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Commencement focus is on "responsible leadership"

commencementAugsburg’s Commencement ceremonies this academic year—Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, June 26—are organized around the theme of responsible leadership. Augsburg will welcome global leaders to challenge and encourage graduates as they begin their lives beyond Augsburg.

Commencement on Saturday honors the 431 day semester students and 29 physician assistant graduate students who are eligible to graduate. The Marina Christensen Justice Award, recognizing a graduating student who has demonstrated a dedication to community service and has reached out to disadvantaged communities, will be given out. This year’s student speaker representing the Class of 2011 will be Ali Rapp. Continue reading “Commencement focus is on "responsible leadership"”

Panel explores relationship between Iran and the West

oslo_centerAugsburg College will host a panel discussion entitled “With Respect to Iran and the West: An Interface of Politics and Religion” from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 28 in Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center, exploring how the nuances of cultural and religious differences affect the political relationship between Iran and the West, with the premise that informed and respectful dialog can reduce international tensions.

The Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights was created in January of 2006 by former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik (pictured) to encourage dialogue around the intersection of peace and religious practice. In 2007, the Oslo Center formalized a partnership with the Foundation for Dialogue Among Civilizations, which is headed by former president of Iran, Mohammad Khatami, to build bridges of understanding between the “Islamic World” and the “West.” The two organizations have jointly organized workshops in both Oslo and Tehran, focusing on fostering human rights, tolerance for diversity, and reducing religious extremism. Continue reading “Panel explores relationship between Iran and the West”