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Anthropology of Genocide – Spring 2021, Wednesday: 6:00-9:30 p.m.

submitted by kuttyv@augsburg.edu

People have a very difficult time wrapping their head around why anybody would want to study genocide. But there are actually several very good reasons to do so and they affect the global community. Although one can certainly make the case that there is a moral reason to study genocide, there are practical reasons as well.
A glaring reason to study genocide is that it is sadly not a crime of the past. Modern genocide began in Southwest Africa and has continued through the Holocaust up until today. Recent genocides include the Rohingya in Myanmar and the Yazidi in Iraq. How many people are even aware that this is still happening? We cannot afford to turn a blind eye to those that still suffer from this most heinous of crimes.
That brings us to the other practical reason to study genocide. Only by studying genocide can we hope to prevent its occurrence in the future. By studying genocide, we will be to see factors that are common among genocides. These so-called risk factors are things that make genocide more likely to occur. If such factors can be identified, an early warning system can be developed.
The study of genocide is critical, not just so that we don’t forget what happened in the past. It certainly is not something that is for the faint of heart. As a social scientist, I truly believe that those of us who study genocide feel called to do so in some way. We must also be able to not only recognize when genocide is occurring, but eventually be able to predict its occurrence. Only in this way can we hope to be rid of the scourge of evil that is genocide.

Vinodh Kutty
Adjunct Professor

Augsburg University Website

Faculty and Staff: How do we Respond to Student Survey Findings?

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

What are students saying about their experiences at Augsburg this semester? The recent NSSE Pulse and TEL surveys captured the opinions of hundreds of students on issues such as their sense of belonging, institutional support, social and academic interactions, and course delivery format.

Faculty Senate and the Provost invite you to join the chair of the Technology Enhanced Learning Committee and Director of Online and Blended Learning Jenny Hanson, and Director of Assessment Ben Denkinger for a review of the findings, followed by a solutions-focused discussion on our institutional response. Faculty Senate has engaged with this information and believes that sharing these findings with faculty and staff now can help us all better prepare for next semester.

Two live Zoom sessions are available, and you can register in advance to receive early access to the summary data and an overview of the key findings. Data summaries and a recording of the events will be made available after the events. All staff and faculty are invited to attend.

RSVP now for either of the sessions below:
Wednesday, 12/9, 3-4 pm or
Tuesday, 12/15, 3-4 pm

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Events at events@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

RSVP for the Institutional Data Workshop

Apply for Paid On Campus Summer Research

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

Research/Creative Activity can be done in all disciplines. There are 400, 200, and 100 hour options.

Compensation over 11 Weeks:
400 hours – $5700
200 hours – $2850
100 hours – $1425

First step: Read the URGO Summer Research Info Packet (found at the link below)
Second step: Talk to faculty in your discipline(s) and ask if they have ongoing research and are willing to mentor you

Phase 1 Application is due February 4th

On Campus Summer Research Website

Get Paid to Do Summer Research Off Campus

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

Get paid to conduct scientific research with some of the nation’s top academics at universities, labs, or institutes through a summer research program. Such programs are a great way to enhance your education, meet new people, and explore a new city!

Visit URGO’s website using the link below to begin searching for opportunities. The deadline for many programs is in January 2021.

Contact URGO at urgo@augsburg.edu to make an individual appointment if you need help finding opportunities or crafting your applications.

Off Campus Summer Research Lists and Databases

Apply for a Boren Scholarship to cover Language Learning Abroad

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

The Boren Scholarship program is an initiative by the US Federal Government to increase the study of languages by individuals committed to public service careers. The Boren Awards fund intensive language study abroad for U.S. undergrad and grad students. After graduation, Boren winners complete one-year minimum of paid work in the federal government, in areas like national defense, diplomacy, and intelligence. STEM majors can apply for summer scholarships too! The Boren Scholarship can be used to cover a variety of study abroad experiences, including their Flagship Language Initiative programs and others. URGO and Study Abroad provide joint advising on this program and will work with all applicants to select the program, develop budgets and write the application essays.

Scholarship amounts:
Up to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)
Up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks
Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)

If you are interested, here are your next steps:
• Check out the Boren website (https://www.borenawards.org/) to learn about languages you can study and preferred countries!
• Let us know your interest by contacting Dixie Shafer (shafer@augsburg.edu) or Andrea Dvorak (dvorak@augsburg.edu).
• DUE January 20: send a draft of your application to urgo@augsburg.edu or dvorak@augsburg.edu – we will work through several drafts from this point to ensure that you submit the strongest application possible.

Mayo College of Medicine and Science Virtual Info Session

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

Interested in applying to the Mayo Clinic of Medicine and Science? Tune in via Zoom on December 3rd at 2:30 p.m. to hear Ashya Burgess, Admissions Recruiter, share information on Mayo’s medical program as well as their Master’s of Physician Assistant, Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PhD in Biomedical Science graduate programs.

Contact urgo@augsburg.edu with any questions.

Zoom Meeting Link

URGO Academic-Year Research Application Available

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

Each year URGO offers $1,325 research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. These grants require 100 hours of research over the course of the academic year and are a great way to ease into research or to continue work on an existing project.

Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, so student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals in the fall. The URGO Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and will begin reviewing proposals September 14th.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at shafer@augsburg.edu or urgo@augsburg.edu.

URGO On-Campus Research

“Take 2” minutes for Tech Teaching Tips from your Faculty Colleagues

submitted by maherk@augsburg.edu

“Take 2” is a series of 2-minute videos by Augsburg Faculty sharing creative ways they have adjusted their classroom strategies to the remote learning environment. Yes, everyone is really pressed for time right now–that’s why we’ve kept it brief. So during your lunch break this week, tune in and “take 2” for a quick teaching tip.

“Take 2”: Faculty Tech Tips in 2 Minutes

General Announcements

Anthropology of Genocide – Wednesdays 6:00-9:30 p.m., Spring 2021

submitted by kuttyv@augsburg.edu

People have a very difficult time wrapping their head around why anybody would want to study genocide. But there are actually several very good reasons to do so and they affect the global community. Although one can certainly make the case that there is a moral reason to study genocide, there are practical reasons as well.
A glaring reason to study genocide is that it is sadly not a crime of the past. Modern genocide began in Southwest Africa and has continued through the Holocaust up until today. Recent genocides include the Rohingya in Myanmar and the Yazidi in Iraq. How many people are even aware that this is still happening? We cannot afford to turn a blind eye to those that still suffer from this most heinous of crimes.
That brings us to the other practical reason to study genocide. Only by studying genocide can we hope to prevent its occurrence in the future. By studying genocide, we will be to see factors that are common among genocides. These so-called risk factors are things that make genocide more likely to occur. If such factors can be identified, an early warning system can be developed.
The study of genocide is critical, not just so that we don’t forget what happened in the past. It certainly is not something that is for the faint of heart. As a social scientist, I truly believe that those of us who study genocide feel called to do so in some way. We must also be able to not only recognize when genocide is occurring, but eventually be able to predict its occurrence. Only in this way can we hope to be rid of the scourge of evil that is genocide.

Vinodh Kutty
Adjunct Professor

Augsburg University Website

Career Coaching Appointments Available

submitted by grayk2@augsburg.edu

Looking for a job or internship? Need to register your academic internship or Augsburg Experience for spring 2021? Interested in exploring majors or careers? Want to practice your interviewing skills? The Strommen Center can help you with all these things and more! Schedule an appointment with a career coach in Handshake today! https://augsburg.joinhandshake.com/login
Don’t forget to have your resume and/cover letter reviewed by one of our trained Career Peer Advisors. Virtual drop-in hours are Tuesdays & Thursdays 11am-4pm, Wednesdays 11am-1:30pm, & Fridays 11am-3:30pm via Zoom.

Virtual Drop-In Hours Zoom Link

Use Your Tuition Benefit to Study Leadership Spring Term

submitted by tuchten@augsburg.edu

Faculty and Staff – Use your Augsburg employee tuition benefit to pursue a graduate credential in leadership. Check out our website is at: https://www.augsburg.edu/mal/ for information about the MA in Leadership, the three course Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies (GCLS), as well as the dual MBA/MAL degree.

All spring term MAL classes will be online and we are still taking applications . Let us know if you would like to connect to discuss your options.

Application information can be found at: https://admissions.augsburg.edu/apply/

Alan Tuchtenhagen, MAL Director
tuchten@augsburg.edu

Deanna Davis, MAL Program Coordinator
davisd2@augsburg.edu

Wendy Assal, Managing Director of Graduate Admissions
assal@augsburg.edu

Leadership Studies at Augsburg

New 2 credit BIPOC Film Course this Spring

submitted by moellerj@augsburg.edu

Check out this Spring topics course on BIPOC film with filmmaker James Curry (https://www.augsburg.edu/faculty/curryja/). The course surveys the history, theories, debates, and controversies that have characterized BIPOC cinema, with an emphasis on the relationship between BIPOC cinema and American culture and politics more broadly. One of the debates within BIPOC film scholarship has centered on the problems of defining the terrain of BIPOC cinema. This course takes a broad view by including films that have been important to the public discourse about BIPOC existence in America, even if those films were not directed by BIPOC directors. Though our primary focus will be on independent film, we also will study a couple of landmark television series featuring BIPOC and put those into dialogue with the history of BIPOC’s in film.

Got Problems? Count on TutorMe for Free

submitted by trancc@augsburg.edu

Students – don’t forget about TutorMe! It is available to Augsburg students 24/7 and offers tutoring in over 300 subjects from qualified tutors. Students are able to use 3 hours a week; 3 one hour sessions or 6 thirty-minute sessions. You can find TutorMe on Moodle by clicking any of your classes! At the top left of your screen there is an orange tab to see the side panel of resources. As you scroll down, you will see the “Augsburg Tools” section and underneath is TutorMe. For more information on other tutoring and academic skills options, please click “Tutoring & Academic Skills Information”.

Academic Skills & Tutoring Information

2020 Holiday Shipping

submitted by suter@augsburg.edu

As we are getting close to the 2020 holiday season the main shipping carriers have published their guidelines to have packages arrive by Christmas time. So if you are planning to send packages make sure to get them in before the following dates.

All dates listed are recommended send-by dates for contiguous US destinations. These dates are not guaranteed so earlier is always better.

UPS
Dec 15 – Ground
Dec 21 – 3 Day Select
Dec 22 – 2nd Day Air
Dec 23 – Next Day Air

FedEx
Dec 15 – Ground/Home
Dec 21 – Express Saver
Dec 22 – 2Day
Dec 23 – Overnight

USPS
Dec 15 – Retail Ground
Dec 18 – First-Class
Dec 19 – Priority
Dec 23 – Priority Express

Thank You
Central Services Staff

Add a Global Course to your Spring Schedule

submitted by leess8@augsburg.edu

Looking for a dynamic and engaging course this spring? Want to hear from people all over the world to deepen your knowledge of international perspectives? If yes, we encourage you to register for an online course taught by CGEE staff this spring!

These courses are taught by Augsburg CGEE faculty from Mexico, Central America, and Southern Africa and will also bring in a variety of guest speakers and unique voices from around the globe using our community connections in those countries. Several courses also fulfill LAF graduation requirements.

Courses for spring 2021 semester include:
COMMUNICATION, FILM, & NEW MEDIA
COM 329-X: Intercultural Communication (Fulfills Augsburg Experience Requirement)

CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES
CCS 495: Cross-cultural Perspectives: Feminisms in the Americas

HISTORY
HIS 156: The Crisis in Nicaragua: U.S. Destabilization or a Democratic Movement? (Fulfills LAF Humanities)
HIS 195/387: Apartheid, Mandela, and Post-Apartheid in Southern Africa (Fulfills LAF Humanities)
HIS 195/387: Mexican History, Cultures and Cosmovision (Fulfills LAF Humanities)

POLITICAL SCIENCE
POL 353: Political and Social Change in Namibia (fulfills LAF Social Sciences)

RELIGION
RLN 100-C: Religion, Vocation and the Search for Meaning I (fulfills Search for Meaning I)
RLN 409-B: Virtual Immersion: Topics: Faith, Vocation, & Social Change (fulfills Augsburg experience, Search for Meaning II OR Humanities LAF)
RLN 480-A: Virtual Immersion: Vocation and the Christian Faith (fulfills Augsburg Experience, and keystone)

SPANISH
SPA 112-F: Beginning Spanish II (fulfills Modern Language I)
SPA 212-A: Intermediate Spanish II (fulfills Modern Language II)

All of these courses will be available in records and registration, per your usual registration (https://terra.augsburg.edu/recreg/Pages/frmCourseSearch.aspx)

List of Global Courses, Descriptions, and Schedules

Event Announcements

Resilience Skills for Students – Online “Playshop”

submitted by carlson2@augsburg.edu

Partners in Resilience (Minneapolis) is offering a Zoom “Playshop” on resilience skills for “Thriving in Uncertain Times.” Whether you are a first-year, continuing or graduate student, developing and enhancing Resilience Skills is more important than ever. This live, online, experiential playshop provides an introduction to natural ways of restoring resilience skills we all need to thrive, including managing energy, calming the mind, and enhancing connections. Each module in this four-part course includes didactic information, large and small group discussions, and mindful movement instruction. Core Topics: ●  Developing healthier movement, sleep, and nutrition habits ●  Exploring chemical and social media use ●  Practicing mindfulness ●  Harnessing challenging emotions ●  Deepening connections with oneself and others ●  Clarifying values and establishing purpose
Dates: ​Four​ ​Thursdays: January 14, 21, and 28,
and a “reunion session” on February 25, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Central Time
Cost: $129 (Partial scholarships available. No eligible student turned away for inability to pay. Contact ​tom@tomglaserLP.com​ to apply.) LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC are most welcome.

Registration Form for “Resilience Skills for Students” Zoom Playshop

Music Therapy Internship and Vocal Health Info

submitted by frederil@augsburg.edu

Augsburg Student Music Therapy Association is having a general meeting on Friday, December 4th from 6-7pm through Zoom. We will be discussing how to prepare for internships as well as how to keep yourself vocally healthy as a working professional. Bring any questions you have!

Zoom meeting link: https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/98041999140

Email frederil@augsburg.edu if you have any questions

Registration Required: BIPOC Faculty and Staff Pre-Winter Break Lunch

submitted by lohmannm@augsburg.edu

The Last Faculty and Staff of Color Lunch is coming up on December 10th from 12-1:30 PM! This lunch will be in person and is mainly for faculty and staff of color at Augsburg University to gather, break bread, and connect. There will be no set agenda other than expectations to try and get to know folks you don’t already know and build community. There will also be a small amount of time at the end of the lunches set aside for folks to make announcements.

Registration is required and there are limited number of spaces available. If you are interested in joining us and would like to be invited or have any questions, please reach out to inclusion@augsburg.edu.

Forum Webinar – Eight Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

When: December 17, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Introductory
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenter: Lisa Joyslin, Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration
Cost: Free

Many organizations struggle to engage volunteers who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the communities they serve. In response to this issue, the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) recently embarked on a research study which resulted in the development of a set of eight strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program within nonprofit and government organizations. These strategies serve as a starting point for leaders who are seeking concrete next steps to better engage volunteers from racially diverse and immigrant communities.
In this interactive session, you’ll learn about the eight strategies, share your own experiences, and create an action plan for launching a more inclusive volunteer program within your own organization.

Learning Outcomes
Identify the barriers that racially and ethnically diverse communities face when trying to volunteer
Learn about concrete strategies for creating a more inclusive volunteer program
Create an action plan to determine next steps for inclusive volunteer engagement at your organization

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/webinars/eight-strategies-for-creating-a-more-inclusive-volunteer-program/

Remembering Fidel Xinico Tum — Augsburg CGEE Guatemala

submitted by devega@augsburg.edu

On September 12, we lost our dear colleague and a tremendous educator, Fidel Xinico, after a courageous battle with cancer.

We invite the Augsburg community to celebrate his life, alongside friends, family, colleagues, and former students. Please join us in a celebration of Fidel Xinico’s life on:

Saturday, December 5th
Formal event: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (CST)
Virtual reception: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (CST)

RSVP and Request Zoom Link for Fidel’s Celebration of Life

“Student Voice Matters” event hosted by The Echo, KAUG and Murphy Square on Dec. 7

submitted by shamblet@augsburg.edu

STUDENTS: Want to know where you can submit your writing and art? Want to learn how you can use your voice at Augsburg in the middle of a pandemic?

Join us on Dec. 7 from 4:30p.m.-6:00p.m. to learn more about The Echo, Augsburg’s student-run newspaper, KAUG Radio and Murphy Square, Augsburg’s Literary Journal. Each of these organizations are committed to empowering student voice at Augsburg and will provide tangible ways to get involved with their work.

This event will be in-person and live streamed on our Instagram and Facebooks. There will be music and prepackaged food, including sandwiches and doughnuts! Please RSVP at the link below.

COVID Safety: Maximum capacity for this event is 20 people, social distancing and masks are required.

RSVP at this link!

Advancing LGBTQIA+ Rights Worldwide: Dec 10 at 12 p.m. CST

submitted by hermansb@augsburg.edu

Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex or asexual (LGBTQIA) continue to face violence, discrimination, and other human rights violations due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, not just in the United States but worldwide.

Global Minnesota is bringing this global conversation to Minnesota, presented in partnership with Augsburg University (Center for Global Education and Experience and LGBTQIA+ Student Services).

The panel will consists of alumni from the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership as well as Augsburg’s Center of Global Education and Experience (CGEE) professor, Antonio Ortega (from our campus in Cuernavaca, Morelos), AND the event will be moderated by Raziel Valiño, also a member of our CGEE team.

We invite you to join this FREE VIRTUAL EVENT.
Title: Advancing LGBTQIA+ Rights Worldwide
Date: December 10, 2020
Time: 12 pm CST

The program will include breakout rooms, lead by 3-4 Augsburg students, with the opportunity for audience engagement and participation.

Join us individually OR as a classroom!

MORE EVENT INFORMATION and FREE REGISTRATION HERE

Chapel: Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Please join us in Hoversten Chapel or by live streaming for chapel today at 11:30 am to hear Pastor Justin Lind-Ayres preach on the “Mystic Breath of God” in the season of Advent. Chapel is live streamed via Zoom https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/95460363994?pwd=S1lSdks0T1cvcm96ZDNTRTlmYndUUT09.
The bulletin for today is available online. http://web.augsburg.edu/campusministry/Daily_Chapel_Bulletins/2020-21_Bulletins/2020-12-03_Chapel_bulletin.pdf
Chapel services are available for viewing on the Campus Ministry YouTube channel.

Campus Ministry Calendar

Eco Narratives Healing Through the Arts

submitted by tripp@augsburg.edu

On Wednesday Dec. 9th, at 6:00 PM we invite you to join this FREE EVENT, presented on zoom. The Pan-Afrikan Center and the LGBTQIA+ Student Services are partnering to bring Brotherhood Dance.

Brotherhood Dance will facilitate mindfulness movement, discuss self-sustaining eco-system, and intersectionalities. The artist’s work Afro/Solo/Man, has TWO New York City Dance and Performance Bessie nominations for Outstanding Production & Outstanding Visual Design.

Brother(hood) Dance! is an interdisciplinary duo that seeks to inform its audiences on the socio-political and environmental injustices from a global perspective, bringing clarity to the same-gender-loving African-American experience in the 21st century. Brother(hood) Dance! was formed in April 2014 as a duo that research, create and perform dances of freedom by Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine. Orlando is originally from Minneapolis but now resides in NYC with his partner and co-founder Ricarrdo Valentine.
Join us individually OR as a classroom!

Orlando Zane Hunter,Jr. is an international artist, who has performed in Trinidad and Tobago and Zimbabwe, Africa with Ananya Chatterjea. He has received a B.F.A. in dance from the University of Minnesota. Recently he choreographed and danced in “Redbone: A Biomythography” that debuted at the Nuyorican Café, Wild Project Theater and Duke University: Women’s center.

Ricarrdo Valentine uses art as a vehicle for activism. Ricarrdo’s education includes Urban Bush Women: Summer Leadership Institute, Bates Dance Festival and Earl Mosely Institute of the Arts. He has presented his choreography at Bates Dance Festival, Brooklyn Museum, El Museo de Barro and LaGuardia Community College.

https://www.bhooddance.com/

Remembering Fidel Xinico Tum — Augsburg CGEE Guatemala

submitted by devega@augsburg.edu

On September 12, we lost our dear colleague and a tremendous educator, Fidel Xinico, after a courageous battle with cancer.

We invite the Augsburg community to celebrate his life, alongside friends, family, colleagues, and former students. Please join us in a celebration of Fidel Xinico’s life on:

Saturday, December 5th
Formal event: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (CST)
Virtual reception: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (CST)

RSVP and Request Zoom Link for Fidel’s Celebration of Life

Advent Vespers Service is Tomorrow

submitted by knutsonc@augsburg.edu

Join us Augsburg’s Advent and Christmas celebration — The 41st Annual Augsburg University Advent Vespers. This virtual service is open to all – No tickets and no reservations required this year!

Come Now, Breath of God
Advent Vespers
Friday, December 4 – 7 p.m. (CST)

Check out the vespers webpage below for the YouTube Premieres Link, additional details and to share with family and friends!

Advent Vespers Information & YouTube Link

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