Monday, February 2

1:00 - 2:15 PM - Faculty Senate Steering Committee Meeting
Evald Hall, Room 20

2:30 - 3:30 PM - Walk-in Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

5:30 - 7:00 PM - Interfaith Understanding Group
Founders Hall Basement Lounge
Supper is included
RSVP to Pastor Priggie

Tuesday, February 3

10:45 AM - Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall
Free to the public

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Deb Bracke, Education Dept.
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Fl., Founders Hall

8:00 AM - Guest Artist - Dr. H. Joseph Butler, organ
Centennial Hall
Free to the public

Wednesday, February 4

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study
Chicago Room, College Ctr.
Led by Pastor Priggie, College Chaplain. Bring your lunch if you wish, and a Bible

3:45 - 5:00 PM - Teaching Circle
Wilson Center

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Women's and Gender Studies Tea Series
"In Search of Subaltern Voices in South Asian Women's Fiction: The Case of Mahasweta Devi's 'Draupadi'"
Evald Great Hall

7:00 PM - Ain't I a Woman! performance
Wallenberg Hall of Denkmann Building
See Announcements for more information

9:30 PM - Evening Prayer & Holy Communion
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Fl., Founders Hall

Thursday, February 5

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Teaching Circle
Old Main 128

11:30 AM -  Full Faculty Meeting
Olin Auditorium

2:00 PM - NEH Phone Conference on Summer Institutes
See Grants page for more information

6:00 PM - 2nd Annual Hunger Banquet
College Center Loft

7:00 PM - Center for the Study of Ethics Lecture Series
Dr. Timothy Bloser - A lecture on Virtue Ethics
Science 304

7:00 PM - 14th Annual Hispanic Film Festival
"Mar adentro (The Sea Inside)"
Science Building Auditorium
Free of charge
See Announcements for more details

No Convocation Today

Friday, February 6

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations - Scott Ireland, Sabbatical Report:  From Good to Mythos: The Lincoln Legend of Theatre and Live Performance"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Dahl Room

7:00 PM  - Honors Recital
Wallenberg Hall
Free to the public

7:30 PM - the Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes)
Potter Theatre in Bergendoff Hall
Tickets $10, senior and student discount
Call 309.794.7306 for more information or to order tickets by phone.

Saturday, February 7

4:00 PM - Augustana Three Choirs Concert
Centennial Hall
Free to the public

7:30 PM - the Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes)
Potter Theatre in Bergendoff Hall
Tickets $10, senior and student discount
Call 309.794.7306 for more information or to order tickets by phone.

8:00 PM - Augustana Jazz Ensemble Concert
Centennial Hall
Joseph Ott, director
Free to the public

Sunday, February 8

10:30 AM - Sunday Morning Worship
Ascension Chapel, 2nd fl., Founders Hall

1:30 PM - the Learned Ladies (Les Femmes Savantes)
Potter Theatre in Bergendoff Hall
Tickets $10, senior and student discount
Call 309.794.7306 for more information or to order tickets by phone.

2:00 PM - Augustana Concert Band
Centennial Hall
Rick Jaeschke, conductor
Free to the public

4:00 PM - Senior Recital - Stephanie Faraci, viola
Wallenberg Hall
Free to the public

5:00 PM - Sunday Catholic Mass
Ascension Chapel, 2nd fl., Founders Hall


Volume 6, Issue 19, February 2, 2009


Shared Governance Task Force items endorsed by the Augustana Board

Click here.

New Exhibit in Special Collections

Armchair Sportsman, Armchair Traveler: Items from the Jesse Spencer Collection

The Rock Island Argus obituary for Jesse Spencer, a Rock Island attorney who died in 1938, says that he was "deeply interested in the collection of rare first editions of books." Mr. Spencer had a wide-ranging interest in books and produced a remarkable collection.  Augustana purchased the Spencer Collection, which consisted of around 3,800 volumes, in 1949.  Currently on display in Special Collections are items from the collection, including a first edition of Walden, John Smith's Generall Historie of Virginia (1624), and one of Mr. Spencer's many editions of The Compleat Angler, one of the most important books on fishing. For further information about the exhibit or Special Collections, please contact Jamie Nelson ( or Sarah Horowitz ( 


In Honor of Black History Month - Ain't I a Woman!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
7:00 PM
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
Sponsored by the Augustana Institute for Leadership and Service

The Core Ensemble, Tahirah Whittington, cello, Hugh Hinton, piano, and Michael Parola, percussion, with actress Taylore Mahogany Scott, will perform the music theatre work Ain't I a Woman! The work is the latest in a series of multicultural and feminist performance pieces produced by the ensemble over the past ten years.  Ain't I a Woman! celebrates the life and times of four powerful African American women: renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter, and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age, and contemporary concert music by African Americans. Ain't I a Woman! is a joyful exploration of the trials and triumphs of four passionate and accomplished women. The event is free and open to the public. Please encourage your students to attend.

14th Annual Hispanic Film Festival
February 5:  Mar adentro (The Sea Inside)
Science Building Auditorium - 7:00 PM

Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2004 Academy Awards. Javier Bardem delivers a complex and deeply moving performance in this true story of a Spanish fisherman and poet who suffers a diving accident at the age of 26 and is left paralyzed and bedridden. Director Alejandro Amenabar picks up with Ramon at the age of 54, as his mounting frustration and weariness at his constrained life causes him to pursue euthanasia.  The film "promotes dignity, love, and inspiration".  Director: Alejandro Aménabar, España, 125 min.  (PG13)

Come support this wonderful service learning project! 

The Drinking Gourd-a short play
Thursday, February 5th
10:45-11:15 a.m. in John Deere Lecture Hall

Join one-hundred excited Horace Mann Elementary students as they watch Augustana Black Student Union members perform a 25-minute play entitled "The Drinking Gourd," featuring the Augustana Inspirational Gospel Choir. The Drinking Gourd play illustrates the story of slaves' use of the Big Dipper (known as the drinking gourd) to locate the North star which would lead them North to freedom, along the Underground Railroad. These Augustana students have worked for weeks to organize and prepare the show for these local 3rd and 4th graders. The Augie students are to be commended for participating in this service learning project which encourages and promotes a multicultural environment and benefits not only Augustana students but also community elementary students as well.

Come cheer on: Brandon Anderson, Max Artis, Amber Beach, Celetha Chatman, Jesse Crumbley, Ariel Edgeworth, David Etheridge, Sury Garcia, Ebony Rivers, Michael Rogers, Marlon Young

 Happy Birthday, Darwin!

Yup, Charles Darwin reaches 200 years old on February 12 (as does Abraham Lincoln, we might add--see the current issue of Smithsonian magazine for interesting articles on each man and one, by Adam Gopnik, bringing them together). In celebration of Darwin's birthday, a new display on the 2nd floor of the library features books from Special Collections by scientists who came before Darwin (okay, we don't own any early editions of books by Darwin himself), such as Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist and explorer, who created a uniform system of scientific naming called binomial nomenclature; Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), a celebrated wood engraver whose book The History of British Birds (on display) was read by Jane Eyre; and Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654), an English physician whose Herbal (on display) was a bestseller.  If you know the answer to this question--Why is there a piece of Wedgewood included in the display?-you'll get a bar of organic chocolate (first one to email me with the correct answer gets the chocolate!) -Margi Rogal

The Lutheran Academy of Scholars Summer Seminar
Currier House, Harvard University
July 12-25, 2009


This year's seminar, under the direction of Professor Ronald Thiemann (Augustana's January 29th Convocation Guest Speaker), will take place July 12-25 at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. The topic is "Secularization, Enchantment and the Divine." Please read the seminar announcement, which gives a brief description of the seminar as well as stating basic details of the application process and the terms of participation. Each application to the Lutheran Academy's Summer Seminar must be accompanied by a letter of nomination from Jeff Abernathy.  For a decade now, the Lutheran Academy of Scholars Summer Seminar has offered a unique development opportunity for faculty of Lutheran colleges and universities. It stimulates scholarship and fosters an awareness orf the traditions and mission shared by the colleges and universities of the ELCA.