Home » Conference Operations

Conference Operations

Calendar Customer Code: 
CONFERENCE_OPERATIONS_AND_EVENTS

Ticket Distribution Policy

Public Events performances are free, but tickets are required.

Tickets are available to the public beginning three to four business days prior to the performance — look at specific events to determine dates — and are distributed until no tickets remain.

Tickets are distributed from the box office in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts at the corner of 6th Ave. and Park St. in Grinnell. Tickets are free to those present at the box office during open hours between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Adult Community Exploration Series

During the months of June and July 2016, the Community Education Council, in conjunction with Grinnell College, will offer four courses on various subjects to adults in the community. The classes will be held on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Caulkins Room at the Drake Community Library, 930 Park Street. Each course consists of two sessions. Refreshments will be served.

Classes are free. Please register so instructors can anticipate class size by emailing your contact information and the classes you wish to attend to Conference Operations and Events, calendar[at]grinnell[dot]edu, or calling 641-269-3235.

June 8, 15

Psychology of Humor

Janet Gibson

“Two muffins were sitting in an oven. One muffin says, ‘Wow, it sure is hot in here!’ The other muffin says, ‘Ahhh!!! A talking muffin!’” One person may think this is a very funny joke, and another may find it only mildly amusing. Why? The study of the psychology of humor is no laughing matter. Once thought to be too frivolous a topic for psychologists to study, psychological research on humor and laughter has increased in recent years.

In our readings, writings, and oral presentations, we will explore forms, functions, and applications of humor through the lenses of various psychology subdisciplines: psychoanalytic, cognitive, social, psychobiological, personality, developmental, health, and positive psychology. Perhaps by the end of the course, in addition to learning about psychology and humor, we will know how many tutorial students it takes to change a light bulb, or why people in jokes keep walking into bars. Prerequisites: Sense of humor not required but appreciated.

June 22, 29

Word and Image

Erik Simpson

From the engraved poetry of William Blake to Instagram, this tutorial will explore relationships between words and images in literature, the fine arts, politics, and new media. Readings will include Blake’s poetry, graphic novels such as Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Lynda Barry’s Syllabus, viral television segments and social media images, examples of political imagery that will be especially topical in anticipation of the upcoming Iowa Caucuses, and popular and scholarly commentary on such texts.

July 6, 13

Archeoastronomy

Charlotte Christensen

As clock, compass, and calendar, the sky both anchors us in time and space and provides us with perspective on the Universe. As we will see, charting the apparent motion of the sun, planets, and stars is a near-universal method for tracking the passage of time and determining one’s location. However, different cultures throughout history have applied vastly different methodologies and interpretations to these basic principles.

In this tutorial, we will explore the different uses cultures have made of astronomy, including the creation of the Mayan calendar, the construction of the Great Pyramid at Giza, and the development of celestial navigation. This exploration will include a study of human history and the dynamics of our solar system. Finally, we will discuss how our observations of the sky have shaped and continue to shape our understanding of the cosmos.

July 20, 27

Climate Change and the Paris Accords

Wayne Moyer

This course will provide an update on the current scientific knowledge on global climate change. Discussion will include the commitments made to deal with climate change at the December 2015 Paris Climate Conference and how the United States and other powers intend to meet their commitments. The adequacy of the commitments for dealing with the underlying problem will be considered.

The Faculty

Janet Gibson

Janet Gibson, Professor and Department Chair of Psychology at Grinnell College, holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Rice University. Gibson joined the faculty at Grinnell College in 1989. She is a member of the Psychonomic Society, Midwestern Psychological Association, and is a member and adviser of the Grinnell Psi Chi chapter. Gibson’s research focuses on implicit memory, “the influence of past experience that facilitates or biases current performance in the absence of conscious recollection.” She has explored this aspect of memory “in the context of a) aging, b) problem solving, and c) its perceptual/conceptual nature.”

Erik Simpson

Erik Simpson, professor of English, holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Simpson joined the faculty of Grinnell College in 2001. Erik Simpson's literature courses focus on British writing from Shakespeare to the present, especially the literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His primary research field is British and transatlantic literature of the Romantic period.

Simpson's second book, Mercenaries in British and American Literature, 1790-1830: Writing, Fighting, and Marrying for Money (2010) was published in Edinburgh Studies in Transatlantic Literatures from Edinburgh University Press. Simpson's first book, Literary Minstrelsy, 1770-1830: Minstrels and Improvisers in British, Irish, and American Literature, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2008. Material from this book has appeared in article form in ELH and European Romantic Review. A more detailed account of Simpson's research is available on the Minstrels and Mercenaries pages of his website. His interests in computer programming and the use of technology in humanistic inquiry have led Simpson to create Connections: A Hypertext Resource for Literature, which contains his online teaching materials along with other information, The Transatlantic 1790s, a database-backed site whose content is written by Grinnell College students, and other web projects described on the Grinnell College webpage.

Charlotte Christensen

Charlotte Christensen, assistant professor of physics, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Christensen joined the faculty of Grinnell College in 2014.

Christensen teaches multiple physics courses at the college and leads a tutorial on Archeoastronomy. Her current research interest in the “evolution of galaxies over the history of the Universe using high-resolution computer simulations.”

Wayne Moyer

Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science, and former director of the Rosenfield Public Affairs Program, holds a Ph.D. from Yale University. Moyer joined the Grinnell College faculty in 1972. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a B.A. (foreign affairs), he served for six years as a U.S. Navy submarine officer. He then returned to the academic world where he earned an M.A. in International Relations and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from Yale University.

Moyer served as director of the College’s Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights from 1985 until 2008. He has taught several first-year tutorials on the science and politics of climate change, and has twice team-taught the college’s Policy Studies senior seminar on Applied Policy Analysis — Climate Change.

Commencement 2016

It’s been a beautiful day for the 170th Commencement of Grinnell College, celebrating the class of 2016.

Commencement exercises began at 10 a.m. at the amphitheater on Central Campus, and are now complete.

The ceremony featured an address by internationally renowned novelist Zadie Smith and the awarding of honorary degrees.

Join us as we celebrate our newest graduates. You can:

  • See a copy of the live stream on YouTube. (Higher quality video will be available later.)
  • Follow and join the conversation on Twitter: @GrinnellCollege #Grinnell2016
  • Share your photos on Instagram: #GrinnellCollege or #Grinnell2016
  • Follow us on Facebook and YouTube for highlights from the day.
  • Check out the story on Snapchat: username grinnellcollege

About Zadie Smith

Zadie SmithNovelist Zadie Smith was born in North London in 1975 to an English father and a Jamaican mother. She read English at Cambridge, graduating in 1997. Her acclaimed first novel, White Teeth, is a vibrant portrait of contemporary multicultural London. The book won many honors, including the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Overall Winner, Best First Book), and two BT Ethnic and Multicultural Media Awards (Best Book/Novel and Best Female Media Newcomer). Smith’s The Autograph Man, a story of loss, obsession, and the nature of celebrity, received the 2003 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize for Fiction.

In 2003 and 2013 Smith was named by Granta magazine as one of 20 “Best of Young British Novelists.” Smith’s On Beauty won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her most recent novel, NW, was named as one of the “10 Best Books of 2012” by The New York Times. A tenured professor of creative writing at New York University, Smith writes regularly for The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. She published one collection of essays, Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays, and is working on a book of essays titled Feel Free.

About Honorary Degree Recipients

Zadie Smith will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Grinnell’s Commencement exercises.

Grinnell also will confer honorary degrees upon two alumni and a renowned educator.

Thomas Cole ’71 will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws. He is U.S. Representative for Oklahoma’s 4th Congressional District, serving since 2002. Cole, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, is the fourth-ranking Republican leader in the House. He is currently one of only two Native American serving in Congress and was inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 2004.

Fred Hersch ’77 will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. A pianist, composer, and one of the world’s foremost jazz artists, Hersch was described as “one of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation” by Downbeat magazine. His accomplishments include a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for composition and numerous Grammy nominations. He is a member of the Jazz Studies faculty at the New England Conservatory.

Claudia Swisher will receive an honorary Doctor of Social Studies. She was an English teacher for several decades at Norman North High School in Norman, Okla., where she was admired for going above and beyond in her efforts to connect with students. She saw education as something that should be formed around the children, and not that the children and their interests should be manipulated to conform to education.

Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. Information on commencement ceremonies is available at Grinnell’s Commencement Web page. For any further information on commencement, please call 641-269-3178.

Photo of Zadie Smith by Dominique Nabokov

New Golf Course Manager Named

Shane HartShane Hart, a longtime Grinnell resident and member of the Grinnell College Golf Course community, started his new position as general manager of the Grinnell College Golf Course on Friday, April 29.

Grinnell College purchased the Grinnell Golf and Country Club in March and opened the course for the season on April 1. Consistent with the College’s social values, the private course is now public, available for use by all — the College community, the broader Grinnell community and visitors to the area.

Hart, who has left his position as a real estate agent for Ramsey-Weeks Inc., has been involved with the former Grinnell Golf and Country Club for several years. He served as a board member since 2014 and was a past president. He stepped in as interim general manager during several vacancies dating to 2014.

As general manager, he coordinated, budgeted, and oversaw various golf events to ensure player enjoyment and profitability. He also gained knowledge of the course’s facilities, equipment, members, and events.

After a national search for golf course manager, Shane Hart emerged as our top choice for the position, says John Kalkbrenner, assistant vice president for auxiliary services and economic development at Grinnell College. Shane’s unique knowledge of the Grinnell community, Grinnell College, and the golf course, along with his tireless drive, compelled us to choose him.

He will bring immense experience and passion to the role of general manager, Kalkbrenner added, as someone who is both committed to the future of the College and the Grinnell College Golf Course.

I am excited to bring my experiences and energy together to help make the Grinnell College Golf Course a top-notch facility, Hart said. I look forward to welcoming back the past members, and reaching out to promote the facilities to the greater Poweshiek area. I couldn’t be more pleased or honored to have been chosen for this position.

Hart is an active member of the Grinnell community at-large, serving on the board of the Chamber of Commerce since 2015, as a volunteer coach for the youth golf and basketball programs since 2008. He has chaired the Iowa Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Open Golf Tournament since 2010. He also has directed many other tournaments and socials at the former country club.  

He enjoys various recreational activities, including racquetball, golf, basketball, football, and going on nature hikes.

Dutch Global Horizons and Phi Beta Kappa

Larry SilverLarry Silver, Farquhar Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, will present a Scholars' Convocation, "Dutch Global Horizons," at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. The event is free and open to the public.

Silver's presentation is part of Grinnell's Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program. New members of Phi Beta Kappa will be announced at the beginning of the convocation.

Silver describes his presentation as an exploration of the imagery of the seaborne empire of the Netherlands during the Golden Age of the 17th century, when Dutch ships plied the oceans and established commercial and political links with bold Old World Asia and New World Latin America. He also notes that images of India and East Asia, as well as the short-lived Dutch colony in Brazil, permitted armchair travelers in Amsterdam to experience the globe as never before.

Silver, who received his bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and his master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University, is a specialist in painting and graphics of Northern Europe. He focuses primarily on works produced in Germany and the Netherlands during the era of Renaissance and Reformation. He has served as president of the College Art Association and the Historians of Netherlandish Art. He recently was honored with the University of Pennsylvania’s Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence. 

His publications include Rubens, Velázquez, and the King of Spain, Rembrandt’s Faith, Peasant Scenes and Landscapes, Hieronymus Bosch and a general survey, Art in History. He has organized a number of print exhibitions, among them Grand Scale: Monumental Prints in the Age of Dürer and Titian and Graven Images, dealing with professional engravers of the 16th-century Netherlands.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Room 101 in the Rosenfield Center is equipped with an induction hearing loop system, which enables individuals with hearing aids set to T-Coil to hear the program. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations and Events.

Elektra, Live in HD

Grinnell College will stream the Metropolitan Opera's production of Richard Strauss's Elektra at noon Saturday, April 30, at the Harris Center Cinema.

Soprano Randye Jones, who works in Burling, will present the opera talk at 11:30 a.m. at the Harris Center. Jones holds her bachelor’s degree in music education from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and her master’s degree in vocal performance from Florida State University, Tallahassee. She is currently a doctoral student in vocal literature at the University of Iowa.

This will be the last opera of the spring season in which the Met is celebrating its 10th anniversary of "Live-in-HD" movie theater transmissions.  

Originally set in Greece after the Trojan War, this production is modernized to an unspecified contemporary setting. Soprano Nina Stemme, a maven of Strauss and Wagner's heroines, stars as Elektra as she works to avenge her the murder of her father, Agamemnon. Mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier plays Elektra’s striking mother, Klytamnestra. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts.

Refreshments will be available for sale in the lobby of the cinema before each opera and during intermission.

Tickets are available at the Pioneer Bookshop, the Grinnell College Bookstore, and at the door on the day of the show. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, children and Met Opera members.

The Office of the President has generously funded tickets for Grinnell College faculty, staff and students, and tickets are available for free at all locations. Family members not employed by the college are required to purchase tickets.

Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. Visitor and accessible parking is available in the lot to the east of the Harris Center. You can request accommodations from the event sponsor or Conference Operations and Events.

Golf Course Season Pass Rates

Grinnell College welcomes you to play at the Grinnell College Golf Course, a public golf course located at 933 13th Ave.

April Hours

Thursday–Sunday, from noon–6 p.m.

Daily rates only, cash or check.

Rates

Daily

  • 9 Holes - $15
  • 18 holes/unlimited - $25
  • Cart (9 holes) - $10
  • Cart (18 holes) - $15

Season Passes

Look for future announcements regarding summer hours and activities.
 

Roberto Devereux, Live in HD

Grinnell College will stream the Metropolitan Opera's production of Gaetano Donizetti's Roberto Devereux at noon on Saturday, April 16, at the Harris Center Cinema.

This will be the fifth opera of the spring season in which the Met is celebrating its 10th anniversary of "Live-in-HD" movie theater transmissions.  

Set in Westminster Palace in London between 1599 and 1601, the opera follows Queen Elizabeth I as she is compelled to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Robert Devereux. Soprano Sandra Radvanovsky plays Queen Elizabeth I, one of Donizetti's three Tudor queens she will play this season. No actress has played all three Tudor Queens in one season since Beverly Sills in the 1970s.

Radvanovsky will star alongside tenor Matthew Polenzani, who portrays Roberto Devereux. Maurizio Benini conducts. There will be no opera talk before this broadcast.

Refreshments will be available for sale in the lobby of the cinema before the opera and during intermission.

Tickets are available at the Pioneer Bookshop, the Grinnell College Bookstore and at the door on the day of the show. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, children, and Met Opera members.

The Office of the President has generously funded tickets for Grinnell College faculty, staff, and students, and tickets are available for free at all locations. Family members not employed by the College are required to purchase tickets.

Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. Visitor and accessible parking is available in the lot to the east of the Harris Center. You can request accommodations from the event sponsor or Conference Operations and Events.

Scholars' Convo: Bestselling Author Roxane Gay

Roxane GayRoxane Gay, a 2014 New York Times bestselling author and feminist scholar, will give a free public reading at  11 a.m. Thursday, April 7 in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101.. Her novels and essays have attracted international acclaim for their treatment of complex issues such as gender inequality, sexual violence, institutional racism and body image.

An accomplished scholar, Gay is an associate professor of English at Purdue University in Indiana. Her research interests include the intersections between race, gender, and popular culture, contemporary fiction, and the political novel.

Gay uses her personal experience with race, gender identity and sexuality to inform her analyses and deconstruction of feminist and racial issues in her work. In addition to her more serious scholarly and creative work, she is a well-known figure on social media, with tens of thousands of Twitter followers, many of whom are drawn to her often irreverent and humorous "instant" commentaries on major news events, politics, pop culture, and reality television.

Bad Feminist, her bestselling essay collection, is a personal manifesto that takes readers through the journey of Gay's evolution as a woman of color and describes how feminism affects Gay's own life — for better or worse. The essays cover a wide a range of topics, from competitive Scrabble to novels written by women to advice on acknowledging privilege.

Gay's writings on gender and racial inequality have won numerous awards in recent years and have appeared in Tin House, Oxford American, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many other media outlets.

Gay's debut novel, Untamed State, explores the privilege that made Haitian-American Mireille Duval Jameson a target for kidnapping and the strength she must draw on to survive the kidnapping and reclaim her life. Deadline.com recently reported that the novel will be adapted for film by Beyond the Lights director Gina Prince-Bythewood. Gay is co-writing the script with Prince-Bythewood. Gugu Mbatha-Raw has been selected to portray Jameson.

Gay's latest book, Hunger, is scheduled to be released in June. Hunger focuses on Gay's experience with weight, body image, and building a positive relationship with food.

Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. Rosenfield Center has accessible parking in the lot to the east. Room 101 is equipped with an induction hearing loop system.  You can request accommodations from Conference Operations and Events.

 

CANCELLED: Writers@Grinnell: Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay's visit to Grinnell on April 7, 2016 has been cancelled. 

Bestselling author and feminist scholar Roxane Gay will read from her work and discuss writing on Thursday, April 7, as part of the Writers@Grinnell series and Scholars’ Convocation at Grinnell College.

Roxane Gay ImageThe Scholars’ Convocation lecture will start at 11 a.m. in the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101.  

In addition, Gay will lead a free, puplic roundtable discussion at 4:15 p.m. April 7, in Rosenfield Center, Room 101.

An accomplished scholar, Gay is an associate professor of English at Purdue University in Indiana. Her research interests include the intersections between race, gender, and popular culture; contemporary fiction; and the political novel.

Gay uses her personal experience with race, gender identity, and sexuality to inform her analyses and deconstruction of feminist and racial issues in her work. In addition to her more serious scholarly and creative work, she is a well-known figure on social media, with tens of thousands of Twitter followers, many of whom are drawn to her often irreverent and humorous “instant” commentaries on major news events, politics, pop culture, and reality television.

"Bad Feminist," her bestselling essay collection, is a personal manifesto that takes readers through the journey of Gay's evolution as a woman of color and describes how feminism affects Gay's own life — for better or worse. The essays cover a wide a range of topics, from competitive Scrabble to novels written by women to advice on acknowledging privilege.

Gay's writings on gender and racial inequality have won numerous awards in recent years and have appeared in Tin House, Oxford American, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many other media outlets.

Gay's debut novel, Untamed State, explores the privilege that made Haitian-American Mireille Duval Jameson a target for kidnapping and the strength she must draw on to survive the kidnapping and reclaim her life. Deadline.com recently reported that the novel will be adapted for film by Beyond the Lights director Gina Prince-Bythewood. Gay is co-writing the script with Prince-Bythewood. Gugu Mbatha-Raw has been selected to portray Jameson.

Gay's latest book, Hunger, is scheduled to be released in June. Hunger focuses on Gay's experience with weight, body image, and building a positive relationship with food.