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Many Voices, Bold Visions

What power can an individual have in a world of 6.7 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.

The Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium

Monday, September 21, 2009  7:30 p.m.

Bill McKibben: “The Most Important Number on Earth: Climate Change and Moral Challenge”

Bill McKibben is a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College and an environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming, alternative energy, and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. Beginning in the summer of 2006, he led the organization of the largest demonstrations against global warming in American history. He holds honorary degrees from Green Mountain College, Unity College, Lebanon Valley College, and Sterling College.

Special presentation as part of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics

Friday, October 9, 2009  10 a.m.

Mark Hanis, Executive director and founder of Genocide Intervention Network “Truth-telling and Advocacy Regarding Genocide.”

Fine Arts Convocation

Tuesday, October 13, 2009  11 a.m.

Jason Moran

After seven years on the esteemed Blue Note Records, pianist Jason Moran has proven his brilliance as a performer. He’s established himself as a risk-taker and a seeker of new directions for jazz as a whole. Moran’s driving philosophy involves an effort to turn the proverbial marginality of jazz to advantage. He and his group plan to invade the worlds of conservatory and vernacular art, scramble black Americana and European modernism, combine the databases of “traditional” and “experimental” jazz, and generally thrill audiences.

The Anne Pederson Women’s Resource Center 2009 Koryne Horbal Lecture

Thursday, November 12, 2009  11 a.m.

Alicia Cabezudo

“The Role of Women in Building Democratic Societies and a Culture of Peace in Contemporary Latin America: Sample Cases”

Alicia Cabezudo is professor at the School of Education at the University of Rosario, Argentina, and the UNESCO chair on Culture of Peace and Human Rights at the University of Buenos Aires. Her work is rooted in the contemporary history of Latin America, and she researches and teaches in the field of education for democracy, culture of peace, and human rights. Her current research focus is public policies related to educational programs for building citizenship participation and democracy as tools for creating a culture of peace, particularly at the local level.

22nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

Monday, January 18, 2010  1 p.m.

Charles McDew

As an activist and theoretician, Charles McDew has devoted his life to issues of social and political change, to the empowerment and development of local black leadership, to civil and human rights, and to the fight against racism. He recently retired from Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, where he taught civil rights history, African-American history, and classes in social and cultural awareness.

The Counseling and Health Promotion Convocation

Friday, February 12, 2010, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 13, 2010, Noon

Elena Avila

February 12—Conversation with Elena Avila, author of Woman Who Glows in the Dark: A Curandera Reveals Traditional Aztec Secrets of Physical and Spiritual Health

February 13 – “A Curandera’s Concept of Medicine”

Elena Avila, RN, MSN, curandera, is a practicing psychiatric nurse and renowned practitioner of curanderismo, the traditional Mexican/Chicano folk medicine. She is also the author of Woman Who Glows in the Dark: A Curandera Reveals Traditional Aztec Secrets of Physical and Spiritual Health, the only published title that reveals the ancient traditions of curanderismo from a practitioner’s point of view.

The Batalden Seminar in Applied Ethics

Friday, February 26, 2010, 10 a.m.

Saturday, February 27, 2010, Noon

Gustavo Esteva

February 26 – “Beyond Development and Education: The Good Life”

February 27 – “From Crisis to Commons”

Gustavo Esteva has been a key figure in founding a number of non-governmental organizations in Mexico and has also been active in building economic linkages among grassroots groups. An economist without training, he won Mexico’s National Prize of Political Economics. He is a front-page columnist for El Nacional, one of Mexico’s most influential newspapers, and he participates in many grassroots community groups.

The Sverdrup Visiting Scientist Lecture

Monday, April 12, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 11 a.m.

Mark Rea

April 12 – “The surprisingly important role of light and dark on human health”

April 13 – “Sunrise and sunset: Why it will be hard to colonize other planets”

Mark Rea is the director of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center and a professor in architecture and cognitive sciences. He teaches courses in leadership and in visual and circadian processes and conducts research in many areas including circadian photobiology, mesopic vision, psychological responses to light, lighting engineering, and visual performance. He is the author of more than 200 scientific and technical articles related to vision, lighting engineering, and human factors and was the editor-in-chief of the eighth and ninth editions of the IESNA Lighting Handbook. Rea is a recipient of the IESNA Medal.

2010 Rochester Convocation

Tuesday, May 18, 2010  7 p.m.

Bethel Lutheran Church

810 3rd Avenue SE, Rochester, MN

Paul S. Mueller – “Professionalism, Ethics, and the Best Interests of Patients”

Paul S. Mueller is a physician and staff consultant in the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Department of Medicine and an associate professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic. He is the co-director of the Mayo Clinic program in professionalism and bioethics and the medical director of the Mayo Visiting Medical Student Clerkship program. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and a member of the Board of Governors of the American Osler Society. Mueller is a 1984 graduate of Augsburg and received his medical degree and Master of Public Health degree at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.