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April 17, 2006

This Week

 

Monday, April 17

No LS Faculty Meeting this week!

 

Tuesday, April 18

Following Monday schedule of classes today.

 

No Tuesday Reflection this week!

 

8:00 p.m., Wallenberg Hall - Student Recital, Brad Carter and Mandy Lukasik, voice

 

Wednesday, April 19

4:00 p.m., Tredway Library
The Tredway Library staff invites you to join in celebrating their 2006 Excellence in Academic Libraries award from the Association of College and Research Libraries. The award will be presented in a ceremony from 4-5 p.m. in the library. A student string quartet and hors d'oeuvres will add to the festivities.

 

Thursday, April 20

10:30 a.m., Olin Auditorium
Convocation: "The Cartoon Crisis in Context." Faculty panel: David Snowball, Jim Winship, and Mohamad S El-Zein
On September 30, 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, in a self-proclaimed attempt to “test the limits of expression,” published a series of cartoons, some depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist.

 

In an atmosphere of mutual fear and distrust, responses spiraled. Small, peaceful protests grew and spread. Diplomatic protests were sent, and rebuffed. Radicals on both sides sought advantage by exploiting the controversy. Dozens of publications in Europe and elsewhere reprinted the actual cartoons; agitators circulated faked cartoons, claiming they were the originals. European journalists defended “the right to offend.” Muslim clerics denounced “contempt for our beliefs.” Iran’s largest newspaper sponsored a contest for cartoons ridiculing the Holocaust. An Italian government official appeared in public wearing a t-shirt depicting the cartoons.

 

On February 6, 2006, the deaths began. In two weeks of violent protests in the Middle East and Asia, hundreds of thousands marched, hundreds set fires, and 75 died – most at the hands of local security forces.

 

Americans, meanwhile, mostly ignored it all.

 

On April 20th, Augustana will host two major events which will allow students to examine these events, the claims of free expression and religious respect which surround them, and their implications for a civil society. At 10:30, the community convocation will present “The Cartoon Crisis in Context.” We’ll watch a montage drawn from national news coverage then three faculty members will address the Islamic beliefs behind the controversy , the state of the Muslim community in Europe and its relation to the rest of the European community (Dr. Jim Winship, Political Science) and the roots of the distrust in history and propaganda (Dr. David Snowball, Speech Communication).

 

8:00 p.m., Wallenberg Hall
Dr. Benjamin Barber will present "Jihad, Terrorism, and Democracy: What's Wrong with the Cartoons."
This is a public lecture and question session in the Wallenberg Lecture Hall. Dr. Barber is the Gershon and Carol Kekst Professor of Civil Society and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and a principal of the Democracy Collaborative. An internationally renowned political theorist, Dr. Barber brings an abiding concern for democracy and citizenship to issues of politics, culture and education in American and abroad. Benjamin Barber’s 17 books include Strong Democracy (1984); Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalsim are Reshaping the World (1995); and Fear’s Empire: War, Terrorism and Democracy (2003). He also writes frequently for Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The Nation. Dr. Barber has been awarded Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Social Science Research Fellowships, and was a founding editor and for ten years editor-in-chief of the distinguished international quarterly Political Theory.

 

Dr. Benjamin Barber’s lecture is made possible by The Stanley Erickson Endowed Lectureship Fund at Augustana College.

 

8:00 p.m., Centennial Hall
Augustana Dance Company Spring Performance
Tickets are $4 for the general public, $3 for senior citizens, students, and Augustana faculty/staff, and free for children under the age of 12, and are available from the Augustana Ticket Office or at the door.

 

Friday, April 21

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Walk-in hours in the dean's office

 

3:30 p.m., Tredway Library - Friday Conversations
Week Seven Seminar - This week's refreshments will be available starting at 3:30 p.m., as part of a farewell reception for librarian David Weaver followed by an informal discussion group by and for faculty, about the article: "On the Uses of a Liberal Education as Lite Entertainment for Bored College Students" by Mark Edmundson. The article is on electronic reserve through the library's web page.

 

8:00 p.m., Centennial Hall
Augustana Dance Company Spring Performance
Tickets are $4 for the general public, $3 for senior citizens, students, and Augustana faculty/staff, and free for children under the age of 12, and are available from the Augustana Ticket Office or at the door.

 

Sunday, April 23

2:00 p.m., Wallenberg Hall - The Augustana Flute and Clarinet Choir Concert

 

2:00 p.m., Centennial Hall
Guy and Ralna in Concert
WQPT - TV sponsors a performance by Lawrence Welk Show alums Guy and Ralna. Tickets are $35 per person with discounts for WQPT members and members of the Quad City Times Plus-60 Club, and are available from the Augustana Ticket Office.