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Harry's War: Historic Photos

Harry Hopkins 1912 is best known as a the architect of the Works Progress Administration. But he had an argueably more important roll in world history — as aide to F.D.R. during the Second World War. As the president’s personal envoy to Churchill and Stalin, Hopkins played “a sometimes decisive part in the whole movement of the war,” according to Churchill.

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Survival skills for the fittest

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Grinnell students learn the ancient skills of hunting and gathering in an unusual course taught by Professor of Anthropology John Whittaker. In this class, students are required to gather acorns and then use prehistoric tools to pulverize them and create a meal (which they are encouraged to taste).

Sociologist available to discuss cultural implications of how we die in era of medical advances

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)


Grinnell College sociologist Karla Erickson studies “the way people die” and the cultural implications of a rapidly aging population in an era of significant medical advances. As part of her academic research, Erickson trained as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) to “live” the role of those who deliver ongoing palliative care. A retirement community in the town of Grinnell provided her with personal access for her research on the intimate connections between patients, families and caregivers.

Liberal Arts Colleges Reach Minds Behind Bars

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)



 Lauren Sieben, Chronicle of Higher Education

Liberal-Arts Colleges Reach Minds Behind Bars

By Lauren Sieben

Re-published with permission of The Chronicle of Higher Education

John Hammers spent the past 12 years behind bars. His daily routine consisted mostly of playing pinochle or spades and watching sitcoms on television. Serving time for burglary, he wanted to better himself, but he had no outlet.

Grinnell College president available to discuss student loan overhaul

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)

With the recent move to overhaul the federal student loan program , it's an appropriate time to reassess the impact of debt on college graduates.

Grinnell College President Russell Osgood believes that while education loans have been criticized for overly encumbering students, there is a strong case that students are more engaged with their education when they have a personal financial stake in it.

College decision-making process: expert available

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)


College decision letters have arrived in prospective student mailboxes, and families will soon have big decisions to make.

Grinnell College Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Seth Allen is available to talk about what students and families should consider in the decision-making process. Hisrecent blog post describes the process from the college’s point of view.