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Rosenfield Fall 2013 Preview

Explore topics that affect us all through the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights.

Throughout its history, Grinnell has emphasized the importance of human rights and social progress, and encouraged the discussion of the public policies affecting both.  The Rosenfield Program plans a wide array of co-curricular activities and connects the Grinnell campus to on-going developments in public affairs.

Fall 2013 activities include:

  • Year-long symposium on the war on drugs. Activities begin on Oct. 2 with a Scholar’s Convocation by Dawn Porter, director of Gideon’s Army.
  • A symposium on the legacy of Title IX Sept. 16–19. Presenters include:
    • Angela Ruggiero, four-time Olympic medalist and president of the Women's Sports Foundation,
    • Mary Jo Kane, professor and director, of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport;
    • Joanna L. Grossman, Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law at Hofstra Law School;
    • Kristin Lombardi; and
    • Dee Fairchild.

There will also be a screening of "Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority." Mink co-authored Title IX.

  • Scholar's Convocation by Winona LaDuke, American Indian activist, environmentalist, economist and writer on Sept. 25.
  • Visit by Jeetander Dulani '98,  Rosenfield Program Alumni in Residence Oct. 9–11. Activities include a presentation on "The Wrongly Convicted, the 6th Amendment and Habeas Corpus," roundtable lunches, student legal workshops, and career connections.
  • World Food Prize lecture by Dr. Louise Fresco on Oct. 16.
  • Book signing by David Roll, author of The Hopkins Touch, on Oct. 29.
  • Bread for the World Roundtable on Nov. 1.

In addition, the Rosenfield Program will co-sponsor the Grinnell Prize symposium in November.  The keynote speaker will be Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking and a leading advocate for the abolition of the death penalty.

Visit the Rosenfield Program for more information.



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Mentored Advanced Projects (MAP)

In a Mentored Advanced Project (MAP), you’ll work closely with a faculty member on a research or creative project that integrates the knowledge and skills you’ve gained at Grinnell. Many MAPs result in papers, presentations, performances, and exhibits that share the results of the project regionally, nationally — even internationally. Nearly 40 percent of Grinnell students complete a MAP.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Mon, 2013-03-04 11:17 | By Anonymous (not verified)

When introducing the iPad, Steve Jobs said " “It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough — it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”

Grinnellians are experts at marrying the liberal arts with technology, medicine, business, and anything else that catches their attention.

While many Grinnellians go on to earn higher degrees in fields they love — proportionally, Grinnell ranks in the top 10 among all U.S. institutions at producing Ph.D.s. — others are busy creating brand new fields.

The same practices that make liberal arts majors marketable in an ever-changing world — critical thinking, examination of life, encounters with difference, and free exchange of ideas — are perfect for the entrepreneurs driving that change.  A quick search on LinkedIn reveals hundreds of Grinnellians who founded, own, or run businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations. 

“Entrepreneurship and the liberal arts are both about ideas. Entrepreneurship isn’t about tools or techniques. It’s really about asking, ‘Does this idea make sense?’” explains Mark Montgomery, Donald L. Wilson Professor of Enterprise and Leadership and professor of economics.

Tools and techniques can be learned as needed, but critical thinking, the heart of a liberal arts education, needs cultivation. “Ultimately, tools aren’t going to help you create something new. The liberal arts teach you how to think about the world in a different way,” he adds.

The Wilson Program helps students apply their liberal arts education to the theory and practice of innovation, enterprise, and leadership in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors.  It supports a huge number of internships as well as courses on innovation and entrepreneurship and short courses taught by successful alumni who share their real world experiences and lessons.

The program is expanding, says Montgomery, and his goal is to make it the best small college program in the country. 

Read more about Grinnell innovators and entrepreneurs in The Grinnell Magazine Fall 2012, including:

  • Robert Noyce ’49, the “mayor of Silicon Valley,” who co-invented the integrated circuit and co-founded Intel, as well as mentoring many key Silicon Valley entrepreneurs including Steve Jobs
  • Joel Spiegel ’78, whose work with Amazon changed the landscape of the online marketplace
  • James H. Lowry ’61, a diversity expert who transformed business’s way of viewing, embracing, and leveraging diversity
  • Kevin Schmidt ’91, co-founder of the first mental health cooperative in the country
  • Hilary Mason ’00, chief scientist at bitly and a leader in the new discipline of data science

Dr. Kelley Donham is the Third Speaker in Prairie Studies Series, "Chemical Contaminants in Our Environment"

4:15 p.m., ARH 102, informal discussion with Professor Donham
7:30 p.m., ARH 102, lecture, "Intensive Livestock Production Systems: Occupational and Environmental Concerns"

On Wednesday, February 6, the Center for Prairie Studies is sponsoring a visit to campus by Dr. Kelley Donham, Professor and Associate Head for Agricultural Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Health in the College of Public Health, The University of Iowa. At 4:15 p.m., Dr. Donham will participate in an informal discussion about occupational and environmental health issues in Iowa agriculture, including issues relating to Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). At 7:30 p.m., also in ARH 102, he will present a lecture, "Intensive Livestock Production Systems: Occupational and Environmental Concerns." The public is invited to both events. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Donham earned a B.S in Premedical Sciences and a M.S. in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health from the University of Iowa, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University. He practiced veterinary medicine for several years before returning to the University of Iowa as a faculty member in 1973. He achieved the rank of full Professor in 1984.

At the University of Iowa, Dr. Donham developed an MS – PhD degree and Certificate program in Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Iowa, the first and one of the few teaching programs today in agricultural medicine. The program focuses on specialty training for health care and occupational health professionals in health and safety issues in the farming community.

Dr. Donham's research has focused on occupational and environmental health concerns relative to intensive livestock housing, having conducted the original studies in this area beginning in 1974. In addition, he studies diseases of agricultural workers, particularly respiratory diseases, zoonotic infectious diseases, and intervention methods for prevention. He has published over 140 articles, three books, and numerous chapters in these areas. With co-author Anders Thelin of Sweden, he authored the first text book for the field, Agricultural Medicine: Occupational and Environmental Health for the Health Professions (Blackwell, 2006).