This week in brief

Monday, October 29

No events scheduled.

Tuesday, October 30

10:45 a.m. - Student Recital-Various student musicians
Wallenberg Hall

Wednesday, October 31

3:45 p.m. refreshments/4:00 p.m. Teaching Circle Session: Research and Scholarly Work.   Tredway Library - North end, main floor.

Thursday, November 1

10:30 a.m.  Film excerpts from "The Power of Forgiveness."  - Centennial Hall

Friday, November 2

8:00 p.m. - Augustana Jazz Ensemble-(RESCHEDULE 11/7/07)
Centennial Hall

4:00 p.m. - Friday Conversations
(refreshments served at 3:30) Bob Tallitsch will discuss problem based learning. Wilson Center

Saturday, November 3

8:00 p.m. - Three Choirs Concert
Centennial Hall

Sunday, November 4

2:00 p.m. - Augustana Choir Concert
St. Paul 's Lutheran Church















Volume 5, Issue 9 • October 29, 2007


The American Chemical Society Student (ACS) Affiliates Chapter at Augustana has been awarded the Commendable Award for its activities conducted during the 2006-2007 academic year. For that year, over 300 reports were submitted and the Society Committee on Education presented 28 outstanding, 51 commendable, and 96 honorable mention awards. The award winning chapters will be honored at the 235 th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans in April of 2008.

For 65 consecutive years, students and faculty at the Augustana College Center for Communication Disorders have provided assessment and intervention for members of the community who have communication disorders. This year the Center is located in its newly remodeled facility located on the first floor of the Brodahl Building . Currently, the Center is providing services to 88 clients with speech, language, voice, and fluency problems resulting from a variety of etiologies including developmental delay, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cleft lip and palate, vocal nodules, hearing loss, autism, and Down syndrome. Clients, who live in both Iowa and Illinois , range in age from toddlers to senior citizens. This fall, intervention is being provided by 32 seniors majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Student clinicians work under the supervision of faculty and clinical staff, all of whom are licensed and certified speech-language pathologists. The CSD faculty members, Center staff, and CSD majors invite all members of the campus community to an Open House celebration from 2-5:00 on November 9 th. Please mark your calendars - tours and refreshments will be available.

John Bloom, a Local American Treasure
Exhibition October 20 – November 10
Homecoming Tour and Reception: Saturday, October 27, 11:10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

John Bloom (American 1906–2002) was one of the most prestigious artists of the Quad-Cities area. As a young man in the Depression, his ability was noticed by Grant Wood, who invited him to join his Stone City Art Colony. Their friendship continued with work on public mural projects, and Bloom independently completed several WPA murals. During the 1940s Bloom supported his family as an industrial designer but devoted his weekends to printmaking. His lithography was revived in the 1980s with the encouragement of Augustana alumnus David Losasso, who established Mississippi Fine Arts Gallery in East Davenport ( Iowa ). This exhibition is loaned from the Losasso collection, supplemented by the new college acquisition of the Bloom oil painting Seining Minnows.

Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 28 at 1:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 4 at 1:30 p.m.

All dates and times will take place in the Potter Theatre within the Bergendoff Fine Arts Building.


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Margaret Farrar 's article "Spectacular Resistance: The Billionaires for Bush and the Art of Political Culture Jamming" has been accepted for publication in the journal Polity. Her work on the article was supported by a 2007 Presidential Research Fellowship. The article is co-authored with Jamie Warner of Marshall University.

Abstract: Political theorists and pundits frequently bemoan the perpetual malaise that they argue hangs over U.S. politics. Part of this malaise is often attributed to the omnipresence of political spectacle, where participants are reduced to spectator-voters rather than engaged as active citizens in the political process. The result, many conclude, is widespread cynicism that stymies collective action.

We argue, however, that "spectacle" is not necessarily opposed to political participation, and indeed that the "actor-audience" dichotomy so often employed by political theorists is much too simplistic to describe political activism. In fact, groups such as the Billionaires for Bush use spectacle to advance their message(s) and to inspire political change. These groups have much in common with what various media scholars call “culture jammers,” or activists who deliberately subvert spectacular images in order to reclaim them.

In this paper, we explore how groups we label political culture jammers combat cynicism by replacing the dominant images of politics with provocative counter-images. Through their use of ironic self-presentation and humor, political culture jammers offer an appealing alternative means of invigorating political praxis by complicating the citizen/spectator binary that so many critics invoke.

Margaret also had a panel and paper accepted for presentation at the Western Political Science Association ( San Diego, 2008). The panel, which she put together with Simon Stow at the College of William and Mary, is titled " The Politics of Place: Space, Memory, Language, and Resistance." Her paper is titled "Amnesia, Nostalgia, and the Politics of Memory."

While she is on sabbatical this fall, Margaret is working at the University of Iowa as a visting scholar at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. Click here to visit the Obermann Center's web site.

Fall Play:  The Taming of the Shrew
Written by William Shakespeare, this classic play is the definitive battle of the sexes, as Kate and Petruchio, one of the Bard's most famous couples, wrangle in a boisterous contest of wills to gain the upper hand in matrimony. Full of robust physical action, bawdy gags, and witty repartee, this buoyant comedy lightly illustrates the rewards (and challenges) of marital bliss.

Tickets are $8 for Augustana faculty/staff and students ($10 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens and children) and are available from the Augustana Ticket Office, 7306.

Save up to 15% by purchasing Theatre Season tickets. Call Rita in the Ticket Office for details.

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Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 28 at 1:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 4 at 1:30 p.m.

All dates and times will take place in the Potter Theatre within the Bergendoff Fine Arts Building.