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Convocation Series Spring 2015

Convocation Series

The Augsburg Convocation Series is an annual speaker series incorporating long-standing endowed and special programs of Augsburg University. Augsburg University encourages us all to consider the power of vision in a world of tension. The Convocation Series offers a time to hear some outstanding leaders and visionaries who join us in great conversations that contribute to making the world a safer place for future generations.

The General Leif j. Sverdrup Visiting Scientist LECTURE: Dr. Vicki Grassian

April 18, 2018
10:00 am
Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Hall

What is in the air we breathe? The atmosphere is composed of gases such as oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide.  Other gases are present at much lower concentrations and include ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and formaldehyde just to name a few.  nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and formaldehyde just to name a few. Besides these gases, there is something else in the air we breathe, tiny microscopic particles called aerosols. Not just the aerosol that comes from spray cans that you are all probably familiar with but this talk will focus on any liquid or solid particles that is suspended in the air, which is the definition of an aerosol.  These tiny particles come from many sources and can impact the Earth’s climate and human health in ways we are just starting to understand.

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The Koryne Horbal Lecture: Juana Paola Peralta and Mik Kinkead of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project

March 22, 2018
11:00 am
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.

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February 8, 2018
11:00 am
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Julian Agyeman, professor at Tufts University, will outline his concept of “just sustainabilities”—the full integration of social justice and sustainability. He will also give practical examples in terms of his recent research into urban planning and design, food justice, sharing cities, bike equity, and planning for intercultural cities.

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January 15, 2018
1:00 pm
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

This year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation speaker is Roxanne Manning, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and CNVC Certified Trainer and a member of the Implementation Council for the Center for Nonviolent Communication, steering the reorganization of this international organization.

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Center for Wellness and Counseling Convocation: Roxanne Pritchard

October 17, 2017
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

This year’s Center for Wellness and Counseling Convocation speaker is Roxanne Pritchard, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and Scientific Director of the Center for College Sleep at the University of St. Thomas.

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Humanities and Fine Arts Convocation:The Rose Ensemble with Special Guest Piffaro

November 2, 2017
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

This year’s Humanities and Fine Arts Convocation features a program marking the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation with The Rose Ensemble and special guest Piffaro, The Renaissance Band.

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All events are free and open to the public and take place in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center. For information or special requests, call 612-330-1104. Speakers, dates, and times are subject to change.