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The Rosenfield Center is the central gathering place at Grinnell. In addition to space for a range of campus offices, it contains the central dining room and kitchens of the College, the Spencer Grill, the Crady Mail Room, recreational areas and lounges, a multipurpose room,...
The Rosenfield Center is the central gathering place at Grinnell. In addition to space for a range of campus offices, it contains the central dining room and kitchens of the College, the Spencer Grill, the Crady Mail Room, recreational areas and lounges, a multipurpose room,...

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About Campus Memo Campus Memo is an electronic newsletter of Grinnell College. Campus Memo is designed to keep faculty, staff, and students abreast of campus activities and notices during the academic year. It is curated by the Communication Office and sent via email weekly. Two...
2014-15 Schedule Operas begin at noon at the Harris Center Cinema, unless otherwise noted. Opera talks begin a half-hour before the performance airs. October 11 – Macbeth, Verdi October 18 – Le Nozze Di Figaro, Mozart November 1 – Carmen, Bizet November 22 – Il Barbiere Di...
Each year Grinnell College hosts several major performances of significant cultural import. The Committee for Public Events, a body composed of both faculty and students, selects between four and six noted performers to visit Grinnell. Follow Grinnell College Public Events on...
Scholars' Convocation For nearly four decades, the Scholars' Convocation series has created a common educational experience shared by the entire Grinnell College community. Established in the late 1970s in response to the college's move to an open curriculum, the accessible...

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Grinnellians in town this summer can grab some free popcorn and enjoy old and new classics at the College’s Movies under the Stars nights. Upcoming movies: Friday, July 18: Animated fantasy-comedy Frozen Friday, Aug. 8: Heartwarming sports drama The Blind Side All movies are...
Judith Klinman, professor of the graduate school and chancellor’s professor at the University of California, Berkeley, is presenting two lectures on Wednesday, Nov. 20: Scholars’ Convocation:  noon in Rosenfield Center Room 101. Chemistry Lecture: 4:15 p.m. in Noyce 2022. Both...
The presiding officer’s heavy wooden gavel comes smashing down on the table as the opening theme to Lady Gaga’s new single blares from my computer speakers. My friend and I flinch, sigh, and exit the YouTube window, shaking our heads at yet another failed attempt to spice up the...
Philip Deloria, professor of history and Native American studies at the University of Michigan, will deliver a Scholars’ Convocation on “American Indians in the American Popular Imagination” at noon Wednesday, April 16, in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101. The talk, which is...
Three-time Grammy nominee Anoushka Shankar is widely praised for her virtuoso sitar playing and experimental composition. Shankar studied exclusively from the age of nine under her father and guru, Ravi Shankar, and her work is deeply rooted in Indian classical music. She has...
The 168th Commencement of Grinnell College is complete. Celebrate the accomplishments of our seniors as they begin their post-Grinnell journeys.   View the full ceremony, the presidential charge to the graduates, and honorary degree recipients speeches.. Follow and join the...
CBS Sunday Morning commentator Nancy Giles will be the Commencement speaker at Grinnell College’s graduation exercises at 10 a.m. Monday, May 19. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Giles and to two Grinnell alumni: Influential literary agent Sterling Lord ’42 and Educator and...
  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...
Vanity Fair proclaimed him “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade,” and the London Jazz Review says he is “simply one of the most resourceful, sensitive and versatile jazz pianists on the planet." On Oct. 1–2, jazz pianist and six-time Grammy...
Reimagine “The Night Before Christmas” teeming with memorable Halloween characters and punctuated by appropriately macabre music.  That’s what’s in store at “Ghoultide Scarols,” an interactive Halloween concert at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in Herrick Chapel. The free public...
Hammerstep’s world-champion dancers join cellist Dave Eggar and his band, Deoro, for a pioneering take on Irish dance. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, in Bucksbaum Center for the Arts Roberts Theatre. The performance is open to the public; free tickets are required...
Historian Tara Zahra will discuss “Exodus from the East: Emigration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World” in a Scholars’ Convocation at noon Sept. 24 in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Zahra is a professor of history at the University of Chicago and the winner of...
Grinnell College has once again partnered with New York City’s Metropolitan Opera to offer the Met’s 2013-14 season “Live in HD” in the Harris Center Cinema. Saturday, March 15, watch Massenet’s Werther. Join Kelly Maynard at 11:30 a.m. for in introductory opera talk. Maynard,...
Grinnell College has once again partnered with New York City’s Metropolitan Opera to offer the Met’s 2013-14 season “Live in HD” in the Harris Center Cinema. Saturday, March 15, watch Massenet’s Werther. Join Kelly Maynard at 11:30 a.m. for in introductory opera talk. Maynard,...
  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...
  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...
Two different productions of Eugene O’Neill’s 1921 play Anna Christie will be performed Oct. 9–12, offering an opportunity to juxtapose the musical and theatrical traditions of China and the United States. The award-winning Ningbo Yong Opera Troupe from Ningbo, China, will visit...
For more than 30 years, Grinnell's Scholars' Convocations have created academic experiences shared by the entire College community. Each lecture covers a topic of public interest and may be part of a wider symposium or series. Convocation speakers often take part in other...
Jeffrey Kripal — a prominent religious scholar who also has written about mutants, mystics, comic book superheroes and the paranormal — will deliver two lectures on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Scholars’ Convocation: “Authors of the Impossible: How to Think About the Paranormal”Noon,...
Grinnellians in town this summer can grab some free popcorn and enjoy old and new classics at the College’s Movies under the Stars nights. The last movie of the series is: Friday, Aug. 8: Heartwarming sports drama The Blind Side All movies are open to the public and start at 9 p...
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...
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...
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...
Author Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for The New Yorker and author of the new bestseller The Sixth Extinction: A Natural History, will deliver the Scholars’ Convocation at noon Wednesday, April 2, in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Kolbert’s talk, “The Sixth...
Watch the New York City’s Metropolitan Opera 2014–15 season “Live in HD” in the Harris Center Cinema. Saturday, Oct. 18, see Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro). Met Music Director James Levine conducts a spirited new production of Mozart’s...
Watch the New York City’s Metropolitan Opera 2014–15 season “Live in HD” in the Harris Center Cinema. Saturday, October 11, see Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth. Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lučić’s...

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  Grinnell, Iowa -- Jeffrey Kripal—a prominent religious scholar who also has written about mutants, mystics, comic book superheroes and the paranormal—will deliver the Scholars’ Convocation at Grinnell College at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Titled “Authors of the Impossible: How...

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  The Commencement Committee requests your input for some important commencement weekend activities. Baccalaureate is a serious, student-organized activity held on the Sundy of Commencement Weekend. It features faculty speakers, student speakers, words from the President, and...
The Commencement Committee requests your input for some important commencement weekend activities. Baccalaureate is a serious, student-organized activity held on the Sunday of Commencement Weekend. It features faculty speakers, student speakers, words from the President, and the...
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Convocation Proposals Proposals for the 2015-16 academic year are DUE November 14, 2014. Preliminary proposals for future years are still being accepted. By allowing for a multi-year horizon, we may be able to invite speakers whose schedules of engagement are very full....