Stanley L. Olsen
Stanley L. Olsen

Augustana College
Sioux Falls, SD

Stanley L. Olsen
Chair of Moral Values

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Encouraging book discussion groups
in collaboration with the Bush Committee
1999-2000

The Stanley L. Olsen Chair of Moral Values and the BushFaculty Development Committee are co-sponsoring and encouraging theformation of book discussion groups as a type of cell group. This relatesto the fourth vector of the Bush Grant, pages17-19 in the proposal on the web site.

What we have in mind is to encourage the formation andactivities of perhaps two book discussion groups, which we envision ascutting across lines of faculty, administration, and staff.

Here are several possibilities for books with which agroup might begin.

Stephen L. Carter,Integrity,HarperCollins, New York, 1997.

Stephen L. Carter, Civility,HarperCollins, New York, 1998.

Larry L. Rasmussen, EarthCommunity, Earth Ethics, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY, 1996. Withthis book, Rasmussen won the 1997 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Nancey C. Murphy and George R. Ellis, Onthe Moral Nature of the Universe: Theology, Cosmology & Ethics,FortressPress, Minneapolis, 1996.

Karen L. Bloomquist and John R. Stumme, Editors, ThePromise of Lutheran Ethics, FortressPress, Minneapolis, 1998. (Arlen Viste is particularly interested inthe contributions of Larry Rasmussen and Cynthia Moe-Lobeda in Chapter8 and elsewhere. Portions of the book have generated some onlinediscussion on at least one or two listservs.)

Jane Tompkins, ALife in School: What the Teacher Learned, Addison Wesley, 1996.Jane Tompkins is the presenter at the 1999Fall Faculty Seminar, sponsored by the Bush Faculty Development Committee.

The Bush Committee and/or the Stanley L. Olsen Chair ofMoral Values will gladly purchase and supply copies of whichever book thepeople in a potential discussion group decide that they would like to readand begin to discuss together. We encourage at least beginning with a bookwhich has a connection with ethics and moral values. Since we take a ratherbroad view of these terms, that should not be unduly restrictive.

For most of 20 years, a number of faculty have been blessedby being involved in an Augustana book group, mostly couples but with somesingles, which in its more active phases has met several times a year inhomes, typically with a Sunday evening potluck dinner and book discussion.As we recall, several such groups began with a little financial supportfrom the ELCA and/or ALC, aimed at faculty theological development. DonSneen was one of the conveners. The financial support bought the books.This is an example of a small amount of financial support doing a lot ofgood.

The Open Windows Project, and cell groups, of the Bushgrant potentially span a much broader range of interests and activitiesthan the sort of book discussion groups that are described here. And yetthis may be a beginning, and meshes with the concerns of the Olsen Chair.

The Open Windows vector in the Bush grant seems particularlyinnovative, and we hope very much for its success.

If you might be interested in participating in a bookdiscussion cell group along the lines described, please contact eitherArlen Viste or the BushCommittee. The group is welcome to meet in whatever manner it findscongenial - individually or as couples, on or off campus, during the weekor on weekends. All Augustana faculty, staff, and administration, and theirspouses or friends, are invited and welcome to participate.

 

Book groups during Fall 1999:

Wed 12:00-12:45, in one of the 3 in 1 rooms.
9 members initially.
Larry L. Rasmussen, EarthCommunity, Earth Ethics, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY, 1996.
Wed Oct 6, through p. 37. Beloit Room.
Wed Nov 3.Beloit Room.
Wed Dec 6.Paxton Room.
Bring a sack lunch or go through the line.

Wed 4:30-5:15, in a seminar room.
8 members initially.
Stephen L. Carter, Integrity,HarperCollins, New York, 1997.
Wed Oct 20, GSC 262. Part I, Explanations, through p. 65.
Wed Nov10, MC 252. Part II, Applications, Ch 5-11, p. 69-189.
Wed Dec 15, MC 252. Part III, Ruminations, Ch 12-14, p. 193-242.

Sun evening potluck meal in homes.
10 individuals or couples initially.
Stephen L. Carter, Integrity,HarperCollins, New York, 1997.
First meeting Oct 17. Part I, Explanations, through p. 65.
The group plans to meet monthly.

For further information, please contact ArlenViste.

 

Book groups beginning Spring 2000:

Wed 4:30-5:15, in a seminar room. First meeting Wed Mar 1.
Gerald Holton. Einstein,History, and Other Passions: The Rebellion Against Science at the Endof the Twentieth Century. Addison-Wesley, 1996. Gerald Holton bio.Another bio.

Thursday 10:00-10:45. First meeting Thur Feb 24.
Ray Kurzweil. TheAge of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence.Penguin Books, 1999. Paperback.
Ray Kurzweil bio.Related website: http://www.kurzweiltech.com/

Thursday 10:00-10:45. First meeting Thur Feb 17.
Frank McCourt. Angela'sAshes: A Memoir. Touchstone Books, 1999. Paperback.
Frank McCourt bio.Related website: http://www.angelasashes.com/

Sun evening potluck meal in homes.
Donald J. Sneen. Millennium: Rapture or Jubilee. Kirk House Publishers,1999.

For further information, please contact ArlenViste.


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