Monday, October 12

7:30 PM - Filmmaker Ayesha Khan: Free screening of her new film "Kashf: the Lifting of the Veil"
Science Auditorium

Tuesday, October 13

10:45 AM - Student Recital-Various Student Musicians
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

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

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Religion
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

1:00 - 2:00 PM - Walk-in Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital - Robert Elfline, piano
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, October 14

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 15

Friday, October 16

All Day - Homecoming

8:30 AM - Geography 60th Anniversary Symposium
Augustana Geography alums from different career directions and time periods will give 20 minute presentations about one of their special interests
John Deere Lecture Hall, Geosciences Building

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Celebration of Faculty Achievement
3:30 PM - refreshments

Tredway Library

7:00 - 9:00 PM - Faculty Reading hosted by SAGA
Cool Beanz Coffee House
1325 30th Street, Rock Island

Saturday, October 17

All Day - Homecoming

10:15 AM - Geography 60th Anniversary Symposium
Geography Department alums from different career directions and time period will give 20 minute presentations about one of their special interests
John Deere Lecture Hall, Geosciences Building

10:30 AM - Augustana College Art Museum Exhibition:
"Beyond fifteen Minutes of Fame: Andy Warhol's Protographic Legacy"

Sherry Mauer will lead a 50-minute tour of the current exhibition and the permanent collection gallery. Advanced reservations appreciated 794-7231
Centennial Hall and Augustana College Art Museum
3703 7th Avenue

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital - Jemmie Robertson, trombone
Jemmie Robertson - trombone & euphonium
Christine Robertson - soprano
Robert Elfline - piano
The program will feature Chamber Music of the American composer Eric Ewazen
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Sunday, October 18

All Day - Homecoming

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

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


Volume 7, Issue 8 - October 12, 2009


Augustana is pleased to welcome
filmmaker Ayesha Khan
Monday, October 12, 2009
7:30 PM ~ Science Auditorium

In honor of the students in the "I am the Real": Explorations of the Self and Its Limitations learning community, please join filmmaker Ayesha Khan in the Science Auditorium for a free screening of her new film "Kashf: the Lifting of the Veil".  If you are interested in spiritual questing, Islam, Sufism, Pakistan, politics on the subcontinent and in the Middle East or simply Lollywood (the Pakistani version of Bollywood), please join us! Ms. Khan has degrees in Religion, Theater and Filmmaking and will be available to answer questions after the film.

KASHF chronicles the story of one man's journey toward Sufism, parallel to another man's search for success. Armaghan was born out of an oath his mother made to a Sufi Pir she meets when she was childless. Armaghan returns to Pakistan to discover a lost culture, a mystic religion, and a family secret. His cousin, Ali, also seeks his own calling in the nepotitic film world of Lollywood and becomes engulfed by fantastical musical hallucinations - has he found peace or lost his hold on reality? TRAILER:

Faculty Reading Sponsored by SAGA
Friday, October 16, 2009
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Cool Beanz

This year SAGA is holding a Faculty Reading and is inviting everyone and anyone, no matter your age, gender or department, to participate. The reading is Friday, October 16th from 7-9 PM in the famous Cool Beanz coffee house. We encourage all of you to pick out your favorite poem, your first composition, or anything somewhere between and join us for this reading. Please send a note to if you would like to support Saga and read at this event. If you are too shy to read, come for coffee and enjoy the favorite poems of your colleagues and co-workers.

At Augustana's Art Museum
Guest speaker Dr. Gregory Gilbert
"Andy Warhol and the Rise of Photographic Culture"
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Larson Hall ~ 7:30 PM 

Dr. Gilbert is associate professor and chair of art at Knox College, where he has taught art history since 1995. He is also the senior curator at the Figge Art Museum. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers in 1998. His interests in twentieth century art focus on philosophical underpinnings of American avant-garde art. In 2003 he gave a lecture "Caricature as Commodity in Andy Warhol's Pop Art" at a Midwest Art History Society conference session in Pittsburgh sponsored by the Andy Warhol Museum.

Program Reviews Schedule

Program Reviews are underway in departments across campus. Guidelines for program reviews, as approved by the Senate, are available here:

This year, the following programs will conduct reviews:

Academic Affairs -- Dean of the College (performance review)
Asian Studies
Asian Language
Communication Studies
Tredway Library

Self studies for past or current reviews are available through moodle:

2009 Frieze Lecture Series Celebrates "Overlooked Anniversaries"
Thursdays at 2:00 PM
October 22 - November 12, 2009

Programs are a partnership between Augustana College & Rock Island Library

Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin aren't the only notable bicentennial birth anniversaries of 2009. The Rock Island Public Library and Augustana College will mark "anniversaries you might have overlooked" on four Thursdays this fall at the Rock Island Library.

The 12th annual fall lecture series presents four lectures at 2 p.m. on each Thursday, October 22 through Nov. 12, in the Community Room of the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. The partnership between the college and the library offers a taste of art and culture with no grades or tests. Coffee and thought-provoking conversations follow each presentation. Topics include:

Oct. 22: "The Real Mary Wollstonecraft." Wollstonecraft is now sometimes confused with her daughter, M. W. Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. But her achievements are more various and important than her famous daughter's. She wrote a riveting history of the early stages of the French revolution (John Adams read it twice). She's the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, a founding text for the feminist movement (and a favorite book of Abigail Adams). She was a pioneer of travel-writing and nature-writing in her account of a visit to rural Norway and Sweden. And her life is more amazing than her books. Come celebrate Mary's 250th birth anniversary with English professor Don Erickson, who holds the Dorothy J. Parkander Chair in World Literature at Augustana.

Oct. 29: "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Revisited" Felix Mendelssohn's skills as a composer, conductor, writer and producer had far reaching effects on the musical world still felt today.  But his posthumous reputation is also fascinating for what it reveals about the changing times during the two centuries that followed his brief life of 38 years. Felix Mendelssohn wrote music that was lionized during his day, silenced for reasons having nothing to do with its intrinsic worth after his death, and is now garnering new appreciation in our time. Come celebrate the composer's 200th birthday and hear some music as well with Dr. Deborah Dakin, adjunct instructor of viola and music appreciation at Augustana.

Nov. 5: "The Wisdom of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Reconsidered."  Oliver Wendell Holmes was a poet, physician and philosopher, as well as the father of renowned Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.  The elder Holmes is regarded by many as one of this nation's leading intellectuals of the mid-19th century, and his wisdom is as relevant today as ever.  Holmes' writings - including his still widely quoted "Breakfast-Table" series of essays - have been favorites of Augustana College President Steve Bahls for many years.  In marking the 200th anniversary of Holmes birth, President Bahls will consider not only Holmes' famous words of wisdom, but also the many ways in which they have been used in contexts far removed from their author's original intent.  When his popular quotes are put into context, they reveal subtler and more profound truths. 

Nov. 12: "Lord Tennyson's Reaction to 19th Century Science" Alfred, Lord Tennyson served as Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1850 to his death in 1892, one of the longest tenures in history. His lifespan from 1809 to 1892 placed him in a unique position to comment on the Victorian age of progress, a time of rapid change in science, medicine and technology. Dr. Roald Tweet, professor emeritus of English and former holder of the Conrad Bergendoff Chair in the Humanities will consider how the poet's writings reflected a concern for the conflict between faith and scientific knowledge.

The series is free and open to the public, with handicapped access and an elevator available via the library's south portico entrance. Ample free parking is available to the east of the historic building. For more information about this library program, visit or call 309-732-7303.

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

Illinois Archives Month

October is Illinois Archives Month, celebrated as part of American Archives Month. Each October, archival institutions set aside some time to celebrate the vast array of historical materials they hold and to invite the public to become more aware of their local archives. The Illinois State Archives produces a poster that is distributed free to the nearly 400 archival repositories in the state, including college and university, library, corporate, and non-profit archives. Augustana College's Special Collections is proud to have a photo from our collection featured in the poster again this year. Our contributed photo is of a steamboat on the Mississippi River at Rock Island, taken in 1941 by John Henry Hauberg.

Visit our web site ( to learn more about our archival collections, or stop in and see for yourself, Monday-Friday, 1-5 pm.