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Faulconer Gallery outreach events through semester for three concurrent exhibitions

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 12:00 am

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Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery will host a number of public events through the remainder of the fall semester to highlight three ongoing exhibitions: “From the Book Forest: Commercial Publishing in Late Imperial China,” “Chinese Propaganda Posters” and works by Prairie-Style architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. A Burling Library exhibition, “From Papyrus to Kindle: A Glimpse at the History of Printing in the Western World,” will also serve as a backdrop for public events.

• Nov. 1, 7 p.m.: Center for International Studies Director David Harrison will present “The Pleasures of Primary Sources” in Burling Library, followed by presentations of treasured objects in special collections and the Print and Drawing Study Room.

• Nov. 3, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery talk by Associate Professor of Chinese Jin Feng on fan fiction in web-based Chinese publishing.

• Nov. 3, 7 p.m.: “The Griffins in Grinnell” gallery talk by Paul Kruty, professor of architectural history, University of Illinois.

• Nov. 5, noon-3 p.m.: Tours of the Griffins’ Prairie-style Ricker House, 1510 Broad St., with exhibition curator Daniel Strong. Tours begin each half hour.

• Nov. 6, 1:30 p.m.: Piano recital by Royce Wolf, associate professor of mathematics and statistics.

• Nov. 11, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery talk by Assistant Professor of History Matthew Johnson on the visual evolution of Chinese political art.

• Nov. 12, 1:30-3 p.m.: Community Day with hands-on activities, including calligraphy, papermaking, and architectural modeling. Refreshments will be served.

• Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.: Concert by Fresh Flutes, conducted by Claudia Anderson, applied music associate.

• Nov. 18, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery talk by Scott Cook, professor of Chinese, on written texts and manuscripts in pre-Imperial China, before printing and paper.

• Dec. 4, 2-3:30 p.m.: Tea and tours of Ricker House, 1510 Broad St., with local personalities Milton Severe, Jon Andelson, M.J. Zimmerman, and Strong.

• Thursdays through Dec. 8, 12:15-12:50 p.m.: yoga with Monica St. Angela, co-sponsored by Live Well Grinnell. Mats provided for beginners and experienced practitioners.

All events are in Faulconer Gallery unless otherwise noted. The Faulconer exhibitions are open until Dec. 11 during gallery hours: Tuesday-Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m., Thursday-Friday, noon to 8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; closed Monday. The Burling Library exhibition will close Nov. 21. For more information about the exhibitions and related programs, call 641-269-4660 or visit www.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery.

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Writers@Grinnell readings include poet, novelist, filmmaker through year-end

Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - Writers@Grinnell readings through the remainder of the year will offer listeners a full range of genre, from prose poems to novels and essays.

Grinnell resident and poet Bruce Whiteman will present his recent collections Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus. Whiteman’s current projects include a book of poems titled “Tablature” and a chapbook of prose poems, “Wretched in This Alone,” to be published this year. In addition to his poetry craft, Whiteman also reviews and translates French and Latin works.

On Oct. 28, Iowa City essayist Jeff Porter will discuss his work in documentary film, literary nonfiction, and digital media. Porter teaches courses on radio and video essays, documentary filmmaking, and history of the essay at the University of Iowa. He has made four films and is currently writing a book on the history, theory, and practice of radio art.

Novelist Jane Bernstein, professor of English and creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University, will read Nov. 3 from works including her “Rachel” memoirs of raising a developmentally disabled daughter. Bernstein’s book, “Seven Minutes in Heaven,” was also a Warner Brothers’ screenplay. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Ms., Creative Nonfiction, Massachusetts Review, and Glamour.

On Nov. 4, Writers@Grinnell and the Center for the Humanities will co-sponsor a screening of “Rachel Is” by filmmaker Charlotte Glynn. She will lead a discussion following the 4:15 p.m. screening about her career in independent filmmaking. Glynn, who is the daughter of novelist Bernstein, was named one of “10 filmmakers to watch” in 2010 by The Independent. In 2009, “Rachel Is” received accolades for best documentary film at the Thin Line Film Festival.

Writers@Grinnell will close fall semester programming with a Dec. 8 reading by student writers for “The Grinnell Review,” the college’s literary publication.

All Writers@Grinnell events will be held at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, 1115 8th Ave. on the Grinnell College campus, unless otherwise noted. 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 calendar@grinnell.edu.

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Slovenian ambassador on campus Oct. 13

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 12:00 am

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His Excellency Roman Kirn, Slovenian Ambassador to the U.S. and Mexico, will visit the Grinnell College campus on Thurs., Oct. 13. The Ambassador will give a public lecture at 12:15 p.m. on “Slovenia, The European Union and the Global Financial Crisis,” followed by question-and-answer session, in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center.

The Ambassador’s visit to Grinnell comes during World Food Prize Week, when he will be a guest of Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. Kirn was appointed Ambassador to the U.S. in 2009 and to Mexico this year. He began his diplomatic career at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Yugoslavia in 1977. After Slovenia gained independence in 1991, he was appointed director of multilateral relations and later served as minister counsellor at the embassy in Prague and as a member of U.N. and NATO delegations. While Ambassador to the U.N. from 2002-2006, he also served as vice-chair of the UNICEF executive board, vice-president of the U.N. General Assembly, and was in charge of transatlantic relations and preparations for the E.U.-U.S. Summit held in Slovenia in 2008.

Ambassador Kirn’s visit to Grinnell is sponsored by the college’s Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs; for additional information, contact Sarah Purcell, director of the Rosenfield Program,purcelsj@grinnell.edu, 641-269-3091. Members of the media who wish to cover the Grinnell visit should contact Cindy Deppe, deppec@grinnell.edu, 641-269-4834; 641-990-7745 for details.

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Briefly: early October campus events

Friday, Sep. 30, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - >Witness for Peace Speaker

Nancy Garcia of the Center for the Orientation of Migrants in Oaxaca, Mexico, will speak on the Grinnell College campus, Wed., Oct. 5 at 4:15 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Garcia is part of a Witness for Peace tour of the Upper Midwest, speaking about immigration trends and economic displacement issues. Her talk, titled “Railroaded by NAFTA/CAFTA: the Perilous Journey from Central America to the States,” is co-sponsored by the college’s Peace Studies Program, Center for International Studies, and the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs. Garcia is travelling with an interpreter who will translate her talk from Spanish.

Connelly Lecture

Renaissance literature specialist Patrick Cheney will deliver the Connelly Lecture at Grinnell College on Wed., Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Cheney will address “Heroic Intimacy: A Literary History, Homer to Milton" from his background as Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Penn State University. Earlier this year, Cheney was awarded the Faculty Scholar Medal at Penn State for his contributions to the fields of Shakespeare and authorship studies. The Connelly Lecture honors the late Peter Connelly who taught in the Grinnell College Department of English from 1970 to 2000.

Upcoming Theatre Production

The Grinnell College Department of Theatre and Dance will perform the production of “naked,” Oct. 6-9, in Flanagan Arena Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell campus. The production, directed by Craig Quintero, assistant professor of theatre at Grinnell, and Shih Pei-yu, a puppet artist from Taipei, combines puppetry, music, text and images. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, 7, and 8 and 2 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 9. Tickets are required for the free performance and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts box office beginning Mon., Oct. 3. The production’s subject matter is considered not suitable for children under the age of 16.

Organ Recital

Grinnell College organist Linda Bryant will present a recital of “Old and New” organ music on Sun., Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on the Grinnell campus. The program will include “old” music of Francois Couperin and Cesar Franck and “new” music of Michael Bedford, Dale Ramsey and Gwyneth Walker. Bryant’s recital will feature the college’s 1949 Aeolian-Skinner organ of 59 ranks which is on the register of the Organ Historical Society. The program is free and open to the public. Herrick Chapel is located at 7th and Park St. in Grinnell.

Oct. 6 Scholars' Convocation to address "Books and Libraries Post-Google"

Friday, Sep. 23, 2011 12:00 am

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Harvard University Librarian Robert Darnton will discuss the fate of books and libraries in the digital world during a Scholars’ Convocation on Thurs., Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. in Faulconer Gallery of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell College campus.

Darnton, an internationally recognized scholar on the history of the book, has been a critic of the privatization of digitized books and has called for a national digital library. His convocation at Grinnell, “Books and Libraries Post-Google,” will be held against the backdrop of two Faulconer Gallery exhibitions about the history of publishing in China. A third related exhibition in Burling Library, “From Papyrus to Kindle: A Glimpse at the History of Printing in the Western World,” illustrates technology’s influence on publishing.

Darnton, also an author and scholar of the French Enlightenment, is Harvard’s Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian. He has served as president of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the American Historical Association, and has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the British Academy.

Darnton’s Grinnell lecture is part of the college’s ongoing Scholars’ Convocation 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 calendar@grinnell.edu.

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Center for Humanities speaker to discuss state of higher education

Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - The Grinnell College Center for the Humanities will host speaker Geoffrey Harpham of the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, on Tues., Sept. 27. Harpham will give a public lecture titled “From Eternity to Here: Shrinkage in American Thinking about Higher Education” at 4:15 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell campus.

The National Humanities Center, where Harpham serves as president and director, is the only institute worldwide fully dedicated to the advanced study of humanities, which includes such fields as classical and modern languages, the arts, philosophy, and religion. Harpham is a literary scholar and author of several books on the role of ethics in literary analysis and the role of language in intellectual history.

Grinnell’s own Center for the Humanities, directed by Shuchi Kapila, associate professor of English, supports research and teaching, as well as invited talks, symposia, roundtable discussions, and ongoing activities that draw attention to scholarly work across disciplines and historical periods.

“The humanities by definition are about the vastness of human experience so the research and communication in these fields concern us all,” Kapila said. “We are especially pleased to have Geoffrey Harpham open our year of programming with a relevant discussion of what’s happening in higher education and how that impacts culture and society.”

Approximately one-third of Grinnell students graduate with degrees in humanities fields of study. More information about the Grinnell Center for the Humanities is available by contacting Kapila at kapilas@grinnell.edu, 641-269-3655.

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Faulconer Gallery concurrent exhibitions open through Dec. 11

Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2011 12:00 am

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Two upcoming Faulconer Gallery exhibitions will demonstrate the history of printing and publishing in China—from intricate woodblocks to intriguing political posters. Opening Sept. 23, “From the Book Forest: Commercial Publishing in Late Imperial China” and “Chinese Propaganda Posters, 1949-1979” will feature printing techniques that have shaped information sharing across cultures and generations.

A third related exhibition in Burling Library, “From Papyrus to Kindle: A Glimpse at the History of Printing in the Western World,” illustrates technology’s influence on publishing, particularly in the West.

“These exhibitions provide a glimpse into the explosion that new communication technologies ignite—whether commercializing printing in China 700 years ago or the rise of the Internet over the past 20 years,” said Lesley Wright, director of Faulconer Gallery. “'From the Book Forest’ surveys some of the remarkable similarities to Western publishing in the rapid growth of texts spawned by commercial publishing. In the 20th century, communist China made masterful use of propaganda posters to unify the country’s ideology, showing that images can be as effective as text in conveying a message.”

Deborah Rudolph of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library at the University of California, Berkeley curated “From the Book Forest” from the library’s collections. Grinnell alumni connections in Shanghai facilitated the poster exhibition from the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Museum, and Nanjing University, a long-time international partner of the college, facilitated the visit of three master craftsmen from Yangzhou who will conduct multiple public demonstrations, Sept. 23-Oct. 3.

Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College Libraries and the college’s Center for International Studies will host the following related public events in September and October:

• Sept. 20, 4:15 p.m.: Opening reception for “Propaganda Posters” with gallery talk by Yang Pei Ming of the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center.

• Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m.: Opening reception for “Book Forest” with demonstrations of woodblock carving, printing and bookbinding by visiting artists from Yangzhou, China, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Demonstrations also conducted Sept. 24, noon-2 p.m., 3-5 p.m., and Sept. 25, 2-4 p.m.

• Sept. 26, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery talk by Nanjing University history professor Xia Weizhong on the shift of the Late Ming period printing industry to private enterprise; translated lecture.

• Sept. 29, 11 a.m.: Scholars’ Convocation on Chinese consumerism by modern China historian Karl Gerth, a 1988 Grinnell graduate; Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101.

• Oct. 4, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery talk by “Book Forest” curator Deborah Rudolph on the rise of commercial printing during the Ming era.

• Oct. 6, 11 a.m.: Scholars’ Convocation by Robert Darnton, university librarian at Harvard University, on “Books and Libraries Post-Google.”

• Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.: Open mic night, co-sponsored by Grinnell Review, featuring original written works by Grinnell students and others who wish to share writing samples.

• Oct. 13, 4:15 p.m.: Panel discussion by Grinnell faculty members Tim Arner (English), Samuel Rebelsky (computer science), Ralph Savarese (English), and Richard Fyffe (librarian of the college) on “The Future of the Book” in their disciplines. They will be joined by panelist Bruce Whiteman, former head librarian at UCLA.

• Thursdays, Sept. 29-Dec. 8, 12:15-12:50 p.m.: yoga with Monica St. Angela, co-sponsored by Live Well Grinnell. Mats provided for beginners and experienced practitioners.

All events are in Faulconer Gallery unless otherwise noted. “Book Forest” and “Propaganda Posters” will share the gallery through Dec. 11 with the Walter Burley Griffin architectural exhibit. The gallery will be open Tuesday-Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m., Thursday-Friday, noon to 8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; closed Monday.

The Burling Library exhibition “Papyrus to Kindle” will close Nov. 21. For more information about the exhibitions and related programs, call 641-269-4660 or visit www.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery.

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Prairie-style architecture exhibition opens Sept. 23

Friday, Sep. 16, 2011 12:00 am

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Works by Prairie-Style architectural legends Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin will be exhibited at Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery, beginning Sept. 23. The late husband and wife team designed more than 350 structures—“from cottages to mansions, from fountains to libraries”—throughout the Midwest, including Iowa.

Four of the renderings in the exhibition illustrate homes in Mason City and Grinnell, where the Griffin influence can be found in Ricker House, the college-owned guest house at 1510 Broad St. Daniel Strong, curator of the exhibition and associate director of Faulconer Gallery, explains that the Griffin exhibition was organized to mark the construction centennial of the brick-and-concrete Grinnell home formerly owned by Benjamin and Mable Ricker.

“Griffin considered Ricker House to be among the most representative of his architectural achievements, so Grinnell College is very pleased to share the home’s history,” said Strong. “The Griffin exhibition also includes renderings of three Mason City homes and of the Clark Memorial Fountain that was formerly located in Grinnell’s Central Park, so there is an historic local connection that should be meaningful to Iowans.”

A full-color illustrated catalog written by foremost Griffin scholar Paul Kruty of the University of Illinois will be available later in the fall.

Tours of the Griffin-designed Ricker House will be offered in October, November and December as part Faulconer Gallery’s schedule of public events:

• Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m.: Opening reception.

• Sat., Oct. 8, noon-3 p.m.: Tours of Ricker House, 1510 Broad St., with exhibition curator Daniel Strong. Tours begin each half hour.

• Tues., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.: Open mic night, co-sponsored by Grinnell Review, featuring original written works by Grinnell students and others who wish to share.

• Thurs., Nov. 3, 7 p.m.: “The Griffins in Grinnell” gallery talk by Paul Kruty, professor of architectural history, University of Illinois.

• Sat., Nov. 5, noon-3 p.m.: Tours of Ricker House, 1510 Broad St., with exhibition curator Daniel Strong. Tours begin each half hour.

• Sat., Nov. 12, 1:30-3 p.m.: Community Day with hands-on activities, including calligraphy, papermaking and architectural modeling. Refreshments will be served.

• Fri., Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.: Concert by Fresh Flutes, conducted by Claudia Anderson, applied music associate.

• Sun., Dec. 4, 2-3:30 p.m.: Tea and tours of Ricker House, 1510 Broad St., with local personalities Milton Severe, Jon Andelson, M.J. Zimmerman, and Strong.

• Thursdays, Sept. 29-Dec. 8, 12:15-12:50 p.m.: Yoga with Monica St. Angela, co-sponsored by Live Well Grinnell. Mats provided for beginners and experienced practitioners.

The Walter Burley Griffin exhibition will share the gallery through Dec. 11 with “Book Forest” and “Propaganda Posters” about commercial publishing in Imperial China. The gallery is open Tuesday-Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m., Thursday-Friday, noon to 8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; closed Monday. All public events will be held in the gallery unless otherwise noted. For more information about the exhibition and related programs, call 641-269-4660 or visit www.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery.

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World-renowned Preservation Hall jazz performs Sept. 22

Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2011 12:00 am

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 calendar@grinnell.edu.

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Mountaintop mining and conflict resolution topic of Scholars' Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 8, 2011 12:00 am

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The conflict over mountaintop mining in southern Appalachia will be the topic of a Scholars’ Convocation by cultural anthropologist Susan Hirsch on Thurs., Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus.

Hirsch, who is a professor in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, will discuss the language of conflicts, especially those involving environmental issues. Her talk,” Mountains and Metaphors: Conflict over Mining in a Time of Uncivil Discourse,” will analyze the language used in resolving the recent Appalachian mining conflict and the use of uncivil discourse in today’s politics.

Hirsch’s training in legal anthropology led to her research on conflict and culture, Islam, gender relations, and the legal systems of East Africa. Her newly released book, “In the Moment of Greatest Calamity: Terrorism, Grief and a Victim’s Quest for Justice,” is about her experiences at the 1998 East African Embassy bombings and the subsequent trial. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Kenya and Tanzania since 1985 and has written an ethnographic analysis of gender relations and marital disputes heard in Kenyan Islamic courts. She is currently on the editorial boards of the Law and Society Review and the American Ethnologist.

Hirsch’s Grinnell lecture is part of the college’s ongoing Scholars’ Convocation series and co-sponsored by the Peace Studies Program. 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 calendar@grinnell.edu.

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