Monday, October 1

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Interfaith Event: Religion and the Middle East in the New today: Lunch and Conversation
Cyrus Zargar and Augustana students presenting. 
A light lunch will be provided. Students, faculty and staff are welcome.
College Center Board Room 

Tuesday, October 2

8:30 AM -Blue & Gold Certification: Google Sites Basics
RSPV to Kristina Jansson x7476
Olin 109 

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Salon
Greg Tapis will lead the discussion of  politics and business
Black Culture House 

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Ann Boaden, English Dept.
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

3:30 - 5:30 PM - Special Collections Grand Reopening and Open House
Refreshments served
Tredway Library, first floor 

Wednesday, October 3

12:00 - 12:50 PM - Weekly Bible Study for Faculty, Staff, Administrators
"Adventures of the Promise", tracking God's promises to Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and asking how those promises intersect with our lives. Bring a Bible if you can. Bring your lunch if you wish.
Chicago Room, College Center 

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Women's & Gender Studies Tea Hour Series "Who Wants to Marry a Hundredaire? Some Responses to an 18th-Century Personal Ad"
presented by Margaret France (English)
Evald Hall Great Room 

7:30 - 10:00 PM - Debate Watch
All are welcome to watch the first presidential debate along with faculty from communications studies, political science and debate. Snacks provided.
Evald Great Hall 

Thursday, October 4

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center 

9:30 AM -Blue & Gold Certification: Intermediate Word
RSPV to Wendy Ramsdale x8092
Olin 109

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Division Meetings
See locations in Announcements 

5:00 PM - Groundbreaking for the Austin E. Knowlton Outdoor Athletic Complex
on the site of the new Charles D. Lindberg Stadium and the Ken Anderson Academic All-America Club
Ericson Football field, by the scoreboard 

5:30 - 7:30 PM - Interfaith Event: Sukkot: A Fall Celebration!
Join in as we celebrate and learn about the Jewish agricultural holiday of Sukkot. We will create a "Sukkah" and enjoy a fall harvest themed dinner
Students, faculty and staff are welcome
Begin at the Gazebo on the Library Lawn and end at Founders Hall Basement Lounge

7:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series:  "Amelie"
Free admission
Olin Auditorium

7:30 - 8:30 PM - Dr. Louise Leakey, paleontologist, conservationist, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, will give the talk, "A Human Journey: What Fossils Tell Us"
Augustana's Fryxell Geology Museum will be open prior to the lecture
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building 

7:30 PM - Eric Stewart will lecture "Should Ethicists Use the Bible?
Hanson Hall of Science 102 

Friday, October 5

3:00 PM -Blue & Gold Certification: Smart Classroom Training (Mac)
RSPV to Kristina Jansson x7476
Sorensen 104

3:30 - 5:30 PMGuest Artist Masterclass-Demondrea Thurman, euphonium
Larson Hall, Bergendoff Building 

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation - An abbreviated discussion of three admissions and recruitment topics
presented by Kent Barnds, Dane Rowley and Sue Standley
3:30 PM -Refreshments
Wilson Center

8:00 - 10:00 PM - Andy Grammer
Andy Grammer is known for his vibrant pop/rock/soul mix and free-flowing delivery. His debut album, "Andy Grammer," was released in 2011
Centennial Hall 

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

Saturday, October 6

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Four Choirs Concert
The Four Choir Concert features the Wennerberg Men's Chorus, Cantilena Augustana, Ascension Singers, and Chamber Singers
Centennial Hall 

Sunday, October 7

2:00 PM - Quad City Symphony Orchestra: Concertmaster Premiere
Featuring Wagner's "Rienzi Overture," Dvorak "Symphony No. 8," and the "Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor" by Max Bruch performed by Naha Greenholtz, the symphony's new concertmaster
Contact Quad City Symphony Box Office, 563-322-7276
Centennial Hall 

Volume 10, Issue 7 - October 1, 2012



Please share your thoughts on the September 27th Symposium Day


Everyone is invited to two events that will highlight and celebrate religious diversity on campus as well as help us continue to build a climate of Interfaith Understanding at Augustana Colege. These events are open to everyone and are planned jointly by a group of students, faculty and administrators.

Monday, October 1, 12:00-1:00 p.m. College Center Board Room
Religion and the Middle East in the News Today: Lunch and Conversation

Join Augustana Students and Dr. Cyrus Zargar for a conversation around recent events in the Middle East and how religion intersects (and might not intersect) with what we see and hear. A light lunch will be provided. 

Thursday, October 4, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Begin at the Gazebo on the Library Lawn and end at Founders Hall Basement Lounge
Sukkot: A Fall Celebration!

Celebrate and learn about the Jewish agricultural holiday of Sukkot. We will create a "Sukkah" and enjoy a fall harvest themed dinner. 



Tuesday, October 2, 2012
3:30 - 5:30 PM
Tredway Library, 1st floor

As part of the Center for Student Life Project, Special Collections, located on the first floor of the library, underwent a complete renovation over the summer. Please join us for a grand reopening celebration and open house. Selected materials from our collection will be featured in the Reading Room, as will our current exhibit on the Dakota Conflict of 1862, and a display on library history. President Bahls will speak briefly during the event. Refreshments will be served. We hope that you can join us!



Presented by Dr. Louise Leakey
Thursday, October 4, 2012
7:30 PM
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Dr. Leakey is the youngest member of the famous Leakey family of fossil hunters in East Africa.  She has spent much of her life leading expeditions into the remote badlands of northern Kenya.  Her team has made discoveries that have shaped modern thinking on the journey of humanity over the past four million years.  Her most recent paper in the Journal Nature and co-authored with her mother Meave announced the discovery of three new fossils that indicate there were more extinct human species than previously thought.  Her lecture titled "A Human Journey: What the Fossils tell us" will give an overview of her life's work.  This lecture is open to the general public.  Please let your students know of this unique opportunity to hear a world famous scientist speak.


presented by Dr. Adam Zeman 
October 11, 2012
6:00 PM
Hanson Hall of Science 102 

Dr. Zemen is a British neurologist and researcher who specializes in cognitive and behavioral neurology, including neurological disorders of sleep. He is one of the world's leading authorities on amnesia linked to epilepsy. His research focuses on three related forms of memory loss linked to temporal lobe spilepsy: transient epileptic amnesia, remote memory impairment, and accelerated long-term forgetting. The patterns of memory loss Dr. Zemen studies are of particular interest to psychologists who seek to understand the way different types of memories are normally stored and later accessed in the brain. Question and answer period following the lecture. Please contact Mark Vincent for more information.

Homecoming Sunday Tour of the Augustana College Art Museum

Sunday, October 14, 1-2 p.m.

Sherry Maurer, director of the art museum, will lead an informal discussion on the current exhibitions.

Visiting Artists' Presentation: Wence and Sandra Martinez
Monday, October 15, 7:30 p.m., lower gallery of the Augustana College Art Museum

Several examples of the artists' work will be on display in the permanent collection gallery .

The Martinez Studio is located in Jacksonport, Door County, Wisconsin. Wence was raised in a centuries-old commercial weaving center, Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. He furthered his studies in Mexico City at the Taller Nacional de Tapiz (National School of Tapestry). His dream of focusing on his own designs and opening a gallery materialized in 1988, when he responded to a request to have one of Sandra's works on paper translated as a tapestry. As a couple, Sandra and Wence Martinez have forged a unique marriage of Wence's pattern-driven weaving and Sandra's signature glyphic drawing. 




Presented by Dr. Donna Gabaccia, University of Minnesota
Saturday, October 20, 2012
7:00 PM

Hanson Hall of Science 102

The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center will host Dr. Donna Gabaccia presenting the 23rd annual O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History. Her talk is entitled, "The Freedom to Move. Immigrants and Natives 1776-present."

 Her lecture will focus on immigration policy and histories of groups that have been forced to move or not allowed to move, providing a different way of thinking about immigration policy and notions of liberty.  Her talk deals with some of the fundamental aspects of immigration history. 

Dr. Gabaccia, of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, is a leading scholar in the field of American immigration history and has published numerous books and articles, among them "Foreign Relations: American Immigration in Global Perspective" (2012), "What is Migration History?" (2009) and "We Are What We Eat: Ethnic Food and the Making of Americans" (1998).

The O. Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History is presented annually by a prominent scholar in the field of immigration studies. It is named after Dr. O. Fritiof Ander, a leading immigration historian who taught history at Augustana 1930-1968.  




Again this year, Augustana College will participate in the Midwest Faculty Seminars sponsored by the University of Chicago. Participation permits the College to send two faculty members to any single seminar. Below are the dates and titles of the four 2012-2013 seminars. If you are interested in attending any of these, please contact Pareena Lawrence.

November 8-11, 2012
Registration deadline is Thursday, October 25, 2012

Deadline to get approval from Pareena Lawrence:  October 15, 2012

J.M. Coetzee has long been a towering figure in the postcolonial canon. Few of his novels have garnered as much attention, however, as has his last South African novel, Disgrace. The story of an aging English professor and the aftermath of an ill-advised tryst, it is also a searing engagement with the politics of South Africa's post-apartheid transition and the complexities and traumas inherent therein. This seminar considers Disgrace as a text of that transition, focusing on heretofore under-discussed aspects of the novel and the questions with which it deals, such as its relation to Romanticism and the Russian novel, its importance to the history of the pastoral in South Africa, and the implications of its treatment of sexual violence for changing conceptions of rape under international law.  Look HERE for a letter detailing the registration process.  Registration form.  Early registrations are appreciated.

Mind, Brain, and World: On Embodied Cognition
January 10-12, 2013

For years, received understandings of the nature of cognition have tended to view the mind as something akin to a central processing unit that sends and receives signals between the center and periphery on the basis of entirely fixed rules. Of late, however, scholars working in fields as varied as neuroscience, developmental psychology, artificial intelligence, philosophy, and literary theory have moved towards the idea that cognition relies for its foundation not so much on the brain, but on the network of receptors that make up a sensorimotor system. This seminar looks at the various implications of this account, focusing first on its challenge to the distinctions between mind and body and perception and action, and on the proposition that thinking beings should first and foremost be understood as (inter)acting beings. It also considers, however, the implications of this stance for fields not directly involved in the work of neuroscience, such as philosophy and economics, and art and literature as well.

Islam in/and the West
February 21-23, 2013

The "class of civilizations" thesis made famous by Samuel Huntington has come to inform a great deal of discussion about the history of Islam and its interactions with the peoples of Europe and beyond. Buy as many scholars know, and as increased immigration from Islamic countries to the West makes clear, the place of Islam in the West is much more complicated than such a heuristic would have us believe. This seminar attempts to think beyond the "clash of civilizations" thesis to look at a variety of intersections and interactions between Islam and the West, with a particular emphasis on identity formation, migration, and cultural and social accommodation in varied locations throughout Europe and the contemporary United States. How do these communities navigate their relationships with neighbors from different religious groups? How do they understand themselves and their participation in their separate public spheres? What defines the place of Islam in the West in historical terms? And how can the history of Islam in the West help us to understand its possible futures?

Climate Change Across the Disciplines
April 18-20, 2013

The problem of climate change has of late become the source of numerous critically important academic debates. Often, however, academic discussion of the topic has been limited to the biological and physical sciences, those areas of inquiry that have done the most to bring its challenges into view. This seminar therefore proposes to examine the problem of climate change from the perspectives of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences in order to better understand the problems climate change poses for the project of humanistic inquiry. How does anthropogenic climate change challenge the way we think about ethics, politics and history? In what way does a problem like climate change alter our approaches to the study of literature and other cultural objects? Are the disciplines as constituted adequate to the task? Or does climate change foretell not just substantial changes in the way we organize our economic life, but in the way we organize our forms of knowledge as well?



Special Issue, Winter 2012: "Assessment/Engagement/Impact: Results from Two Multi-Institution Collaborative Studies"

In 2005, the late Dr. Michael Nolan of Augustana College served as principal investigator for a grant from the Teagle Foundation to test the claim that the participating colleges and small universities made a demonstrable and statistically significant impact on the intellectual and ethical development of their students. The grant, "Measuring Intellectual Development and Civic Engagement through Value-Added Assessment," brought together over four years faculty, administrators, and academic staff from six member campuses to assess and discuss key findings. In 2009, Provost Ken Bladh of Wittenberg University was awarded a second grant from the Teagle Foundation to continue some of the research begun in the first Teagle grant. This second project, "Structuring Faculty Work Explicitly Around Student Learning" (2009), focused the discussion on 'high-impact teaching practices' and how institutions can sustain and encourage their use given competing demands for faculty time and sometimes inconsistent reward structures for faculty work.

The Winter 2012 issue of Chalk will be dedicated to the memory of Michael Nolan and will provide a forum for program participants from the institutions involved to share with a wider audience what they have learned on their own campuses from one another in the process of completing this grant-funded research. Send proposals or articles (1,000-3,000 words) as electronic attachments, with "Chalk submission" in the subject line, to: Submissions received by November 1, 2012 will be guaranteed consideration. (Chalk's primary audience is liberal arts college and university faculty.) To see previous issues, please visit our website: