Fryxell Humanities Dedication

Event Details


Date: October 11, 2019

Times: 9-9:45 a.m.

Location: Hamre Recital Hall

Ticket Info: This event is free and open to the public.

The Fryxell Humanities Center building will be dedicated at 9-9:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, during Viking Days homecoming weekend.

About the Fryxell Humanities Center

When the Center was dedicated in September 1971 at a cost of $2.1 million, it brought together a division that previously had offices and classrooms scattered throughout campus. Dr. Don Fryxell, Shakespeare scholar, fierce proponent of the liberal arts, and former English department and Humanities Division chair, was the central figure in the planning and design of the new building.

Several classrooms have benn updated in the renovation, enhancing technology and flexibility for lectures, discussion and group projects. In addition to the classrooms, the academic suites, housing the offices for each department within the humanities division, were also upgraded with new furnishings and gathering spaces for faculty-student collaboration and study.

The humanities are key to studying the liberal arts. In fact, at some point in their academic lives, all Augustana students pass through the hallways of this building to take their religion and English classes. The majority of First Year Seminar courses are also taught in the Center. Since one-quarter of AU students participate in instrumental and choral music ensembles, they fill the halls, rehearsal rooms and practice studios throughout the music wing.