Academic Life

Alternate Language Study Option (ALSO)

The ALSO program offers highly motivated and independent students the opportunity to learn a language through a combination of self-instruction and peer tutoring. Past languages offered have included Czech, Modern Greek, Hindi, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, and Swahili. Not all languages can be offered every semester; Italian and Korean will be offered in Fall 2014.

Why writing matters in the digital age

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)

With the explosion of online channels like Twitter and text messaging, written communication has become more immediate and, in many cases, abbreviated. Despite this trend, there is still a vital need for people in all fields to know how to write well.

Grinnell takes an encompassing approach to the teaching of writing. The College stands apart from many similar institutions in requiring every tenure-track professor – including mathematicians, sculptors and chemists – to teach writing as part of a first-year tutorial.

10 Classes to Take Before You Graduate

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Issue: Spring 2011 Author: Amar Sarkar '12 If you come to Grinnell, there are some classes that current students recommend strongly. If you join our ranks, you’ll write your own top 10 classes list. Here, in no particular order, are mine:

Calculus i and ii. Calculus relates to everything that happens in the natural, physical world. I loved Calculus, and you can make it painless by doing five problems every day and keeping up with homework.

Write On

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:23 | By Anonymous (not verified)

The Grinnell writer dropped her forehead onto her arms in abject despair. She lay there, limp and hopeless, like a corn doll abandoned in the rain. The husks of her notebooks lay about her, fluttering idly in the Iowa wind that whistled through the partially open window. A page of one particularly kind and caring notebook draped itself across her shoulder in a reassuring way. It’s all right, sweetie, that touch seemed to say. It’ll all work out.

Writers@Grinnell books fall events

Wednesday, Sep. 22, 2010 10:00 pm

GRINNELL, IA—Writers@Grinnell events continue through the fall semester with readings by Iowa writer Harley McIlrath, non-fiction writer Patricia Hampl and science writer Rebecca Skloot.

On Thurs., Oct. 7, Hampl will read from her award-winning collections of non-fiction, essays and poetry. Her most recent book “The Florist’s Daughter” was the winner of numerous “best” and “year-end” book awards in 2009, and four of her works have been named “Notable Books” by The New York Times.

Adult Community Exploration Series offering free summer courses

Tuesday, Jun. 8, 2010 11:30 am | Contact: To register, send email to calendar@grinnell.edu; for questions, call 641-269-3178.

GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College will offer the Adult Community Exploration Series (ACES) throughout the summer with courses taught by faculty in political science, English, and chemistry. The courses are free, and registration is requested to assist instructors in preparing for class needs. All ACES classes will be held on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Pioneer Room of the college's Old Glove Factory, located at 733 Broad Street in Grinnell, unless otherwise noted.

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