Week Seven Seminar (held in Week Six!)
Friday, April 18, 3:30-5:00 , Library, 2nd floor, south end
Dr. Dara Wegman-Geedey will lead an informal discussion for faculty on the essay by Oliver Sacks, "An Anthropologist on Mars," published in his book by that title in 1995. The essay is about the life and work of Temple Grandin, "one of the most remarkable autistic people of all: in spite of her autism, she holds a Ph.D. in animal science, teaches at Colorado State University, and runs her own business." Dr. Grandin will be the keynote speaker at the First Midwest Symposium on Autism and Inclusion held at Augustana on Saturday, April 19. Dara and Dr. Alli Haskill are involved in planning and hosting the conference. Read this well written, intriguing essay about a fascinating woman, learn more about autism, and talk it over with colleagues. The Week Seven Seminar is planned by and for faculty. The reading is available on Moodle under Library/Week Seven Seminar.
Mark your calendars for the Fall Faculty Retreat to be held August 18-19, 2008.
Call for Jaeke Award Nominations
It is once again time for the Harold T. and Violet M. Jaeke 2007-2008 Award nominations. Nominations must be received in Dean Abernathy's office no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2008 – NO exceptions! Hand deliver nominations to our office, 116 Founders, if the deadline is near. We hope to be able to consider all nominations but will not accept any after the above deadline.
To fully and fairly consider each nominee, the Jaeke Committee asks that you complete the nomination form. A letter of nomination will not be reviewed. The Committee also will not consider group/collaborative nominations (one nomination form with multiple signatures). Each recommendation requires a separate nomination form. You can access a nomination form here.
Please take time to recognize the hard work of your fellow workers! If you have any questions, please call Mary Koski at extension 7328.
Convocation – April 10 – “The Book and Faith: A Panel Discussion”
At the core of each of the major religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, is a book. How does each faith tradition relate to its book? What does the book provide to its readers; what knowledge, understanding, and inspiration lie in its rules, language, and stories? To answer these questions and others, four scholars will discuss the role of these books—the Hebrew Bible, the Qur'an, and the Christian Bible—in each of the major religions. The panelists, all scholars at local and Chicago-area colleges and universities, will discuss such questions as the definition of the book, how various branches of each faith interpret their key religious texts, and the differences between constructive and destructive applications of these books of faith. The panelists will also answer questions from the audience.
Ritva Williams is a Lutheran New Testament scholar and Associate Professor of Religion at Augustana College . Micah Kiel is a Ph.D. candidate in Biblical Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and Assistant Professor of Theology at St. Ambrose University . Rachel Zohar Dulin is Professor of Hebrew and Bible at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. Omer M. Mozaffar is an Islamic Studies scholar and doctoral student at The University of Chicago. Anette Ejsing, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics at Augustana College , will serve as the panel moderator.
This convocation is part of the year-long celebration and exploration, From Parchment to Pixels: The Year of the Book.
What's New at aacu.org
AAC&U's Web site includes more than information about projects, publications, and meetings. Even if you couldn't attend an AAC&U meeting, you can still, for instance, listen to the featured speakers, view handouts from sessions, and see video segments from AAC&U member campuses.
View resources from the February 2008 "Integrative Designs for General Education and Assessment" conference -- including podcasts of Carol Geary Schneider and Peggy Maki's keynote, as well as materials from select individual sessions.
Listen to Natalie Angier and Martha Nussbaum speak about their current work or watch segments from AAC&U-TV at the 2008 Annual Meeting.
Register for AAC&U's upcoming April meeting, "Discovering, Integrating, and Applying Knowledge: Effective Educational Practices for Today's Students and Tomorrow's Innovation."
Information about AAC&U's autumn meetings -- "Diversity, Learning, and Inclusive Excellence" and "Engaging Science, Advancing Learning" -- is available now. (Proposals still being accepted for "Engaging Science, Advancing Learning.")