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Iowa story "Mayberry" on stage in Roberts Theatre May 4

Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2012 12:00 am

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“Mayberry,” an Iowa story with national implications by playwright Sean Christopher Lewis, will be on stage at Grinnell College, Fri., May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Theatre of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell campus.

Lewis created “Mayberry” to explore the impact of Iowa City’s growing African American population and the dynamics of communities in transition. Grinnell is the second stop for this Hancher Auditorium-commissioned production. Members of Iowa City-based Working Group Theatre will perform the new work that is intended to embrace the challenges and opportunities of a growing, diverse, enlightened community. The production includes adult language and themes.

Tickets are required for the Grinnell performance and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts box office, beginning Tues., May 1, noon-5 p.m. Limited tickets are also available from the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell. For ticket questions, call641-269-3101 or go to http://www.grinnell.edu/car/confops/publicevents/.

The “Mayberry” performance at Grinnell is sponsored by the college’s Public Events Committee. Bucksbaum Center for the Arts is located at 1108 Park St. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar@grinnell.edu.

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Caribbean novelist Jamaica Kincaid to speak at May 21 Commencement

Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2012 12:00 am | Contact: *Editor's note: release distributed as "the college's 166th Exercises of Commencement;" should have read "Exercises of Commencement in the 166th year of the college."

Grinnell, IA - Caribbean novelist Jamaica Kincaid will address the Grinnell College Class of 2012 at the college’s 166th Exercises of Commencement, on Mon., May 21, at 10 a.m. on Central Campus.*

Kincaid, known as a “significant voice in contemporary literature,” is the author of “At the Bottom of the River,” “Annie John,” “A Small Place,” “Lucy,” “Autobiography of My Mother,” and “My Brother.” Her “highly personal, stylistic, and honest writings” are considered loosely autobiographical from her upbringing in Antigua, with strong images of “tenuous mother-daughter relationships amid themes of anticolonialism.” Kincaid was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 for her works of short fiction, novels and essays which have also appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine and Kenyon Review. She currently holds the Josephine Olp Weeks Chair as professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, Calif.

As commencement speaker, Kincaid will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree from Grinnell. Honorary degrees will also be awarded to Grinnell alumni Pat Irwin, longtime performer with the B-52s art music group, and Carolyn Swartz Bucksbaum, cultural and civic activist, philanthropist and Grinnell trustee.

Grinnell College, which annually confers B.A. degrees on more than 400 students, is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.

In the event of inclement weather, the May 21 commencement ceremony will be held in the Charles Benson Bear ’39 Recreation and Athletic Center. The ceremony will also be livestreamed at grinnell.edu. For further information about Grinnell College commencement, go to http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/confops/commencement.

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Mateo Jarquín awarded Beinecke Scholarship for graduate study

Saturday, Apr. 14, 2012 12:00 am

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Grinnell College student Mateo Jarquín has been awarded a $34,000 competitive Beinecke Scholarship for graduate study. Jarquín, a third-year history major from Nicaragua, was nominated by Grinnell for the national competition based on his academic record, post-graduate plans and financial need.

Jarquín’s career goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in Latin American history and to become a professional commentator on Latin American affairs.   As a Grinnell student, Jarquín was selected as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and has conducted research on the relations of Latin American revolutionary regimes with the U.S. government. He has also served as a Spanish tutor, writing mentor, technology consultant, research assistant at Burling Library, and as a member of the history department’s student educational policy committee. 

The Beinecke Scholarship, administered by the Sperry Fund, “enables highly motivated students . . . to pursue opportunities and to be courageous in the selection of study in the arts, humanities and social studies.” Since the scholarship program began in 1975, more than 500 college juniors from more than 100 undergraduate institutions have been supported by the Sperry Fund.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.

 

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Briefly: upcoming events

Friday, Apr. 13, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - >Grinnell Singers to perform Duke Ellington jazz Fri.

On Fri., Apr. 20, the Grinnell Singers will perform Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Concerts” with the Grinnell Jazz Ensemble and the Grinnell Oratorio Society. The concert at 7:30 p.m. in Sebring-Lewis Hall will also feature baritone Christopher Johnson and soprano Graciela Guzman. Ellington declared the "Sacred Concerts" to be the most important work he had ever done. This masterwork combines elements of jazz, gospel, classical, blues, and tap.  The Singers will also perform the Ellington works in downtown Des Moines on Sun., Apr. 22 at 4 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 600 6th Ave.

Student groups raise awareness to prevent sexual assault

Several student groups will co-sponsor events during the week of Apr. 23 to raise awareness and promote the prevention of sexual assault.  On Tues., Apr. 24 at 8 p.m. in JRC 101,  Real Men will host author and speaker Katie Hnida to share her story of sexual assaut by a teammate, years of silence and now spreading awareness. On Sat., Apr. 28, Real Men will join with Iowa Valley Community College (IVCC) to "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes," a march to end sexual assault and domestic abuse.  The walk begins at Drake Community Library, 5th and Park, at 4 p.m. All proceeds from the walk go to Poweshiek County Emergency Serivces. Real Men would like to thank the Department of Athletics, SGA, Center for Religion, Spirituality and Social Justice, Community Enhancement and Engagement, and Prof. Laura Armstrong at IVCC for supporting these activities.

Global Brigades chapter plans event to promote trip to Honduras

The campus chapter of Global Brigades will hold a fundraiser on Apr. 25 in Quad Dining of Main Hall to support a medical relief trip by 25 Grinnell students to Honduras in May.  Global Brigades, the world's largest student-run global health and sustainable development organization, sends brigades to Honduras, Panama, and Ghana to focus on developmental work. The Grinnell brigade will work with licensed physicians who will provide free medical and dental services to members of a rural community and local orphanage in Honduras. Each Grinnell brigader is expected to contribute $1,700 to cover the cost of housing, airfare and a contribution to Global Brigades for the May 21-27 trip. Tickets for the fundraiser may be purchased by contacting Xioaxi Yang ’14, Lisa Eshun-Wilson ’14, and Joseph Abraham ’14.

 UMOJA Conference Apr. 27-29

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More than 100 students from 36 Midwest institutions will join the Grinnell College African and Caribbean Students Union (ACSU) on campus Apr. 27-29 for the annual Umoja Conference.  The conference works to promote unity among the black student diaspora in the Midwest, encourage networking and host discussion on the experiences and challenges on campuses. The conference theme, according to ACSU organizers Alicia Afrah-Boateng ’12 and Nikeisha Sewell ’12, is ubuntu, the Bantu philosophy of “I am who I am because of who we all are.”  The weekend conference will feature a keynote speaker, guest performers and academic workshops.  Check out the various public events on the calendar.      

Amy Fraenkel '85 to deliver Phi Beta Kappa lecture on international environmental policy

Thursday, Apr. 12, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - Amy Fraenkel, North American regional director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), will deliver the Grinnell College Phi Beta Kappa Scholars’ Convocation lecture, Thurs., Apr. 26 at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell campus.

Fraenkel, who is a 1985 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Grinnell, will discuss her 25-year career in environmental law and policy in the government and private sectors and the impact her liberal arts education has had on international environmental policy.

Prior to joining UNEP, Fraenkel served as senior counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and as a senior policy advisor for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has served on U.S. delegations within UNEP and for the International Maritime Organization, World Trade Organization, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. A Harvard law graduate, Fraenkel also worked in private practice on international and environmental issues for law firms in New York and San Francisco.

Phi Beta Kappa is an academic honor society with more than a half million members in chapters at nearly 300 American colleges and universities. Newly elected members of Grinnell's Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Beta of Iowa, will be recognized at the lecture, as well as the winners of the annual Joseph F. Wall '41 Phi Beta Kappa Scholar's Award and Neal Klausner Sophomore Book Awards.

The Rosenfield Center is located at 1115 8th Ave. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please call 641-269-3235 as soon as possible to make a request.

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Charity Porotesano '12 awarded Truman Scholarship for graduate study

Saturday, Mar. 31, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College student Charity Porotesano has been awarded the Truman Scholarship, a $30,000 nationally competitive graduate study scholarship sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Foundation.

Porotesano, a senior political science major from American Samoa, plans to teach before pursuing a dual graduate program in human resource development and public policy. Her career goal is to return to American Samoa as a specialist for educational change.

As a Grinnell student, Porotesano is a member of the International Student Organization and Grinnell Christian Fellowship. She also served as a student representative of the admissions and financial aid committee and a senator for student government.

The Truman Scholarship Foundation awards financial support for graduate study to college students with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to making a difference through public service careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere. The Foundation honors the memory of Harry S. Truman, 33rd president of the U.S.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.

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Grinnell Singers to perform Apr. 14 campus premiere of commissioned work

Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2012 12:00 am

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The Grinnell Singers, recently returned from a five-city tour, will perform the campus premiere of a commissioned work by rising composer Mohammed Fairouz on Sat., Apr. 14, with the composer present. The 49-voice select choir, directed by Professor of Music John Rommereim, will be joined by violist Christine Rutledge of the University of Iowa and baritone Andrew Whitfield of Luther College in the performance of Fairouz' work, which sets to music the poetry of Seamus Heaney and biblical verses in Arabic.  

 

The Grinnell concert, at 7:30 p.m. in Sebring-Lewis Hall of Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, will also include music by Josquin des Prez; Monteverdi; Rachmaninov; Rheinberger; and Grinnell senior Michael Maiorana.

“Anything Can Happen,” which includes one movement titled “In Iowa,” was commissioned by Grinnell College through the generous support of the Curd Fund, Cantori New York’s Jeffrey D. Silver Fund, the Back Bay Chorale, and the Marsh Chapel Choir of Boston University. The Singers premiered the Fairouz work in Chicago during their recent spring break tour.

On Fri., Apr. 20, the Singers will perform Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Concerts” with the Grinnell Jazz Ensemble and the Grinnell Oratorio Society. The concert at 7:30 p.m. in Sebring-Lewis Hall will also feature baritone Christopher Johnson and soprano Graciela Guzman. Ellington declared the "Sacred Concerts" to be the most important work he had ever done. This masterwork combines elements of jazz, gospel, classical, blues, and tap.

The Singers will also perform the Ellington works in downtown Des Moines on Sun., Apr. 22 at 4 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 600 6th Ave.

Known for their innovative and adventurous choral programming, the Grinnell Singers have premiered more than 20 choral works in the past five years, under Rommereim’s direction. Rommereim is an active composer, singer and scholar whose work is centered in the areas of Russian choral music and early music performance. For more information about Grinnell Singers, go to http://www.grinnell.edu/academic/music/ensembles/singers.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.

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Faculty authors Cavanagh, Savarese reading for Writers@Grinnell

Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2012 12:00 am

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Writers@Grinnell will offer weekly activities throughout April, featuring Shakespeare, novelists, poets, and memoirists.

On Thurs., Apr. 5, novelist and memoirist Jennifer Finney Boylan will read from a range of works including young adult books and short stories. Boylan has been a frequent guest on national TV and radio shows for insights into gender and imagination from “She’s Not There,” her bestselling memoir as a transgendered individual.

Poet Mark Doty will read from several of his poetry collections on Apr. 12. A prominent writer at Rutgers University, Doty received the National Book Award for his 2008 book of poems, “Fire to Fire.” Doty is the “Distinguished Author” in this year’s Writers@Grinnell program, an event funded annually by a generous Grinnell alumnus.

On April 18 and 19, one-man show James DeVita will present “In Acting Shakespeare.” DeVita has been an accomplished actor in American theatre for more than 25 years and describes his show as “one person's journey towards meeting Shakespeare and discovering the beauty of words and their potential.”

Faculty authors Michael Cavanagh, professor emeritus of English, and Ralph Savarese, associate professor of English and director of the Writers@Grinnell program, will offer a joint reading on Apr. 26. Cavanagh, a specialist in modern poetry, will read from his own poems, and Savarese, author of the award-winning “Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption,” will read from both poetry and creative nonfiction.

Writers@Grinnell will conclude the academic year with a May 10 reading by student contributors to “The Grinnell Review,” the college’s literary journal.

All Writers@Grinnell events are at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell campus. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar@grinnell.edu.

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Grinnell students to implement Davis Project for Peace in China

Saturday, Mar. 17, 2012 12:00 am

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Grinnell College students Tinggong Zhan and Xiaorong Yin will implement an international peace project in China this summer, thanks to a $10,000 award throughDavis Projects for Peace. Davis Projects for Peace are funded by internationalist and philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis, who committed $1 million to fund grassroots projects through a competition on 90 college and university campuses.

Zhan and Yin, who are both second-year mathematics majors from China, will work this summer to create an Internet-based micro-lending program to assist peasants in Yiyuan County, China. The program would allow those with sufficient resources to make a loan via the Internet to improve peasants’ living conditions and productivity.

The Davis Projects are designed to encourage and support motivated college students to create and implement their ideas for building peace throughout the world.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four-year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, IA. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.

Wadzanai Motsi ’12 awarded Watson Fellowship

Friday, Mar. 16, 2012 12:00 am

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Grinnell College senior Wadzanai Motsi has been awarded a prestigious Watson Fellowship for one year of independent study and travel abroad. Motsi, an independent major in international relations from Zimbabwe, is one of only 40 students nationwide to receive the $25,000 fellowship from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation.

Motsi plans to use the Watson Fellowship to learn about the motivation for political activism among students and youth in Tunisia, Ghana, the Czech Republic, and Cambodia.

“My objective is to attend student union meetings and work with youth organizations as these countries gear up for national elections,” Motsi said. “I plan to examine why young people are politically active and why they choose specific avenues to express their views.”

At Grinnell, Motsi has served as vice-president of the student government association, a member of the women’s varsity tennis team, and led a service trip to Nashville, Tenn. She hopes to return to Africa following her Watson year.

The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Program offers college graduates of unusual promise a year of independent exploration and travel outside of the U.S. to foster effective participation in the world community. Within the past 10 years, 18 Grinnell students have won Watson Fellowships.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.

 

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