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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 2008-2009 Augsburg Convocation Series:  the ninth 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.


October 6 and 7, 2008

The 2008 Bernard M. Christensen Symposium

October 6,  7:30 p.m.

“Costly Discipleship: Forgiveness as a Practice”

October 7, 11 a.m.

“Costly Citizenship: Regarding the Other in a Culture of Fear”

Martha E. Stortz is a professor of historical theology and ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and a member of the core doctoral faculty of the Graduate Theological Union. She holds a BA from Carleton College and completed her MA and holds a PhD at the University of Chicago. Stortz is the author of “The Beatitudes: Compass for Christian Discipleship,” a nine-month series in Lutheran Women Today starting in September 2008.

October 31, 2008

10 a.m. 

“Just Food: Cooking as an Organizing Tool in the Food Justice Movement”

Bryant Terry is a nationally recognized eco chef, author, and food justice activist. He is currently a Food and Society Policy Fellow with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. He holds a BA from Xavier University of Louisiana, an MA from New York University, and he graduated from the chef’s training program at the National Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City. Terry co-authored Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen, and founded b-healthy!, a five-year initiative created to raise awareness about food justice issues and empower youth to be active in creating a more just and sustainable food system.


November 20, 2008

The Anne Pederson Women’s Resource Center

2008 Koryne Horbal Lecture

11 a.m. – Convocation

Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, LaDuke has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. The author of five books, including Recovering the Sacred, All our Relations, and a novel–Last Standing Women–she is widely recognized for her work on environmental and human rights issues. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota.


January 19, 2009

The 21st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

1 p.m. – Convocation

Hollis Watkins, a native Mississippian, became involved in the civil rights movement in 1961 through the Mississippi Voting Rights Project and continues to work for the empowerment of people through education, culture, economics, and the political process. In 1989, he established Southern Echo, a nonprofit leadership development, education, and training organization.


February 13 and 14, 2009

February 13,  3:30 p.m. – Conversation

“Walking in Beauty: The Navajo Way”

Christensen Center, Marshall Room

February 14, 12 p.m. – Convocation

“The Scalpel and the Silver Bear”

Lori Arviso Alvord, MD is associate dean of student and multicultural affairs and assistant professor of surgery and psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. She is a member of the Navajo Tribe of the Tsinnajinne’ clan (Ponderosa Pine), and Ashihii’ Dine’ (Salt People) clan. She also is the first Navajo woman surgeon.


February 26-28, 2009

The Batalden Seminar in Applied Ethics

February 26, 7:30 p.m.

“Christianity’s Ecological Phase: Talking the Walk”

February 27, 10 a.m.

“Christianity’s Ecological Phase: Walking the Talk”

February 28, 12:15 p.m.

“Christianity’s Ecological Challenge: Walking the Talk”

Larry Rasmussen was Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York from 1986-2004. In 2006 he served as St. John Visiting Professor at the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia and was a visiting professor of environmental studies at St. Olaf College. Rasmussen is the recipient of the Joseph Sittler Award for Outstanding Leadership in Theological Education and the Burnice Fjellman Award for Distinguished Christian Ministries in Higher Education.


April 13 and 14, 2009

The Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Lecture

April 13, 7:30 p.m.


April 14, 11 a.m.


Stephen Schneider is the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Professor of Biological Sciences, and a Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Founder and editor of Climatic Change, he has authored or co-authored more than 500 books, scientific papers, proceedings, legislative testimonies, reviews, and editorials. He is actively engaged in improving public understanding of science and the environment through extensive media communication and public outreach.


May 19, 2009

2009 Rochester Convocation

Theme: “A Search for Satisfaction:  Can you Find It in Less than 40 Years of Looking?”

Time: 7 p.m.

Paul Horgen completed a 40-year career in 2007 including 21 years as CEO of Think Mutual, the seventh-largest bank in Minnesota. He began work in the banking industry and accepted his first CEO position in 1972 at the age of 24. He held that position with three consistently successful companies for a total of 34 years. Horgen is a 1981 graduate of University of Minnesota – Minnesota Management Institute.

Location: This event will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church.

Bethel Lutheran Church

810 3rd Avenue SE

Rochester, MN