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Olsen, Paul

Paul was born in Wisconsin, raised in Minnesota, went to college in Iowa and currently teaches English and coaches track and field in Illinois at Augustana College, Rock Island. This year, Paul was named NCAA Division III “Coach of the Year.” He attended graduate school in Oregon and subsequently had teaching “gigs” in Michigan, Colorado, and Washington.
“My soul, too, is restless, but grounded in my wife and partner, Jeanne and our two adult sons, David and Eric. My favorite recreation is biking the roads by the Mississippi and boating through the pools and locks from Minneapolis to Missouri.”
We are pleased that Paul also serves on the Board of Directors here at Holden Village.

Recordings

Literature from Genesis: Light Before the Sun

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1987

Literature from Genesis: Creation – The Beginning of the Wilderness

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1987

J.D. Salinger's "Down at the Dinghy"

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1987

J.D. Salinger's "For Esme – with Love and Squalor"

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1987

Great Scenes from Great Literature: "Barrabas"

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1987

Great Scenes from Great Literature: "The Brothers Karamazov"

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1987

Pilgrimage with Poets

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1987

Great Scenes from Great Literature: "The Color Purple"

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1987

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Essay: "Letter from the Birmingham Jail"

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1987

J.D. Salinger's "For Esme": Can Secular Literature Be Spiritual?

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1987

J.D. Salinger's "For Esme": Wholeness and Holiness

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1987

Racism: We All Participate

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1989

The Power of Black-American Fiction

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1989

Dreams or Despair? – Growing Up Black in America

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1989

A Voice with Vision: Black-American Poetry

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1989

M.L. King's Letter From Jail: America's Best Essay?

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1989

Slave Narratives: The Price of Freedom

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1991

Black Poets: Radical Truths

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1991

America's Best Essay: "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1991

Black Poets: True to the Gospel

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1991

Black Autobiography: Growing Up Black in the U.S.A.

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1991

Great Scenes from Black American Fiction: Celebrate Life!

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1991

Black American Literature: A Vision for Truth

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1991

American Black Poetry: A Voice for All of Us

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1991

Moral Struggle in an Immoral Society: Richard Wright's "Black Boy"

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1993

We Can't Escape History: Slave Narratives

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1993

African-American Poetry: True to the Gospel

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1993

African-American Literature: The Legacy of Slavery

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1993

African-American Literature: Baldwin, Morrison and Walker

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1993

How Does Silence Support Evil? – "Night" and "Sophie's Choice"

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1993

Poignant Episodes from American Classics

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1993

How Do We Know Evil? America's Best Novel: Sophie's Choice

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1993

African American Literature: A Necessary View

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1995

The Holocaust: How Do We Know the Truth?

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1995

African-American Poetry: Liberating for All

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1995

No One Is an Island: Literature and Community

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1995

Job Today: Patience or Affirmation?

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1995

The Gospel in Secuclar LiIterature

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1995

One Man Play: Pilgrimage with Poets

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1995

It's Not My Fault: Adam and Eve's Awareness, Racial Harmony

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1998

Why Read Junk? Bad, Good or Great — Does It Matter for Our Faith?

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1998

Me Tarzan, You Jane: Stick to the Role

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1998

Good Reading: The Courage to Be Unconventional

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1998

Where Are We Going with Sports in America: Sports and Literature

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1998

Jonah – Crazy Story or Insightful Commentary

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 1998

Great Stories You Need to Know: Drama Off Broadway — Great Scenes!

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2000

Great Stories You Need to Know: Moral Codes in Immoral Society

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2000

Great Stories You Need to Know: Radical Faith and the Church's Vision of Story

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2000

Great Stories You Need to Know: The Truth Shall Make You Free

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2000

Great Stories You Need to Know: Radical Vision — The Bible and African American

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2000

Great Stories You Need to Know: Our Own Stories, What They Say About Us

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2000

Great Stories You Need to Know: Black Poets, Do They Speak to Me?

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2000

Great Stories You Need to Know: Whose History — Who Decided What for Me?

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2000

Great Stories You Need to Know: Racism — Who Me?

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2000

Not with My Girl!: Myths & Prejudices Shape Our View

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2001

Confronting Integration: Whose Responsibility

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2001

Most Memorable Character: Pilate Dead

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2001

Sophie's Choice: America's Best Novel?

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2001

Radical Vision of Black Poets

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2001

Great Characters – Great Literature: Laugh and Cry

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2002

Great Characters – Great Literature: Sophie – American Literature's Best Look at a Holocaust Survivor

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2002

Twas the Night Before Workshop – Poem/Report

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2002

Forum: Who Decides How I Think?

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2004

Idolatry: Doctine, Faith and Literature: What Really Do We Worship?

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2005

Absolutes Are Idolatry: Is Our God/god an Absolute?: Considering Alice Walker's "The Color Purple"

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2005

Absolutes Are Idolatry: "The One Thing You Need to Know": Considering Toni Morrison's "Song of Solomon"

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2005

Trapped by our Traditions

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2005

Forum: The Palestinian Question – Is there any hope? (#1)

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2006

Literature's New Way of Thinking I: Radical Literature: Radical Thinking

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2006

Literature's New Way of Thinking II: Poetry for Everyone – Old Favorites, New Vision

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2006

African American Literature

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2006

Literature For Life I: New Perspectives; New Truths

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2006

Literature For Life II: Bible as Literature – Looking at the Genesis Creation Story

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2006

Literature For Life III: Fall of Adam and Eve

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2006

The Brothers K

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2008

Institutions That Shape Our Thinking

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2008

What Do We Do With The Enemy?

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2008

War, Love, Redemption and Faith

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2008

A Different King of Thinking, Seeing: A Look At Song of Soloman – Radical Love

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2010

A Different Kind of Thinking, Seeing: Moral Behavior, America's Best Novel? Sophie's Choice

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2010

America: Subtle and Not-So-Subtle Oppression

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2010

The Brothers K

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2010

African-American Poetry

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2010

A Different Kind of Thinking, Seeing: Exploring Uncle Tom's Children

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2010

Vespers June 14, 2010

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2010

Vespers July 21, 2010

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2010

Pilgrimage With Poets

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2012

Slavery's Legacy

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2012

Better to Know? Better to Be Ignorant?

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2012

Religion, Uncertainty, Faith, and Redemption in Great Literature – Part 1: Come Laugh with Me ("The Brothers K")

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2014

Religion, Uncertainty, Faith, and Redemption in Great Literature – Part 2: Institutions: Control or Liberate

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2014

Religion, Uncertainty, Faith, and Redemption in Great Literature – Part 3: Redemption: From Woodsworth to Duncan

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2014

Modern African American Fiction Writers with Paul Olsen

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2019

Modern African American Fiction Writers

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2019

Can Poetry Describe Our 21st Century? Can Poetry Help Us EXPERIENCE Our Lives From A New Awareness?

Presenter: Olsen, Paul / 2019

Holden wishes to express appreciation to PLU, Pacific Lutheran University, for their support of the Holden Audio Archive Project.

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