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“Americans born in the 2000s live as much as thirty years longer than their ancestors,” says Karla Erickson, sociology. Her young first-year students are already thinking about aging in her tutorial, Aging and Social Justice: A Time to be Born and a Time to Die.  They are...
  First-year students in Jenny Anger’s tutorial Artists in Love will explore personal relationships and the creative production of (mostly) 20th-century artistic couples. “In Freudian theory,” Anger says, “’object-choice’ is the person or thing into which one invests psychic...
“I think, therefore I play!” So says Janet Gibson, who is leading her first years in a multifaceted exploration of chess. The students are studying: The history of the game, biographies of grandmasters, the artistry of chess sets, chess in music, art, and novels, the world of...
  Thirty years ago China was an impoverished state with a limited role in global affairs.  Today it’s the world’s second largest economy, and seems likely to overtake the United States within three years. It has four of the top ten banks, is the number one exporter in the world...
First-year students in Shuchi Kapila’s tutorial take a walk on the supernatural side as they study ghosts and literary ghost stories. In the course, Ghost Stories, the students will explore questions such as: Do such fantasies provide an escape from an oppressive reality into a...
Anthony Perman asks his first-year students to question music and beauty: What does it mean to say music is beautiful? Can Chinese opera, American country music, and Zimbabwean spirit possession drumming all be beautiful? Does musical beauty thus vary from one society to the...
  First-year students in Monessa Cummins’ tutorial, Humanities I: The Ancient Greek World, turn to ancient works that explore themes still relevant today, such as the fragility of human life, the basic impulses of human nature, and the question of what makes human life...
    The Deed of Word Describing his course to first-years, Angelo Mercado says: Human language: what is it? And its parts? Its rules, the things that we acquire unthinking? Now, how do poets fashion speech into art? Students in this course will be exploring linguistic aspects of...
First-year students in The Ethical Shopper—a tutorial taught by Cori Jakubiak, education—are spending a semester exploring the possibilities and limits of consumer-based citizenship.  Jakubiak says, “we are continually encouraged to practice our politics in the shops: to resist...
  First-year students in Martin Minelli's tutorial, The Person Behind the Discovery, are going deeper than the textbook entries to explore the personalities and background of people who've made outstanding contributions to science. They will be “studying the historical setting...
“Germany in the 21st century is decidedly multiethnic and multilingual, reflected particularly in its cinema,” says Berna Gueneli. First-year students in Gueneli’s Turkish, German, European: Fatih Akin’s Cinema and Multiethnic Germany explore this fact in light of the work of...
Alumni regular cite tutorials, the only required courses at Grinnell, as one of their favorite experiences. New students interested in Prairie Studies have a variety of choices this year: The Dustbowl Students investigate one of the worst environmental crises in American history...
A guerilla art project knits together a group of students, townspeople, and local alumni “I was working on my calculus homework in the math lab, and one of the tutors got sidetracked and started to tell me about an article that she had read about ‘yarn bombing’  — people...
A guerilla art project knits together a group of students, townspeople, and local alumni “I was working on my calculus homework in the math lab, and one of the tutors got sidetracked and started to tell me about an article that she had read about ‘yarn bombing’  — people...