Dr. Craig Henderson ’63 recently brought his perspective on health care reform to the Grinnell campus in his talk, “A View from Inside the Death Panels,” sponsored by the Wilson Program. Dr. Henderson presented a contrast to the controversy that has surrounded “death panels” in recent months by providing detailed and valuable insights into how a real-life panel operates.
Originally published in the Summer 1976 Grinnell Magazine
Before I recount my tale about The Magical Place, I want to make one simple observation: Angels fly because they take themselves so lightly.
Once upon a time, a little boy named Jimmy discovered himself in a magical place. The place was like an island in a sea of gold or white or green, depending upon the season, as Jimmy was to learn.
My story is that I came to Grinnell in 1958 as an early entrant (didn’t graduate high school) from an East Coast suburb. Not only was I Jewish, but also I came from a secular Jewish, left-wing family. I think my Grinnell experience solidified my Jewish identification because I was seen as “odd” in a number of ways. One small story: I was very blonde and have a fair complexion. During my first week at school, a classmate from a small Midwestern town and I were sharing information. When I said I was Jewish, she was astounded. She had never met a Jew and thought they all had dark complexions.
Each student in the course Tyrants and Tunesmiths: Music and the State in Modern Europe wrote a review based upon the experience of the performance, but adopting the perspective of a particular cultural or political figure from the original premiere in 1900 in Rome.
According to Assistant Professor of History Kelly Maynard, the exercise provides a good way for students to apply the historical training they have been receiving in this unique course to their evening at the opera.
Two students share their reviews:
Liane Ellison Norman ’59 wrote this poem about planning her 50th Grinnell College Reunion, held in 2009.
Eight hundred and ten miles each way,
a journey to the center of the country,
Interstates 79 to 70 to 74 to 80. We left
in 5 a.m. dark, fog thickening in hollows
of West Virginia, fanning out fall light
in Ohio, heading flat through Indiana
and Illinois fields of corn and soy, gentle
hills of Iowa. I remembered how I, a girl
of Wasatch Mountains loved Iowa,
alfalfa smell, silos, barns, Angus cattle grazing
Grinnell College's Sam Calisch '10 (pictured) has won the prestigious Roy W. LeClere Award winner for academic excellence.
The award goes to the Midwest Conference male student-athlete who had the highest grade point average during his junior year while lettering in at least two league sports. It is named for Roy W. LeClere, a collegiate sports enthusiast whose passion for the MWC led friends and co-workers to originally sponsor the award as a memorial in his honor.
Cy Mistry ’11 has learned much about political science in the classrooms of Grinnell College. His interest has carried him far from Iowa to Kyiv, Ukraine, where he recently had the opportunity to dive into the real world of international politics at the 55th General Assembly of the Atlantic Treaty Association. Student delegates discussed issues like the future of Afghanistan, as well as European dependency on Russian gas and oil, with international leaders and diplomats representing their countries at the conference.
Henry M. Walker, Samuel R. and Marie-Louise Rosenthal Professor of Natural Science and Mathematics and professor of computer science at Grinnell College, has been named a Distinguished Educator by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.
Some areas of academic concentration fit a particular college or university better than others. Such may be the case with Grinnell College’s newest area of academic concentration, policy studies, which seems to fit particularly well at Grinnell.