World Hunger and Poverty — 2011-2012 International Theme

Designed to increase students’ understanding of global issues, Augustana introduced the International Theme during the 2009-10 academic year by studying and supporting issues related to Guatemala. For the 2010-11 year, amid the College’s sesquicentennial, the theme was Norway.

Programming efforts around the “World Hunger and Poverty" topic included:

  • Fall break service project at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Oct. 24-25.
  • Boe Forum on Public Affairs, featuring Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, Wednesday, Nov. 9.
  • Bread for the Apple,” a student-led fundraising initiative to support New York City’s Trinity Lutheran Church, a soup kitchen on the lower eastside of Manhattan that serves 1,000 meals to people in need each week.
  • CROP Hunger Walk, Oct. 2. An acronym for Christian Rural Overseas Program, CROP Hunger Walks are interfaith hunger education and fundraising events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by CWS regional offices across the U.S.
  • Dr. Stephen Minister, associate professor of philosophy, will lead a study abroad group to Guatemala to study the topic of Global Poverty over spring break.
  • Alice Leora Briggs: Near Impunity,” an exhibition featuring artwork by Alice Leora Briggs, March 8 through April 14, at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery. Known for creating haunting drawings that focus on the border town of Juárez and the effects of the current drug war, Briggs’ current work stems from a number of trips she undertook to Juárez, a Mexican border city at the heart of the country’s devastating drug wars, between 2007 and 2009. Her resulting work is a meditation on the effects of poverty and violence on those living and surviving in this space. As such, her work powerfully provokes conversations beyond just inspiring the viewer to learn more about this specific tragic situation. An Artist’s Reception is planned for 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 9.

For the 2012-13 year, the International Theme is China and Globalization.