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Panel of writers, thinkers, environmentalists to discuss fracking on April 19
Conversation will be based on first anthology of creative writing that explores fracking
A panel of four Iowa-based writers, editors, thinkers and environmentalists will discuss "Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America," the country's first anthology of creative writing that explores hydraulic fracking, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, at Grinnell College.
Debra Marquart, Carolyn Raffensperger, Frederick Kirschenmann and Taylor Brorby will all read their work from the anthology and explore impacts of hydraulic fracking on Iowa.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, 1115 Eighth Ave., Grinnell.
Marquart is a professor of English at Iowa State University, teaching in the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing and Environment. The author of a memoir, "The Horizontal World: Growing up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere" and two poetry collections, she has received numerous honors for her work, including John Guyon Nonfiction Award, the Mid-American Review Nonfiction Award, a New York Times Editor's Choice commendation and a 2008 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Prose Fellowship.
Raffensperger is an environmental lawyer specializing in the changes in law and policy necessary to address climate change and preserve public health and the environment. She is executive director of the Science and Environmental Health network, and has edited three comprehensive volumes on the precautionary principle of environmental law. Her work has been featured in Gourmet magazine, the Utne Reader, Yes! Magazine, the Sun, Whole Earth and Scientific American.
A national expert in sustainable agriculture, Kirschenmann is a family farmer, writer and scholar on ecology. He has held numerous appointments, including U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Standards Board and the National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production. His farm has been featured in numerous publications, including National Geographic, Business Week, Audubon and Gourmet magazine, for its diverse crop rotation and productivity without using synthetic inputs. His book, "Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher," traces the evolution of his ecological and farming philosophy over the past 30 years.
The editor of "Fracture," Taylor Brorby is an award-winning essayist, poet and environmentalist. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University. His work has been featured in "Rock, Paper, Scissors," "The Englewood Review of Books," on Minnesota Public Radio, North Dakota Public Radio and in numerous newspapers. A talented writer himself, he is currently working on two poetry collections, one related to the Bakken oil boom and the other about the Adirondacks in upstate New York, as well as an essay collection about western North Dakota.
Sponsoring the event are the Center for Prairie Studies and Environmental Studies.
Artists to give talks on alternative universities as sites of creativity
Bruce High Quality Foundation University, Vincent Katz to lecture and hold workshop
Artists from the Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU) and Vincent Katz, a professor of art at Yale University, will give talks on alternative universities as sites of creativity on Wednesday, April 20 at Grinnell College. The free and public talks will take place at 7:30 p.m. in room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, 1115 Eighth Ave., Grinnell.
Earlier that day, the founders of BHQFU will hold a workshop, "B.Y.O.U.: Build Your Own University," in the Masonic Temple downtown, 928 Main St., Grinnell. The workshop on teaching and learning will take place from 1-3 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
The founders of BHQFU will discuss "How to Die an Artist: Resistance and Futility." BHQFU, founded in 2009, is New York's Freest Art School. It provides tuition-free classes, residencies, workshops, exhibitions and public programs to a community of thousands of New Yorkers. The school is an alternative to contemporary art schools that emphasize professionalization.
Katz, a professor at the Yale University of Art, will discuss "Black Mountain College: Finding the Center in the Remote." His lecture will cover the pedagogy of Black Mountain College in terms of its location and locus, especially as related to the college’s later years. He also will discuss Black Mountain’s relevance today, as a model, and also consider parallels to modern remotely-operated web-based experience of culture.
Katz is a celebrated poet, critic, translator, editor and curator. His criticism has been published in numerous books, catalogues and journals, including in "Apollo," "Art in America," "ARTnews" and "Art on Paper," among others. He is also the author of “The Complete Elegies Of Sextus Propertius,” winner of the National Translation Award in 2005.
He has curated several celebrated exhibitions, including an exhibition on Black Mountain College for the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid, and “Street Dance: The New York Photographs of Rudy Burckhardt” for the Museum of the City of New York.
The Center for Humanities is sponsoring these events as part of this year's theme: Sites of Creativity: Streets, Salons, Studios, and Schools.
Nelson Ogbuagu ’16 wins 2016 Nick Adams Short Story Contest; Grace Lloyd ’16 earns honorable mention.
Faculty demonstrate chemical principles to children and parents during outreach event in Tama County.
Celebrate the Earth during April - May 2016
April 17 performance features four world premieres of Professor John Rommereim's works.
Grinnell College will host a series of events throughout April and early May in celebration of Earth Month. The free, public events will be focused on local food, creativity, volunteering and exploration.
Monday, April 11
4:00 PM Roundtable - Noyce 1022
7:30 PM Public Talk - Joe Rosenfield ‘25 Center 101
Fred Magdoff, Professor Emeritus of Soils at the University of Vermont, will give a roundtable, Soil and Soil Health at 4:00pm in Noyce 1022; and a public talk, Capitalism and Agriculture, at 7:30pm in JRC 101.
Tuesday, April 12 and Thursday, April 14
Undergraduate Research Symposium
11:00 AM-1:00PM, Joe Rosenfield ‘25 Center, various locations
Undergraduate research panel and poster presentations include many student talks on local and global environmental and food justice topics. Arrive at 11:00am to grab a free lunch and full presentation schedule. Panel presentations in JRC rooms: 202, 203, 209, 225-227. Poster/performance sessions in JRC 101.
Saturday, April 16
12:00-4:00 PM, Ecohouse
Join Ecohouse members for a celebration of spring, local foods, music, and community. Explore Ecohouse’s environmental projects and take part in seed planting. Enjoy live music from student performers, springtime crafting, and more!
Saturday, April 16
National Water Dance
3:00 PM, Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA)
Join Grinnell College and community dancers and musicians in celebrating the importance of water in our lives through music and dance.
RSVP to Jan Graham grahamj[at]grinnell[dot]edu. Van leaves JRC drop-off zone at 2:15pm, and Mayflower Community at 2:25pm. If driving on your own, meet at EEC at 2:50pm
Monday, April 18
Site-Specific Studio Critique
1:00-4:00 PM, Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA)
Join Professor Lee Emma Running and her ART320 - Site Specific Studio students for the critique of their place-based art installations at CERA. Student art installations explore how we connect to the Iowa landscape. RSVP to hilleliz[at]grinnell[dot]edu for transportation.
Tuesday, April 19
Fracture: Essays Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America
7:30 PM, Joe Rosenfield ‘25 Center 101
Join Taylor Brorby (ed.) and Iowa-based writers and thinkers - Debra Marquart, Carolyn Raffensperger, and Frederick Kirschenmann for a book reading and Q&A session on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
Wednesday, April 20
7:15 PM, ARH 302
Consultant and researcher Richard Oppenlander, author of “Food Choice and Sustainability” will guide the audience through a fact filled journey of the food choice-animal agriculture-environment connection, revealing why humanity is currently on a path of pseudo-sustainability.
Wednesday, April 20
Ecohouse Movie Night
9:00 PM, Bob’s Underground Cafe
Join Ecohouse members to watch “The Secret Life of Plants,” a 1979 documentary based on the book of the same name. The film features time-lapse photography of plants and fungi growing and original score by musician Stevie Wonder.
Friday, April 22
20 Minutes @ 11: Culling the Herd
11:00 AM, Bucksbaum 131 - Faulconer Gallery
Explore our human relationship to white-tailed deer with Professor Lee Emma Running, who will present her recent project “Cure” in which she carves and gilds the bones of roadkill, and CERA Manager Elizabeth Hill, who will provide background on deer management in Iowa.
Saturday, April 23
The Power is Ours! Spiritual Reflections on Earth Day
12:30 PM, Grinnell United Church of Christ
Join UCC members in welcoming Grinnell College faculty Liz Queathem and David Campbell, together with Associate Chaplain and Rabbi Rob Cabelli, who explore spiritual connections to Earth Day and Climate Change.
Saturday, April 23
11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Joe Rosenfield ‘25 Center, 1st floor and outdoor patio
SEC and Off-the-Grid students will present posters and demonstrations on topics pertaining to sustainable and off-the-grid living, including the tiny home movement, water sanitation and heating, backcountry camping tips, permaculture, urban gardening, and composting toilets.
Sunday, April 24
Arbor Lake Cleanup
2:00 PM, Arbor Lake Park, 123 Pearl Street
Join IOWATER club in removing waste and beautifying Arbor Lake Park. Be prepared to get dirty, please wear rain boots and old clothes. RSVP to Iowater[at]grinnell[dot]edu. Meet at GORP room in Harris Center or at Arbor Lake Park
Tuesday, April 26
Woodland Wildflower Hike
4:15 - 6:15 PM, Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA)
Join CERA Manager Elizabeth Hill on a 1.5 mile spring ephemeral wildflower hike at CERA. Wear sturdy walking shoes. Hike starts 4:45pm at CERA. Van leaves from JRC drop-off zone at 4:15 P.M. RSVP to hilleliz[at]grinnell[dot]edu for transportation.
Thursday, April 28
Ecofeminist Organizing Workshop
4:00-5:30 PM, ARH 102
Learn about inclusive organizing with two extraordinary activists! Join Bakken Resistance Pipeline Coalition co-founders and Women Food and Agriculture Network board members Ahna Kruzic and Dr. Angie Carter for a workshop on ecofeminist activism and organizing.
Friday, April 29
Food For Thought May Day Celebration
5:00-8:00 PM, Cleve Beach
Join members of Grinnell College’s Food For Thought group to celebrate early May Day. Bring a dish to the potluck and enjoy face-painting, music, and a discussion about campus food activism. Come and find out what Food For Thought is doing to increase the amount of “real food“ on campus!
Saturday, May 7
Tallgrass Audubon Bird Banding
8:00 AM-12:00 PM, Bob and Connie VanErsvelde’s house
Join members of the Tallgrass Audubon Society to learn about bird banding and the natural history of migratory birds. Families welcome! Van leaves from JRC drop-off zone. RSVP to hilleliz[at]grinnell[dot]edu for transportation or address
Sponsored by: Center for Prairie Studies, CERA, Environmental Studies, Faulconer Gallery, Peace and Conflict Studies, Food for Thought, Iowater, Student Environmental Committee, Ecohouse, Poweshiek County SWCD, Advancing Animal Compassion Together, Student Government Association.
Featuring live music from the Pioneer String Quartet, dance performance by Ivy Kuhn and Ensemble, Tai Chi Women's Group, and the Grinnell Community Ensemble.
Over 100 sites in 35 states are coming together to bring attention to the pressing issues of water in the United States through embodied action! Come celebrate and bring awareness to the importance of water in our lives!
Bus transportation leaving from the JRC at 2:15 p.m. Please reserve a spot by emailing Jan Graham by noon, Tuesday, April 13th.