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The Evolution of Language

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:23 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Carmen Valentin, newly tenured in Grinnell's Spanish department, also has scholarly and personal interests on two continents -- in her case, Europe and North America. A native of Spain, she received B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Hispanic philology at the University of Valladolid, and cut her teeth as an instructor by teaching the university's courses in Spanish for foreign students.

Following the Connections

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:23 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Shuchi Kapila believes that English is an academic discipline that is anything but merely academic.

"By the time I got to university, the study of English had become a cutting-edge discipline," she says. "I felt that in studying English I would be doing something to change the world of ideas."

Kapila, who grew up in Chandrigarh and New Delhi, came of age intellectually and academically during a time of foment in Indian society, when the roles of women and questions of class were being re-examined from bottom to top.

Continuing in the Family Business

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:23 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

For Erik Simpson, English is more than a discipline; it's the family business.

He grew up in Olean, N.Y., the son of an English professor at St. Bonaventure University. His mother, too, is in academe, running the learning center at the local community college. His parents met -- as did he and his wife, Carolyn -- in an English graduate program. Simpson's father teaches the British Romantics; so does he.

That said, Simpson stresses that he never felt any pressure to walk the same path his parents walked. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Flanagan Studio Theatre

This theatre was built in recognition of Hallie Flanagan Davis's (class of 1911) work. Ms. Flanagan was national director of the Federal Theatre project, among many other wonderful commitments to the theatre world. With a catwalk and tension grid combined with flexible seating and stage arrangements, the Flanagan is our most versatile theatre. The space usually seats up to 126; however, some productions require smaller seating numbers.

Print and Drawing Study Room

Prints, drawings, and photographs in the Grinnell College extensive art-on-paper collection may be viewed and studied in the Print and Drawing Study Room which is under the auspices of the Faulconer Gallery.

The facility houses over 3000 works on paper, including: John L. and Roslyn Bakst Goldman Collection of German Expressionist Prints and graphic art by William Hogarth, Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, and William Kentridge as well as photographs, drawings, and examples of all types of printmaking. The Print Room is located on the lower level of Burling Library.

Call Kay Wilson, Curator of the Collection, at 641.269.3371 for more information or to make an appointment.

Smith Gallery

This brand-new gallery features student art year-round. Located in the Rosenfield Center, next to the dining hall, the gallery gets a lot of foot traffic. Any artist can submit a proposal for the space and use it to exhibit his or her work for several weeks.

 

Reserve venue

 

Peace Grove

The Peace Grove was dedicated during the 1991 Reunion Weekend by the Class of 1970. In 1970 the College's administration responded to student protests against the Vietnam War and shootings at Kent State University by closing campus two weeks early and cancelling commencement, allowing students to travel and engage in social activism throughout the nation.

The Peace Grove was dedicated in memory of that time and hope of peace; the rock at its center bears an engraved plaque stating "May the diverse species of trees, which represent the many differing opinions of an outspoken class, grow tall and provide the campus community a place to contemplate and appreciate the beauty of a peaceful world."