Monday, September 27

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Sabbatical & Pre-Tenure Presentations
presented by: Kelly Daniels and Mike Wolf
Wilson Center 

7:00 - 8:30 PM - 5th Annual Muslim-Christian Women's Dialogue: Sharing our Global Cultures in the QC Community
Free will offering
To register contact Jackie Walsh at 309-283-2108 or retreats@smmsisters.org
Moline Mosque, 6005 34th Avenue, Moline, IL

Tuesday, September 28

11:00 AM - Farmer's Market
College Center Lobby

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Lucas Westblade '11
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

Wednesday, September 29

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center, Sorensen Hall

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study w/ Pastor Priggie "Teachable Moments"
Bring a Bible, or one will be provided. Bring your lunch, if you wish
Chicago Room, College Center

Thursday, September 30

10:30 AM - Convocation: "Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on Campus" - Donna Freitas
Centennial Hall

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Faculty Senate Meeting
Hanson Science Building 102

Friday, October 1

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Pickin' & Pullin' Fridays at Augie Acres
6th Avenue between 32nd and 35th Street (up the hill west of Carver Center)

2:00, 4:00, & 7:30 PM - Contemporary Composers Concert
The Society of Composers, Inc. regional conference will bring several contemporary composers to Augustana and offer free public concerts. Each concert features Augustana ensembles playing the work of six contemporary composers.
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building (except for 7:30 PM...Centennial Hall)

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversations: "Week Seven Seminar"
Cancelled for Mike Nolan's memorial service on campus. Further information will be shared as it becomes available.

7:00 PM - O. Fritiof Ander Lecture: Henrik Williams, Uppsala University, professor of Nordic Languages and leading authority of runes and the Viking era
Hanson Science Building 102

Saturday, October 2
 

10:30 AM, 2:30, 4:30, and 8:00 PM- Contemporary Composers Concert
The Society of Composers, Inc. regional conference will bring several contemporary composers to Augustana and offer free public concerts. Each concert features Augustana ensembles playing the work of six contemporary composers.
All in Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Sunday, October 3

2:00 PM - Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Masterworks 1
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture
FREDERIC CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7
Call the Quad City Symphony office for ticket information (563)322-0931
Centennial Hall

 

 


Volume 8, Issue 6 - September 27, 2010

This Week's Message

Week Seven Seminar Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary

When I landed a job as reference librarian at Augustana eight years ago, then director of the library Jonathan Miller sat me down and described the Week Seven Seminar. I still have the notes I took that day:

"The goal of Week Seven is to provide social cement on campus and to spark an interest in an issue."

Simple and direct-and I think we have stayed true to the goal. Named after the baseball tradition of the "seventh inning stretch," the Week Seven Seminar (W7S) was designed to offer a break for faculty from their regular rounds of teaching, students' papers and exams, and meetings. It offered an opportunity for faculty to talk about ideas, to interact with colleagues from other disciplines, and to build community.

I was smitten with the Week Seven Seminars then, and have maintained a regular round of Seminars ever since-we've held 26 since the first one in 2001. W7S has provided a rare opportunity to talk among ourselves about a common reading on a theme that takes us out of our own disciplines and forces us to think about our shared goals in living an enlightened and useful life. Hmm, sounds eerily familiar . . . like the purpose of the liberal arts perhaps?

We have selected wide-ranging topics and essays for the Seminars, including the role of business in society, Native American identity, views of women's roles, the essence of conservatism, interdisciplinarity, the decline of reading, Leonard Bernstein on global politics, Darwin's impact on modern thought, the decline of the humanities, and the history of Augustana. This term, W7S continues the tradition of focusing on timely topics with a look at local responses to the environmental crisis as seen through the eyes of writer Bill McKibben, who will be speaking on campus on Monday, October 18. Environmental historian and part-time instructor Brian Leech will lead the discussion.

Take a break from your hectic routine and join the Week Seven Seminar this Friday, October 1, at 4:00 at the south end of the library. Even better, come at 3:30 for chatting and refreshments.

 

Margi Rogal
Reference Librarian

The October 1 W7S has been cancelled because of Mike Nolan's memorial service.