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Author Edward Hirsch '72 to read for Writers@Grinnell

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

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.

Hirsch, a 1972 Grinnell graduate, is the author of more than 10 books of prose and poetry, including the 2008 collection “Special Orders.” He has won major awards including the Lavan Younger Poets Award, the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and the president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

On April 22, poet Terri Witek and visual artist Cyriaco Lopes will perform “the day you left,” a collaborative work weaving together poetry and video, at 8 p.m. at the Faulconer Gallery in Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. The performance is the culmination of “but here all dreams equal distance,” an exhibition of collaborative text and images by Witek and Lopes that will run in the Gallery through April 25. Witek, a member of the English faculty at Stetson University, and Lopes, a member of the art and music faculty at John Jay College, will be on the Grinnell campus for a week-long residency co-sponsored by Writers@Grinnell and presented in conjunction with an upcoming Center for the Humanities symposium on space, place, and memory, April 21-23.

For more information about the Writers@Grinnell program, go to http://www.grinnell.edu/academic/english/creative/conference/. The Rosenfield Center is located at 1115 8th Ave. and the Bucksbaum Center at 1108 Park St. on the Grinnell College campus.


Symposium to mark 20 years of gender and women's studies at Grinnell College

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College will celebrate the 20th anniversary of gender and women’s studies at the college with a Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies Symposium on Apr. 9-10 on the Grinnell campus.

The symposium will feature student and alumni panels examining women, men, gender, sexuality, and feminist theory across time periods and cultures, as well as a showing of the film “Dear Lemon Lima,” recent winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and a discussion with the film’s director, Suzi Yoonessi. (Note: Film location has changed. It will now be shown in Room 152 of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts.)

Gender and women’s studies became an interdisciplinary concentration at Grinnell in 1989, and a major in gender, women’s and sexuality studies was approved by the faculty in 2009. The new major draws on courses from across the college’s three divisions to examine gender issues across time periods and cultures.

All events take place in the Forum South Lounge unless otherwise specified and will include:

  • Apr. 9 at 4:15 p.m.: Gayle Salamon, a 1994 Grinnell graduate, will present the keynote address on “Thinking Intersex.”
  • Apr. 10, 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.: Student panel on “Film and Media Studies.” 
  • Apr. 10, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Student panel on “Social Movements/Global Feminisms.”
  • Apr. 10, 2 p.m.-3:15 p.m.: Student panel on “Sexuality Studies/Queer Theory.”

Apr. 10, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.: A panel of alumni, professors, and current students will speak on “The History of Gender and Women’s Studies at Grinnell.” Panelists include Roberta Atwell, professor emerita of education and one of the founders of the program at Grinnell; Salamon, presenter of the symposium’s keynote address and assistant professor of English at Princeton University; Aaron Scott, a 2003 Grinnell graduate; Vanessa Gennarelli, a 2005 Grinnell graduate; and Grinnell senior Erica Hougland.

Apr. 10, 8 p.m.: Filmmaker Suzi Yoonessi will screen her prep-school comedy “Dear Lemon Lima” in Room 152 of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. Yoonessi will answer questions and discuss the film after the screening. Sponsored by the Cultural Films Committee. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.

This symposium is sponsored by Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and the Louise R. Noun Program for Women’s Studies. Forum South Lounge is located at 1119 6th Ave on the Grinnell College campus. The Bucksbaum Center for the Arts is located at 1108 Park St.


Percussionist, composer Dame Evelyn Glennie to give Convocation, concert at Grinnell College

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—World-renowned percussionist and composer Dame Evelyn Glennie will perform and share stories from her career while on the Grinnell College campus, Apr. 8-9.

Glennie will deliver the Scholars’ Convocation on Thurs., Apr. 8 at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus. She will also perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Apr. 9 in Roberts Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts.

Dame Evelyn Glennie is a full-time solo percussionist. As an eclectic and innovative musician, she presents more than 100 performances a year, working with the world’s greatest artists and composers. Glennie also composes and records music for film and television and is constantly exploring other areas of creativity, from writing a best-selling autobiography, “Good Vibrations,” to collaborating with director Thomas Riedelsheimer on the film “Touch the Sound.” Glennie was named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2007 and to date has received more than 80 international awards.

Tickets are required for the Apr. 9 free public performance and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center box office, beginning Tues., Apr. 6, noon to 5 p.m. For ticket questions, call 641-269-3235 or go to thepublic events Web site. A limited number of tickets will be available at the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell.

Glennie’s Apr. 8 Convocation is sponsored by the Grinnell College Convocation Committee. The Apr. 9 performance is sponsored by the Grinnell College Public Events Committee. The Bucksbaum Center is located at 1108 Park St. on the Grinnell College campus.


Filippos Tsakiris '10 awarded prestigious Watson Fellowship

Friday, Mar. 12, 2010 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA--Grinnell College senior Filippos Rodger Tsakiris has been awarded a prestigious Watson Fellowship for one year of independent study and travel abroad. Tsakiris, a physics major from Chios Island, Greece, with an environmental studies concentration, is one of only 40 students nationwide to receive the $25,000 fellowship from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation.

Tsakiris plans to use the Watson Fellowship to study environmental challenges and sustainable innovation on the island communities of the Western Isles of the United Kingdom, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand, and the Maldives.

“I have chosen my destinations to provide all of the needed pieces of information to compile a holistic sustainable solution applicable to my home island,” Tsakiris said. “I hope that I will be able to bring fresh ideas to my hosts from my physics and environmental science background as they teach me about the particular challenges they face.”  Tsakiris previously studied renewable energy on the island of Samso during an off-campus study program in Denmark.

At Grinnell, Tsakiris has been an active member of the international student community, participated in the Student Environmental Committee, and served as a research, teaching, and lab assistant for the physics department. His career aspirations include continuing studies in environmental engineering and specializing in renewable energy systems.

The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Program offers college graduates of unusual promise a year of independent exploration and travel outside of the U.S. to foster effective participation in the world community. Within the past 10 years, 14 Grinnell students have won Watson Fellowships.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 25 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs. -30-


Grinnell Singers in concert on break tour of Northwest

Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2010 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA.—The Grinnell Singers, a 50-voice choral ensemble from Grinnell College, will present concerts, March 22-26, in churches and high schools in Portland, Ore., Seattle, Kenmore, Richland, and Olympia, Wash., as part of a spring break tour.

The Grinnell Singers’ concert repertoire will span four centuries, with selections from Rachmaninov, a Sephardic folksong, settings of poetry from Langston Hughes and medieval Spain, and an arrangement of Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times” and the “National Weather Forecast.” Directed by Professor of Music John Rommereim, the Singers’ tour schedule will include:

Mar. 22: Richland, Wash., Shalom United Church of Christ, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 23: Portland, Ore., Moreland Presbyterian Church, 8 p.m.

Mar. 24: Seattle, Wash., University Unitarian Church, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 25: Kenmore, Wash., Bastyr University, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 26: Olympia, Wash., The United Churches of Olympia, 7 p.m.

The Grinnell Singers, known for their innovative and adventurous choral programming, have premiered more than 20 choral works in the past five years, under Rommereim’s direction. Rommereim’s scholarly work is centered in the areas of Russian choral music and early music performance, and he has established a reputation as a composer of choral/orchestral works. He is the recipient of commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Choral Directors Association, and the Iowa Arts Council. For more information about Grinnell Singers, go to http://web.grinnell.edu/Music/ensembles/singers/index.html.

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


Grinnell College to present original production "Flowers of E"

Friday, Mar. 5, 2010 12:30 pm | Contact: Box office and ticket information is available at http://web.grinnell.edu/theatre/facilities/box_office.html or by calling 641-269-4444.


The Grinnell College Department of Theatre and Dance will present the original image-based performance “Flowers of E” on March 12-14 in Roberts Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell College campus.

“Flowers of E” is inspired by the life and writings of 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire. His collection of poems, “Flowers of Evil,” shocked readers with its brutal portrayal of the underbelly of Parisian society. “Flowers of E” takes the audience on a journey into this dark landscape of repression and desire, searching for glimmers of light amidst the shadows.

“Flowers of E” grew out of a five-week rehearsal period of improvisation and collaboration between the student cast and director Craig Quintero, assistant professor of theatre; scenic designer Justin Thomas, assistant professor of theatre; costume designer Erin Howell-Gritsch; and four actresses from the Taiwan-based Riverbed Theatre company. Quintero, Thomas, and the actresses from the Riverbed Theatre will travel to France to stage the production at the Centre Culturel Robert Desnos and at Taiwan’s National Experimental theatre this summer.

“Flowers of E” is not recommended for children under the age of 15. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. for the March 12-13 performances and 2 p.m. for the performance on March 14. Tickets are required for this free event and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts ticket office beginning March 8-12 from 12-5 p.m. The Bucksbaum Center for the Arts is located at 1108 Park St. on the Grinnell College campus.


College awards mini-grants to local organizations

Thursday, Mar. 4, 2010 12:30 pm

GRINNELL, IA— Nine Grinnell area organizations will benefit from $25,000 in grant support from the Grinnell College Mini-Grant Program for community, educational, and arts initiatives.

Monica Chavez-Silva, director of community enhancement and engagement at the college, said that the program received 20 grant requests totaling more than $73,000. Nine projects were selected to receive full or partial funding for small-to-mid-scale projects intended to enhance quality of life in and around Grinnell. Applications were reviewed by a volunteer committee of Grinnell College faculty, staff, and students, including Karen Edwards, Christopher Hunter, Cecilia Knight, Emma O’Polka, Alexandra Peitz, Vicki Wade, and Chavez-Silva.

The following projects will receive mini-grants this spring: Galaxy, Inc., for KidTRAX security software; Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation for website redesign to better serve affiliate organizations; Grinnell Area Arts Council to help establish the Arts Academy Afterschool Program; Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce to purchase materials for the Main Street retail façade makeover pilot program; Grinnell Community Day Care and Preschool for field trips; Grinnell Police Department for reserve officer body armor; Grinnell Fire Department for equipment to outfit a new grass fire truck; PALS animal shelter for cat housing; and Poweshiek County Barn Quilt Committee for a barn quilt calendar fundraiser.

For more information about the program, contact Chavez-Silva at 641-269-3900, chavezsm[at]grinnell[dot]edu, or visit the website: http://www.grinnell.edu/Offices/communityenhance/minigrant/

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Peace Studies conference to reconsider violence in culture

Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA— The Peace Studies Program at Grinnell College will host a two-day student conference, Mar. 4-5, featuring Grinnell student presenters on a number of peace-related topics and keynote speakers on the pervasiveness of violence in American culture.

“The Peace Studies Program at Grinnell intends to raise awareness of peace studies as an interdisciplinary, academic field,” said Val Vetter, program coordinator. “This conference was designed to give students from different disciplines an opportunity to explore a variety of topics pertaining to peace and conflict studies. We invite the public to take part in any of these sessions.”

The conference will open Thurs., Mar. 4, at 7 p.m., with keynote speakers David Schmid and John Hagedorn. Schmid will discuss “The Banality of American Violence,” and Hagedorn will offer perspectives on “The World of Gangs.”

Schmid is the author of “Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture,” and has published on a variety of subjects, including celebrity, Dracula and crime fiction. He is currently at work on two book-length projects: “Mean Streets and More: Space in Crime Fiction” and “The Scarlet Thread: A History of Homicide in American Popular Culture.”

Hagedorn, who is professor of criminology, law, and justice at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Great Cities Institute, has studied gangs and violence for the past 20 years. He is the author of “People & Folks: Gangs, Crime, and the Underclass in a Rustbelt City” and “A World of Gangs: Armed Young Men and Gangsta Culture.”

On Friday, Grinnell students will present papers in several panels throughout the day on topics ranging from legacies of violent conflict, women and injustice, torture, the arts and peacebuilding, and human rights. The conference will conclude with presentations at 4:45 p.m. by the 2009 Grinnell student winners of Davis Projects for Peace awards. Davis Projects for Peace are designed to support motivated college students as they implement peacebuilding ideas throughout the world. The Grinnell student projects focused on migrant workers in Shanghai and peace education in Cambodia.

A complete schedule for the conference, including the student panels, is available on the Grinnell website. All events are free and open to the public, and will be held in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, located at 1115 8th Ave on the Grinnell College campus. For more information about the conference, contact Val Vetter at 641-269-4637 or vetterv[at]grinnell[dot]edu.


Fiction writer Silko to read at Scholars' Convocation

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—Writer Leslie Marmon Silko will read from her acclaimed fiction during the Grinnell College Scholars’ Convocation, Thurs., Mar. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101, on the Grinnell campus.

Silko, who grew up on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation in New Mexico, writes about her heritage and customs in Mexican, white, and Laguna Pueblo traditions. She is a fiction writer, essayist, and poet who is best known for her three novels, “Ceremony,” “Almanac of the Dead,” and “Gardens in the Dunes.” Her books are available from the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell.

Silko’s stories have also appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including “Writers of the Purple Sage” and “The Norton Anthology of American Literature.” She has published a collection of essays, “Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit,” and four volumes of poetry, “Laguna Woman,” “Storyteller,” “Voices Under One Sky,” and “Rain.” She is also the recipient of awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Chicago Review, Pushcart, and the MacArthur Foundation.

Silko’s reading is part of Grinnell’s Scholars’ Convocation series and co-sponsored by the Writers@Grinnell program. For more information about Writers@Grinnell, go tohttp://www.grinnell.edu/academic/english/creative/conference/. The Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center is located at 1115 8th Ave. on the Grinnell College campus.


College announces Arts Council endowment challenge

Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College announces a $40,000 community challenge to help the Grinnell Area Arts Council build an endowment.  For every two dollars in new endowment gifts given to the Arts Council, Grinnell College will donate one dollar toward immediate capital needs, including improvements to the Arts Council building and equipment purchases.

Monica Chavez-Silva, director of Community Enhancement and Engagement, explains the gift is intended to help the Arts Council maintain its strong momentum in redeveloping the Stewart Library building while continuing to expand its public offerings.

"Grinnell College is proud to provide this challenge grant to support the Grinnell Area Arts Council, its creative programming and its restoration of the Stewart building. The arts are an important part of any community's well-being," said Grinnell President Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D., adding, "One of the things my family has enjoyed since moving to Grinnell is the wide variety of cultural offerings available to the community. We are very fortunate to live in a town with such an active arts community."

Tom Lacina, president of the Grinnell Area Arts Council, says the Arts Council is thrilled to have this support from Grinnell College to kick off the public phase of the endowment campaign. “The College recognizes by their gift for immediate use that the needs of today do not disappear during an endowment campaign. The business of today and all the tomorrows need support.”  

Grinnell College’s Arts Council endowment challenge is the latest in a pattern of support for local cultural programming including prior gifts totaling $12,000 to the Stewart Building re-development and equipment needs; bulk ticket purchases to Arts Council and Grinnell High School theatrical performances for faculty, staff, and students; and “Volunteer Initiative Program” donations to the Arts Council in recognition of the volunteer efforts by employees Connie Newport and Claire Moisan.  For more information about Grinnell College’s community investments and sponsorships, visit: http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/communityenhance.