Kelly Daniels' short story, “Service,” will appear this summer in volume 95, issue 2 of the Santa Clara Review.
William Hammer was the April 3, 2008 keynote speaker at a public conference on Dinosaur Biology entitled, The Present as Key to the Past: The Road to Understanding Dinosaurs. Program and Abstracts presented by Western Illinois University’s College of Arts & Sciences and Augustana College.
Peter Kivisto organized and chaired a session on Citizenship at the Midwest Sociological Society annual meeting in St. Louis on March 28. He also presented a paper titled “The Boundaries of Citizenship in a Transitional Age.” On the same day, Wiley-Blackwell hosted a wine and cheese reception honoring him for his work as Editor of The Sociological Quarterly .
Rachel Magdalene presented two papers this year. First, she presented her paper, “Law, Death, and Job’s Compositional History,” for the Wisdom and Cognate Literatures Section of the Society of Biblical Literature at the 2007 Joint Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego last November. Second, she was an invited panelist for the “Hermeneutics and Pastoral Theologies of Disabilities” joint panel of the Disability Studies and Healthcare in the Bible and Near East Section of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Disability and Religion Section of the American Academy of Religion at the same meeting. Moreover, her paper, “Mortality and Meaning: Death as Agency in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings,” has been accepted for the 2008 C. S. Lewis Oxbridge Seminar: The Self and the Search for Meaning, to be held in Cambridge , England , July 28 to August 2, 2008 .
Charlie Mahaffey and Norm Moline , Department of Geography, will be presenting a paper in Boston at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers on "Augustana's Geography Network of Community Academic Associates". It is part of a special session focused on "Geographers Partnership with Local Communities" at which participants will be sharing the best practices of engaging students and faculty in community based projects.
Sherry Maurer has been invited to be the Midwest Region Representative for the Association of College and University Museums and Galleries (ACUMG) for a three-year term. This organization is a network of museums and galleries affiliated with academic institutions throughout North America . ACUMG is an Affiliate Professional Organization of the American Association of Museums (AAM) and an affiliate of the College Art Association (CAA). Initiated in 1980, ACUMG addresses the issues that are relevant and unique to college and university museums and galleries of all disciplines including art, history, natural history, and science. Issues include governance, ethics, education and exhibitions, management, strategic planning, support, collections, and professional programs. The purpose of the Association of College and University Museums and Galleries shall be to promote the welfare of museums and galleries associated with institutions of higher education as well as the welfare of the professional staffs of those museums and galleries.
Last month, Kristy Nabhan-Warren was one of twelve participants at a Catholic Studies Seminar hosted by Fordham University 's Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. Kristy has been asked to write an essay for a forthcoming book on the state of American Catholic Studies which will be published by Fordham University Press. Kristy's essay is tentatively entitled: "Making American Catholic Studies Matter: Teaching and Writing American Catholic Studies Through the Lens of Religious Studies."
Vicki Sommer was re-elected to the Board of the American Men's Studies Association. In early April, she attended the Board meeting held in conjunction with the annual conference, this year, on the campus of Wake Forest University , Winston-Salem , N.C.