness in forensic anthropology and an attorney licensed to practice law in Illinois.
Mr. Davis earned bachelor's degrees in anthropology and history from the University of Delaware, a master's degree in anthropology from Northern Illinois University, and his juris doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law.
Victor Schutz, a Technical Director specializing in Lighting and Look Development at Industrial Light & Magic, will speak. He has worked on over a dozen films for ILM and Sony Pictures Imageworks. Victor's responsibilities have included: key lighting sequences, leading show look development, developing lighting pipelines, and simulating crowds & volumetric effects. Victor is currently working on Jon Favreau's mashup of the Western and Science Fiction genres, "Cowboys and Aliens".
Schutz will speak Thursday, March 17, at 4:30 p.m. in Hanson Hall of Science room 102. He is a technical director for Industrial Light and Magic, which is a motion picture visual effects company started by George Lucas. Schutz specializes in lighting and look development and has worked on more than a dozen films, including "Star Wars II," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" and two "Spiderman" films. His has been responsible for key lighting sequences, show look development, lighting pipelines and volumetric lighting effects.
Lectures are sponsored by Augustana's department of physics and the Institute for Leadership and Service. The institute was established by Augustana alumnus Perry Waughtal to allow for meaningful conversation between students, faculty and nonacademic professionals.
Harry Markoplos, a little-known number cruncher for a Boston firm, and his investigative team uncovered Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme years before it made headlines. During almost a decade, they desperately tried to alert the government, the financial press and the industry.
His book, No One Would Listen, details this pursuit. If someone had listened at the time of his first warning, the Ponzi scheme would have been stopped at $10 billion--instead it grew to $65 billion.
His story is an exciting financial thriller and a story of true moral courage. There are many video clips available of Mr. Markopolos, but probably the best is the YouTube clip from "The Daily Show with John Stewart".
Mr. Markopolos graduated from Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1974. He received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Loyola College in Maryland in 1981 and an M.S. in finance from Boston College in 1997.
Aaron Brown is an aerospace engineer specializing in trajectory analysis, design, and operations at NASA's Johnson Space Center, discussed these questions and more.
Mr. Brown has worked as a trajectory operations officer for the International Space Station program and is now working on the next generation of trajectory software that will support NASA's new Orion vehicle.
Brown will deliver a lecture titled "Why NASA Matters," on Thursday, March
24, at 4:30 p.m. in Hanson Hall of Science room 304. He is an aerospace engineer specializing in trajectory analysis, design and operations at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Brown will discuss what NASA currently is working on, his contributions to the International Space Station and Orion vehicle, and why we should continue to send tax dollars to the programs.
Augustana Alumni Craig Thomsen '94 is working at the International Trade Commission as an international economist focusing his efforts on antidumping and countervailing duty cases. Craig came to campus to speak to business students about the nitty gritty of working as a government economist, international trade, and the intersection of economics and antidumping law. He has also finished a detail on Capitol Hill working for the Ways & Means Subcommittee on Trade.
Reflections on Gender, Health, and Development in Burundi
Alex is a Program Manager of the Friends Women's Assoc. Educated at Macalester College; she studied International Studies and Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies, a combined interest which led her to spend two years advocating with and doing research for sex workers and trafficked persons in Cochabamba, Bolivia; San Francisco, CA, and the Twin Cities, MN. After graduating, she spent a year working in public policy in Washington, DC before taking up her post in Burundi. Her work and passion are concentrated in the intersections between gender equality, community development, health access and conflict.
Wildland Urban Interface
The Art Department at Augustana had a unique opportunity to host three contemporary artists whose work is based in photography and video, but also uses drawing and installation. Jon Johnson, Jonathan Rattner, and John Engelbrecht are part of the artist collective The Wildland Urban Interface. As a collective, the members travel to specific locations and produce a body of work that is specific to that locale and is made in a collaborative effort. Pieces are made both prior to and during the stay that record the process and act of collaborative art making and document the interaction between themselves and those residents who participate in the act of creation. Often, a response to the place where the residency takes place is also a part of the creative act.
The Wildland Urban Interface visited the Quad Cities to work on an exhibition that was made in the Art Studio Building. As visiting artists to Augustana, their day consisted of three distinct parts. First they held a critique session where any Augustana Art Major had their work reviewed and then there was a program of artist talked open to the campus and the community where each visiting artist talked about his personal work, and last had a collaborative art making session. This last event was something special that they extended to any student at the College. Anyone that had an interest in making work related to the Quad Cities, in any of its incarnations, were welcome to come to the art studios and make work in collaboration with The Wildland Urban Interface that were shown at the College following the event. An invitation was extended to anyone that would like to come to the exhibition that night and see the work that was made collaboratively as a result this visit.
About the artists:
- John Engelbrecht received his MFA in Photography from The University of Iowa in 2009. He is art director of Public Space One, an alternative gallery & performance space in downtown Iowa City. In this role he has instigated and received funding for several projects, including a community workshop curriculum (under the moniker Free Art School) and a letter service, A Literal Letter Service, with collaborator Eric Asboe (alls.us).
-Jonathan Johnson was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota and studied photojournalism, fine-art photography and intermedia/video art at The University of Alaska (BA), Minnesota State University (MA) and The University of Iowa (MFA). Johnson has exhibited his films and photo-based projects both nationally and internationally. Currently, Johnson is an active member of the Urban Wildland Interface Collective and an Assistant Professor of Photography and Integrated Digital Media at Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
- Jonathan Rattner (MFA, University of Iowa Intermedia 2009, MFA, University of Iowa Film and Video Production 2008) is a filmmaker concerned with combining nonfiction and experimental forms to create socially thoughtful, active and meditative visual documents. From the fall of 2005 through the summer of 2009, he acted as the creative director of Iowa City Senior Television, a twenty-year-old station consisting of crewmembers whose ages range from 65 to 89. As the creative director at ICSCTV he helped launch their Web channel and in 2006, initiated the "Linn Street Intergenerational Collective," collaborative projects with University students, English language learning high school students and the Senior Center crew. Currently he holds the position of Senior Lecturer and Assistant Director for Film Production in the Film Studies Program at Vanderbilt University.
Founder, Chief Trial Attorney
Morris Dees co-founded the SPLC in 1971 following a successful business and law career. He started a direct mail sales company specializing in book publishing while still a student at the University of Alabama, where he also obtained a law degree. After launching a law practice in Montgomery in 1960, he won a series of groundbreaking civil rights cases that helped integrate government and public institutions. He also served as finance director for former President Jimmy Carter's campaign in 1976 and for Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern in 1972.
Known for his innovative lawsuits that crippled some of America's most notorious white supremacist hate groups, he has received more than 20 honorary degrees and numerous awards. Those include Trial Lawyer of the Year from Trial Lawyers for Public Justice and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award from the National Education Association. He was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal in 2006. In addition, the University of Alabama Law School and the New York law firm Skadden, Arps jointly created the annual Morris Dees Justice Award to honor a lawyer devoted to public service work. Dees has written three books: A Season For Justice, his autobiography; Hate on Trial: The Case Against America's Most Dangerous Neo-Nazi; and Gathering Storm: America's Militia Threat. In 1991, NBC aired a made-for-TV movie called "Line of Fire" aboutDees and his landmark legal victories against the Ku Klux Klan.
"With Justice For All"
Morris Dees joins us as our keynote speaker for the Augustana's second White Privilege Summit. In 1994, Morris Dees warned the U.S. attorney general that radical militias were planning domestic terrorist strikes. Six months later, the Oklahoma City Bombing was tied to one such group.
As founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Dees uses the law like a sword in his battle against prejudice and hatred. In the 1980s and '90s, he bankrupted the K.K.K. and neo-Nazi groups with a series of historic lawsuits. Today, Dees focuses his attention on anti-government militias. In his brilliant expose, Gathering Storm: America's Militia Threat, Dees explains the dangers these groups represent. He is also author of A Lawyer's Journey, an autobiography, and Hate on Trial: The Case Against America's Most Dangerous Neo-Nazi. Dees was also the subject of the television movie Line of Fire and portrayed in the feature film Ghosts of the Mississippi.
"Is Everything You Know About the Dictionary Wrong?"
There's a lot more to the dictionary than alphabetical order, and a lot less than most people think. We'll explode commonly-held misconceptions about "the dictionary" (how they're made, why they're made, and how and why to use one) and talk about how the best information about the English language is often all around us.
Erin McKean likes to call herself a Dictionary Evangelist. She is the CEO of the new online dictionary Wordnik. She was the editor in chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary, 2e, and is the author of Weird and Wonderful Words, More Weird and Wonderful Words, Totally Weird and Wonderful Words, and That's Amore (also about words). Her first novel, The Secret Lives of Dresses, was published in February 2011. She recently moved from Chicago to the Bay Area, rants about dresses on her blog (A Dress A Day), and she's actually really bad at Scrabble.
What happens to a vegetarian who moves to Alaska and marries a commercial fisherman and deer hunter?
Join her on a wry search for a sustainable, healthy and ethical meal. Women try to teach her to hunt, teens gather traditional foods, vegans give cooking lessons, and she fishes for wild salmon, scrutinizes food labels with kids and finds toxic chemicals getting into wild foods. With humor and compassion, the documentary Eating Alaska shows natives and non-natives trying to balance buying industrial processed foods with growing their own and living off the land in the 21st century. Made by a former urban vegetarian now living on an island in Alaska, it is a journey into regional food traditions, our connection to where we live and what we put into our mouths.
"Eating Alaska makes us ruminate, laugh and stand in awe, all at the same time."
Gary Nabhan, Author, Where Our Food Comes From and Coming Home to Eat
"A quirky and delightful examination of food choices in America's frontier where traditional foodways sometimes--but not always--give way to supermarket junk food."
Marion Nestle, Professor, Nutrition, Food Studies, Public Health and Sociology, New York University
"'Take out or eat in?' Ellen Frankenstein brews irreverent wit and genuine concern into an irresistible stew."
Bill Nichols, Professor of Cinema, San Francisco State University
"Food is the first place we're remaking our world, and Alaska is a wonderfully funny and varied case in point. You'll see people imagining, one meal at a time, what a more durable world might look like!"
Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth and Deep Economy
Gary Paul Nabhan
Gary Paul Nabhan is an internationally-celebrated nature writer, seed saver, conservation biologist and sustainable agriculture activist who has been called "the father of the local food movement" by Mother Earth News. Gary is also an orchard-keeper, wild forager and Ecumenical Franciscan brother in his hometown of Patagonia, Arizona near the Mexican border.
He is the author or editor of twenty-four books and will be focusing his talk on his latest book, Food Diversity, Food Security and Climate Change. For his writing and collaborative conservation work, he has been honored with many awards, including a MacArthur "genius" award.
He works as most of the year as a research scientist at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona, and the rest as co-founder-facilitator of several food and farming alliances, including Renewing America's Food Traditions and Flavors Without Borders.
Augustana College Center for Polar Studies Lecture
Adaptive Significance of White Plumage Color in High Arctic Gyrfalcons
Dr. Jeff Johnson Assistant professor of biological sciences, University of North Texas. Johnson is a member of the research team with Augustana's Dr. Jennifer Burnham who spend several weeks in northwest Greenland each summer studying bird populations, genetics, and environmental pollution.
He holds an MS in zoology from North Carolina State University
and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Dr. Johnson is interested in evolution and conservation biology, especially the adaptive significance of genetic diversity and the effects of increased population fragmentation and isolation.
His appearance is funded by the Augustana Institute for Leadership and Service.
Sharing Our Stories
Faculty members Ann Boaden, Paul Olsen, Darrin Good, Wendy Hilton-Morrow and Jennifer Burnham will share their Augustana experiences in celebration of the college's 150th anniversary.
Learn what they views as the influences that shaped their education at Augustana and how that has shaped their current career choices.
Kai Swanson will moderate this sesquicentennial event.
Augie Reads 'Bottlemania'
Elizabeth Royte looks beyond the environmental and ecological ramifications of the bottled water phenomenon (making, filling, transporting and landfilling billions of bottles per year), to the tenuous state of our public water supplies. She ultimately makes the case for protecting public water supplies, for improving our water infrastructure and, in a world of increasing drought and pollution, better allocating the precious drinkable water that remains.
A widely acclaimed writer on science, the environment and mankind's uneasy relationship with both, Royte is the author of Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash and Bottlemania: Big Business, Local Springs and the Battle over America's Drinking Water.
A former Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow and recipient of Bard College's John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service, Royte is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review, a contributing editor for OnEarth, and a correspondent for Outside magazine. Her work is included in The Best American Science Writing 2004, and her first book, The Tapir's Morning Bath: Solving the Mysteries of the Tropical Rain Forest, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 2001. Website: http://www.royte.com/
Olson Brandelle Artists
Celebrating Native American Artists
First Connections: A Festival with Artists Represented in the Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection is an interactive convocation with artists, dance and music.
Participating artists will include D. Y. Begay, Navajo weaver, Robert Tenorio, Santo Domingo potter, Kathleen Wall, Jemez figurative potter, Richard Zane Smith, Wyandot potter, and Sally Black, Navajo basketmaker. They will offer demonstrations of their work. The Brown Otter Singers Song and Dance Group, Meskwaki, will provide a finale for this event in Centennial Hall.
This event will feature artists demonstrating and speaking about their artwork in Centennial Hall, Larson Hall, Potter Hall and two tents in front of Bergendoff and Centennial Halls.
Judith Adler Hellman
Judith is a professor of social and political science at York University in Canada. The author of three previous books- Mexican Lives (The New Press), Mexico in Crisis, and Journeys Among Women-she has done fieldwork in Mexico since the late 1960s. Born and raised in New York City, she lives in Toronto, Canada.
Widely praised as a splendid addition to the literature on the great wave of post-1970 immigration from Mexico-as a result of which an estimated 6 million undocumented Mexican migrants now live in the United States-The World of Mexican Migrants, by acclaimed author Judith Adler Hellman, takes us into the lives of those who, no longer able to eke out even a modest living in their homeland, have traveled north to find jobs.
Hellman takes us deep into the sending communities in Mexico, where we witness the conditions that lead Mexicans to risk their lives crossing the border and meet those who live on Mexico's largest source of foreign income, remittances from family members al Norte. We hear astonishing border crossing tales-including one man's journey riding suspended from the undercarriage of a train. In New York and Los Angeles, construction workers, restaurant staff, street vendors, and deliverymen share their survival strategies-the ways in which they work, send money home, find housing, learn English, send their children to school, and avoid detection.
Drawing upon five years of in-depth interviews, Hellman offers a humanizing perspective and "essential window" (Booklist) into the lives and struggles of Mexican migrants living in the United States.
Donna Freitas: Sex and the Soul
Donna Freitas is a writer, blogger and religion professor who specializes in students' attitudes toward sex and religion. She will discuss the research findings outlined in her book, Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America's College Campuses.
Freitas' book is the result of dozens of face-to-face interviews with students at colleges and universities across the country. In the book, she examines the casual "hook-up" culture that dominates many college campuses and the disjunction between students' religious views and their willingness to engage in sexual activity. The book examines the puzzlingly question, "How do young people reconcile their spiritual longings with sexual freedom on campus?" in a way that critics are calling smart, honest, profound and disturbing.
Illinois Appellate Court @ Augustana
Chief Justice Kilbride
As part of a civic education program, the Illinois Appellate Court will hold oral arguments on campus. The campus community and the public are invited to observe. This event is part of the college Convocation series. (Please note: This convocation will take place in the Denkmann Memorial Hall.)
Two proceedings - one civil and one criminal - will be heard by panels of Illinois Appellate Court judges. During the proceedings, Wallenberg Hall will become a courthouse, meaning no recordings or photography will be allowed. After from Chief Justice Kilbride, three judges will hear 15-minute arguments from counsel on both sides of a matter, with the first proceeding concluding about 11:15. At that point, a brief break will be taken as a new panel of three of appellate judges is seated for the second proceeding. The entire session is expected to last until about noon.
Augustana is in Illinois' Third Judicial District, in which cases are usually heard in Ottawa. The Third District extends in a wide band east across the state. The outreach program is sponsored by Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Kilbride and Appellate Judge Tom Lytton, both from the Quad Cities.
Reforming Reformation Conference
As part of Augustana's 150th celebration, Dr. Thomas F. Mayer, professor of history, has planned a conference, Reforming Reformation, to feature the work of 11(Jodi Bilinkoff, John Frymire, Peter Marshall,Daniel Bornstein, John Edwards , Anne Overell, Abigail Brundin, LuAnn Homza and Ronald Thiemann) distinguished, internationally acclaimed scholars.
The conference will take place on the Augustana campus from Oct. 17-19, 2010. For information, contact Dr. Mayer.
"The object is to undertake a fundamental rethinking of all the possible meanings of the term reformation, concept and label," said Dr. Mayer. "In order to stimulate such thought, the conferees will be divided into four 'national' groups, emphasizing places that neither did not have a "real" reformation nor had an odd one.
"This will serve to put in perspective what far too many people still count as the only true reformation, the Protestant one. Those four panels will treat Italy, England, the Empire and Spain."
The conference will be strongly interdisciplinary, including participants from art history, history, literature and theology. Sessions will consist of 10-minute summaries followed by discussion. The conference will open with a plenary session on Sunday evening to introduce the participants and themes. Working sessions will be held Monday. The conference will end with another plenary session, tentatively scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Just a brief message to thank you once again for the invitation to "Reforming Reformation," as well as for all your hard work that went into planning and hosting the conference. I thought it went extremely well, and was so pleased to meet new colleagues as well as old friends. We are all in your debt!
Brad Gregory, University of Notre Dame
I only could make it to the mornings but what a fascinating and inspiring conference that you presided over! Congratulations on pulling it off and on what you together appear to have accomplished or put into dynamic progress. It was a bonus to the 150 celebration of course.
Peter Xiao, Professor of Art, Augustana, conference attendee
African Children's Choir
The African Children's ChoirTM is the ambassador for Africa's neediest, most vulnerable children.
The Choir shows the world that its members, like the
Millions of abandoned and traumatized children in Africa have beauty, dignity and unlimited potential.
The African Children's ChoirTM firmly believe that in order to change Africa, we need to change its children, by providing them with the opportunities they need to succeed
7:00 PM - African Children's Choir Concert
The performance is free but donations are accepted
Ascension Chapel, 2nd floor, Founders Hall
Serbian Theatre Troupe
Carriage House Dance Studio, Near Pepsico Center
MEETING WITH ONESELF
Body and Voice Workshop for actors and dancers, conducted by Sanja Krsmanovic Tasic, DAH's actress since 1993. Sanja is also a dancer and an experienced dance pedagogue.
Searching for the organic impulse that articulates itself through movement and voice, the participants will begin with warm up exercises, leading to breathing exercises, and different performance trainings. Engaging in guided improvisations that lead to the formation of fixed material, participants will understand the process of incorporating that material into a performance.
*About DAH Teatar
Shaped by the efforts of Jadranka Andjelić, Dijana Milošević and Maja Mitić, DAH
Teatar was formed in June 1991 to present ongoing programming in the exchange of
experience and ideas amongst artists from different theatrical and national traditions.
They won the 2007 Otto Award for Political Theatre for their street performances and
theatrical plays protesting militarism, nationalism, and gender inequality of Serbian
society when such feats were punishable by death. DAH means "breath"-to breathe in,
to gather strength, to persevere, and to honor the spirit of life in warmth, movement, and
THE DAH THEATRE RESIDENCY IS SPONSORED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE ARTS, THE INSTITUTE FOR LEADERSHP AND SERVICE, THE DEPARTMENT OF WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES, AND THE OFFICE FOR INTERNATIONAL AND OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAMS.
Opera @ Augustana
TRUCE OF CAROLS
By Michael Taylor
Opera @ Augustana is presenting a new opera, TRUCE OF CAROLS it is based on a true story from W.W. I, when, on Christmas eve, German and British/Scottish soldiers laid down their weapons to sing Christmas carols and exchange small gifts. David Ellis will precede each performance with a short talk about the historicity of this event. The composer is Michael Taylor from the Bay area in California.
The composer was asked to come during the performance weekend, when we could precede a performance with a "meet the composer" discussion period. Dr. David Davies also planned an event where student composers met with Mr. Taylor.
Thursday, Dec 9 Centennial Hall 10:30 am: Chad Pregracke, founder Living Lands & Waters, presents "Making a Difference: Helping to Clean America's Rivers."
Pregracke grew up near Hampton, Ill., on the Mississippi River. His experiences led to his vision to clean up the Mississippi. During his talk, he will take the audience out on one of the world's greatest rivers - a journey filled with endless challenges and gripping adventures. His tale embodies the importance of setting goals (one river and one piece of garbage at a time) and illustrates how determination, hard work and persistence pay off.
Pregracke has been the recipient of more than 40 awards, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service presented to him in June 2002 in the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC. He accepted that award along with Rudolph Giuliani, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Lilly Tartikoff.
His projects have been filmed by many of the major networks such as CNN, Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning Show, NBC Nightly News, MTV, PBS, and the list goes on and on. Time, People Magazine, Readers' Digest, Life, Outside, Smithsonian, and National Geographic are among the numerous publications in which Chad has been featured