This Week at Augustana: Nov. 14-18

From opera and a charity basketball game on Tuesday, to an internationally known photographer on Wednesday, to a laugh-a-minute theatric comedy; a thought-provoking discussion on immigration and border control; a new art exhibit and more – it's an action-packed week at Augustana.

Nov. 14-18: International Education Week

Augustana will celebrate the global perspectives and cultural diversity alive on campus during “International Education Week,” Nov. 14-18.

Nov. 15: An Evening of Opera

Opera Theatre selections from the classical period through the 20th century — scenes from some of the world's most famous and beloved operas — will be featured in "An Evening of Opera" beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Kresge Recital Hall. Tickets are $5 for the general public and are free for Augustana students and faculty, and students K-12 with a valid ID. Tickets are available at

Nov. 15: Prairie Spirit Charitable Challenge

Proceeds from the Nov. 15 Prairie Spirit Charitable Challenge, a yearly battle between the Augustana and University of Sioux Falls basketball programs, benefit Feeding South Dakota's BackPack Program.

The women's game tips off at 6 p.m., while the men are slated for an 8 p.m. tilt. Both contests are at the Sioux Falls Arena.

Tickets are on sale at the Sioux Falls Arena Box Office or at

Nov. 16: Book Signing

Former Augustana coach Sandy Jerstad will be signing her book, "Letters of Love; Sermons and Reflections by Mark and Sandy Jerstad," from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 16, in the Morrison Commons. Mark Jerstad was Augustana's campus pastor from 1976-1985.

Nov. 16: National Geographic Photographer Annie Griffiths

Annie Griffiths, one of National Geographic’s first female photographers and an artist known around the globe, will discuss her life, career and experiences in a discussion titled “Connect with Anybody, Anywhere" at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Kresge Recital Hall. Admission is free for those with an Augustana ID; $5 for the general public.

Nov. 16-20: 'The Book of Liz'

The new, laugh-a-minute play on the adventures of Sister Elizabeth Donderstock, cheese balls, a restaurant and customers was written by brother-and-sister playwrights David Sedaris and Amy Sedaris and is directed by Augustana’s Dan Workman. The comedy runs Nov. 16-20 at the on-campus Edith Mortenson Center Theatre. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and are available at Admission is free to students K-12 and those with valid Augustana ID.

Nov. 18: Thought Leader Forum to Discuss "Disorder on the Border"

Dr. Cari Skogberg Eastman, an author and independent researcher focusing on border and immigration issues. Her talk, "Disorder on the Border," will discuss the media's impact on the immigration debate. The Thought Leader Forum will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at CJ Callaway's Event Center in Sioux Falls. Reserved tickets are $20 and include lunch. Tickets at the door are $25. To order, visit or call 605.274.4404.

Nov. 18 - Dec. 10: Jay Duffin Olson Retrospective

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery's newest exhibit features a retrospective of works by South Dakota artist Jay Duffin Olson, the man esteemed artists Robert Aldern and Carl Grupp once called the best painter in the state. Free and open to the public.

Nov. 19: Model UN to Debate 'Health Care as a Human Right'

Augustana's first Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about civics, current events, effective communication, globalization and multilateral diplomacy. The event is sponsored by the International Programs Office in celebration of International Education Week on campus. The Model UN will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Gilbert Science Center, Room #100.