NBA On Campus: Colum McCann at Concordia College, 2010

Colum McCann
Concordia College
Moorhead, MN


Colum McCann discusses the art of living in different worlds with MPR's Kerri Miller.

On March 25 and 26, the National Book Foundation, Concordia College, and Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) presented the fifth annual National Book Awards on Campus, which featured Colum McCann, the 2009 National Book Award Winner in Fiction for Let the Great World Spin.

The series of events began with a public discussion in front of an audience of 400 guests between McCann and MPR’s Kerri Miller, who discussed McCann’s approach to creating art from a life lived in differing worlds. To hear Miller’s interview with McCann, visit The following morning, McCann and Foundation Executive Director Harold Augenbraum gave master classes to specially selected Concordia students.

As part of the visit, Concordia College President Pam Jolicoeur presented Augenbraum with the President’s Medallion Award for helping create and support the National Book Awards at Concordia program.

The National Book Awards on Campus program gives colleges and universities the opportunity to invite National Book Award authors to their institutions for a two-day program with the goal of enhancing the cultural value of reading and writing in this country.

For more information about the Campus program, contact Sherrie Young at

Concordia College Honors Augenbraum with President's Medallion Award

Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., President Pam Jolicoeur presented National Book Foundation Executive Director Harold Augenbraum with the President’s Medallion Award on March 25. Augenbraum was at Concordia for the fifth annual National Book Awards at Concordia event, a collaboration between the National Book Foundation and the college which brings national book award authors to campus for a public reading and master classes. The award was presented prior to the Readings and Conversation with author Colum McCann, the 2009 National Book Award Winner for fiction.

Augenbraum has published six books and is one of six editors currently compiling the Norton Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature, scheduled for publication in 2010. He has translated several books and Viking will publish Augenbraum’s edition of The Collected Poems of Marcel Proust in 2010.

The President’s Medallion Award, a replica of the medallion worn by the president of the college for official ceremonial events, was designed by Concordia alumnus David Hetland. The president bestows the award with the approval of the Board of Regents to an individual whose contribution through vocation has positively influenced the college and who is admired by the broader community for contributions and achievements.

Concordia College is a four-year liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America offering 78 majors, including 18 honors majors, and 12 preprofessional programs.