Monday, March 16

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

Tuesday, March 17

8:00 - 9:00 AM - Walk-In Hour With Jeff
116 Founders Hall

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Val Liveoak
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Fl., Founders Hall
Val Liveoak is a Peace Activist from Friends of Peace Teams

2:30 PM - Guest Artist-USAF Jazz Combo
Ensemble Room, Bergendoff Building of Fine Arts
This presentation is geared towards music as a profession, but all are welcome.

7:00 PM - "Mixed Drink Mixed Emotions" with Ross Szabo
Olin Auditorium

7:00 PM - PEACE of Pie Fest
Evald Great Hall

8:00 PM - St. Patrick's Day Concert
Heart Strings and Augustana Flute Choir
Wallenberg Hall - Denkmann Building

Wednesday, March 18

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study "Jesus and the
Kingdom of God"
Chicago Room, College Center
Led by Pastor Priggie, College Chaplain. Bring your lunch if you wish, and a Bible

12:00 PM - African Art Exhibit Tour
Centennial Hall
Tour led by Dr. Margaret Morse, includes an informal talk on African masks located in the museum.

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital
Randall Hall, saxophones
Wallenberg Hall - Denkmann Building
Works by Bach, Bonneau, Carlson, Desenclos, and Schumann

8:30 PM - Morikeba Kouyate Concert
Centennial Hall
Morikeba Kouyate will give a concert on the kora, a traditional African stringed instrument.
Free and open to the public.

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

Thursday, March 19

10:30 - 11:30 - Teaching Circle

Old Main 128

No Convocation This Week

12:00 PM - Deadline to Notify Jeff Abernathy
about attending MFS: Religion and Morality
(see announcements)

4:30 PM - African Poetry Reading
Wallenberg Hall - Denkmann Building
John Tawiah-Boateng will read select African poems.

5:00 PM - Deans' Meeting with Department Chairs
Wilson Center

7:00 PM - French Film Festival: Persopolis
Science Building Auditorium

7:00 PM - "All Consuming: Conversations on Oil and Water"
Olin Auditorium
Join this discussion on the issues of water use, oil and ethanol.

8:00 PM - African Movie Night - "The Wooden Camera"
Evald Hall
Introduction and discussion by Todd Cleveland

Friday, March 20

12:00 - 1:00 PM -  "The God of Animals" Book Discussion for River Readings
Katz-Harris Room, Tredway Library
Bring your lunch. Dessert is provided.

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations - Sabbatical Reports
Joanna Short "Altruism, Life Insurance, and the Bequest Strategies of Early Twentiety-Century Families" and
Lina Zhou "The Pricing of Scholarly Journals"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

6:30 PM - Kathy Bulucos Collection Exhibit
Centenial Hall
African art exhibition of objects from the Kathy Bulucos Memorial Collection, refreshments provided.

7:15 PM - Adinkra Textile Printing
by Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, Professor of Art
Centennial Hall

7:45 PM - ARThentic: African Wearable Textiles
fashion show presented by Althea Saunders
Centennial Hall

Saturday, March 21

3:00 PM - Memorial Service for Dr. Richard Anderson
Ascension Chapel
Reception immediately following in Fryxell Geology Museum

8:00 PM - Wabash College's Wamidan World Music Performance Ensemble
Centennial Hall
Directed by professor James Makubuya, a Ugandan-born ethnomusicologist, instrumentalist, singer, dancer, and choreographer. The Augustana College Choir also will perform African choral selections.

Sunday, March 22

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

4:00 PM - Faculty Recital-
Deborah Dakin, viola

Considering Shostakovich
Centennial Hall

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


Volume 6, Issue 22 - March 16, 2009

Faculty News

Over break Dan Corts led the Preparing Future Faculty seminar for Columbia University's graduate school including a keynote titled Choosing to Teach: Untenured life at a Liberal Arts College. He also led a workshop on engaging undergraduates in research for Ph.D. students and faculty.

Over spring break, "The Wordless Book," a solo piano composition by David Davies, was performed by Robert Elfline (both members of the Music Department faculty) at the 2009 Conference of the Society of Composers, Inc. Region VI. The work was selected for inclusion in the two-day conference from over 300 submitted compositions from around the United States.

Laura Hartman presented a paper, "Consuming Christ: The Role of Jesus in Christian Food Ethics," at the annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics in Chicago January 11, 2009. Her paper was accepted for publication by the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and will appear in either fall/winter 2009 or spring/summer 2010. She was also mentioned in an article about the conference from PBS's Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, which may be read here:

 Farah Marklevits, English, recently had three of her poems published in the third issue of "Stone Canoe: A Journal of the Arts". These poems won the journal's "Bea González Prize for Poetry." The poems appear on

Over the break Tom Mayer, History, gave seminars and lectures in Italy on his research into Galileo's trials. These included a seminar at the Universita' di Torino ("Nuove prospettive sui processi di Galileo" ["New perspectives on Galileo's trials"]) and another at the Universita' di Roma Tre on the documents of his first trial, together with a general lecture "Processo a Galileo" ["Galileo's Trial"], plus another seminar on the history of the roman Inquisition at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. He also held a seminar at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology ("Straws in the Wind: Galileo's Sunspot Letters and their Role in his First Trial") and another general lecture ("Trying Galileo") under the auspices of the Department of Astronomy and Astophysics, the Canadian Committee for the International Year of Astronomy, the Department of Italian Studies and Victoria College, both at the University of Toronto. Versions of the last two will be pod- (by the Dunlap Institute at the University of Toronto) and broadcast (by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).

Melissa McBain, Education,  has been awarded a Quad City Arts Dollars grant for the 10th anniversary of the Quad City Playwrights' Festival which she founded and produces. The festival of original ten-minute scripts will be showcased on May 10th on the Augustana campus and will feature plays by local students and adults. Going Back Naked, a one-woman show written and performed by Melissa, has recently been accepted for a professional production at New Ground Theatre in the Village of East Davenport for the first two weekends of May. An excerpt from the show will be featured at the Quad City Playwrights' Festival as a tribute to her mother, Ann Fountain McBain, who was a founding patron of the Festival.