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Grinnell College’s Liberal Arts in Prison Program will celebrate its First Year of College Program offering at the Newton Correctional Facility during a Nov. campus symposium with national speakers on the benefits of education for incarcerated individuals.
Grinnell College’s Center for Prairie Studies will look to the future during a Nov. 8-10 symposium examining “How Will the Midwest Survive? Visions for the Future.” The three-day symposium will include presentations by rural economic development specialists, farmer and former agriculture secretary candidate Francis Thicke, and Iowa native and global observer Richard Longworth.
Symposium organizer Jon Andelson, director of the Center for Prairie Studies, said that the symposium will focus on solutions, not “doom-and-gloom diagnoses of problems.”
Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery will host a number of public events through the remainder of the fall semester to highlight three ongoing exhibitions: “From the Book Forest: Commercial Publishing in Late Imperial China,” “Chinese Propaganda Posters” and works by Prairie-Style architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. A Burling Library exhibition, “From Papyrus to Kindle: A Glimpse at the History of Printing in the Western World,” will also serve as a backdrop for public events.
Witness for Peace Speaker
Harvard University Librarian Robert Darnton will discuss the fate of books and libraries in the digital world during a Scholars’ Convocation on Thurs., Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. in Faulconer Gallery of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell College campus.
The Grinnell College Center for the Humanities will host speaker Geoffrey Harpham of the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, on Tues., Sept. 27. Harpham will give a public lecture titled “From Eternity to Here: Shrinkage in American Thinking about Higher Education” at 4:15 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell campus.
Two upcoming Faulconer Gallery exhibitions will demonstrate the history of printing and publishing in China—from intricate woodblocks to intriguing political posters. Opening Sept. 23, “From the Book Forest: Commercial Publishing in Late Imperial China” and “Chinese Propaganda Posters, 1949-1979” will feature printing techniques that have shaped information sharing across cultures and generations.
Works by Prairie-Style architectural legends Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin will be exhibited at Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery, beginning Sept. 23. The late husband and wife team designed more than 350 structures—“from cottages to mansions, from fountains to libraries”—throughout the Midwest, including Iowa.