Academy for Seniors

Academy for Seniors with presenter Thayne Munce

Fall 2017 Series

We announce Year 15 of the Augustana Academy for Seniors. Chosen speakers contribute their thoughts, experience and insights on topics where they have demonstrated knowledge and experience. Everyone is welcome to register.

This fall's upcoming Academy for Seniors speaker will present an online Guatemalan craft marketplace. The past events shared updates from the Hiawatha Indian Asylum in Canton and discussed the Lutheran Reformation's 500th anniversary.


Wednesday, Nov. 15

  • 10 - 10:30 a.m. Chapel
  • 10:40 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. Lecture: 3-in-1 Room Commons
  • 12:05 - 12:40 p.m. Lunch (provided) and Discussion at Table Groups


Cost is $15 per session ($40 for the semester), which includes lunch. Seating is limited.

For more information or to register, please contact the Advancement office at 605.274.5521 or Checks may be mailed to: Augustana University, Advancement Office, 2001 S. Summit Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Fall 2017 Speakers

Diane NesselhufWednesday, Nov. 15: Diane Nesselhuf presents her "Sharing the Dream" marketplace for handmade, fair trade Guatemalan crafts, such as jewelry, scarves and baskets. Her non-profit organization provides support for the talented artisans who create these beautiful items as well as their community projects.

Earlier Fall 2017 Presentations

Dr. Ann Milliken PedersonWednesday, Oct. 18: Dr. Ann Milliken Pederson will discuss the Lutheran Reformation and its 500th anniversary. Pederson teaches Christian theology, with particular emphases in religion and medical sciences, feminist theologies, and Lutheran constructive theology and is currently working with colleagues at both Augustana University and Gettysburg Seminary to integrate science into seminary education.

Dr. Pederson was unable to present; in her place Campus Pastor Paul Rohde spoke.

audio of presentation of Paul Rohde

Hiawatha Indian Asylum, CantonWednesday, Sept. 20: Dr. Anne Dilenschneider and Jerry Fogg will share an update on the Hiawatha Indian Asylum in Canton. Dr. Dilenschneider is a licensed professional counselor. And artist Jerry Fogg was part of a recent gallery exhibit that sought to explore its history following the expiration of a 70-year government-imposed gag order.

audio of presentation of Dr. Anne Dilenschneider and Jerry Fogg

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