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Friday, Sept. 18
CONCERT The Mystical Arts of Tibet

Friday, Sept. 25
LAFF LECTURE (Political) Ecologies of Migration

Wednesday, Sept. 30
LECTURE Forced Migration: Challenges for the International Community

Oct. 9-11
ART EXHIBIT Morrissey Gallery show of alumni art

Tuesday, Oct. 13
LECTURE “Go After the Women": Mothers Against Illegal Aliens’ (MAIA) Campaign
Against Mexican Immigrant Women and their Children

Monday, Oct. 19
LECTURE 7:30 p.m., Adam Shepard, Location TBA
Sponsored by CAB

Thursday, Nov. 12
LECTURE Personal Narratives in the Teaching of American Migration History

Friday, Nov. 13
LAFF LECTURE Musical Migration: Africa to America and Back Again

Sunday, Nov. 15
CONCERT Brahms' "Requiem"

Wednesday, Jan. 27 (moved from Friday)
LAFF LECTURE The Biology of Migration

Wednesday, Feb. 24
LECTURE Migration of African-American Catholics

Friday, Feb. 26
LAFF LECTURE Migration in the Americas

Saturday, February 27
PLAY "America, Amerique," Galvin Fine Arts Center, Allaert Auditorium

March 2-April 16
ART EXHIBIT In-Between: The Architecture of Migration

Wednesday, March 10

Thursday, March 11
LECTURE Lessons Learned From Postville

March 22-30
ART EXHIBIT Far-Flung Fibers: The Migration of Fiber and the Fiber Arts, St. Ambrose University Library

Wednesday, March 24
LECTURE Irish American Songs from Old New York: Edward Harrigan and the Roots of American Musical Theatre

Friday, March 26
LAFF LECTURE Irish and Lithuanian Immigration to the Midwest

Tuesday, April 6
LECTURE Migration and Disease

April 16-18
PLAY "Oedipus Rex," Galvin Fine Arts Center, Allaert Auditorium

Major Lectures

Forced Migration: Challenges for the International Community
Susan Martin delivers the Folwell Chair Lecture
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.
Location: Rogalski Center Ballroom
Millions of people are displaced each year by conflict and repression. Climate change is forcing millions more to flee as they lose homes and livelihoods because of intensified natural disasters, rising sea levels and increased drought and desertification. Susan Martin will discuss the international response to these movements of people, analyzing gaps in current legal, institutional and operational capacities to address this important humanitarian and security issue.

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“Go After the Women": Mothers Against Illegal Aliens’ (MAIA) Campaign
Against Mexican Immigrant Women and their Children

Dr. Mary Romero delivers the Ambrose Women for Social Justice Lecture
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Rogalski Center Ballroom
Romero will examine specific aspects of racist nativist sentiment towards Mexican immigrant women by focusing on the anti-immigration group, Mothers Against Illegal Aliens.

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Migration and Disease
Capt. Rossanne Philen, M.D. of the Centers for Disease Control will deliver the Hauber Chair of Biology Lecture
Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 7 p.m.
Location: Rogalski Center Ballroom
Human migration has been a source of epidemics throughout history. As the amount and speed of migration increases, so do the risks of major epidemics. How can we monitor the spread of disease? How can we prepare for it? How can we combat it? These questions are becoming increasingly important in this era of globalization.

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Personal Narratives in the Teaching of American Migration History
Dr. Thomas Dublin delivers the Geiger Chair Lecture
Thursday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
Location: Rogalski Center Ballroom
Explore what we can learn about American immigration and migration history from the personal narratives of our students.

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Migration of African-American Catholics
The Rev. Cyprian Davis delivers the Catholic Studies Chair Lecture
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.
Location: Rogalski Center Ballroom
Rev. Davis' will speak about the migration of African-American Catholics in the United States and explore the richness of the diversity of Catholic life in America. This year’s Chair of Catholic Studies Lecture also coincides with the University’s celebration of Black History month.

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Lessons Learned From Postville
Stephen Bloom delivers the Baecke Lecture
Thursday, March 11, 7 p.m.
Location: Rogalski Center Ballroom
Shared cultural values that once bound Americans today no longer exist. Today's multiculturalism mandates nations within a nation. With such fragmentation, many Americans no longer make emotional, political and social commitments to the United States. Their loyalty is to their own people, to maintain an identity for themselves and their own communities of shared, vested values. This is what has happened in Postville. Is this good?

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Irish American Songs From Old New York: Edward Harrigan and the Roots of American Musical Theatre
Mick Moloney delivers the McCaffrey Chair Lecture
Wednesday, March 24, 7 p.m.
Location: Rogalski Center Ballroom
Moloney’s lecture will place into historical and musical context the work of Edward Harrigan, an Irish immigrant who became the playwright and songwriter of the Irish-American experience.

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Art Exhibit

In-Between: The Architecture of Migration

March 2-April 16
Reception Friday, March 5, 5 – 7 p.m.
Galvin Fine Arts Center Catich Gallery
Jane Gilmor's fascinating exhibition is interactive, with wearable, readable, and touchable structures designed to explore the psychology of personal and cultural migration. Visitors will also be challenged to consider the issues of mobility and consumerism in our post-industrial era.

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The Mystical Arts of Tibet
Galvin Performing Arts Series
Friday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Galvin Fine Arts Center, Allaert Auditorium
The Tibetan Buddhist Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery bring “Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing” to Galvin’s stage. Performing ancient pieces created for environmental, social and individual healing, the monks play traditional Tibetan instruments, known as zokkay, complete chords are achieved as each chantmaster simultaneously intones three notes.

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Brahms' Requiem
Sunday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m.
Location: Galvin Fine Arts Center, Allaert Auditorium
Johannes Brahms' choral masterpiece represented a departure from the traditional Requiem Mass. Written for the living rather than for the dead, Brahms' German version offered solace, peace and hope in place of the traditional judgment day horrors. The St. Ambrose University Chorale will perform the work in English, accompanied by a four-hand piano arrangement by the composer.

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America, Amerique
Galvin Performing Arts Series
Saturday, February 27, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Galvin Fine Arts Center, Allaert Auditorium
From the potato fields of Ireland and the stetls of Russia to the tenements of New York and the farms of the Midwest, stories of American immigration are told through the immigrants' eyes. Presented by the JENA Company.

In the Shadow of the Raid
Wednesday, March 10, 7 p.m.; Panel discussion immediately following the film
Location: Rogalski Center Ballroom
When the U.S. government stormed a Kosher meat plant in the American heartland and arrested nearly 400 undocumented workers, a Guatemalan village wept. The biggest immigration raid in U.S. history severed an economic lifeline to one of the poorest corners of the Western Hemisphere while pushing an Iowa farm town to the brink of collapse. This documentary film is the Iowa premiere. A panel discussion follows the film and includes the filmmakers, Greg Brosnan and Jennifer Szymaszek; Rosa Zamora, one of the workers featured in the documentary; and St. Bridget’s Catholic Church staff: Father Paul Ouderkirk, Paul Rael, and Caroline Rael all of who worked with the Latino community in Postville before, during, and after the raid. Supported by  Humanities Iowa and the National Endowmen for the Humanities.

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Oedipus Rex
Galvin Performing Arts Series
April 16 and 17, 7:30 p.m.; April 18, 3 p.m. Order Tickets
The award-winning St. Ambrose Theatre Department presents Sophocles' play that explores human nature and moral responsibility. This movement-based ensemble creation reveals the role of excessive ambition and pride, inevitably leading to downfall and the confrontation of truth.


Liberal Arts Friday Forums

All lectures are in the Faculty Dining Room, Cosgrove Hall, from 4-5:30 p.m.

(Political) Ecologies of Migration
David Diamond, History professor; Father Bud Grant, Environmental Studies/Theology professor; and Bill Parsons, Political Science professor
Friday, Sept. 25

David Diamond:
Malus pumila
, the orchard apple species, genetically wild and unaltered by human cultivation, has "been on the march" for millennia-long before people appeared. Its original carriers were wild horses and bears, the apple's chief consumers. They distributed the apple beyond the confines of a few Central Asian valleys by dispersing seeds in manure fertilizer. The human role is fundamentally identical. Two species¬ - one plant, one mammal - traveled together and aided each other in a way biologists call mutualism. Yet, human historians obsessed with human supremacy and superiority insist the apple is merely our cultural baggage, fully dependent, inferior, and incapable of migration. I challenge the Ecological Imperialism mindset and suggest we travel this blue globe together and that superiority has not been well defined.

Father Bud Grant:
Those who suffer most from environmental degradation are those who benefit least from that exploitation. We can call them "The Poor." Conversely, those who benefit the most are those who have had to pay relatively little of the cost of environmental destruction. We can call them "The Rich." The Poor, as a consequence, are on the move as "environmental refugees". The Rich, in response, are calling for strict limits on immigration. The greatest impact on the upper Midwest of global warming will not be environmental degradation, but rather environmental migration. One ethical response to this complex and dangerous situation is to exercise "redistributive suffering" whereby the rich deliberately lower our standard of living in order to 1) elevate the quality of life of the poor and 2) save the ecosystems from which the poor are fleeing.

The Transmigration of the Soul: Perspectives from Philosophy and Theology
Tadd Ruetenik, Philosophy professor, and Mara Adams, Theology professor
Friday, Oct. 30

Tadd Ruetnik:
Transmigration of the soul has received interest from scientists in the last century. Beginning with American philosopher/psychologist William James, there have been relatively recent attempts to empirically determine whether human souls migrate to some other world upon death of the body. This presentation will focus specifically on research into mediums, i.e., those who claim to be in communication with souls who have crossed over into a new world.

Mara Adams:
Immigration is a complex issue that affects cultures all around the world. In the United States, it is an extremely controversial topic and has social, economic, political, and religious implications. I will explore the link between the struggle of immigrants to live a more dignified life and Catholic social teaching on the subject of immigration, poverty and human rights.

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Musical Migration: Africa to America and Back Again
Joan Trapp and Bill Campbell, music professors
Friday, Nov. 15
Wherever people go, they take their music and dance with them. It is highly portable, can't be confiscated at any border, and is a powerful reminder of home. Consequently, music around the world is constantly cross-fertilizing and renewing itself. We'll present elements of African music that permeate music in the Americas and the reciprocal influence back across the Atlantic. Be prepared to move, drum and sing.

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The Biology of Migration
Matt Halfhill and Amy Blair, Biology professors
Friday, Jan. 29
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Migration in the Americas
Kathy Fox and Cornelio Chaldez, Modern Languages professors, and Bea Jacobson, English professor
Friday, Feb. 26
Bea Jacobson:
I plan to talk about migration from an Andean (Ecuadorian) perspective, I will discussing the social and economic impact on communities the migrants emigrate from in the Azuay region.

Kathy Fox:
"Woman on the Move: Notes on the Life and Writings of María Amparo Ruiz de Burton"
Born in Mexico in 1832, María Amparo Ruiz married Union Army General, Henry Burton in 1849, one year after the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Ruiz de Burton drew on her experiences as (im)migrant to write the first English-language novels by a Mexican-American woman: Who Would Have Thought It (1872), and The Squatter and the Don(1885). This presentation explores the ambiguity of Mexican-American identity in the 19th century through the author's own life and through her literary depictions of race, class, religion and gender.

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Irish and Lithuanian Immigration to the Midwest
Ryan Dye, History and International Education professor, and Randy Richards, Philosophy and Managerial Studies professor
Friday, March 26
Ryan Dye:
The Irish and Lithuanians immigrated to the Midwest on the transportation networks that they helped to construct. Most brought with them a devout Catholic faith, a deep longing for the homelands they left behind, and a stern determination to build more prosperous lives in the United States. This presentation will discuss the Irish and Lithuanian immigrant experiences and the folkways that they continued in America.

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Far-Flung Fibers Series

'Far-Flung Fibers: The Migration of Fiber and the Fiber Arts'
March 23-30
St. Ambrose University Library
As people move, their ideas and art forms travel with them. During the last week of March, the library will host a series of programs and displays related to the theme of the migration of the fiber arts. From international textiles to spinning, knitting, and embroidery techniques from Europe and beyond, we will explore how such a blend of ideas and items arrived in Iowa. Read more