Re/Building Community

College of Arts and Sciences Annual Theme

The 14th annual St. Ambrose College of Arts and Sciences theme is Re/Building Community.

Re/Building Community opens up diverse pathways for inquiry and exploration across the St. Ambrose campus and larger Quad Cities region.

Following on the heels of a global pandemic, continued racial injustice, attempted disruptions to our democracy, and an increasingly heightened sense of division, re/building is what our communities and our country need.

This concept is applicable across wide disciplines and areas of study, engaging in multiple contemporary and historical realities while linking local issues to global concerns.

Re/Building Community

Project Series Committee

As members of the 2021-22 Project Series Committee, these faculty and staff spent the past year organizing and planning all of the associated events:

Joseph Lappie, Art and Design, Co-coordinator
Brittany Tullis, Spanish and Latinx Studies, Co-coordinator

Emily Diehm, Speech-Language Pathology
Sarah Eikleberry, Women and Gender Studies
Ella Johnson, Theology
Keri Manning, History
Chris Reno, Catich Gallery
Dan Rairdin-Hale, Theater
Jennifer Smith, Women and Gender Studies

2021-22 Event Calendar

Fall Events


Re/Building Community Faculty/Staff Book Club
Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, by Vivek Murthy
Discussion is Noon, October 22, in the Cosgrove dining room and led by Stella Herzig. Email to sign-up and receive the book. 
Sponsored by the SAU Center for Teaching Excellence


Thru Oct. 9, Romeo and Juliet Exhibition
Morrissey Gallery

Thru Oct. 9, In Observance of Bedlam Exhibition
Catich Gallery

Oct. 12, Putting Ambrose at the Center of SAU: An Exhibition
1-5:30 p.m., Lewis Boardroom
Reception to follow. Free and open to the public.

Oct. 12, Putting Ambrose at the Center of SAU: A Panel Discussion
NEW TIME – 4-5:30 p.m., Lewis Boardroom

KEYNOTE CANCELED – Oct. 15, Leading, Managing, and Learning in view of Today's Grand Challenges
7-8 p.m., Galvin Fine Arts Center. Open to the public.
Dr. Jahmy Hindman, keynote, Midwest Academy of Management Conference

Oct. 20, Restorative Practices: Using Relationships to Address Conflict and Repair Harm
3:30-5 p.m. Rogalski Ballroom
Speakers: Sarah Harris, MOL
Robert Christopher, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Security, St. Ambrose University
The possibilities for transformative change can be enormous if we focus on social emotional community building. Come ready to think differently about how you nurture relationships, build community with groups, and how to respond to conflict and incidents of harm. We will wrestle with the notions of discipline, as this session will begin with an introduction of Restorative Practices and share where it comes from, why it is used, some practical context, and why we use it to help restore relationships. Then we will highlight how St. Ambrose University uses Restorative Practices to facilitate and promote Ambrosian values through the Student Conduct Review process. Emerge from the session with a broader perspective about how we exist in community with others and rebuild relationships.

Oct. 21, Breaking Barriers: Reclaiming Our Communities through Creating Positive Workplace Climates, Engaging Organizational Cultures, and Inspiring Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives
3:30-5 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
SAU Faculty and Staff only. Seminar led by Dr. Burl Randolph. Registration encouraged, but not required; sign up here if you'd like a calendar reminderAn SAU DEI Professional Development Opportunity

Oct. 22, Re/Building Community Faculty/Staff Book Club
Noon, Cosgrove Cafeteria
Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, by Vivek Murthy
Discussion led by Stella Herzig; attendees need not have finished the book to participate. Sponsored by the SAU Center for Teaching Excellence

Oct. 30, QC Archives Fair
12-3 p.m., Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House


Aug. 26, Unfolding Situation in Afghanistan: A Flash Panel on Peace and Justice
11:30 a.m., online

Aug. 26, Opening of Exhibit Alt_Chicago: In Observance of Bedlam
6-8 p.m., Catich Gallery

Aug. 26-Oct. 9, In Observance of Bedlam Exhibition
Catich Gallery

Sept. 10, All in Due Time: Multimedia Experience and Album Release Concert
7 p.m., Prof. Bill Campbell performing
Galvin Fine Arts Center, Allaert Auditorium

Sept. 13, Study Abroad Fair
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (virtual)

Sept. 17, Constitution Day

Sept. 17, Romeo and Juliet, A Series in Shadow
7 p.m., Galvin Fine Arts Center, Allaert Auditorium

Sept. 22, Mental Health Fair, presented by SAU Counseling Center
2-4 p.m., Rogalski Center

Sept. 29, QC College Fair (virtual)
Noon-3 p.m.
Participate via Handshake

Sept. 30, Drive by Posters: National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month
1-4:30 p.m., Galvin Fine Arts Center, Printshop
Receive a free, screen-printed poster

Oct. 1-3, Homecoming

Oct. 8, Casual Classics II, featuring Steinway Artist Kadisha Onalbaeyva
5 p.m., Madsen Hall, Galvin Fine Arts Center
To be followed by reception and masterclass featuring FMTA/QCMTA local piano teacher associations students. Free and open to the public. Come for part of it, come for all of it; see how music builds bridges between different communities in our area!

Spring Events

Spring events will be posted in the fall.

History of the Project Series

Past Themes

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Project Series began in 2007-08 with former dean, Dr. Aron Aji.

The vision was to form a commonality between all of the college-sponsored events throughout the academic year. Themes are submitted by faculty each spring, developing out of current events, hot topics, or anniversaries such as Shakespeare's 400th birthday in 2016.

More than a decade later, the CAS Project Series continues to generate and deliver meaningful and thoughtful discussion to the campus community – especially to our students. They've heard directly from philosopher Cornel West, author Stephen Bloom, environmentalist Chad Pregracke, feminist Linda Hirschman, and many other notables and change-makers.

Project Series Timeline

Darwin Project (2008)

Migration (2009)

The Ubiquity of Work: The Labor Project (2010)

China: The Awakening Dragon (2011)

Race Matters (2012)

Sustainability (2013)

Gender (2014)

Justice (2015)

Shakespeare (2016)

Globalization (2017)

Visual Narratives (2018)

War and Peace (2019)

Changing Climates (2020)

Re/Building Community (2021)


Joseph Lappie, Co-Coordinator
Brittany Tullis, Co-Coordinator
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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