Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012 6:02 pm

Grinnell, IA - The Neverland Players

The Neverland Players is an ensemble that transforms stories written by local third and fourth graders into short skits. A cast of Grinnell College students performs the stories for the children and their families, as well as other college students. It is a great way to give back to the community and promote the spirit of Grinnell.

This month the Neverland Players have 10 short skits and one longer skit that includes song parodies. Upcoming performances are listed below and will take place in Bucksbaum's Wall Theatre Lab. Tickets are no longer available, but the ensemble encourages everyone who wants to attend to come 20 minutes before the performance and get on the waiting list.

  • Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.

Presidential Election Panel hosted by the Rosenfield Program

On Mon., Oct. 8 in JRC 101 the Rosenfield Program will host a Presidential Election panel, starting at 6:30 p.m. The panel will explore the prospects for the upcoming presidential and congressional elections by focusing on topics of campaign organization, press coverage, advertising, get out the vote efforts, and other topics of concern.

Sarah Purcell, associate professor of history and director of the Rosenfield Program will moderate the panel. "Our experts will review some of the major recent developments in the presidential race, reflect on Iowa's status as a 'swing state,' and project possible outcomes of the election," said Purcell, "we are looking to get expert opinion on the tenor and substance of this year's political contests from those who are deeply involved in both covering and analyzing developments."

The panel will include: Barb Trish, associate professor of political science, Kathie Obradovich, political columnist for the Des Moines Register, and David Shribman, executive editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Center for Prairie Studies

On Wed., Oct. 10 Keri Hornbuckle '87 will help commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the publication "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson. Hornbuckle will speak to the topic of "Rachel Carson's Dirty Dozen Chemicals in Iowa Air: The Case of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)."

Keri Hornbuckle is a professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate dean for academic programs in the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa. Her research addresses the sources, transport, and fate of persistent organic pollutants, including PCBs, in natural systems. Her non-technical lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 10, in Noyce 2021. An informal discussion will take place at 4:15 p.m. in Macy House. Refreshments will be served at both the lecture and the informal discussion.

International Peacebuilder to Speak

International peacebuilder and restorative justice pioneer Mark Umbreit will be the convocation speaker on Wed., Oct. 10 at noon in JRC 101.

Umbreit is the founding director of the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding at the University of Minnesota. For this convocation he will be speaking about "Peacebuilding through restorative dialogue in the U.S., Europe, Mideast and Africa."

As a scholar and practitioner of peace, Umbreit has written numerous books and articles on healing and reconciliation processes. He has also actively contributed to peacebuilding all over the world. With the help of his colleagues, Umbreit has initiated a Community Peacemaking Project to promote dialogue among diverse communities in response to hate crimes, intolerance, and political violence. This has led to his workwith Native Americans in South Dakota, Somali-Muslim leaders in Minneapolis, a gay-lesbian coalition in Colorado, as well as Catholics and Protestants n Northern Ireland, Palestinians and Jews in Israel, and community leaders inLiberia.

A sandwich buffet will be served. For more information, contact the Grinnell Peace Studies Program at 641-269-4637.