Kamran Pasha produces the NBC series "Kings," a modern day retelling of the Biblical tale of King David. He also was a writer on NBC's remake of Bionic Woman, and on the Golden Globe nominated series Sleeper Cell, about a Muslim FBI agent who infiltrates a terrorist group. Simon & Schuster will publish his first book Mother of the Believers, historical fiction about the rise of Islam through the eyes of Prophet Muhammad's teenage wife. An expert on the Middle East, Pasha is currently writing a film called The Voyage Of Ibn Battuta, which follows the adventures of a famous Arab traveler who journeyed to China in the 14th century. Kamran Pasha holds a juris doctor from Cornell Law School, an MBA from Dartmouth and an MFA from UCLA Film School. He spent three years as a journalist in New York City. (•website)
Thursday, September 10
Rebecca Wee reads in The River Readings at Augustana
Wallenberg Hall, 7:00 p.m.
Wee made a stunning debut with her first book of poetry Uncertain Grace published by Copper Canyon in 2001. Its startling and beautiful rendering of a fragile world bruised by violence, loss, and devastation, but redeemed by attention and love, earned it high praise, and it won the 2000 Hayden Carruth Award for New and Emerging Poets. Wee went on to be selected in 2002 by then poet laureate of the U.S. Billy Collins for a Witter Bynner Fellowship. And she served as Poet Laureate of the Quad Cities from 2003 to 2005. Wee is associate professor of English at Augustana.
Director of Creative Writing at Waldorf College, Joe Wilkins, says of Wee's work, "It is said that when a poem works, you should look up from the page to find the stone stonier, the water wetter, or the cold and sleet even colder, grayer. This is what Rebecca Wee's poetry does for me: it makes the world more than it was only a moment before." Please see Moodle under Library/River Readings for samples of Wee's poetry.
This hour it's grassy, leafed, fat with cold
golden light, nothing humid
the rye asway and lake waves going after their own
green joy -
or is it pure indifference?
I'm in love with whatever it is -
MUSLIM & JEWISH HOLY DAYS 2008-2012
As we prepare our students for a life of leadership and service in a diverse and changing world, Academic Affairs along with the Office of Diversity would like the Augustana Community to be aware of the following Muslim & Jewish Holy Days:
*Means that Holy days begin at sundown the day before this date.
**Regional customs, group preference or moon sightings may cause a variation of this date.
Note: For Jewish holidays, dates reflect the Reform tradition
Muslim holy days are in blue; Jewish holy days are in red
School Year 2009-2010
22 Ramadan begins* **
19 Rosh Hashanah*
20 Eid al Fitr* ** Ramadan ends
28 Yom Kippur*
27 Eid al Adha* **
27 Ashura* **
30 Pesach* (Passover) begins
JEWISH STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEWS
Hillel at Augustana!
In what is surely an historic moment at Augustana College, the one-year-old Jewish Student Organization is celebrating its recently earned affiliation with the national organization Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. How can Augustana have a Hillel, you ask, with its tiny Jewish population and its fledging student group? Although we don't have anything as grand as a Hillel office, meeting place, or staff, Augustana's JSO was able to apply for affiliation with Hillel through the Soref Initiative, which created the Small and Mighty program for campuses just like ours: those with small Jewish student populations but which are mighty in spirit and aspirations. Through the Small and Mighty program, the Soref Initiative provides guidance, financial assistance, online resources, and a communication network for Jewish students and faculty advisors. As a Hillel student organization, JSO at Augustana is thrilled to be growing and developing Jewish life and learning at Augustana in collaboration with others on campus. Inquiries and questions may be directed to current student president Leslie Knopoff or advisor Margi Rogal.
The Celebration of Faculty Scholarship and Teaching
October 12-16, 2009
The library needs your scholarship published or performed from April 30, 2008 through August 30, 2009-including books, journal articles, grants, SoTL articles, music compositions, plays, photos of works of art, papers or presentations at conferences. If you wish, you are welcome to "catch up" by sending us anything you've done since 1-1-2002 (the starting date of our collection), but this year's celebration will focus on work published or performed 4-30-2008 through 8-30-2009. Scholarship published or performed after August 30, 2009, will be included in the next year's celebration.
We also need narratives about your teaching innovations. The topic for the Fall, 2009, celebration will be "Responding to Student Writing." Faculty are invited to submit narratives on approaches to this topic. (e.g., In what ways do you respond to student writing? How do you phrase critical remarks so as not to discourage? Do you use an effective grading rubric to respond to student writing? What is a timely response to student writing assignments?)
Please use our handy online forms at http://www.augustana.edu/library/Services/facultyachievement.html to submit your information. Work previously submitted to the library will be included-you need not send it again.