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.
November 28: Charles Hirschkind, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Berkeley
Public Events Series
Ticket Distribution Policy
Performances are free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available to the public beginning four business days prior to the performance 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.
Email email@example.com with the subject line "Public Events Listserv" if you'd like to get reminders about performances and ticket distribution.
All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Bluegrass Mass: Nov 18, 2012. Sebring Hall at 2:00 pm. Tickets available Nov 14
Ninety Miles: Dec 6, 2012, Herrick Chapel. Tickets available Nov 29
Faulconer Gallery Events
November 2, 2012 - December 16, 2012
For the past several years, Andrew Kaufman has been exploring the concept of containment, as well as the tangential ideas of breach and contamination, in a multiplicity of forms that range from painting to installation. Rather than engage with narrative, Kaufman's work seeks to embody these concepts by co-opting their structures, and utilize cultural signifiers that intrinsically allude to the body.
Craig Quintero, Joyce Ho, David Dunlap, Josh Black, Justin Thomas, Erik Sanning, Erin Howell-Gritsch, Isaac Lai, Yen Yi-tzu, and Milton Severe
November 2, 2012 - December 16, 2012
This exhibition, developed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Craig Quitero, invites visitors to cross the boundary between spectator and spectacle and participate in the creation of art. The exhibition encourages visitors not only to "see art" but also to "be art," as they stage images and photograph them in the surreal installation space. This is an exhibition of inclusion, a cutting of the red ropes that separate art from life, a celebration of art as action. The Grinnell College Department of Theatre and Dance will stage two performances in the space.
Los Infrahumanos: The Sub-humans: Linocuts by Antonio Frasconi
Curated by Grace Withmory '13
December 3, 2012 - December 21, 2012
Burling Library Print and Drawing Study Room
From a young age, South American artist Antonio Frasconi created work with social and political themes. Like many young socialist Uruguayans, Frasconi looked at the United States as a model. The race riots of June 1943 in Detroit, however, shocked and empowered him to create a portfolio of linocuts entitled Los Infrahumanos ("The Sub-humans"). In these prints he depicts the experience of African Americans and the progression of the way they were treated in the United States. This work was first displayed in a socialist gathering place, however, they were soon taken down after others felt it dangerous to criticize their allies in wartime. This exhibit incorporates this work as well as the letter he wrote to Richard Wright asking for advice. The response he received inspired Frasconi to continue his response to social concerns as well as influenced the format of his work to focus on a theme or a written text and create a sequence in either a portfolio or book form. Curated by Faulconer Gallery Intern Grace Withmory '13.
Events and Programs
Yoga in the Gallery with Monica St. Angelo
Mondays and Thursdays, November 5 – December 13
12:15 pm - 12:50 p.m.
Enjoy a 30-minute yoga practice midday, including warming and invigorating poses and a final period of relaxation. Mats are provided and we welcome both beginners and experienced practitioners. Co-sponsored by Faulconer Gallery and Live Well Grinnell.
Gallery Talk: David Dunlap
Tuesday, November 20, 4:15 p.m.
University of Iowa Professor of Art David Dunlap, part of the creative team for we're all in this together, will speak about his collaborative contributions.
Gallery Talk: Andrew Kaufman
Tuesday, November 27, 4:30 p.m.
Assistant Professor of Art Andrew Kaufman will explore the tangential concepts of containment, breach and contamination in the works on view in his solo gallery exhibition.
Concert: Fresh Flutes
Thursday, November 29, 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Claudia Anderson
Gallery Talk: Los Infrahumanos: The Sub-humans: Linocuts by Antonio Frasconi: Grace Withmory '13
December 4, 2012, 4:15 p.m.
Faulconer Gallery Intern, Grace Withmory '13, will discuss the progression of work that was created by Antonio Frasconi, beginning from the political cartoons he created as a teenager in Uruguay. Focusing on the portfolio of linocuts entitled Los Infrahumanos ("The Sub-humans"), she will discuss the obstacles he faced in displaying his work in the 1940's due to the anti-fascist war and how a letter he received from Richard Wright encouraged him to continue working as well as influenced his method of presenting his work in which he created a series of work that focused on a theme or text that in tern were presented as a portfolio or book.
Performance: Small Elephant Stories
Directed by Lecturer in Theater and Dance Celeste Miller
Friday, December 7, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 9, 2:00 p.m.
Grinnell College Dance Ensemble will perform Small Elephant Stories within the exhibition we're all in this together.
Directed by Kristin Maahs
Wednesday, December 12