Each year the Grinnell Prize recipients come to campus in the fall. They receive their prizes, meet with students and the wider community, and offer presentations about their work.

The following events are free and open to the public.

Monday, October 2

Noon–1 p.m. Rosenfield Center, Room 101
Alumni Panel Discussion: Careers that Intersect with the Industrial Prison Complex
Alumni who are working in careers that intersect with the prison industrial complex will discuss their work and the social justice issues they witness and are addressing.
Lunch will be served.
4:15–5:15 p.m. Rosenfield Center, Room 101
Grinnell Prize Retrospective Reception
Since 2011 the College has awarded the Grinnell Prize to 20 deserving individuals who have worked with 14 different social innovation organizations. Come learn more about past Prize winners and discover what they are up to now! Posters about the current work of past Prize winners and their organizations will be available for viewing through October 3.
Hors d’oeuvres will be served.
7:30–9 p.m. Rosenfield Center, Room 101
Panel Discussion: Grinnell Liberal Arts in Prison Program
Formerly incarcerated students and their families, along with Emily Guenther ’07, and Professor of Biology Clark Lindgren will discuss their experiences with the Liberal Arts in Prison Program. The program enrolls students in prison in a demanding, curriculum equivalent to a year at Grinnell College, and also hosts a student volunteer group that supports and supplements this accredited program.

Tuesday, October 3

11:15–12:45 p.m. Rosenfield Center, Room 101
Grinnell Prize Award Ceremony and Keynote by Prize Winner Gina Clayton
Lunch will be served.
7:30–9 p.m. Rosenfield Center, Room 101
Panel Discussion: The Power of Our Stories: Achieving Mental Health and Criminal Justice Transformation Through Women's Advocacy
2017 Grinnell Prize Winner, Gina Clayton and representatives from the Essie Justice Group as well as Tammy Nyden, associate professor of philosophy; Dionne Benson-Smith; and representatives from Mothers on the Frontline will discuss the power and perils of uplifting the experiences of women in advocacy work.
Panelists will explore the significance of bringing women's stories into stigma-laden public debates, through a focus on advocacy at the intersection of mental health and incarceration. Leaders of Essie Justice Group and Mothers on the Frontline will discuss their methodologies and commitment to promoting healing and agency while avoiding voyeurism and further trauma in their efforts to leverage women’s stories to advocate for decarceration and the mental wellbeing of ourselves, children, and loved ones.

Wednesday, October 4

11:15–12:45 p.m. Rosenfield Center, Room 101
Workshop: 2017 Grinnell Prize Winner, Gina Clayton
Gender, Patriarchy, and State Control in the Age of Mass Incarceration
RSVP for the Gender, Patriarchy, and State Control workshop is required.
This conversation with Gina Clayton, founder & executive director of Essie Justice Group,  will explore the intersections of patriarchy and the rise of the prison industrial complex. The session will engage students in a conversation about the historical and present day forms of state control experienced by people who do not identify as men, present a new analysis, and discuss observations of intersectionality in the decarceration movement.
Lunch will be served.
3–4:30 p.m. Saints Rest Coffee House
Coffee with the Prize Winner
2017 Grinnell Prize winner, Gina Clayton, will be at Saints Rest Coffee Shop for a time of informal conversation and coffee. Say you are with the Prize and your first cup of coffee is on us!
7:30–9 p.m. Forum, Digital Liberal Arts Lab
Workshop: 2017 Grinnell Prize Winner, Gina Clayton
Building Power from the Margins: Strategic & Principled Community Organizing
RSVP required for the Building Power from the Margins workshop.
This workshop will provide students with a primer on fundamental community organizing principles and examine how they translate into scalable social change strategy. Specifically, Gina Clayton and Essie Justice Group member leaders will share the origins and application of their award-winning nominations recruitment model and examine primary challenges and opportunities faced by base-building organizations today.
Participants with community organizing experience or aspiring organizers especially welcome.

Thursday, October 5

11:15–12:45 Marketplace Dining Hall, Whale Room
Kickoff: Collaborations in Social Innovation: A Campus/Community Social Innovation Challenge
RSVP required for the kickoff for those who do not have a Grinnell College meal plan.
Sponsored by the Donald and Winifred Wilson Center for Innovation & Leadership, this year’s campus/community social innovation challenge will again focus on poverty related challenges facing our community partner organizations. Come learn more about the issue from our community partners, the challenges they are posing to students, and how you may get involved!