Guest Speaker Dr. Naoko Gunji on
"Reception of Ukiyo-e in the East and the West"
Wednesday, December 9, Larson Hall, 7:30 p.m., followed by Art Museum reception, program made possible by the Vaky Art History Lecture Series through the support of Mr. James Russell Vaky
Dr. Gunji, assistant professor of art history and Asian studies at Augustana College, received her doctorate in Japanese art history with a further specialization in Buddhist art history in 2007 from the University of Pittsburgh. While a PhD candidate, she was awarded various fellowships and grants including the Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship and the Metropolitan Center Pre-doctoral Grant to further her dissertation research in Japan, working in local archives to investigate the role of portrait imagery and architectural space in the rituals of death and pacification at the medieval imperial temple of Amidaji. She was the 2007-08 Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture, affiliated with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, in the UK. Her lecture will be linked to the winter term Liberal Arts through the AGES exhibition.
Presidential Research Fellowship
Eligibility: All tenure-track and tenured faculty
Deadline: December 15
Notification: January 15; funding dispersed July and August
Presidential Research Fellowships are intended to support faculty research, scholarship and artistic work at Augustana. The fellowships will pay up to $4,000 for a faculty research project to be undertaken in the summer. Up to $750 is available for travel and expenses. The proposal should constitute a new area of research, a new area of an existing research agenda, or support for substantial, ongoing work. Proposals are invited in any of the four areas of scholarship: discovery, teaching, integration and application (outlined by Ernest Boyer in Scholarship Reconsidered); artistic work and scholarship on teaching and learning can be supported by PRF funds as well. Proposals are competitive and will be reviewed and ranked by an off-campus evaluator. Priority will be given to faculty who were not awarded a Presidential Research Fellowships in the previous year. Faculty members who have summer research funding as part of their contracts in a given year are not eligible for Presidential Research Fellowships in that year. PRF funds are available only to tenured or tenure-track faculty.
Submission to a peer-reviewed journal-or the equivalent for an artistic project-is normally expected within a year (in disciplines where such a deadline is inappropriate, please include a date for submission in the proposal). A report on the research, a copy of the letter of submission, and a copy of the paper will be due on the same date. Publication or acceptance by the following year will result in an additional $1,000 stipend.
Submit proposals to Mary Koski in Academic Affairs.
Responsibilities of the Grantee
- Presidential Research Fellows will be expected to do a substantial portion of the search on campus through the summer of the award, unless the research calls them away from the area.
- Presidential Research Fellows will not be eligible for summer teaching other than travel courses lasting no more than two weeks.
- A report on the research, a copy of the letter of submission, and a copy of the paper will be due to the Dean of the College a year of award notification.
- Acknowledgement of Augustana financial assistance in products produced from work.
From Giant Amphibians to Dinosaurs:
Antarctica during the Age of Reptiles
a lecture by Dr. William Hammer
December 2, 2009 at 6:30 PM, John Deere Lecture Hall
Augustana will celebrate the opening of the new Center for Polar Studies with an inaugural lecture by Dr. William Hammer, director of the center and discoverer of the first dinosaur in Antarctica. The lecture is entitled "From Giant Amphibians to Dinosaurs: Antarctica during the Age of Reptiles" and will be held on December 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the John Deere Lecture Hall (820 38th St.).
The Augustana Center for Polar Studies will promote the polar research of students and faculty members, support undergraduate courses in polar studies, and sponsor lectures, conferences, and academic trips to the Antarctic Peninsula region. Polar science and specific topics including polar ecosystems, global warming, atmospheric studies, and meteorology will be the focus.
Dr. Hammer, who is respected as a veteran of Antarctic science, has been teaching at Augustana since 1981 and was asked to direct the new center because of his ground-breaking research in Antarctica. In 1991, Dr. Hammer excavated Antarctica's first dinosaur near the South Pole at an elevation of 14,000 feet. He plans to make his eighth trip to Antarctica in November 2010.
Dr. Hammer hopes the center will bring to Augustana and his area of research new interest. "The center will help to highlight some of my own research, but hopefully it will also get other people interested in polar studies and involved in polar issues," he says.
Augustana's Center for Polar Studies will be distinctive in its involvement of undergraduate students by offering them valuable experience as researchers, student assistants, and members of a Student Advisory Board. With Hammer's guidance, they will have the opportunity to conduct polar research, participate in professional meetings and complete work study programs.
Dr. Jeff Abernathy, dean of the college, says the center will enable the community, Augustana students and faculty to take their global learning to the next step. "The center will focus faculty energies around critical issues facing the planet today, providing students with opportunity to learn and conduct inquiry alongside faculty members."
The center will also be hosting a series of four public lectures on polar research in the Arctic and Antarctic in 2010. The lectures will address the search for neutrinos from outer space at the South Pole, archeological investigations in Greenland, the hydrologic cycle, and ancient climate based on fossil plants. These lectures will be given in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Augustana College in conjunction with the Roys Lecture series.
Christmas at Augustana Expands Performances
Christmas at Augustana, a holiday concert featuring choir, band and orchestra ensembles, will return to Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.) in early December with an expanded schedule. Augustana student musicians and vocalists will perform on Friday, December 4, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 5, at 4 p.m. The music department added another concert this year after the ensembles played to a sold-out crowd at last year's inaugural concert.
The concerts are truly an "Advent of the advent season," says Dr. Daniel Culver, orchestra director and department co-chair. "I look forward to working again with all of my colleagues in an ensemble effort. It is a marvelous opportunity for our students and audience alike. In the development of the program, we focused on bringing a sense of unity to the program and how it works with each ensemble."
Audience members will experience a true celebration of Christmas with performances by seven ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Augustana Choir, Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble, Ascension Singers, Wennerberg Men's Chorus and Cantilena Augustana, and the world premiere of "Veni Emmanuel (Come Emmanuel)" arranged by Augustana music faculty member Dr. David Davies.
Dr. Jon Hurty, director of choral activities and department co-chair, says the opportunity to commission a new work is an added learning experience. "This adds an entirely new creative element to the program and exposes the students to great music that was written specifically for the occasion," says Hurty.
"Bring your best singing voice," reminds Culver. The concerts also feature several well-known congregational hymns for a sing-along during the program.
The Celebration of Christmas at Augustana is one of the performances in a series of events planned for the Christmas season. The Handel Oratorio Society will perform Messiah on Saturday, December 12, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 13, at 2 p.m. at Centennial Hall. The long-standing tradition involves more than 200 choir members from Augustana and the Quad-City community as well as a professional orchestra. The annual tradition started in 1879.
The Augustana Chamber Singers and Office of Campus Ministries will present Lessons and Carols on Thursday, December 17, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. This beautiful Christmas service chronicles Christ's birth through song and readings in Ascension Chapel (820 38th St). This event is free and open to the public.
To order tickets for Christmas at Augustana or Messiah, log onto www.augustana.edu/tickets or call (309) 794-7306.