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Lives of the Mind is a production of Augustana College and WVIK, Quad Cities NPRLives of the Mind explores the passions and pursuits of Quad Citizens who live their lives by their interests through meaningful conversations that cultivate curiosity and encourage lifelong learning.

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Lives of the Mind is a production of Augustana College and WVIK, Quad Cities NPRLives of the Mind explores the passions and pursuits of Quad Citizens who live their lives by their interests through meaningful conversations that cultivate curiosity and encourage lifelong learning.

    Water and Environmental Justice in Louisiana – Bonus Episode

    Water and Environmental Justice in Louisiana – Bonus Episode

    Although Lives of the Mind is on break for the summer, we’d like to share this special bonus episode to tide you over until the school year begins again this fall.

    Augustana College recently made the switch from trimesters to semesters. This January was the school’s first crack at intensive J-Term courses, many of which included trips throughout the country and abroad. In this special bonus episode, we go behind the scenes of one of the College’s new J-Term experiences–a Geography course called Water and Environmental Justice focused on the Louisiana Gulf Coast region of the United States and led by Augustana Associate Professor of Geography Dr. Christopher Strunk. The course begins and ends with an on-campus component, with a seven day trip to Louisiana as its centerpiece. In the middle of January, 2020, 15 Augustana students traveled from snowy western Illinois throughout warm Louisiana, including stops in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and New Orleans.  Along the way they learned about the impact of coastal land loss, pollution, and environmental hazards, as well as efforts to build more sustainable and socially just communities.

    Students in the course recorded interviews with experts from research organizations and community advocacy groups along the way, focusing on a variety of topics like coastal land loss, “Cancer Alley,” and Cajun culture, which were edited together to create this bonus episode. We hope you enjoy it!

    This special bonus episode was produced through the Lives of the Mind Augustana Podcast Network Initiative. As of the 2019-20 academic year, Lives of the Mind became an Augie-focused podcasting network. As an established podcast, we’re happy to provide the infrastructure for Augie students and faculty to use this popular medium to express themselves and share knowledge with the greater college and Quad Cities communities. Have a great idea? Apply now!

    This episode was edited and produced by Christian Elliott. The voice-over was written and recorded by Thea Gonzalez. Special thanks to Dr. Christopher Strunk, Hunter Ridley, and all the students involved in the project.



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    • 36 min
    COVID-19 Reflections – Augustana President Steve Bahls

    COVID-19 Reflections – Augustana President Steve Bahls

    In this episode, student host and LoM Producer Christian Elliott sits down with Augustana College President Steve Bahls in WVIK’s (emptier than usual) studio to talk about the school’s response to COVID-19.

    In the interview, Bahls provides behind the scenes insight into some of the milestone decisions in the college’s response, including extending spring break, moving to distance learning, and creating alternatives to regularly scheduled graduation ceremonies. He also discusses plans for resuming classes in the fall and new exciting developments coming soon to Augustana’s campus and gives some words of advice to the graduating class of 2020.

    The college’s eighth president, Bahls joined Augustana in 2003. He has written extensively about a wide range of higher education topics, from shared governance to teaching financial literacy. He holds regular open office hours, often in the Brew by the Slough, the coffee house in Augustana’s Center for Student Life. Most evenings and weekends, you’ll find him at Augustana’s music, cultural and athletic events.



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    • 23 min
    Co-Culinary Oral Histories – Augie Alumna Dr. Elizabeth Stigler

    Co-Culinary Oral Histories – Augie Alumna Dr. Elizabeth Stigler

    In this episode, student hosts Mikaylo Kelly and Olivia Smith interview Augie alumna Dr. Elizabeth Stigler ’10. Dr. Stigler visited campus in October for fall semester’s Symposium Day, “What is a Life Well Lived?”

    Dr. Stigler is currently a visiting assistant professor of women, gender and sexuality studies at Miami University and previously served as the assistant director of LGBTQ+ Programs and Services at Marquette University.

    In the interview, she discusses her work implementing LGBTQ+ inclusivity training and her interdisciplinary Ph.D research in food studies.

    Her current book project, Houby Hunters and Kolace Bakers: Exploring Memory and Identity Through Czech Foodways, explores the culinary ecologies of memory that interanimate individual, communal and historical identities.

    Read more about Dr. Stigler on Augustana’s website.

    Special thanks to Jared Johnson at WVIK and Dr. Jessica Schultz for helping us arrange this interview and to Christian Elliott for editing this episode.

     







































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    • 40 min
    The Impact of Public Health Studies – Augie Alumna Christine Harb

    The Impact of Public Health Studies – Augie Alumna Christine Harb

    In this month’s episode, student guest hosts Maria Wood and Arti Kornoski interview Augie alumna Christine Harb, MPH, M3. Harb graduated from Augustana in 2015 with majors in Biology and Pre-Medicine and a minor in Biochemistry.

    In this interview, Harb describes what drew her to public health, including an Augustana study abroad trip to Nicaragua. Christine completed a Masters of Public Health at the University of Iowa, then matriculated into A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing her first two years of medical school and passing her medical board examinations, she accepted a position as a Medical Education Fellow.

    While living in Kirksville, a rural Missouri town, Christine describes the confrontation between her personal identity and a social setting that was vastly different from her educational upbringing. She also discusses the shock of encountering poverty during her public health fieldwork to expand healthcare to the uninsured and how she became a liaison for the Amish as well as a Natural Family Planning instructor during this time. In addition to fieldwork with the Amish and rural communities, Harb has been a key scientific investigator into the relationship between transgender patients, their medical providers and the healthcare system at large, covering such topics as Pap smears and sexual health in her lectures and research.

    Through raising public awareness about systems of wellness (and providing her patients with culturally respectful options on their terms), Christine Harb hopes to serve as an example for future medical students who want to make a difference in the world.



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    • 22 min
    Searching for Freedom from the Prison Industrial Complex- Dr. Yusef Salaam

    Searching for Freedom from the Prison Industrial Complex- Dr. Yusef Salaam

    In this month’s episode, student guest hosts Imani Muhammad and Tavian Cervantez sit down with a heroic figure, Dr. Yusef Salaam.

    Dr. Salaam visited Augustana’s campus on March 7th in commemoration of the Black Power Symposium organized in 1969 by students in Augustana’s Afro-American Society, which currently is called the Black Student Union.

    Dr. Salaam is a member of the “Exonerated Five,” a group of Black and Latino teens falsely charged and subsequently convicted of a brutal attack and rape in 1989 in New York City’s Central Park. After six years and eight months in prison, Dr. Salaam was exonerated. His experience led him to advocate for criminal justice reform, earn a doctorate and receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from former President Barack Obama.

    Dr. Salaam uses his platform as one of the famed

    “Exonerated Five” to speak out against the prison industrial complex in hopes for a more just

    society. Our interview covers the spiritual roots of Dr. Salaam’s powerful message and contextualizes

    religious doctrine through contemporary problems such as racism, tribalism, and personal struggle.



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    • 35 min
    A Life of Theatre – Dr. Corinne Johnson

    A Life of Theatre – Dr. Corinne Johnson

    In this month’s episode, LoM hosts Christian Elliott and Isabel Dawson sit down with Dr. Corinne (Cory) Johnson, a Professor in the Theatre Department at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

    In the interview, Dr. Johnson shares anecdotes from her long career as a theatre actor and director. She has worked for the Minnesota Festival Theatre, Old Creamery Theatre, and Webbed Foot Theatre in New York City. She got into comedy working for Dudley Riggs’ Brave New Workshop, an improv and sketch comedy theatre in Minneapolis and in the touring company of Second City, whose sketch comedy has been compared to Saturday Night Live. She has also made her mark on the local theatre community, working with the QC Theatre Workshop and Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse. In 2017, she was awarded the Gold Medallion Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, considered the most prestigious award for theatre education.

    We’re thrilled to share what we hope will be the first of many podcast episodes featuring professors and other thinkers and do-ers from the Quad Cities area!



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    • 35 min

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