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David J. Goa, Part-time Instructor (Religion); Director, Ronning Centre

David Goa was born in Camrose, Alberta, to Solveig and Finn Goa who had immigrated from Norway to Canada. He studied history, philosophy and the history of religions in Chicago. He counts the eminent philosophical theologian Paul Tillich, the scholar of religion Mircea Eliade, the historian Zenos Hawkinson, the political philosopher Hannah Arendt, and Jaroslav Pelikan, Sterling Professor of History, Yale University, among the scholars who have most influenced his work.

David has been involved in various research and documentation and communications projects both in Canada and abroad. He built the program for the study of culture through his field research work over thirty years at the Royal Alberta Museum. He lectures widely and is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles and is a regular contributor to the media. His work focuses on religious tradition and modern culture, culture and the civil life, and on public institutions in service to cultural communities and modern civil society.


Upcoming Courses Fall 2012 — Augustana Campus

"Caring for All Creation" AUREL 272 with Dittmar Mündel


10 September, "Caring for Language, Caring for Words," Rebecca Warren

Rebecca's Powerpoint Presentation (pdf format)

17 September, "Caring for Ethical Integrity," Dr Stephen Genuis

Dr Genuis article "Dismembering the Ethical Physician" (pdf format)

Dr Genuis article "What Out There Is Making Us Sick" (pdf format)

24 September, "Caring for Self and Others in Community," Dittmar Mündel   and David J. Goa

1 October, "Caring for the Dying and Remembering the Dead," David J. Goa

8 October, THANKSGIVING, no class

15 October, "Caring for Dying and the Contemplation of Death," Rajan Rathnavalu

22 October, "Caring for the Natural World, Overcoming Its Captivity," Dittmar Mündel and David J. Goa

29 October, "Caring for Interfaith Dialogue," the Augustana Distinguished Lecture with Reza Shah-Kazemi on "From Theological Dogma to Spiritual Mystery: Esoteric Muslim Perspectives on Christian Doctrine—Considering the Incarnation"

5 November, "Caring for the Natural World," Dittmar Mündel and David J. Goa

12 November, "Caring for the Life of the Polis," Roger Epp

19 November, "Caring for the Natural World: The Return of the Meadowlark," Don Ruzicka

26 November, "Caring for the Natural World: Christianity and the Survival of Creation," Dittmar Mündel and David J. Goa

3 December, Last class