My story is that I came to Grinnell in 1958 as an early entrant (didn’t graduate high school) from an East Coast suburb. Not only was I Jewish, but also I came from a secular Jewish, left-wing family. I think my Grinnell experience solidified my Jewish identification because I was seen as “odd” in a number of ways. One small story: I was very blonde and have a fair complexion. During my first week at school, a classmate from a small Midwestern town and I were sharing information. When I said I was Jewish, she was astounded. She had never met a Jew and thought they all had dark complexions.
Each student in the course Tyrants and Tunesmiths: Music and the State in Modern Europe wrote a review based upon the experience of the performance, but adopting the perspective of a particular cultural or political figure from the original premiere in 1900 in Rome.
According to Assistant Professor of History Kelly Maynard, the exercise provides a good way for students to apply the historical training they have been receiving in this unique course to their evening at the opera.
Two students share their reviews:
Liane Ellison Norman ’59 wrote this poem about planning her 50th Grinnell College Reunion, held in 2009.
Eight hundred and ten miles each way,
a journey to the center of the country,
Interstates 79 to 70 to 74 to 80. We left
in 5 a.m. dark, fog thickening in hollows
of West Virginia, fanning out fall light
in Ohio, heading flat through Indiana
and Illinois fields of corn and soy, gentle
hills of Iowa. I remembered how I, a girl
of Wasatch Mountains loved Iowa,
alfalfa smell, silos, barns, Angus cattle grazing
Henry M. Walker, Samuel R. and Marie-Louise Rosenthal Professor of Natural Science and Mathematics and professor of computer science at Grinnell College, has been named a Distinguished Educator by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.
Dan Krauss '12 of Grinnell College has been selected to compete in the NCAA Division III National Cross Country Championships on Nov. 21 at Highland Hills Golf Course in Highland, Ohio.
A total of 32 teams and 56 individuals, the first seven athletes from each region who were not a part of a qualifying team, were picked to participate in the national meet.
Krauss, who ranks among the fastest Pioneers in the history of the program, turned in an All-Central Region performance Saturday at Oakland Acres Golf Course. He finished 13th in the meet with a clocking of 25:26.3.
The Early Show - New York, NY, United States - 4/15/2009
...3. Grinnell, Iowa (9,233) An eclectic small town that blends the charm of a rural community with the quirkiness of a college town. Located: About 55 miles from the capital, Des Moines. Population: 9,205 Known for its historic architecture, especially the Jewel Box Bank designed by Louis Sullivan, who was Frank Lloyd Wright's mentor. ...
Where on campus can you go to hear a vocal group perform, see some improv theatre, enjoy a snack, or even read your creative writing in front of a live audience? If you didn't say "Burling," you clearly haven't been to the library in a while.
John Stoessinger '50 first heard of Grinnell College from a young American serviceman whose shoes he was shining.
"He had said the magic word--America," Stoessinger remembers. "And I began to tremble."
"I went to a college called Grinnell College," Lt. Peter Dalameter told the boy. "You know, Gary Cooper went there."
Gary Cooper! That really set the shoeshine boy alight. "I'd heard of Gary Cooper!" Stoessinger remembers. "A movie with Gary Cooper had just been released in Shanghai. We'd seen it twice already.
1846 -- Trustee James J. Hill created the College's endowment with a single silver dollar on the table.
1882 -- After a cyclone ravaged the campus just before Commencement in 1882, the College rallied, with the help of local leader J.B. Grinnell, to raise the funds to completely rebuild the campus.
1910s -- President John H.T. Main's "Campaigns of Progress" raised enough money to begin his building plan, which would culminate in the Quad and the North Campus residence halls.