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.

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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


Nov. 11, Geiger Lecture: Jim Crow's Red Children
7 p.m., Rogalski Center

Jacki Thompson Rand, PhD, delivers the 2021 Geiger Lecture. A citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Dr. Rand is an Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she also serves as Associate Vice-Chancellor for Native Relations and Special Advisor to the Chancellor for Native Affairs. She is the author of Kiowa Humanity and the Invasion of the State and numerous articles. She and a collaborative team of community scholars and students are the creators of the enduring digital project, "Indigenous Midwest," a study of tribal nations, their histories, and place-making in a post-Removal site. Her book-in-progress, Jim Crow's Red Children: The Rise of Self-Determinative Tribal Governance in the Deep South, is the Geiger Lecture topic.

Re/Building in 20th-century Indian County takes place in the context of federal Indian policy made up of countless sources, including the US Constitution, court cases, and legislation, all of which aim to limit the sovereignty of tribal nations. Rand will discuss the Mississippi Choctaw's efforts to re/build in a political and social environment dominated by the oppressive legacies of Jim Crow in Neshoba County in the US policy shift to tribal self-determination, a deceptive language suggestive of autonomy, but centered in the intention to maintain United States power over American Indian nations. The turn to self-determinative governance within the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is a cautionary tale of Re/Building among Native Nations in the 20thcentury.

Nov. 12-14 & 19-21, She Kills Monsters (theatre performance)
Fridays & Saturdays: 7:30 p.m. (House Opens at 7 p.m.), Galvin Fine Arts
Sundays: 3 p.m. (House Opens at 2:30 p.m.), Galvin Fine Arts
She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister's refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and '90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. Buy tickets

Nov. 16, Re/Construction Through Words: Poetry as Brick & Mortar (poetry performance)
6:30 - 8 p.m., Galvin Fine Arts Center, Madsen Hall
Quad Cities-based poets Ryan Collins, Aubrey Jane Ryan, and Elena Vallejo will read selections from their work during this collaborative event between St. Ambrose and the Midwest Writing Center.

Nov. 18, Transgender Day of Remembrance
PRISM will sponsor a display on campus on transgender issues and history. Location TBD.

Nov. 29–Jan. 10, "Where I Come From," (art exhibit)
Galvin Fine Arts Center, Morrissey Gallery
This exhibit features work by students in the History of Graphic Design class (AH 355) in support of the Re/Building Community theme. Seeking inspiration from an artistic style or period in Art History, students  created original artwork that represents the diversity of their individual origins and how those origins have affected who they are today.


Dec. 2, Walk Through Posters: National American Indian Heritage Month
2-4 p.m., Galvin Fine Arts Center. Enter the Printshop Doors on the east side.
Free screen-printed poster.

Past Fall Events

Thru Oct. 9, Romeo and Juliet Exhibition
Morrissey Gallery

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

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!

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. An 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

Spring Events

Spring events will be posted in late 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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