Monday, January 17

4:00 - 5:00 PM - All LSFY Faculty Meeting "Teaching the Research Process in 10 Weeks or Less"
Wilson Center

5:00 PM - Deadline for submission of Faculty Research Grants
email to Mary Koski

5:00 - 6:00 PM - Interfaith Understanding Group
Free, and open to faculty, staff, administration
Loft, College Center, 2nd floor

6:30 PM - High School Honor Band Festival Finale Concert
Centennial Hall

Tuesday, January 18

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection: Inter-faith Service
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

4:00 - 5:30 PM - Food Reads
Four essays: M.F.K. Fisher "Three Swiss Inns," Joseph Wechsberg, "Demel's," Jane and Michael Stern, "Two For the Road: Havana, North Dakota," and Robert P. Coffin, "Night of Lobster." Readings are available on Moodle: Library/Food Reads/enrollment key "food"
518 Thomas Tredway Library

Wednesday, January 19

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center, Sorensen Hall, 1st floor

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study Group
led by Pastor Priggie, for faculty, staff and administrators
Bring your lunch, and a Bible
Chicago Room, College Center

1:00 - 2:00 PM - Contemporary Books Discussion Group "The Iliad"
Tom Banks, professor emeritus of classics, will lead a discussion of Homer's epic poem. The book is available for loan on a first-come basis at the Information Desk
Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf, IA

4:00 - 5:00 PM - President's Open Office Hour
Founders Hall

4:00 PM - Tea Hour Series: "Plato: The First Feminist" presented by Emil Kramer
Thomas Tredway Library, 2nd floor

7:00 PM - Hispanic Film Festival: Lake Tahoe
Film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Rated R
Free admission
102 Hanson Hall of Science

Thursday, January 20

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Faculty Forum on Faculty Handbook
Hanson Hall of Science 102

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Being on the Job Market Workshop
Evald Great Hall

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

7:00 PM - River Readings: Trifles
The first River Readings presentation of 2011 will be a staged reading of the 1916 play "Trifles" by Davenport-born playwright Susan Glaspell.
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:00 PM - French Film Festival: The Wedding Song (Le Chant des Mariées)
Rated R. Free Admission. Shown with English subtitles
304 Hanson Hall of Science

Friday, January 21

4:30 PM - Deadline for Augustana Summer Student Research Fellowships Applications

7:30 PM - Augustana Percussion Ensemble Concert
Ensemble Room, Bergendoff Hall

Saturday, January 22

Sunday, January 23

2:00 PM - Guest Artist, Dave Camwell, saxophone, will perform works by Piazzolla, Peterson, Muczynski, and Gotkovsky
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Volume 8, Issue 18 - January 17, 2011

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 he had initiated some months before. I still have the notes I took that day, which include this: "The goal of Week Seven is to provide social cement among faculty 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 Seminar 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 spoke on campus on October 18. Environmental historian and part-time instructor Brian Leech will lead the discussion.

Take a break from your hectic routine to join the Week Seven Seminar this Friday, January 21, at 4:00 at the south end of the library. Even better, come at 3:30 for chatting and refreshments.

 

Margi Rogal

Reference Librarian