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Many Voices Bold Visions

What power can an individual have in a world of 6.5 billion people? Augsburg encourages us all to consider the power of vision in a world of tension. The Convocation Series offers a time to hear some outstanding leaders and visionaries who join us in great conversations that contribute to making the world a safer place for future generations.

About the Augsburg Convocation Series

The 2007-2008 Augsburg Convocation Series:  the eighth annual series incorporating long-standing endowed and special programs of Augsburg.


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

For Further Information

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

September 24 and 25, 2007

The 2007 Christensen Symposium

“Everyday Life in the Light of the Gospel”

September 24,  7:30 p.m. 

“Why Do You Weep?” Sadness, Grief, and the Gospel

September 25, 11 a.m.

“How Can I Keep From Singing?” Laughter, Joy and the Gospel

Speaker: Dr. Rolf Jacobson, writer, speaker, educator. Dr. Jacobson is associate professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary and associate editor of Word and World.  He taught at Augsburg from 2000-2003.

October 17, 2007

Theme: “Inspiring Change & Universal Responsibility”

10 a.m. Speaker: Peter Bisanz

Peter Bisanz holds a BFA in Film and Television from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts and an MBA from Oxford University’s Said Business School, and is one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. He is currently editing his ongoing production “One” a feature length documentary, which focuses on the positive role of faith and spirituality in modern times by exploring the fundamental unity of the worlds’ religions. To date, Bisanz has conducted more than 70 interviews, including people such as the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ela Gandhi, Deepak Chopra and Peter Gabriel.

November 14, 2007

The 2007 Anne Pedersen Women’s Resource Center and Koryne Horbal Lecture

Theme: “My Life’s Lessons About Sex and Gender”

10 a.m. Lecture

11 a.m. Book signing

Speaker: Jane Fonda

Having enjoyed tremendous success as a stage and screen actress, Jane Fonda now focuses much of her time on activism and social change. She has long been known for advocacy on environmental issues, human rights, and the empowerment of women and girls. In 1994 she was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund. Her work on stage and screen has earned her numerous nominations and awards, including Oscars for “Klute” and “Coming Home” and an Emmy for her performance in “The Dollmaker.” Her other stage and screen credits include: “The China Syndrome,” “Nine to Five,” “Rollover,” “On Golden Pond,” and “The Morning After.”

Location: This event will be held in Si Melby Hall, 23rd and Riverside Ave.

January 21, 2008 

The 20th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

Theme: “Visions of a Just Society: Dr. King’s Legacy”

Speaker: Ekwueme Michael Thelwell

Michael Thelwell was born in Ulster Spring, Jamaica in 1939. After graduating from Jamaica College, he went to work as a public relations assistant for the Jamaica Industrial Development Corporation in 1958. He moved to the United States in 1959 and received a B.A. from Howard University and an M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Thelwell has worked as director for the Students Non-violent Coordinating Committee in Washington D.C., where he also worked for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (1964-65). He has been a professor in the African-American Studies department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst since 1969. He is the author of two screenplays, several articles and a novel, “The Harder They Come.”

February 15 and 16, 2008

February 15, 3:30 p.m.


February 16,  Noon


Speaker: Ned Hallowell

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D., a child and adult psychiatrist and graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School, is the founder of The Hallowell Center in Sudbury, Mass. He was a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty from 1983 until he retired from academics in 2004 to devote his full professional attention to his clinical practice, lectures, and the writing of books. He has authored 14 books on various psychological topics, including attention deficit disorder, the power of the human connection, the childhood roots of happiness in life, methods of forgiving others, dealing with worry and managing excessive busyness.

Dr. Hallowell’s most recent book, “CrazyBusy: Overbooked, Overstretched, and about to Snap,” was published in the spring of 2006. In it he explores how the pace of modern life has induced brain overload to the point where our entire society is suffering from culturally induced ADD. “CrazyBusy” then provides a step-by-step approach to unsnarling busy lives and moving to a calmer, more fulfilling life that is focused on our own priorities. In his medical practice, Dr. Hallowell helps adults, as well as children, learn how to lead healthy, happy lives.

The Batalden Seminar in Applied Ethics

“Reinhold Niebuhr for the 21st Century: Christian Realism and the New Realities.”

Speaker: Dr. Robin Lovin is a Cary Maguire University professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University. He joined the SMU faculty in July 1994 and served as dean of Perkins School of Theology from 1994-2002. From 1991-1994, Lovin was dean at the Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. His teaching career includes service as an instructor at Candler School of Theology of Emory University and 13 years as a faculty member at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He is a graduate of Northwestern University (B.A.) and Harvard University (B.D. and Ph.D). He is an ordained minister of The United Methodist Church.

Thursday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.

“Creating Global Order: A Niebuhrian View of New Realities”

Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Friday, February 29, 10 a.m.

“Global Order and Global Warming: Thinking with Niebuhr about Politics”

Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Saturday, March 1, noon

Mini-Convocation, “Faith and Politics: A Niebuhrian Perspective”

Minneapolis Room, Christensen Center

April 14-15, 2008

Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Lecture

Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet

Public Lecture — April 14, 7:30 p.m.

Exploration of the Solar System: Past, Present, and Future

Sverdrup Convocation — April 15, 11 a.m.

Speaker: Dr. Steve Squyres, Cornell University, Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy

Dr. Steve Squyres’ research focuses on the large solid bodies of the solar system. His work involves analysis of data from both spacecraft and ground-based telescopes. Areas of particular interest include the tectonics of Venus, the history of water on Mars and the geophysics of the icy satellites of the outer planets. Dr. Squyres has participated in a number of planetary spaceflight missions, including the 1978-1981 Voyager imaging science team, the Magellan mission to Venus, the Mars Observer gamma-ray spectrometer flight, and the Russian Mars 1996 mission. He is currently the scientific principal investigator for the Mars Exploration Rover Project.

May 20, 2008

Rochester Convocation

Tuesday, May 20  7 p.m.

Augsburg Rochester Location, Bethel Lutheran Church, 810 3rd Ave. SE, Rochester, 55904

Speaker: John M. Perkins, President of the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development

John M. Perkins and his family have ministered to the poor in rural areas and inner cities for more than 40 years.  Through the various organizations and schools they have started, Perkins and his wife, Vera Mae, have worked to advance the principles of Christian community development and racial reconciliation throughout the world.

Perkins founded the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development, Mendenhall Ministries, Voice of Calvary Missions, Harambee Christian Family Center, and Harambee Preparatory School. He is also co-founder and chairman of the Christian Community Development Association and publisher of Urban Family magazine.