'World Hunger and Poverty' Named 2011-12 International Theme

“World Hunger and Poverty” has been named Augustana’s International Theme for the 2011-12 academic year, College officials today announced.

Designed to increase students’ understanding of global issues, Augustana introduced the International Theme during the 2009-10 academic year by studying and supporting issues related to Guatemala. Last year, amid the College’s sesquicentennial, the theme was Norway.

“By taking time to explore issues and support causes related to our International Themes, we will all be better suited to appreciate and understand important topics that extend far beyond our local, state and national borders,” said Sam Ogdie, instructor of Spanish and faculty chair of Augustana’s Co-Curriculum Council.

“We are hopeful the Augustana community, including students, faculty and staff, will participate and engage in the ‘World Hunger and Poverty’ programs and activities we have planned.”

“World Hunger and Poverty” programming efforts include:

  • Fall break service project at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Oct. 24-25.
  • Boe Forum on Public Affairs, featuring Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, Wednesday, Nov. 9.
  • Bread for the Apple,” a student-led fundraising initiative to support New York City’s Trinity Lutheran Church, a soup kitchen on the lower eastside of Manhattan that serves 1,000 meals to people in need each week.
  • CROP Hunger Walk, Oct. 2. An acronym for Christian Rural Overseas Program, CROP Hunger Walks are interfaith hunger education and fundraising events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by CWS regional offices across the U.S.
  • Dr. Stephen Minister, associate professor of philosophy, will lead a study abroad group to Guatemala to study the topic of Global Poverty over spring break.
  • “Dreamland: The Way Out of Juárez,” an exhibition featuring artwork by Alice Leora Briggs, March 8 through April 14, 2012, Eide/Dalrymple Gallery. Known for creating haunting drawings that focus on the border town of Juárez and the effects of the current drug war, Briggs’ current work stems from a number of trips she undertook to Juárez, a Mexican border city at the heart of the country’s devastating drug wars, between 2007 and 2009. Her resulting work is a meditation on the effects of poverty and violence on those living and surviving in this space. As such, her work powerfully provokes conversations beyond just inspiring the viewer to learn more about this specific tragic situation. An Artist’s Reception is planned for 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 9.
  • The Augustana Academic Festival, set for April 14-28, will feature Civitas speakers dealing with Hunger and Poverty.
  • Susan Bunger, instructor of sociology, and Karla Abbott, instructor of nursing, will teach a Capstone course that focuses on the question: “How do we, as part of global society, overcome structural violence in addressing world poverty and healthcare needs?”

In addition to the planned events and activities, Augustana students, faculty and staff are also encouraged to develop additional ways to support the International Theme. “Mini-grants” of up to $500 are available to assist students, faculty and staff in developing and implementing programs in support of “World Poverty and Hunger.” There is no deadline to apply; however, early submission is encouraged.

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations