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Mini-grants to local projects announced

Monday, Mar. 7, 2011 12:00 am

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Eleven Grinnell area organizations will benefit from more than $30,000 in grant support from the Grinnell College Mini-Grant Program for arts, educational and community initiatives.

“We increased both the maximum grant amount and the total grant funds available from the program this year so we were better able to meet community needs,” said Monica Chavez-Silva, director of community enhancement and engagement. The maximum award increased to $7,500 for the annual mini-grant program, which has, since 2002, funded more than $131,000 in small-to mid-scale projects for the Grinnell area.

Traditionally, the grants review committee has been comprised of faculty, staff and Grinnell College students from the local area. This year, the review committee, led by Chavez-Silva, added two community members, Rick Ramsey and Monique McLay Shore.

Of the 25 proposals submitted, the volunteer committee designated full or partial funding to the following projects this spring: Drake Community Library for electronic book service; Grinnell Area Arts Council for computer and office equipment; Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce for website development; Grinnell Big Brothers Big Sisters for activities to support mentor matches; Grinnell Community Daycare and Preschool for a school bus; Grinnell Little League for field upgrades; Grinnell Parks and Recreation Department to improve Arbor Lake shelters; Grinnell Police Department for patrol bicycles; Grinnell Regional Medical Center for electronic records wireless access; PALS animal shelter for insulated pet doors; and Poweshiek County Fair Association for campground improvements.

For more information about the mini-grant program, contact Chavez-Silva at 641-269-3900,chavezsm@grinnell.edu, or visit the website: http://www.grinnell.edu/Offices/communityenhance/minigrant. - 30 -

 

Abraham Inc. to perform cross-cultural, cross-genre concert Jan. 31

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - Funk, jazz and hip hop will collide in a Grinnell College performance by Abraham Inc.—an eclectic group of klezmer, clarinet, and trombone—on Mon., Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel.

Featuring klezmer artist and clarinetist David Krakauer; funk trombonist Fred Wesley; and hip hop architect Socalled, Abraham Inc. creates a new musical space, “a cross-cultural, cross-genre development.” The group’s debut release “Tweet Tweet” topped Billboard’s charts as #1 in funk, #1 in Jewish and Yiddish music, and #7 in jazz, plus #35 in music sales on Amazon.

“This is a not-to-miss performance,” said Rachel Bly, director of conference operations and events at Grinnell. “This concert is all about collaboration, mutual respect and breaking down boundaries. There is something for everyone with this fun, upbeat music created by world-class musicians.”

Tickets are required for this free public performance and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts box office, beginning Wed., Jan. 26, noon-5 p.m. Limited tickets are also available from the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell. For ticket questions, call 641-269-3101 or go to http://www.grinnell.edu/car/confops/publicevents/.

Abraham, Inc.’s appearance at Grinnell is sponsored by the college’s Public Events Committee. Herrick Chapel is located at 1128 Park St. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please contact the event’s sponsoring organization as soon as possible to make a request.

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DAH Theatre takes the stage Oct. 27

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

GRINNELL, IA—Internationally acclaimed DAH Theatre will perform on the Grinnell College campus Wed., Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts.

The Serbian theatre company was formed at the breakup of the former Yugoslavia and has gained reputation for addressing critical positions in history, particularly in dark times.

The Grinnell performance, “Crossing the Line,” will address the atrocities of the Balkan Wars, using images, music and personal accounts of violence, loss, courage and endurance during the civil wars. Tickets are required for this free public performance and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts box office, beginning Fri., Oct. 22. Limited tickets are also available from the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell. For ticket questions, call 641-269-3101 or go to http://www.grinnell.edu/car/confops/publicevents/.

The theatre company, which will be in residence on the Grinnell campus Oct. 25-30 for a series of student workshops, is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from Iowa Arts Council, General Mills Foundation, and Land O’Lakes Foundation.

The troupe’s Oct. 27 performance is sponsored by the Grinnell College Public Events Committee. The Bucksbaum Center is located at 1108 Park St. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please contact the event’s sponsoring organization as soon as possible to make a request.

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Faculty promotions approved by Board of Trustees

Monday, May. 9, 2011 12:00 am

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The Grinnell College Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of faculty members to new ranks for the 2011-12 academic year:

• Promoted to associate professor with tenure: Keith Brouhle (economics); Brigittine French (anthropology); and Lee Emma Running (art). Background information about these newly tenured faculty members is attached.

• Promoted to associate professor: Heather Benning (physical education) and Brian Jaworski (physical education). Background information about these faculty promotions is attached.

• Moving from active teaching to senior faculty status: Gail Bonath (library).

• Moving from senior faculty status to professors emeriti: Michael Cavanagh (English); Charles Duke (physics); Diane Robertson (biology); and Bruce Voyles (biology).

Grinnell College 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.

Background information for tenure promotions:

Keith R. Brouhle, associate professor of economics. B.A., Grinnell College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Illinois.

Keith Brouhle joined the economics department in 2005, after serving as assistant professor at the University of Alberta. Brouhle is a noted innovator in the use of teaching technologies, including interactive “games” and concrete applications to reinforce abstract concepts. His primary area of scholarship is empirical environmental economics, and his work has appeared in a range of well-respected journals in his field. His additional interest is the influence of voluntary programs on the environmental behavior of firms in the United States and Canada. On campus, Brouhle has been a member of the Rosenfield Committee, the campus plan update task force, the admissions board, and committees for scholarship, faculty recruiting, the environmental studies and policy studies concentrations, and the Social Studies Division for technology and pedagogy. At a national level, he is a reviewer for eight scholarly journals in economics.

Brigittine French, associate professor of anthropology. B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa. Brigittine French came to Grinnell in 2003 as a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in linguistic anthropology. French’s research is focused on the relation between language and political power; specifically, language and ideology, nationalism, and the role of language in the formation of ethnic identity. She has worked in both Guatemala and Ireland on these issues and on the constructions of gender expectation through linguistic discourse. Her book, “Maya Ethnolinguistic Identity: Violence, Cultural Rights, and Modernity in Highland Guatemala,” was published in 2010 by the University of Arizona Press. French has served as chair of the linguistics concentration and the Peace Studies program, and on the teacher education committee, the admission board, and the Watson Fellowship committee. Nationally, she was elected to a two-year term as social science representative to the executive board of the American Conference for Irish Studies, and is chair of the James F. Donnelly Prize for Outstanding Book in the Social Sciences.

Lee Emma Running, associate professor of art. B.F.A., Pratt Institute; M.S., M.F.A., University of Iowa.

Lee Emma Running joined the studio art faculty at Grinnell in 2005 from the University of Iowa, where she was a lecturer and sculpture research assistant. She teaches classes in drawing and sculpture at all levels, as well as a new introduction to studio art she helped design. In her scholarly work, Running engages in both individual and group projects, typically in the form of drawings and installations. She has shown her work at many nationally recognized galleries and recently signed a long-term contract with Olson Larsen Galleries in West Des Moines. She is also engaged in fulfilling a public art commission for the Grinnell Regional Medical Center. In addition to her solo work, she is a member of The Moving Crew Artist Collective, a group of international artists who develop collaborative projects that engage ideas of community, movement and transformation. Running has served on the Expanding Knowledge Initiative advisory board, the convocation and public events committees, and has been active in the early career faculty group.

Background information for promotions to associate professor:

Heather Benning, associate professor of physical education. B.A., Grinnell College, M.A., University of Iowa.

Heather Benning has been a member of the physical education staff in a variety of capacities since her Grinnell graduation in 1996. She became head women’s soccer coach in 1998, was assistant track coach from 2000 to 2007, and became assistant professor in 2001. In 2002, she was named senior woman administrator for the athletics program, and since 2007, she has also been assistant athletic director. Benning was named Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2006; her teams have been conference champions four times, appeared in NCAA national tournaments four times, and since 2003, have been named All-Academic teams every year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She recently published a peer-reviewed article in Soccer Journal, as part of a series authored by prominent international coaches. Benning has an extensive record of committee service for the NCAA and Title IX Committee of the National Association of Collegiate Woman. Locally, she has served as faculty advisor to the Stonewall Resource Center, and on committees for student life, President’s Medal selection, accessibility, college hearing board, and health services.

Brian J. Jaworski, associate professor of physical education. B.A., DePauw University, M.Ed., Indiana State University.

Brian Jaworski joined the Grinnell faculty in 2004 after an extensive coaching career in Indiana. He serves as head coach for men’s soccer and golf, and was previously assistant track coach. Jaworski was named Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2009, the same year the men’s soccer team won the conference and qualified for NCAA nationals for the first time in the college’s history. His soccer teams have been consistently recognized as National Soccer Coaches Association of American Academic Teams. He is the author of several highly regarded articles on coaching technique. Since 2005, Jaworski has been the director of the college’s summer sports camp, and he is in demand as a leader of soccer clinics around the state. He has been a member of the college’s hearing board and currently serves on the judicial committee, while serving as NCAA representative for the Midwest Regional Golf Committee.

Rosenfield Program to host "Beyond the Cold War" symposium Sept. 21-23

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

 

GRINNELL, IA – Twenty years after President Ronald Reagan’s challenge to “tear down this wall,” Grinnell College’s Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights will offer a symposium, Sept. 21-23, to discuss “Beyond the Cold War: The World Since 1989.”

“We are living in a completely different world since the Cold War, in terms of security, human rights and international relations,” said Sarah Purcell, director of the Rosenfield Program. “This symposium will bring together experts who have had first-hand involvement in and observation of the world’s challenges since the symbolic Berlin Wall came down.”

The symposium events, which are open to the public, include:

• Sept. 21, 4:15 p.m.: Soviet expert Stephen White will speak on “The Demise of the USSR: Looking Back and Looking Forward.” White is James Bryce Professor of Politics and senior research associate in Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow.

• Sept. 21, 8 p.m.: Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb will discuss “National Security in an Age of Terrorists, Tyrants, and Weapons of Mass Destruction.” Korb is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, senior advisor to the Center for Defense Information, and adjunct professor at Georgetown University

• Sept. 22, 4:15 p.m.: “Human Rights after the Cold War: From Kosovo to Abu Ghraib” will be the topic of a lecture by David Forsythe, Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska.

• Sept. 22, 8 p.m.: Foreign affairs adviser Janne Nolan will discuss “Nuclear Security and Military Change.” Nolan is a senior fellow at the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training and professor of international affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

• Sept. 23, 11 a.m.: National Public Radio’s Dina Temple-Raston will offer commentary on “Behind the Scenes: Terrorism Cases After the Cold War.” Temple-Raston, who is NPR’s counterterrorism correspondent, is the author of “In Defense of Our America,” which reviews civil liberties in post-9/11 America, and “The Jihad Next Door” about America's first so-called "sleeper cell.”

• Sept. 23, 4:15 p.m.: Polish journalist Konstanty Gebert will question “Better to Die Standing? Thinking about Violence in the Transition from Communism in Poland and Yugoslavia.” Gebert is a columnist and reporter for Gazeta Wyborcza, considered one of Poland’s most influential newspapers.

• Sept. 23, 8 p.m.: Visiting artists Nadija Mustapic and Toni Mestrovic will discuss “Contemporary Croatian Art: Expressions of Transition.” Works by Mustapic will be part of a “Culturing Community” exhibition opening in Faulconer Gallery Sept. 24.

• Related events include a public lecture and discussion led by Ron Suny, professor of social and political history at the University of Michigan, on Mon., Sept. 27 at 4:15 p.m.; a public events concert by the Zedashe Ensemble on Tues., Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Sebring-Lewis Hall of Bucksbaum Center for the Arts; and two art exhibitions, “Laughing Matters: Soviet Propaganda in Khrushchev’s Thaw, 1956-1964,” open in Burling Gallery, Burling Library, through Nov. 19, and “Young Pioneers: Lithographs from the Johnson-Horrigan Collection,” open in the lower level of the John Chrystal Center during regular business hours through Dec. 10.

All symposium events will be held in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus, unless otherwise noted. For more information about the Rosenfield Program, contact Sarah Purcell,purcelsj[at]grinnell[dot]edu, 641-269-3091.

Water properties topic of Sept. 30 Scholars' Convocation

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

 

GRINNELL, IA—The remarkable properties of water will be the topic of a Scholars’ Convocation by chemist Geraldine Richmond on Thurs., Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus. Richmond, who is the Richard M. and Patricia H. Noyes Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon, will discuss recent studies about the molecular makeup of water and its importance and impact on the environment. Her lecture titled “Going Nonlinear to Understand Environmentally Important Processes at Liquid Surfaces” will use examples such as water’s ability to sculpt rocks, break down metals, and sustain functions in the human body. Richmond’s Oregon lab studies “the environmentally important processes at aqueous surfaces, using laser-based techniques and molecular dynamics simulations.” Richmond is also the chair and founder of COACh, an organization that encourages women involved in careers in science and for which she has won national recognition. Richmond’s Grinnell lecture is part of the college’s ongoing Scholars’ Convocation series. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please contact the event’s sponsoring organization as soon as possible to make a request. -30-

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Scholars' Convocation speaker to discuss dichotomy of Iran

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

 

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.”

Beeman’s lecture is part of Grinnell’s ongoing Scholars’ Convocation series. The University of Minnesota anthropology professor has also gained attention for his work as an actor and singer. His research interests include performance studies, particularly in the countries of Iran, Japan, and South Asia.

Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please contact the event’s sponsoring organization as soon as possible to make a request.

Rosenfield symposium on "What is social justice?" Sept. 13-15

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 12:00 am

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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, purcelsj@grinnell.edu, 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 calendar@grinnell.edu.

Alumni awarded service project grants in home communities

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

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:

  • Rachel Bly, a 1993 Grinnell graduate who is involved in the Arts Academy in the Grinnell community where Grinnell College students, faculty, and staff volunteer to expand the cultural, linguistic, and theatrical offerings for area children.
  • Amy Knapp, a 1992 Grinnell graduate who helped to found Neighbors’ Development Network (NDN) in Chicago. NDN’s current focus is outreach to children in Chicago’s west side neighborhoods through nutrition programs and community gardens.

The Schwab Alumni Grants are open to Grinnell College graduates from 1992 to 1998 who are committed as staff members or volunteers in the recipient organizations. More information about the alumni grants is available at http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/socialcommitment/awards/schwabalumni.

Grinnell College 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.

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Russ Adams '85 honored at Grinnell Alumni Reunion

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

 

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.

Russ Adams, a 1985 graduate of Grinnell College from Minneapolis, Minn., received an Alumni Award. Following is the citation read about Adams’s accomplishments: “For more than two decades, Russ Adams has worked to make communities more livable, diverse, and environmentally friendly.

At Grinnell, Adams received his degree in American studies and earned All-Conference honors as a member of the varsity football team. After graduation, he worked for the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group and was executive director of the All Parks Alliance for Change. In 1995, he joined the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability (AMS) as executive director. He has helped raise millions of dollars to fund mixed income communities and affordable housing. He and his organization have also championed racial and economic justice issues, sustainable development and better urban growth policies.

In addition to his community work with AMS, Adams has served on the boards of the Minnesota chapter of the Sierra Club, the Sustainable Resources Center, and the Community Shares Fund. In 2006, he took a leave of absence from his job to work as field director for Keith Ellison’s successful campaign to become the first Muslim-American member of Congress.

For his efforts to make communities more inclusive and livable, Grinnell is proud to honor Russ Adams.”

Grinnell College 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.