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Adult Community Exploration Series offering free summer courses

Tuesday, Jun. 8, 2010 11:30 am | Contact: To register, send email to calendar@grinnell.edu; for questions, call 641-269-3178.

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. To register, send email to calendar[at]grinnell[dot]edu; for questions, call 641-269-3178.

Courses for summer 2010 include:

“Can Technology Save Democracy?”

June 16, 23

Taught by Barbara Trish, associate professor of political science

The Internet age has created politics marked by abundant information and new paths and techniques for political actors to compete. Citizens, journalists, campaigns, and government also jockey to capitalize on Internet opportunities, seen by some as the key to political success and by others as the key to effective democracy. This course will explore the new Internet-based politics and consider the extent to which these developments are fundamentally new or the high-tech version of politics-as-usual, and whether technology can save democracy.

Barbara Trish teaches courses on U.S. politics, research design, and quantitative reasoning. Her scholarship focuses on political parties and campaigns, and she has most recently examined Organizing for America, the governing-era iteration of President Obama’s campaign organization. Trish is an administrator of the college's Program in Practical Political Education (PPPE) and is actively involved in Grinnell's long-standing relationship with Nanjing University.

“What’s Love Got to Do With It?”: Studies in the African American Sonnet Tradition"

June 30, July 7

Taught by Shanna Benjamin, assistant professor of English

Literary critics and historians have argued that prosody, the rhythm and intonation received from America’s colonial masters, faced a powerful insurgency in the 19th century with Whitman’s sweeping “Song of Myself” and Emerson’s declaration of artistic independence from “the courtly muses of Europe.” African American poets sought ways to imbue so-called “white” forms with the rhythm and imagery of black life. This course will examine representative poems by Claude McKay, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Wanda Coleman to understand how they adapt the sonnet to express the vibrancy and vulnerability of African American life.

Shanna Greene Benjamin teaches African American and American literature and culture and seminars on neo-slave narratives, black women writers, and black literature beyond race. A graduate of Johnson C. Smith University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Benjamin serves as faculty coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program for students of color interested in college teaching.

“Mass Spectrometry and Magnetic Resonance: From CSI to MRI, the science behind ‘popular’ spectroscopy”

July 14, 21

Taught by Andrew Mobley, associate professor of chemistry

Please note: this course will be held in the Robert N. Noyce ‘49 Science Center, Room 2022

This course will cover the basics of the science behind the mass spectrometry seen on popular TV shows that feature forensic science such as “CSI,” “Law and Order,” or Mobley’s personal favorite “Bones.” The modern imaging technique called Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) will be covered from the standpoint of its chemistry equivalent, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). By the end of the course, participants should have a basic understanding of what these techniques can and cannot do, by analyzing data from Grinnell College instrumentation.

Andrew Mobley has taught organic chemistry at Grinnell since 1999. He received a B.A. from Carleton College and then worked with Professor Robert Bergman at the University of California at Berkeley where he received his doctorate. He became interested in his specialty, NMR spectroscopy of organometallic compounds, during a post-doctoral fellowship in Germany.

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2010 Pulitzer Prize winner gives reading at Grinnell College

Wednesday, May. 11, 2011 11:30 am

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.

Harding’s first novel “Tinkers” was awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. National Public Radio’s John Freeman includes Harding’s “devastating first book” in his list of the “few perfect debut American novels.” He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has taught writing at Harvard University. He currently teaches at the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop and is teaching a six-week short course in fiction at Grinnell College.

On May 13 at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, student writers will read from their work in The Grinnell Review, the student-run literary and art magazine of Grinnell College. The winners of the Writers@Grinnell writing contests will be announced, with student literary prizes including the James Norman Hall ’10 Aspiring Writer Award, the Henry York Steiner Memorial Prize for Short Fiction, the Lorabel Richardson/Academy of American Poets Prize, and the Selden Whitcomb Prize in Poetry.

For more information about the Writers@Grinnell program, go to http://www.grinnell.edu/academic/english/creative/conference/. The Bucksbaum Center is located at 1108 Park St. and the Rosenfield Center at 1115 8th Ave. on the Grinnell College campus.

Rosenfield symposium to examine international, domestic poverty issues

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

 

GRINNELL, IA – Grinnell College’s Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights and the Center for International Studies will co-sponsor a symposium on domestic and international poverty, April 13-15, on the Grinnell College campus.

“The poverty symposium is the culmination of a year of program focus on human rights and social justice,” said Sarah Purcell, symposium organizer and director of the Rosenfield Program. “We will look at effective mechanisms to fight poverty—from policy to volunteerism—both domestically and internationally.

“We need to keep a focus on these issues, and our International Student Organization (ISO) is helping us do that with perspectives from their homelands, as well as from the U.S.,” Purcell said. More than 75 nations are represented among the Grinnell student body.

The poverty symposium public events include:

• Tues., Apr. 13, 4:15 p.m.: Jodie Levin-Epstein, deputy director of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), will offer perspectives on “More than a Dollar a Day: Poverty in the U.S.” Levin-Epstein, a 1972 graduate of Grinnell, has published extensively on poverty-related issues of paid sick leave, labor standards, and workplace flexibility. She received an honorary degree from Grinnell in 2009 for her work at the Washington, D.C.-based center to fight against poverty.

• Wed., Apr. 14, 8 p.m.: Kevin Casas-Zamora, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, will discuss “Walking on the Edge: Poverty, Democracy and Human Development in Latin America.” Casas-Zamora served as Costa Rica’s second vice president and minister of national planning and economic policy. In 2007 he was selected as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and has worked as an international consultant in campaign finance.

• Thurs., Apr. 15, 11 a.m.: Randy Albelda, professor of economics and senior research fellow at the Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, will seek answers to “Who Cares?: Women, Poverty, and U.S. Anti-Poverty Policies for the 21st Century.” Albelda is a co-founder of the Academics Working Group on Poverty in Massachusetts, and is also associated with the publications “Feminist Economics” and “Dollars and Sense.”

• Thurs., Apr. 15 4:15 p.m.: Elizabeth Powley, founder and executive director of Every Child is My Child, will talk about her firsthand experiences with “Education in Africa: A Right and a Route Out of Poverty.” The Every Child organization is dedicated to providing secondary education for children in Rwanda and Burundi. A 1993 graduate, Powley is a former recipient of the Wall Alumni Service Award, which supports Grinnell graduates working in social service organizations.

• Thurs., Apr. 15, 8 p.m.: Members of Grinnell’s International Student Organization (ISO) will offer observations from their homelands in a panel on “International Perspectives on Poverty.” ISO members will display items that can be purchased in their home countries for only one dollar.

All symposium events are free and open to the public and will be held in the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, 1115 8th Ave., unless otherwise noted. For more information about the Rosenfield Program, contact Sarah Purcell,purcelsj[at]grinnell[dot]edu, 641-269-3091.

Symposium to mark 20 years of gender and women's studies at Grinnell College

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College will celebrate the 20th anniversary of gender and women’s studies at the college with a Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies Symposium on Apr. 9-10 on the Grinnell campus.

The symposium will feature student and alumni panels examining women, men, gender, sexuality, and feminist theory across time periods and cultures, as well as a showing of the film “Dear Lemon Lima,” recent winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and a discussion with the film’s director, Suzi Yoonessi. (Note: Film location has changed. It will now be shown in Room 152 of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts.)

Gender and women’s studies became an interdisciplinary concentration at Grinnell in 1989, and a major in gender, women’s and sexuality studies was approved by the faculty in 2009. The new major draws on courses from across the college’s three divisions to examine gender issues across time periods and cultures.

All events take place in the Forum South Lounge unless otherwise specified and will include:

  • Apr. 9 at 4:15 p.m.: Gayle Salamon, a 1994 Grinnell graduate, will present the keynote address on “Thinking Intersex.”
  • Apr. 10, 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.: Student panel on “Film and Media Studies.” 
  • Apr. 10, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Student panel on “Social Movements/Global Feminisms.”
  • Apr. 10, 2 p.m.-3:15 p.m.: Student panel on “Sexuality Studies/Queer Theory.”

Apr. 10, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.: A panel of alumni, professors, and current students will speak on “The History of Gender and Women’s Studies at Grinnell.” Panelists include Roberta Atwell, professor emerita of education and one of the founders of the program at Grinnell; Salamon, presenter of the symposium’s keynote address and assistant professor of English at Princeton University; Aaron Scott, a 2003 Grinnell graduate; Vanessa Gennarelli, a 2005 Grinnell graduate; and Grinnell senior Erica Hougland.

Apr. 10, 8 p.m.: Filmmaker Suzi Yoonessi will screen her prep-school comedy “Dear Lemon Lima” in Room 152 of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. Yoonessi will answer questions and discuss the film after the screening. Sponsored by the Cultural Films Committee. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.

This symposium is sponsored by Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and the Louise R. Noun Program for Women’s Studies. Forum South Lounge is located at 1119 6th Ave on the Grinnell College campus. The Bucksbaum Center for the Arts is located at 1108 Park St.

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Director of Earth Institute to address Class of 2010

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am | Contact: *Editor's note: release distributed as "the college's 164th Exercises of Commencement;" should have read "Exercises of Commencement in the 164th year of the college."

GRINNELL, IA—Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, will address the Class of 2010 at Grinnell College’s 164th Exercises of Commencement, on Mon., May 24, at 10 a.m. on Central Campus.* The Earth Institute supports scientific research, education, and the application of research to advance nine interconnected global issues: climate and society, water, energy, poverty, ecosystems, public health, food and nutrition, hazards, and urbanization. As director of The Earth Institute, Sachs leads large-scale efforts to mitigate human-induced climate change. For more than 20 years, he has been in the forefront of the challenges of economic development, poverty alleviation, and enlightened globalization. Considered to be the leading international economic advisor of his generation, Sachs also serves as special advisor to United Nations Secretary-General. In 2004 and 2005, he was named among the 100 most influential world leaders by TIME magazine. The author of hundreds of scholarly articles and books, Sachs wrote bestsellers “Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet” and “The End of Poverty.” Prior to joining Columbia where he is also professor of sustainable development and professor of health policy and management, Sachs was director of the Center for International Development at Harvard University. If inclement weather, the May 24 commencement ceremony will be held in Darby Gymnasium. For further information about Grinnell College commencement, go tohttp://www.grinnell.edu/car/confops/commencement/archive/2010Grinnell College, which annually confers B.A. degrees on more than 350 students, is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.