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Symposium Days

Once a semester, Augustana devotes a full day to an alternative approach for learning and opens the process to the entire campus community.

This multidisciplinary approach to discuss a theme exemplifies the value of liberal learning.

Symposium Days include invited speakers, alumni, advising sessions and opportunities to practice the liberal arts and be involved with the community.

Fall Symposium Day has a rotating theme connected to Augie Reads. Spring Symposium is Celebration of Learning featuring original research and scholarship by Augustana's students and faculty.


Fall Symposium Day Oct. 12: Civil Discourse

The theme is a follow-up to this year's Augie Reads selection, "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption," an attorney's memoir of his career defending disadvantaged clients. 

The day's plenary session at 10:30 a.m. will feature two representatives of PEN America, an organization that works protect free expression. Its mission is to "unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible."

Concurrent sessions begin at 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m.,  1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.

See complete schedule and session descriptions


Fall Symposium Day, Oct. 6: "Environments" program and schedule


Fall Symposium Day, Oct. 17: "What is Truth?" See complete program..


Fall Symposium Day, Oct. 9:  "What is a Life Well Lived?" See complete program.


Fall: Relationships, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 See complete program.

Winter: Social Justice, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 See complete program.

Spring: Celebration of Learning, May 1, 2019

Past dates and themes


Fall: Transformations, Thursday, Sept. 28

Winter: Privilege, Wednesday, Jan. 17

Spring: Celebration of Learning, Wednesday, May 2


Fall: “Crossroads,” Tuesday, Sept. 20

Winter: “Privilege,” Wednesday, Jan. 18

Spring: “Celebration of Learning,” Wednesday, May 3


Fall: “Perspective(s),” Thursday, Sept. 17

Winter: “Social Justice,” Wednesday, Jan. 20

Spring: “Celebration of Learning,” Wednesday, May 4


Fall: “Identity,” Wednesday, Sept. 24

Winter: “Social Justice,” Tuesday, Jan. 20

Spring: “Celebration of Learning,” Wednesday, May 6


Winter: “Social Justice,” Monday, Jan. 20

Spring: “Celebration of Learning,” Wednesday, May 7