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Josiah Bushnell Grinnell was a congressman, a minister, the founder of Grinnell College and a radical.  On the April 23, 2013 Talk of Iowa radio show, Charity Nebbe talked with a group of students at Grinnell College, who spent the semester exploring the life and beliefs of JB...

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Jack Shuler will present a free public lecture, “The Thirteenth Turn:  A History of the Noose,” at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in ARH Room 102 - Kallaus Lecture Hall. Shuler is an associate professor & John and Christine Warner Professor of English and the author of a new...
Video of BOUND: Africans vs African Americans OFFICIAL TEASER TRAILER 2015 The College will present Bound: African versus African Americans (AVAA) — a hard-hitting documentary that addresses the tension that exists between Africans and African-Americans — at noon Saturday,...
Bruce Weindruch ’78, CEO and founder of The History Factory, returns to campus to teach the short course Learning from Literature: Insights for Leadership in the New Workplace.  Weindruch plans to weave timeless fictional characters with the biographies of corporate visionaries...
The Cultural Film Committee, with support from American Studies; Student Affairs; Asian and Asian-American Association; the Department of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies; and Burling Library presents “Celebrating Anna May Wong: A Tribute to the First Chinese-American Film...
Explore topics that affect us all through the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights. Throughout its history, Grinnell has emphasized the importance of human rights and social progress, and encouraged the discussion of the public policies...
 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...
What do you know about Josiah B. Grinnell? You think he founded Grinnell — but was it the College or the town?  And you’ve heard he was (or was not) the man to whom Horace B. Greeley said, “Go west, young man, go west.” But did you know he: Signed the 13th Amendment, which...

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As an American studies concentrator, you take a holistic, interdisciplinary look at American culture, examining race, gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality, religion, and political culture in a historical, intellectual, and social context. In addition to required courses and a...