2014 Grinnell Prize Symposium

September 29, 2014

A weeklong series of events at Grinnell College honors the 2014 Grinnell Prize recipients for their innovations in social justice. The winners are:

  • l to r: Ani Vallabhaneni, Lindsay Stradley, President Raynard S. Kington, Kiah Williams and Adam Kircher
    Lindsay Stradley and Ani Vallabhaneni of Sanergy. Sanergy builds and franchises Fresh Life toilets that improve sanitation and public health, create jobs, and convert waste into valuable byproducts such as organic fertilizer in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Adam Kircher and Kiah Williams of SIRUM (Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused Medicine). SIRUM saves lives by administering the redistribution of surplus prescription medications to California residents who cannot afford their prescriptions.

The fourth annual Grinnell Prize Symposium, held the week of Oct. 6, brings these young innovators to campus to talk about their work and meet with students in and out of class.

The weeklong symposium includes several events that are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Oct. 7 Herrick Chapel

4:15 p.m.

Awards Ceremony

The ceremony includes a keynote address by Charlayne Hunter-Gault, “My Sixties: Reflections on Coming of Age in the ‘Miracle Decade’ & Enduring Lessons.” A reception and book signing immediately follow at Macy House, across the street.

An archive video  of the ceremony is available.

Wednesday, Oct. 8 Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101

6:30 p.m.

Buffet dinner with prizewinners

7:30 p.m.

Prizewinner presentation: “Achieving Social Justice Through Building Healthy, Prosperous Communities”

Speakers are Lindsay Stradley and Ani Vallabhaneni, co-founders of Sanergy.

An archive video of the ceremony will be available shortly.

Thursday, Oct. 9 Rosenfield Center, Room 101

4:15 p.m.

Prizewinner presentation: “The Five Billion Dollar Problem”

Speakers are Kiah Williams and Adam Kircher, co-founders and directors of SIRUM.

A reception immediately follows upstairs in the second floor lobby.

The event will be streamed live.

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