convocations

Convocations: 2018-2019 (spring semester)

time: 10:30 – 11:25 a.m.
location: Buetow Auditorium (January & March); BEC (February)
directions: CSP campus map
for more information contact David Woodard, Director: Faculty Scholarship Center


Jana Shortal [KARE-11 News]
date: January 16
topic: News in an Era of Political Discord
time: 10:30-11:25
where: Buetow Auditorium

Fifteen. That’s how many years Jana has worked as a journalist for KARE 11 news here in Minneapolis – it is also the same amount of time she has spent wondering if she could ever really be that much needed addition to the now defunct Destiny’s Child.  But she’s for sure gonna name her first child, Destiny, just to get remotely close to that brand.

Other tidbits: She is from a town you’ve never heard of but it’s a 40 minute drive from St. Louis….. She once sold her ten-year anniversary gift from KARE 11 to an ex so she could buy a pair of Air Jordan’s….. Jana graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia a very long time ago and had it not been for a persistent journalism professor would have spent her adult life driving the Wienermobile.

Jana Shortal is a reporter and co-anchor of Breaking the News on KARE 11. Jana began reporting for KARE in December of 2003, just in time for the temperatures to fall below her idea of freezing. Before coming to KARE she worked at Fox4 in Kansas City and KRCG in Jefferson City.

Jana will discuss news and media issues in our current polarized political climate: biased news, accurate sources, fake news, hostility toward the media, civility, and how we can all be better and smarter news consumers.


CALL Center–Study Abroad
date: February 20
topic: “Abroad Experiences Foster Creativity”
time: 10:30-11:25
where: BEC

Abroad Experiences Foster Creativity
Research has shown how travel abroad involving cultural immersion sparks creativity and personal growth. Concordia students, staff, and faculty often find how their own sense of self has shifted because of the deep connections fostered during their time abroad. Join us as we hear stories and highlights from our CSP community reflecting on how their study abroad experience has enhanced their multicultural awareness and impacted their own creativity.



Convocations: 2018-2019 (fall semester)

October 17: Bartling Lecture

Jaylani Hussein: Wednesday, Oct 17 @ 10:30-11:25 [Buetow] Jaylani Hussein is currently the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN). Hussein worked as the Community Liaison Officer at Metro State University and as a Planner for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. In 2013, he created Zeila Consultants to develop and offer cross-cultural training workshops on East African cultures. Hussein has presented on the Somali Culture to diverse public and private organizations across the US. He specializes in the areas of urban planning, community development, youth development (with over 8 years experience in working in juvenile treatment centers for court adjudicated youth), legal and civil rights.

Hussein has been active with various community organizations in Minnesota, including the Islamic Cultural Center of Minnesota Board of Directors, Wilder Foundation Advisory Board, Muslim Youth of Minnesota Advisory Board, Islamic Resource Group Speakers Bureau, and ARAHA Board of Directors. He has traveled to the Horn of Africa twice on behalf of ARAHA, to open a regional field office and oversee large-scale humanitarian projects during the Somali Famine of 2011. Hussein received the 2015 the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) annual “Visionary Leader” Award. Hussein received the Immigrant of Distinction Award from the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He was also named the 2016 Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans by JCI. In 2016, Hussein was appointed to the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Law Enforcement and Community Relations. He received the 2017 Twin Cities International Citizen Awards for Social Justice. In 2018, Jaylani was named by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2018 40 Under 40 list of among the emerging business and community leaders. Hussein’s family emigrated from Somalia to Minnesota in 1993 and he is trilingual (English, Somali, Arabic). Hussein holds degrees in Community Development and City Planning from St. Cloud State University and Political Science from North Dakota State University.

The Bartling History Lecture series began on Nov. 2, 2011 with an inspiring speech by Dr. Fred Bartling himself about his experiences as a pastor in the Deep South during the early days of the Civil Rights era. The lecture series, along with the Fred and Ruth Bartling Scholarship award, were launched to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Bartling’s arrival at Concordia University. The lecture series will focus on issues of human and civil rights; both important themes in Dr. Bartling’s distinguished teaching career.


September 19: Kerri Westenberg (Book of the Year introduction)

Convocation, Kerri Westenberg will examine local travel opportunities: “The joys of travel – and how you can reap them even in your own backyard” on Wednesday, Sept 19 @ 10:30-11:25 [Buetow] Kerri Westenberg has been the travel editor at the Star Tribune since 2004. The Society of American Travel Writers has named the newspaper’s travel section among the top three in the country many times during her tenure. In 2007, her story on the Appalachian Trail earned second place in the adventure travel category.  In 2013 and in 2017, the organization named Kerri one of three Travel Journalist of the Year. Kerri was a senior editor at Bon Appetit, where she oversaw the magazine’s travel coverage, and was an associate editor at Cooking Light magazine, focusing on health and food. She began her career at National Geographic. During her 10 years at the magazine, she wrote her own story for the “yellow border magazine,” as the flagship publication is affectionately called, and was promoted to assistant director of international editions, working with foreign editors to reprint the magazine in their languages. Kerri’s writing has appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Real Simple and other national publications. She was raised in Farmington, Minn., and earned a B.A. from Hamline University.

“A trip to Tanzania or Kenya may be out of reach – but you can walk to Little Africa, right here in St. Paul, for a taste of that experience. Moscow and Stockholm may seem dauntingly far away, yet the Russian Museum of Art and the Swedish Institute are nearby in Minneapolis, providing peeks into those distant lands. Want to see a powwow without traveling to reservation lands? Head to the Minnesota American Indian Center, which also has an affordable café with dishes inspired by the ancestors.”

“Travel can be wonderfully broadening, exciting and educational; it teaches a traveler not just about a different culture, but about him or herself.  I’ll talk about the ways travel can enhance a life and how you can make it happen, even as a student. A first step could be to explore culture – without ever getting on an airplane. Fortunately, there are lots of opportunities in the Twin Cities to help you do just that, from museums and cultural centers to Somali restaurants, Hmong marketplaces and Mindekirken, a Norwegian-language Lutheran church. I will map out the myriad possibilities to help you explore the international Twin Cities – and beyond.”