Monday, September 13

4:00 - 5:00 PM - All LSFY Faculty Meeting "Teaching the Liberal Arts at Augustana"
Wilson Center

Tuesday, September 14

11:00 AM - Farmer's Market
College Center Lobby

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Sara Moslener (Religion)
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

7:00 PM - Java Jews: Highly-caffeinated Klezmer Music!
free and open to the public
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, September 15

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center, Sorensen Hall

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study with Pastor Priggie "Teachable Moments"
Bring a Bible, or one will be provided. Bring your lunch, if you wish
Chicago Room, College Center

7:30 PM - Panel Discussion with Artists Represented in the Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building
followed by a reception in the Augustana College Art Museum

Thursday, September 16

10:30 AM - Convocation: "First Connections: A festival with artists represented in the Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection"
Centennial Hall

11:30 AM - New to LSFY 101 Lunch Meeting "Assignment Swap"
Wilson Center

4:30 - 6:00 PM - Faculty Research Forum
Dahl Room, College Center

Friday, September 17

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Pickin' & Pullin' Fridays at Augie Acres
6th Avenue between 32nd and 35th Street (up the hill west of Carver Center)

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversations: "Strategic Bridge Planning Task Force"
presented by Kent Barnds
3:30 PM - refreshments
Child care available: contact Mary Koski

Saturday, September 18

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital-Angela Hand, voice
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Sunday, September 19


Volume 8, Issue 4 - September 13, 2010


Student United Way is hosting a food drive for
River Bend Food Bank
September 3-20, 2010

Look for collection boxes at Erickson, Westerlin, Westerlin C-store,
Swanson, Swanson C-store, Andreen, and the College Center.
Anything you can give helps those in need.
Thank you for your donation!

Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection
Special Public Events
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
7:30 PM
Larson Hall (Bergendoff)
followed by reception in the Augustana College Art Museum

Panel Discussion with Artists Represented in the Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection.

Five artists represented in the Olson-Brandelle exhibition will visit the Quad Cities, and will begin by discussing their work. Participating artists will be: D. Y. Begay, Navajo weaver; Robert Tenorio, Santo Domingo potter; Kathleen Wall, Jemez figurative potter; Richard Zane Smith, Wyandot potter; and Sally Black, Navajo basket maker. This program is partially funded by the Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection and the Institute for Leadership and Service. No admission charge.

The Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection will continue on exhibition in the Augustana College Art Museum, 3703 7th Avenue, Rock Island, through October 30, 2010. Public hours are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.

First Connections Festival with Artists
from the Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection
Thursday, September 16, 2010
10:30 AM
Centennial Hall

Artists will discuss and demonstrate their work in Centennial Hall, Larson Hall, Potter Hall and two tents in front of Bergendoff and Centennial Halls.

The participating artists are D. Y. Begay, Navajo weaver, Robert Tenorio, Santo Domingo potter, Kathleen Wall, Jemez figurative potter, Richard Zane Smith, Wyandot potter, and Sally Black, Navajo basketmaker.

The Brown Otter Singers Song and Dance Group, Meskwaki, will provide a finale for this event in Centennial Hall. This interactive convocation will last 90 minutes. See Olson-Brandelle Collection.



Monday, September 13, 2010
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Community Engagement Center Classroom, Sorensen

On Monday, September 13, the International and Off-Campus Programs Office invites all faculty with an interest in leading or participating in a study abroad program to a brief meeting.

The goal of the meeting is to match people with places, people with programs, people with people and see what develops. I will propose a few possible models for faculty who wish to work on a full term abroad, a partial term, a short summer trip or a course on campus with a post-class trip.

If you are interested, but simply cannot make this meeting, please contact Allen Bertsche to set up a meeting at another time.

Thursday, September 16, 2010
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Community Engagement Center Classroom, Sorensen

Maybe you want to introduce students to the unique cultures of the Southwest, to Native America, to New York City to the UP?

This meeting will be to introduce you to the process necessary to develop, seek approval, recruit and manage an off-campus, domestic study term. You will get to meet Laura Mahn, the Associate Director for Off-Campus Programs and learn just how to turn your idea into a viable program for our students.

3:30 PM refreshments
4:00 PM presentation

What's going on around here anyway? Kent Barnds will discuss the three task forces he's leading this fall and winter -- the first for planning an addendum to Authentically Augustana;the second exploring the feasibility of combining the library with a dining and student center; and the third re-examining our Campus Master Plan and prioritizing our capital needs. He'll talk about the task force objectives, how they are interrelated, and how each has the potential to shape the next few years. 

Homo Luddens:  The Serious Work of Play in Liberal Learning

For the Friday Conversation of Week 5, David Ellis will discuss his use of "Reacting to the Past" pedagogy.  In Reacting classes, students are assigned to play, over several class periods, the roles of specific characters associated with contested historical events, such as the French Revolution or the end of apartheid in South Africa, all with an eye toward getting students to engage with central problems of the human condition.  Rather than receiving a script, students receive detailed character descriptions and a set of secret goals.  To achieve their goals, students pursue the traditional study of primary sources from and scholarly evaluations of the events in question, but usually with significantly heightened motivation.  Students strive to achieve their goals by giving formal speeches, publishing written position papers, and engaging in spontaneous interaction -- all in character.  In some cases, students may achieve results that differ from the actual historical outcomes, highlighting the role and problem of human agency.  In short, students in Reacting classes pursue study, writing, and public speaking practices analogous to those in more traditional classes, but the structure of Reacting games usually boosts motivation, harnesses friendly competition, and leads to a restoration of an invigoratingly liminal learning experience in the classroom for both students and instructors.

Ellis will discuss how the use of Reacting to the Past has impacted his Liberal Studies course, offering data that demonstrate significant gains in liberal learning by his students.  The possibility of offering a faculty workshop, in which faculty will be invited to experience Reacting to the Past by "playing" one of the characters in a condensed (two-day) version of  the French Revolution, will also be discussed.

Those who wish to read more about Reacting to the Past before the Friday Conversation are encouraged to peruse Barnard's website ( and to consider the Teagle White Paper on Reacting (see the link here  A list of other accounts of Reacting, including peer-reviewed assessments, can be found here ( 

 Child care is available at Friday Conversations in the Brodahl Building.  Please contact Mary Koski by 1:00 PM Friday if you wish to use this service.



River Readings at Augustana 2010-11
Simon J. Ortiz
poetry, fiction and essays
(selections on Moodle: Library/River Readings)
 Thursday, September 23, 7:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall, reception to follow in Art Museum

A leading figure in the Native American literary renaissance of the 1960s, and an esteemed writer today, Simon J. Ortiz inaugurates Augustana College's 2010-11 River Readings on Thursday, September 23.

A native of Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico, Simon Ortiz has written more than two dozen volumes of poetry, prose fiction, children's literature, and nonfiction works. Through his love of and expertise with language, Ortiz tells with great sympathy and humanity the story of his people's land, community, and history and their conflicts with Euro-American society.

Among Ortiz's books are the poetry collections From Sand Creek, Out There Somewhere, After and Before the Lightning, and Woven Stone; a short story collection Men on the Moon; and the children's book The Good Rainbow Road.

Ortiz has received recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Mexico Achievement in the Arts Award, Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award, Lannan Foundation's Artist in Residence, "Returning the Gift" Lifetime Achievement Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western States Arts Federation. Mr. Ortiz teaches at Arizona State University.

Mr. Ortiz will be having lunch in Wilson Center at 11:30 on Thursday. Feel free to stop by. 

 Food Reads!
4:00 PM
Tredway 518

In conjunction with this year's Augie Reads book Bottlemania and the theme of sustainability, the library is hosting "Food Reads," a reading/discussion (read "fun" here) group dedicated to food. We will meet twice each term in weeks 3 and 7 on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. in Tredway 518. Please join us for food talk and eating (appropriate refreshments will be served). The essays and selections from the books are available on Moodle under Library/Food Reads. Here is the schedule:



Contact Margi Rogal or Sarah Horowitz for more information. Hope to see you at Food Reads.

October 21-23, 2010

Registration forms must be received by Noon on Friday, October 17, 2010.  For a description of this seminar please click HERE.  Registration form can be found HERE.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Ellen Hay.

2010 Samual M. Thomson Lecture

"Thinking About Women"
presented by Best-selling author, Jill Ker Conway
September 15, 2010
7:00 PM
Kasch Performance Hall, Dahl Chapel and Auditorium, Monmouth College
free and open to the public

A familiar name on the Monmouth campus, Conway's highly-acclaimed 1989 memoir, "The Road from Coorain," has been the common reading assignment for the past four years in "Introduction to Liberal Arts", a required course for Monmouth's first-year students. The autobiography tells of her early life growing up in Australia in the remote township of Hillston, New South Wales.

In an interview with the New York Times, Conway said that she writes "to communicate to people very directly about the authenticity of women's motivation for work, about how a person strives to find some creative expression. The moral of my mother's life was that while she had challenging work, she was indomitable and when she didn't she fell apart. It's very much the vogue to talk about women as developing their moral consciousness through a connectedness to mother, but I think that's misleading. 'The Road from Coorain' is deliberately a story of separation - of independence and breaking away."

In addition to writing autobiographies, Conway has also edited three anthologies of women's autobiography from around the world, the most recent being "In Her Own Words."

Conway, who holds 38 honorary degrees from North American and Australian colleges and universities, has served the past 25 years as a visiting scholar and professor in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's program in Science, Technology and Society.

Her research as a historian has focused on the role of feminism in American history, resulting in such books as "The Female Experience in 18th- and 19-Century America (1982)" and "Women Reformers and American Culture (1987)."


October 17-29, 2010

Augustana will host the conference "Reforming Reformation" on October 17-19, 2010, organized by Thomas F. Mayer (History).  The object is to undertake a fundamental rethinking of all the possible meanings of the term reformation, concept and label.  In order to stimulate such thought, the conferees will be divided into four vaguely "national" panels, emphasizing places that either did not have a "real" reformation or had an odd one.  This will serve to put in perspective what far too many people still count as the only true reformation, the Protestant one especially in its Lutheran and Calvinist guises.  Those four panels will treat Italy, England (emphasizing the Marian interlude since it has almost always been considered a bump on the way to seeing God's will done), the Empire and Spain.  Needless to say, the conference will be strongly interdisciplinary, with participants from literature, art history, theology and history.

The conference will be spent mainly in discussion, rather than sitting through papers one after another.  Participants will submit their talks at least a month in advance and they will then be circulated to all and sundry.  They will also be posted on the Web in such a way that folk at Augustana can get access to them.  Sessions will consist of ten-minute summaries followed by discussion and audience interventions.  We want to involve students and members of the community as much as possible.  The sessions will mix papers up geographically to see what extra comparative sparks that can strike.  The conference will open with a plenary session on Sunday evening, mainly to introduce the participants and the themes.  The working sessions will be spread through the day on Monday (various history faculty have generously given up their rooms and periods) before we end with one more plenary session, probably at 8:30 on Tuesday morning.

The participants have been urged to think as much as possible about big questions and broader implications.  The final versions of their papers will go into a volume to be edited by Mayer and published in his series, "Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700," which will also include a ruminative essay based on the discussions.

List of participants

I.  Italy

Daniel Bornstein (history), Washington University
Marcia Hall (art history), Temple University
Abigail Brundin (literature), St Catherine's College, University of Cambridge

II. England

Peter Marshall (history), University of Warwick, England
Anne Overell (history), The Open University, Leeds, England

III. The Empire

John Frymire (history), University of Missouri
Brad Gregory (history), University of Notre Dame
Ronald Thiemann (theology), Harvard Divinity School 

IV.  Spain

LuAnn Homza (history), College of William and Mary
John Edwards (history), Queen's College, University of Oxford
Jodi Bilnikoff (history), UNC­-Greensboro

Names of participants in alphabetical order

Jodi Bilnikoff
Daniel Bornstein
Abigail Brundin
William J. Connell
John Edwards
John Frymire
Brad Gregory
Marcia Hall
LuAnn Homza
Peter Marshall
Anne Overell
Ronald Thiemann

Sponsored by the Office of the President, the Institute for Leadership and Service and the Center for the Study of the Christian Millennium, with the support of the Humanities Fund and the Department of History


Thursday, September 23, 2010
10:30 - 11:30 AM

Fine & Performing Arts

Bergendoff 12

Language and Literature Old Main 125
Natural Science Hanson Science 102
History, Philosophy and Religion Old Main 332
Business and Education Evald 212
Social Sciences Old Main 122


Thursday, September 23, 2010
11:30 - 12:30
Hanson Science 102


Thursday, September 23, 2010
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Wilson Center

Thursday, September 30, 2010
11:30 - 12:30
Hanson Science 102

Thursday, October 28, 2010
11:30 - 12:30
Olin Auditorium