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Global Citizens/Local Citizens

The world community is more intimately interwoven than ever before and yet schisms separate individuals and countries, races and religions, one from another. Augsburg encourages you to consider the challenges we face as global citizens through a series of convocations that address the role and power of citizens in the world and in their communities.

About the Augsburg Convocation Series

The 2005-2006 Augsburg Convocation Series “Global Citizens/Local Citizens” is the sixth annual series incorporating long-standing endowed and special programs of Augsburg. This year, Augsburg encourages you to consider the challenges we face as global citizens through a series of convocations that address the role and power of citizens in the world and in their communities.

Additional Information


All events take place in the Hoversten Chapel, located in Foss Center, 22nd and Riverside Avenues South, in Minneapolis. Limited on-street parking is available.

For Further Information

Speakers, dates, and times are subject to change. Call Augsburg for confirmation at 612-330-1180.

September 26-27, 2005

Dr. Garry Wills

Cultural Historian & Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

The 2005 Christensen Symposium

Monday, September 26, 7 p.m. “Religion and the American Enlightenment”

Tuesday, September 27, 11 a.m. “The First Amendment, the Strength of Religion”

Garry Wills, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor and cultural historian at Northwestern University whose many books include penetrating studies of George Washington, Richard Nixon, the Kennedy family, Ronald Reagan, St. Augustine, Abraham Lincoln, and religion in America. His prizes include the Merle Curtis Award of the American Historical Association, the National Book Critics Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and an honorary doctorate from the College of the Holy Cross.

October 11, 2005

Dr. William V. Frame

President of Augsburg College

The Philipp Melanchthon Symposium

11 a.m. “Melanchthon and Civility”

William V. Frame, Ph.D., is the 10th president of Augsburg College, having served since 1997. He is a strong proponent of the tradition of Lutheran higher education, which he believes is based on the ideas of vocation and service and requires ongoing dialogue between faith and reason. He has been involved in numerous state, regional, and national educational initiatives, and currently is the project director for a series of Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) seminars (funded by the Lilly Endowment) on the alignment of Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission. He has done extensive research on Philipp Melanchthon and his writings, and has presented his work to both regional and national audiences. Frame’s address is part of a larger two-day symposium sponsored by Augsburg (October 10-11) entitled “The Original Dr. Phil,” which celebrates Melanchthon and the 475th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession. For more information about attending other events in the Melanchthon symposium, contact the Office of Public Relations and Communication at 612-330-1180.

October 17, 2005

Father Fernando Cardenal

Nicaraguan Jesuit Priest & Liberation Theologian

10 a.m. – “The Power of Citizen Literacy in Nicaragua”

Translation provided by Kathleen McBride, Center for Global Education

Father Fernando Cardenal joined the Jesuit order in 1952, was ordained a Catholic priest in 1967, and has led a life of service in Nicaragua. Cardenal became one of four priests in the Sandinista government during the revolution, leading their National Literacy Campaign. In 1984, the Jesuits expelled Cardenal from their order because of his work within the revolution. Despite his expulsion, he continued to live in his Jesuit community and to live out his vows. In 1997, after reviewing Cardenal’s case, the superior general reinstated him to the Jesuits, based on the fact that Cardenal’s actions were a clear example of conscientious objection. It is the only case in over 460 years of Jesuit history in which a priest expelled from the Jesuit’s was reinstated. Cardenal’s commitment and dedication to the poor continues. Today Cardenal is the director of Faith and Happiness, a Jesuit project that teaches very poor children in Latin America.

November 28 , 2005

Sheila Raye Charles

Daughter of Ray Charles

Sheila Raye Charles, daughter of the late Ray Charles will be the Nov. 28 Convocation guest speaker, 10 a.m. Hoversten Chapel. Gospel Praise will accompany Charles in a performance of “Georgia” by Ray Charles prior to the program.

Charles began performing at a young age in her local church. At age 13, she was the youngest child ever accepted into the renowned Allard Academy in Los Angeles. Charles was later named Minnesota Artist of the Year and has worked with many high-profile musicians and producers. Her lifelong dream came true when her father invited her to record at his studio and produced her album.

Though she was greatly affected by the loss of her father, it has encouraged her to share her musical talent. Charles now performs concerts to raise awareness about world hunger and AIDS.

Please note: This convocation has been cancelled

November 28, 2005

Jane Fonda

Oscar-winning Actress, Political Activist, and Philanthropist

The Anne Pederson Women’s Resource Center 2005 Koryne Horbal Lecture

10 a.m – “Advocating Women’s Politics”

Jane Fonda’s high profile as an Oscar-winning actress, progressive political activist, fitness guru, and outspoken advocate and philanthropist for women has put her at the forefront of American popular culture. Fonda will speak about the significance of her spiritual awakening and how she continues her commitment to women’s issues in politics, health, and families.

January 16, 2006

Speaker TBA

The 18th Annual MLK Convocation

1 p.m. – “Being Global Citizens: Living a Legacy”

The 18th Annual MLK Convocation, a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will feature a program geared toward social justice and community involvement entitled “Being Global Citizens: Living a Legacy.”

February 14, 2006

Judith Guest

novelist and screenwriter

Tuesday, February 14

11 a.m. – “The Power and Responsibilities of the Individual Artist.”

Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center.

Judith Guest, novelist and screenwriter, lives in the Twin Cities area and is the author of “Ordinary People” which was published in 1978 and has sold close to 90 thousand hardcover copies. It also won the Janet Heidegger Kafka Award for best first novel and was made into a major motion picture in 1980, directed by Robert Redford, winning four Academy Awards. Her other novels include “Killing Time in St. Cloud” and “Seventh Heaven.”

Please note: This convocation has been cancelled

February 14, 2006

Dana Gioia

Poet, Critic, and Bestselling Anthologist

11 a.m. – “American Poetry in a Violent World”

Dana Gioia, poet, critic, and bestselling anthologist, is one of America’s leading contemporary men of letters. Winner of the American Book Award, Gioia is internationally recognized for his role in reviving rhyme, meter, and narrative in contemporary poetry. An influential critic, he has combined populist ideals and high standards to bring poetry to a broader audience. For 15 years Gioia worked as a business executive, eventually becoming a vice president of General Foods. In 1992 he left business to become a full-time writer. Since February 2003, he has served as the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently divides his time between Washington, D.C., and California.

March 2-3, 2006

Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda & Dr. Prakash Loungani

Batalden Seminar in Applied Ethics

Thursday, March 2 – East Commons, Christensen Center

6 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Table conversations

6:30 – 7 p.m. Comments from the speakers

7 – 8 p.m. Question and Answer session

For more information on dinner arrangements, call Garry Hesser at: 612-330-1664

Friday, March 3

10 a.m. “Economic Globalization: Who Wins and Who Loses?” – Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

11 a.m. Question and Answer session

Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Ph.D., is author of Healing a Broken World: Globalization and God (2002) and co-author of Saint Franics and the Foolishness of God (1993). She is professor of Christian ethics at Seattle University and directed the Policy Education Project in Washington, D.C., for Augsburg’s Center for Global Education.

Prakash Loungani, Ph.D., is assistant to the IMF’s external relations director and is the editor of IMF Survey. He teaches in the executive MBA program at Vanderbilt and has worked at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C., the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the University of Florida. Loungani’s research includes examinations of trade linkages among nations and regions. He is also a frequent contributor on topics such as the effects of globalization, income inequality, and the role and activities of international organizations.

March 27 , 2006

Thomas H. Jordan

University Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of

Southern California

“Civilization as a Geosystem: A Scientific Perspective on Global Change.”

Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Lecture

Monday, March 27, 8 p.m.

Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

The Sverdrup visiting scientist lecture is part of the General Leif J. Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Program at Augsburg. There are two goals of the Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Program. First, to provide an opportunity for Augsburg students and faculty to interact on a personal basis with scientists of national stature. Second, the program provides an annual forum where Augsburg and the wider scientific community can expand their knowledge on a scientific topic of national significance.