Travel the World With Augustana!
Join Us in Germany for a Martin Luther Tour
Augustana will travel to Germany in 2014 to celebrate the life and times of Martin Luther. Augustana's Luther Scholar, Dr. Chris Croghan '91, will lead the tour along with Mary Toso '90, Director of Alumni Relations. The tour is scheduled to depart June 5 and return June 15.
The tour highlights many sites important in the life of Martin Luther including:
Also included are a winery and brewery tour, a cruise on the Rhine River and entrance to the Luther Wedding Festival. We will finish out our visit with a free day to explore the city of Berlin.
- Erfurt, where Luther attended university.
- Wartburg Castle, where Luther hid after the Worms debate, and where he translated the New Testament from its original Greek to German.
- Eisleben, where we will visit the house where Martin Luther was born and also the one where he died, both now museums.
Church of St. Peter and Paul, where he was baptized.
St. Andrew’s Church, where he lay in state.
Market Square, with the Luther Memorial.
Wittenberg, home of Martin and Katie Luther for 36 years.
Castle Church where he posted his 95 Theses.
St. Mary’s Church where he preached.
View the Tentative Itinerary
To express interest in this tour, please contact Mary Toso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Dr. Chris Croghan
is driven by the same motives that inspired Luther - a deep seated
concern for the proclamation of the Gospel and the care of souls. These
motivations inspired Chris to help establish and direct the Luther House of Study
(LHOS) at Augustana College and Sioux Falls Seminary. Trained as a
Reformation scholar specializing in the life and teachings of Martin
Luther, pastoral ministry remains central to Chris’ vocational identity.
Dr. Croghan teaches Reformation history, Lutheran Confessional
writings, history of Christian worship, and introductory religion
courses. As the Director for the LHOS, Chris teaches at Augustana and
Sioux Falls Seminary, and also serves as a resource for various SD Synod
programs. Chris hopes the LHOS will nurture the proclamation of the
Gospel in this region, thus benefiting current and future Lutheran
clergy, lay professionals and congregation members.
Alumni & Friends will travel on a Viking Voyage to Greece
Alumni and friends will join Augustana faculty members Dr. David O'Hara and Dr. Rocki Wentzel on a trip of a lifetime to Greece. The tour will depart June 4 and return June 16.
Each year a handful Augustana students have the privilege of traveling to Greece with Drs. Wentzel and O'Hara, who describe Greece as their "favorite classroom." This year, Drs. Wentzel and O'Hara made this experience available to Augustana alumni and friends. Together they will see the majestic ruins of ancient Athens, and visit archaeological sites and museums throughout the country, including Delphi, Nemea, Mycenae, Sounion, and Epidauros. They will travel by private bus throughout the mainland, and to several Mediterranean islands by ferry. They will see the site where Socrates was tried, and the tour will take them to the Areopagus, where St. Paul first preached the Gospel to the ancient philosophers, and to Corinth, where St. Paul lived for a year and a half. Each day they will visit ancient temples, theaters, and fortresses, with scenic vistas of breathtaking beauty as a backdrop. And since no visit to Greece would be complete without sampling its excellent cuisine, they will take time to visit some of Greece's excellent wineries, scenic small towns, and restaurants.
Greece - Itinerary
Check back to see photos from our Alumni and Friends Greece Adventure later this summer.
|Dr. O'Hara is
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Classics at Augustana. Dr. O'Hara
teaches a course in Greece every year and has led numerous study abroad
trips to Greece and Italy, the U.K., the Netherlands, Poland, Nicaragua,
Guatemala and Belize. He specializes in Ancient Philosophy, American
Philosophy, and Philosophy of Religion. He is the author of a number of
books, articles, and book chapters. His most recent book is Narnia and
the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental Vision of C.S. Lewis (U. P.
Kentucky, 2008). He is currently preparing an edited volume of the
Religious Writings of American philosopher Charles S. Peirce. Dr. O'Hara
is a graduate of Middlebury College (A.B., Spanish), St John's College
(M.A., Liberal Arts), and The Pennsylvania State University (M.A.,
|Dr. Rocki Wentzel is Assistant Professor in Classics and Director of the
Classics Program at Augustana. Dr. Wentzel has led several study abroad
courses for Augustana students in Greece and Italy, and she teaches in
Greece every year. She teaches ancient Greek, Latin, and classics
courses, such as mythology and drama, that utilize texts in translation.
She taught for a year at The Ohio State University, where she also
earned her Ph.D. Her dissertation was on the reception of Virgil's
Aeneid in Augustine's Confessions. Her interests include gift theory,
desire, and gender.
Past Alumni Travel Trips
Augustana alumni have had the opportunity to travel to many interesting locations in the past few years. Recent trips have taken us to Italy (2008), Norway (2008), England and Scotland (2009) and Norway (2011). Alumni have also accompanied our music ensembles on international travel experiences. Alumni traveled with the Augustana Band on their January 2011 trip to Egypt and their 2007 trip to China. Several alumni also experienced Central Europe with The Augustana Choir in January of 2013.
If you would like to be added to our list of alumni interested in travel, please contact us in the Alumni Office
. We are always seeking ideas for destinations as well. If you have ideas, send them our way
Alumni insight from the January 2011 Egypt adventure
Photos from the June 2011 "Go Viking!" trip to Norway