This week in brief

Monday, September 15
4:00 – 5:00 PM – LS102 Meeting for New Instructors only
Founders Hall Basement Lounge

4:00 – 5:00 PM – LS103 Meeting for Entire Team
Olin 302

Tuesday, September 16
11:30 – 11:50 AM - Reflections – Becca Poock, Center for Vocational Reflection
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

Wednesday, September 17
9:30 PM – Evening Prayer & Holy Communion
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

Thursday, September 18
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Walk-In Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

No Convocation this week.

7:00 PM – “The River Readings at Augustana”
Wallenberg Hall
Farah Marklevits reads from her poetry

Friday, September 19
4:00 PM – Friday Conversations – Sabbatical Reports
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center
Tom Bengtson – “Graphs”
Randall Hall – “Multiphonic Etudes: The Pedagogy of Experimental Playing Techniques”

Saturday, September 20
No events scheduled

Sunday, September 21
10:30 AM – Sunday Morning Worship

Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

5:00 PM – Sunday Catholic Mass
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

Volume 6, Issue 4 • September 15, 2008


Who’s Emmy Evald?

First things first: it’s pronounced AY-vahld, like AY-typical; which is fitting, because she was extraordinary.

Born in 1857, she was sent by her parents, Erland and Eva Carlsson, to study at Sweden’s Fryxellska flickskolan (Fryxell Girls School) in Rostad, run by Cecilia Fryxell and said to be one of Scandinavia’s finest preparatory schools. She later graduated from Rockford College, where she was a classmate of Jane Addams, who won the Nobel Prize in 1931.

In 1892, Evald founded the Kvinnornas Hem-och Hednamissions-Förening af Augustana-Synoden, later renamed (thankfully) the Women’s Missionary Society (WMS). Led by its first president for 43 years, the WMS focused on health and education both domestically and overseas. In addition to building hospitals and schools around the world, the WMS raised more than $100,000 in support of what would become known as the Woman’s Building, which opened at Augustana in the fall of 1928.

In 1922, Evald was awarded the Vasa Order by Sweden’s King Gustav V. Also in the 1920s, a Swedish newspaper, Allsvensk Samling, polled its readers by asking them to name the five greatest Swedes “now living in other lands.” Evald’s name topped the list.

Her vitality was legendary. In one two-month stretch in 1925, she spoke 49 times in 39 churches, staying in 31 homes (she was 67). Just shy of 70 years old, Evald made a world tour to investigate work supported by the WMS in the Middle East, China, India and several European countries.

Her take on leadership was forthright, as she wrote in one of her regular columns for the WMS journal, Missions-Tidning, “The powerful and willing leader is the one who says: ‘Come, let’s do it.’ Such persons believe in themselves, in the thing they are trying to do, and in their colleagues, and they become excellent leaders. The best leader is the one who is not at all afraid of being criticized, and is not easily hurt. A person who does nothing is never criticized.” [Emmy Evald, Syskonkretsen (Siblings) column, Missions-Tidning, June 1926.]

After her death in 1946 at the age of 89, the Augustana Board considered a proposal to re-name the Woman’s Building in her honor. Some trustees favored naming it for Jenny Lind, and the matter wound up being deferred. When the building became a men’s dormitory in 1960, the name selected honored Evald’s father, Erland Carlsson, who served on the Augustana Board from 1860 to 1889. In 1999, the students who lived in the building raised funds to renovate and dedicate the Emmy Evald Lounge, now the building’s Great Hall. On October 2, 2008, the Board of Trustees will finally mark the official rededication of the building as Evald Hall.

Change such as this often faces opposition. To accommodate robust discourse, informational meetings on how to most effectively resist such changes will be held in both the Science Room of Memorial Hall and Room 223 of North Hall. -- Kai Swanson


Career Center News — ProFair Sept. 23

Greetings, Augustana Faculty! As we begin a new academic year, the staff of the Career Center has planned numerous workshops and events to teach Augustana students the skills necessary to engage in productive, life-long career development.  Beyond the always-welcome student referrals for major selection, internship search tools, and résumé construction, we appreciate faculty assistance in getting the word out about our upcoming ProFair scheduled for September 23rd from 12-4 p.m. in PepsiCo.  With over 90 employers and graduate schools already confirmed, ProFair will provide students with opportunities for direct discussions and will facilitate networking contacts with representatives from various fields and disciplines, many with available internship and full-time employment opportunities. Whether it is a general announcement at the start of a class or in an individual discussion with a student, any awareness you can bring to the event is greatly appreciated.

For a complete list of organizations attending as well as preparation resources, please refer to And as always, don’t hesitate to contact me directly at x7578 or with any questions or suggestions.

Many thanks!
Jeremy Reed, Director of the Career Center

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 memorist Rick Moody
January 29, poet Li-Young Lee
March 26, novelist Aryn Kyle
May 7, poet Marvin Bell

Physics Majors at Augustana

The American Institute of Physics periodically reports statistics on physics majors and physics departments.  In the August 2007 issue of the American Institute of Physics Report, they listed all bachelor's-only departments graduating 10 or more physics bachelor's degrees per year. Augustana College is ranked 22nd nationwide, averaging 11 graduates per year.  The list can be found at the top of page 9 of this report

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

Midwest Faculty Seminar

The first Midwest Faculty Seminar of the 2008-09 year:  American Empire and the Exportation of Democracy, October 30-November 1 is now open for registration .  A description of the seminar topic is below.  Please note that the registration deadline for this seminar is noon on Friday, September 26.  

In a season of intense debate about US foreign policy, “American Empire” is a polarizing concept.  While the term was once reserved for policies of direct rule over conquered territory, commentators across the spectrum have recently adopted “empire” as a shorthand for American efforts to introduce democracy in other sovereign nations.  Closely linked with the hot-button issues of global trade and development, the goal of spreading democracy inspires vigorous argument among scholars.  This seminar will take a step back from the political fray, examining the opposing arguments and considering the history, values, and interests embedded in the concept of American Empire.

To its critics, coercive foreign policy, however well intentioned, is antithetical to the ideal of consensual government.  Democracy, they claim, must arise from a bottom-up process.  In trying to impose it on other countries, we undermine stabilizing structures and generate opposition to the values we aim to spread.  An opposing viewpoint claims that world stability rests on democratic government; from volatile dictatorships and oligarchies arise terrorism, genocide, and war.  It is therefore both the responsibility and the best interest of strong democracies like the United States to spread the values of freedom, equality, and self-government across the world.  Under this view, American hegemony is threatened by the arrival of new global forces: rising national powers like China and Russia, anti-capitalist and anti-Western ideologies, and skyrocketing foreign debt. 

Whether they take “American Empire” as a goal or a slur, scholars concerned with foreign policy must grapple with complex pragmatic questions about methods for advancing values like freedom, equality, and human rights.  While many economists and political scientists tout the promise of increasingly frictionless markets for raising standards of living and preparing the ground for democratic governments, their critics point to abusive work conditions, increasing wealth disparities, and environmental destruction.  Military and peacekeeping action draws similarly divided responses: should the U.S. consider it a matter of responsibility to apply military force when human and civil rights are violated, or are such methods ethically indefensible and practically counterproductive? The Iraq war has provided a case-in-point for critics on both sides of the question, at once showing the difficulty of effecting positive change and pointing out the dangers posed by antidemocratic forces.

To ask whether and how America should export democracy risks begging the question; can we presume any uniform definition of democracy, or that the U.S. is its best representative?  This seminar will present alternative democratic models from both the global north and south in order to challenge and refine the definition of democracy.  It will also take a historical look at the concept of democracy and its constitutional manifestations.  Speakers will include John Comaroff (Anthropology), Thomas Ginsburg (Law), and John Mearsheimer (Political Science).

Registration Form (pdf)