Monday, January 25

4:00 - 5:30 PM - LSFY 103 Meeting
Wilson Center

Tuesday, January 26

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

11:30 -11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflections - Ashley Fuqua, '10
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd Floor

11:30 AM - Explore Lunch "Janet Macon: Eat Right"
Board Room, 2nd floor, College Center

4:00 PM - Women's & Gender Studies Tea-Hour Series:  "Descendents of Black Hawk: Telling Gendered Stories about Identify in Portraits of Sauks" by Jane Simonsen
Old Main 128

7:00 PM - Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics Lecture:  "How Morals Can Be Objective Without Being Factual" presented by Dave Hill
Refreshments will be served following the lecture
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, January 27

9:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Evald Hall

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study "Life's meaning and purpose"
Chicago Room, College Center
Bring your lunch if you wish. Bring your Bible, or there are extras to use.

7:00 PM - 15th Annual Hispanic Film Festival - "Walkout"
Science Building Auditorium
In Spanish with English subtitles. Free of charge

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

Thursday, January 28

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Convocation: Dr. Michael Shermer "Why People Believe Weird Things: A Celebration of Science and Rational Thinking"
Centennial Hall

10:30 - 3:30 - Blood Drive
Board Room, 2nd Floor, College Center

5:00 - 6:00 PM - Dora Malech Reads from her Poetry
Library, second floor, south end

6:00 PM - Black History Month Jazz Poetry Jam
featuring the music of Galen
Brew by the Slough

7:00 PM - Who's Afraid of Multiculturalism-and Why?
Peter Kivisto gives an inaugural lecture in honor of the College's new Center for the Study of Pluralism and the Civil Sphere
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:00 PM - French Film Festival:  "Un Secret"
Olin Auditorium

7:00 PM - Center for Leadership and Service sponsors a lecture/discussion:  "Almighty God Created the Races: Christianity, Interracial Marriage, and American Law" by Dr. Fay Botham, University of Iowa
18 Evald Hall

Friday, January 29

2:30 PM - Discussion of Possibility of Islamic Civilizations or Middle East Studies program with Cyrus Zargar
Old Main 12-A

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations: Ann Boaden "Finding Anna, Finding Ourselves"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

6:00 - 9:00 PM - Augustana Sights and Sounds
Student photography exhibits and musical performances
Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 East 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa

7:00 PM - Explore "Chad Crittenden: Will to Survive" lecture
Olin Auditorium

7:30 PM - The Secret Garden (Theater)
$12 general, $10 seniors and students.  Order tickets
Potter Theater, Bergendoff Hall

8:00 PM - Student Recital-Annie Chang & Katie Alms, organ
Centennial Hall

Saturday, January 30

5:00 - 7:00 PM - International Food Festival
Sample cuisine from East Asia, South/Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe, topped off with Whitey's ice cream!
$12; $5 for those under 10
College Center Cafeteria

7:30 PM - The Secret Garden (Theater)
$12 general, $10 seniors and students.  Order tickets
Potter Theater, Bergendoff Hall

Sunday, January 31

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

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

7:30 PM - The Secret Garden (Theater)
$12 general, $10 seniors and students.  Order tickets
Potter Theater, Bergendoff Hall

Volume 8, Issue 18 - January 25, 2010


The Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics
Invites you to a lecture entitled
"How Morals Can Be Objective Without Being Factual"
Presented by David Hill, Ph.D.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
7:00 PM
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Refreshments will be served following the lecture.

Please join us for the Tea-Hour Series
"Descendents of Black Hawk: Telling Gendered Stories
about Identity in Portraits of Sauks"
Dr. Jane Simonsen

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
4:00 PM
Old Main 128

Between 1911 and 1925, local historian John Henry Hauberg took photographs and exchanged photographs with Sauks in Kansas and Oklahoma who were descendents of Black. While Hauberg privileged father-son relationships and male inheritance in his use of these images, the women that Hauberg encountered on his fact-and image-gathering missions make mother-child relationships much more central to the stories of cultural loss and recovery that the photographs index. I examine how portraits created for both public and private use functioned as catalysts for organizing Sauk identity in ways that reference but may also contest official histories. Sauk people used photographs as a way of controlling representation, they displayed portraits in their homes to reconstruct kin relationships, and they borrowed images originally produced for white viewers in order to remake them as touchstones for histories that acknowledge and reckon with loss and displacement. These are practices in which women played a crucial role. Sponsored by the Women's & Gender Studies.

Convocation - Dr. Michael Shermer

"Why People Believe Weird Things: A Celebration of Science and Rational Thinking"
Thursday, January 28, 2010
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Centennial Hall

In this age of supposed scientific enlightenment, many people still believe in mind reading, past-life regression theory, New Age hokum, and alien abduction. A no-holds-barred assault on popular superstitions and prejudices, with more than 80,000 copies in print, Why People Believe Weird Things debunks these nonsensical claims and explores the very human reasons people find otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing. In an entirely new chapter, "Why Smart People Believe in Weird Things," Michael Shermer takes on science luminaries like physicist Frank Tippler and others, who hide their spiritual beliefs behind the trappings of science.

Shermer, science historian and true crusader, also reveals the more dangerous side of such illogical thinking, including Holocaust denial, the recovered-memory movement, the satanic ritual abuse scare, and other modern crazes. Why People Believe Weird Things is an eye-opening resource for the most gullible among us and those who want to protect them.

Please join us for a lecture/discussion of Almighty God Created the Races: Christianity, Interracial Marriage, and American Law by Dr. Fay Botham (University of Iowa). 

"Almighty God Created the Races"
January 28, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Evald Hall, Room 18

Dr. Fay Botham holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion (History of Christianity) from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, an M.A. in Education from National-Louis University, Wheaton, Illinois, and a B.A. in Political Science, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.  She is currently a visiting assistant professor in American Indian and Native Studies Program and in American Studies at the University of Iowa.

Her teaching and research interests focus on the historical roles of Christianity on American conceptions of race, gender, sexuality and marriage law, and on the religious psychology of racism in US history and contemporary culture.

Sponsored by the Center for Leadership and Service.

For further information please contact Dr. Sara Moslener in the Department of Religion at

8th Annual International Food Festival
Saturday, January 30
5:00 - 7:00 PM
College Center Cafetaria

Sample cuisine from East Asia, South/Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe, topped off with Whitey's ice cream. Tickets will not be available at the door. To purchase tickets ($12; $5 for children under 10), please send a check payable to Augustana College to:

Jane Tiedge
International Programs
Augustana College
639 38th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

The River Readings at Augustana
presents Richard Katrovas
Thursday, February 4, 2010
7:00 PM
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building
(Q & A open session 3:30-4:30 p.m., room 518, Tredway Library)

A skilled practitioner of poetry, fiction, and memoir, Richard Katrovas will read from his work. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, Katrovas is the founding academic director of the Prague Summer Program, and is the author of six books of poetry, Green Dragons, Snug Harbor, The Public Mirror, The Book of Complaints, Dithyrambs and Prague Winter; a book of short stories, Prague USA; two memoirs, The Years of Smashing Bricks and The Republic of Burma Shave; and a novel, Mystic Pig. He is a professor of English at Western Michigan University.

Katrovas, spent his early years in cars and motels living on the highways of America while his father, a petty thief and conman, eluded state and federal authorities. During his father's prison terms, Katrovas and his mother and siblings lived on welfare in public housing projects. Katrovas was adopted by relatives in his early teens, and lived with them for three years in Sasebo, Japan, where he earned a second-degree black belt in Shobukan Okinawa-te Karate. He graduated from high school in Coronado, California, and attended San Diego State University (B.A., English, 1977). He was then a Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia, attended the MFA program at the University of Arkansas, and finished his graduate work in the Iowa Writers' Workshop (MFA, 1983). Between 1970 and 1983, Katrovas taught karate and worked in numerous restaurants in San Diego, then New Orleans. He taught for twenty years at the University of New Orleans.

Selections from Katrovas' work are available on Moodle, under Library/River Readings. Contact Margi Rogal or Kelly Daniels for further information.

Midwest Faculty Seminar Presents:
Global Capitalisms: Old and New
February 25-27, 2010

Midwest Faculty Seminar is pleased to announce their third seminar of the 2009-2010 academic year.  This seminar will examine capitalism in a variety of forms, and will discuss the ways in which these forms can be conceptualized. Confirmed speakers include Moishe Postone (History & Jewish Studies), Dali Yang (Political Science & East Asian Studies), Ralph Austen (African History), Paul Cheney (History), and Fredrik Albritton Jonsson (History). A program announcement and registration form can be found herePlease contact Jeff Abernathy by February 15th if you are interested in attending.

"What are we doing here?" 

Ever get that question from your students?  Do you have a good answer? 

Figuring out what we are doing, how we are trying to do it, and if it is working is important to all of us.  How do we figure that all out?  It starts with asking the question.

Each year, the Dean's office and the Assessment Committee try to find ways to be helpful concerning these questions-and encourages you to come to your own answers.  We'd like to do that again.

We make the following offer to all departments trying to answer these questions (and others).  You are invited to a Departmental Workshop day on March 5th (the Friday before the start of Spring term).  We will provide coffee and donuts (and maybe something healthy) in the morning and will provide lunch to all departments that commit to gathering that day to explore these questions.  Members of the Assessment Committee will be available to offer suggestions and help if you get stuck.  We will also provide materials to help "prime the pump."   If your department has had difficulty finding time or motivation to do assessment work this year, then this workshop is for you. 

Departmental Workshop
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
March 5th
Evald Hall

To reserve you place at the table, contact Bob Haak:
bobhaak@augustana.ed or call Ext. 8614