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Amy Fraenkel '85 to deliver Phi Beta Kappa lecture on international environmental policy

Thursday, Apr. 12, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - Amy Fraenkel, North American regional director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), will deliver the Grinnell College Phi Beta Kappa Scholars’ Convocation lecture, Thurs., Apr. 26 at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell campus.

Fraenkel, who is a 1985 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Grinnell, will discuss her 25-year career in environmental law and policy in the government and private sectors and the impact her liberal arts education has had on international environmental policy.

Prior to joining UNEP, Fraenkel served as senior counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and as a senior policy advisor for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has served on U.S. delegations within UNEP and for the International Maritime Organization, World Trade Organization, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. A Harvard law graduate, Fraenkel also worked in private practice on international and environmental issues for law firms in New York and San Francisco.

Phi Beta Kappa is an academic honor society with more than a half million members in chapters at nearly 300 American colleges and universities. Newly elected members of Grinnell's Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Beta of Iowa, will be recognized at the lecture, as well as the winners of the annual Joseph F. Wall '41 Phi Beta Kappa Scholar's Award and Neal Klausner Sophomore Book Awards.

The Rosenfield Center is located at 1115 8th Ave. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please call 641-269-3235 as soon as possible to make a request.

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Archaeologist to present annual McKibben Lecture Apr. 21

Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - Archaeologist Brian Rose will deliver the sixth annual McKibben Lecture on “Assessing the Archaeological Evidence for the Trojan War: Recent Excavations at Troy,” Thurs., Apr. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus.

Rose, who is James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania, has recently been involved in educating American troops about the cultural heritage of Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been head of post-Bronze Age excavations at Troy since 1988 and is the English language editor of “Studia Troica,” the annual journal of the Troy excavations. Rose is also curator-in-charge of the Mediterranean section at the university’s museum, immediate past president of the Archaeological Institute of America, and a trustee of the American Academy in Rome.

The annual McKibben Lecture in the Department of Classics is endowed in honor of Bill and Betty McKibben, who together served for more than 50 years as teachers and scholars of classics at Grinnell College. The lecture is free and open to the public. The Rosenfield Center is located at 1115 8th Ave. on the Grinnell campus.

Arabic virtuoso Simon Shaheen in concert Apr. 12

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - Arabic virtuoso Simon Shaheen will lead an instrumental quartet in performance at Grinnell College on Tues., Apr. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Sebring-Lewis Hall of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts.

Shaheen, who is considered one of the most significant contemporary Arab musicians, entertains listeners with “soaring technique, melodic ingenuity and unparalleled grace” on the violin and oud, a stringed instrument commonly used in North Africa. His music ranges from jazz to Western classical styles with strong Arabic influence. For the past six years, Shaheen has focused his energies on his band Qantara which has been nominated for more than a dozen Grammys. He is currently on an international tour with a quartet of members of Qantara.

Tickets are required for this free public performance and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts box office, beginning Thurs., Apr. 7, 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/.

Shaheen’s appearance at Grinnell is sponsored by the college’s Public Events Committee. The Bucksbaum Center for the Arts is located at 1108 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.

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Ashraya Dixit '14 awarded Davis Project for Peace

Monday, Mar. 14, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College student Ashraya Dixit will implement an international peace project this summer, thanks to a $10,000 award through Davis Projects for Peace. Davis Projects for Peace are funded by internationalist and philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis, who committed $1 million to fund grassroots projects through a competition on 74 college and university campuses.

Dixit, a first-year student from Kathmandu, Nepal, will work this summer to pilot a straw bale construction project in Kapilbastu, Nepal, an area frequently hit by flash floods and earthquakes. The Straws of Steel project will include a workshop to introduce community members to the low cost, energy efficient building technique, actual construction of straw bale houses, and documentation of the construction process in the disaster-prone area.

The Davis Projects are designed to encourage and support motivated college students to create and implement their ideas for building peace throughout the world.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four-year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, IA. 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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