​Generous Thinking: The University and the Public Good​

Kathleen FitzpatrickKathleen Fitzpatrick, director of digital humanities and professor of English at Michigan State University, will discuss ​"Generous Thinking: The university and the public good​" at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 1, in Rosenfield Center, Room 101.

Fitzpatrick is project director of Humanities Commons, an open-access, open-source network serving more than 10,000 scholars and practitioners in the humanities.

Fitzpatrick has served as associate executive director and director of scholarly communication of the Modern Language Association, where she was managing editor of the MLA journal, PMLA, and other MLA publications. During that time, she also held an appointment as visiting research professor of English at NYU. 

She is author of Planned Obsolescence:  Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (NYU Press, 2011) and of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television (Vanderbilt University Press, 2006).


Diverse Paths of Leadership and Innovation: Kit Wall '77

Kit Wall '77 will be the featured speaker in the Diverse Paths of Leadership and Innovation speaker series on Friday, February 9. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 2 p.m. in Noyce 1023. The Donald and Winifred Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership is sponsoring the speaker series and associated course.

Promoting everything from policy reform issues, nonprofit organizations, and political campaigns to rock shows and media events, Kit Wall uses her repertoire of organizational/communication skills for policy consultation, writing, production, and management. Her promotion and publicity experience includes such wide-ranging fields as pro sports, entertainment, commercial real estate, and government affairs.  Since 1987, Ms. Wall has focused on government relations, especially local government and public policy, managing coalition and grassroots efforts in statewide legislative and ballot initiatives, as well as candidate campaigns. Hired by Eli Lilly and Company in 2001, she worked on advocacy issues assisting nonprofits in capacity-building efforts and local government relations promoting best practices, with a focus on jail diversion issues across the United States.  Ms. Wall’s clients and employers range from the California Medical Association and Foundation, to Consumer’s Union, UnitedHealth Group, the Solano Coalition for Better Health, California Forward, and members of the California wine industry, to various musical and artistic celebrities, including The Magic of David Copperfield, and the world's largest sole proprietor real estate developer, Gerald D. Hines Interest.  

Stay Healthy During This Year's Flu Epidemic

The United States is experiencing a flu epidemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Influenza H3n2 has been the most common strain this season and it is usually more severe.

What is Influenza (the flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

The CDC continues to recommend that unvaccinated people get vaccinated. While some of the viruses spreading this season are different from those in the vaccine, vaccination can still provide protection and might reduce severe outcomes such as hospitalization and death.

Experts believe flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Infrequently, a person might also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes, or nose.

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever (usually high)
  • Headache
  • Tiredness (can be extreme)
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Body aches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea and vomiting (more common among children than adults)

When should you seek treatment?

We encourage each of you to seek treatment if and when you become symptomatic. Don't delay in being seen by your local provider as antiviral medications may be prescribed if diagnosed early enough. Taking time for your own personal wellness is important and encouraged.

If you are experiencing symptoms

We ask you to stay home until your physician has cleared you to return to work. Should your illness last for three or more days, please provide a return to work authorization from your doctor to the Dean's office or HR.

Tips from the CDC for minimizing exposure

  •  Stay away from sick people and stay home if sick.
  •  Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  •  Don't share linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick without washing thoroughly first. Eating utensils can be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap and do not need to be cleaned separately.
  •  Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, and school, especially if someone is ill.

The CDC has information about the flu and this year's flu season.

Please feel free to reach out to Student Health and Counseling Services (SHACS) for any additional questions or concerns.

Grinnell College to Screen Award-Winning Film about Former Grinnell Resident

The award-winning documentary Deej will be screened at Grinnell College on Thursday, Feb. 15. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with DJ Savarese, a producer and star of the movie.

The event is free and open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. in Harris Cinema.

Deej explores the life on a nonspeaking young man who dreams of autistic civil rights. Abandoned by his birth parents and unable to speak for himself, DJ Savarese found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a text-to-voice synthesizer. As he makes his way through high school and dreams of college, he confronts the terrors of his past, obstacles to inclusion, and the sometimes-paralyzing beauty of his own senses. In his advocacy on behalf of other nonspeaking people with autism, he embraces filmmaking and poetry, and discovers what having a voice can truly mean.

In a first-of-its kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a nonspeaking person with autism, Robert Rooy and Savarese share editorial control as they navigate the challenges of representing autism. The film won the Disability Film Festival in 2017.

DJ is the son of Emily and Ralph Savarese, professor of English and chair of the English department at Grinnell College. DJ grew up in Grinnell and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College in 2017.

Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus.

Jonathan Larson Earns Professional Certification in Education Abroad

LarsonJonathan Larson, Associate Director of Off-Campus Study, has successfully completed the Certified Professional in Education Abroad program. He joins 32 education abroad colleagues around the world who have completed this rigorous program since its inception in 2014. His accomplishment will be announcement in an upcoming issue of the Forum News and his name has already been added to the Forum’s webpage recognizing Certified Professionals.

Graduation Announcements and Class Rings on Display

CB Announcements and Balfour Class Rings will be at a table in the Rosenfield Center lobby from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 13.

They will have samples of Grinnell College graduation announcements and class rings.

They will also be taking orders. 

New Electronic Resources

Available via our Databases A-Z webpage:

  • Black Drama, 2nd edition, contains approximately 1,462 plays by 233 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more. The database also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.
  • Kanopy Streaming Video showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.
  • LGBTQ History & Culture since 1940 is the largest collection available in support of the study of gender and sexuality, enables scholars to make new connections in LGBTQ history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, health, political science, policy studies, and other related areas of research.
  • Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 reaches into all aspects of American history and culture. Through published pamphlets, tracts, memoirs, congressional legislation, correspondence, broadsides, biographies, histories, fiction and poetry, eulogies, sermons and innumerable other genres, Sabin opens a window onto the Americas through which few get to glimpse.
  • SAGE Premier and the Deep and Shallow SAGE journal backfiles contain leading international peer-reviewed journals in a wide range of subject areas, including business, humanities, social science, and science, technology and medicine.
  • State Papers Online, Parts I-IV gathers together 16th- and 17th- century British State Papers and links these rare historical manuscripts to their fully text-searchable Calendars.
  • Statista provides users with an innovative and intuitive tool for researching quantitative data, statistics and related information. The product is aimed at business clients and academics of any size.

For more information or help in accessing these database, please contact the Burling Library Research Desk at 641-269-3353, or a Consulting Librarian.


Diverse paths of Innovation and Leadership: Angie Arnold '92

Angie Arnold '92 will be the featured speaker in the Diverse Paths of Leadership and Innovation speaker series on Friday, April 27. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 2 p.m. in Noyce 1023. The Donald and Winifred Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership is sponsoring the speaker series and associated course.

After graduating from Grinnell with a degree in anthropology and concentration in gender & women’s studies, Ms. Arnold took a series of paths that looked nothing like her initial career plans. Rather than taking a year off and then heading to graduate school, she became executive director (and sole staff person) of a startup affordable housing organization in Nebraska. She then moved to Minneapolis where she worked for the Minnesota Housing Partnership, a technical assistance organization providing organizational development support to rural affordable housing organizations, then as an asset manager for Central Community Housing Trust (now Aeon), an affordable housing organization in Minneapolis. At each of these small organizations, Angie pitched in when grants needed to be written. After taking time off due to the birth of her son and subsequent postpartum depression, Ms. Arnold began working as a full-time grant writer for the employment and training division of RESOURCE, a multi-faceted social service agency in the Twin Cities. She was with the agency for ten years, ending as the director of grants for the entire agency, which had an annual budget of approximately $25 million, 95% of which was grants and contracts. 

In 2012, Ms. Arnold began working in grants at Normandale Community College. She has grown the college’s grant department from a .75 FTE shared with another institution to 2.0 FTE, ensuring the institution’s capacity to secure and adequately manage grants and while maintaining compliance with federal regulations. She is actively involved in the college’s accreditation work and regularly contributes to the campus through service on various committees, particularly those related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is actively involved in the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, serving as co-lead for the campus meet and confer team in addition to participating in local and statewide events. 


Diverse Paths of Leadership and Innovation: Asha Moran '92

Asha Moran '92 will be the featured speaker in the Diverse Paths of Leadership and Innovation speaker series on Friday, April 20. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 2 p.m. in Noyce 1023. The Donald and Winifred Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership is sponsoring the speaker series and associated course.

Asha Moran is a partner in Glen Street Capital, a lower middle market investment group in the southeast that seeks to create value through business ownership that combines access to capital with strategic value and experience. 

In addition, she is a principal with Clear Path, LLC a management consulting firm providing advisory, strategic planning, and interim leadership services. Asha focuses on marketing and channel strategies, strategic planning, and turnaround management. 

Prior to joining Clear Path, Asha spent over 10 years with Creative Memories/The Antioch Company, a $300M business that markets heirloom scrapbooks and photo albums through direct sales consultants in several markets around the world. She began her career with Creative Memories as a part of the international team, and was responsible for opening the Creative Memories business in Germany. After leading the European business, Asha became the COO for Creative Memories, driving the business’ entry into the new digital photography arena. Her last role was as President and CEO. 

She came to Creative Memories with business consulting experience at both Andersen Consulting and the Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group, specializing in market channels, product-to-market strategies and business development. 

Asha’s community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for Community Giving and the Morgan Family Foundation. 

Asha graduated with a BA in economics from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa and her MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Evanston, IL. She resides in Asheville, NC, with her husband Marty and their two children. 


Diverse Paths of Leadership and Innovation: Jon Gray '73

Jon Gray '73 will be the featured speaker in the Diverse Paths of Leadership and Innovation speaker series on Friday, April 13. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 2 p.m. in Noyce 1023. The Donald and Winifred Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership is sponsoring the speaker series and associated course.

Judge Jon R. Gray (Ret.) was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, the youngest child of Rev. C. Jarrett Gray, Sr., a United Methodist pastor and Mai H. Gray, a career educator. His early education took place in the public schools of Kansas City, Missouri, East St. Louis, Illinois and Kansas City, Kansas. He graduated with honors from Paseo High School in Kansas City, Missouri, where he participated in student government, music and interscholastic athletics. 

He graduated from Grinnell College (Iowa) in 1973 with an A.B. degree in American Studies, participated in intercollegiate athletics, and received the President’s Award as a Member of the Grinnell College Black Arts Ensemble. He graduated from UMKC School of Law in 1976, where he was Chief Justice of the UMKC Moot Court Board, and Chief Justice of the UMKC Student Court. Between his second and third year of law school, he was elected as one of two national representatives to serve in the American Bar Association House of Delegates representing the American Bar Association Law Student Division. During the last two years of law school, he received the prestigious Crusade Scholarship from the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. 

Upon admission to The Missouri Bar, Judge Gray was appointed Assistant Jackson County Counselor and represented various county officials and departments, including, the Director of Revenue, the Medical Examiner, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Corrections, and the Jackson County Sheriff. After engaging in the solo practice of law, he became a principal and partner in the law firm of Gray Payne & Roque, and represented individuals and small businesses in a wide variety of civil matters. He was appointed by the Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, to serve on the Kansas City Human Relations Commission and as Chair of the Liquor Control Board of Review of Kansas City, Missouri. In 1981, he was appointed as Democratic Attorney for the Board of Election Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri, and served in that capacity until he resigned to accept a judicial appointment. 

Judge Gray was nominated by the Sixteenth Circuit Court Nominating Commission to fill a vacancy on the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. He was appointed Circuit Court Judge by Missouri Governor John Ashcroft on December 5, 1986 and assumed office on January 1, 1987. He was retained in office by voters at General Elections held in 1988, 1994, 2000 and 2006. During his active service as a member of the Judiciary, he presided over civil, criminal and family court matters and served a two-year rotating term as Administrative Judge of the Family Court of Jackson County, Missouri. He sat by designation as a Special Judge of the Missouri Supreme Court. Upon retirement from active service, he joined the international litigation firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP as a partner in its Kansas City office. 

He is a member of the Panel of Commercial Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and serves as a mediator and arbitrator for parties to commercial, employment, and business disputes. As a citizen of the firm, Judge Gray chairs the Professional Development Committee that is responsible for planning and executing all of the firm’s continuing legal education programs. 

Judge Gray is a Golden Heritage Life Member of the NAACP, and is a member of Mt. Oread Lodge #76, F. & A.M., Kansas City Consistory #7, AASR, F. & A.M., Theta Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and the Alumni Associations of Grinnell College, UMKC School of Law, and Paseo High School. Professionally, he is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association, the Jackson County Bar Association, the Eastern  Jackson County Bar Association, the Missouri Judicial Conference, the Defense Research Institute, and the American Judges Association. 

His extensive civic involvement includes distinguished service on the boards of directors of The Spofford Home for Children, the Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance, the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Truman Medical Centers, TMC Self Insurance Trust, The UMKC Law Foundation, Clymer Neighborhood Center, Swope Community Builders, Swope Community Enterprises, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, and the Missouri Division of Youth Services Advisory Board. 

Since 1987, he has served as a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in regional and national trial practice programs, and formerly served as faculty for the Kessler-Edison Program in Trial Techniques at the Emory University School of Law. Judge Gray has served as Program Faculty for the Missouri Judicial College and the Missouri Judicial Education Committee orientation program for newly elected and appointed judges. 

During the 2007 – 2008 bar year, Judge Gray served as Chair of the National Bar Association Judicial Council, the oldest and largest association of Black judges and judicial officers. Under his leadership, the National Bar Association Judicial Council received the outstanding Division of the Year Award, and he received a Presidential Award for outstanding service to the National Bar Association. He was featured in the Second and Third Edition of Black Judges in America and wrote the foreword of the inaugural edition of Who’s Who in Black Kansas City. His reviews and commentaries have appeared in legal and non-law related publications. 

He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. In September 2014, he received the prestigious Spurgeon Smithson Award presented by The Missouri Bar Foundation. 

He is also a previous recipient of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City Difference Maker Award, the Lewis W. Clymer Award from the Jackson County Bar Association, the Carl R. Johnson Humanitarian Award from the Kansas City, Missouri Branch of the NAACP, the H. Michael Coburn Community Service Award from Legal Aid of Western Missouri, the Rosa Parks Award from the Jefferson City NAACP, and the Stanley D. Davis Award for Excellence in Professional Development from Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP. 

Judge Gray was appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to serve a term as a member of the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority, 2009 – 2013 and as a member of the Missouri Citizens’ Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials, 2014-2016. 

As an active layman in The United Methodist Church, Judge Gray’s involvement in church and ecumenical affairs is the direct result of his upbringing in United Methodist parsonages. He is a member of the historic Centennial United Methodist Church and has served as a member of the board of The Missouri United Methodist Foundation and the governing board of the National Council of Churches of Christ, U.S.A. He was elected as a delegate to The United Methodist Church General Conferences of 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 by the Missouri Annual Conference and its predecessor, the Missouri West Annual Conference. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of Southern Methodist University – Dallas, Texas, and served from 1988 – 2000, as a member of its reconstituted Board of Trustees following the imposition of sanctions against the Southern Methodist University athletic program by the NCAA. He served a term on the Southern Methodist University Executive Committee and chaired its Legal Affairs Committee. In 2004, he was elected by the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to serve an eight-year term as a member of the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church, during which time he sat as a member of the Church’s final arbiter of Church Law. 

As a trusted adviser, he has served on numerous committees and task forces aimed at the improvement of the law and has advocated for equal treatment under law for all persons. He was a member of the original Missouri Bar Association task force that studied mandatory continuing legal education for all members of the Missouri Bar. Most recently, he served on a working group that studied and made recommendations to the Missouri Supreme Court concerning expert witness discovery in civil cases. He has been a consultant to the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation that conducted a peer review of the National Consumer Law Center. He was a contributing author for the 1991 and 2002 editions of State of Black Kansas City, published by the Urban League of Greater Kansas City. His writings on Blacks in the Judiciary provided a community blueprint for educating the public about judicial selection and led to the increase of people of color within the state and local judiciary and as members of judicial nominating commissions. 

He credits the inspiration of his parents, family members, teachers, student and professional colleagues