The Koryne Horbal Lecture in April featured Gloria Steinem, a prominent spokesperson for women’s issues. Steinem has traveled the globe speaking on the topic of women’s equality, has led awareness rallies, is author of six books, and has launched two magazines including Ms. She spoke to a packed Hoversten Chapel about the founding of the women’s movement, the gains made to find equity for all people, and areas in which improvement still must be realized. In addition to Steinem’s talk, recipients of the Women’s Resource Center’s Courageous Woman Award (CWA) were acknowledged at the lecture. Recipients included Kristina Monje ’14 and Bo Thao-Urabe, a long-time advocate for Hmong women, children, and refugee families. The CWA recognizes women who strive for social justice and peace on campus or in the community.
The Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Lecture in April featured Harvard University Professor David Weitz who talked about the everyday physics involved in cooking food. Weitz explored with attendees the manners in which foods change during cooking as a way to illustrate scientific processes. The annual Sverdrup Visiting Scientist lecture series brings renowned scientists to campus to share their expertise with the Augsburg community, the College’s aspiring scientists, and members of the larger scientific community.