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Briefly: early October campus events

Friday, Sep. 30, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - >Witness for Peace Speaker

Nancy Garcia of the Center for the Orientation of Migrants in Oaxaca, Mexico, will speak on the Grinnell College campus, Wed., Oct. 5 at 4:15 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Garcia is part of a Witness for Peace tour of the Upper Midwest, speaking about immigration trends and economic displacement issues. Her talk, titled “Railroaded by NAFTA/CAFTA: the Perilous Journey from Central America to the States,” is co-sponsored by the college’s Peace Studies Program, Center for International Studies, and the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs. Garcia is travelling with an interpreter who will translate her talk from Spanish.

Connelly Lecture

Renaissance literature specialist Patrick Cheney will deliver the Connelly Lecture at Grinnell College on Wed., Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Cheney will address “Heroic Intimacy: A Literary History, Homer to Milton" from his background as Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Penn State University. Earlier this year, Cheney was awarded the Faculty Scholar Medal at Penn State for his contributions to the fields of Shakespeare and authorship studies. The Connelly Lecture honors the late Peter Connelly who taught in the Grinnell College Department of English from 1970 to 2000.

Upcoming Theatre Production

The Grinnell College Department of Theatre and Dance will perform the production of “naked,” Oct. 6-9, in Flanagan Arena Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell campus. The production, directed by Craig Quintero, assistant professor of theatre at Grinnell, and Shih Pei-yu, a puppet artist from Taipei, combines puppetry, music, text and images. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, 7, and 8 and 2 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 9. Tickets are required for the free performance and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts box office beginning Mon., Oct. 3. The production’s subject matter is considered not suitable for children under the age of 16.

Organ Recital

Grinnell College organist Linda Bryant will present a recital of “Old and New” organ music on Sun., Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on the Grinnell campus. The program will include “old” music of Francois Couperin and Cesar Franck and “new” music of Michael Bedford, Dale Ramsey and Gwyneth Walker. Bryant’s recital will feature the college’s 1949 Aeolian-Skinner organ of 59 ranks which is on the register of the Organ Historical Society. The program is free and open to the public. Herrick Chapel is located at 7th and Park St. in Grinnell.

Oct. 6 Scholars' Convocation to address "Books and Libraries Post-Google"

Friday, Sep. 23, 2011 12:00 am

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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.

Darnton, an internationally recognized scholar on the history of the book, has been a critic of the privatization of digitized books and has called for a national digital library. His convocation at Grinnell, “Books and Libraries Post-Google,” will be held against the backdrop of two Faulconer Gallery exhibitions about the history of publishing in China. A third related exhibition in Burling Library, “From Papyrus to Kindle: A Glimpse at the History of Printing in the Western World,” illustrates technology’s influence on publishing.

Darnton, also an author and scholar of the French Enlightenment, is Harvard’s Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian. He has served as president of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the American Historical Association, and has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the British Academy.

Darnton’s Grinnell lecture is part of the college’s ongoing Scholars’ Convocation series. 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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Center for Humanities speaker to discuss state of higher education

Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - 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.

The National Humanities Center, where Harpham serves as president and director, is the only institute worldwide fully dedicated to the advanced study of humanities, which includes such fields as classical and modern languages, the arts, philosophy, and religion. Harpham is a literary scholar and author of several books on the role of ethics in literary analysis and the role of language in intellectual history.

Grinnell’s own Center for the Humanities, directed by Shuchi Kapila, associate professor of English, supports research and teaching, as well as invited talks, symposia, roundtable discussions, and ongoing activities that draw attention to scholarly work across disciplines and historical periods.

“The humanities by definition are about the vastness of human experience so the research and communication in these fields concern us all,” Kapila said. “We are especially pleased to have Geoffrey Harpham open our year of programming with a relevant discussion of what’s happening in higher education and how that impacts culture and society.”

Approximately one-third of Grinnell students graduate with degrees in humanities fields of study. More information about the Grinnell Center for the Humanities is available by contacting Kapila at kapilas@grinnell.edu, 641-269-3655.

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Faulconer Gallery concurrent exhibitions open through Dec. 11

Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2011 12:00 am

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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.

A third related exhibition in Burling Library, “From Papyrus to Kindle: A Glimpse at the History of Printing in the Western World,” illustrates technology’s influence on publishing, particularly in the West.

“These exhibitions provide a glimpse into the explosion that new communication technologies ignite—whether commercializing printing in China 700 years ago or the rise of the Internet over the past 20 years,” said Lesley Wright, director of Faulconer Gallery. “'From the Book Forest’ surveys some of the remarkable similarities to Western publishing in the rapid growth of texts spawned by commercial publishing. In the 20th century, communist China made masterful use of propaganda posters to unify the country’s ideology, showing that images can be as effective as text in conveying a message.”

Deborah Rudolph of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library at the University of California, Berkeley curated “From the Book Forest” from the library’s collections. Grinnell alumni connections in Shanghai facilitated the poster exhibition from the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Museum, and Nanjing University, a long-time international partner of the college, facilitated the visit of three master craftsmen from Yangzhou who will conduct multiple public demonstrations, Sept. 23-Oct. 3.

Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College Libraries and the college’s Center for International Studies will host the following related public events in September and October:

• Sept. 20, 4:15 p.m.: Opening reception for “Propaganda Posters” with gallery talk by Yang Pei Ming of the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center.

• Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m.: Opening reception for “Book Forest” with demonstrations of woodblock carving, printing and bookbinding by visiting artists from Yangzhou, China, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Demonstrations also conducted Sept. 24, noon-2 p.m., 3-5 p.m., and Sept. 25, 2-4 p.m.

• Sept. 26, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery talk by Nanjing University history professor Xia Weizhong on the shift of the Late Ming period printing industry to private enterprise; translated lecture.

• Sept. 29, 11 a.m.: Scholars’ Convocation on Chinese consumerism by modern China historian Karl Gerth, a 1988 Grinnell graduate; Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101.

• Oct. 4, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery talk by “Book Forest” curator Deborah Rudolph on the rise of commercial printing during the Ming era.

• Oct. 6, 11 a.m.: Scholars’ Convocation by Robert Darnton, university librarian at Harvard University, on “Books and Libraries Post-Google.”

• Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.: Open mic night, co-sponsored by Grinnell Review, featuring original written works by Grinnell students and others who wish to share writing samples.

• Oct. 13, 4:15 p.m.: Panel discussion by Grinnell faculty members Tim Arner (English), Samuel Rebelsky (computer science), Ralph Savarese (English), and Richard Fyffe (librarian of the college) on “The Future of the Book” in their disciplines. They will be joined by panelist Bruce Whiteman, former head librarian at UCLA.

• Thursdays, Sept. 29-Dec. 8, 12:15-12:50 p.m.: yoga with Monica St. Angela, co-sponsored by Live Well Grinnell. Mats provided for beginners and experienced practitioners.

All events are in Faulconer Gallery unless otherwise noted. “Book Forest” and “Propaganda Posters” will share the gallery through Dec. 11 with the Walter Burley Griffin architectural exhibit. The gallery will be open Tuesday-Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m., Thursday-Friday, noon to 8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; closed Monday.

The Burling Library exhibition “Papyrus to Kindle” will close Nov. 21. For more information about the exhibitions and related programs, call 641-269-4660 or visit www.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery.

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Prairie-style architecture exhibition opens Sept. 23

Friday, Sep. 16, 2011 12:00 am

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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.

Four of the renderings in the exhibition illustrate homes in Mason City and Grinnell, where the Griffin influence can be found in Ricker House, the college-owned guest house at 1510 Broad St. Daniel Strong, curator of the exhibition and associate director of Faulconer Gallery, explains that the Griffin exhibition was organized to mark the construction centennial of the brick-and-concrete Grinnell home formerly owned by Benjamin and Mable Ricker.

“Griffin considered Ricker House to be among the most representative of his architectural achievements, so Grinnell College is very pleased to share the home’s history,” said Strong. “The Griffin exhibition also includes renderings of three Mason City homes and of the Clark Memorial Fountain that was formerly located in Grinnell’s Central Park, so there is an historic local connection that should be meaningful to Iowans.”

A full-color illustrated catalog written by foremost Griffin scholar Paul Kruty of the University of Illinois will be available later in the fall.

Tours of the Griffin-designed Ricker House will be offered in October, November and December as part Faulconer Gallery’s schedule of public events:

• Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m.: Opening reception.

• Sat., Oct. 8, noon-3 p.m.: Tours of Ricker House, 1510 Broad St., with exhibition curator Daniel Strong. Tours begin each half hour.

• Tues., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.: Open mic night, co-sponsored by Grinnell Review, featuring original written works by Grinnell students and others who wish to share.

• Thurs., Nov. 3, 7 p.m.: “The Griffins in Grinnell” gallery talk by Paul Kruty, professor of architectural history, University of Illinois.

• Sat., Nov. 5, noon-3 p.m.: Tours of Ricker House, 1510 Broad St., with exhibition curator Daniel Strong. Tours begin each half hour.

• Sat., Nov. 12, 1:30-3 p.m.: Community Day with hands-on activities, including calligraphy, papermaking and architectural modeling. Refreshments will be served.

• Fri., Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.: Concert by Fresh Flutes, conducted by Claudia Anderson, applied music associate.

• Sun., Dec. 4, 2-3:30 p.m.: Tea and tours of Ricker House, 1510 Broad St., with local personalities Milton Severe, Jon Andelson, M.J. Zimmerman, and Strong.

• Thursdays, Sept. 29-Dec. 8, 12:15-12:50 p.m.: Yoga with Monica St. Angela, co-sponsored by Live Well Grinnell. Mats provided for beginners and experienced practitioners.

The Walter Burley Griffin exhibition will share the gallery through Dec. 11 with “Book Forest” and “Propaganda Posters” about commercial publishing in Imperial China. The gallery is open Tuesday-Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m., Thursday-Friday, noon to 8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; closed Monday. All public events will be held in the gallery unless otherwise noted. For more information about the exhibition and related programs, call 641-269-4660 or visit www.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery.

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Mountaintop mining and conflict resolution topic of Scholars' Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 8, 2011 12:00 am

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The conflict over mountaintop mining in southern Appalachia will be the topic of a Scholars’ Convocation by cultural anthropologist Susan Hirsch on Thurs., Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus.

Hirsch, who is a professor in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, will discuss the language of conflicts, especially those involving environmental issues. Her talk,” Mountains and Metaphors: Conflict over Mining in a Time of Uncivil Discourse,” will analyze the language used in resolving the recent Appalachian mining conflict and the use of uncivil discourse in today’s politics.

Hirsch’s training in legal anthropology led to her research on conflict and culture, Islam, gender relations, and the legal systems of East Africa. Her newly released book, “In the Moment of Greatest Calamity: Terrorism, Grief and a Victim’s Quest for Justice,” is about her experiences at the 1998 East African Embassy bombings and the subsequent trial. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Kenya and Tanzania since 1985 and has written an ethnographic analysis of gender relations and marital disputes heard in Kenyan Islamic courts. She is currently on the editorial boards of the Law and Society Review and the American Ethnologist.

Hirsch’s Grinnell lecture is part of the college’s ongoing Scholars’ Convocation series and co-sponsored by the Peace Studies Program. 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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2012 nominations for Social Justice Prize open through Nov. 14

Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2011 12:00 am

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Grinnell College today announced the call for nominations for the 2012 Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize. This prize program, now in its second year, honors individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Up to three $100,000 awards will be divided evenly, with half going to the individual(s) and half to the organization(s) committed to each winner’s area of social justice.

Last year’s winners of the Grinnell Prize, selected from more than 1,000 nominations from 66 countries, include Boris Bulayev, president, and Eric Glustrom, executive director, Educate! (shared award); James Kofi Annan, executive director, Challenging Heights; and Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, co-founder and director emeritus, Encounter. They will receive their awards on campus at the Social Justice Prize Symposium October 25-27.

Grinnell encourages entries for 2012 from across a wide range of fields, including science, medicine, the environment, humanities, business, economics, education, law, public policy, social services, religion and ethics, as well as projects that cross these boundaries. Nominations are also encouraged from areas that may not have been traditionally viewed as directly connected to social justice, such as the arts and business. Nominees may be U.S. citizens or nationals of other countries; no affiliation to Grinnell College is required.

A selection committee will evaluate the nominations based on how candidates have embraced the values of a liberal arts education, including critical thinking, creative problem-solving, free inquiry and commitment to using and sharing knowledge to better humanity. The selection committee will be chaired by George A. Drake, a 1956 graduate who served as Grinnell’s president from 1979 to 1991. Committee members are recognized individuals who work for social change in various capacities – largely Iowa-based – and represent the college’s faculty, student body, alumni, staff and trustees, plus prominent individuals not formally affiliated with Grinnell.

The Grinnell Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize program directly reflects the College’s historic mission to educate men and women “who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.”

The idea for the Grinnell Prize originated with Grinnell’s president, Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D., who began his tenure as the college’s thirteenth president in August, 2010. “Given the college’s longstanding belief in social justice as a core tenet of its liberal arts academic mission, I am proud to recognize and honor young individuals who embody our values and organizations that share our commitment to change the world,” said Kington. “With this award, we’re honoring those who practice what we teach. Our 2011 winners have made extraordinary contributions in the pursuit of positive social change, and I look forward to an even larger group of outstanding candidates for our 2012 Prize program.”

Nominations for the 2012 Prize are due by November 14, with winners to be announced at the beginning of the academic year in 2012. In the fall of 2012, the college will hold a special symposium on campus featuring public lectures by prize recipients regarding their experiences and perspectives in shaping innovative social change. Details of the program and its nomination process are available at www.grinnell.edu/socialjusticeprize.

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.

Media advisory: South Korea Ambassador on campus Sept. 7

Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2011 12:00 am

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Dr. Han Duk-Soo, the Ambassador to the U.S. from the Republic of Korea, will visit the Grinnell College campus on Wed., Sept. 7. The Ambassador will present a public lecture at 8 p.m. on “Korea-U.S. Relations in the 21st Century” in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Members of the media who wish to cover Ambassador Han’s talk and question-and-answer should contact Cindy Deppe, deppec@grinnell.edu, 641-269-4834; 641-990-7745 for details.

In recent months, Ambassador Han has made visits across the country to gain support for the U.S. Free Trade Agreement with South Korea. He previously served as prime minister (2007-09) and as deputy prime minister (2005-07), during which time he was also minister of finance and economy. He earlier served in various positions in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. He holds degrees in economics from Seoul National University and Harvard University.

The Ambassador’s visit to Grinnell comes during a week of campus activities focused on Korea including a public lecture on “International Trade Relations” by visiting scholar Choi Byung-il of Ewha Womans University and presentations by Grinnell students who completed summer internships in Korea. These activities, sponsored by the college’s Center for International Studies, were initiated by Grinnell graduate and trustee Kihwan Kim, chair of The Seoul Financial Forum.

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Bread and Puppet Theater on campus

Friday, Sep. 2, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - "Political, spectacular, universal, rich” describes the street theatre-style of Bread and Puppet, one of the country’s oldest, non-profit theatre companies, coming to Grinnell College for a week-long residency this month.

Bread and Puppet uses larger-than-life papier-mache puppets, music and dance to drive home points about how people treat each other, with an overall theme of universal peace. The troupe will offer a free outdoor public performance on Mon., Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. on the college’s MacEachron Field. The puppeteers will also participate in an ongoing social justice symposium on Wed., Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. A documentary about the troupe’s work will be shown at 4:15 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 9 in Room 302 of Alumni Recitation Hall. Throughout the week, the troupe will also conduct puppetry workshops for Grinnell students.

Tickets are not required for the Bread and Puppet public events. The audience for the Sept. 19 outdoor performance is encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs as limited seating will be available. MacEachron Field is located in the heart of the Grinnell campus, north of 8th Ave. If inclement weather, the performance will be held in Harris Center, 1114 10th Ave.

The troupe’s residency at Grinnell is sponsored by the college’s Public Events Committee. 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. -30-

National Science Foundation grant funds new equipment

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 12:00 am

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Grinnell College has been awarded a $220,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to purchase equipment used to determine the structure of chemical compounds. The Major Research Instrumentation grant, submitted by Grinnell chemistry and physics faculty members, purchased an X-ray diffractometer, an instrument usually found at major research universities.

Professor of Chemistry Martin Minelli, who is principal investigator for the grant, said that the instrument will be used by Grinnell undergraduates for research projects in several areas of chemistry and solid state physics.

“The diffractometer allows us to use X-rays to determine the structure of new compounds, once we have grown crystals. We cannot do this structure determination with our current equipment and must send the crystals to another facility, which is inefficient and time-consuming,” Minelli said. “Having the analysis capability on-site offers Grinnell students a hands-on opportunity that is rarely available at small liberal-arts colleges.”

Grinnell faculty and students will use the new equipment during summer research and in classes and Mentored Advanced Projects during the academic year in the college’s Robert N. Noyce ’49 Science Center, named for the Intel founder and co-inventor of the microchip. “The new equipment is portable so it can be used in a variety of labs and departments,” Minelli said.

Approximately one-third of Grinnell students graduate with a major in science. Many continue into some of the top graduate programs in the country; in fact, Grinnell ranks 8th per capita among U.S. colleges and universities in producing graduates who later complete Ph.D.s in the sciences.

NSF funds research and equipment that supports the advancement of science. The project described was supported by Award No. CHE-1126521. 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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