Stanley L. Olsen
In 1982 Augustana College submitted a proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities for a matching grant. This successful NEH challenge grant provided support for two endowed chairs, endowment support for the Library, and support for the Center for Western Studies.
The two NEH endowed chairs were initially designated as the
Prof. Arthur L. Olsen was named as the first holder of the NEH Chair of Religion and Values, 1985-90, by Augustana President William C. Nelsen. At the same time, Dr. Olsen assumed the post of chief coordinator/implementer of Augustana's general education curriculum, as the new curriculum moved toward implementation.
Dr. Olsen served on the Augustana faculty 1956-57, 1960-96, and is currently Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion.
1951 B.A., St. Olaf
As NEH Chair, Dr. Olsen was particularly active in developing and teaching a number of courses related to questions of value. A particularly distinctive example is Biomedical Ethics, taught with Jerry Freeman, M.D. Dr. Olsen was also tireless in his work as Director of Capstone, encouraging and supporting the development of Capstone courses as part of General Education.
Arthur L. Olsen, "How Then Shall We Live: A Household Perspective on Moral Issues," Nov 8, 1990 Convocation address, on the occasion of the official naming of the Stanley L. Olsen Chair of Moral Values.
In a Convocation on Nov. 8, 1990, this chair
was officially named as the Stanley L. Olsen Chair of Moral Values.
Prof. Murray J. Haar
Dr. Haar has served on the Augustana
College faculty 1979-present,
1972 B.A., North Dakota State University
Dr. Haar served as Director of Capstone, and was deeply involved in teaching Capstone courses.
Events sponsored by Dr. Haar, as Stanley L. Olsen Chair of Moral Values, include:
Murray Haar, on Morals and mammals and telling the truth, Opening Convocation address, 6 Sept 1990
The First Annual Tamar Conference on Gender and Sexuality, 4-8 March 1991.
Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, professor of theological ethics at Duke University, 17 March 1992, speaking on the topic, "Why Academic Freedom is a Bad Idea for Christians."
Dr. Joan H. Timmerman, professor of theology and ethics at the College of St. Catherine (MN), 14-15 April 1993, speaking on the topics, "The Found Coin: The Power of Sexual-Spiritual Connection," and "What Constitutes Sexual Integrity."
Prof. Sandra Looney
Dr. Looney has served on the Augustana faculty 1964-present, and is currently Professor of English.
1960 A.A., Worthington State Community
Dr. Looney served as Director of Capstone, and was deeply involved in teaching Capstone courses.
Events sponsored by Dr. Looney, as Stanley L. Olsen Chair of Moral Values, include:
Sandra Looney, "Unpath'd waters, undream'd shores," Opening Convocation address, 9 Sept 1993
The Islamic World Conference, 28-29 March 1995
Sandra Looney, "Affairs are now Soul Size," presented at the ELCA Region III Symposium, 2-3 June 1994, at Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN; printed as Chapter 5 in What Does It Mean to Be a College of the Church, ELCA region III Symposia 1993-94, Compiled by the T'NT Committee, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD.
Prof. Peter Schotten
Dr. Schotten has served on the Augustana faculty 1974-present, and is currently Professor of Government and International Affairs.
1969 B.A., University of Washington
Dr. Schotten has been deeply involved in teaching Capstone courses.
Events sponsored by Dr. Schotten, as Stanley L. Olsen Chair of Moral Values, include:
Peter Schotten, "Beginnings," Opening Convocation address, 5 Sept 1996
A public forum, featuring Dr. Michael Uhlmann, attorney and political scientist, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and Professor of Government in the Washington, D.C. program of Claremont McKenna College, "Is There a Right to Die?" 10 April 1997.
A public forum, featuring Dr. Paul Cantor, distinguished Shakespeare scholar and Professor of English at the University of Virginia, "In Defense of Books: Tales of the Misinformation Highway," 19 Feb 1998.
A public forum, featuring Dr. Thomas Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at Harvard University's JFK School of Government, "Media Cynicism: Is It Undermining Our Democracy?", 15 April 1999.
Prof. Arlen Viste
Dr. Viste has served on the Augustana faculty 1964-present, and is currently Professor of Chemistry.
1958 B.A., St. Olaf College (MN)
Public events sponsored by Dr. Viste, as Stanley L. Olsen Chair of Moral Values during 1999-2002, are posted on this web site. Several of these are listed here.
Establishing this web page, Summer 1999.
Arlen Viste, "Homesteading in the Cosmos: Imagination and Integrity," Opening Convocation address, 1 Sept 1999.
Sponsoring Book Discussion Groups.
Prof. David W. Oxtoby, University of Chicago, visited Augustana Colege Nov. 17, 1999.
Dr. Gilman D. Veith, EPA, spoke May 10, 2000 on "The role of science in stewardship and environmental ethics."
Sponsoring Book Discussion Groups.
Prof. William Carroll, Cornell College, spoke Sept 27, 2000 on "The Galileo Affair and the Myth of the Warfare Between Science and Religion."
Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Seattle University, spoke April 4, 2001 on "Journey between Worlds: Economic Globalization and Luther's 'Earth Ethics'."
Sponsoring Book Discussion Groups.
Prof. Ann Pederson
Dr. Pederson has served
on the Augustana faculty 1990-present, and is currently Professor of Religion.
1979 B.A., Montana State University
Public events sponsored by Dr. Pederson, as Stanley L. Olsen Chair of Moral Values during 2002-2005, are posted on this web site.
See also Wilfrid.
Community Forums: Visions & Expectations
Ann Pederson, "Living Until We Die, Dying Until We Live,"
Opening Convocation address,
Cultivating a Moral Imagination: Digging Deep Within A Discipline
Prof. Geoffrey L. Dipple
Ph.D. November 1991. Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
has served on the Augustana faculty 1998 - present.
Public events sponsored by Dr. Dipple, as Stanley L. Olsen Chair of Moral Values during 2005-2008, are posted on this web site.
Geoffrey Dipple, "The World is your Oyster: or how not to write an essay," Opening Convocation address, 31 Aug 2005.
Community discussion forums under the title "What is to be Done?";
A series encouraging book discussion groups;
A film series entitled "Films for Thought."
Prof. Richard Bowman
Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary
has served on the Augustana faculty 1981-present.
Richard Bowman, "Where Shall Wisdom be Found?" Opening
Prof. Janet Blank-Libra
Dr. Blank-Libra has served on the Augustana College English and Journalism faculty since 1988, and has been Director of Journalism since 1996.
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
After earning a BA in English and Journalism from South Dakota State University in 1981, Dr. Blank-Libra taught high school and junior high in Mitchell, South Dakota, for two and a half years. In 1988 she finished a master's degree in journalism at the University of Montana, Missoula. While finishing her thesis, she explored life as a newspaper reporter and editor and as a member of a public relations team. She received her PhD in journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in spring 2000. Today, as a member of Augustana College's English/Journalism Department, she teaches literature and writing courses in a liberal arts setting.
Dr. Blank-Libra's dissertation looks at the way in which the press (namely four newspapers) characterized single mothers on welfare during the reform period of the mid-90s. Using ethnographic content analysis, she found that mothers were characterized to varying degrees according to myth.
E-mail address for Janet Blank-Libra: firstname.lastname@example.org