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Symposium presentations: civic engagement Sept. 27

Augustana College will host the first of three all-campus, all-day symposia days on Thursday, Sept. 27. On that day, faculty from many disciplines, students, administrators and community members will present concurrent sessions from 1:45 to 3 p.m. All sessions connect to the day's theme -- civic engagement -- and Paul Loeb's keynote address. Students are required to attend one concurrent session.

For We Also Were Strangers: Engaging the Refugee Community in Rock Island

Olin 201

Dr. Mike Egan, Katie Colbrese, Spring Forward Learning Center (SFLC), Sophie Ali, SFLC, students Courtney Camlin, Chris Huerta, Madison Neece, Kelsey Wrightwood

Since 2010 and under the auspices of World Relief in Moline, hundreds of refugees from Burma, Thailand, Liberia and elsewhere have settled in Rock Island. The Spring Forward Learning Center (SFLC) is one of many local organizations serving our newest neighbors with the goal of helping them become fully engaged, contributing members of our community. Augustana students who have worked directly with the SFLC and its clients will share their experiences. Audience members will learn of ways that they too can connect with Rock Island's refugee population.

Working in the Real World of Politics: What Does it Look Like From the Inside?

Olin 305

Students Cameron Onumah and Eric Palmer, Caroline Evans (moderator)

What’s Voting Got to Do With It? Civic Engagement and the 2012 Election 2012

Wallenberg Hall, Denkman

Members of the Augustana Debate Union, Max Archer 

The Presidential Election. What's it all mean? Does your vote count? Why should you care? Become informed about the issues that matter and explore avenues for civic engagement as they pertain to the upcoming elections. The Augustana Debate Union will lead off with a public debate followed by audience Q&A and general discussion.

Micah House: Where Justice, Mercy and Kindness are Lived

Olin 202

Pastor Stacie Fidlar, St. John's Lutheran Church, Augustana students from Micah House

Meet the residents of the Micah House, a new partnership between Augustana College and St. John's Lutheran Church of Rock Island. Augustana students live together in intentional community at the house owned and maintained by St. John's. Together, the two communities practice healing and hospitality in the Keystone Neighborhood of Rock Island. In partnership with St. John's members and staff, students explore vocation, ethics and the interaction of values and actions as a part of Augustana's neighborhood. Learn how you might become involved!

The Duties of Citizenship

Olin 209

The Socratic Society of Augustana, Dr. Tim Bloser, Dr. Doug Parvin

Given that most of us were born into the society in which we live and had no real choice in the matter, the idea that we have any special duties as citizens might seem mysterious. And yet political philosophers ever since Plato have argued that we do have important duties as citizens. Using Plato's Crito as a starting point, we will consider what these duties might be and where they might come from.

Civic Engagement in the Real World: QCA Leaders Panel 

Great Hall, Evald-Carlsson Hall

Attorney Mark Schwiebert, entrepreneur Bob Ontiveros, non-profit leader Diane Nelson, media relations expert Erin Lounsberry, Karen Petersen and Keri Rursch (moderators)

Four Quad-Cities leaders will share their personal perspectives on leadership and civic engagement.

- Schwiebert '72, a trustee, former mayor of Rock Island and practicing attorney

- Ontiveros, a trustee, founder and chairman of Group O and Hispanic chamber leader

- Nelson, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois

- Lounsberry, '92, public relations manager for Trinity Regional Health System

Is it Cool to be a Citizen?

Meet in the Tredway Library Lobby

Annette Zapolis, owner of Cool Beanz, will discuss her responsiblity in the growing Rock Island economy. TO GUARANTEE A SPOT, PRE-REGISTER.

Rebuilding Rock Island Block by Block

Meet in Sorenson 137

Mike Atkins, housing manager

Beth Payne, administration director, Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation

Interested in community development? Do you care about the role economics plays in the welfare of a city? Want to tour some of the most innovative housing and community development projects happening in the Quad Cities? Want to see how non-profit organizations can work hand-in-hand with local government to transform a city? This concurrent session will have a brief presentation, followed by an off-campus tour. TO GUARANTEE A SPOT, PRE-REGISTER.

Citizenship: A Global Perspective

Evald 113

Dr. Allen Bertsche, Augustana international students

Augustana's international students will provide a global perspective of citizenship. What does it mean to be a good citizen in China, Serbia or the United Kingdom? What is expected of citizens in countries with very different political structures? This panel will explore the many ways people view their role as a citizen from Asia to Europe and across the Americas.

Performing French Citizenship: The Case of Mayotte

Evald 120

Dr. Sarah Skrainka, Dr. Chadia Chambers-Samadi

In 2009, the citizens of Mayotte (a small island located between Africa and India) voted by referendum to make the island part of France. Becoming French in an environment as multicultural as Mayotte is challenging. The work of one playwright, Soeuf Elbadawi, stages the making, or rather the un/making, of French citizenship through street performances.

Seeking Meaningful Civic Engagement through International NGOs

Evald 21

Dr. Marsha Smith, Dr. Kathy Jakielski, Greg Aguilar

Three members of the Augustana community will share their experiences working with international nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and uncover important issues and values to consider when thinking about participating in international NGOs.

How Do Youth Think About Civic Engagement Beyond our Borders?
A Conversation with Brazilian University Students

Olin 304 via Skype 

Terrie Groth, Political Science Institute, University of Brasília; Jacqueline Tome, president of Global Consulting Awareness

This session will provide an opportunity for students to place their own civic behavior and attitudes in a more global context. Augustana students will be able to talk to university students in Brazil about their views of what it means to be a citizen and the types of behavior that are typical of college students in Brazil.

The Art of Responsibility: Civic Engagement in Music and the Visual Arts

Evald 18

Dr. Rob Elfline, Dr. Margaret Morse

Is there such a thing as inappropriate art? What is the responsibility of an artist in creating socially acceptable works of art? What is the responsibility of the viewer/consumer in understanding works of art as they originally were intended? This session aims to explore these questions as we look at the often complicated intersection between the arts and civic engagement.

We Didn't Start the Fire: Civic Responsibility in the Age of Terrorism

Bergendoff 1 (Black Box Theatre)

THEA301 students, members from the cast of The Arsonists, student Kayla McKay (moderator)

If a pair of arsonists came to your home, would you call the police or provide them assistance? In this session, cast members from Augustana Theatre's upcoming production of The Arsonists will read excerpts from the play, followed by a panel discussion of the issues and questions raised. The discussion will be led by students on the production's dramaturgical research team.

Citizen or Consumer?

Hanson 109

Dr. Laura Hartman, Dr. Lendol Calder

In the United States, 70 percent of GDP is driven by spending on consumer products. Some conclude that consumership has replaced citizenship. Others claim that buying and spending can be constructive political acts that make the world greener, healthier and more socially responsible. What do you think? Are calls for ethical consumption just a therapy for middle class guilt? Or can ethical consumption be an arena for real citizenship, a place for politics to occur where they normally do not or where traditional politics have failed?

Corporate Citizenship: Perspectives on the Role of Business in Society

Hanson 102

Dr. Amanda Baugous, Dr. Craig VanSandt, Dr. Greg Tapis

A clear priority for businesses is to provide economic value to their stakeholders, but should organizations be held accountable for objectives beyond economic value? To what extent should industry be focused on the social and environmental well-being of their communities? What kind of influence should corporations have on the political process?

Soul of a Citizen, Body of a Woman: Miss Representation and the Role of the Media in Limiting Women's Leadership

Olin Auditorium, starts at 1 p.m.

Dr. Jane Simonsen

This session will feature a screening of the film Miss Representation, which argues that media representations of women create a climate in which women are valued for their beauty and sexuality rather than for their leadership abilities. Using media clips, interviews and statistics testifying to women's low representation in positions of political and economic power, the film argues that gender matters in discussions of civic engagement. The screening will be followed by a discussion.

The Values of Adolescents and Young Adults: How Community Service is Related to Political Participation

Evald 17

Dr. Mindi Mull

Approximately two-thirds of teens and young adults in the United States perform some type of community service. In this session, we will explore the motivations behind this service, as well as its impact.

Engagement in the Augustana Community: Student Voices, Ideas and Plans for Action

Chapel, Founders Hall

Dean Pareena Lawrence, Pastor Kristen Glass Perez

This fun and interactive session will use a style known as "Open Space Technology" in which  the participants decide what is most important to talk about during the session. Student participants will define some specific needs of the Augustana community as they understand them right now, invite others to engage in conversation about their ideas and create plans for action.

Who is an American? Rethinking the Place of Immigrants in Our Society

Evald 314

Dr. Umme Al-Wazedi, Dr. Christopher Strunk

Although immigrants and refugees are often presented as a threat to the nation, non-citizens work, pay taxes, go to school, and participate in cities and towns across the United States. In this concurrent session, we will think broadly about what it means to be civically engaged in local and national communities and explore ideas about tolerance, inclusion, and difference in the context of immigration to the United States.

Civic Engagement for Allied Health Students

Hanson 305

Dr. Allison Haskill

Volunteerism and service learning in professional fields such as speech-language pathology, occupational therapy and physical therapy have unique challenges and benefits. Distinctions between internships and volunteerism in "helping professions" will be discussed.

Bringing Citizenship into the Natural World

Olin 105, starts at 1 p.m.

Stephanie Fuhr, Rebecca Cook, Dr. Steve Hager

Join us in a discussion about how Citizen Science projects enable the everyday citizen to further science through observation, large data sets and rapidly changing technology. Come  prepared for the outdoors, as we'll head outside to collect and report data on campus critters through Project Squirrel.

The Moral Scientist and the Scientifically Literate Citizen

Hanson 304

Dr. James van Howe, Dr. Sean Georgi

This session will discuss the moral obligation of scientists to the public, and the obligation of the public to be scientifically literate citizens. In the U.S., there are clear cases of policymakers manipulating a scientifically illiterate public into agreeing to policy that is harmful to public health, the environment or national security. On the other hand, there are many cases of scientists using public funds on research or technology whose destructive potential outweighs any clear benefits. Subjects and case studies to be discussed will be climate change, the missile defense shield, stem cells, bioterror/bioerror, nuclear weapons proliferation, industrial agriculture and the evolution "debate."

Get Engaged with Your Slough-munity!

Meet by the Gazebo, starts at 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Tim Muir, Dr. Kevin Geedey

Where does the Slough water come from? Where does it end up? (In your drinking glass!) What lives in the Slough? Come take a walk with us and find out!

A Conversation on Involvement with Paul Loeb

Centennial Hall

Paul Loeb, author and activist

Overcoming Obstacles to Civic Participation: A Political Science Perspective

Hanson 402

Dr. Dave Dehnel, Dr. Margaret Farrar 

Political scientists have identified a number of factors that impede active citizen participation in community life. We will consider strategies for overcoming these obstacles offered by Paul Loeb and others.

The Civic Role of Educators

College Center Loft

Principal, Longfellow Liberal Arts School Dave Knuckey, Dr. Chuck Hyser, Dr. Patricia Shea, Dr. David Markward

Check Your Religion at the Door? The Role of Faith in Democracy

Hanson 103

Dr. Daniel Morris, Dr. Jason Mahn

Some classic theories of political liberalism claim that in order to be fair with one another, religion shouldn’t enter the political sphere. Most now believe that leaving it out isn’t possible, so now the question becomes: How might we deliberate and pursue consensus even when we bring our religious convictions to the table?