SABBATICAL REPORT PRESENTATIONS
Monday, April 23, 2012
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Margaret Morse presents:
"From Church to Home and Back Again: The Merging of Public and Private in
Early Modern Domestic Devotional Art"
This talk will explore the religious dimension of the sixteenth-century Venetian household, created and reinforced by pious objects and images, and more specifically the ways in which this visual culture linked the home to a larger religious community. Civic cults infiltrated the homes through copied images. Similarly, the mass production of popular and efficacious art forms united the personal devotions of numerous households into a larger network of Christian spirituality thereby validating individual beliefs and actions. The personal also colored the public, as Venetians gave to their city's parishes and monasteries through testamentary bequests the very goods that formed the visual culture of their everyday domestic settings. By examining the ways in which images and objects physically and mentally traversed the boundaries between the so-called public and private spheres, my research highlights the importance of domestic religion and its visual culture in the broader framework of early modern faith and worship.
Sarah Skrainka presents:
"Marot's Psalms as Song of the Self"
Evangelical poet Clément Marot (1496 - 1544), despite his status as "the prince of French poets," came to fear for his life following a crack-down on the nascent movement to reform the Church. When even the king's sister could no longer ensure his safety, he fled to Ferrara, Italy in early 1535. Although readers particularly appreciated his witty, autobiographical epistles, he turned away from his hallmark genre upon his return from exile. Instead, he focused renewed energy on translating the psalms, work he had begun some years earlier. My research explores the relationship between Marot's psalms and his verse epistles, asking to what extent the autobiographical impulse displayed in the latter redirects itself into the former. His contribution to the Huguenot Psalter participates as much in the literary tradition of imitatio as in a doctrinal endeavor. Ultimately, his translations reflect the deeply personal expression of a complex man involved in a continuous struggle that, for him, defined what it was to be human.
In this presentation, I focus on Marot's translation of Psalm 107 by comparing it to a number of possible source texts in Latin, as well as passages from several of the poet's most important epistles. While I look closely at the work of one poet, this discussion may be of interest to scholars of the Renaissance and Reformation, the Psalter, poetic translation and imitation, and the literature of exile.
UNDERSTANDING JEWISH HISTORY, RELIGION & CULTURE
"Surviving the Holocaust: A Young Girl in Hungary"
Agnes Schwartz, survivor of Nazi persecution
Monday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., Wallenberg Hall
Agnes Schwartz was ten years old in Budapest, Hungary, when the city was occupied by Nazi forces in 1944. After moving to a Jewish ghetto, she was taken in as a "niece"" by the family maid. During Allied bombings, Agnes was sent underground to hide for months. Agnes's father was saved by Raoul Wallenberg and hid in one of his safe houses. Her grandmother, grandfather, and aunt drowned in the Danube. Her mother was deported and perished at Bergen-Belsen.
Stone Lectureship in Judaism
"Why Did Sarah Laugh?"
Avivah Zornberg, Hebrew Bible scholar
Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., Wallenberg Hall
An acclaimed Torah scholar, educator, and writer based in Jerusalem, Avivah Zornberg teaches and lectures in Israel, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. As a child, Dr. Zornberg studied with her "most important Torah teacher," her father, who was a Rabbi and head of the Rabbinical Court in Glasgow, Scotland, She holds a BA and PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. After teaching English literature at the Hebrew University in Jersalem, she turned to teaching Torah. For the past twenty-five years, she has taught Torah in Jerusalem at Matan, Yakar, Pardes, and the Jerusalem College for Adults. Dr. Zornberg also holds a Visiting Lectureship at the London School of Jewish Studies. She travels widely, lecturing in Jewish, academic and psychoanalytic settings.
Geifman Fellowship in Jewish Culture
Annual fellowship held by students who learn and teach Jewish culture
Applications due May 1
FACULTY MEETING - Vote on Curricular Realignment Proposal and Faculty Handbook
Thursday, April 26, 2012
WORLD HUNGER: FOOD, WATER, AND ENERGY FILM SERIES
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Evald Great Hall
Renewal presents eight inspiring stories of diverse religious groups who are caring for God's creation through different actions inspired by their faith. The film takes us through stories of Christians fighting mountaintop removal for coal mining, Jewish leaders teaching children the connection between nature and spiritual traditions. Muslims practicing their faith through sustainable agriculture, interfaith groups working with congregations to reduce the amount of waste in their congregation and more. Despite the differences in religious traditions, the common threads of faith and creation care are evident, and the stories present inspiring and compelling pictures of the environmental movement in religious communities.
Friday, April 27, 2012
4:00 PM - Presentation
3:30 PM - Refreshments
"Institutional Effectiveness Report"
2012-13 COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIESS
Sponsored by the Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics
Call for Proposals for 2012-2013
The Board of Directors of the Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics invites you to submit proposals for the 2012-2013 Community Lecture Series. All members of the faculty in all departments are eligible to submit proposals. The only requirement is that they is some way address an ethical issue. Proposals should be submitted to Dan Lee electronically by Monday, May 7.
Each participant agrees to present her or his lecture once on campus and up to three times to community groups. The Center pays each participant a $200 preparation fee and a $50 stipend for each presentation up to a total of four presentations. Since the Center pays the stipends, the lectures are made available to community groups and organizations without charge. Do not hesitate to contact Dan Lee if you have any questions.
FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS INVITED TO:
OXFAM AMERICA HUNGER BANQUET
Sunday, April 29, 2012
College Center Loft
Entrance Fee: Donation
In short, an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet is an inspiring event that promotes poverty awareness through an experience unlike any other. Everyone that attends will be split into groups that reflect current poverty ratios in the world. The corresponding groups receive food and accommodations that reflect their group. After the main portion of the event, guests will be able to discuss topics brought up and reflect upon the experience. Register online now HERE. Space is limited, so register early. Questions? Email email@example.com
RECOGNITION OF STUDENT HONORS
Saturday, May 5, 2012
SENIOR HONORS CONVOCATION
Saturday, May 19, 2012
All faculty and staff are invited to the Recognition of Student Honors at 11:30 AM in Hanson Hall of Science Room 102, in conjunction with the Celebration of Learning, scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2012. This program will honor underclassmen receiving honors. No registration for the Celebration of Learning is required to attend the Recognition of Student Honors, if you are not actively presenting or otherwise attending the Celebration of Learning.
All faculty and staff are also invited to the Senior Honors Convocation scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM in Centennial Hall. The ceremony will recognize academic and departmental honors for senior students, senior students in Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Delta, Lincoln Academy Student Laureate, and SGA awards. FACULTY WILL WEAR ACADEMIC REGALIA DURING THE SENIOR HONORS CONVOCATION EVENT.
Please mark these events on your calendar.
THE RESULTS ARE IN...
Late last term, the Convocation Committee requested your input on themes for each of next year's Convocation Symposia. Your votes determined the following themes:
Fall term (Thursday, September 27): Politics and/or Common Good. This theme could include discussions about political candidates in a debate, discussions of civil discourse, corporate responsibility, and what it means to be a citizen.
Winter term (Wednesday, January 23): Environmental Issues. This theme could include discussions about food, energy, climate, agriculture, business, and literature.
Spring term (Tuesday, April 9): Social Justice. This theme could include discussions about global citizenship, immigration, social entrepreneurship, activism, privilege, and religion.
Now, we need to start planning! We are going to need your help to build thought provoking, engaging, and meaningful experiences for our students. Do you know of a particularly engaging speaker relating to one of these themes? A play? A documentary? An artist? ALL ideas are welcome.
Send your emails to Kristin Douglas, Convocation Coordinator '12-'13
SERVICE OPPORTUNITY FOR HIGH-SCHOOL AGED YOUTH
If you have a high-school aged child (age 16 and over) at home who needs to complete service hours for school or a club, or if your son/daughter simply enjoys volunteering, please ask them to consider ushering for Commencement on Sunday, May 20, 2012.
Volunteers would need to be dressed in appropriate business attire, provide their own transportation to and from the i wireless Center, and arrive by 1:00 PM. Responsibilities would include handing out programs, answering patron questions and giving directions. Once the ceremony begins at 3:00 PM, volunteers would be free to either leave or go into the arena to watch Commencement.
For more details, please call or email Rita Gustafson at 309-794-7236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Faculty Senate Meetings
Hanson Hall of Science 102
- Thursday, May 3, 2012
11:00 - 12:00
Full Faculty Meetings
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
- Thursday, April 26, 2012 - Vote on Curricular Realignment Proposal and Faculty Handbook changes
- Tuesday, May 1, 2012 (if necessary)
DEANS' MEETING WITH DEPARTMENT & PROGRAM CHAIRS
5:00 - 6:00 PM
- Thursday, May 17, 2012
Augie Reads Kick-off
Evald Great Hall
- Monday, May 7, 2012 (week 10)
Recognition of Student Honors Program (underclassmen) and Celebration of Learning
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Hanson Science 102
Senior Honors Convocation Program
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012