Center for International Studies
German guest writers Thomas Pletzinger and Simon Urban visit classes and present a public reading.
Founded in 2000 to coordinate and advance the different international initiatives on campus, the Center has become the key office for assisting students and faculty to develop their knowledge of the world. The Center provides leadership and support in the following areas:
Two Grinnell College students are pursuing long-standing passions while studying abroad, thanks to scholarships from the Gilman Foundation.
The Jesse Macy House at 1205 Park Street opened in spring 2008— a newly renovated home for many of the College's distinguished programs. The house brings together programs that regularly enrich the lives of Grinnellians by bringing special speakers and performers to campus, providing new and unusual research opportunities, and bridging the boundaries between academic disciplines.
"Grinnell put us together. This is the meeting place," says Serbian Kristina Duric '13. She and Californian Cynthia Amezcua '14 talk about international friendships, the global Grinnell family, and living abroad.
The Center for International Studies brings prominent international scholars and artists to campus to teach a short course or a semester-length course within an existing academic department and to offer a public presentation. Each fellow receives a College apartment, an office, a Grinnell email account, a generous stipend, and a welcoming banquet. The Center’s advisory board typically reviews applications a year in advance of the proposed visit.
The Center fosters learning and inquiry by connecting faculty and students to the world through a global curriculum, bringing international scholars and artists, and course and research travel.
Grinnell faculty from a variety of disciplines are spending the academic year 2010-11 studying the complex issues of gender and identity in the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. Under the guidance of Professors Susan Ireland (French), Kathy Kamp (Anthropology), and Mervat Youssef (Arabic), these faculty members are reading and discussing a detailed bibliography of scholarly works to prepare for a two-week trip to Egypt, where they will meet with scholars and NGO leaders.