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For her class Making History: 1968, Diane Lenertz ’15 visited the Grinnell College archives. She looked at some of the underground newspapers and other student publications from the late 1960s and early 1970s, and also some of the FBI documents about the College. “I thought it...
In 2005, Luna Ranjit ’00 co-founded Adhikaar, a non-profit organization dedicated to human rights and social justice issues faced by more than 40,000 Nepali immigrants in New York City. She knew the depth and range of needs of the Nepali people long before the devastating April...
Since Anna-Lisa Bowans ’12 graduated from Grinnell, she: spent a year in Bangalore, India, on a social enterprise fellowship worked for a for-profit, social enterprise company in Berkeley, Calif., and recently moved into the tech industry “The biggest skills that I got out of...
Ever wonder about handling the rigors of both academics and athletics at Grinnell? Fully one third of Grinnell’s student body participates in varsity athletics. And while many Grinnell students achieve big things in sports (search Jack Taylor 138), all Grinnell student athletes...
The tech industry is dominated by deliberately misspelled products like Google and Imgur. Three Grinnellians have just joined the world of high tech language mangling with a mobile app to keep your conversations private. “I wanted to send a message to a friend, but I didn’t want...
  Thirty years ago China was an impoverished state with a limited role in global affairs; today it is the world’s second largest economy, and forecast to overtake the United States’ leading position in three years. With four of the top ten banks by market capitalization and the...
At Grinnell, students are encouraged to find ways to pursue as many of their interests as they can. This can mean participating in clubs and athletics in addition to academics, but some students want to take their interests even further by declaring a double major. A double...
Paula Cousins ’17 and Anesu Gamanya ’17 led a renovation project funded by the Davis Projects for Peace program that dramatically transformed a small Jamaican primary school 2,000 miles from Grinnell.  “This experience reinforced why I came to Grinnell — social justice,” Gamanya...
While growing up in Islamabad, boys were encouraged to become engineers and girls to be physicians, recalls Ahsan Rahim ’11. “Everything else was just a waste of time, according to my family.” That’s why he intended to major in physics and math at Grinnell and study engineering...
Two courses of students and faculty participated in international field trips during winter break 2013.  Kathy Jacobson and Peter Jacobson, associate professors of biology, traveled with students from their Namib Desert Ecology course.  Students in Korea's Economic Development...
Jon Cohen ’14 describes the path he took to his independent major in Middle Eastern studies as a happy accident. When he arrived at Grinnell, Cohen knew he wanted to do something related to the social sciences and learn a new language. He took Arabic and tried out political...
Gilbert DeBartolo worked with Professor Robert Haveman to write a paper that subsequently was published in the American Economic Review. Gilbert viewed that experience of doing mentored original research as one of the highlights of his Grinnell career. After his untimely death,...
A double major in economics and sociology could result in any number of career paths. Damon Williams ’14 took his double major and mixed in hip-hop and Grinnellian concepts of social justice. From Ferguson, Mo., to the south side of Chicago, Ill., Williams uses his lyrical and...
The Horn-Theophilus Award was established by the Class of 1951 to recognize and pay tribute to two of its members, Willard Horn and David Theophilus, who died in action as Marine Corps officers during the Korean War. The Class of 1951 honors the service of these two economics...
Fordham University Professor of History Asif Siddiqi will discuss the history of the Soviet space program during the free, public Scholars' Convocation at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. Much of Siddiqi's interests are focused on the history of...
Robert "Bob" Haveman — professor emeritus of public affairs and economics and faculty affiliate, Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison — will present the Scholars' Convocation at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101...
In their first year at Grinnell, twins Vrishali Sinha ’19 and Vidushi Sihna ’19 led women’s golf to its third consecutive conference title. For added emphasis, they finished one-two individually at the Midwest Conference tournament in October. The Sinhas’ games were “on” from...
Alumni Scholar Amanda (Andy) Cook ’03 returns to Grinnell to present "Uninsured?  Fewer Services, Less Readmission, More Death.  A Study of Maryland's Hospitals" at noon Tuesday, Nov. 10, in ARH 120.  Cook's visit is sponsored by the Department of Economics.  Cook is currently a...

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Economics is the study of how society uses its scarce resources. The goal of the department is to promote an understanding of economic aspects of society and to develop each student's ability to reason about economic issues - that is, to provide a basis for intelligent,...

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