Monday, October 5

4:00 - 5:30 PM - LSFY 101 Meeting
Olin 201

Tuesday, October 6

10:45 AM - Voice Seminar
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

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

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Mark Anderson, Multicultural Services
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

Wednesday, October 7

9:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Carlsson Evald Great Hall

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study: Listening to New Voices About Faith
Chicago Room, College Center
Bring your lunch if you wish. Bring your Bible, or there are extras to use.

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

Thursday, October 8

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Convocation:  Josh Swiller
Centennial Hall

11:30 AM - "Advancing Augustana" - a conversation led by President Bahls
Evald Great Hall

3:30 - 4:30 PM - 2009 Kemper Reflective Leader Intern Presentations
Evald Hall Rooms 313-314
4:45 - 6:00 PM - Reception and Poster Session of Reflective Leader Interns
Evald Great Hall 

Friday, October 9

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

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Week Seven Seminar
3:30 PM - refreshments
See Announcements for more information
Tredway Library, 2nd Floor, South End

7:00 PM - Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History by Anne-Charlotte Harvey
Room 102, Science Building

Saturday, October 10

9:00 AM - Augustana Visit Day
Carver Physical Education Center

8:00 PM - Augustana Symphony Orchestra Concert
Centennial Hall

Sunday, October 11 

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

2:00 PM - Faculty Recital-Janet Stodd, flute & piccolo
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

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

Volume 7, Issue 7 - October 5, 2009


Convocation - Josh Swiller:
"What Does it Mean to Hear and to be Heard? 
Thursday, October 8, 2009
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Centennial Hall

Josh Swiller is author of "The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa" and has been deaf since age 4. After growing up on the sidelines of the hearing world, he decided to find a place so far removed that his deafness would become irrelevant. That place turned out to be Zambia, where he worked as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years. A graduate of Yale University, he's had a wide variety of careers, including forest ranger in the California Redwoods, sheepskin slipper craftsman and salesman, Zen monk, raw food chef, journalist, and teacher. Most recently, he worked as a hospice social worker in Brooklyn.

Kemper Reflective Leader Intern Presentations
October 8, 2009
3:30 - 4:30 PM ~ Evald Hall Rooms 313-314
4:45 - 6:00 PM Reception and Poster Session ~ Evald Great Hall

Faculty, staff and administration are invited to the presentations by the 2009 Kemper Reflective Leader Interns on Thursday, October 8, 2009. From 3:30-4:30 PM in Evald Hall Rooms 313-314 the five Communication Studies majors who completed their internships as part of their senior inquiry projects will give their presentations.  These students are Laura Burns, Jacqueline Celske, Olivia Husman, Sarah Park and Katherine Walker. From 4:45-6:00 PM in the Evald Great Hall, the work of the other interns will be featured at a reception and poster session.  These students are Troy Curtis, Pamela Larson, Camille Malecha, Joshua Morgan,  Jaclyn Rabito,  Sean Sparrow, and Kelsey Unseth.

Week Seven Seminar, Tredway Library, 2nd floor, south end
Friday, October 9, 2009
Refreshments  at 3:30 p.m., Discussion from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Join an informal discussion by and for faculty on Mark Slouka's article in the September issue of Harper's, "Dehumanized: When Math and Science Rule the School." Slouka believes that math and science are taking precedence over the humanities in education today, indeed in the way Americans see, the way they "reckon value." And he's not happy about it: "It's a play I've been following for some time now. ... It's about the victory of whatever can be quantified over everything that can't. It's about the quiet retooling of American education into an adjunct of business, an instrument of production. The play's almost over. I don't think it's a comedy."

The article is on Moodle under "library/Week Seven Seminar."

The Week Seven Seminar takes place on the 7th Friday of each term.

Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History
Friday, October 9, 2009
7:00 PM - Science 102

Dear Friends, 

The 2009 O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History will be presented by Anne-Charlotte Harvey, professor Emerita of Theatre at San Diego State University, on Friday October 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 102 in the Science Building at Augustana College.

The title of Harvey's lecture is Yon Yonson--The Original Dumb Swede But Not So Dumb: Swedish-American comic stereotypes in American popular culture. The talk will focus on such stereotypes on the stage and elsewhere and as the title suggests, one of her findings is that the Yon Yonson type was more positive than commonly believed.

Anne-Charlotte Harvey was educated in art history, theater and Scandinavian studies at the University of Stockholm, Scripps College in Claremont, Cali­fornia, and she earned her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. During her years in Minneapolis, Harvey developed an interest in Swedish-American music and theatre. She researched popular culture of the Swedish immigrants and presented her findings in articles, on stage, in TV programs and on four sound recordings. In addition, she was one of the founding members of the Olle i Skratthult project, produced and hosted a weekly Scandinavian radio program and for six years was the headliner at the Snoose Boulevard Festival concerts in Minneapolis.

Anne-Charlotte Harvey has also worked as a dramaturg, translator and on numerous stage productions in the United States. She has received a number of awards, including His Majesty the King's Gold Medal for her work to promote Swedish culture in America in 1998, and the Swedish-American of the Year in 2009.

Over the years, Harvey has performed in the Quad Cities several times, and those who have heard her speak, sing, or perform know that the audience on October 9 is in for a treat. The Swenson Center extends a warm invitation to the 2009 O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History, which promises to be most stimulating!

Välkomna! /Welcome!

Dag Blanck, Director

Faculty Research Forum Sets Workshop Dates

The Faculty Research Forum (FRF) is a friendly, interdisciplinary working group of researchers and writers that gathers approximately once a month to workshop works-in-progress (e.g., book chapters, grant proposals, conference papers, journal articles, book proposals, and other forms of scholarly production).  Volunteers submit their work to the group, and then we gather over drinks and snacks to ask questions and provide constructive critiques--all in an effort to improve our research and writing.

In years past, the group has consisted of a good mix of people--from assistant to full professors in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. We ask only that members make a commitment to give and to receive feedback on works-in-progress. This typically means that each member presents a draft about once a year and attends the other meetings as regularly as possible.  

 The dates for this year's FRF workshops are: October 22, November 19, December 17, January 21, March 18, and April 15, from 4:30 to 6 PM in the Dahl Room of the College Center.  If you are interested in being part of this group--or wish to learn more--please respond to this email before Monday, October 5 (a week from today) and indicate the following:

(1) name, (2) discipline, (3) a brief description of a project that you are working on this year, and (4) the FRF date that the project would be ready for review (not necessarily completed): 10/22, 11/19, 12/17, 1/21, 3/18, or 4/15.

Questions?  Ideas?  Suggestions?  Please contact Margaret Morse (Art History) or Meg Gillette (English).

John Deere Planetarium Open House Shows Off Night Sky
Saturday, October 24, 2009
7:30 - 9:00 PM

The Quad-City community is invited to take a close-up view of Jupiter and other wonders of the night sky at the John Deere Planetarium's (820 38th St.) Fall Open House on Saturday, October 24. The event, which runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m., will give visitors of all ages an opportunity to see Jupiter through Augustana's telescope and attend educational programming led by planetarium director Dr. Lee Carkner. Admission is free.

The star of this year's show, Jupiter, is the largest planet in the solar system. The planetarium's high-power telescope will allow guests to view the planet with enough detail to detect its cloud bands and four moons. The open house also will feature a planetarium show utilizing the facility's 30-foot ceiling dome and Spitz A3P Projector. The Spitz A3P is capable of projecting up to 6,000 stars at a time, which provides a highly realistic view of the night sky as seen by the naked eye.

In addition to these main events, guests will be invited to view the moon and stars through a 14-inch reflecting telescope in the planetarium's Gamble Observatory and to study various celestial objects, including a quarter-ton piece of the Canyon Diablo meteor, in the Getz-Rogers Gallery.

Augustana's Fryxell Geology Museum, which features one of the best collections of minerals and fossils in the Midwest, also will be open. Highlights of the museum include a wall of glowing rocks, a cast of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull, and a complete, 22-foot skeleton of Cryolophosaurus, a carnivorous dinosaur discovered in Antarctica by one of Augustana's own professors, Dr. William Hammer.

The observing areas in the planetarium are unheated, so please dress appropriately for the weather. In the event of cloudy sky conditions, telescope views may not be possible, but indoor programming will still be available.

For more information, contact Dr. Lee Carkner at (309)-794-7327 or visit the planetarium's website at

Subject:  2010 Summer School

Please send Darrin Good information regarding the courses you plan to offer in the summer school in 2010.

In order to help students be more aware of their scheduling options, we hope to send our current students and faculty advisors a list of the summer courses we are planning to offer prior to registration for Winter Term classes. If we can collect and disseminate this information soon, our students will be better informed as to what classes they might choose to postpone until summer instead of enrolling in a comparable class during either Winter or Spring Terms.  This awareness will allow students to more easily avoid overload charges and to possibly complete an additional major or minor by taking summer courses.  Added benefits to our students are that summer classes at Augie can clearly be applied to requirements for a major or graduation and count toward their GPA.

After being vetted by your department (by whatever manner your department does this), please send Darrin, via email, the following information in this format:

Course number, title, credits, instructor
Suffixes (perspectives or general education requirements that are satisfied by the course)
Dates the class will meet (ONLY IF it is to be taught outside of the normal summer school schedule - June 1-25, 2010)

Two Examples:

BIOL200, General Zoology, 3-credits, John Smith

BIOL335, Entomology, 3-credits, John Smith
August 1-15, 2010

Please understand that this replying to this request is voluntary and is not intended to set an early deadline for summer school courses.  We only wish to allow students to have early information for classes that have a high probability of being offered next summer.  This will help more faculty members enroll the required number of students to make the class feasible.  In other words, we feel this will help both students and the faculty.

Thanks for your help,

Darrin Good
Director of Summer Academic Programs


Thursday, October 29, 2009    

Division Meetings: 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Faculty Forum:  11:30 - 12:20 PM    Olin Auditorium

Midwest Faculty Seminar
"The Human Condition"
November 5-7, 2009

Please contact Jeff Abernathy if you are interested in attending.
Registration Deadline s Friday, October 23, 2009

First published in 1958, Hannah Arendt's landmark 1958 text The Human Condition calls into question the practice of thinking of Man as an abstraction, and argued for the need to think of men in their plurality and multiplicity. Arendt begins with the simple proposal: to "think what we are doing" as a way to understand the reality of our social practices as they are, rather than as wel want them to be. The phrase is carefully chosen, in that one of the work's primary concerns is to understand human societies in their plurality, to study men, rather than 'Man.' Arendt considers society in practical terms as a massive gathering of individuals, each of whom represents unpredictable possibilities. Her schema examines three varieties of these possibilities in what she calls the vita activa, - labor, work, and action - as well as their role within the political, social, public and private realms. Basing her analysis in both a historical account of Classical Greece and her acute insights into contemporary modernity, Arendt's diagnosis of "the state of human humanity" has become an essential text for a variety of disciplines: philosophy, political science, history and literature. This seminar will explore Arendt's contributions to 20th century through this controversial and, hugely influential philosophical text, as well the work's relevance to contemporary discussion.

Human Condition Description

Human Condition Registration Form