Monday, August 22

First Day of Classes!

Tuesday, August 23

10:30-11:30 AM - Faculty Meeting
Olin Auditorium

10:30-11:30 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Charlie Bentley, '17, SGA President
Olin Auditorium

12:00 Noon - Deadline to complete online benefit enrollment

Wednesday, August 24

8:00-9:00 PM - Comedy Club: K-Von
The Gerber Center, Brew by the Slough

Thursday, August 25

10:30-12:00 - Faculty Council Meeting
Denkmann 301

11:30 AM - FYI Office Hours with Rob Elfline
Brew by the Slough, The Gerber Center, 4th floor

3:30-4:30 PM  - Retirement Gathering for Jane Tiedge
Seminary Hall (Admissions/Financial Aid)

Friday, August 26

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation: Tour of The Kim and Donna Brunner Theatre Center, presented by Jeff Coussens
3:00 PM - Refreshments
Brunner Theatre Center main lobby

Saturday, August 27

8:00-9:30 PM - Second City, Chicago's legendary sketch comedy troupe
Centennial Hall

8:30 PM - Story Slam: "Beginnings"
For those who appreciate hearing & telling great stories
The Gerber Center, Brew by the Slough

Sunday, August 28

No events scheduled

Volume 17, Issue 1 - August 22, 2016

Faculty News

Please send your faculty news to Mary Koski.

During spring break 2015-16, Deb Bracke (Education) accompanied six students to the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, Florida for a five-day immersion experience. During their placements in special education classrooms, students explored how the methods used to teach students who are deaf and/or blind impact their own understanding of 'best practices' with regard to teaching and learning. The students who attended published an article in the Council For Exceptional (Division of Visual Impairment) journal, Volume 61, Issue 2. Quite an accomplishment!

Paul Croll (Sociology) participated in a summit on "New Frontiers in the Study of Colorblind Racism" at Illinois Wesleyan University from May 12-14, 2016. The summit brought together scholars, the campus community, and the public to discuss new directions for research on contemporary racism. The summit included presentations by scholars from more than a dozen colleges and universities across the United States, as well as workshop sessions meant to stimulate new methodologies, approaches, insights and strategies for better understanding and challenging contemporary racism. Paul gave two presentations at the summit entitled "Colorblind as a Subjective Identification: Key Determinants, Connection to Ideology, and Implications for Racial Attitudes and Policy Preferences" and "Whiteness and Colorblindness: Intersections, Overlaps, and Tensions." The summit was made possible by a grant for the Advancement of the Discipline from the American Sociological Association.

Ian Davis' (Communication Studies) most recent publication critiques Canadian regulation of foreign media by focusing on a series of conflicts over the purpose and role of the Chinese press in Canadian society. While globalization entails increased connection across borders, introducing foreign media can also import social conflicts. In this way, national media regulators can find themselves caught up in complex and unfamiliar geopolitical contests. To illustrate how media globalization is a site of cultural struggle, Ian pointed to three cases in which Canadian authorities weighed in on the controversial Chinese-language news. In sum, he asked if guiding principles of pluralism and multiculturalism are sufficient to recognize inequality and new forms of power in a more multipolar, post-Cold War world.  International News and the Distribution Question: China, Falun Dafa and Pluralism in Canadian Media Policy

Kirsten Day (Classics) was the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Humanities Council in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Her presentation was entitled "Cowboy Classics: Ancient Epic and Western Film as Parallel Cultural Narratives."

Sheila Goins (Business Administration) recently co-authored "Private information, Overconfidence and Trader Returns on Prediction Markets". It appeared in the most recent issue of The Journal of Prediction Markets.

Peter Kivisto (Sociology) served as the discussant of Adrian Favell's Keynote Address, "Regions, Territories, Nations: Europe and the USA as Comparable Fields of Mobility and Population Containers" at the FARB Project's Conference on "Internal and Transnational Mobilities" at the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, May 27, 2016.

Kivisto was a commentator at "The Civil Sphere in Latin America Workshop" at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University, New Haven, CT on June 25, 2016.  The workshop is part of an edited book project in which he is a contributor.

He presented a paper titled "Integrating Immigrant Religions in Comparative Perspective" at the International Sociological Association Forum in Vienna, Austria on July 12, 2016.

He also presented a paper titled "Sociology, Political Science, and Immigration Studies" at the same forum in Vienna on July 13, 2016.

His invited essay on "Secularization, the Post-Secular, and Religious Pluralism" was posted on the ISA's "The Futures We Want" website:  

Finally, he served as a critic at an Author-Meets-the-Critics session on Richard Alba and Nancy Foner's Strangers No More: Immigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe at the American Sociological Association's annual meeting in Seattle, WA on August 20, 2016.

Jason Mahn (Religion) had a paper accepted into the "Bonhoeffer: Theology and Social Analysis Group" of the American Academy of Religion national conference, held in San Antonio this coming November. Jason's paper is entitled, "Bonhoeffer's Lutheran Christological Peace Ethic: Beyond the Realism-Pacifism Impasse." Jason was also asked to serve as a panelist under the theme: "The Not-Always-Religious Language of Vocation as Transformative Pedagogy."

Amanda Makula (Library) and Connie Ghinazzi (Library) presented "Much More Than Storage: Re-positioning the Repository as a Cornerstone of Campus Collaboration" at the Oberlin Digital Scholarship Conference on June 11, 2016, at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. The presentation is published in Augustana Digital Commons at: