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Abby Rapoport ’08 recently weighed in on the Texas voter id law, voting rights, and American politics in a panel discussion on MSNBC’s Up w/ Steve Kornacki. As a staff writer for American Prospect and the “resident Texas expert” on the panel, she discussed the history of the...
Abby Rapoport ’08 recently weighed in on the Texas voter id law, voting rights, and American politics in a panel discussion on MSNBC’s Up w/ Steve Kornacki. As a staff writer for American Prospect and the “resident Texas expert” on the panel, she discussed the history of the...
Kenji Yoshino ’11, a Science Learning Center post-baccalaureate fellow at Grinnell College, has created a digital microscope made from a smartphone, a cheap laser pointer lens, and a few things from the hardware store. It’s a contraption that anyone can construct with $10 worth...
Kenji Yoshino ’11, a Science Learning Center post-baccalaureate fellow at Grinnell College, has created a digital microscope made from a smartphone, a cheap laser pointer lens, and a few things from the hardware store. It’s a contraption that anyone can construct with $10 worth...
In a historic neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, Grinnell alumni Justin Booz ’10 and Monica Wizgird ’08 have transformed a long-vacant lot into a thriving urban garden. The Pullman neighborhood is one of Chicago’s “food deserts,” areas without ready access to grocery stores....
In a historic neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, Grinnell alumni Justin Booz ’10 and Monica Wizgird ’08 have transformed a long-vacant lot into a thriving urban garden. The Pullman neighborhood is one of Chicago’s “food deserts,” areas without ready access to grocery stores....
Charles Platter ’81, professor of classics at the University of Georgia, presented a Roberts Lecture “Killing Socrates” at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in ARH Room 102. His talk was sponsored by the Department of Classics. Platter discussed Plato’s Apology, in particular a...
Charles Platter ’81, professor of classics at the University of Georgia, presented a Roberts Lecture “Killing Socrates” at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in ARH Room 102. His talk was sponsored by the Department of Classics. Platter discussed Plato’s Apology, in particular a...
Scott Porter ’80 and Laura Ruth Johnson ’92 are the winners of this year’s Joseph F. Wall ’41 Sesquicentennial Service Awards, which honor Grinnell’s commitment to social responsibility and public service. Scott Porter, Adaptive Sports Clinics and Equipment-Lending Porter, who...
David Maxwell ’66, president of Drake University since 1999, has announced his plan to retire on June 30, 2015. Maxwell graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in Russian area studies and received his master’s and doctorate from Brown University. At Drake, he has worked on...
Herbie Hancock ’60, winner of 16 Grammy awards and an Oscar, was one of five honorees for this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, along with Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Martina Arroyo, and Shirley MacLaine “At 73, Hancock is still further ahead of the technological curve than...
Herbie Hancock ’60, winner of 16 Grammy awards and an Oscar, was one of five honorees for this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, along with Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Martina Arroyo, and Shirley MacLaine “At 73, Hancock is still further ahead of the technological curve than...
Grinnell College announces the loss of a beloved and dedicated member of the Grinnell community. Paul Risser ’61, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014. Risser was a member of the Board of Trustees since 2007 and was elected vice chair of the...
Three Grinnell alumni scientists representing 40 years of the College's history recently told an audience of fellow alums about research in curing diseases such as autism and obesity—and about how entrepreneurs are moving that research into clinical product development. Lorrie...
Three Grinnell alumni scientists representing 40 years of the College's history recently told an audience of fellow alums about research in curing diseases such as autism and obesity—and about how entrepreneurs are moving that research into clinical product development. Lorrie...
The Grinnellian, who has appeared on The Colbert Report, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Franklin & Bash now is lampooning startups on HBO’s new series Silicon Valley. The cable television series tackles the tech start-up industry and follows the lives of a group of...
The Asia Society recently honored Luna Ranjit ’00, co-founder and executive director of Adhikaar for Human Rights & Social Justice, for her “outstanding achievements, commitment to public service, and desire to make the world a better place.” The society named her to their...
The Asia Society recently honored Luna Ranjit ’00, co-founder and executive director of Adhikaar for Human Rights & Social Justice, for her “outstanding achievements, commitment to public service, and desire to make the world a better place.” The society named her to their...
Making Music Happen Symposium: Working in the Music Industry Post-GrinnellThursday-Friday, March 6-7, 2014A Grinnellink Event About the Symposium More than perhaps any other in recent history, the music industry has engaged in the act of reshaping and redesigning itself. The...
  Salon says “Hilarious, self-effacing comic Kumail Nanjiani [’01] has won Salon’s heart and topped our list for the year’s sexiest man.” When describing why he’s the top pick — beating out others like Patrick Stewart, Banksy, and Kendrick Lamar — Salon says “It takes something...
  Salon says “Hilarious, self-effacing comic Kumail Nanjiani [’01] has won Salon’s heart and topped our list for the year’s sexiest man.” When describing why he’s the top pick — beating out others like Patrick Stewart, Banksy, and Kendrick Lamar — Salon says “It takes something...
  Grinnell College is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Wilson ’98 as the College’s new Chief Investment Officer. Wilson will succeed David Clay on Jan. 1, 2014. Wilson’s hire was the outcome of a rigorous global search for a College CIO who will usher in a new era of...
Daniel S. Pine ’85, a section chief at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and a leading researcher on mood and anxiety disorders in young people, will deliver the Scholars’ Convocation at noon Wednesday, March 5. Pine’s talk, “Seeking the Origins of Mental Illness...

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