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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.

Zedashe Ensemble brings Georgian music to campus

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

GRINNELL, IA—The Zedashe Ensemble from the Republic of Georgia will present a concert of traditional music on Tues., Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Sebring-Lewis Hall of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell College campus.

The ensemble’s repertoire includes ancient three-part harmony chants from the Orthodox Christian liturgy, folk songs from village song-masters, and folk dances from their home region, accompanied by lute, drum, bagpipe, and accordion.

Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center

The Rosenfield Center is the central gathering place at Grinnell. In addition to space for a range of campus offices, it contains the central dining room and kitchens of the College, the Spencer Grill, the Crady Mail Room, recreational areas and lounges, a multipurpose room, smaller meeting rooms, classrooms, and a gallery. The Rosenfield Center is named after longtime Grinnell College trustee and benefactor Joe Rosenfield ’25.

Harris Center

The Harris Center is an "event" facility, including a concert hall, a cinema, two concession areas, and an informal lounge. The Grinnell Outdoor Recreation Program (GORP) office and equipment room are also located in the Harris Center. The Harris Center was designed to house large all-campus functions and weekend student activities. The Harris Center serves as a gathering place for student activities such as films, concerts, parties, talent shows, and novelty acts. It also serves as a center for large all-campus activities such as meetings, wellness programs, orientations, convocations, luncheons, and registration.


This 500-seat hall, highlighted by a glass tower and a wooden dance floor, is open for dances, concerts, all-campus parties, and other events. Other features include a basic reinforcement sound system for a six-mike input, a live 24-input entertainment sound system, DJ-disco sound system, and up-to-date lighting system. Reservations for any space in the Harris Center can be made by contacting the Forum Office.

A 400-seat theatre is the site for films shown each weekend by the Student Government Association (SGA). Other special interest films are shown during the week. Two Eiki Xenon 16mm projectors; Christie 35mm projector with Dolby digital surround sound capabilities, a video projection system including a laser disc player, 1/2 inch VCR, and 3/4 inch VCR; a three-channel audio playback sound system, and a four-mike input public address system are available. The cinema also is wired for cable television.

Popcorn and soft drinks are available in this area during scheduled films. The Harris Center staff operates the cinema concession.

An attractive informal glass-walled lounge is available as a study area or meeting location during open building hours.

This exterior space may be used for outdoor concerts, movies, and other outside events. A sound system is available.

Herrick Chapel

The chapel’s interior exhibits the timber-trussed vaulted ceiling typical of the spacious Perpendicular Gothic style. Also characteristic are the high clerestory windows, which admit more light than is the case in other church styles. Seating about 700 people (630 in the nave and 70 in the balcony), the chapel is in basilica form with a narthex or vestibule on the west, broad nave with a center aisle plus side columns and aisles, and apse at the east end. Above the latter area is a representation in stained glass of William Holman Hunt’s painting, "The Light of the World," and on the west side a rendering of Heinrich Hoffman’s “The Ascension.”

There is a bronze plaque in the vestibule honoring the 11 Congregational ministers who, as the Iowa Band, founded Iowa College in Davenport. A large marble plaque in the northwest corner of the nave contains the names of a number of Grinnell students who, as enlistees in the Union Army, died in the Civil War. Also of interest is the reredos, or carved wooden screen, gracing the space behind the altar. Although its exterior looks solid and strong, with Gothic buttresses on the north and south sides, the chapel structure contrasts with the heavy stone walls and weighty arches and domes of the Romanesque-style Goodnow Hall.

The excellent acoustic properties of the chapel's interior make the building particularly suitable for concerts and recitals as well as for performances on the Aeolian-Skinner organ. Installed in 1948, the organ contains 4,000 pipes in 66 ranks and is considered one of the finest instruments of its kind in the Midwest. An adjunct of the organ is the Ethel L. Jones carillon, a Schulmerich instrument that rings out over the campus at every commencement, reunion weekend, and other occasions. Services are held each Sunday and at other times in the chapel, and it is also the site of lectures, panel discussions, and other activities. The building has undergone two renovations with accompanying rededications in 1949 and 1980.