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Arts & Culture

What makes Grinnell’s music and arts scene unique? You!

Our campus activities reflect our students’ interests. As a student, you can book films and concerts, help select speakers and topics for symposia, and share your own creative talents. And no matter what your major, you can participate in student plays, join music ensembles, learn studio arts from ceramics to digital media, and explore the written word; 75 percent of students are actively engaged in one or more arts programs.

We also bring celebrated artists, writers, musicians, dancers, and theatrical groups from all over the world to campus. They perform, exhibit, lead workshops, and sometimes teach classes, providing an ongoing stimulus to the entire community.

"Africa's Role in International Arena" symposium Apr. 9-13

Africa’s current and future roles in the international arena will be the focus of a week-long symposium at Grinnell College, Apr. 9-13, sponsored by the college’s Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights. A former ambassador to Ethiopia, scholars of African politics and economics, and a recent leader of Africare will share first-hand experiences about the continent.

"Listening, Learning, Leading on the Global Stage" by World Food Prize lecturer Jo Luck

2010 World Food Prize laureate Jo Luck, president of Heifer International, will deliver a public lecture at Grinnell College on Wed., Oct. 12 about her experiences in leading the world hunger assistance organization. Her lecture, “Listening, Learning, Leading on the Global Stage,” will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Harris Center Cinema on the Grinnell campus. A light buffet dinner will precede in the Harris Center atrium. At 6:30 p.m., following the lecture, there will be a public reception in the atrium with music by Too Many Strings Band.

"Family Album" reconstructs memories at Faulconer Gallery

Family photos, old and new, reconstruct memories in the summer exhibition opening at Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery on June 24.

Using digital photographic techniques, California-based artist Liz Steketee offers creative insights into the art of photographs that explore the dynamics of family life and the lasting effects of memories. The artist combines old and new family photographs as a means of revisiting “the epic scenery of the everyday,” documenting her life as a wife and mother, and “the joy, the agony, and the irony of life’s experiences.”

"Can China Save the World?" convocation by modern China historian Karl Gerth '88

Modern China historian Karl Gerth will question “Can China Save the World?” at a Scholars’ Convocation on Thurs., Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus.

Drawing on research in his latest book, “As China Goes, So Goes the World: How Chinese Consumers are Transforming Everything,” Gerth explains how—from brand choice to environmental quality—citizens around the world are affected by the everyday choices made by the Chinese population.

"Culturing Community: Projects About Place" opening at Faulconer Gallery

GRINNELL, IA—Four exhibitions—united by a sense of community—will open Sept. 24 at Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery.

“‘Culturing Community: Projects about Place’” will “literally and figuratively bring the community of Grinnell into the art museum,” said Lesley Wright, director of the Faulconer Gallery and curator of the exhibitions.

Stories and Histories

Exhibition Date:  9 Mar 2007 -22 Apr 2007

School Year:  2006 - 2007

Location:  Faulconer Gallery
 

This exhibition explores history, personal narrative, and storytelling in works of 20th-century American art in the Grinnell College Art Collection. Curated by Julia McHugh '07 and Faulconer Gallery Director Lesley Wright.

 

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