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 - 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.
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.
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.
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GRINNELL, IA—The Grinnell College Department of Theatre and Dance will stage “The Pillowman” by Martin McDonagh, Nov. 18-21, in Flanagan Arena Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell campus.
The play, directed by Craig Quintero, assistant professor of theatre, is a graphic murder mystery told by a short-story author who reveals, through his writing, chilling details of a series of child murders.
GRINNELL, IA—Author, journalist and historian Adam Hochschild will discuss “Twelve Men in a Printing Shop, London, May 22, 1787: A Great Human Rights Movement is Born” in a Scholars’ Convocation at Grinnell College on Thurs., Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center.
GRINNELL, IA—Award-winning author Edward Hirsch will read from his poetry as part of the Writers@Grinnell series at 8 p.m. on April 19 in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus.