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Paideia 30th Anniversary Invitational, July 26

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All Augsburg students, faculty and staff are cordially invited to join us for the 30th Anniversary Paideia Institute Invitational on Friday, July 26 in Old Main 105. This is your opportunity to participate in or observe a Paideia seminar and discover what teachers are doing in their classrooms with students. The schedule for the day includes:

9:00 am – 9:30 am Registration and seminar preparation
9:30 am – 10:00 am Welcome and Introduction to seminar
10:00 am – 11:00 am SEMINAR Reading: Anne Dunn, “Too Many Rules”
11:00 am – 11:30 am Debrief
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch on us, Christensen Center second floor
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Breakout seminars facilitated by returning teachers;
Paideia information session

Additional details and the RSVP are located on the digital form linked below.
A copy of the story and reading guide will be emailed to you in advance as confirmation.

Paideia Invitational RSVP Form

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Augsburg MFA Graduate Student Readings

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Augsburg University MFA in Creative Writing department’s 2019 Summer Residency will be on campus from Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 28. Please join us in welcoming our group of very talented students and acclaimed writers for this festival of craft talks, workshops, evening readings and more.

Forty writing students will be attending the ten-day residency, with about half of them living on campus. During the fall and spring semesters they work with their mentors and fellow writers from their homes in various parts of the country, with one student coming from Finland.

Sixteen graduating MFA students will be giving public readings of their works, and we invite you to join us:

Friday, July 19 – Graduating Writers
Adriana Estrada (Poetry), Richard Gangelhoff (Fiction), Kayla Hambek (Playwriting), Kathleen Kanne (Creative Nonfiction), and Jacob Schornak (Fiction)
7:15 p.m., Foss Center Theater. Reception follows.

Saturday, July 20 – Graduating Writers
Jeffrey Boldt (Fiction), Ned Dougherty (Playwriting), Shelbi Gesch (Creative Nonfiction), Colin Mustful (Fiction), Jamie Randall (Poetry), and Sharon Sobotta (Creative Nonfiction/Screenwriting)
7:15 p.m., Foss Center Theater. Reception follows.

Sunday, July 21 – Graduating Writers
Stephanie Fleck (Fiction), Diana Lopez Jones (Poetry), Jeremy Moberg (Fiction), Tracy Ross (Poetry), and Jannet Walsh (Creative Nonfiction)
7:15 p.m., Foss Center Theater. Reception follows.

Visiting Writer Readings on Campus

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This summer’s MFA Summer Residency guests include Lisa Van Orman Hadley, winner of the Howling Bird Press Fiction Award, and poet Danez Smith, playwright Stacey Rose, creative nonfiction writer Tessa Fontaine, and screenwriter Rebecca Sonnenshine. Learn more about this impressive lineup on the MFA website.

We invite you to the following free public events:

Sunday, July 21
Howling Bird Press Party with Fiction Prize Winner
Lisa Van Orman Hadley, author of Irreversible Things

Reception in Foss Center Atrium: 4:30-5 p.m.
Public Reading / Q & A in Sateren Hall: 5-6 p.m.

The 2019 Howling Bird Press Fiction Prize book officially releases in November; in honor of our summer residency, attendees get a sneak peek at this reading, with limited advance copies available for purchase and signing.
Reading by Visiting Playwright Stacey Rose
Monday, July 22, 7:15 p.m.
Foss Center Theater
Reading by Visiting CNF Writer Tessa Fontaine
Tuesday, July 23, 7:15 p.m.
Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Building
Reading by Visiting Poet Danez Smith
Thursday, July 25, 7:15 p.m.
Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Building
Screening of the film THE KEEPING HOURS
with Visiting Screenwriter Rebecca Sonnenshine
Friday, July 26, 7:15 p.m.
Sateren Auditorium, Anderson Music Building

A book signing and reception will follow each event, with books available for purchase.

Please join us for the following event hosted by the MFA Program

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Panel: Awarding Value
Julia M. Brown, Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, and Shannon Gibney
Co-Moderated by Alayne Hopkins and Lindsay Starck
Saturday, July 20, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Hagfors 150

From the Pushcart Prize to the Pulitzer Prize, from the “Best American” series to the Minnesota Book Awards, it’s clear that literary communities are constantly comparing, judging, and awarding value. What does it mean to evaluate a text or a writer? How do we determine which book, fellowship application, script, or screenplay is the best? To what degree is literary appreciation subjective, and what criteria do we use to make these judgments? After we hear from a panel of writers who have judged and/or been judged, Jim Cihlar, publisher of Augsburg’s Howling Bird Press, will provide an overview of how the MFA student editors choose our annual prize winner and do the work of publishing and promoting the resulting book.

Julia M. Brown is Artistic Programs Administrator at the Playwrights’ Center.

Shannon Gibney won the 2019 and 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Young Peoples’ Literature.

Alayne Hopkins is Assistant Director of Programs & Services at The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, overseeing the statewide activities of the Minnesota Center for the Book, which include the Minnesota Book Awards program and other initiatives.

Lindsay Starck is associate director of Augsburg’s MFA program.

Campus Share Shop at Augsburg, Check it Out

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Members of the Environmental Stewardship Committee and Campus Cupboard are coming together to create a Campus Share Shop for the students of Augsburg! Our purpose is to create a space where students can check out goods they need, rather than purchasing new items. By doing this, we hope to:
-Reduce the consumption of material goods
-Reduce students’ costs
-Create a community space where students can take part in informal learning around sustainable practices and skill-sharing.

This is a project created by students for students, so we are reaching out to you to find out what you would want to see in the share shop. Please take a few minutes to take a short survey that will aid in creating a share shop that will properly serve the students of Augsburg.

Share Shop Student Survey Link Here

Campus Cupboard Looking for Donations

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Hey all,
Campus cupboard is reaching out to its students, staff, and faculty for donations for the campus cupboard. We are currently looking for unopened jellies, extra mac and cheese boxes, rice or soup mixes, and cans of tuna. However any donations are welcome and greatly appreciated. We do ask that the expiration date on these items are with in the last three years to insure safety and quality. If you hav eany donations please feel free to stop by the cupboard located in Foss by the chapel during open hours:
-Tuesday 11-3
-Wednesday 11-3
-Friday 2-4
There is also a donation drop off location next to Einstein’s cafe (Christensen lobby) if these times do not work for you. Thank you all for taking the time to read this message and any donations you might have. Campus kitchen appreciates your thoughts and time.

Campus Cupboard Homepage

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Lutterman-Aguilar (CGEE Mexico) and Marquel Moorer (’18) Published in “The Global Impact Exchange”

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Augsburg CGEE Mexico Site Director & Global Faculty member Dr. Ann Lutterman-Aguilar co-authored an article with alumnus Marquell Moorer (’18) in the summer edition of THE GLOBAL IMPACT EXCHANGE: A Quarterly Publication of Diversity Abroad.

“Racism as an emotional Health Hazard: Studying Abroad as a Student of Color” (Lutterman Aguilar & Moorer, p.7-9)
“The Study Abroad Rollercoaster: Reflections on Racialized Experiences in Mexico” (Moorer, p. 13-14)

Read the articles here.


South Minneapolis House For Rent

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There’s one room available in a 4bd/2ba house in S. Minneapolis’ Central neighborhood convenient to Powderhorn Park, Midtown Global Market, Matt’s Bar, Hosmer Library, and buses #5 and #4. Washer/dryer on-site along with well-furnished kitchen. Perks include enclosed patio, fenced yard, and basement storage.

Rent per person: $448.75/month + utilities (water/trash, electric, gas, internet), one year lease.

Interview and application fee required. Room available Aug 1, 2019-July 31, 2020.

Come join a household of eclectic introverts. We like fine arts, film, world music and food, puzzles, card/word games, thrift shopping, sewing, improv, reading, gardening, and building. Add in your well-behaved/trained dog or cat and we can’t go wrong.

Roommate preferences:
* You don’t smoke, do drugs or partake in other illegal activities.
* 21+ & recovery friendly.
* Willing to participate in monthly housemate meetings and able to uphold weekday and weekend quiet hours.
* Cooperative, responsible, tidy, and drama-free.
* Willing to share in snow shoveling and mowing/yardwork.

All races/religions welcome. Must be LGBTQ+ friendly.

Please contact by email at or text 605 659 5024 with questions and to set up an interview.