Music Group Mandala Visits Augustana
Scott Robinson, Ph.D., TSSF, founded Mandala ~ an offshoot of his Balkan folk band Gypsophilia ~ as a vehicle for his original Sufi-inspired Christian Devotional music. Drawing on a comprehensive musical education and a diverse background in multiple musical styles, the members of Mandala join to bring forth a joyous noise that at once is deeply personal and transcendently universal. Melodic and rhythmic influences from vastly different cultural and musical traditions are interwoven to form a whole cloth of pure ecstatic praise. Robinson teaches at Eastern University near Philadelphia. Though classically trained as a composer, he has spent much of his life in and around folk music of various kinds. Scott attends the Church of St. Martin in the Fields in Philadelphia.
Tuesday, January 13, 7:30 - 9:30 PM, Ascension Chapel
The Unknown God: The Tabla and the Prologue to the Gospel of St. John
In this program, the image of the tabla serves as a metaphor for the incarnational theology of the first chapter of St. John's Gospel. Dr. Robinson shows how the "bols" or spoken symbols which correspond to the tabla drumstrokes can represent the transcendent Word, while the same drumstrokes played on the tabla can represent the Word in physical form--"the Word made flesh." Then, beginning with Paul's speech on Mars Hill in Acts 17, in which Paul speaks of the Athenian shrine "to an unknown God," Dr. Robinson shows how all faiths and cultures can direct us to the one "God who made heaven and earth." This presentation includes both spoken commentary by Dr. Robinson and music performed by Mandala.
Wednesday, January 14, 5:30 - 7:30 PM, Wilson Center (RSVP Required)
What's Spiritual About Music? And a discussion about music as a calling/vocation.
Why do people so often describe music as spiritual, and what are they responding to when they do so? With forays into such diverse areas as infant neuroscience, dance class, the poetry of T.S. Eliot and Warner Brothers cartoons, Scott Robinson and Mandala explore the spirituality of musical sound. [Includes a pizza supper. Reservations are necessary and can be made with Connie Huntley or 794-7213]. This event is sponsored by the Augustana Institute for Leadership and Service.
Thursday, January 15, 10:30 - 11:20 AM, Centennial Hall
To Go Among the Saracens: St. Francis of Assisi, Islam, and Music
Was Francis of Assisi's first Rule for his order rejected because, at a time when the Vatican was trying to raise money and support for the Fifth Crusade, Francis urged brothers who wished to go among the Saracens not to argue and dispute with them, but to be subject to every living creature for God's sake? Did Francis bring back Islamic devotional practices from the Middle East and Christianize them? Scott Robinson shows how Francis was centuries ahead of his time in the area of interfaith relations. Mandala enlivens the presentation with Scott's original Sufi-inspired Christian music.
Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard"
The Augustana College Art Museum will be one of the passport locations for "Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard" organized by the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau (QCCVB). The featured exhibition will showcase art by the Augustana College Studio Art Faculty. Everyone in the Quad Cities is invited to use a passport coupon booklet for a weekend filled with special prices, activities, and events for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend from January 16 to 19. Over twenty hotels/motels in the Quad Cities area are offering special rates and pakcages, and thirty other area attractions, businesses, spas, and restaurants are offering discounts. Go to www.visitquadcities.com for a list of all the offerings for the weekend.
A Community Celebration Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
This community-wide celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will continue the tradition of framing our celebration around gospel music with the theme of Lift Every Voice! As was the case last year, Music Director, Sandra Solomon, will prepare choruses from the Quad Cities community and from Augustana College to provide music for this special evening, culminating in a joint performance featuring the Quad Cities Community Gospel Chorus, the Augustana Inspiration Gospel Choir and the Augustana Collegiate Chorale. Please join us for an evening of musical tribute to Dr. King.
Faculty Research Grants
The Faculty Research Committee seeks proposals for Faculty Research Awards in support of creative and scholarly work. Fundable items include (but are not limited to) student salaries, special equipment, supplies, journal page costs, work in major archives, and additional study. Any faculty member with academic rank, including full-time, joint-appointment, adjunct or part-time faculty, is eligible to apply. Proposals are due January 19th to Mary Koski. Please refer to the announcement for more information, or contact any of the committee members: Jamie Nelson, Kelly Daniels, Wendy Hilton-Morrow, Carrie Hough, Mukesh Sud, and Jim Van Howe.
LunchBytes @ the Library
Tuesday, January 20th, 11:30 - 12:30, Library, PBK Room
From the Horse's Mouth: Primary Sources at Tredway Library
The Historical New York Times . . . American Civil War Letters and Diaries . . . What They Said: The Yearbook of Spoken Opinion. These are but a few of the valuable print and digital primary source materials available to Augustana students and faculty through Tredway Library. Join librarians Carla Tracy, Anne Earel, and Amanda Makula for a discussion of these unique resoures and their potential to enhance student research in a variety of disciplines. Pizza will be provided; please bring your own beverage.
A joint program of Tredway Library and ITS, "LunchBytes" is a faculty brown-bag lunch series exploring teaching resource and issues in higher education.
Week Seven Seminar
Friday, January 23, 2009
3:30 PM Refreshments ~ 4:00 PM Discussion
"Leonard Bernstein on Terrorism"
So what happens when Leonard Bernstein speaks at 2 a.m. in a Harvard dorm with a couple of bottles of scotch before a group of students and the president of the college? An amazing speech about fear, terrorism, music, global politics, and détente that remained unpublished until it appeared in the Autumn 2008 issue of The American Scholar. The speech represents in many ways the nature of the impassioned, complicated musician Leonard Bernstein, whose 90th birthday was celebrated in 2008. Read the speech and join us to talk about Bernstein, music, and politics with Augustana's own impassioned musician Daniel Culver. (Reading in on Moodle under "library").
River Readings at Augustana
Thursday, January 29, 2009, 7:00 p.m., Wallenberg Hall
Nationally acclaimed poet Li-Young Lee has been described this way by Gerald Stern: "What characterizes Lee's poetry is a certain humility...a willingness to let the sublime enter his field of concentration and take over, a devotion to language, a belief in its holiness." The son of Chinese parents who fled persecution in Indonesia when he was a boy, Lee writes about loss, exile, family, and love. His most recent book is Behind My Eyes (Norton 2008). Samples of Lee's poetry can be found on Moodle under Library/The River Readings. For more information about lee see http://www.blueflowerarts.com/.
New Additions to the Augustana Web Site:
- Department Chair Information (Department Chair Handbook and Request for Positions)
- Program Review Guidelines
- Faculty Grants
New Online Exhibition from Special Collections
"Town and Country in Miniature: Color Plate Books at Augustana"
Color-plate books are an interesting and unusual type of publication, popular mostly in Britain between 1790 and 1860. The books are particular outgrowths of interests of Regency and Victorian society; popular topics included travel and antiquities (especially in the Near and Far East), sports such as hunting and horse racing, scenes of British life, landscape gardening, and caricature. Most illustrations were produced using either aquatint or lithography. Aquatint is the process most suitable for reproducing watercolors, a popular medium at the time. Aquatints were usually printed in one or two colors; the other colors would later be added by hand. Litography gradually came to replace aquatint because it was a cheaper process and it eliminated the need for hand coloring. "Town and Country in Miniature" presents an overview of color plate books, focusing on the genres that were produced and their illustrators.
From the Art Museum
The Augustana College Art Museum will be one of the passport locations for "Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard" organized by the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau (QCCVB). The featured exhibition will showcase art by the Augustana College Studio Art Faculty. Everyone in the Quad Cities is invited to use a passport coupon booklet for a weekend filled with special prices, activities, and events for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend from January 16 to 19. Over twenty hotels/motels in the Quad Cities area are offering special rates and packages, and thirty other area attractions, businesses, spas, and restaurants are offering discounts. Go to www.visitquadcities.com for a list of all the offerings for the weekend.
Announcing the NEW Leadership Illinois Summer Institute for 2009!
NEW Leadership Illinois is a non-partisan, week-long residential program for undergraduate women designed to teach students about participation in state politics and policy making and connect them with women legislative leaders who serve as mentors in the program. The program challenges our brightest students to think critically and creatively about public policy and encourages them to make a commitment to public leadership early in their careers.
The program will be held from June 3 to June 7, 2009 on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. The application deadline is Monday, March 2, 2009. Selected students will be notified by April 1, 2009.
The program is jointly sponsored by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) at the University of Illinois and the Conference of Women Legislators (COWL) of the Illinois General Assembly. IGPA faculty will run interactive workshops and COWL members, and other women leaders from the state, will serve as mentors in the program.
For more information (including eligibility requirements) and an application form visit http://www.igpa.uillinois.edu/public-engagement/new-leadership
Lutheran Academy of Scholars
The Lutheran Academy of Scholars invites faculty from all fields of study to consider the social, intellectual, and spiritual phenomenon of secularization. While many have argued that the upsurge in public religion worldwide has thoroughly discredited theories of secularization, Charles Taylor in his recent opus A Secular Age has offered a new sophisticated account of secularity. In today's world God no longer functions as an explanatory hypothesis in scholarly fields, and yet elements of enchantment and mystery seem increasingly important to intellectual inquiry. How do enchantment and methodological atheism coexist in the academy? What roles do faith, imagination, and intimations of transcendence play in our intellectual lives? How might secularity and enchantment play out differently in diverse cultural settings? Of particular interest to the seminar will be the place of the Protestant Reformation in the historical development of secularization as well as the Lutheran theological perspective on this process. The Academy encourages project proposals tracing the implications and tensions within secularization from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives.
Up to eight seminar members will be selected. Each will receive a $1,000 stipend for participation in the seminar in addition to $400 to defray costs while in Cambridge. Lodging and breakfasts at Harvard's Currier House are provided by the Academy. Travel costs of participants are to be covered by their home institutions.
Applications are due March 1, 2009. Seminar participants will be selected by March 15, 2009. Applications should include: a letter of application, a current c.v., a one-page description of the applicant's scholarly project, and a letter of endorsement from the applicant's dean. Institutions not currently members of the Academy will be responsible for a $1,000 subsidy for seminar expenses. Please send applications to George Connell, Director, Lutheran Academy of Scholars, Concordia College, 901 8th Street South, Moorhead, MN 56562. Please direct any questions to George Connell at email@example.com. For more general information about the Lutheran Academy, you may follow this link: http://www.cord.edu/lutheranscholars/index.php
Division Meetings - January 22, 2009
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Fine and Performing Arts
Bergendoff Room 12
Language and Literature
Old Main 124
Science Building 102
History, Philosophy and Religion
Old Main 332
Business and Education
Evald Hall 212
Old Main 122
New form for reporting faculty achievements
Tredway Library maintains a record of the teaching innovations and scholarly output of the faculty at Augustana College. Each fall, we host a celebration of these achievements. Please help us to maintain accurate records by using the form provided on the library's website: http://www.augustana.edu/library/Services/facultyachievement.html.