Humanities

Art Catalog

As part of the Exhibition Seminar course offered at Grinnell College, fourteen students worked with guest curator Victoria Rovine to organize the exhibit and write the catalog. The catalog provides information on sculptures, masks, drums, and other objects from the college's...

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The Alumni Recitation Hall contains classrooms for classes in the Social Studies and Humanities, as well as faculty offices for departments of foreign languages and Classics. The facilities also include a 158-seat screening auditorium, the multipurpose Meredith AudioVisual...

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At Grinnell, all studies take place within a liberal arts framework, focusing on the study of German literature and culture through the contexts of the arts, history, social history, philosophy, and politics. While the German language provides the foundation of our department,...
The Creative Writing Scene at Grinnell Grinnell has a vibrant creative writing scene. There are many published writers on campus--faculty, staff, and students. There are also a number of published writers living in town. The College regularly brings in prominent authors to give...
When you study the world's religious traditions, you learn about the histories, literatures, practices and beliefs that have shaped human societies. You study rituals and festivals that organize perceptions of time and place, disciplines that develop modes of attention,  and...
Grinnell offers opportunities for students who want to continue their studies off-campus. Religious studies majors have lived in Hindu communities while studying in India, immersed themselves in the religious culture of Japan, studied with Buddhists scholars, and learned Hebrew...

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The Humanities Center is pleased to announce its annual student conference on April 19-20, 2013.  Following the success of the conference last year, the Center has decided to make this an annual event at which students have the opportunity to present a selection of their papers...
Natasha Trethewey is the 19th United States Poet Laureate [2012-2013]. In his citation, Librarian of Congress James Billington wrote "Her poems dig beneath the surface of history - personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago-to explore the human struggles that we...
IOWA FLUTE FESTIVAL 2013: Saturday February 23 FLUTE OUT OF THE BOX: New Paths for the 21st-Century Flutist Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, Grinnell College If you want to put an exact address into your GPS, Bucksbaum Fine Arts Center is located at 1108 Park St. in Grinnell....
From the French origins of Des Moines to the Algerian roots of Elkader, this year's festival, "A Home in the World | A World at Home," focuses on Iowans' roles in the global community and on the international influences that shape our state. On Saturday, April 12, join faculty...
The Ninth Semester Fellowship in Studio Art is a competitive opportunity for continued independent research in the semester immediately following graduation. This fellowship provides financial support, studio space, time, and faculty feedback for a semester of creative research...
A look at the life of The Emir Abd el-Kader, for whom the town of Elkader, Iowa, was named in 1846. A three-day symposium held Sept. 21–23 will reflect on the life of the Emir Abd el-Kader (1808–83). Described as an exemplary Muslim, the celebrated military hero of Algeria...
Theatre professor Craig Quintero directed four Grinnell students in Taiwan this summer. For this Mentored Advanced Project (MAP), Teddy Hoffman ‘14, Alex Hsieh ‘14Quinnita Bellows ’15, and Emma Sinai-Yunker ’15 helped develop “A Secret for a Secret: Performing the Poetry of Hsia...
Emily Bergl ’97 may be Hollywood’s most famous Grinnellian actor of her generation. Perhaps best known as Annie O’Donnell in the television show Men in Trees, Beth Young in Desperate Housewives, and Tammy Bryant in the drama series Southland, she’s also acted in movies and on...
Staring out at an assembly of bright-faced Grinnellians, Verlyn Klinkenborg announced: “The way you’ve been taught writing is wrong.” A few people flinched. “Forget about the rules and the writing myths,” he continued. “All you can do is jump in and start thrashing around.” He...
New York artist Greg Smith returns to Grinnell for a gallery talk on Tuesday, February 25 at 4:15. Smith’s two video installations are currently on view in Faulconer Gallery (through March 16). Both videos, Loop and Breakdown Lane, concern the artist as an ‘artifice mechanic,’...
A somewhat belated congratulations to the Russian majors and Russian, Central and Eastern European Studies (RCEES) concentrators in the class of 2013! We wish all the best to Russian majors Addie Anderson ’12.5, Sydney Devine-Rausch ’13, Jacob Goldsmith ’13, Sahar Nahib ’13, and...
  Music majors and non-majors can take advantage of music scholarships for free or discounted private music lessons. The Music Department offers beginning to advanced lessons in voice and more than two dozen instruments. Students learn from professional musicians, including...
Todd Armstrong (Russian) is offering a broad-ranging introduction to modern Russian culture in his course From Pushkin to Pussy Riot. Students are focusing on the thorny relationship between the artist and the state, drawing on a range of literary texts, music, art, film, and...
  On Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. the Grinnell Oratorio Society will join the Grinnell Singers in performing a concert titled “As We Remember Them,” a selection of choral works accompanied by string orchestra. The program, which will take place in the Bucksbaum Center's Sebring-...
  The Grinnell Singers will perform a series of March concerts in Iowa and California as part of a spring break tour. The 40-voice ensemble will present an evening of distinctive choral music that includes the elevated sounds of English cathedral music by John Sheppard, the...
Linda Pereksta joined the faculty of The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as Assistant Professor of Flute in 2009. Prior to coming here, she taught at The University of Mississippi and Tulane University. She currently holds the position of Piccolo with the Madison Symphony...
Internationally acclaimed flutist Nina Assimakopouloshas been hailed as "...a marvel!" (Münchner Merkur), and a versatile virtuoso with a "dramatic sense of pacing" who demonstrates "not just perfect technique and total breath control but supreme intelligent, elegant phrasing;...
In honor of the upcoming 450th celebration of Shakespeare’s birth in 1564, Grinnell’s Theatre and Dance Department presents Hamlet. In its time, the play was the most popular of the revenge tragedies or “tragedies of blood,” in vogue from the 1590s through 1620. Evening: 7:30 p....
Kevin Kopelson, professor of English at the University of Iowa, offers a humorous take on “Hollywood Has-Beens” and what we can learn from them about acceptance and delight. His presentation, complete with film clips, is at 4:15 p.m. Friday, April 18 in ARH Room 102. The free...
Balancing Acts, the theatre department’s first production of 2014, is the culmination of a year of research, collaboration, and production. Six students completed a Mentored Advanced Project (MAP) in the summer of 2013 examining how Grinnell residents relate to work. Doug...
ALEX MCCONNELL '12 attended a semester-long CIEE Russian Language programALANA VOGEL '12 taught English in Tolyatti.SYDNEY DEVINE '13
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...
John H. Oakley, Chancellor Professor and Forest D. Murden Jr. Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, delivered the eighth annual McKibben Lecture in Classical Studies on April 25, 2013. His talk, entitled "Athenian White...
  “Works in Clay” by Jill Davis Schrift, lecturer in art, and “Quality Uncertainty: The Market for Lemons” by New York-based artist Greg Smith will be on display in the Faulconer Gallery from Friday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, March 16.    About “Quality Uncertainty: The Market for...
Although several departments offer film courses each year and there is an active calendar of film-related events and film clubs at Grinnell, there is no film major or concentration. Nevertheless five Grinnellians presented research at national film conferences in April — making...
Listen to the Marsh Chapel Choir perform music professor John Rommereim’s new piece for mixed choir, “And Glory Shone Around.” The choir premiered the work on Dec. 13. Their Dec. 16 performance was broadcast live on 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, and is available on the...
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. — Victor Hugo Want to improve your ability to speak with the “universal language?”  Grinnell offers music scholarships for free or discounted private music lessons. About the Lessons Each...
  Benjamin Doehr ’15 spent his summer lighting up Frank N. Furter, Magenta, Brad, and Janet. Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance Justin Thomas is a professional lighting and scenic designer. This summer, he was contracted by the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. to design...
College students often wonder how their chosen areas of study will affect their future. The third annual Humanities Student Symposium, to be held April 7-9, will highlight student research and help students understand how the humanities can offer a wealth of life and career...
Srinivas is a Professor of English and Dean of the Humanities at Duke University.  He has also served as President of the CHCI (Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes). Srinivas Aravamudan gained his PhD at Cornell University and has taught at the University of Utah,...
One class of Grinnell students is taking advantage of a unique opportunity: composing music for a Grammy-winning vocal ensemble. Roomful of Teeth will present a performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27 in Sebring-Lewis Hall. It will be the premiere of several works by students of...
  Students in Museum Studies (Art 260) will explore works in "From Wunderkammer to the Modern Museum, 1606-1884" as significant examples from a past age, and as precursors to museum practices as we know them today. Each student will be stationed by her display case and audience ...
Grinnellians bring their interests into the classroom, using assignments to study the things they are most interested in. But when they can’t otherwise fit a topic into their curriculum, they turn to guided reading (200-level) and independent study (300-level) coursework to...
In one month over the summer, the average person might get through a novel or two. Joe Engleman ’14 (pictured) wrote one. Both he and Gavin Warnock ’14, a physics/studio art major, were accepted to the Emerging Artist Residency at Grin City Collective. Grin City sits on a 320-...
  Grinnell College is hosting a reading group for The Grinnell Beowulf translation. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the college are invited to participate by reading this epic poem and joining in a series of discussions with Assistant Professor of English Tim...
Sydney Devine-Rausch ’13 and Sharon Tan ’14 received the 2012-13 John Mohan Russian Studies Award .  Devine-Rausch will be studying at Kuban State University in Krasnodar, Russia, and Tan will travel to St. Petersburg to study Russian on an SRAS program. The John Mohan Russian...
Panel Book Talk: noon Friday, Nov. 15, Bucksbaum Center Faulconer Gallery In The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas S. Kuhn argues against the view that science continually progresses throughout time. Instead, he asserts that science undergoes revolutions in which a...
Jill Davis Schrift, lecturer in art, explains how she combines traditional forms with contemporary techniques to create the texture on the vases displayed in her exhibition Works of Clay. In her second solo exhibition at the Faulconer Gallery, Schrift creates ceramic work to...
Writers@Grinnell brings to campus writers of all kinds: poets, novelists, memoirists, essayists, radio essayists, columnists, graphic memoirists, playwrights, and short story writers. “Interacting with writers, hearing them not only read from their work but also talk about their...
Dean Bakopoulos, writer-in-residence and assistant professor of English at Grinnell College, took a break from editing his third novel, Summerlong, to talk about writing, teaching, and James Franco. Here’s what he had to say: Summerlong Summerlong is about four main characters...

News Release

The “War and Peace Project,” a collaborative work created on all 747 pages of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” is on display in Burling Gallery on the Grinnell College campus. Laura “Lola” Baltzell began the project in 2008 by making a collage from each page of a 1970s Soviet...

Venue

Located in the lower level of the John Chrystal Center, the JCC Gallery presents several visual art exhibitions throughout the year. 
The Roberts Theatre semi-thrust stage, seating 450, was renovated and restored under the design of Cesar Pelli and Associates (New Haven, CT). The project was completed in 2000. For more information about the Roberts Theatre please call the Technical Director at 641-269-3130.
Sebring-Lewis Hall, opened in 1999, seats 338 people in a 4,050 square-foot space. It is the home of most music department performances and numerous guest artist events. One of the first ensembles to perform in the hall, the American String Quartet, described it as "one of the...
This brand-new gallery features student art year-round. Located in the Rosenfield Center, next to the dining hall, the gallery gets a lot of foot traffic. Any artist can submit a proposal for the space and use it to exhibit his or her work for several weeks.   Reserve venue  
The Wall Performance Lab black box theatre was revamped as part of the Bucksbaum renovation and has since been used more for experimental and student work. Performances can usually seat up to 72 people.

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  Connect to the humanities with research and scholarship, interdisciplinary studies, and more. Theme 2014-15: "A Century of War: 1914 and Beyond" These events will explore the social, political, and cultural transformations brought about by the First World War and the ways in...

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The poster session will be Saturday, September 27, 2014; 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. in the John Rosenfield Center on the second floor, as a part of Family Weekend activities. Any Grinnell College student who has conducted research (either on- or off-campus) in the past year and wants to...