The presiding officer’s heavy wooden gavel comes smashing down on the table as the opening theme to Lady Gaga’s new single blares from my computer speakers. My friend and I flinch, sigh, and exit the YouTube window, shaking our heads at yet another failed attempt to spice up the beginning of the Joint Board meeting between the Student Government Association cabinet and senators. We’ve got three new resolutions on the table and four budgets to approve, so we know it will be a long Wednesday night. With hours of debate ahead of us, why not start off with a catchy song?
Grinnell, IA -
The Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG), a student-run nonprofit microfinance lending organization at Grinnell College, is one of 15 finalists in the White House “Campus Champions of Change Challenge.”
SEG was chosen from more than 1,400 submissions and is the only small college finalist and the only from Iowa. The Campus Champions of Change initiative highlights innovative ideas on college campuses across the country and aims to inspire others to get involved in their communities.
In its five years of operation, SEG has expanded from providing international loans in remote communities to also working to improve conditions in local communities. The microfinance organization has loaned more than $37,000 to 44 countries, with $13,000 going to 25 individuals in the Grinnell area.
The project selected for the competition—SEG’s Local Loans Project—provides emergency, no-interest microloans to individuals for medical expenses, automobile repairs, education, and repayment of high-interest loans from payday loan sharks.
Voting for the Challenge continues until Sat., Mar. 3 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The top five finalists will be invited to an event at the White House, will be featured on mtvU and MTV Act, and the overall winner will host an episode of mtvU’s signature program, “The Dean’s List.”
To speak to a SEG student coordinator, please contact Cindy Deppe, communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, 641-269-4834.
Grinnell, IA - World-renowned opera star and Iowa native Simon Estes will present and perform at Grinnell College during a two-day residency, Nov. 2-3. The internationally known bass-baritone will perform on Wed., Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on the Grinnell campus. The Grinnell Singers, Grinnell Oratorio Society and the Grinnell High School choir will also perform during the concert, which is part of the college’s Public Events series.
On Thurs., Nov. 3, Estes will present “Voice, Values and Vision” during a Scholars’ Convocation at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center.
Estes enjoys the acclaim of audiences and critics around the globe, having performed with major international opera companies, at the White House for three Presidents, and at ceremonies honoring Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. He also maintains strong Iowa ties as distinguished artist-in-residence at Iowa State University and as distinguished professor and artist-in-residence at Wartburg College. In 2001, he established the Simon Estes Iowa Educational Foundation to provide positive minority role model programs and scholarships for disadvantaged Iowa youth.
The Centerville, Iowa, native was trained at The Juilliard School of Music and made his professional opera debut in Berlin in 1965. His recording credits include works on the Auvidis, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Deutsche Schallplatten, EMI, Phillips Classics and Sony Classical labels.
Tickets are required for the Nov. 2 Herrick Chapel performance and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts box office, beginning Mon., Oct. 31, noon-5 p.m. Limited tickets are also available from the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell. For ticket questions, call 641-269-3101 or go to http://www.grinnell.edu/car/confops/publicevents/.
Estes’ visit to Grinnell is part of the college’s ongoing Scholars’ Convocation and Public Events 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 email@example.com.
Grinnell, IA - World-renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform at Grinnell College, Thurs., Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on the Grinnell campus.
The New Orleans jazz band—tuba, trombone, drums, trumpet, piano, clarinet and saxophone—derives its name from the venerable music hall located in the heart of the French Quarter. The band began touring in 1963 and travels worldwide, spreading the art form of New Orleans jazz from Carnegie Hall to royal palaces. Many of the band’s charter members performed with jazz pioneers including Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Bunk Johnson.
Tickets are required for the Grinnell performance and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts box office, beginning Mon., Sept. 19, noon-5 p.m. Limited tickets are also available from the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell. For ticket questions, call 641-269-3101 or go to http://www.grinnell.edu/car/confops/publicevents/.
The band’s performance at Grinnell is sponsored by the college’s Public Events Committee. Herrick Chapel is located at 1128 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRINNELL, IA—Artist and activist Steven Kurtz will deliver the final Grinnell College Scholars’ Convocation of the fall semester on “Intervention and Public Art,” Thurs., Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell campus.
Grinnell, IA - The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir, a 30-voice choral ensemble from Grinnell College, will present concerts, March 20-25, in churches in Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas-Ft. Worth, as part of a spring break tour.
The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir, open to students of all backgrounds, has a 45-year history on the Grinnell campus. Through a bond of “cultural uniformity,” the choir ministers to a variety of audiences with a wide selection of sacred music, including spirituals and traditional and contemporary gospel.
The gospel choir, directed by Barry Jones, lecturer of music, will share their music ministry at:
Mar. 20, 11 a.m.: Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 1025 NE 15th St., Oklahoma City, Okla.
Mar. 20, 5 p.m.: Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, 7336 W. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, Okla.
Mar. 22: community service projects at San Antonio Food Bank and Haven for Hope, San Antonio, Tex.
Mar. 23, 7 p.m.: Brentwood Baptist Church, 13033 Landmark Dr., Houston, Tex.
Mar. 24, 7 p.m.: Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church, 1007 E. Terrell Ave., Fort Worth, Tex.
Mar. 25, 7 p.m.: Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 14115 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas, Tex.
Each engagement is tailored to the audience, adding an air of spontaneity and encouraging audience participation. The choir has featured works by Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, John P. Kee, Richard Smallwood, and Hezekiah Walker.
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.
Grinnell, IA - The Grinnell College Cultural Films Committee will present a screening of “UTOPIA IN FOUR MOVEMENTS, a LIVE DOCUMENTARY!” on Sun., Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green will be on site to narrate the documentary and cue a live soundtrack and score by Brooklyn-based band, The Quavers, of which Grinnell alumnus T. Griffin '93 is a part.
The documentary, currently offered at the Walker Center in Minneapolis, was considered “the most compelling screening” at the 2010 Sundance festival.
According to Terri Geller, assistant professor of English who worked to bring the film to Grinnell, “‘Utopia’ is the culmination of Green’s longstanding interest in the optimism of the early 20th century, and raises questions as to what impedes us in realizing so many of our collective hopes and ambitions.”
“This provocative live documentary explores the concept of utopia in the contemporary world by presenting four vignettes of experiments of the past century—from the construction of the language of Esperanto in order to promote peace through a shared language, and a “world’s largest” shopping mall in the remote city of Dongguan, China (now abandoned), to the tireless optimism of an American exile in Cuba (Tupac Shakur's aunt), and the desire to identify remains in mass graves from the Bosnian War via forensic anthropology—in a multimedia cinematic experience.”
The film was selected by Grinnell’s Cultural Films Committee for its significance in highlighting social change, internationalism and addressing broad interdisciplinary issues.
“The most compelling screening of the entire [2010 Sundance] festival. Utopia was not only utterly moving but a reminder that there is real power conjured through the irreplaceable and unreproducible experience of collectively watching cinema.” —Huffington Post
"This provocative ‘live documentary’ explores the concept of utopia in the contemporary world by presenting four vignettes on experiments of the past century— from the universal language of Esperanto to a “world’s largest” shopping mall in the remote city of Dongguan, China—in a multimedia cinematic experience. Academy Award–nominated director Sam Green offers live narration that cues a stirring pastiche of still and moving images as musician Dave Cerf mixes a live soundtrack of samples and loops. Brooklyn-based band the Quavers performs a lyrical score live. “Utopia represents a celebration of big dreams as well as an homage to cinema as collective experience and event... embodying hope, fashioning new possibilities from old dreams” San Francisco International Film Festival
Grinnell, IA - Funk, jazz and hip hop will collide in a Grinnell College performance by Abraham Inc.—an eclectic group of klezmer, clarinet, and trombone—on Mon., Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel.
Featuring klezmer artist and clarinetist David Krakauer; funk trombonist Fred Wesley; and hip hop architect Socalled, Abraham Inc. creates a new musical space, “a cross-cultural, cross-genre development.” The group’s debut release “Tweet Tweet” topped Billboard’s charts as #1 in funk, #1 in Jewish and Yiddish music, and #7 in jazz, plus #35 in music sales on Amazon.
“This is a not-to-miss performance,” said Rachel Bly, director of conference operations and events at Grinnell. “This concert is all about collaboration, mutual respect and breaking down boundaries. There is something for everyone with this fun, upbeat music created by world-class musicians.”
Tickets are required for this free public performance and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts box office, beginning Wed., Jan. 26, noon-5 p.m. Limited tickets are also available from the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell. For ticket questions, call 641-269-3101 or go to http://www.grinnell.edu/car/confops/publicevents/.
Abraham, Inc.’s appearance at Grinnell is sponsored by the college’s Public Events Committee. Herrick Chapel is located at 1128 Park St. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please contact the event’s sponsoring organization as soon as possible to make a request.
GRINNELL, IA.—Grinnell College’s Young, Gifted, and Black Gospel Choir will present public concerts, March 20-23, in St. Paul and Milwaukee as part of a spring break tour. The choir’s concert repertoire, directed by Barry Jones, will include traditional gospel and contemporary selections as well as spiritual dance and a praise team, accompanied by percussion and guitar.
The YGB singers’ tour schedule will include the following public concerts:
Mar. 20: St. Paul, Minn., St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 6:30 p.m.