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Theologian Catherine Keller to deliver Scholars' Convocation, Gates Lecture

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—Theologian Catherine Keller will present the Grinnell College Scholars’ Convocation, “After Omnipotence: Power, Pluralism, Peace,” on Thurs., May 6, at 11 a.m. in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell campus.

Keller, who is professor of constructive theology at Drew University’s theological and graduate schools, is also the Gates Lecturer at Grinnell for the 2009-2010 academic year. The Gates Lectures were established in memory of George Gates, the college's second president, and are intended “to bring to campus the very best of modern thought.”

In the Scholars’ Convocation, Keller will challenge the audience to consider God without omnipotence and the implications such a theology might have for thinking about power, pluralism, and peace. She will also give a public lecture on Wed., May 5 at 8 p.m. in Alumni Recitation Hall, Room 102, on “The Knowing Ignorance: Negative Theology & the Spooky Cosmos,” posing questions about current scientific theories and theology.

Keller’s work has transformed contemporary process theology, which is based in the idea that God is a dynamic process, rather than a “super-entity.” She is the author of several books, including “On the Mystery: Discerning Divinity in Process,” “God and Power: Counter-Apocalyptic Explorations,” and “Face of the Deep: a Theology of Becoming.” She has also co-edited several volumes of “Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium” and “Process and Difference: Between Cosmological and Poststructuralist Postmodernism.”

The Rosenfield Center is located at 1115 8th Ave., and Alumni Recitation Hall is located at 1226 Park St. on the Grinnell campus.


Writers@Grinnell opens for spring semester

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

Note: Deborah Ager's reading has been rescheduled for Tues., Mar. 2 at 8 p.m. Writers@Grinnell will kick off its spring program with a reading by poet Deborah Ager on Thur., Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’29 Center on the Grinnell College campus.

Ager’s first book, “Midnight Voices,” was published last year. She is the founding editor of the poetry journal 32 Poems, and co-directs the Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Reading Series in Washington, D.C. Her poems have appeared in “Best New Poets 2006,” The Bloomsbury Review, New England Review, and New South. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Cafritz Foundation.

Hal Wert will speak on “Influence and Repetition: Totalitarian Posters and Democratic Society” at 4:15 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 19 in the Faulconer Gallery in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. Wert is professor of history at the Kansas City Art Institute and is the author of “Hope: A Collection of Obama Posters and Prints.”

Grinnell faculty members George Barlow and Kesho Scott will read from their work on Thurs., Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. in the Rosenfield Center. Barlow is an associate professor of English and American studies. He has published two volumes of poetry and is co-editor with Grady Hillman and Maude Meehan of “About Time III: An Anthology of California Prison Writing.” Scott is an associate professor of American studies and sociology who has won a National Book Award and a Human Rights Award for her work.

All Writers@Grinnell events are free and open to the public. The Rosenfield Center is located at 1115 8th Ave. and the Bucksbaum Center at 1108 Park St. on the Grinnell College campus.


Grinnell College symposium to explore changes and challenges in the media

Monday, Feb. 1, 2010 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA –International, national, and community journalists will debate “The Media: Changes and Challenges” during a three-day symposium on the Grinnell College campus, Feb. 16-18.

“The media is in the midst of rapid change, and we don’t yet know the destination,” said Sarah Purcell, symposium organizer and director of the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights. “The media symposium will explore questions of whether these changes offer greater opportunities or hindrances to develop public understanding and access to information. For example, if there aren’t paid investigative reporters, who will inform the public of human rights violations? Is the expansion of social media ‘liberating’ or simply a diversion?

“Several of the symposium speakers are Grinnell alumni who can address these issues from their own vantage points as national and community journalists in print, broadcast, and online media.”

The February symposium events include:

• Tues., Feb. 16, 4:15 p.m.: Belarussian journalist Evgeny Morozov will open the symposium with “The Internet: a Friend or Foe of Global Freedom?” Morozov posts a blog for Foreign Policy magazine called “Net Effect: How Technology Shapes the World,” and is currently the Yahoo! fellow at Georgetown University’s E.A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

• Tues., Feb. 16, 8 p.m.: A panel of alumni journalists will provide personal and professional perspectives on “Media Changes.” Panelists will include Harold “Hal” Fuson, a Grinnell trustee and 1967 graduate who is a board member of Copley Press; David Heath, a 1981 graduate of Grinnell and senior reporter for the Huffington Post Investigative Fund; Ed Levine, publisher of SeriousEats.com and a 1973 graduate; Amy Scott, a 1997 graduate who is New York bureau chief for American Public Media’s “Marketplace;” and David Schechter, senior national editor for CNN and a 1977 graduate.

• Wed., Feb. 17, 8 p.m.: Caroline Little, CEO of The Guardian News & Media for North America, will discuss “The Changing Media Landscape and the Future of Newspapers.” Little, who is a member of the Grinnell board and the class of 1981, previously held leadership positions with the Washington Post.

• Thurs., Feb. 18, 11 a.m.: Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, will deliver the Scholars’ Convocation on “News in the Age without Gatekeepers.” A journalist for more than 20 years, Rosenstiel is a former media critic for the Los Angeles Times and former chief congressional correspondent for Newsweek. He serves as vice chair of the Committee for Concerned Journalists and is a frequent commentator for radio, TV, and print. Rosenstiel’s latest book, “We Interrupt This Newscast: How to Improve TV News and Win Ratings Too,” is one of several of his publications used in journalism schools throughout the country.

• Thurs., Feb. 18, 4:15 p.m.: A panel of practitioners will discuss “Community Journalism: The Future of Newspapers?” Panelists will include Mark Hamilton, president and publisher of Times-Citizen Communications and a 1971 graduate of Grinnell; Carter Newton, publisher of Galena Gazette Publications and a 1977 graduate; Bill Monroe, former executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Association; and John Wylie, a 1975 Grinnell graduate who is editor and publisher of the Oologah (Okla.) Lake Leader.

All symposium events, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, 1115 8th Ave., unless otherwise noted. For more information about the Rosenfield Program, contact Sarah Purcell, purcelsj[at]grinnell[dot]edu, 641-269-3091.


Bard College president to deliver Scholars' Convocation at Grinnell College

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

GRINNELL, IA—Bard College President Leon Botstein will deliver the Grinnell College Scholars’ Convocation on "The Politics of Art and Culture: Education and Democracy," Thurs., Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101, on the Grinnell campus.

Botstein, who has served as Bard’s president for more than 30 years, is known as a pioneer for linking higher education to public secondary schools and to prison education. The Bard Prison Initiative, which educates more than 200 incarcerated men and women in New York prisons annually, has served as a model for Grinnell’s own Liberal Arts in Prison Program, a collaborative effort of students, faculty, and staff to provide liberal arts classes to incarcerated adults at the Newton and Mitchellville correctional facilities.

The author of two forthcoming books on “The History of Listening: How Music Creates Meaning” and “Music and Modernism” from Yale University Press, Botstein has published widely in the fields of music, education, history, and culture. He is also an internationally known conductor who has served as music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992 and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra since 2003.

Botstein’s lecture is part of Grinnell’s Scholars’ Convocation series and co-sponsored by the Liberal Arts in Prison Program. For more information about the Grinnell prison education program, go to http://www.grinnell.edu/academic/prisonprogram. The Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center is located at 1115 8th Ave. on the Grinnell College campus.


Smith named MWC Men's Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week

Wed, 2010-01-20 07:04 | By Anonymous (not verified)

N. SmithNick Smith '10 (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) has been named the Midwest Conference Men's Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week.

Smith dominated the diving events at last weekend's Grinnell College Invitational, placing first in both one- and three-meter diving with scores of 399.35 and 367.90. Both of those are MWC bests for the season and helped the Pioneers win the team title at the meet for the first time since 2005.

The Women's Performer of the Week is Becky Shaak of Lake Forest College.

LINES Ballet to perform at Grinnell College

Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 12:30 pm

GRINNELL, IA—Alonzo King’s celebrated LINES Ballet of San Francisco will perform on Wed., Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell College campus.

Collaborating with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists, choreographer Alonzo King creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions and imbue classical ballet with new expressive potential. The visionary choreography connects audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity, vulnerability, tenderness, furious abandon, and exhilarating freedom.

King has received numerous honors for his work, including the Jacob’s Pillow Creativity Award, the United States Artists Fellowship, and the NEA Choreographer’s Fellowship. The company has worked with a wide range of musicians and composers and pushed boundaries with their new and innovative projects, including a collaboration with the Shaolin monks that intertwines martial arts and ballet.

Tickets are required for this free public performance and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center box office, beginning Fri., Jan. 29, noon to 5 p.m. For ticket questions, call 641-269-3235 or go tohttp://www.grinnell.edu/car/confops/publicevents/. A limited number of tickets will be available at the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell.

The performance is sponsored by the Grinnell College Public Events Committee. The Bucksbaum Center is located at 1108 Park St. on the Grinnell College campus. For more information on the LINES Ballet of San Francisco, go tohttp://www.linesballet.org/.


Grinnell College collection influences faculty cabinets of curiosity

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—What began as a one-week faculty summer seminar to explore the Grinnell College Art Collection has transformed into a two-month Faulconer Gallery exhibition of cabinets—cabinets of curiosities—a Renaissance concept that predated museums.

“Influence: Faculty Selections from Grinnell College Collections” opens Jan. 29, curated by Professor of Biology Jackie Brown; Assistant Professor of English Shanna Benjamin; Associate Professor of German Daniel Reynolds; and Special Collections Librarian Catherine Rod who mined the college’s collection for works of art and artifacts that fit their areas of expertise.

“In the Renaissance period, cabinets were a systematic way to collect and organize items that went together,” said Lesley Wright, director of the gallery. “In the Influence exhibition, the cabinets developed by Grinnell faculty inform and influence one another.

“The exhibition’s theme of influences—historical, familial, cultural, cross-cultural, educational, technical, contextual, and genealogical—works within each cabinet and across the disciplines represented.”

Brown’s cabinet looks at human depictions of animals and their behavior, from medieval prints to videos; Benjamin chose artifacts from her own life as an African-American and works in popular culture that reflect on a legacy of slavery; Reynolds selected images of the human body that reveal complex ideas about mortality, spirituality, and physicality; and Rod focused on art forms where words compose images.

“Influence” will run concurrent to a student-curated exhibition called “Repeat, Reveal, React; Identities in Flux,” which also draws on Grinnell College collection. “The two shows combined are the largest exhibition ever of the college’s collection,” Wright said. “Well over 100 works will be on display, most acquired within the past 10 years. Since we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Bucksbaum Center for the Arts this year, it’s fitting that we offer concurrent shows that demonstrate the depth of our collection and the breadth of our exhibition space.”

Part of the faculty seminar assignment was to incorporate the resulting cabinets into coursework for Grinnell students during second semester. Many of the gallery’s public events offer a view inside the classroom component of “Influence,” including:

• Fri., Jan. 29, 4:15 p.m.: Opening reception with music by the G-Tones, an all male a cappella group.

• Mon., Feb. 8, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery tour with faculty co-curators Brown, Benjamin, Reynolds, and Rod.

• Wed., Feb. 10, 4:15 p.m.: Benjamin will discuss “Sorrow Songs to Beating the Blues: Re-membering the Black Literary Tradition,” in reference to the musical soundtrack playing in her curiosity cabinet.

• Sat., Feb. 13, 1-3 p.m.: Community Day with hands-on activities, stories, tours of the exhibition, and opportunities to create cabinets of curiosity.

• Mon., Feb. 15, noon: Students from Benjamin’s seminar on “Studies in African American Literature” will read from unpublished slave narratives.

• Fri., Feb. 19, 4:15 p.m.: Presentation by historian Hal Wert on “Totalitarian Posters and Democratic Society.” Co-sponsored by the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights, Writers@Grinnell, and the concurrent student-curated exhibition.

• Mon., Feb. 22, 4:15 p.m.: Faculty panelists Karla Erickson, sociology; Astrid Henry, gender, women, and sexuality studies; and Asani Seawell, psychology, will discuss “The Influence of the Material Body” and how art influences perceptions of mortality, spirituality, physicality, and death.

• Wed., Feb. 24, 7 p.m.: The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir will perform in response to Benjamin’s cabinet and the concurrent exhibition.

• Thursdays, Feb. 4 –Mar. 18, 12:15 p.m.: yoga in the gallery with instructor Jenn Mavin.

All events are in Faulconer Gallery unless otherwise noted. Gallery hours through March 21 are Tuesday-Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; closed Monday. For more information about the exhibition and related programs, call 641-269-4660 or visitwww.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery.


Student-curated exhibition displays treasures of Grinnell College Collection

Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery will present “Repeat, Reveal, React: Identities in Flux, Selections from the Grinnell College Art Collection,” a student-curated exhibition featuring 50 works from the college’s collection and running Jan. 29-March. 21.

“Repeat, Reveal, React” focuses on the theme of repetition in art and its relation to identity. The exhibition was developed by 11 students in a seminar course taught by Jenny Anger, associate professor of art. The seminar is offered every three years by the Grinnell art department. Anger’s students spent the semester learning about the various roles and functions of repetition in art throughout history, and selected pieces from the college’s art collection that relate to repetition and the formation of personal, national, and other identities.

“People often think of repetition as boring or monotonous,” said Nora Frazin, a Grinnell College senior and one of the student curators. “We hope to challenge this assumption by showing artworks that use repetition in different and exciting ways.”

The three “re”s of the title reflect how the images produce and reproduce identity. Many of the works are prints, which by nature are reproduced multiple times, and the many unique types of repetition in the show encourage viewers to interact with the works and reflect on their own identities.

“Repeat, Reveal, React” will run concurrently with “Influence: Faculty Selections from Grinnell College Collections,” a show curated by Grinnell College faculty members from a variety of disciplines. Together the two shows are the largest exhibition of works from the collection yet shown in Faulconer Gallery, with over 100 works on display.

Events related to “Repeat, Reveal, React” include:

• Fri., Jan. 29, 4:15-6 p.m.: Opening reception with music by the G-Tones, Grinnell’s all-male a cappella group.

• Wed., Feb. 10, 7 p.m.: A collection of international film shorts examine varying issues of identity from the early 1930s through today. Co-sponsored by Cultural Film Committee.

• Thu., Feb. 11, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery tour of “Repeat, Reveal, React” led by student curators of the exhibition.

• Sat., Feb. 13, 1-3 p.m.: Community Day in Faulconer Gallery will introduce people of all ages to the Faulconer’s exhibits “Repeat, Reveal, React: Identities in Flux” and “Influence: Faculty Selections from Grinnell College Collections” through hands-on activities, stories, and tours.

• Fri., Feb. 19, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery talk by art historian Hal Wert discussing the impact of political posters in “Influence and Repetition: Totalitarian Posters and Democratic Society.” Co-sponsored by the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs and Writers@Grinnell.

• Fri., Feb. 26, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery talk by Luther Davis, a 1993 graduate who is master printer at Axelle Fine Arts in Brooklyn, N.Y., on the process of collaborative printmaking.

All events are in Faulconer Gallery unless otherwise noted. Gallery hours through March 21 are Tuesday-Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; closed Monday. For more information about the exhibition and related programs, call 641-269-4660 or visitwww.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery.


Grinnell College announces Feb. 1 mini-grants deadline

Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 12:30 pm


 GRINNELL, IA--Grinnell College is accepting applications for Community Mini-Grants for cultural, recreational, and educational projects in the Grinnell community. The Mini-Grant Program typically supports requests in the $500 to $5,000 range, with preference given to projects that have impact on the safety, beauty, and economic vitality of the community; projects that request matching or challenge funds; and initiatives that demonstrate collaborative partnerships.

"This is the ninth year Grinnell College has been a catalyst for community initiatives through the mini-grants program," said Monica Chavez-Silva, director of community enhancement and engagement. "During that time, we've distributed more than $135,000 in mini-grants to community projects. We welcome applications from new organizations, as well as prior recipients."

Applications for 2010 must be received in the Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement by the Feb. 1 deadline. Information about the application process can be found athttp://www.grinnell.edu/offices/communityenhance/minigrant/. Applications will be reviewed by Chavez-Silva and an advisory committee of Grinnell College faculty, staff, and students. Awardees will be notified by March 1.

In 2009, community mini-grants were awarded to 12 local projects: Davis Elementary School for environmental education; Galaxy, Inc., for after-school enrichment program; Grinnell Area Arts Council for ArtBIZ community workshop; Grinnell Community Day Care and Preschool for diversity training materials and security upgrades; Grinnell Disc Golf Club for a course at Miller Park; Grinnell Middle School for computer hardware for the science program; Grinnell-Newburg Schools for downtown shuttle bus service and APEX digital curriculum and training for middle and high school students; Imagine Grinnell for Bike to Work Week activities; Rock Creek Lake Alliance for a water foundation and grill at the state park; and software for the new Drake Community Library.


Grinnell College establishes Partnership in Education with Grinnell High School

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College and Grinnell High School have decided to establish a "Partnership in Education" with a goal of enhancing educational opportunities at both institutions.

Through this new partnership, the two schools are looking into new and creative ways to link their programming. The partnership will work on creating new connections, but will also focus on raising awareness of the many programs already in place.

This new educational collaboration is just one example of a renewed emphasis on partnership between town and college. The college has expanded the scope of the Office of Community Enhancement and changed its name to the Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement, reaffirming its 150-year commitment to working with the Grinnell community.

In addition to coordinating new and existing town/college relationships such as the Partnership in Education, the office will continue to make significant contributions to community projects, such as new facilities at the high school, library, and medical center. It will also continue to administer the college's mini-grant program. The Community Mini Grant Program provides funding for small- to mid-scale projects designed to help Grinnell become a more attractive place to live, work and play. Applications for the grants are due by Feb. 1, 2010, and can be found on the Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement's Web site athttp://www.grinnell.edu/offices/communityenhance/minigrant/.

For more information about the Partnership in Education or the Community Mini Grant Program, please contact Monica Chavez-Silva, director of community enhancement, at 641-269-3900.