Call For Papers

Monday, November 21, 2005 (Around 8 years ago)

The ELCA Vocation and Education Unit is delighted to announce that because of a generous grant from the Siebert Lutheran Foundation and other sponsorship we expect to be able to host the second symposium of Partners for Educational Progress: An alliance between the colleges, universities and seminaries of the ELCA and Tumaini University in Tanzania.

The symposium will take place at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, from July 17 to 26, 2006. This year the topic will be “Human Rights from Christian and Muslim Perspectives” with a special focus on women and children. We are planning a weeklong seminar, a field trip to Chicago and a public forum with presentations about the topic. We anticipate that there will be eight participants chosen from among the faculty of the campuses of Tumaini University, and we may choose up to 16 participants from the faculty of Lutheran colleges.

The purpose of the symposium is to bring together faculty from the two cultures that are interested in collaboration on joint research projects and in development of curricular materials. We expect the participants to continue their collaboration after the symposium. We hope to be able to select an interdisciplinary group of participants with expertise and interest in many different fields, including religion, philosophy, social sciences, law, gender studies, conflict resolution, and education. At the end of the symposium we would like to have a public forum on the topic for faculty who can not participate in the longer seminar, for the public at large, and for other interested parties.

The institutions where the American participants are teaching will be expected to contribute $1,000 toward the travel costs of the participants; except for that contribution, the organizers will cover the other expenses of the symposium.

Faculty interested in being chosen as seminar participants may electronically submit the abstract of a paper to the program director, Dr. Shoonie Hartwig, at The abstract should be in her hands no later than January 10, 2006. We plan to complete the selection process by early February. Along with the abstract we request a letter of support from your academic dean or provost, and a brief resume.

For further information you may contact Dr. Hartwig, or one of the ELCA organizers, Dr. Arne Selbyg at, or Ms. Marilyn Olson at

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