GRINNELL, IA—Anthropologist William Beeman will offer perspectives on “Iran is Not What You Think It Is” in a Scholars’ Convocation at Grinnell College on Thurs., Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center.
Beeman is the author of several books on international communication dynamics, including “Language, Status and Power in Iran,” “Culture, Performance and Communication in Iran,” and “The ‘Great Satan’ vs. the ‘Mad Mullahs:’ How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other.”
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Grinnell College’s Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights will open the 2011-12 academic year with a three-day symposium, Sept. 13-15, focused on “What is Social Justice?”
Sarah Purcell, director of the Rosenfield Program, said the symposium will provide “opportunities for conversation with practitioners and theorists about what we mean by social justice.” In 2010, Grinnell launched the Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize awards program to honor individuals under the age of 40 who demonstrate leadership, creativity and accomplishment in effecting positive social change, The first winners of the Grinnell Prize, announced in May, will be on the Grinnell campus Oct. 25-27 to receive their awards and make public presentations during a Social Justice Prize symposium, also co-sponsored by the Rosenfield Program.
“The September symposium will help to provide context and prepare us for the dialogue that will take place when the winners arrive on campus in October. We anticipate lively discussion from our global campus community and invite the public to join in,” Purcell said.
The Sept. 13-15 symposium will include the following free, public events to be held in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell campus:
• Tues., Sept. 13, 4:15 p.m.: Grinnell faculty members including Kesho Scott (American studies and sociology), Chris Hunter (sociology), Lakesia Johnson (gender, women’s and sexuality studies), and Monty Roper (anthropology and global development studies) will open the symposium with a discussion of social justice from interdisciplinary and personal points of view.
• Tues., Sept. 13, 8 p.m.: Edward Hailes, Jr., managing director and general counsel of the Advancement Project, will discuss “The Characteristics of a Just Democracy,” from his background as a civil rights lawyer, former NAACP administrator and Southern Baptist pastor.
• Wed., Sept. 14, 4:15 p.m.: “Connecting Social Justice and Social Entrepreneurship” will be the focus of a talk by Sara Gould, Atlantic Philanthropies senior fellow at the Foundation Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the disadvantaged. Gould will also conduct a workshop for students interested in managing a social justice organization.
• Wed., Sept. 14, 8 p.m.: Bread and Puppet, a Vermont arts collective focused on human rights issues, will perform using life-size puppets. The troupe will be on the Grinnell campus for a week-long residency of workshops with students. A documentary about the group will be shown at 4:15 p.m., Fri., Sept. 9 in Room 302 of Alumni Recitation Hall.
• Thurs., Sept. 15, 11 a.m.: Grinnell President Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D. will deliver the opening Scholars’ Convocation of the academic year on “Choosing Grinnell’s Future.” Kington initiated the Grinnell Prize when he joined the college in 2010 to provide social change role models for Grinnell students.
• Thurs., Sept. 15, 4:15 p.m.: Kristin Kalsem, professor of law at the University of Cincinnati will discuss “Social Justice Feminism.”
• Thurs., Sept. 15, 8 p.m.: David Estlund, Lombardo Family Professor of Humanities, Brown University, will close the symposium with “Utopophobia,” looking at the ethical basis for social justice beliefs.
For more information about the September or October social justice symposia, contact Sarah Purcell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 641-269-3091. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or email@example.com.
GRINNELL, IA— Two Grinnell College alumni have been awarded Lori Ann Schwab Alumni Grants for service projects in their home communities.
The Schwab alumni grants are named for the late Lori Ann Schwab who died while an arts student at Grinnell in 1994. The $1,500 grants support projects at non-profit service organizations and public schools where Grinnell alumni participate.
The 2010 Schwab Alumni Grant winners are:
GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College recognized the professional accomplishments and service contributions of nine alumni during Alumni Reunion Weekend, June 2-6 on the Grinnell campus. Alumni Award winners are members of reunion classes who have distinguished themselves in their careers and communities and embody Grinnell’s mission of life-long learning and service.
GRINNELL, IA— If creepy crawlies give you the heebie jeebies, then this workshop may be for you. The Grinnell College Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) is hosting a two-day citizen science workshop June 18-19 for those interested in learning more about the amazing diversity of insects.
GRINNELL, IA--Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery is offering free hands-on art activities for area children and families throughout June and July.
This spring, the Grinnell College Board of Trustees announced the promotion of faculty members to new ranks for the 2010-11 academic year:
• Promoted to full professor: Vicki Bentley-Condit (anthropology); Katya Gibel Mevorach (anthropology); Kathleen Skerrett (religious studies); and Susan Strauber (art).
GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College will offer the Adult Community Exploration Series (ACES) throughout the summer with courses taught by faculty in political science, English, and chemistry. The courses are free, and registration is requested to assist instructors in preparing for class needs. All ACES classes will be held on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Pioneer Room of the college's Old Glove Factory, located at 733 Broad Street in Grinnell, unless otherwise noted.
GRINNELL, IA—Paul Harding, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, will read from his work in the final event of the Writers@Grinnell series at 8 p.m. on Thurs., May 6 in the Faulconer Gallery in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell College campus.