CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RECIPIENTS OF THIS YEAR'S
PRESIDENTIAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP AWARD
PRE-TENURE PAID LEAVE REPORT PRESENTATION
presented by Adam Kaul
Monday, January 24, 2011
In the Spring of 2010, Adam Kaul began a new ethnographic research project studying the impacts of tourism at Bishop Hill, Illinois, which is about an hour's drive from the Quad Cities. In 1846, Eric Janson and his followers (who believed Janson might be the Second Coming of Christ) immigrated from Sweden and established a communal Utopian community at Bishop Hill, Illinois. Bishop Hill quickly established itself as the first stop for Swedish immigrants coming to America. In 1850, however, Eric Janson involved himself in the domestic dispute of one of his followers. It ended with Janson being gunned down at the courthouse in Cambridge, Illinois. His followers expected him to rise from the dead, but after three days of waiting, he failed to do so. The commune broke up a little over a decade later. The distinctive Shaker-style architecture at Bishop Hill remained largely intact, and in the mid-nineteenth century it was officially declared a State Historic Site. In recent decades, this tiny village of just over 100 people has begun to attract artists, craftspersons and tourists in increasingly large numbers. This has altered the the economy of the village as well as its social structure as more outsiders move in and establish tourist-oriented businesses. Around one third of villagers are "Descendants," whose ancestors were members of the original colony, and the rest are "outsiders." How has all of this changed local understandings about what Bishop Hill is all about? For that matter, how do tourists (mis)understand the story of the place? What exactly are their motivations for visiting? I suspect that nostalgia plays a large role, but a peculiar kind of nostalgia. Is this really a backward-oriented romanticism, or is this in fact a reinvention of the American past for present purposes? A small handful of studies have been done over the years on Bishop Hill, but most of them have focused on the history of the place. This project, which is only in its earliest stages, will focus on the current ethnographic situation there and how various actors perceive the place differently, and use it differently as a result. The results of this project will form one section of a book entitled "Touring Utopia" that Adam and Margaret Farrar will co-author on tourist sites in the Upper Midwest.
Women in Leadership Symposium
January 24-25, 2011
4:30 - 8:30 PM each day
4:30 Reception in College Center Loft
5:30-6:30 Dinner in College Center Loft
7:00-8:00 Workshops, Olin Center
Faculty, staff, administrators, students and prospective students are invited to attend a two-day symposium celebrating the accomplishments of women leaders and preparing women to be leaders in the future. Meet and learn from student leaders and community leaders in vocations such as business law, communications, public service, religion, and health care. This FREE event will be led by Jane Simonsen and senior Kendra Mulcahy.
Speakers will include Linda Newborn, John Deere; Berlinda tyler-Jamison, Trinity Health; Patricia Castro, state's attorney's office; Tamar Grimm, Tri-City Jewish Center; Amy Rowell, World Relief; Amy Calderone, WQAD-TV; and Katy Hasson, Rickridge High School principal.
For more information, contact Kendra Mulcahy.
"East is East and West is West: Will the Twain Never Meet?
Presented by Richard Alloran, journalist and political analyst
Thursday, January 27, 2011
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Halloran will discuss the United States' relations with Asia from World War II through the present day, highlighting instances where the media's portrayal of events may have led Americans from the truth.
Currently a freelance writer, Halloran contributes articles on U.S.-Asia relations and national security to major publications throughout the United States and Asia. Previously, he spent more than 20 years as a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, including serving as bureau chief for Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the central Pacific region
"Islamic Ethics, the Position of Women in the Qur'an, in the Contemporary Society in Bangladesh, and in the Diaspora"
Presented by Umme Al-wazedi
Community Lecture Series
Sponsored by the Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Old Main 122
January 28, 2011
"Writing a Successful Grant Proposal"
3:30 PM Refreshments, 4:00 Discussion
Experienced colleagues from the faculty and from the office of Corporate and Foundation Relations will be on hand to address
- identifying appropriate internal and external funding sources
- writing a successful grant proposal
- gathering internal support
- monitoring and follow-up for a successful grant proposal
Sponsored by the Center for Teaching & Learning and the Office of Academic Affairs
February 4, 2011
Reception to Honor Illinois Professor of the Year, Dr. Lendol Calder
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Board Room, College Center
Please join us at a reception to honor Dr. Lendol Calder, 2010 Illinois Professor of the Year, named by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Hope to see you there.
Seminar on Slave Narratives for History and English Faculty Members
Nomination Deadline: February 1, 2011
CIC, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the United Negro College Fund will cosponsor Slave Narratives: A Seminar for Faculty Members to be held at Yale University on June 12-15, 2011. This multidisciplinary seminar is open to full-time faculty members in history, English, and related fields. David Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale University, will lead the seminar. There will be no expense for room, board, books, or the seminar program itself for faculty members selected to participate in the seminar. Guidelines and a nomination form are available on CIC's website at: www.cic.edu/projects_services/coops/gilder_lehrman.asp.
Increasing Student Success in Mathematics
The National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) will conduct a workshop, Increasing Student Success in Developmental and College-Level Math, on February 6-8, 2011, in Orlando, FL. This workshop is designed for those who wish to replicate successful programs. You may register for one or both parts of the workshop: http://www.thencat.org/RedesignAlliance/MathWkshp020611.html
Thursday, February 3, 2011
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Tredway Library, 2nd floor north
If Kindles, iPads, and Nooks sound like something from an episode of Star Trek, you're not alone. That is why ITS and the Tredway Library are teaming up to have a "Battle of the e-readers" session. We'll combine an impartial analysis with a hands-on look at the pros and cons of the various options. Pizza will be provided; please bring your own beverage.
9th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL
Saturday, February 5, 2011
5:00 - 7:00 PM
College Center Dining Room
Tickets are on sale now - click here. The attendance record was broke last year. 526 members of Augustana and the Quad Cities community enjoyed this special celebration of international culture through cuisine. Join us for an all-you-can-eat buffet of dishes from all over the world. Tickets are $12.50; children under 4 are free, but they still need a ticket. Contact Jane Tiedge for more information.
MAKING LEARNING VISIBLE
A One-Day Conference on Sharing Evidence of Student Learning
April 30, 2011
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
What do you do in your classes that promotes student learning? What practices have you integrated into your teaching and how do you know they are working? What evidence do you have that students are learning?
Augustana is hosting a one-day conference designed for college instructors in our area to share what is happening in their classrooms. It is an opportunity to meet with others interested in teaching and learning, and discuss what we do and how we evaluate our effectiveness. Plans for the day include a keynote speaker and several concurrent sessions. Registration will be approximately $50 per participant and will include snacks and lunch. A more detailed program and registration information will be sent in mid-March.
You are invited to present your work at this conference. For example, you might discuss a department initiative, a course that you developed, a class assignment that you tried, an evaluation strategy that you used, or a special learning opportunity that you offered. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Ellen Hay.