Project on Civic Reflection Events
The first event is a public talk at 4:15 pm on Friday, February 8 in JRC 101 on "Bridging the Gap: Connecting the Humanities to Social Justice and Community-Based Work." The Grinnell community will have the opportunity to hear from CCR Associate and 2010 Grinnell alum, Becca Bernstein, and CCR Director, Dr. Adam Davis, as they discuss how they use the humanities to get people thinking and talking across difference about social and civic issues. Becca will discuss her personal experience at Grinnell and why and how she believes the practice of civic reflection can be useful for the Grinnell community, while Dr. Davis will discuss how the Center for Civic Reflection has put the humanities into practice to engage communities, take on social issues and deepen civic discourse. In addition to directing the Center for Civic Reflection, Dr. Davis is the editor of several books, including Taking Action and The Civically Engaged Reader,and teaches with the Odyssey Project, a college-level humanities program for low-income adults. Dr. Davis received his Ph.D. in Social Thought from the University of Chicago.
The second event is a facilitation training on Saturday, February 9 in ARH 302 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The training will give a select group of Grinnell faculty, students, staff and community members the opportunity to learn the practice of civic reflection, build and hone their facilitation skills, and explore how to use the humanities (poems, short stories, photographs, etc.) to spark discussion about issues in their communities, classrooms and institutions in a hands-on, interactive way. During the training, participants will participate in a civic reflection discussion, plan and lead discussions of their own, and receive resources and next steps for how to make reflective dialogue happen at Grinnell and elsewhere. The training is FREE and lunch will be provided. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, January 28th. This training is limited to 30 participants and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For over 30 years, the Scholars' Convocation series has created a common educational experience shared by the entire Grinnell College community. Established in the late 1970s in response to the College's move to an open curriculum, the accessible interdisciplinary nature of convocation offers an intellectual encounter that transcends disciplinary boundaries.
Scholars' Convocations are scheduled through a faculty committee. If you are planning or are interested in planning a Scholars' Convocation, please see Scholars' Convocation Proposals.
More information about this year's convocation series will be available at 2012-2013 Schedule.
February 13: Rosenfield Symposium on Sustainability
March 6: Ingrid Daubechies, Professor of Applied Mathematics, Princeton University
April 10: Katha Pollitt, author and poet
April 17: Rosenfield Symposium on Human Trafficking
April 24: Phi Beta Kappa
2012-13 Spring Semester Schedule of Metropolitan Opera Live in HD
Opera talks begin a half-hour before the listed show time.
- January 31, 6:30 p.m.: Les Troyens, Berlioz (Encore)
- February 6, 6:30 p.m.: Aida, Verdi (Encore)
- February 16, noon: Rigoletto, Verdi
- March 2, 11 a.m.: Parsifal, Wagner
- March 16, 11 a.m.: Francesca da Rimini, Zandonai
- April 10, 6:30 p.m.: Francesca da Rimini, Zandonai (Encore)
- April 27, 11 a.m.: Giulio Cesare, Handel
All operas are broadcast Live in HD at the Harris Center Cinema. Come a half-hour early to watch the preceding Opera Talk.
Encore presentations are a recording of an earlier live broadcast. See the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD site for more information.
Tickets are available at the Pioneer Bookshop, The Grinnell College Bookstore, and at the door on the day of the show. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, children, and Met Opera members. Tickets for Grinnell College faculty, staff and students have been generously funded by the Office of the President and are available at no cost at all ticket locations. Family members not employed by the college are required to purchase tickets.
2012-2013 Spring Semester Season
Performances are free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available to the public beginning three to four business days prior to the performance (look at specific event to determine date) and are distributed until no tickets remain. Tickets are distributed from the box office in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts at the corner of 6th and Park in Grinnell. Tickets are free to those present at the box office during open hours between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone reservations are not accepted, though you may call the box office at 641-269-4444 during open hours to determine if tickets are still available. A limited number of tickets are also available beginning at noon on the first distribution date from the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell.
- Michael Mao Dance: Jan 30, 2013. Roberts Theater, Bucksbaum Center. Tickets available Jan 28.
- Anonymous 4: Feb 11, 2013. Herrick Chapel. Tickets available Feb 6.
Robert Polidori: Selected Works, 1985 – 2009
January 25 – March 17, 2013
The artist's first museum retrospective in the United States, featuring photographs from Amman, Beirut, Havana, Pripyat, New Orleans, and Versailles.
Events and Programs
For an up-to-date list of Faulconer Gallery events and programs please visit our website at www.grinnell.edu.
Opening Reception: Robert Polidori—Selected Works, 1985 – 2009
January 25, 4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Concert: Responding to Polidori
January 26, 2 p.m.
Musicians Jeffery Agrell, Associate Professor of Horn, University of Iowa and Matt Smart will perform a concert of improvisational music responding to works in the exhibition.
Yoga in the Gallery
Mondays and Thursdays
January 28 – March 14, 12:15 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Connecting breath and movement, this short 30-minute yoga practice offers a midday break. Enjoy warming and invigorating poses, finishing with a period of relaxation. For beginners and experienced practitioners. Mats provided. Co-sponsored by Faulconer Gallery and Live Well Grinnell.
Community Day: Let Them Eat Cake! And Other Fun Activities
February 16, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
People of all ages are welcome to tour the exhibition. We will make elaborate wigs fit to be worn in the Palace of Versailles, eat cake, and do other fun hands-on activities related to the works on view.
Special Event: Jacob Wood and William McNulty, Team Rubicon, "Team Rubicon: Military Veterans and Emergency Response"
February 25, 4:15 p.m.
With a backdrop of Polidori's photographs of Hurricane Katrina, the founders of Team Rubicon will describe their work using teams of U.S. military veterans to provide disaster relief, as in their recent biggest-ever mobilization for Hurricane Sandy, and their innovative adaptation of veterans' skills to continue to serve others. Wood and McNulty will also be presented with their 2012 Grinnell Prize medals and commemorative artwork. Co-sponsored by the Grinnell Prize, Rosenfield Program and Faulconer Gallery.
Panel: Behind the Scenes at Versailles: Art, Theater, Opera and Court
February 26, 4:15 p.m.
David Harrison, Professor of French & Director, Center for International Studies; Jennifer Brown, Associate Professor of Music; Kelly Maynard, Assistant Professor of History; and Vanessa Lyon, Assistant Professor of Art will present a panel on art, opera, baroque music and the court of Versailles.
Gallery Talk: Robert Polidori
March 5, 7:00 p.m.
Noted architectural and editorial photographer Robert Polidori will talk about his work including photographs of Havana, post-Katrina New Orleans, post-human Chernobyl, and the Palace of Versailles.
Gallery Talk: The Russian Meltdown
March 12, 4:15 p.m.
Edward Cohn, Assistant Professor of History, will speak on the political impact of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster pictured in some of Polidori's photographs.