Monday, March 12

4:00 PM -  Pre-tenure Paid Leave Report Presentations
Paul Croll presents: "Making Sense of Whiteness: From Invisibility to Colorblindness"
Nadia Novotorova presents: "The Influence of Attribute Wording on Product Preferences of Young Consumers in the U.S. and Russia: A Cross-Cultural Study"
Wilson Center 

7:00 PM - "Freedom Riders"
Free refreshments
Olin Auditorium 

Tuesday, March 13

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

1:00 - 2:00 PM - Michael Eisenberg webinar: "It Takes Librarians and Faculty: Using Project Information Literacy to Improve Student Research Skills"
Olin 304 

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

5:30 - 7:00 PM - "What Have You Always Wondered About Mormons?" with Van Symons
presented by Augustana Interfaith Understanding Group 
RSVP to Richard Priggie (for dinner count)
Founders Hall Basement Lounge 

8:00 PM - Navy Sea Chanters, the United States Navy's official chorus
Free, but tickets are required, with a limit of six per request
Centennial Hall 

Wednesday, March 14

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

4:00 PM - Film in Israel: "Beyond Stereotypes and Prejudice: Israel's Other Voice Through Films from the Southern Border"
Avner Faingulernt, Filmmaker, Sapir College, Israel
Hanson Hall of Science 102 

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Annual Tea Hour Series "Modesty: Rethinking an Ancient Virtue" by Laura Hartman
Evald Great Hall 

4:00 - 5:30 PM - Workshop by Michael Eisenberg:  "Improving Student Research in the Student Inquiry Curriculum"
Evald 17/18 

Thursday, March 15

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Convocation: Michael Eisenberg "Are You Experienced? Do You Have What It Takes to Thrive in the Information Age?"
Centennial Hall 

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM - "To Infinity and Beyond" presented by Michael Starbird, Dept. of Mathematics, Univ. of Texas, Austin
102 Hanson Hall of Science 

2:30 - 3:30 PM - "Geometric Gems" presented by Michael Starbird, Univ. of Texas, Austin
Olin 201 

3:30 - 4:30 PM - Interpreting the IDEA SRI Reports
Led by Lisa Allen and Amanda Baugous
Olin 202 

4:30 PM - Lecture: "Aesthetics for the 99% by Ruskin & Morris: Why You Should Read the Victorians"
presented by Owen S. Rogal, Professor of English, St. Ambrose University
Tredway Library, 2nd floor south

Friday, March 16

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation: Curriculum Reform Presentation/Discussion
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

8:00 PM - Augustana Gospel Choir Concert
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

Saturday, March 17

10:30 AM - 5:00 PM - Environmental Film Fest
Olin Auditorium 

3:00 PM - Swedish Culture Workshop
Activities such as: singing games and folk dances, cooking, crafts and language lessons.
$20 per person or $50 per family includes the workshop, dinner at 5:30 PM and evening Swedish/American dance party at 7:00 PM
Bishop Hill, 103 N. Bishop Hill Street, Bishop Hill, Illinois

4:00 PM - Student Recital - Emily Cochran, cello
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

8:00 PM - St. Patrick's Day Concert
Featuring Irish flute and harp pieces by Erin Freund and Janet Stodd, plus the Augustana Flute Choir
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

8:00 - 10:00 PM - Galumpha
Galumpha's three performers combine acrobatics, visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography
Centennial Hall 

Sunday, March 18

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Travel Reads Book Discussion:  The Shadow of Kilimanjaro
Great Hall, Evald 

Volume 9, Issue 24 - March 12, 2012

This Week's Message

Judaica at Augustana

One thing we love about Augustana is that students learn much about the world outside the classroom--in lecture and concert halls, on stage, in other countries, and in the community through service and internships. An exciting new initiative, sponsored by the Geifman Endowment in Judaica, will be adding an opportunity for students to learn beyond traditional classroom walls. The Geifman Fellowship in Jewish Culture invites students to develop a lesson plan on an aspect of Jewish culture-theatre, music, art, dance, food, history, literature, communication, and bring the lesson to students in area schools.

Developed by the Geifman Advisory Committee (Nina Ehrlich, David Ellis, Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, Mike Wolf, and myself) in consultation with Rabbi Tamar Grimm and Chuck Hyser, the new Fellowship, which offers a stipend of $2000, encourages students to learn about Jewish culture and to teach what they've learned to others. Augustana's mission to encourage students to learn independently and to interact with their community is the foundation of the Geifman Fellowship in Jewish Culture.

Four other programs in Judaica complement the Fellowship, and as does the Fellowship, these programs promote learning among members of our own community and all Quad Citians. The first program, on March 14, explores how film can illuminate divisions and complex human relationships in the Middle East with Israeli filmmaker Avran Faingulernt. Back-to-back programs on April 24 and 25 highlight both Biblical narrative and the Holocaust in two lectures. In the Geifman Lecture, Agnes Schwartz will discuss her childhood evading Nazi persecution in Hungary, and in the Stone Lectureship in Judaism, Torah scholar Avivah Zornberg will speak about the psychological and literary nuances of the Sarah and Abraham story. Rounding out Judaica education at Augustana this spring, the annual Geifman Prize recognizes students' academic or creative responses to the Holocaust.

While highlighting learning opportunities outside the classroom, I'm not forgetting opportunities inside it as well. As the Conrad J. Bergendoff Fellow in Religion, Kelly Murphy brings her academic background in Jewish studies and Hebrew Bible to her courses at Augustana. In "Christian Scriptures" and "Interpreting the Bible," Kelly introduces students to the content of the Hebrew Bible and its history of interpretation, especially midrashic and other early Jewish interpretation of the texts. And this spring, David Ellis and Heidi Storl offer a fresh look at modern German history and philosophy through their Learning Community, Berlin 2012. Combining David's course, History 315, and Heidi's course, Philosophy 341, the LC includes a close look at the Nazi regime, the Holocaust, and the philosophical beliefs that influenced these events. In June, students will travel to Berlin for three weeks to observe first-hand the landmarks, museums, and monuments that record and represent German history.

This spring at Augustana, inside and outside the classroom, students, faculty, and staff, as well as folks in the Quad Cities, will learn about the long and rich traditions in Jewish history, religion, and culture.

Margi Rogal