Artists & Scholars

Fall 2020

Books

In May, Kathleen Snow ’65 released the nonfiction book Taken by Bear in Glacier National Park: Harrowing Encounters between Grizzlies and Humans, published by Lyons Press. This is a companion to one of her previous books, Taken by Bear in Yellowstone.

Monique McLay Shore ’90 wrote a story regarding feelings during COVID-19 to share during the children’s message at Grinnell United Methodist Church. After a strong positive response, she worked with a local Grinnell printer to create a paperback version of the tale, titled The No Good Stay at Home Days. She offered the book for sale, with all proceeds benefiting local mission funds, including Mid-Iowa Community Action, Tiger Packs, and the Good Samaritan Fund.

In May, Stanford University Press published the latest text by Grinnell’s Gertrude B. Austin Professor of Economics, Bill Ferguson, entitled The Political Economy of Collective Action, Inequality, and Development. This book examines how a society that is trapped in stagnation might initiate and sustain economic and political development.

Max Brzezinski ’01 of Carolina Soul Records, one of the world’s largest high-end record dealers, has written Vinyl Age, published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers. Brzezinski demystifies the record game and imparts the skills essential to modern record-digging — how to research, find, buy, evaluate, and understand vinyl in the 21st century.

Summer 2020

Books

A Student Commentary on Plato’s Euthyphro, a new book by Charles Platter ’81, was published by the University of Michigan Press. The Euthyphro is important for understanding Plato’s presentation of the last days of Socrates, dramatized in four brief dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, and Phaedo. In addition to narrating this evocative series of events in the life of Plato’s philosophical hero, the texts can be read as reflecting on how a wise man faces death.

In Change Agent: A Life Dedicated to Creating Wealth for Minorities, a memoir Archway published in February, James Lowry ’61, life member of the Board of Trustees, delivers a personal, candid, and often humorous portrayal of his journey from Chicago’s South Side to Wall Street and life as a trailblazing entrepreneur.

This memoir illustrates the power of iconic mentors and pivotal opportunities, demonstrates how to achieve breakthroughs, and offers solutions to the widening wealth gap that plagues minority communities today. Lowry’s book delivers a plan to accelerate economic development in the black community and is designed to be a road map for the next generation of leaders.

Happiness by Design: Modernism and Media in the Eames Era by Justus Nieland ’96 was published in February by the University of Minnesota Press. The book offers a fresh cultural history of midcentury modernism through the film and multimedia experiments of Charles and Ray Eames and their peers. Nieland traces how Cold War designers engaged in creative activities that spanned disciplines and blended art and technoscience while reckoning with the environmental reach of media at the dawn of the information age.

In April, Loving Healing Press published Hiking the Grand Mesa: A Clementine the Rescue Dog Story, a children’s book written by Kyle Torke ’88. The book is second in a series of children’s adventures. It follows two young boys and their dog as they explore the unique environment of southern Colorado’s mesa country. Hiking the Grand Mesa is Torke’s seventh published book.

In April, Princeton University Press published How to Think Like Shakespeare: Lessons From a Renaissance Education by Scott Newstok ’95. In the book, Newstok cites great writers from the past and present and urges readers to think more deeply, learn more joyfully, and write more efficiently. The book stems from a convocation speech Newstok gave in 2016, in which he encouraged students to strive for “a level of precision, inventiveness, and empathy worthy to be called Shakespearean.”

Art

Black and white triptich of figure walking through a wooded snow scape with red scarfGinny Olson Richardson ’68 held a one-person retrospective art show in Tucson, Arizona, in January. The 94 works featured were mostly figurative and included landscapes, people, and performance pieces. All proceeds benefited Parkinson Wellness Recovery Gym.