Fall Connection Service Day
Even though it seems a long way off, Fall Connection planning is underway. We are excited about the new students coming to Augustana and the learning and growth that will happen over their next four years. As you may know, last year we began to include opportunities to participate in community service projects as part of Fall Connection. During their first weekend on campus, a number of first-year students and faculty took part in projects ranging from Habitat for Humanity to Living Lands and Waters to Painting with a Purpose.
This year we're hoping to expand those opportunities for participation and include even more members of the Augustana community. Here is an opportunity to share our Quad Cities community with them. There are plenty of possibilities for these first-year students to engage in the community "outside the bubble," and this is your chance to share some of the places YOU have found valuable in the QCA. Please take a moment to answer these FOUR questions to assist in planning for Fall Connection Service Day, Saturday, August 22, 2009 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.
Partners for Educational Progress: Faculty Exchange Program: Tanzania
As some of you may recall, in the year 2000, representatives from the then ELCA Division for Higher Education and Schools and Dr. Shoonie Hartwig initiated a process to form an alliance with Tumaini University in Tanzania for the Overall purpose of faculty development. Since that time, the following has happened:
In 2005 a small group of faculty from colleges and universities related to the ELCA journeyed to Tanzania to participate in an HIV/AIDS and Gender Symposium with faculty from the four campuses of Tumaini University.
In Fall 2007 four Tumaini University faculty came to the U.S. to spend six weeks on the campuses of Augustana College, Carthage, Gustavus and St. Olaf.
In Fall 2008 three Tumaini University faculty came to the U.S. to spend six weeks on the campuses of Carthage, Luther and St. Olaf.
It was reported that these exchanges were very well received by all involved. It is now time for U.S. faculty to consider a journey to Tanzania to spend time at Tumaini University. Rather than a six-week stay, it will be three weeks in January 2010. Click HERE for the Invitation for Proposals for this unique opportunity. Please note that the deadline for submission is Wednesday, April 15, 2009. Submissions are to be sent via email to both Dr. Hartwig and to Marilyn Olson.
A flyer about Tumaini University can be read HERE, which has grown from four to six campus sites in Tanzania, and a summary document prepared last month regarding the Fall 2008 campus visits. It will provide some helpful background information.
The ELCA is hopeful that they will be able to utilize some ELCA/VE Hunger Funds to help support some of the travel expenses of our U.S. faculty. We realize that these are difficult economic times, but trust that we can move forward with hope and anticipation of what an experience like this can bring to the enrichment of our faculty and classrooms. Please do not hesitate to contact Marilyn Olson with any questions.
Reception with Ric Burns
The Institute for Leadership and Service and the Dean's Office have joined forces to make Ric Burns' visit to Augustana possible. As some of you may know, Steve Warren was lucky enough to work with Ric on his new documentary, Tecumseh's Vision, which premieres on April 20, 2009. This film is epidode 2 in a film series presented by WGBH and the American Experience entitled We Shall Remain: A Native History of America. The first film in the series, After the Mayflower, will premiere on April 13, 2009. For more on the series, please follow this link to a recent review by the Boston Globe: http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/articles/2009/03/29/neither_nobles_nor_savages/
Augustana will be hosting a post-premiere screening of the film, followed by a reception with Ric, on Thursday, April 23rd at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Auditorium. Following the screening, there should be plenty of time for Ric to take questions and to discuss the film with members of the audience. For more information on Ric's career as a documentary filmmaker, please check out the following link: http://www.ricburns.com/flash.html
Please share this message with folks who might be interested in watching the film and listening to Ric describe his work as a filmmaker. Please contact Steve Warren if you have any questions about his visit. Also see http://www.augustana.edu/x12335.xml
Readings by Iowa Teaching Fellows
Dora Malech and Jason T. Lewis
NOTE Date Change: Tuesday, April 14, 2009
6:00 PM - Wilson Center
Dora Malech earned an M.F.A. in poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2005 and has taught in New Zealand and Iowa, and at Augustana. Her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Yale Review, The Yale Anthology of Younger American Poetry, American Letters & Commentary, Best New Poets, Best New Zealand Poems, Denver quarterly, LIT, Post Road, and elsewhere. Her first book of poems, Shore Ordered Ocean, will be published by Waywiser Press in Spring 2010.
Jason T. Lewis earned his M.F.A. in fiction at Iowa Writers' Workshop and has been teaching in Iowa and at Augustana. Jason is working on his first novel, The Fourteenth Colony. His short story, Demonstration, appeared in the Spring/Summer 2008 issue of Yamassee. As a musician, Jason has toured and recorded with his band, Star City, and his solo album is forthcoming this year.
Augustana to Welcome Baseball-Enthused Anthropologist
Monday, April 20, 2009
7:30 PM - Science 102
America's pastime will take center stage at Augustana College with a lecture by baseball enthusiast and cultural anthropologist George Gmelch on Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Building room 102. Gmelch's lecture, entitled "The Changing World of Professional Baseball," will look at the ways in which American baseball has changed throughout the past 30 years, focusing especially on the life and culture of the professional game. The free public event is a celebration of the college's new anthropology major. "It has been our hope that these events will raise awareness of the new anthropology department major among students and show them some of the breadth and depth of what the discipline has to offer," said Carolyn Hough, professor of anthropology. Gmelch has combined his personal interest in baseball with his professional work as a professor of anthropologist at University of San Francisco, and Roger Thayer Stone professor of anthropology at Union College in New York, to create a subtext for his talk highlighting baseball as a microcosm of American society. Gmelch plans to describe and deconstruct the notion that changes in baseball's culture over time accurately reflect changes in the culture of a larger society. "Gmelch seemed like a great fit as we thought about bringing some guest speakers to ... Augustana to help launch the new program in anthropology and to talk with our students," said Adam Kaul, professor of anthropology. "In his career, he has created the kinds of programs and experiences for his students that we hope to create here at Augustana College. In addition to his public lecture, Gmelch will visit several classes as a guest speaker and interact with students and faculty members during his visit. He is the author of ten books, two of which are baseball-focused and entitled "Inside Pitch: Life in Professional Baseball," and "Baseball without Borders." Has studied nomads, return migrants, commercial fishermen, Alaskan natives, Caribbean villagers and tourism workers, and has done field work in many parts of the world. Currently he is doing research on wine tourism in California's Napa Valley.
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...the Augustana College student research symposium.
Augustana Historical Society Meeting
April 21, 2009
7:00 PM in Wilson Center
The spring meeting of the Augustana Historical Society will be held on April 21, 2009 at 7:00 PM in the Wilson Center. Dr. Stephen Warren will present "John Henry Hauberg, Meskwaki Powwows, and Community Survival in the Industrial Midwest." Light refreshments will be served.
Week Seven Seminar: "Darwin's Impact on Modern Thought"
Friday, April 24, 2009
4:00 PM - Tredway Library
In celebration o the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, Kevin Geedey will lead an informal discussion for faculty on an article by evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr: "Darwin's Impact on Modern Thought," a lecture he delivered when he was 89 years old. One of the major architects of the "Neo-Darwinian Synthesis" in the 1930s and '40s, that formed a powerful explanatory theory based on natural selection, Mayr in mid-career began to write about the history of evolutionary ideas, and in this talk he documented the important societal changes he believed were caused by Darwin's theory. Article is on Moodle under "library/week seven seminar."
Geifman Lecture in Holocaust Studies
Monday, April 27, 2009
Centennial Hall - 7:00 PM
Ralph Troll, Augustana professor emeritus of biology and a survivor of Nazi persecution during the Holocaust, will speak on his childhood as a "half-Jew" in Hitler's Germany. In 1938, when he was 6 years old, Ralph's family moved from Darmstadt, Germany, to a small, isolated farm, hoping to escape Nazi persecution. Since his mother was Jewish, Ralph was not allowed to continue his schooling. When war broke out, the family often spent nights in the cellar of the farmhouse or days in nearby foxholes to escape Allied bombing raids. In February 1945, the Gestapo appeared in the middle of the night and took his mother away. Months later, after the war ended, his mother was liberated from Theresienstadt and rejoined her family. The family emigrated to the U.S. in 1947. Sponsored by the Geifman Endowment for Judaica.
Upcoming Division Meetings
Thursday, April 30, 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