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August 17 – October 11, 2015 Burling Gallery At one time prairie dominated the Iowa landscape.  Now, less than 0.1% of the original Iowa prairie remains. Justin Hayworth’s macro photographs invite viewers to take a closer look at the beauty of prairie plants, celebrate the...
  Dan Kittredge is passionate about raising the quality of nutrition in our food supply.   For the past half century at least, the goal of most plant breeders and agricultural practices has been to improve traits in our fruits and vegetables such as size, productivity, growth...
4:00 p.m., Roundtable discussion, SCI 1022, Soil and Soil Health 7:30 p.m., Public Talk, JRC 101, Capitalism and Agriculture Numerous social and ecological problems arise from the way that agriculture functions within capitalist economies. These include hunger in the midst of...
Grinnell College will host a series of events throughout April and early May in celebration of Earth Month. The free, public events will be focused on local food, creativity, volunteering and exploration. Monday, April 11 Fred Magdoff4:00 PM Roundtable - Noyce 10227:30 PM Public...
Room 1023 Liz Queathem, Senior Lecturer in Biology, will deliver a public lecture on the current state of climate change and the prospects for progress at the United National Climate Change Conference that will take place in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015. Queathem...
Seeking dancers of all ages! No previous dance experience necessary! Come learn a simple dance phrase to be performed as part of the National Water Dance at CERA on Saturday, April 16th at 3:00 p.m. This is a unique opportunity to bring attention to the pressing water issues in...
The Cyperaceae plant family includes sedges (Carex spp.), bulrushes (Schoenoplectus spp.), cottongrasss- es (Eriophorum spp.), spikerushes (Eleocharis spp.), and in Iowa, over 160 species of grass-like, tufted plants with reduced flowers, found primarily in wetlands, but also in...
Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician, writer and associate professor of family medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, will discuss “Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up” on Thursday, March 10, at Grinnell College. Her lecture will start at 7:30 p.m. in...
Panel of writers, thinkers, environmentalists to discuss fracking on April 19 Conversation will be based on first anthology of creative writing that explores fracking A panel of four Iowa-based writers, editors, thinkers and environmentalists will discuss "Fracture: Essays,...
  Hydro-science and Engineering Expert Hagen to Speak on Climate Change, Midwestern Agriculture, and the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico There is growing awareness that climate change constitutes the environmental threat of our time, and that wrapped up in it are enormous...
Leonard Kurz ’75, History Mr. Kurz serves as a director and officer of the Kurz Family Foundation. Leonard is making a feature length documentary on Free the Children, is a co-producer of Maangamizi: The Ancient One, the first film from Tanzania to be considered for an Academy...
  Daniel Perlstein, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Studies in Education Graduate School of Education University of California, Berkeley Laura Ingalls Wilder claimed to have written her beloved Little House novels in part to teach American children about the New...
The mission of Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative (MFSI) is to secure food sovereignty by seeding, growing, and harvesting Meskwaki indigenous knowledge and life-ways. Join MFSI staff and volunteers on tours of the Red Earth Gardens, Meskwaki Elder Garden, Meskwaki Settlement...
  Timothy Knepper, Professor of Philosophy, Drake University While Christianity may be the most common religion practiced by Iowans, it is not the only one.  Drake University’s “Religions of Des Moines Initiative” is exploring, documenting, and placing Christianity in dialogue...
Featuring live music from the Pioneer String Quartet, dance performance by Ivy Kuhn and Ensemble, Tai Chi Women's Group, and the Grinnell Community Ensemble. Over 100 sites in 35 states are coming together to bring attention to the pressing issues of water in the United States...
Women and the Regenerative Agriculture of the Future Denise O’Brien, farmer and community organizer, Atlantic, IA Tuesday, September 15, Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101 4 p.m. – Panel Discussion – Wisdom of the Elders: Mentoring Beginning Farmers Additional panelists:...
  Join CERA Manager Elizabeth Hill on a 1.5 mile spring ephemeral wildflower hike at CERA. Wear sturdy walking shoes and long pants to explore the spring ephemeral wildflowers at CERA! Van leaves from Rosenfield Center drop-off zone at 4:15 p.m. Hike starts 4:45 p.m. at CERA,...

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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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Jackie Blair ‘12 and James Yox ’12 were the two Grinnell Area Local Foods Alliance summer garden apprentices, working with Center director Jon Andelson. They maintained the campus garden and community garden, worked with the Compass Plant CSA, worked with kids programs in the...
A free program of courses for adults will be available this summer through the Adult Community Exploration Series (ACES), an initiative of the Community Education Council and Grinnell College. Four courses, each two session long and taught by a faculty member, will be held on...
"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...
Grinnell students are helping to launch an online journal at the College while also experiencing what it’s like to be entrepreneurs. Titled Rootstalk, the interdisciplinary journal focuses on the prairie — the ecosystem and the region as a whole, including its architecture, art...
*/ Lonnie Gamble, assistant professor of sustainable living, Maharishi University of Management, will teach the principles of ecological design and the application of permaculture principles in two related sessions. Gamble says, "the sustainability revolution, like the...
In conjunction with the world premiere of Cynthia Folio's "Winds for Change: Concerto for Two Flutes, Strings, and Percussion," to be performed with the Grinnell Symphony Orchestra on November 15, a panel of artists and scientists will discuss the critical challenge that...
Woodland Wildflower Hike Join Elizabeth Hill, manager of Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA), on a woodland wildflower hike at CERA on Thursday, May 1. Spring ephemeral wildflowers grow and flower before the forest trees leaf out and are only around for a few weeks. On the...
CERA will be closed to the public during our annual managed deer hunt December 12-20, 2015. Please contact Elizabeth Hill, (641) 260-6942 with questions. 
Janet Schlapkohl, author and performer of “Coming of Age in Chore Boots,” will read from her play and discuss the experiences of women during the 1980s farm crisis when she visits Grinnell College on Thursday, Feb. 18. “Chore Boots – Women Experienced the Farm Crisis of 1980”...
The Cyperaceae plant family includes sedges (Carex spp.), bulrushes (Schoenoplectus spp.), cottongrassses (Eriophorum spp.), spikerushes (Eleocharis spp.), and in Iowa, over 160 species of grass-like, tufted plants with reduced flowers, found primarily in wetlands, but also in...
Biology professor David Campbell kicks off Earth Week events with his lecture, “Will China Save the World?” at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 21, in Noyce Science Center Room 2022. “China is the poster child for global climate change,” notes Campbell, Henry R. Luce Professor of Nations...
4:15 p.m., ARH 102, informal discussion with Professor Donham7:30 p.m., ARH 102, lecture, "Intensive Livestock Production Systems: Occupational and Environmental Concerns" On Wednesday, February 6, the Center for Prairie Studies is sponsoring a visit to campus by Dr. Kelley...
Living Sustainably in Place at Grinnell College presents a dynamic series of events developed by a partnership of environmental, food, and social justice groups, centers, and committees that will bring the Grinnell community together to express our commitment to preserving and...
A panel of four Iowa-based writers, editors, thinkers, and environmentalists will discuss Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America, the country's first anthology of creative writing that explores hydraulic fracturing, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in Joe...
On Monday, April 11, Fred Magdoff, emeritus professor of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont, will discuss capitalism, agriculture, soil, and soil health in two event. He will give a talk, “Capitalism and Agriculture” at 7:30 p.m. in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center,...
There is growing awareness that climate change constitutes the principal environmental threat of our time, and that wrapped up in it are enormous threats to the global economic and social order as well. Climate change belongs to the category "wicked problems,” difficult or even...
Reading: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 Burling Library Lounge   Thomas Pletzinger and Simon Urban will read from their works in English and German. This public is invited to this free event. Refreshments will be served. In addition to the public reading, both writers will share...
Dan Kittredge, an organic farmer and executive director of the Bionutrient Food Association, advocates improving the nutritional quality of our food supply by improving the health of our soils. He will bring his message to Grinnell College on Wednesday, Nov. 18, when he presents...
Daniel Perlstein, a leading scholar of American education, will give a talk on Monday, Nov. 9, titled "Little House in the Empire: Imperialism on the Literary and Educational Frontier."  The talk, which is free and open to the public, will start at 7:30 p.m. in Joe Rosenfield '...
The Grinnell Area Arts Council will present Map of My Kingdom, a one-woman play written by Mary Swander, Iowa’s Poet Laureate, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in the Loft Theatre at the Grinnell Arts Center. Tickets are $5.00 and are available for purchase at the Arts Center,...
The mission of Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative (MFSI) is to secure food sovereignty by seeding, growing, and harvesting Meskwaki indigenous knowledge and life-ways. Join MFSI staff and volunteers at the Red Earth Gardens on the Meskwaki Settlement, located 25 miles north of...
Orley R. “Chip” Taylor is founder and director of Monarch Watch, and is also a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.  Trained as an insect ecologist, he has published papers on species assemblages, hybridization...
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...
The third annual Iowa Humanities Festival, co-sponsored by Grinnell College, will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 10-11, 2015. This year’s theme is “The Elusive Prairie” and the festival’s organizers are currently accepting submissions for a photo contest. They say: The...
For many Grinnell students, the College-owned prairie down Interstate Highway 80 is much more than a place to do biological research — though plenty of that happens. It’s a place where you can write, read or paint, listen, canoe, or meditate. The 365-acre Conard Environmental...
Matt Nonnenmann, assistant professor of occupational and environmental health, University of Iowa, is on campus Monday, April 14 for two events: 4:15 p.m., Noyce Science Center, Room 1021 Roundtable about graduate study in the health professions at the University of Iowa and...
A feminist author and activist will discuss women and their connection to the land as part of a series sponsored by the Center for Prairie Studies. Silvia Federici, emerita professor of political philosophy and international studies at Hofstra University, will deliver "...
Timothy Knepper, professor of philosophy at Drake University, will discuss religious diversity in Iowa at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. The free, public lecture, titled "Religious Diversity in the Heart of Iowa," will explore dialogues...
*/ Rural sociologist Ben Winchester, who studies positive trends happening under the radar in rural areas, will explore small-town leadership and the rural brain gain in two free public events. Winchester aims to rewrite the rural narrative that focuses on small towns getting...
Before last summer, the only butterfly I could identify was a monarch, and the only prairie plant I knew was a coneflower. Thanks to an internship grant from the Center for Prairie Studies at Grinnell, I not only learned how to identify a multitude of butterflies and their...
Composer and sound artist Abby Aresty investigates the world through its sounds. This year, she’s inviting others to share her path. October 11 marks the debut of Aresty’s The Listening Path — a creative, site-specific listening composition at Grinnell’s Conard Environmental...
Abby Aresty’s The Listening Path II: Disparate Times and Places uses soundwalking to connect people in disparate places in a unified act of silent respect for our natural surroundings. The Listening Path II entails two short site-specific soundwalks, the first at Conard...
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...
In her recent comic “The Size of Things,” Zoe Schein ’12, the creator of Z-nifty and the Funk, explains why she loves Iowa. Images courtesy of Zoe Schein. Originally published on Z-nifty and the Funk.
Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician, writer, and associate professor of family medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, will discuss “Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. She will...
Lisa Schulte Moore will discuss the results of her social-ecological research on innovative land management practices in “Tweak, Adapt, Transform: Building a Resilient Future for Agriculture in Iowa and Beyond.” The free public lecture will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, March 9, in...
Savanna Restoration and Greenhouse Work Day​ Join Grinnellians and other volunteers on Saturday, February 20, 2016, for a volunteer work day at  Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA).  The group will be working on two projects: savanna restoration mop-up (making piles and...
It is difficult to know what Iowa agriculture will look like in the future, but almost certainly it will not look like today’s agriculture. It cannot. There are too many things about current farming and food production methods that increasing numbers of people are questioning...
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...

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GRINNELL, IA – The agricultural commodity that has long dominated Iowa and makes the state the leading U.S. producer will be the focus of an interdisciplinary symposium at Grinnell College, Nov. 16-18. “Corn Belts: Iowa and International Agriculture” will offer a program of...

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