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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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Charity Porotesano '12 awarded Truman Scholarship for graduate study

Saturday, Mar. 31, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College student Charity Porotesano has been awarded the Truman Scholarship, a $30,000 nationally competitive graduate study scholarship sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Foundation.

Porotesano, a senior political science major from American Samoa, plans to teach before pursuing a dual graduate program in human resource development and public policy. Her career goal is to return to American Samoa as a specialist for educational change.

As a Grinnell student, Porotesano is a member of the International Student Organization and Grinnell Christian Fellowship. She also served as a student representative of the admissions and financial aid committee and a senator for student government.

The Truman Scholarship Foundation awards financial support for graduate study to college students with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to making a difference through public service careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere. The Foundation honors the memory of Harry S. Truman, 33rd president of the U.S.

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.

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Grinnell Singers to perform Apr. 14 campus premiere of commissioned work

Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2012 12:00 am

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The Grinnell Singers, recently returned from a five-city tour, will perform the campus premiere of a commissioned work by rising composer Mohammed Fairouz on Sat., Apr. 14, with the composer present. The 49-voice select choir, directed by Professor of Music John Rommereim, will be joined by violist Christine Rutledge of the University of Iowa and baritone Andrew Whitfield of Luther College in the performance of Fairouz' work, which sets to music the poetry of Seamus Heaney and biblical verses in Arabic.  

 

The Grinnell concert, at 7:30 p.m. in Sebring-Lewis Hall of Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, will also include music by Josquin des Prez; Monteverdi; Rachmaninov; Rheinberger; and Grinnell senior Michael Maiorana.

“Anything Can Happen,” which includes one movement titled “In Iowa,” was commissioned by Grinnell College through the generous support of the Curd Fund, Cantori New York’s Jeffrey D. Silver Fund, the Back Bay Chorale, and the Marsh Chapel Choir of Boston University. The Singers premiered the Fairouz work in Chicago during their recent spring break tour.

On Fri., Apr. 20, the Singers will perform Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Concerts” with the Grinnell Jazz Ensemble and the Grinnell Oratorio Society. The concert at 7:30 p.m. in Sebring-Lewis Hall will also feature baritone Christopher Johnson and soprano Graciela Guzman. Ellington declared the "Sacred Concerts" to be the most important work he had ever done. This masterwork combines elements of jazz, gospel, classical, blues, and tap.

The Singers will also perform the Ellington works in downtown Des Moines on Sun., Apr. 22 at 4 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 600 6th Ave.

Known for their innovative and adventurous choral programming, the Grinnell Singers have premiered more than 20 choral works in the past five years, under Rommereim’s direction. Rommereim is an active composer, singer and scholar whose work is centered in the areas of Russian choral music and early music performance. For more information about Grinnell Singers, go to http://www.grinnell.edu/academic/music/ensembles/singers.

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.

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Faculty authors Cavanagh, Savarese reading for Writers@Grinnell

Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Writers@Grinnell will offer weekly activities throughout April, featuring Shakespeare, novelists, poets, and memoirists.

On Thurs., Apr. 5, novelist and memoirist Jennifer Finney Boylan will read from a range of works including young adult books and short stories. Boylan has been a frequent guest on national TV and radio shows for insights into gender and imagination from “She’s Not There,” her bestselling memoir as a transgendered individual.

Poet Mark Doty will read from several of his poetry collections on Apr. 12. A prominent writer at Rutgers University, Doty received the National Book Award for his 2008 book of poems, “Fire to Fire.” Doty is the “Distinguished Author” in this year’s Writers@Grinnell program, an event funded annually by a generous Grinnell alumnus.

On April 18 and 19, one-man show James DeVita will present “In Acting Shakespeare.” DeVita has been an accomplished actor in American theatre for more than 25 years and describes his show as “one person's journey towards meeting Shakespeare and discovering the beauty of words and their potential.”

Faculty authors Michael Cavanagh, professor emeritus of English, and Ralph Savarese, associate professor of English and director of the Writers@Grinnell program, will offer a joint reading on Apr. 26. Cavanagh, a specialist in modern poetry, will read from his own poems, and Savarese, author of the award-winning “Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption,” will read from both poetry and creative nonfiction.

Writers@Grinnell will conclude the academic year with a May 10 reading by student contributors to “The Grinnell Review,” the college’s literary journal.

All Writers@Grinnell events are at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell campus. 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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Grinnell students to implement Davis Project for Peace in China

Saturday, Mar. 17, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Grinnell College students Tinggong Zhan and Xiaorong Yin will implement an international peace project in China this summer, thanks to a $10,000 award throughDavis 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 90 college and university campuses.

Zhan and Yin, who are both second-year mathematics majors from China, will work this summer to create an Internet-based micro-lending program to assist peasants in Yiyuan County, China. The program would allow those with sufficient resources to make a loan via the Internet to improve peasants’ living conditions and productivity.

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.

Young, Gifted and Black sharing music ministry Mar. 18-24

Friday, Mar. 2, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir, a 32-voice choral ensemble from Grinnell College, will present concerts, March 18-24, in churches in Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, and Houston, Tex., as part of a spring break tour.

The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir, open to students of all backgrounds, has a 45-year history on the Grinnell campus. Through a bond of “cultural uniformity,” the choir ministers to a variety of audiences with a wide selection of sacred music, including spirituals and traditional and contemporary gospel. Each engagement is tailored to the audience, adding an air of spontaneity and encouraging audience participation.

The gospel choir, directed by Barry Jones, lecturer of music, will share their music ministry at:

Mar. 18, 10:45 a.m., 3 p.m.: Greater Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 1219 South St., Burlington, Ia.

Mar. 19, 7 p.m.: Gateway Area Bible Fellowship Church, 85 Water St., Rt. 3, Cahokia, Ill.

Mar. 22, 7 p.m.: Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 655 Beasley Rd., Jackson, Miss., with The Grinnell Singers select choir

Mar. 24, 5 p.m.: Brentwood Baptist Church, 13033 Landmark Dr., Houston, Tex., with The Grinnell Singers select choir

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.

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The Grinnell Singers to premiere Fairouz work during spring break tour

Thursday, Mar. 1, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

The Grinnell Singers, a 49-voice choral ensemble from Grinnell College, will present concerts in churches in Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans, Jackson, Miss., and Houston as part of a spring break tour, March 18-24.

The centerpiece of the Singers’ concert repertoire is the Mar. 19 premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’ “Anything Can Happen,” a five-movement work setting the poetry of Seamus Heaney and biblical verses in Arabic. The choir will be accompanied in this special commission project by violist Christine Rutledge, professor of music at the University of Iowa.

The concert also includes music by Josquin des Prez; Monteverdi; a rousing work from Cuba, “El Almuercero;” a playful work with percussion by the Latvian composer Vaclovas Augustinas; a gospel-styled setting of a Whitman text, “My Spirit is Uncaged;” richly expressive works by Rachmaninov and Rheinberger; and a work by Grinnell senior Michael Maiorana.

Directed by Professor of Music John Rommereim, the Singers’ tour schedule will include:

Mar. 18, 4 p.m.: Church of St. Paul & The Redeemer, 4945 S. Dorchester Ave., Chicago, Ill.

Mar. 19, 7:30 p.m.: Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, Ill., with the premiere of the Fairouz work

Mar. 20, 7:30 p.m.: St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 808 North Mason Rd., Creve Coeur, Mo.

Mar. 22, 7 p.m.: Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 655 Beasley Rd., Jackson, Miss., with the Grinnell Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir

Mar. 23, 7 p.m.: Trinity Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans, La.

Mar. 24, 5 p.m.: Brentwood Baptist Church, 13033 Landmark Dr., Houston, Tex., with the Grinnell Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir

The Singers will also perform a “home from tour” concert with composer Fairouz in attendance on Sat., Apr. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Sebring-Lewis Hall, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, on the Grinnell College campus. “Anything Can Happen” was commissioned by Grinnell College through the generous support of the Curd Fund, Cantori New York’s Jeffrey D. Silver Fund, the Back Bay Chorale, and the Marsh Chapel Choir of Boston University.

Known for their innovative and adventurous choral programming, the Grinnell Singers have premiered more than 20 choral works in the past five years, under Rommereim’s direction. Rommereim is active as a composer, singer, and scholar whose work is centered in the areas of Russian choral music and early music performance. Each year the choir presents concerts across the U.S. and has traveled to Estonia, Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, and Turkey. The group has also been invited to perform at two regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. For more information about Grinnell Singers, go tohttp://www.grinnell.edu/academic/music/ensembles/singers.

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.

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Educational programming for "Sandow Birk's American Qur'an" continues in March

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Public events surrounding Faulconer Gallery’s showing of “Sandow Birk’s American Qur’an” continue in March on the Grinnell College campus. The Faulconer Gallery exhibition includes 85 panels of handwritten English translations and handpainted illustrations of the sacred text. Six of the panels in the exhibition are part of Grinnell College’s permanent art collection. The exhibition, organized by The Andy Warhol Museum of Pittsburgh, will be on view through Mar. 18.

The educational programming events, organized by Tilly Woodward, curator of academic and public outreach, provide opportunities “to learn about Islam, everyday American life, cultural differences and commonalities,” Woodward said. All of the events sponsored by Faulconer Gallery are free, open to the public, and located in the gallery unless otherwise noted:

• Feb. 28, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery talk by artist Sandow Birk, discussing his ongoing project.

• Mar. 1, 4:15 p.m.: Author Michael Muhammad Knight will read from and discuss “The Taqwacores,” about the Islamic punk music scene. Co-sponsored by Writers@Grinnell, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Center for the Humanities.

• Mar. 2, 4:15 p.m.: Panel discussion by author Knight, film director Omar Majeed, and musicians from Pakistani-American punk rock band The Kominas, who will talk about evolving Islamic punk culture in the U.S.

• Mar. 2, 7 p.m.: Screening of “Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam,” followed by a director’s talk. The feature documentary traces the progression of the Muslim Punk scene. Co-sponsored by Cultural Films Committee, Student Government Association Films, Department of Religious Studies, and the Center for the Humanities.

• Mar. 7, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery talk by artist Harrell Fletcher on socially engaged and collaborative interdisciplinary projects. Co-sponsored by the Department of Art and the Center for the Humanities.

• Mar. 8, 4:15 p.m.: Workshop led by Fletcher exploring art and social practice. Co-sponsored by the Department of Art and the Center for the Humanities. Bucksbaum Rotunda.

• Mondays and Thursdays through Mar. 15, 12:15-12:50 p.m.: Yoga with Monica St. Angelo. Co-sponsored by Live Well Grinnell. Mats provided for beginners and experienced practitioners.

Faulconer Gallery, located in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St. on the Grinnell campus, 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. For more information about the exhibition and related programs, call 641-269-4660 or visitwww.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery.

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Briefly: upcoming events

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - >Broken Mirrors on stage Mar. 8-10

Broken Mirrors, three short stories by Salman Rushdie, will be performed by an ensemble of 15 in Flanagan Theatre, Thur., Mar. 8, Fri., Mar. 9, and Sat.,Mar. 10 at 7.30 p.m.  The Sun., Mar. 11 performance is at 2 p.m.  Tickets are free at the Bucksbaum box office starting at noon, Mon., Mar. 5. 

  Adapted and directed by Lesley Delmenico, associate professor of theatre and dance, the three stories are set in imaginative and conflict-laden times and places: following the 1964 theft of a religious relic in Kashmir, in a dystopic near future in New York where everything is for sale, and in the swinging but also anti-immigrant London of the 1960s, where Rushdie came of age.   The production includes violent subjects and adult language.

Festival of Humanities Mar. 6-9

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Grinnell’s first Festival of Humanities, Mar. 6-9, will include two key speakers and a wide range of student presenters. On Tues., Mar. 6, Richard Handler, director of the Program in Global Development Studies at the University of Virginia, will give a talk on “Global Development Studies in a Liberal Arts Curriculum: Humanistic Approaches to Global Modernities” at 4:15 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center.  Handler served as dean of the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia between 2000 and 2010. He is a cultural anthropologist whose research interests include nationalism, ethnicity and the politics of culture.

On Wed., Mar. 7, Harrell Fletcher, associate professor of art and social practice at Portland State University, will give a 4:15 p.m. gallery talk in Faulconer Gallery on making public art.   Fletcher will also lead a social practice workshop on Thurs. at 4:15 p.m. in the Bucksbaum Rotunda. Fletcher has produced a variety of socially engaged, collaborative and interdisciplinary projects since the early 1990s, including work shown at the Berkeley Art Museum, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in the San Francisco Bay area, The Sculpture Center, The Wrong Gallery, Apex Art, and Smackmellon in New York City, and the Seattle Art Museum. His lecture is co-sponsored by the Art Department, Center for Humanities, and Faulconer Gallery. 

Student presentations begin on Thurs. at 11 a.m. in JRC 101 and continue through Fri. p.m. in various campus locations. Topics range from “Deciphering the Source” to “Culture and Hybridity” and “Telling Stories, Making Music,” among others.

Questions about the Festival of Humanities? Contact Shuchi Kapila, director, Center for the Humanities, kapilas@grinnell.edu, 641-269-3655.

Early Music from Aula Harmoniae Baroque Trio

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New York-based baroque trio Aula Harmoniae will perform on Tues., Mar. 13, at 7:30 p.m., in Sebring-Lewis Hall of Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. The early music trio includes Sang Joon Park on flauto traverso, Martha McGaughey on viola da gamba, and Arthur Haas on harpsichord. The group made its debut in 2009 at the Boston Early Music Festival and is dedicated to a repertoire of Renaissance and classical works.

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