Grinnell students learn how to transform violence and promote peace.
Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician, writer and associate professor of family medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, will discuss “Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up” on Thursday, March 10, at Grinnell College.
Her lecture will start at 7:30 p.m. in room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, 1115 Eighth Ave., Grinnell. She will also lead a roundtable discussion about health professions, alternative medicine and diet at 4 p.m., the same day, in room 152 of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell. Both events are free and open to the public.
Miller will use her latest book, "Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing," to frame her discussion of family farms. Her lecture will cover all the aspects of farming—from seed choice to soil management—that have a direct and powerful impact on health.
Bridging the traditional divide between agriculture and medicine, Miller will share lessons learned from inspiring farmers and biomedical researchers as she weaves their insights and discoveries, along with stories from her patients, into the narrative.
A practicing family physician, Miller is also a leading scholar on health ecology. Her writings in the field have been published in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Vogue, Orion Magazine, Yes! Magazine, Food and Wine, The Guardian and Harvard Medical Magazine.
Miller has received numerous honors for her achievements in health ecology, including fellowships at the University of California San Francisco, funded by the National Institute of Health, and at the Berkeley Food Institute. She also serves on the boards of a number of non-profits, including Institute of the Golden Gate, Education Outside, Mandela Marketplace and the Edible Schoolyard Foundation.
Sponsoring this event are the Grinnell College Office of the President, Center for Prairie Studies, Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights, Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement, Wellness Program, Chaplain’s Office, Student Environmental Committee and the Student Government Association.
Conference includes faculty-led discussions, student presentations, keynote by genocide studies scholar, and invited alumni address.
Celebrate Humanities Day on March 14 to feature former U.S. Rep. Jim Leach
Activities will include Leach's keynote address, student performances and a pub quiz
Grinnell College will mark Celebrate Humanities Day, a daylong series of events to honor the study of the humanities, on Monday, March 14.
The keynote speaker will be Jim Leach, who represented Iowa’s second district in the House of Representatives for 30 years and later served as chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Under his leadership, the NEH created a Bridging Cultures program designed to promote understanding and mutual respect for diverse groups within the United States and abroad.
Leach is now chair in public affairs and visiting professor of law in the College of Law at the University of Iowa. His address, titled "Where Politics and Morality Conjoin and Disconnect," will start at 7:30 p.m., in room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, 1115 Eighth Ave., Grinnell. The speech and all other events during Celebrate Humanities Day are free and open to the public.
This will be Grinnell College’s first Celebrate Humanities Day, which is organized by the college’s Center for the Humanities.
Students will perform at 4 p.m. in Sebring-Lewis Hall of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell.
Student performances include "Choreography as Research" by seniors Rosie Fuqua, Ivy Kuhn and Taylor Watts, and "Indo-Jazz Fusion from Banaras to New York," by senior Vincent Kelley and his band. Kelley, drums and tabla; will be joined by seniors Omri Benami, piano; Tom Earnest, bass; and Jacob Ziontz, viola; along with Grinnell College Assistant Professor of Music Mark Laver, saxophone.
The daylong celebration will culminate in a Pub Quiz trivia night at 9 p.m. in Lyle's Pub, in the basement of the Rosenfield Center.
Leonard Kurz ’75, History
Mr. Kurz serves as a director and officer of the Kurz Family Foundation. Leonard is making a feature length documentary on Free the Children, is a co-producer of Maangamizi: The Ancient One, the first film from Tanzania to be considered for an Academy Award, and has been a script reader for Francis Ford Coppola. Mr. Kurz is a founding member of the SUNY Chancellor’s Society and has received awards for his philanthropic work.
David Kathan ’78 from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will present a free public seminar in energy policy.
Tilly Woodward, curator of academic and community outreach, enjoys helping others learn about and create art.
Grinnell ranks 23rd among top volunteer-producing small colleges nationwide.
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