April 11-29: Augustana Academic Festival to Celebrate Scholarship

Event Details

Date: April 10 - April 28, 2012

Location: Augustana Campus

The first-ever Augustana Academic Festival, a celebration of scholarship and academic achievement, will be held on campus April 11-19.

The festival, which is free and open to the public, will feature a number of guest speakers and events:

  • April 11: Brian Turner, a veteran of the Iraq War and acclaimed poet, will share his work and reflect on his life experiences during "An Evening With Brian Turner" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, in Kresge Recital Hall.
  • Saturday, April 14: Dr. James McWilliams, author and associate professor of history at Texas State University, will discuss “Animals, Plants and Food: Eating Sustainably in the Twenty-First Century (and Beyond)” at 7 p.m. in the Gilbert Science Center Auditorium, room 100. The lecture serves as the spring 2012 Iverson Lecture for Augustana’s Civitas honors program.
  • Tuesday, April 17: Students will take on faculty members in the Student-Faculty Quiz Bowl at 6 p.m. in the Back Alley.
  • Friday, April 20: A Gallery Reception for the "Augustana Senior Art Show," on display in the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, will begin at 5 p.m..
  • Friday, April 20: The 2012 Covenant Awards will be presented as part of Verdier 2012, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church.
  • Saturday, April 21: Dr. Randy Moore, professor of biology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, will discuss "Academic Malpractice? The Ongoing Popularity of Creationism Among High School Biology Teachers" at the Augustana Symposium, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Gilbert Science Center Auditorium (Room #100). A prodigious author of more than 300 papers, books and publications, Moore's recent work has focused on the evolution-creationsim debate.
  • Monday, April 23: Dr. Joel Johnson, associate professor of Government and International Affairs, will present the film "High Noon" as part of the Faculty Film Festival beginning at 7 p.m. in Humanities #123.
  • Tuesday, April 24: Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, will host "Shakespeare's Birthday Party" at 7 p.m. in the Back Alley.
  • April 27: 44th-annual Dakota Conference Special Event: Russell Means, "Wounded Knee, Before, During and After," 8 p.m., Chapel of Reconciliation.
  • April 27-28: 44th-annual Dakota Conference featuring presentations on "Wounded Knee 1973: Forty Years Later," the Center for Western Studies. Friday sessions: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday sessions: 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Readings from the newest edition of Venture, the Augustana literary magazine, will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, in the Siverson Lounge in Morrison Commons.

The Academic Festival is sponsored by the Augustana Mellon Fund, ASA, Center for Western Studies, Civitas, Department of Fine Arts, Office of Student Services, Sigma Tau Delta, UBG and Venture.