American Studies students shine a light on the history of Josiah B. Grinnell.
August 5 - 9, 2013
Iowa Private College Week (IPCW) is a week-long program for independent Iowa colleges and universities to invite prospective students and their families from any state or region to explore their campuses. It's a great time for prospective students to learn about the academic and social opportunities offered, and to meet with faculty, coaches, students, and staff.
In 2013, a team made up of Drake Community Library and Grinnell College Library staff was selected to take part in ILEAD USA (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover). This prestigious year-long program is designed to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the use of technologies that encourage interactive collaboration by a wide range of people. The end goal is a program or project that could serve as a model for others with similar goals.
English Department Faculty Writers
 Stanton-Geddes, John and Carolyn G. Anderson. 2011. Does a facultative mutualism limit species range expansion? Oecologia.
 Brudvig, L.A., Mabry, C.M. and L. Mottl. 2011. Dispersal, not light competition, limits Iowa woodland understory restoration. Restoration Ecology 19: 24-31.
Courses for 2013-14
Art 295 ST: Photography: The Camera Craft
In 1968, the college acquired these 365 acres and named the area to honor Grinnell botany professor Henry S. Conard. Forty-five acres of cropland were planted with prairie grasses and a laboratory, apartment for a manager, and 14-acre pond were constructed.
The Conard Environmental Research Area, located eleven miles from the Grinnell College Campus, is a 365-acre field station used for class field trips, student and faculty research, and quiet enjoyment. CERA is an exceptional resource for engaging students in environmental inquiry, providing inspiration and raw materials for artistic expression, teachings students and community members of all ages about the history and character of our past, present, and future landscape, and serving as a model for land preservation and ecological restoration.
What is art? Why does visual culture matter? How do images and art objects come to have meaning, value, and power within culture more broadly? These questions are central to the dynamic and intense engagement with art history at Grinnell College. We study art both in the particular time and place of its social and cultural history and as we encounter it in the complex global world today. Doing art history at Grinnell means approaching art and visual culture in multiple ways, from object-centered analysis to social-political history to contemporary critical theory.
Grinnell, by the Numbers
- About 1,600 students
- 9:1 student/faculty ratio
- Over 500 course offerings every semester
- Most classes have fewer than 20 students
- 26 majors, 11 concentrations
- 3,000 internship opportunities in the United States and abroad
- Burling Library contains 1 million books and documents
- 500+ free events each year
- 200+ student organizations
- One-third of students engage in varsity athletics