CALL FOR PROPOSALS: FALL 2016 SYMPOSIUM DAY "CROSSROADS": CONCURRENT SESSIONS
DUE BY 6:00 PM, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
Once per term, Augustana devotes a full day to an alternative approach for learning and opens its doors to the entire community. We believe this multidisciplinary approach to discuss a "theme" truly exemplifies the rich value of liberal learning. Symposium Days include invited speakers, alumni, advising sessions and opportunities to practice theliberal arts and be involved with our community. Fall Symposium has a rotating theme connected to Augie Reads; Winter Symposium's theme is Privilege; Spring Symposium is Celebration of Laerning featuring original research and scholarship by Augustana's students and faculty.
2016-17 Symposium Day Dates and Themes
|Fall||Crossroads||Tuesday, September 20, 2016||Week 5|
|Winter||Privilege||Wednesday, January 18, 2017||Week 7|
|Spring||Celebration of Learning||Wednesday, May 3, 2017||Week 9|
Use this Google Form to submit a proposal for a concurrent session for Fall Symposium Day that fits with the theme, "Crossroads." Any questions about Symposium Day or if you want to bounce around ideas for a session, contact Associate Dean, Jeff Ratliff-Crain at 794-7331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CROSSROADS: An intersection or a point where one needs to make a difficult decision. Imbued with symbolism, a crossroads illustrates uncertainty and inevitability of change. In the Augie Reads book, "The Fire Next Time,"James Baldwin presents a number of these intersections along society's path. What are the choice-points in 2016 that will affect our students' lives? How do we, in academia and within our disciplines, decide when to change course and when to persevere-- and at what risk? When have we (as individuals or as society) experienced a "crossroads" moment and what has happened since?
Our fall Symposium Day is an opportunity to exhibit our faculty, staff, and students' impressive diversity of creative expertise to model and explore the diversity and expression of what crossroads might mean. We invite you as individual scholars and members of the Augustana community to contribute a concurrent session for the Fall Symposium Day. It could be as simple as a lively panel discussion, perhaps a moderated debate, an interactive dialogue around an important question, a performance, or a documentary film to show--Be creative!
For those new to Symposium Day, take a look at last fall's program: http://www.augustana.edu/academics/symposium-days/fall-2015-symposium
We will again have four Featured Speakers along with other invited guests. Featured Speakers for Fall, 2016, include:
- Ayana Mathis-- (Author), who will tie her presentation/discussion to the Augie Reads book.
- Julie Baner ('02)-- (Production manager, Disney Animation) Augustana alumna will present--between film projects--on her work and journey.
- Neil Dahlstrom-- (Author and Manager, Corporate History and Archives at John Deere), who will discuss the value of a liberal arts education in a changing world.
- Alice Dreger-- (Medical and Science Historian), will speak on academic freedom, drawing from her book, Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science.
LEND A HAND AT LONGFELLOW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND VOLUNTEER!!
Each and every employee of Augustana College is given on hour of time to volunteer at Longfellow Elementary School in Rock Island weekly. Please arrange an appropriate time with your supervisor. Ways to help? Read and listen to children read, tutor math, help with PE, help in the office or library, eat lunch with a student, do some art, make some friends, and listen to students. To get involved, please email Keri Bass (Community Service Coordinator, CORE). She will work with you and the teacher to find a time that fits in your schedule.
SUSTAINED DIALOGUE AT AUGUSTANA COLLEGE
In an effort to build a stronger, more inclusive campus community, Augustana is continuing its participation in the Sustained Dialogue program. The core of the program is small group discussions between various groups (students, staff, faculty, and administrators) to build relationships and understanding of personal differences and bring positive change to our campus. We encourage you to join a group and participate in these dialogues as we work together to build a stronger Augustana community that embraces the diversity of ideas, perspectives and backgrounds, and proactively addresses issues of social injustice and inequity.
Sustained Dialogue groups will meet weekly during fall term and you are encouraged to sign up! There are multiple time slots available.
The goal of the Sustained Dialogue program is to be changed through engagement with new experiences, ideas and people.
|Learn more about the global Sustained Dialogue efforts.
Together, groups will look for a shared understanding, in order to listen without judgment and positively impact campus culture.
The weekly commitment is estimated at 75 minutes for participants. We strongly encourage you to sign up and help us become an even better Augustana. Please click on the link below and scroll to the bottom of the screen.
Please view any of these testimonials from the participants from this Spring's Sustained Dialogue group at Augustana. Please encourage your students to participate as you sign up yourself!