A Message From CVR
Oh no… not that again!
I've heard. That's the response of some hearing this topic brought up one more time. Didn't we do that at the opening meeting? Enough already!!!
But you all know me better than that. I like stories. I think they are important-to us as individuals and to Augustana as an institution. I think that a lot of the "troubles" at Augustana over the past few years have actually been about struggles to tell, retell, refine, our story. Who are we and what are we about? Stories competing with each other, elbowing their way forward or jostling for space on the stage. [Research question: Are stories really that important or do they mostly entertain? An Honors Capstone project proposes working on just that question. That is the kind of place we are!]
Last year the CVR sponsored a series of talks around the theme "The Values of Augustana." These talks (by Jason Peters, Dave Crowe, Lou Belby, Paul Olsen, and Steve Bahls) started the conversation. [You can get printed copies of the talks at the CVR in Evald Hall.] We will continue that conversation this Thursday with the musings of Dan Corts, "College Live: Unscripted and Untranscribed." This will be at 11:30 AM (or right after convocation) at the south end of the Library.
What is the point of all this? Some days I frankly wish that we just had a story and got it straight and told it well and were done with it. The rough and tumble are too hard to navigate. But on other days, days when I feel confidence in us as an institution, it occurs to me that what looks like tension and confusion is actually the place where we are most alive. We argue about it because it is important to us as individuals…. and because we intuit that it is also important to us as part of this place. We ought to bump elbows about the things that mean something to us. The bigger danger is if we give up the conversation because we don't care or we don't think it will make a difference.
So come….. join the conversation this Thursday in the Library. Add your voice to the story.
Bob Haak, Director
Center for Vocational Reflection