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Grinnell College will host three outdoor performances of “Nature — A Walking Play” about Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau from Sept. 11-13 at the Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA). TigerLion Arts will present the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau’s mutual...

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Grinnell College presents The Metropolitan Opera’s productions of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bela Bartók’s Bluebeards Castle live in high-definition at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in Harris Center Cinema. Refreshments will be available for sale in the lobby of the cinema...
"A Closer Look at the Iowa Prairie: Photographs by Justin Hayworth" is on view at Grinnell College through Sunday, Oct. 11, in Burling Gallery on the lower level of Burling Library. Prairie dominated the Iowa landscape when the first white settlers arrived in 1833. Now, less...
The inaugural Associated Colleges of the Midwest Student Film Conference and Festival will be held April 1-3 at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc. The event showcases work from student filmmakers, screenwriters, and scholars from ACM affiliated campuses, including Grinnell...
Spoken-word artist Malcolm London has been called the “Gil Scott-Heron of this generation.” The young activist visits campus Saturday, Nov. 1, for two events. At 3 p.m., Grinnellians who recently took part in a rally in Feguson, Mo. join London for a group discussion in the Joe...
“Against Reason: Anti/Enlightenment Prints by Callot, Hogarth, Piranesi and Goya,” an art exhibition exploring the darker side of the Enlightenment, also known as the Age of Reason, opens Friday, April 3, at the Faulconer Gallery, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. Beginning in the...
The exhibition “All Hands on Deck,” opening Friday, May  13, 2016, will feature recent acquisitions to the Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College Art Collection. The exhibition takes its name from a series of seven powerful prints created by St. Louis-based artist Damon Davis in...
Working Group Theatre, based in Iowa City, will present All Recipes Are Home, an original play with music and dance. Tickets are required for this free public event, which will start at 6 p.m. Monday, April 13, on the outdoor stage on Grinnell College’s central campus....
Nicole Mitchell — a leading flutist, composer, and improviser — will present a lecture recital, “Ancient to the Future," at 4:15 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015 in Herrick Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. Mitchell lives at the intersection of improvisation,...
Grammy-winning drummer Antonio Sanchez — who composed the score for the 2014 film Birdman — and renowned clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen will join  The Gabriel Espinosa Latin Jazz Sextet for a free, public concert with at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in Sebring-Lewis Hall,...
Sasha Middeldorp ’18 and Arch Williams ’18, both members of Grinnell Singers, are helping launch a new project called the Grinnell Virtual Choir. In the prototype video Grinnell Virtual Choir 1.0, eight singers used the technology to perform a movement from Rachmaninov’s All-...
In the first grant announcement of its 50th anniversary year, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded individual creative writing fellowships of $25,000 each to 37 fiction and creative nonfiction writers including Dean Bakopoulos, writer-in-residence at Grinnell College...
The Bachelor of Arts Exhibition (BAX), which features works in the creative arts by students at Grinnell College, will open with a reception at 4:15 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Faulconer Gallery, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. BAX is an exhibition of works by advanced art...
*/ February 11-12, 2016 at Grinnell College On August 23, 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans. Roughly five years later, on January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake rocked the small island nation of Haiti. These cataclysmic events, this shared experience...
Grinnell College will stream The Metropolitan Opera’s productions of Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” live in high-definition on Saturday, April 25, in Harris Center Cinema. The pre-opera talk will begin at 11 a.m. with the...
Grinnell College will mark Celebrate Humanities Day, a daylong series of free, public events to honor the study of the humanities, on Monday, March 14. U.S. Rep. Jim Leach will present the keynote, "Where Politics and Morality Conjoin and Disconnect," at 7:30 p.m. in Joe...
German artist Christiane Baumgartner is internationally known for monumental woodcuts that contrast the modern process of shooting digital video, resulting in distanced, ordered and simplified digital information, and the physicality of creating prints using ancient woodcutting...
Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery reopens Friday, July 1, with a pair of contrasting sculpture exhibitions, each drawn, in its own way, from life. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public. They will close September 11, 2016 Anders Krisár, Untitled, 2014–15. Polyester...
“Critical Narratives & Creative Forms: Fresh Perspectives from the Francophone World” activities run May 1–6, and include readings, lectures, a performance and opportunities to meet with those featured: Linda Brindeau, assistant professor of French, Dickinson College Pascale...
The “open exchange of ideas” described in Grinnell’s mission statement does not end at the edge of campus. Susan Sanning, director of service learning and civic engagement, facilitated a curricular service learning collaboration — a workshop for medical students at Des Moines...
The Grinnell Symphony Orchestra will perform with celebrated Western musician Dave Stamey in concert at Grinnell College on Saturday, April 16. A singer, songwriter and guitarist, Stamey also has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular...
Grinnell College will stream the Metropolitan Opera's production of Richard Strauss's Elektra at noon Saturday, April 30, at the Harris Center Cinema. Soprano Randye Jones, who works in Burling, will present the opera talk at 11:30 a.m. at the Harris Center. Jones holds her...
  OPERA Iowa, a division of the Des Moines Metro Opera, is performing Donizetti’s comic masterpiece Elixir of Love at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in Roberts Theatre. No tickets are necessary for this free public performance. Elixir of Love is a tale of star-crossed lovers who...
A free, public screening of "Café Ta´amon," light buffet dinner, and talk by the documentary's director, Michael Teutsch, will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. No reservations are needed. The Ta´amon on King George Street is one of the...
Jules Cheret, Saxoleine Pétrole de Sureté, 1896 Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery has received a bequest of 14 posters and lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, and others from the estate of William M. Moore. The collection is named The Lenny Seidenman...
Dave Loewenstein ’88 is returning to campus — along with co-directors Nick Ward and Amber Hansen — for a panel discussion and film screening of Called to Walls. The free, public event will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, in ARH Auditorium, Room 302. Called to Walls is "part road-...
Please join Grinnell music faculty Nancy McFarland Gaub, violin, and Eugene Gaub, piano, as they perform sonatas by Franck, Beethoven, and Debussy at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 in the Faulconer Gallery.
The Grinnell Singers, directed by Ben Luedcke, will perform for the Grinnell Community after returning from their Spring Break Tour. The free public concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, in Sebring-Lewis Hall, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. No tickets are required.  
The Grinnell Singers, the College's premier choir, will perform in six cities during a concert tour of Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico during the week leading up to Easter. The concerts, which will take place from March 19-25, are open to the public. Directed by Lecturer in...
Celebrate the last day of classes and the holiday season by joining the 11th annual read-through of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah in Bucksbaum Center for the Arts' Rotunda. Singers and instrumentalists are invited to participate; non-musicians are invited to listen...
During Grinnell’s week-long fall break, 11 students in the Opera, Politics, and Society in Modern Europe course went to San Francisco with Kelly Maynard, assistant professor of history, to get an up-close look at how politics and culture influence the development of modern opera...
This fall Grinnell will stream four of the Metropolitan Opera's productions live and in high-definition as the Met celebrates its 10th anniversary of Live-in-HD movie theater transmissions. The screening will start at noon in the Harris Center Cinema. The season opens with...
  Novelist Grant Faulkner ’87 inspires nearly a half-million would-be novelists — more than 150 of them in Grinnell — to write 50,000 words during a 30-day international writing marathon, the largest event of its kind. Faulkner is executive director of National Novel Writing...
Grinnell College Organist Linda Bryant will present "Joy, Joy, Joy: An Organ Reflection" at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in Herrick Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public.  Most of the program will be carol-based music, reflective of the quiet and exuberant moods...
Grinnell College studio art students will present their art and give short artist talks at free, public events throughout May in the Make/Shift Space at 928 Main St., Grinnell. The exhibition "Formulations," which includes new artwork from Grinnell College studio art classes,...
*/ Grinnell College will stream six of the Metropolitan Opera’s productions live and in high-definition from January through April at the Harris Center Cinema, 1114 10th Ave., Grinnell. The Met celebrates its 10th anniversary of “Live-in-HD” movie theater transmissions this...
Jonathan Miller-Lane’s teaching and writing center on a single question: How do we draw from the best traditions of a liberal arts education while responding creatively and compassionately to the realities and challenges of contemporary society in the USA?   Miller-Lane will...
Celebrated artist and musician Ellen Fullman is in residence at Grinnell College Nov. 4 -14, building, rehearsing, holding workshops and performing her Long String Instrument installation. For nearly 30 years, Fullman has been exploring the acoustics of large resonant spaces...
The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Alan Berg’s Lulu will be streamed live in high-definition at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in Harris Center Cinema. The opera talk by Eugene Gaub, associate professor of music theory, will begin at 11 a.m. Music Director James Levine—one of...
Grinnell College will stream the Metropolitan Opera's production of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly at noon on Saturday, April 2, at the Harris Center Cinema. Madam Butterfly is set in the Japanese port city of Nagasaki, one of the country’s only ports open to foreign ships. Soprano...
Grinnell College has leased the vacant main floor of the Masonic Temple at 928 Main St. in downtown Grinnell, for March, April, and May. During this time, art faculty members will teach several classes. Students will develop a variety of works and installations, then showcase...
Grinnell College will stream the Metropolitan Opera's production of Giacomo Puccini's Manon Lescaut at noon on Saturday, March 5, at the Harris Center Cinema. Jennifer Brown, associate professor of music, will present the opera talk at 11:30 a.m. at Harris Center. This will be...
The annual Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival celebration took place on September 5, 2014, in Harris Concert Hall. Over 300 guests, including students, faculty, staff, and host families attended. The audience enjoyed Chinese food, moon cakes, and a wonderful program put together by...
Professors Juliet Bellow and Julia Randel will discuss models of collaboration in dance, art, and music at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101. Each will present a 20 minute talk. Bellow will present “Working Simultaneously: Robert and Sonia Delaunay...
Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company will present Mortal Tongues, Immortal Stories is a multimedia dance project that bears witness and celebrates the lives of poets and artists lost to AIDS. Based on the anthology "Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS", this...
Grinnell community members and college students will join forces to sing Mozart's "Requiem" in a free public performance by the Grinnell Oratorio Society, Grinnell Singers, and Grinnell Symphony Orchestra at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in Herrick Chapel. The program will begin with...
Grinnell College will host three outdoor performances of “Nature — A Walking Play” about Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau from Sept. 11-13 at the Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA). TigerLion Arts will present the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau’s mutual...
Nelson Ogbuagu ’16 has been named the winner of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest 2016 Nick Adams Short Story Contest. His story, "Playing it Safe," was selected from the 32 stories submitted by students from ACM colleges. Author Bill Hillman, who served as the final judge...
*/ Beverly Semmes, "RC" 2014. Velvet, 119 x 35 in. Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College Art Collection. Building on its last exhibition theme of asking questions, Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery will be showing a variety of feminist works alongside a collection of historic...
One year out of Grinnell and Kyle Espinosa ’12 has an Emmy to his name. “I feel pretty ecstatic to win an Emmy for a project I had a significant role in,” he says. “The statue is for the team, but if I had a spare $2000 lying around, I could get mine.” Espinosa is part of...
  Organized Rhythm brings their unorthodox combination of percussion and organ to Grinnell in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 in Herrick Chapel. Free tickets are required for this public event. They are available beginning noon Thursday, Feb. 13 from Grinnell’s box...
This fall Grinnell is streaming four of the Metropolitan Opera's productions live and in high-definition as the Met celebrates its 10th anniversary of Live-in-HD movie theater transmissions. The screening of Giuseppe Verdi's Otello starts at noon, Saturday, Oct. 17, in the...
Watch a free public screening of Our School, followed by a panel discussion, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in the Community Room of the Drake Community Library, 930 Park St., Grinnell, Iowa. This award-winning documentary follows the lives of three Roma (“Gypsy”) children who...
Pacifica String Quartet will present a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in Bucksbaum Sebring-Lewis Hall. The quartet offered a master class at Grinnell College earlier in the week. The group regularly performs in the world’s major concert halls and was the...
  PipeScreams Spooktacular: 9-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, Herrick Chapel. Looking for something scary and musical to go with your Halloween treats? How about some spooky organ music in a dimly lit church under the dark of an October night? On Halloween, join organists Carl...
“Happy Birthday, Marsha!” is a forthcoming film about legendary transgender artist and activist, Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson and her life in the hours before the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. Join us for a discussion and preview screening of clips of the film with...
Craig Quintero, associate professor of theatre and dance, has been named the Frank and Roberta Furbush Faculty Scholar for the 2015-16 academic year. Quintero has also received a Fulbright Scholar Award and an Academic Enterprise Leave grant, funded by a grant made to the...
This May, writers attending Grin City Collective Artist & Writers Residency will install brand-new public art — works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry — in the windows of 12 Iowa libraries. The four authors, Pauliina Haasjoki (Helsinki, Finland), Kevin Haworth (Athens,...
For many Grinnellians, on campus and off, Tilly Woodward is the face of Faulconer Gallery. Although much of the effort for running a successful gallery is tucked behind the scenes, Woodward loves the fact that she gets to know students and art lovers of all ages. "The work I do...
*/ Zoe Sherinian, associate professor and chair of ethnomusicology, University of Oklahoma, will present two free public events about the reclamation of an untouchable drum, the parai. Sherinian has conducted extensive research on the Dalit, a class of people in South India who...
Grinnell College will stream the Metropolitan Opera's production of Gaetano Donizetti's Roberto Devereux at noon on Saturday, April 16, at the Harris Center Cinema. This will be the fifth opera of the spring season in which the Met is celebrating its 10th anniversary of "Live-in...
Grin City Collective Artist & Writers Residency invites families and art lovers from Central Iowa and beyond to its second Rurally Good Festival 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015. Grinnell College is one of the festival’s co-sponsors. “Each year Grin City hosts...
 As 21st century racism unfolds and recedes under scientific scrutiny of human sameness and differences, the American studies concentration in collaboration with the art & art history and biology departments, have invited Bio-Artist Prof Paul Vanouse.     Over the last...
Baritone John Rommereim and pianist Ian Moschenross will perform Schubert's "Winterreise" at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7. "Winterreise," or "Winter's Journey," tells the story of a young man who has been rejected in love and who sets out on a journey, with his destination unknown....
Artist Faheem Majeed will present on the Shacks and Shanties project at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Faulconer Gallery. The project was a multifaceted South Side Chicago installation initiative that served as a collaborative 
platform for artist interventions, and a...
Every student pays a few hundred dollars a year to the College in the form of the student activities fee. The College immediately gives that money back to the student body to do with as it wishes, from bringing speakers to campus to having concerts nearly every weekend. Any...
Six Appeal, an award-winning, six-member young men's vocal ensemble that performs with the energy of a rock band, but without instruments, will give a free, public concert on at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in Herrick Chapel. The versatile vocal band from Minnesota is one of the...
Asking questions is fundamental to the collecting and understanding of art, particularly contemporary art. That's why the Faulconer Gallery titled its fall opening exhibition "Start by Asking Questions: Contemporary Art from the Faulconer and Rachofsky Collections, Dallas." With...
*/ Student and faculty exhibitions at Faulconer Gallery open with a combined reception at 4 p.m. Friday, April 8. The student BAX Exhibition will be on view through May 1, while the Studio Faculty Exhibition will continue through June 19. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m....
String quintet Sybarite5, known for pushing the boundaries of concert music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, in Herrick Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Sybarite5, winner of the Concert Artists Guild competition, has...
Wellness on Grinnell’s campus comes in as many forms as its students have passions, and they don’t have to be strictly athletic passions. Synchronized swimming has been a fixture in Tea Cakarmis ’17’s life since her childhood, and it wasn’t something she could leave behind her...
This fall Grinnell is streaming four of the Metropolitan Opera's productions live and in high-definition as the Met celebrates its 10th anniversary of Live-in-HD movie theater transmissions. The opera talk for Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser starts at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 31,...
*/ Photos by David Montgomery, Sam Calisch, and Anders Ahlberg (all '10) Did you ever wonder what the kite sees? Three Grinnell students — David Montgomery, Sam Calisch, and Anders Ahlberg (all '10) — were determined to find out. Their kite aerial photography rig captured some...
This fall, the New York City Metropolitan Opera's “Live in HD” returns to Grinnell College. The Met Live screenings are open to all, and tickets are required. Each opera starts Saturday at noon in the Harris Center Cinema. At 11:30 a.m. a Grinnell faculty or staff member...
Ivy Kuhn ’16 and an ensemble will perform a dance as part of the National Water Dance project at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Kuhn organized the event and choreographed the community-dance project as part of a Mentored Advanced Project with Celeste Miller, assistant professor...
Grinnell College will host a live, multi-media concert on Saturday, Nov. 21, featuring a screening of the silent film The Yellow Ticket with a klezmer score performed live by its composer, renowned violinist Alicia Svigals, and award-winning pianist Marilyn Lerner. Klezmer, the...
These Heavy Sands, a concert of new and recent music by John Rommereim, Blanche Johnson Professor of Music, will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in Herrick Chapel. The concert, which is free and open to the public, includes four world premieres: Together with the Voca...
Timbuktu, winner of seven Cesar Awards including Best Picture, will be shown at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at The Strand Theatre, 921 Main St., Grinnell. The screening is free and open to the public. The film centers on proud cattle herder Kidane, who lives peacefully in the...
Grinnell College will present a "Live-In-HD" broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera's production of Puccini's Turandot at noon Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Harris Center Cinema, 1114 10th Ave., Grinnell. Set in "legendary" China and featuring characters that wander from Italy to China...
Musicians Randye Jones of Grinnell College and Damani Phillips of the University of Iowa will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by sharing the rich history of the music of the African-American tradition. The 13th...
Vernon Faulconer '61– oilman, philanthropist, and art collector – was born in 1939 in El Dorado, Kansas, and grew up on a dairy farm. Faulconer and his future wife, Amy Hamamoto ‘59, met while students at Grinnell; a perusal of yearbooks from the College Archives shows a young “...
Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion will perform “When the Wolves Came In,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, in Roberts Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. This stand-alone repertory-based program explores the historical legacy of two triumphs in the international history...
Antonya Nelson, the upcoming author in Writers@Grinnell will be on campus for two events on Thursday, October 29: Reading at 8 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 101 Roundtable at 4:15 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 209 Antonya Nelson is the author of nine books of fiction (three...
Celebrated poet Edward Hirsch ’72 will join Professor of English Ralph Savarese in a conversation about poetry and parenting at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Faulconer Gallery.  “‘If the Music is Too Loud You’re Too Old:’ A Conversation with Edward Hirsch ’72 about Poetry,...
Jami Attenberg, the next author in Writers@Grinnell will be on campus for two events on Tuesday, Sept. 22: Reading at 8 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 101 Roundtable at 4:15 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 209 Attenberg has written about sex, technology, design, books,...
Kiese Laymon, the second author in this year’s Writers @Grinnell series, will present two events on Thursday, Sept. 17: Roundtable at 4:15 p.m. in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 209 Reading at 8 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 101 Laymon is an African-American southern writer,...
Photo Credit: Brigitte Sire Writers@Grinnell brings Nami Mun, author of Miles from Nowhere, to campus for two free public events on Thursday, Feb. 19 in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Roundtable: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in Rosenfield Center 209 Reading: 8 p.m. Thursday,...
Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Richard Russo, the upcoming author in Writers@Grinnell, will be on campus for two events on Thursday, November 12: Reading at 8 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 101 Roundtable at 4:15 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 209 Russo received the Pulitzer...
*/ Carlos Ferguson ’92 and Kate In ’13 of Tiny Circus will conduct a collaborative zine-making workshop Sept. 14-16. An abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine, a zine is a small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images. Tiny Circus is a...
Grinnell College is sponsoring a workshop featuring listening meditations of the prairie and a lecture on soundscape studies at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Faulconer Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. The workshop, titled “Prairie Listening and the...
Watch the New York City’s Metropolitan Opera 2014–15 season “Live in HD” in the Harris Center Cinema. Saturday, Dec. 13, see Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. James Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic comedy—back at the Met for...
Watch the New York City’s Metropolitan Opera 2014–15 season “Live in HD” in the Harris Center Cinema. Saturday, Nov. 22, see Gioacchino Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville). The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy – featuring some of...
The Metropolitan Opera’ first production of Gioacchino Rossini's "La Donna del Lago" will be streamed live in high-definition at noon Saturday, March 14, in Harris Center Cinema. Opera superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez will display their vocal fireworks in this...

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Two exhibitions, "Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument" and "Playing It Forward: German Expressionism to Expressionism Today," will open with a reception on Friday, Jan. 23, at Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery. The reception, which is free and open to the public, will run...

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