This week in brief

Monday, September 8
4:00 p.m. – LSFY 102 Meeting  for All LS102 Faculty
Founders Hall Basement Lounge

4:00 p.m. – LSFY 103 Meeting for New Instructors Only
Faculty Parlor in Old Main

Tuesday, September 9
8:30–9:30 a.m. – Walk-In Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall 

11:30–11:50 a.m. – Reflections – Rebekah Petrone, '09
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

7:30 p.m. – Guest Speaker, Robert Steele
Larson Hall, followed by Art Museum Reception

Wednesday, September 10
3:45–5:15 p.m. – Teaching Circle
Wilson Center

9:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer & Holy Communion
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

Thursday, September 11
10:30–11:20 a.m. – Convocation – Keith Hampton – “The Healing Power of Music”
Centennial Hall

Friday, September 12
3:30 p.m. – Friday Conversations
Wilson Center
Ann Ericson, “Living & Teaching in Vietnam” and Lori Scott, “Sabbatical Report”

Saturday, September 13
1:30 p.m. – Family Day Tour
Art Museum

Sunday, September 14
10:30 a.m. – Sunday Morning Worship
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

5:00 p.m. – Sunday Catholic Mass
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

Volume 6, Issue 3 • September 8, 2008


Guest Speaker Robert Steele
Tuesday, September 9, Larson Hall, 7:30 p.m., followed by Art Museum reception.

Take this opportunity to learn more about some of the most celebrated names in African American art!   In conjunction with the current Augustana College Art Museum exhibition, we will host guest speaker Dr. Robert E. Steele, executive director of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park.  He will give an introductory lecture about his interactions with the artists and pieces included in the "Successions " exhibition. He credits some of his art interest to his college-student-worker explorations of the art gallery at Morehouse College. Along with his wife, Jean, he began to assemble this collection in 1968, getting to know many of the artists and ultimately setting a model for other collectors of African American art. He will share "behind-the-scenes" recollections, experiences and knowledge. Prior to his current position, Dr. Steele was an associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of Maryland, and served as associate dean in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

The exhibition “Successions:  Prints by African American Artists from the Jean and Robert Steele Collection” continues through October 4.  This exhibition is organized by the David C. Driskell Center and the Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Included are works by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, David Driskell, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence, Faith Ringgold and Betye Saar, among others.  Art museum hours are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, with class tours offered at those times, or outside public hours, with advance appointment (call Sherry Maurer, (309-794)-7469.


Convocation – September 11, 2008
10:30 a.m. Centennial Hall

“The Healing Power of Music.” Keith Hampton is currently the Director of Music Ministries and Organist at the Park Manor Christian Church, in Chicago, IL. Dr. Hampton is very active as a conductor, an organ soloist, and an accompanist and is in constant demand as a workshop clinician. Keith Hampton earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ; a Master of Arts Degree from Marywood University, Scranton, P A; and a Doctor of Music Degree in Church Music from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. In addition, he has attended the Robert Shaw Workshop for Choral Conductors sponsored by Carnegie Hall in New York. In the summers of 2003 and 2004, Dr. Hampton was chosen as one of fourteen conductors who participated in the Oregon Bach Festival Conducting Master classes. This festival was held at the University of Oregon under the direction of Helmuth Rilling and Thomas Somerville. Dr. Hampton is the President of Dr. K. T. Productions, Inc. that provides music transcriptions of Black Gospel Music with the use of Finale by Coda Music. As a published composer, Keith Hampton's arrangements of Spirituals and Gospel Songs can be found at Augsburg Press, Earthsongs Publications and Hinshaw Music. In 1998, his composition, Praise His Holy Name, was among the ten most popular pieces to be performed by choirs.


Division Meetings
The division chairs have scheduled regular division meetings through the year. Given the importance of these meetings to faculty governance and campus communication, we ask that no other meetings be scheduled at this time. Please mark your calendars!

Division Meeting Schedule
Thursday, October 30, 2008
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, January 22, 2009
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 30, 2009
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

All meetings will take place in the following rooms:
Fine and Performing Arts – Steve Klien
Bergendoff Room 12

Language and Literature – Laura Green
Old Main ­­­­124

Natural Science – Darrin Good
Science Building 103

History, Philosophy and Religion – David Hill
Old Main 332

Business and Education – Randall Hengst
Carlsson 212

Social Sciences – David Dehnel
Old Main 122


Interested in Scheduling a Class Visit by A Noted Washington Journalist?
Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Bob Levey who will be on campus Oct. 12-19. A brief bio from the University of Memphis website is included below.  He will be speaking on media coverage of the 2008 Presidential election in his convocation presentation that week, but certainly has a broad understanding of politics and Washington.  If you would be interested in having him meet with one of your classes or one of the student groups that you advise, please contact Ellen Hay.

From 1967 to 2004 Levey was a columnist, editor, and reporter for The Washington Post.  His prize-winning column had an average daily readership of 1.2 million and helped raise more than $17 million for children's charities.  Readers of Washingtonian magazine chose him seven times as one of the best columnists in the capital.  Levey also worked as a radio and television host for 20 years. He was recognized for Best Radio Commentaries in the Washington Market in 2001.  Levey most recently was a development and media consultant based in Washington, D.C.  His clients included the University of Maryland, the National Council on Aging, and The Washington Post .  He also served as senior vice president of development for the Washington Hospital Center Foundation.


Midwest Faculty Seminar
Following is the calendar containing the dates and titles of the four 2008-2009 Midwest Faculty Seminars. The chief benefits of the four annual Midwest Faculty Seminars as described by the faculty and deans from the member colleges are that the seminars offer faculty the opportunity to participate actively and collaboratively, with colleagues from across the disciplines, in discussions that immediately and directly address not only matters of mutual interest, but also issues that profoundly affect teaching and learning. In so doing, the seminars afford faculty occasions for study and reflection and also, for the sort of cross-disciplinary exchange that characterizes liberal arts education at its best. Upcoming program in formation is posted at the Midwest Faculty Seminar website. Questions can be directed to (773) 834-4438 or email at .


MFS Topics 2008-2009

American Empire and the Exportation of Democracy November 6–8, 2008
Advocates of the so-called American Empire insist that the United States has a moral obligation and a pragmatic need to promote freedom and democracy across the globe; critics claim that this practice violates our national ideals and increases global instability and violence. Military struggles in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the looming possibility of expanded engagement in the Middle East, do little to resolve questions about America's global role. Instead, they underscore how important it is to approach this thorny issue with thoughtful discussion and analysis. Is the American model of democracy a universalizable one? What counts as a democratic system, and what conditions are required for effective democracy? Can we resolve the tensions between a democratic electoral system and the exercise of imperial power?

The Dialectic of Enlightenment – January 15–17, 2009
In 1944 Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer published a book that was to become a foundation of the Frankfurt School of theory, and a cornerstone of aesthetic and political criticism for generations of scholars. They recast the enlightenment as a movement that devastated humans' ability to engage with the irrational and non-individual aspects of life, and postulated a “culture industry” that, stupefying the masses with simple pleasures, shores up the hegemony of capitalism and quashes the potential of the fine arts. This text-based seminar explores what we can learn from this influential work today. How do contemporary technology, art, politics, and economics reflect or challenge the conditions described by Adorno and Horkheimer? What political and economic work is achieved by today's mass culture?

Troubled Waters – March 5–7, 2009
While the scarcity of oil and other energy sources dominate news and politics, the attention of concerned scholars is increasingly focused on water, a diminishing natural resource that is still more central to everyday life. Many commentators agree that water scarcity is taking over as the likeliest cause of conflict, in the Middle East and elsewhere, as fresh water is increasingly diminished by agriculture and industry or rendered unusable by pollution. Meanwhile, global warming threatens hard-to-predict changes to oceans and ice caps; molecular chemistry delves deeper into the unique properties of water's structure; and new evidence from Mars offers hitherto fantastical possibilities for understanding the history and future of our own planet. This seminar will invite reflections from political scientists, economists, historians, and geographers, as well as from scholars in public policy, environmental, international, and area studies.

Religion and Morality – April 16–18, 2009
Ivan Karamazov famously concluded that if there is no God, all is permitted. Much of the academic community today, however, tends to discount the possibility that religion is essential to morality, or to argue the opposite: that the removal of God is the necessary condition for moral discourse and action. This seminar will examine debates about the relation between morality and religion, considering how this relationship has been figured and refigured in different societies and at different moments in history. How can teachers maintain appropriate distance from dogma without shutting down possibilities for understanding other cultures? What are the opportunities of and constraints on an intersection between religion and morality, particularly in and between modern, pluralist societies? What role can, should, and do particular religions play in an era of global moral problems like climate change and terrorism?

College Grants Page
If you are a new faculty member, please check out the Augustana grants page to learn more about opportunities at Augustana. And if you've been around awhile, you might check as well to see the support the college can offer you. The grant page is available here.

If you have an idea for a grant or have grant writing experience, please get in touch with Michael Nolan, Associate Dean of Grants and Assessment at ext. 7367.

The River Readings at Augustana
Augie's literary readings series has a new name—The River Readings at Augustana—and a fine roster of writers for the 2008-09 series. More information on each writer will be forthcoming.  Plan to attend The River Readings, listen to these compelling writers read from their works, and let the magic of words uplift your spirit and enlarge your imagination. All readings are in Wallenberg Hall on Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m. with refreshments following.

Here is the calendar for the series:
September 18, poet Farah Marklevits
October 23, novelist and memoirist Rick Moody
January 29, poet Li-Young Lee
March 26, novelist Aryn Kyle
May 7, poet Marvin Bell