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Convocation Series

The Augsburg Convocation Series is an annual speaker series incorporating long-standing endowed and special programs of Augsburg University. Augsburg University encourages faculty, staff, and students to engage in conversations about how we shape and are shaped by our urban and global settings. The Convocation Series provides dedicated time during the academic year to hear from outstanding leaders and visionaries who join the Augsburg community in conversations about the “big questions” of our time.

The General Leif J. Sverdrup Visiting Scientist LECTURE

Dr. Sarah Keller from the University of Washington will be having two events:

Monday – April 10, 2023 – “Membranes of hungry yeast are tiny, living thermostats”
Undergraduate STEM Students

Tuesday – April, 11, 2023 – “Stabilizing fragile membranes on the early Earth”
A public convocation

Dr. Keller will also attend, mingle and talk to students about the Zyzzogeton and other events.

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Christensen Symposium


Jeremy Myers, PhD, Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation, Augsburg University

Thursday, September 22
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel

Unable to attend in person? Register in advance to attend online:

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Koryne Horbal Lecture

2022-23 Details TBD

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MLK Convocation Series: We Rise, MLK and Our Voices Coming Alive

January 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm CST

On behalf of Pan-Afrikan Student Services and Augsburg University, we are excited to bring you this year’s Martin Luther King, JR., Convocation. This year’s theme is “We Rise, MLK and Our Voices Coming Alive”. As a community we came together and decided that we wanted this year’s theme to focus on our efforts to rebuild community after a pandemic and absence of visibility and support systems for Pan-Afrikan students. This was mostly seen through not having a full office at Multicultural Life for an entire academic year. This event will center our Pan-Afrikan community through the art of dance, song, poetry, and more. All are welcome!

Our keynote speaker of this year is Dr. Terrance Kwame-Ross, Associate Professor in the Education Department at Augsburg University. Through his scholarship, service, and teaching practice, Dr. Kwame-Ross focuses on how individuals and human groups grow, develop, and change over time. He brings an interrogative, interdisciplinary, integrative, and intersectional pedagogical approach to teaching and learning across school, society, family, and church for whole-beingness. To learn more about Dr. Terrance Kwame-Ross, please visit our website here:

For any questions, please email Kezia Burrows, program manager of Pan-Afrikan Student Services at

For any accommodation needs, please event our team at

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2022-23 Details TBD

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For information or special requests, call 612-330-1104. Speakers, dates, and times are subject to change.