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Teaching and Learning

Summer Language Study with Critical Language Scholarship

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The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded eight to ten week language and cultural immersion program abroad in which students receive eight credits of intensive language instruction in less-commonly taught languages, as well as structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS is part of a US State Department initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages critical to national security and economic prosperity. There are fifteen languages that applicants can select from.

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths. Competitive applicants will need to be able to illustrate a commitment to language learning, a very strong academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting, and ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging cultural environment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Languages with no previous study required:

Languages with one year prior study required:

Languages with two years prior study required:

The URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS. Please contact (reference CLS) to set up an appointment before October 8th.

CLS Website

A Liberated Love Note – For Black Folks in DEI When “Doin’ The Work” No Longer Feels Like Enough

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Brittany J. Harris (also known as Brittany Janay) shares a thoughtful note of affirmation and loving accountability to Black folks working in DEI. The toll of working in DEI while Black is well documented and there are not many spaces that center the healing and nurturing that this toll calls for—particularly as Black practitioners work to dismantle the very same systems they too are impacted by.

Forum Podcast ep 76 Using Innovative Simulation Strategies to Dismantle Systemic Racism Continued

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In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Samreen Vora (Children’s Minnesota) and Brittany Dahlen (Children’s Minnesota) answer questions from listeners that attended our August 19, 2021 webinar Using Innovative Simulation Strategies to Dismantle Systemic Racism.

General Announcements

Volunteer Virtually or In-Person for the Minnesota Urban Debate League

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to Twin Cities middle and high school students.

Want to get out of the house? Or want to stay home to volunteer? We’ve got you covered! Volunteer virtually on Fridays and in-person on Saturdays this fall.

See our full tournament schedule and sign up today:
After a year of all-virtual programming, we’re heading back to in-person tournaments this fall. We need judges to make it happen! Being a judge is easy and fun. Debate judges listen to students, share feedback, and choose the winner!

Fall Tournament Dates:

* 10/8: UMN (Virtual) & 10/9: (In Person, UMN Campus)
* 10/16: Northside Invitational (In Person)
* 10/29: Roseville (Virtual) & 10/30 (In Person, Roseville)
* 11/5: Farmington (Virtual) & 11/6 (In Person, Farmington)
* 11/12: Highland Park (Virtual) & 11/13 (In Person, Highland Park)
* 11/20: UMBrooks (In Person, UMN Campus)
* 12/11: MNUDL Championships (Virtual) & 12/12 (In Person)

No experience is needed – we train judges at every tournament. If you’re interested in learning more about our special judging opportunities for experienced policy debaters, contact Jake Swede at

Event Announcements

Fulbright Adventures in Finland: Mathematical Models from Soil to Satellite

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All are welcome to join us for the upcoming mathematics colloquium presented by John Zobitz, Professor of Mathematics and Data Science.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
3:10 – 4:10 PM
Hagfors 150A

Fulbright adventures in Finland: Mathematical models from soil to satellite

The Fulbright program supports students and faculty to engage in international exchanges and scholarship abroad. Last year I was fortunate to travel abroad with my family (even during a pandemic!) to Finland to work on a project that developed mathematical models for soil carbon following forest fires. This project involved an interesting mix of mathematics, data science, and some extra persistence and perseverance. This talk will describe some of the lessons learned from Finland, describe the project results, and provide perspectives on how ecological data informs mathematical models.

Come for the opportunity to learn about a fascinating country and stay for some interesting data visualization!

Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium, October 5

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The Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel

All Things Are New: The Language of Our Life in the Face of Empire

Brian Bantum, PhD
Neil F. And Ila A. Fisher Professor of Theology
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

It’s difficult to remember a time when there was order and expectation. Uncertainty and chaos feel like the norm. Problems seem too big to overcome, and words are too weak to point a way forward. How do we speak of God? How do we live in the face of chaos? As we begin a new season, let us reflect on a God who creates in the chaos and becomes flesh in the face of empire.

Brian Bantum, PhD, writes, speaks, and teaches on identity, racial imagination, creating spaces of justice, and the intersection of theology and embodiment for audiences around the United States. He is a contributing editor of The Christian Century and is the author of “Redeeming Mulatto: A Theology of Race and Christian Hybridity,” “The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World,” and “Choosing Us: Marriage and Mutual Flourishing in a World of Difference,” which he co-authored with his spouse, Gail Song Bantum.

About the Christensen Symposium

The Christensen Symposium provides the opportunity to explore and apply the lessons rooted in former Augsburg President Bernhard M. Christensen’s legacy:
• Christian faith liberates minds and lives.
• Diversity strengthens vital communities.
• Interfaith friendships enrich learning.
• The love of Christ draws us to God.
• We are called to service in the world.

Livestream link available, registration required

Tour Kennedy/Si Melby with the Staff Senate on October 6

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Curious about Augsburg’s athletic facilities and how you can use them? Never been able to find the locker room in Kennedy Center? Excited to see the new sports medicine space? On October 6, the Staff Senate invites you on a tour of Athletics buildings. Meet Jackie Voigt, the assistant women’s basketball coach, and other members of the staff senate at 1:00 pm in the lobby of Kennedy for a half-hour tour of the athletic facilities.

2021-22 Staff Senate Members

Joel Enriquez Blas, Registrar’s Office
Christopher Bogen, Institutional Advancement
Janice Dames, Campus Ministry – Co-chair
Deanna Davis, Professional Studies – Co-chair
Kate Gray, Strommen Center
Jackie Voigt, Athletics

Staff Senate Website

Farewell to Thenedra Roots

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Please join us as we celebrate Thenedra Roots on October 6th in OGC room 100 from 2-3pm. Thenedra has accepted a new position in the Nonprofit sector and will be leaving Augsburg on October 15th.
Over the last 5 years Thenedra has been an integral part of supporting students in the StepUP program as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Her dedication to our students, families and coworkers will be greatly missed.

Auggie Connect TODAY – Sverdrup 102 or Zoom

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Today hear about Assistive Technology from our CLASS Assistive Technology & Accommodations Specialist, Lauren Dusek. Join us in person in Sverdrup 102, near the Enrollment Center, or via Zoom.
Auggie Connect is open to Augsburg students with disabilities and is a space to gather, support one another and find community. Join CLASS staff Cassie Charles and your fellow Auggie students on Mondays from 3:30-4:30 PM. Contact for disability-related accommodations.
Zoom Meeting ID: 930 1256 1020
Passcode: 787265

Join Zoom Meeting Today

Keeping Track of Auggies

Congratulations to Isaac Tadé ’21

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Isaac Tadé, “21 Biology, started dental school at the University of Minnesota where he received the Xhonga Scholarship, $60,000 over four years, and was also awarded a National Health Service Corps Scholarship which covers tuition and fees and provides a monthly stipend. The NHSC Scholarship requires a commitment to work in an underserved community which has always been Isaac’s goal.


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