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Many Voices Bold Visions

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 2006-2007 Augsburg Convocation Series “Many Voices Bold Visions” – is the seventh annual series incorporating long-standing endowed and special programs of Augsburg.

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.

Sept. 21, 2006

The Rose Ensemble

11 a.m. – Common Threads: Exploring Shared Texts Among Early Christians and Jews

By blending Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music with folk music and captivating stories, The Rose Ensemble’s dramatic and entertaining concerts explore history, folklore, world cultures and religions. Singing a cappella or playing a variety of fascinating instruments, The Rose Ensemble has received widespread critical acclaim for both its preservation of ancient music and its dynamic and creative approach to programming this music for today’s audiences.

October 2 -3, 2006

Douglas John Hall

Professor emeritus of McGill University, Montreal

The 2006 Christensen Symposium 

Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. – “Where in the World Are We? Being Christian After Christendom.”

Oct. 3, 11 a.m. – “What Are People For? Caring For Life in a Violent World.”

Douglas John Hall is professor emeritus of Christian theology at McGill University in Montreal. Prior to his distinguished career at McGill, Hall served as principal of St. Paul’s United College at the University of Waterloo in Southern Ontario and was then appointed as a professor of systematic theology at St. Andrew’s Seminary at the University of Saskatchewan. He is author of numerous titles, including his great trilogy, “Christian Theology in a North American Context.”

November 16, 2006

The 2006 Anne Pedersen Women’s Resource Center and Koryne Horbal Lecture

12 p.m., Minneapolis Room, Christensen Center

Emmy Award-winning journalist and entrepreneur Carol Jenkins will deliver the Anne Pederson Women’s Resource Center “Koryne Horbal Lecture” on Nov. 16 at Augsburg.

Jenkins, who was the evening news anchor at WNBC-TV in Manhattan, is known as one of the most trusted and credible television personalities in America.

She is currently the Board Chair of Greenstone Media, the new FM talk network for women and by women with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Seattle. GreenStone Media has the stated mission of bringing “the world to women and women to the world by becoming the predominant producer and syndicator of female-oriented talk radio programming.”

Jenkins is the co-author of Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire. In the biography, Jenkins, Gaston’s niece, and Elizabeth Gardner Hines, his grandniece, describe the extraordinary life of this business pioneer and benefactor.

Jenkins owns a production company specializing in television films and documentaries. A graduate of New York University, she also holds an honorary doctorate from the College of New Rochelle. Her co-author and daughter, Elizabeth Gardner Hines, is a writer with degrees from Yale and Harvard universities.

January 15, 2007

The 19th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

Mary Francis Berry, professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania

1 p.m., Hoversten Chapel

Mary Frances Berry has been the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania since 1987. In addition, she has held a distinguished career in public service. From 1980-2004, Berry was a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She has also served as the assistant secretary for education in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. She is the author of seven books and the recipient of 32 honorary doctoral degrees and numerous awards.

January 30, 2007

Cindy Sheehan, internationally known peace and social justice advocate.

11 a.m., Hoversten Chapel

Cindy Sheehan is an internationally known peace and social justice advocate whose son, Army Specialist Casey A. Sheehan was killed in action in Baghdad on April 4, 2004. Sheehan is founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, an organization of Americans who have had loved ones killed in wars. As an act of protest against the war, in August 2005, Sheehan took a stand outside of President George Bush’s home in Crawford, Texas.

March 2, 2007

Jorge Bustamante

10 a.m. – The Batalden Seminar in Applied Ethics and the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Center for Global Education

Batalden Seminar in Applied Ethics and

25th Anniversary Celebration of Augsburg’s Center for Global Education

Jorge Bustamante is the president and founder of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, the prominent Mexican institute for the study of border issues.  He is the author of numerous studies on the sociology of the U.S. and Mexico border region and on Mexican-origin residents in the U.S.  Bustamante is a leading participant in international scholarly networks dealing with these themes and has played a major role in building and sustaining scholarly linkages between Mexico and the U.S.

April 16 and 17, 2007

Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Lecture

Fran Bagenal

April 16, 2007, 8 p.m.

“The Exploration of Planetary Systems”

April 17, 2007, Noon


Fran Bagenal is a professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences in the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Her primary research interests are the magnetic fields of planets, the charged particles trapped in planetary magnetic fields, and the interactions of moons with the particles and fields that surround them.  She has been involved in the Voyager mission; Galileo; Deep Space 1; and the New Horizons mission to Pluto.