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Climate Reality

Elizabeth QueathemLiz Queathem, senior lecturer in Biology and co-chair of the Sustainability Planning Committee, 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 Nov. 30—Dec. 11, 2015.

Queathem will present "Climate Reality:  Problems and Solutions on the Road to Paris" at 4 p.m., Friday, October 2, in Robert N. Noyce '49 Science Center, Room 1023.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the Rosenfield Program and Center for Prairie Studies.

Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. You can request accommodations from the event sponsor or Conference Operations.

Rosenfield Program Internship Grant Recipients to Present

Each year, the Rosenfield Program sponsors several competitive grants that support student internships in public affairs, international relations, or human rights. The sponsored internships this summer took Grinnell students all over the world.

Please join us for presentations by the following Grinnell students as they will share their experiences and take questions from the audience. Both sessions will be held in Jesse Macy House (1205 Park St.) Conference Room and refreshments will be served.

September 16

7 p.m., Jesse Macy House Conference Room

Meredith Carroll
Pittsburgh Post Gazette; Pittsburgh, PA
Alethea Cook
Leap201 Philanthropy; Singapore
Kahlil Epps
U.S. Attorneys Office D.C.; Washington, D.C.
Annette Mokua
MPANZI; Kisli, Kenya

September 17

4 p.m., Jesse Macy House Conference Room

Vincent Benlloch
The Centre for Applied Non-Violent Actions and Strategies; Belgrade, Serbia
Annie Casey
Challenging Heights; Accra, Ghana
Daniel Davis
Trans Women of Color Collective; Washington D.C.
Carley Kleinhans
State Senator Chris Larson’s Office (D); Madison, WI
Dana Lindenberg
Prison Justice League; Austin, TX
Sam McDonnell
The Heartland Alliance, Marjorie Kovler Center; Chicago, IL

Soviet Propaganda Abroad

Ivo JuurveeIvo Juurvee, an associate professor of history at the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences,, will deliver "The Soviet Heritage of Influencing Public Opinion Abroad" at 4:15 p.m. Monday, April 27, Alumni Recitation Hall, Room 302.

The free public lecture will be on efforts by the KGB and the Soviet regime to clandestinely shape public opinion in the United States, Western Europe, and other parts of the non-Communist world.

Juurvee is an expert in the history of espionage and state security in the Baltic states, the Soviet Union, and beyond, and his talk will consider both the KGB's history of spreading disinformation abroad and the extent to which contemporary Russia engages in similar practices today.

The event is organized by Grinnell's Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights and sponsored by the Chrystal Fund.

Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. ARH is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator at the south end of the building that makes it easy to reach the auditorium and accessible restrooms on the third floor. Outside entrances with automatic door operators are located on the southeast and southwest sides of ARH. Several accessible parking spaces are available along Park Street. Request accommodations from Conference Operations.

The Exit Zero Project

Christine Walley will present a free public lecture, “The Exit Zero Project,” at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101.

Walley is an associate professor of anthropology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Exit Zero Project is described as “a transmedia effort to tell the story of the traumatic effect of deindustrialization on Southeast Chicago — once part of one of the largest steel-producing regions in the world.”

The steel mill her father worked in was closed in 1980, part of the deindustrialization happening throughout the United States. The disruption “propelled Walley into a career as a cultural anthropologist,” say Stefan Helmreich, MIT. Describing her 2013 book of the same name, he says, “In Exit Zero, she brings her anthropological perspective home, examining the fate of her family and that of blue-collar America at large.” In a combination of memoir and ethnography, Walley intertwines personal narratives and family photos with an assessment of the social impacts of deindustrialization.

In addition to the book, the project includes a feature-length documentary film and will include an interactive website.

The event is sponsored by Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights, and was originally a part of the Chicago symposium, but was postponed because of travel issues.

Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. Rosenfield Center has accessible parking in the lot to the east. Room 101 is equipped with an induction hearing loop system. You can request accommodations from the event sponsor or Conference Operations.

Rosenfield Program Seeking Applications for Student Members

Now is the time to apply for student membership on the Rosenfield Program Committee for 2015-16. All current 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students who have an interest in public affairs, international relations, and human rights are urged to apply. The committee consists of faculty and students. The Rosenfield Program holds two or three major symposia each year, sponsors speakers, and funds summer internships. Membership requires a substantial time commitment in planning programs and hosting visitors.
 
To apply, please submit a 500-600 word statement to Laureen VanWyk by noon on Friday, April 10.  This statement should include:

  • Your interest in public affairs, international relations, and human rights
  • Your comments on Rosenfield Program events you have attended
  • Ideas for events you would like to attend in the future
  • Your major (if declared)
  • Class year
  • Activities which relate to the purposes of the Rosenfield Program

If you have any questions about being a student member on the Rosenfield Program Committee, please contact the interim director, Ed Cohn at (515) 269-3107.  Or talk to a student committee member – Nipun Basrur ’15, Keaton Cameron-Burr ’15, Roni Finkelstein ’15, Andres Cambronero ’15, David Leitson ’16, Danielle Chorne ’16, Strahinja Matejic ’17, Adriana Zenteno Hopp ’17, or Anesu Gamanya ’17.

China’s Second Continent

Howard French, associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, will lecture on the topic of his new book China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa.

The free public lecture is at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101.

French has a distinguished career in journalism. After working as a French-English translator and English teacher at the University of Ivory Coast, French was a freelance reporter for the Washington Post. He was hired by The New York Times in 1986, and served as bureau chief for various regions overseas.

A noted writer on global affairs, French has received two Overseas Press Club Awards. In addition, the Guardian named China’s Second Continent one of the best books of 2014.

Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. The Rosenfield Center has accessible parking in the lot on the east side of the building. Room 101 is equipped with an induction hearing loop system. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations.

The Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights, global development studies, environmental studies, and African and Caribbean Students Union are sponsoring the event.

Public Policy, Public Health, Vaccines

Dr. Patricia Quinlisk — Iowa state medical director and epidemiologist — is visiting Grinnell College on Thursday, April 2, 2015. 

She will present a  talk on vaccines and vaccine policy at 4:15 in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 225. Quinlisk will also lunch with Policy Studies students, Health Professions Advisory Committee students, and public health interns to talk about careers in public health and health policy.

Quinlisk is an expert in public health, epidemiology, health policy, and bioterrorism who has spent most of her career in government service.  

After earning a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins and a medical degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Quinlisk began her career as head of microbiology at Adams County Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin and has since worked for three state governments, for the Centers for Disease Control, and in several foreign countries.

A former president of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, she has also served as the lead consultant on bioterrorism for the council, as a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and as the chair of the National Biodefense Science Board. Quinlisk has been Iowa's state medical director since 1994.

Quinlisk’s visit is being arranged by the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights and funded by the Murphy Program.

Don’t Run, Embrace It All

Join teacher, mentor, and healer Tarell A. Rodgers ’93 as he returns to campus to present “Don’t Run, Embrace It All.”

In the small group session, Rodgers will talk about how to survive and thrive at Grinnell, describing motivational and self-healing techniques and answering students’ questions, says Stephanie Snow, interim assistant director of intercultural engagement & leadership.

"Don't Run, Embrace It All" will cover his own personal journey, including how he "discover[ed] my heart
had all I needed." He'll talk about the "importance of living from the heart, not the intellect," and lead a Sufi Dhikr chant and recitation, as well as private Sufi healings for participants with oils, chants and Quranic recitation.

When he was a student at Grinnell, Tarell was a member and president of Concerned Black Students, and a Student Government Association senator. He's since gone on to win awards like the Citizen against Recidivism Award for Leadership in Education.

Schedule of Events

“Don’t Run, Embrace It All”
Thursday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.
ARH 302

Small Group Session
4:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20
Black Cultural Center

Both events are free and open to the public. Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. You can request accommodations from the event sponsor or Conference Operations.

Sponsored by Grinnell’s Office of Intercultural Engagement and Leadership; Peace and Conflict Studies; Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights; and Development and Alumni Relations.

Urban Issues & Social Justice in Chicago

From Feb. 3-6, Grinnell College's Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights will sponsor a free, public symposium.

"Chicago: Urban Issues and Social Justice in the Windy City" will feature speakers and panelists from across the country, and will include discussions of economic justice, grassroots organizing, urban education, activism, and deindustrialization.

"In this symposium, we wanted to deal with American urban issues," says Ed Cohn, assistant professor of history and interim director of the Rosenfield Program. "In focusing on Chicago, a major American city close to Grinnell, we can discuss those issues in depth."

Virginia Parks, Associate Professor at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service AdministrationSpeakers will include Virginia Parks (pictured), associate professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago; Christine Walley, associate professor of anthropology at MIT; Barbara Ransby, professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Kari Lydersen, freelance journalist and author.

The symposium also will feature "The Education Project Photo Exhibition" by photographer Sandra Steinbrecher. In this exhibition sponsored by the Faulconer Gallery, Steinbrecher has documented the struggles and triumphs of daily life in three Chicago high schools facing profound challenges. The exhibition runs from Jan. 26 through March 15 in Burling Gallery on the lower level of Burling Library.

On Feb. 5, Steinbrecher will lead a gallery tour and discuss her experiences working with high schools in Chicago, exploring how art, urban issues and politics intersect in her project. A reception will follow. Educators from Chicago area schools will join Steinbrecher on Feb. 6 for a panel discussion titled "Images and Issues in Urban Education." The Grinnell Careers in Education Professions program is co-sponsoring this event, which will be followed by a reception.

A complete schedule of events follows. All events are held in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center Room 101 unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

4:15 p.m. Presentation

"The Exit Zero Project: Exploring the Aftermath of Deindustrialization in Chicago" by Christine Walley, author and associate professor of anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

8 p.m. presentation

"Mayor 1% and Shaping the New Chicago: The Reign of Rahm Emanuel, the 2015 Election and Beyond" by Kari Lydersen, Chicago journalist and author.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

12 p.m. Scholar's Convocation

"The Fight for Economic Justice from the Streets of Chicago" by Virginia Parks, associate professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago.

8 p.m. Alumni Panel

Activism in Chicago, featuring Christian Snow '13, director of community engagement at Street-Level Youth Media, and Javon Garcia '14, health outreach at HIV Services at The Night Ministry.

Thursday, Feb. 5

4:15 p.m. Gallery Tour and Talk

"The Education Photo Project," a gallery tour and talk by artist Sandra Steinbrecher. Burling Gallery, Burling Library. Reception follows.

8 p.m. "Politics from Below: Grassroots Struggles Reshaping the Landscape of Chicago" by Barbara Ransby, professor of history, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Friday, Feb. 6

7 p.m. Panel Discussion

"Images and Issues in Urban Education" featuring panelists from Chicago area schools. Sponsored by the Grinnell Careers in Education Professions program in conjunction with "The Education Project Photo Exhibition." Reception follows.

Accessibility

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities.

The Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, located at 1115 Eighth Ave., is equipped with an induction hearing loop system in Room 101 and accessible parking on the east side of the building.

Burling Library is located at 1111 Sixth Ave. with accessible parking on the northeast side of the building.

Both buildings are accessible. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations.