Monday, April 23

7:30 PM - Geiman Lecture: Agnes Schwartz, a Holocaust survivor.
Also, the Geifman Prize for Holocaust Studies will be awarded to an Augustana student
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Tuesday, April 24

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

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Kelly Dorman, '12
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Ekklesia Study Group
Old Main 121

7:30 - 8:30 PM - Stone Lecture: Why Did Sarah Laugh?
Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg examines the Biblical text of Sarah & Abraham in the Hebrew Bible
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Wednesday, April 25

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center, 1st floor, Sorensen Hall

12:00 - 12:50 PM - Faculty, Staff & Administrators' Bible Study
Bible Study for faculty, staff, and administrators
Bring your lunch and a Bible
Chicago Room, College Center

8:00 PM - Guitar Ensemble Concert
The Augustana Guitar Ensemble
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Thursday, April 26

11:30 - 12:30 - Full Faculty Meeting
Olin Auditorium 

5:00 - 6:30 PM - Rita Ciresi Readings
Author of three award-winning novels and two short-story collections that address the Italian-American experience
Old Main 335 

5:00 - 8:00 PM - Anne Frank - A History for Today
$15 admission. 
Putnam Museum, Lardner Theater Balcony, 1717 W. 12th Street, Davenport, IA 

7:00 PM - Glacial Geology of the West Antarctica, "Tracking long-term ice sheet retreat in West Antarctica" presented by Dr. Claire Todd, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington
Hanson Hall of Science 102

7:00 PM - World Hunger: Food, Water, and Energy Film Series presents "Renewal"
Discussion follows allowing viewers to reflect on the issues presented in the documentary and relate them to world hunger and poverty. Lemonade and cookies will be servied.
Evald Great Hall 

Friday, April 27

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation: Kent Barnds "Institutional Effectiveness Report"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

7:30 PM - Bat Boy: The Musical
$14 for the public; $12 for senior citizens and students
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall 

Saturday, April 28

10:00 AM - Polar Palooza
A fun, educational family event with hands-on activities for children
Free admission
Fryxell Museum, Swenson Hall of Geosciences 

12:00 - 3:00 PM - Science Open House
All ages invited, but activities are designed for students in upper elementary grades
Free admission
Hanson Hall of Science 

12:00 - 4:00 PM - Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition Opens
Slated to participate: Taylor Banach, Melanie Battistoni, Amanda Eslinger, Sarah Sides, Veronica Smith
Free admission
Art Museum, Centennial Hall 

7:30 PM - Bat Boy: The Musical
$14 for the public; $12 for senior citizens and students
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall 

8:00 PM - Augustana Symphony Orchestra Concert
Featuring compositions by Debussy, Satie, Ginastera
Centennial Hall 

8:30 - 10:00 PM - Planetarium Open House
Free admission
John Deere Planetarium and Carl Gamble Observatory 

Sunday, April 29

1:30 PM - Bat Boy: The Musical
$14 for the public; $12 for senior citizens and students
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall 

2:00 PM - Student Recital: Kyle Amati, trombone
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

4:00 PM - Student Recietal: Colleen Bartimoccia, voice and Katherine Dinkle, piano
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:30 PM - Augustana Percussion Ensemble Concert
Ensemble Room, Centennial Hall 

Volume 9, Issue 30 - April 23, 2012


Monday, April 23, 2012
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Wilson Center

Margaret Morse presents: 
"From Church to Home and Back Again: The Merging of Public and Private in
Early Modern Domestic Devotional Art"

This talk will explore the religious dimension of the sixteenth-century Venetian household, created and reinforced by pious objects and images, and more specifically the ways in which this visual culture linked the home to a larger religious community. Civic cults infiltrated the homes through copied images. Similarly, the mass production of popular and efficacious art forms united the personal devotions of numerous households into a larger network of Christian spirituality thereby validating individual beliefs and actions. The personal also colored the public, as Venetians gave to their city's parishes and monasteries through testamentary bequests the very goods that formed the visual culture of their everyday domestic settings. By examining the ways in which images and objects physically and mentally traversed the boundaries between the so-called public and private spheres, my research highlights the importance of domestic religion and its visual culture in the broader framework of early modern faith and worship.


Sarah Skrainka presents:
"Marot's Psalms as Song of the Self"


Evangelical poet Clément Marot (1496 - 1544), despite his status as "the prince of French poets," came to fear for his life following a crack-down on the nascent movement to reform the Church. When even the king's sister could no longer ensure his safety, he fled to Ferrara, Italy in early 1535. Although readers particularly appreciated his witty, autobiographical epistles, he turned away from his hallmark genre upon his return from exile. Instead, he focused renewed energy on translating the psalms, work he had begun some years earlier. My research explores the relationship between Marot's psalms and his verse epistles, asking to what extent the autobiographical impulse displayed in the latter redirects itself into the former. His contribution to the Huguenot Psalter participates as much in the literary tradition of imitatio as in a doctrinal endeavor. Ultimately, his translations reflect the deeply personal expression of a complex man involved in a continuous struggle that, for him, defined what it was to be human.

In this presentation, I focus on Marot's translation of Psalm 107 by comparing it to a number of possible source texts in Latin, as well as passages from several of the poet's most important epistles. While I look closely at the work of one poet, this discussion may be of interest to scholars of the Renaissance and Reformation, the Psalter, poetic translation and imitation, and the literature of exile.


Geifman Lecture

"Surviving the Holocaust: A Young Girl in Hungary"
Agnes Schwartz, survivor of Nazi persecution
Monday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., Wallenberg Hall

Agnes Schwartz was ten years old in Budapest, Hungary, when the city was occupied by Nazi forces in 1944. After moving to a Jewish ghetto, she was taken in as a "niece"" by the family maid. During Allied bombings, Agnes was sent underground to hide for months. Agnes's father was saved by Raoul Wallenberg and hid in one of his safe houses. Her grandmother, grandfather, and aunt drowned in the Danube. Her mother was deported and perished at Bergen-Belsen.

Stone Lectureship in Judaism
"Why Did Sarah Laugh?"
Avivah Zornberg, Hebrew Bible scholar
Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., Wallenberg Hall

An acclaimed Torah scholar, educator, and writer based in Jerusalem, Avivah Zornberg teaches and lectures in Israel, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. As a child, Dr. Zornberg studied with her "most important Torah teacher," her father, who was a Rabbi and head of the Rabbinical Court in Glasgow, Scotland, She holds a BA and PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. After teaching English literature at the Hebrew University in Jersalem, she turned to teaching Torah. For the past twenty-five years, she has taught Torah in Jerusalem at Matan, Yakar, Pardes, and the Jerusalem College for Adults. Dr. Zornberg also holds a Visiting Lectureship at the London School of Jewish Studies. She travels widely, lecturing in Jewish, academic and psychoanalytic settings.

Geifman Fellowship in Jewish Culture
Annual fellowship held by students who learn and teach Jewish culture
Applications due May 1

For guidelines and applications, go to
or contact Margi Rogal for more details:

FACULTY MEETING - Vote on Curricular Realignment Proposal and Faculty Handbook
Thursday, April 26, 2012

11:30 AM
Olin Auditorium

Thursday, April 26, 2012
7:00 PM
Evald Great Hall

Renewal presents eight inspiring stories of diverse religious groups who are caring for God's creation through different actions inspired by their faith. The film takes us through stories of Christians fighting mountaintop removal for coal mining, Jewish leaders teaching children the connection between nature and spiritual traditions. Muslims practicing their faith through sustainable agriculture, interfaith groups working with congregations to reduce the amount of waste in their congregation and more. Despite the differences in religious traditions, the common threads of faith and creation care are evident, and the stories present inspiring and compelling pictures of the environmental movement in religious communities.

Friday, April 27, 2012
4:00 PM - Presentation
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

 "Institutional Effectiveness Report"

Sponsored by the Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics
Call for Proposals for 2012-2013

The Board of Directors of the Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics invites you to submit proposals for the 2012-2013 Community Lecture Series.  All members of the faculty in all departments are eligible to submit proposals.  The only requirement is that they is some way address an ethical issue.  Proposals should be submitted to Dan Lee electronically by Monday, May 7.

Each participant agrees to present her or his lecture once on campus and up to three times to community groups.  The Center pays each participant a $200 preparation fee and a $50 stipend for each presentation up to a total of four presentations.  Since the Center pays the stipends, the lectures are made available to community groups and organizations without charge. Do not hesitate to contact Dan Lee if you have any questions.

Sunday, April 29, 2012
7:00 PM
College Center Loft
Entrance Fee: Donation

In short, an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet is an inspiring event that promotes poverty awareness through an experience unlike any other. Everyone that attends will be split into groups that reflect current poverty ratios in the world. The corresponding groups receive food and accommodations that reflect their group. After the main portion of the event, guests will be able to discuss topics brought up and reflect upon the experience.  Register online now HERE. Space is limited, so register early.  Questions? Email augiehabitat@augustana.ed

Saturday, May 5, 2012


Saturday, May 19, 2012

All faculty and staff are invited to the Recognition of Student Honors at 11:30 AM in Hanson Hall of Science Room 102, in conjunction with the Celebration of Learning, scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2012. This program will honor underclassmen receiving honors.  No registration for the Celebration of Learning is required to attend the Recognition of Student Honors, if you are not actively presenting or otherwise attending the Celebration of Learning.

All faculty and staff are also invited to the Senior Honors Convocation scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM in Centennial Hall. The ceremony will recognize academic and departmental honors for senior students, senior students in Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Delta, Lincoln Academy Student Laureate, and SGA awards. FACULTY WILL WEAR ACADEMIC REGALIA DURING THE SENIOR HONORS CONVOCATION EVENT.

Please mark these events on your calendar.


Late last term, the Convocation Committee requested your input on themes for each of next year's Convocation Symposia. Your votes determined the following themes:

Fall term (Thursday, September 27): Politics and/or Common Good. This theme could include discussions about political candidates in a debate, discussions of civil discourse, corporate responsibility, and what it means to be a citizen.

Winter term (Wednesday, January 23): Environmental Issues. This theme could include discussions about food, energy, climate, agriculture, business, and literature. 

Spring term (Tuesday, April 9): Social Justice. This theme could include discussions about global citizenship, immigration, social entrepreneurship, activism, privilege, and religion.

Now, we need to start planning! We are going to need your help to build thought provoking, engaging, and meaningful experiences for our students. Do you know of a particularly engaging speaker relating to one of these themes? A play? A documentary? An artist? ALL ideas are welcome.

Send your emails to Kristin Douglas, Convocation Coordinator '12-'13


If you have a high-school aged child (age 16 and over) at home who needs to complete service hours for school or a club, or if your son/daughter simply enjoys volunteering, please ask them to consider ushering for Commencement on Sunday, May 20, 2012.

Volunteers would need to be dressed in appropriate business attire, provide their own transportation to and from the i wireless Center, and arrive by 1:00 PM. Responsibilities would include handing out programs, answering patron questions and giving directions. Once the ceremony begins at 3:00 PM, volunteers would be free to either leave or go into the arena to watch Commencement.

For more details, please call or email Rita Gustafson at 309-794-7236 or



Faculty Senate Meetings
Hanson Hall of Science 102

Full Faculty Meetings
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Olin Auditorium

5:00 - 6:00 PM
Wilson Center

Augie Reads Kick-off
Evald Great Hall

Recognition of Student Honors Program (underclassmen) and Celebration of Learning
Saturday, May 5, 2012

11:30 AM
Hanson Science 102 

Senior Honors Convocation Program
Saturday, May 19, 2012
12:00 Noon
Centennial Hall 

Sunday, May 20, 2012
3:00 PM
iWireless Center