Monday, December 3

4:00 - 5:00 PM - All LSFY Faculty Meeting
"Inspiring Students to Set and Achieve Goals that Really Challenge Them"
Wilson Center

7:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series:  Rome: Season 1 Episode 7: "Pharsalus"
Free admission
Olin Auditorium

7:00 PM - 2nd Annual Life Raft Debate
A debate discussing each department's (Political Science, Business, Biology, Religion, Geology, Philosophy) value in reconstructing the new world!
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Tuesday, December 4

All Day - High School Students Overnight

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Elle Janss, '13
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

11:30 - 12:15 - History Matters Lecture
Jane Simonsen speaks on "Out of the Binder: Into the Booth: Women and the Gender Gap"
Hammarskjold Lounge, College Center, 3rd floor

4:30 - 6:00 PM - International & Multicultural Student Diversity Training for Faculty and Administration
Wilson Center

8:00 PM - Student Recital - Rick Rudy, cello
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

8:00 - 9:00 PM - The Salon
Neal Shipley speaks on gender, space, and high school
Andreen Hall, Red Room

Wednesday, December 5

Payment Deadline for Christmas Smörgåsbord to Sara Maccabee

12:00 - 12:50 PM - Weekly Bible Study for Faculty, Staff, Administrators
"Adventures of the Promise", tracking God's promises to Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and asking how those promises intersect with our lives. Bring a Bible if you can. Bring your lunch if you wish.
Chicago Room, College Center

3:00 - 4:00 PM -Blue & Gold Certification: Basic Overview of Google Apps
RSPV to Kristina Jansson x7476
Olin 109

7:00 PM - Art History Lecture on Francisco Goya, presented by Karissa Bushman "Full of the Wrath of God: Goya's Vilification of Frian Pedro de Zalvedia"
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building

7:30 PM - Joy of Christmas Past and Present
6:15 PM - Free buses leave campus
Reservations are necessary to ride the bus, leaving from 38th Street by Andreen Hall.
The evening begins in Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover, IL with carols and special music by the Augustana Ascension Singers. The Christmas story from Luke will be read in three different languages. Sharon Varallo will be the preacher. Following the service, we will walk to Jenny Lind Chapel completely lit by candles for Communion and caroling. Hot chocolate and Christmas cookies afterwards
Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover, IL

8:00 PM - Flute and Clarinet Choir Concert
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

4:30 - 6:00 PM - International & Multicultural Student Diversity Training for Faculty and Administration
Wilson Center

4:30 PM - "Racing Left and Right: How Color-Blind Narratives Impact Activists Across the Political Spectrum" presented by Meghan Burke, assistant professor of sociology at Illinois Wesleyan University
17 Evald Hall

Thursday, December 6

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM - Interfaith Understanding's Third Annual Fast-A-Thon
The fast breaks at 7:00 PM in Westerlin Lounge with delicious food and conversation (catering by Olive Tree Cafe). Sign up in College Center now.

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center

9:30 - 10:30 AM -Blue & Gold Certification: Basic Overview of Google Apps
RSPV to Kristina Jansson x7476
Olin 109

6:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series:  France "Joyeux Noel"
Free admission
Olin Auditorium

Friday, December 7

12:00 - 1:30 PM - AAEOP Meeting
Board Room, College Center, 3rd floor

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - "CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars" presented by Allen Bertsche
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

5:00 - 7:00 PM - Communication Sciences & Disorders Department's Annual Holiday Party and Open House
Members of the Augie community with children under age 12. Appetizers, beverages, visits and photos with Santa, seasonal crafts and games, door prizes, balloon art and face painting
Free admission
Brodahl Building

6:00 - 7:30 PM - Life Webcast: "Radical Christian Life: Equipping Ourselves for Social Change"
presented by Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Hanson Hall of Science 102

Saturday, December 8

12:30 - 2:00 PM - Life Webcast: "Radical Christian Life: Equipping Ourselves for Social Change"
presented by Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Hanson Hall of Science 102

2:00 - 3:00 PM - Holiday Planetarium Show
Admission is free, but reservations are requested at (309) 794-7327. The program is not recommended for children ages 7 and under.
John Deere Planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory, Planetarium

8:00 PM - Handel Oratorio Society "Messiah"
Tickets: $20 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $10 for students and children
Centennial Hall

Sunday, December 9

2:00 PM - Handel Oratorio Society "Messiah"
Tickets: $20 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $10 for students and children
Centennial Hall

Volume 10, Issue 15 - December 3, 2012

Announcements

INTERNATIONAL & MULTICULTURAL STUDENT DIVERSITY TRAINING FOR FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATION
Tuesday, December 4 or Wednesday, December 5, 2012
4:30 - 6:00 PM
Wilson Center  (Heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer)

Come and enjoy some time with your colleagues as we talk about how you can help build a supportive environment for our international students and our students of color here at Augustana College. 

This program will discuss what college is like from a diverse student perspective, cultural differences of international students, and we will discuss students' classroom concerns. 

RSVP to janetiedge@augustana.edu  and let her know which of the two dates you will be attending.


ART HISTORY LECTURE ON FRANCISCO GOYA
"Full of the Wrath of God: Goya's Vilification of Friar Pedro de Zalvedia
Lecture on Romantic Artist, Francisco Goya (1746-1828)
Presented by Karissa Bushman, Visiting Instructor, Department of Art History, Augustana
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
7:00 PM
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building

Goya scholars have regarded the Maragato Series as one of the rare occasions in which Goya painted a member of the Catholic clergy as a positive subject, arguing that he was glorifying the priest for his heroic deed.  However, examination of archival documents sheds light on the fact that Goya changed the events of the capture by painting a fictionalized scene of the friar attacking the bandit as one of the six panel paintings.  Through examining this purposeful addition of a violent event in the narrative and presenting a more in-depth assessment of the formal elements of the paintings in the series, I seek to demonstrate that the six panel paintings are not a glorification of the friar, but rather a denigration of the cleric for his cruel use of force against the bandit.


FRIDAY CONVERSATION
CIEE INTERNATIONAL FACULTY DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS
Friday, December 7, 2012
4:00 PM - presentation; 3:30 PM refreshments
Wilson Center

On Friday, December 7, 2012  Allen Bertsche hosts the Friday Conversation and the topic will be the CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars. These seminars are two-week experiences overseas where faculty from a wide range of colleges and universities in the U. S. can expand their knowledge base and firsthand experience across the globe. Augustana has been sending faculty on these programs for over 10 years and the International and Off-Campus Programs Office has three $3,000 grants to help make it financially viable for you to participate.  

Basic information about the program can be found HERE, or visit www.ciee.org/ifds to find out more.  There are 17 different programs to choose from and we want to use all of our grant money, so we really hope to send 3 of you on one of these experiences. This is a great way for you to get your feet wet in the world of study abroad, as well as a way to infuse your classes with international perspectives.  Some of the examples of programs this year include:

Botswana

Issues of Public Health

Morocco & Spain

Challenges & Coexistence in Neighboring Countries

China (Shanghai)

Economic Development & Urban Transformation

France

French Notions of Disability & Difference

Bonaire

Tropical Marine Ecology & Conservation

Brazil

Community Engagement & Development

Mexico

Contemporary Art World in Context

Jordan

Women, Tradition & Revolution

Turkey

Politics of Space & Spectacle


Please attend on the December 7th Friday Conversation.  We will have the usual food and beverages available, and hopefully 2-3 alumni of the program to share their experiences. This is a unique experience and a chance to expand your horizons as well as those of your students. 


RADICAL CHRISTIAN LIFE: EQUIPPING OURSELVES FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Presented by Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
Friday, December 7, 2012
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Hanson Hall of Science 102
And
Saturday, December 8, 2012
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Hanson Hall of Science 102

Augustana College will be the local host via live webcast of this program from Trinity Church, Wall Street. This event, originally scheduled for November, was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.  Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, has been a visionary spiritual voice in America for over thirty years and is an accomplished author, social psychologist and communications theorist. About her presentations, she says, "Our task is now to be radical Christian communities in the here and now, not fossils of a bygone reality, not leftovers from an earlier golden age. Now we need new wisdom and a new kind of struggle to determine what we must be and do in the midst of these changing times." Participants can look forward to the tools she will offer for making the vital connection between contemplation and social action. For questions about this event please contact Campus Ministries at x7213.


COMMUNICATION SCIENCES & DISORDER DEPARTMENTS'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY AND OPEN HOUSE
Friday, December 7, 2012
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Brodahl Building


Members of the Augie community who have children under age 12 are invited to attend the CSD Department's annual holiday party and open house in the Brodahl Building on Friday, December 7, from 5:00-7:00 PM.

Appetizers and beverages, visits and photos with Santa, seasonal crafts and games, door prizes, balloon art and face painting await our guests!

This event is sponsored and funded by the Augustana Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association and Royal Neighbors. Admission is free. Attendees are asked to bring a donation of child sized mittens, hats or scarves that will be donated to preschoolers in Project NOW's Head Start program.  If you have any questions, please contact Alli Haskill, ASSHA's faculty adviser.


OPERATION CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
What is Operation Christmas Spirit?

An opportunity for your Student Group, Department or Office, Individual, Res Life floor or TLA to adopt one to three foster children or a Longfellow Elementary classroom this holiday season.

CLICK HERE to register for an adoption.  Once this form is completed, you will receive an email with the details and "shopping list" of the classroom, child, or children that you adopt.  Registration ends Friday, November 30th at 4:00 PM.  Gifts must be purchased & turned in to the Office of Residential Life by Wednesday, December 12thby 4:00 PM.

Operation Christmas Spirit is an annual service event coordinated by Residence Hall Association (RHA).  Thank you to the Augustana Community for all of your support in this endeavor!

Operation Christmas Spirit: "Cuz every kid deserves a good Christmas"


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR PHI BETA DELTA
Nomination Deadline:  December 14, 2012

In 2007, Augustana College was named the Zeta Upsilon chapter of Phi Beta Delta, an honorary college society that recognizes students, faculty and administrators for their contribution to international education and initiatives.  Since that time we have inducted 34 students, 18 faculty and 7 administrators.  A membership roster is HERE.

Phi Beta Delta honors those who serve internationalism - "the idea of a world connected, of respect for different traditions, of the need for education to enhance knowledge of the many cultures that are part of a globe that we all must share."

Goals of Phi Beta Delta include:


We ask for your assistance by nominating persons who you think represent the goals of Phi Beta Delta.

Membership criteria for domestic students, international students, as well as criteria for faculty and administrators can be read HERE.

PLEASE NOTE:


The Nomination Committee members for 2012-13 are:  Administration:  Allen Bertsche and Darlene Link; Faculty:  Peter Kivisto and Bo Dziadyk; Student Representative Lynn Reinacher and PBD Campus Coordinator Jane Tiedge.

We ask that you send us your nominations no later than Friday, December 14.  This will give us time to verify their qualifications, contact the nominee to ask them to submit a formal application, and process their application by the beginning of Spring Term. 

Thank you for your help.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jane Tiedge x 8980.


MATH AND COMPUTER SCIENCE READING GROUP

Faculty and staff are cordially invited to join the mathematics and computer science reading group. This group meets about three or four times during winter term on Thursdays at 2:30 PM to discuss the book The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution by Keith Devlin.  If you would like to join, please contact Tom Bengtson x7406 and he will get a copy of the book to you.


Liberal Arts through the AGES: Interdisciplinary Art Historical Inquiry 2012-2013
November 13-February 9
(closed holiday breaks November 22-26 and December 14-January 7)


The exhibition Liberal Arts through the AGES (Augustana General Education Studies) centers Augustana's art history collection in the winter-term liberal studies program. The accompanying exhibition catalogue and first-year textbook is the fifth book published in seven years for this project. This is an unprecedented collaboration of 210 contributions from faculty, administrators, alumni, and students, representing various majors and minors, and the classes of 1987-2014. Dr. Catherine Carter Goebel, Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts and professor of art history, is creator, editor and faculty curator for this project. A celebrated interdisciplinary art history education model, the project resonates on an international level. It has been well received at the Oxford Round Table, the Association for General and Liberal Studies, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities, among others.

The catalog and exhibition examine artwork dating from ancient through contemporary times and many diverse cultures, covering 6 continents. Through Dr. Goebel's leadership in building the pedagogical art history collection and designing an effective program to interpret it, Augustana has pioneered this innovative interdisciplinary approach to the liberal arts through faculty and student research and writing on original works of art as primary documents. The project is supported by the Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts, the Department of Art History with assistance from the Office of the President, Academic Affairs, the Augustana College Art Museum, as well as donors who have kindly lent and gifted pieces. This exhibition is curated by Dr. Goebel in collaboration with Sherry Maurer and Liberal Studies faculty consulted toward selecting the most relevant works from the current book for the 2012-13 Liberal Studies classes.


Invitation to Christmas Smörgåsbord
5:00 PM - reception; 5:30 - dinner
Thursday, December 13, 2012
College Center Lobby and Dining Room


Faculty, staff and their families are invited to this year's Campus Christmas Smörgåsbord. The Chamber Choir and Sankta Lucia singers will perform and Santa will make an appearance. Parents may drop off gifts for Santa to hand out in the Hammarskjold Room upon arrival to the reception. Gifts should not exceed $10 in value and be clearly labeled with children's names. Payment may be made by credit card online, or drop off a check or cash to Sara Maccabee in the Office of the President in Founder's Hall by December 5, 2012. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for ages 5-10, and free for ages 4 and under. http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4736114847#


PROMOTING UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH:
SHARING BEST PRACTICES

Saturday, April 6, 2013
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Augustana College

CALL FOR PRESENTERS: Undergraduate research has been identified as a high-impact practice that fosters student development, leads to greater levels of retention and persistence, and encourages synthesis and engagement.

If you are interested in sharing how your institution has addressed these and other related questions, contact Ellen Hay. This one-day conference is designed to stretch faculty development funds through collaboration and exchange. It will feature a keynote speaker, concurrent sessions and a working lunch.  Submissions are due by Friday, February 22, 2013.


CVs FOR ACCREDITATION

As you know, preparations are getting underway for the Higher Learning Commission accreditation. One of the things we need to accomplish is an archive of all current faculty CVs.  Please email a copy of your current CV to  Steve Klien, Chair of Faculty Welfare Committee, at your earliest convenience.


CALL FOR SUMMAR ACADEMY COURSES
What is Summer Academy?

Summer Academy is an enrichment program for high school students. The goal of the program is to bring high school students to campus for a week during the summer for engaging learning experiences. Ideally, students who attend the Academy will build strong connections to Augustana faculty and students and will apply for admission during their senior year.

Students participating in the program stay in the dorms, take a course, and participate in organized group activities in the evening.  This year, we are going to add informational sessions discussing what to look for in a college, and the college application process. We are also going to discuss what the liberal arts are, and how a liberal arts education is different than other types of college experiences.

When is Summer Academy?

Students will arrive on campus on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Courses will run June 24-June 28.

What types of courses do student take?

Short answer: It depends. What do you want to offer?

Longer answer: Courses last year ranged from CSI: Augustana to Mid-River Writers to Dance: Music Made Visible. Eleven courses were offered last year, and 175 high school students enrolled. Courses can last one, three, or five days. The instructor(s) decides the length of the course. Students are in class with instructors from 9 AM - 4 PM, with a break for lunch.

Would I get paid?

Yes, faculty earn a stipend for teaching the course. Each course must be cost neutral, meaning that the cost of the supplies required, transportation, guest speakers, faculty stipend, etc. must be less than or equal to student tuition for the program. I'll organize a meeting to discuss budgets with interested faculty, soon.

I'm interested! What do I do next?

It's simple. Contact Kristin Douglas, and we'll start discussing your course ideas.

Summer School is only 7 months away, and it is time to start planning!


CALL FOR SUMMER 2012 COURSES

The Office of Academic Affairs is implementing two structural changes to Summer School policies beginning with the 2013 Summer Session.

  1.  Summer school faculty compensation rates will be determined on a three-year cycle.
  2. A minimum enrollment of four students must be attained by noon May 24, 2013 or courses will be cancelled. Faculty will not be compensated on a sliding scale for teaching fewer than four students.

These policy changes were announced to Department and Program Chairs during the Fall Retreat. The rationale for these changes is that over the past five years, between 38% and 74% of our summer course offerings have been taught as under-enrolled courses (fewer than four students per course) at reduced rates of faculty pay. Decisions of whether courses will be taught as under-enrolled sections are made shortly before summer courses start, and students are caught in situations where their courses are cancelled with little notice to find alternate courses. In addition, courses with one or two students each might impact the pedagogy and student learning in the course and might not be the best use of faculty time. These guidelines seek to minimize student frustration with cancelled courses while at the same time fully recognizing faculty effort to teach summer school courses.

We are asking departments to carefully and intentionally identify potential course offerings that represent courses which cause bottlenecks in the major, have high interest, and are most likely to meet the minimum enrollment number of four students. Recent enrollment trends demonstrate courses which fulfill general education requirements are the most likely to meet minimum enrollment standards. Additionally, we ask that all faculty in the department be given opportunities to teach summer school courses on a rotating basis.

All on-campus course proposals must be submitted by your Department Chair (Department Chairs will receive a course proposal form under a separate email) by Friday, December 14.  Please submit your course proposals to your Department Chair.  Any new course offerings and/or new LP or suffix additions to courses must be approved by faculty governance before being proposed as a summer course.

The summer session runs from June 3, 2013 through June 28, 2013. 

Please contact Kristin Douglas with any questions.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR 2014-2015 STUDY ABROAD & AWAY PROGRAMS

All new programs and any program repeating on a three-year cycle should turn in full program proposals if they are interested in running their program in the 2014-2015 academic year. The deadline for any program proposal (electronic copy, please) for a study abroad program or domestic off-campus study program for 2014-2015 will be due to Allen Bertsche by Monday, January 7, 2013, the first day of post Winter-break classes.

Information on what should be included in a program proposal is available HERE. All proposals will be reviewed by the IOSC committee and program directors will be asked to attend a January or February meeting of IOSC to present their proposal.

Program proposals can be for any of the following:

  1. A term or half-term (domestic or international) program using a team of Augustana faculty or a combination of Augustana faculty and 3rd party providers.        (ex. East Asia, Holden Village, Brazil )  Half term programs have traditionally been during Winter Term, but this is not an absolute rule.
  2. A summer language immersion or other program type (ex. Spanish in the Andes, Rocky Mountain Geology, Lit & Music in Paris)
  3. An on-campus course which includes a travel component during Fall, Winter or Spring Break or in early summer (ex. Religion in Rome, Classics in Greece).

Any 5-day or longer travel experience which does not offer academic credit is exempt from IOSC committee review.  If you are planning such an opportunity, you should schedule an appointment to speak with me, but you do not need to develop and submit a formal program proposal.

All new programs should also turn in a program proposal, including short travel programs, summer and terms abroad.  If you are interested in leading a program in 2014-2015, I would advise you to schedule a meeting with me in the next few weeks so that I can assist you with the proposal process.  

If you have lead a program and wish to repeat it, the same basic principles apply as with new programs, save that you can focus your proposal on the new or altered components of the original program. Programs due for review on a 3 year cycle are:  Fall Term in London, Winter Term in Brazil, Winter Term in Vietnam.

Programs running on a 2-year cycle (For 2014-2015 this includes Jamaica, Norway and Religion in Rome) may turn in a brief report in the Fall of 2013.  For details on this brief report, just contact my office after the program has run this year.


MIDWEST FACULTY SEMINAR TOPICS 2012-2013
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR JANUARY 10-12,2013 SEMINAR

Again this year, Augustana College will participate in the Midwest Faculty Seminars sponsored by the University of Chicago. Participation permits the College to send two faculty members to any single seminar. Below are the dates and titles of the four 2012-2013 seminars. If you are interested in attending any of these, please contact Margaret Farrar. Margaret will nominate you and send the registration form to you for completion. You are responsible for making your own travel and accommodation arrangements. If you choose to reserve a single room, the Office of Academic Affairs will cover the costs associated with that. All Pcard receipts are to be submitted to Sherry Docherty.

Between Cognition and Culture: The New Sciences of the Mind
January 10-12, 2013

Deadline to contact Margaret Farrar:  Monday, December 10, 2012

Deadline for Registration:  Thursday, December 13, 2012

Scholars working within the field of cognitive science have long been working to displace the mind-body dualism implicit in its foundational models of the mind with accounts of mental life that better approximate the way we think and act in the world. Only recently, though, have resulting theories about "embodied," "embedded," "extended," or "enacted" forms of consciousness begun to inform how scholars in the humanities and social sciences do their work. In some instances, dialogue with neuroscience and cognitive psychology has confirmed what scholars in these disciplines already thought they knew. But more often, the humanistic and social-scientific engagement with the new sciences of the mind have promised to alter how we think about language, subjectivity, history and culture in fundamental ways.

This seminar explores the ongoing relationship between cognitive science and the humanities and social sciences, with a particular emphasis on how recent work by cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, and neurobiologists has led to a reconsideration of the ways in which scholars approach the study of human political and cultural life. It is rooted, therefore in recent work in the sciences of the mind, and will pay careful attention to some of the most exciting inquires ongoing in this constantly evolving scientific field. But the seminar also goes well beyond the sphere of the sciences to ask how the kind of scientific work being done today on questions of selfhood and cognition speaks to scholars in a wide variety of other fields.

The seminar thus examines, for instance, the way that cognitive science, contemporary psychoanalysis and new ideas about the theory of mind can help us reconsider, in the context of literary studies, the way we think about selfhood, subjectivity, and the intricacies of self-expression. It also engages, moreover, work done by scholars at the intersections of cognitive science and religious studies, asking how cognitive science and religious studies might be understood as mutually enlightening fields, especially where the relationship between cognitive science and Buddhism is concerned.

Beyond literature and religion, the seminar interrogates the relationship between the sciences of the mind, the philosophy of mind, music, and politics as well. How can the science of the mind help us to understand more carefully the philosophy of the mind? What has cognitive science confirmed with regards to long-standing accounts of what the mind it? And what ideas has it disturbed? What does neuroscience tell us about the cognitive effects of music? And thus about the roles that music might play in culture? What can cognitive science tell us about why we believe what we believe? And thus about how we make the political decisions that we do?

These inquiries are, of course, only small samples of a vast and still developing body of work. But in their own intricacies and idiosyncrasies, they can help to reveal volumes about how scholars are working between the sciences of the mind and the study of human culture. The goal of the seminar, in the end, is to reflect on the problems and possibilities of this form of academic engagement, and thus on how to orient the most cutting-edge research in the humanities and the social sciences as we move into the future.

Presenters will include Amanda Woodward (Psychology), Lisa Ruddick (English), Dan Arnold (Divinity), David Finkelstein (Philosophy), Larry Zbikowski (Music) and Eric Oliver (Political Science).

Islam in/and the West
February 21-23, 2013

The "class of civilizations" thesis made famous by Samuel Huntington has come to inform a great deal of discussion about the history of Islam and its interactions with the peoples of Europe and beyond. Buy as many scholars know, and as increased immigration from Islamic countries to the West makes clear, the place of Islam in the West is much more complicated than such a heuristic would have us believe. This seminar attempts to think beyond the "clash of civilizations" thesis to look at a variety of intersections and interactions between Islam and the West, with a particular emphasis on identity formation, migration, and cultural and social accommodation in varied locations throughout Europe and the contemporary United States. How do these communities navigate their relationships with neighbors from different religious groups? How do they understand themselves and their participation in their separate public spheres? What defines the place of Islam in the West in historical terms? And how can the history of Islam in the West help us to understand its possible futures?

Climate Change Across the Disciplines
April 18-20, 2013

The problem of climate change has of late become the source of numerous critically important academic debates. Often, however, academic discussion of the topic has been limited to the biological and physical sciences, those areas of inquiry that have done the most to bring its challenges into view. This seminar therefore proposes to examine the problem of climate change from the perspectives of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences in order to better understand the problems climate change poses for the project of humanistic inquiry. How does anthropogenic climate change challenge the way we think about ethics, politics and history? In what way does a problem like climate change alter our approaches to the study of literature and other cultural objects? Are the disciplines as constituted adequate to the task? Or does climate change foretell not just substantial changes in the way we organize our economic life, but in the way we organize our forms of knowledge as well?


2012-2013 IMPORTANT DATES
Convocation Symposia Days
9:00 - 4:00


Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013      

Deans' Meeting with Department & Program Chairs
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Wilson Center

Wednesday, Thursday, December 12, 2012
Thursday, January 10, 2013  Wednesday, January 17, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Faculty Senate Meetings
4:00 - 5:00 PM
John Deere Lecture Hall

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013 - Olin Auditorium
   (this will be a Faculty Meeting perhaps with Senate business)
Monday, March 18, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013

Full-Faculty Meetings
Olin Auditorium


Friday, February 1, 2013                 
4:00 - 5:00
Thursday, April 25, 2013                
4:30 - 5:30

Division Meetings

Fine & Performing Arts

Thurs. October 4, 2012

4:30-5:30 PM

Bergendoff 12

Thurs. January 17, 2013

4:30-5:30 PM

Bergendoff 12

Thurs. April 4, 2013

4:30-5:30 PM

Bergendoff 12

Language & Literature

Thurs. October 4, 2012

4:30-5:30 PM

Olin 305

Thurs. January 17, 2013

4:30-5:30 PM

Olin 307

Thurs. April 4, 2013

4:30-5:30 PM

Olin 110

Natural Science

Thurs. October 4, 2012

4:30-5:30 PM

Hanson Science 402

Thurs. January 17, 2013

4:30-5:30 PM

Hanson Science 102

Thurs. April 4, 2013

4:30-5:30 PM

Hanson Science 102

Business & Education

Thurs. October 4, 2012

4:30-5:30 PM

Evald 315

Thurs. January 17, 2013

4:30-5:30 PM

Evald 315

Thurs. April 4, 2013

4:30-5:30 PM

Evald 315

History, Philosophy & Religion

Thurs. October 4, 2012

4:30-5:30 PM

Sorensen 327

Thurs. January 17, 2013

4:30-5:30 PM

Sorensen 327

Thurs. April 4, 2013

4:30-5:30 PM

Sorensen 255

Social Science

Thurs. October 4, 2012

4:30-5:30 PM

Evald 21

Thurs. December 13, 2012

4:30-5:30 PM

Evald 21

Thurs. April 4, 2013

4:30-5:30 PM

Evald 21

LSFY Meetings
Wilson Center
4:00 - 5:00 PM

Monday, December 3, 2012 
Monday, January 21, 2013 
Monday, March 25, 2013 
Monday, May 6, 2013 - Evald Great Hall
      (Augie Reads Kickoff)

Educational Policies Committee
Tuesdays          
4:30 - 5:30        
Founders Hall Basement

General Education Committee
Wednesdays                                  
4:00 - 5:00                                    
Evald 305

Celebration of Faculty Scholarship
Monday, February 18, 2013
12:30 - 4:00 PM 

Celebration of Learning
Saturday, May 4, 2013                    
9:30 - 2:00                                    
Hanson Science

Recognition of Student Honors Program (for underclassmen)
Saturday, May 4, 2013                    
11:30 - 12:00                                 
Hanson Science 102

Augie Reads Kickoff
Monday, May 6, 2013                     
4:00 - 5:00
Evald Great Hall

Senior Honors Convocation
Saturday, May 18, 2013                  
12:00 - 1:00                                   
Centennial Hall

Baccaulaureate Service
Sunday, May 19, 2013                   
10:00                                             
Centennial Hall

152nd  Annual Commencement Convocation Ceremony
Sunday, May 19, 2013                    
3:00 PM                                        
iWireless Center