Michael Lansing interviewed by Prairie Public Broadcasting

Prairie Public Television logoMichael Lansing, associate professor of history at Augsburg College, recently was interviewed on Prairie Pulse, a program on Prairie Public Television. Lansing is the author of “Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics,” which examines both the history of the Nonpartisan League and its lasting effects on politics and community organizing. In the 25-minute interview, Lansing speaks about the genesis of the book, his research process, women’s involvement in the League, and many other topics.

Watch: Prairie Pulse 1308: Michael Lansing on Prairie Public Broadcasting’s YouTube channel.

Author Nuruddin Farah at Augsburg

farahNuruddin Farah, award-winning Somalian author and peace advocate, will visit Augsburg College on Wednesday, Oct. 15. He will read from his latest novel, “Knots” at 6 p.m. in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center. The reading will be followed by a discussion, reception, and book signing.

The event, titled “The Power of Words,” will focus on how Farah advocates for social justice through his writings. According to Lynn Ellingson, Augsburg graduate recruiter who has helped bring Farah to campus, “He is able to document the horrific violence of his homeland, but yet his books are very hopeful.”

Farah’s book “Maps” won the Neustatdt International Prize for Literature in 1998, a biennial award that is considered by some to be second only to the Nobel Prize. All of Farah’s novels are set in Somalia and include the micro-politics of the family, focusing on those whose ideas and lives are often marginalized. Continue reading “Author Nuruddin Farah at Augsburg”