Academic

L'Amour de Loin, Live in HD

Grinnell College will stream L'amour de Loin by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho at noon on Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Harris Center Cinema. The opera is part of the Metropolitan Live in HD movie theatre transmissions program.

Gene Gaub, associate professor of music, will deliver the opera talk at 11:30 a.m.

The Salzburg Festival commissioned this opera, which was first performed in 2000. L'Amour de Loin is set at sea during the 12th century. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea. Conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut.

The tragic love story is making its Met premiere this year, after being first seen in 2000 at the Salzburg Festival, which commissioned the opera.

The New York Times described Saariaho's breakthrough opera as "transfixing…a lushly beautiful score." The Met's production by Robert Lepage features glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit.

Refreshments will be available for sale in the lobby of the cinema before the opera and during intermission.

Tickets are available at the Pioneer Bookshop and at the door on the day of the show. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, children, and Met Opera members.

The Office of the President has generously funded tickets for Grinnell College faculty, staff, and students, and tickets are available for free at all locations. Family members not employed by the College are required to purchase tickets.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations, 641-269-3235.

The College welcomes the presence of minors at all age-appropriate public events and for informal visits, with the understanding that a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult assumes full responsibility for their child’s safety and behavior during such visits or events. In these cases the College expects that an adult responsible for the visiting child takes measures to ensure the child’s safety and sees that the child complies with directions of the College.

Does Translation Have Capital?

Art GoldhammerArthur Goldhammer, a senior affiliate at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, will present  “Does Translation Have Capital?: Roundtable with Arthur Goldhammer” at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Alumni Recitation Hall, Room 120

Goldhammer’s translation of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century turned the book into a New York Times bestseller and brought attention to questions of inequality. Goldhammer has also translated over 120 French works in literature and the social sciences. 

Join him and Grinnell faculty translators in a discussion of the role of translation, the work of the translator, and the ideas that are shaping American and European politics right now.

The Dept. of French & Arabic and the Wilson Program are sponsoring the discussion. Refreshments will be served.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. You can request accommodations from Conference Operations and Events.

Important: The College welcomes the presence of minors at all age-appropriate public events and for informal visits, with the understanding that a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult assumes full responsibility for their child’s safety and behavior during such visits or events. In these cases the College expects that an adult responsible for the visiting child takes measures to ensure the child’s safety and sees that the child complies with directions of College personnel. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus.

A Day in the Life

Gifts to the College impact nearly every aspect of the Grinnell experience of Jarren Santos ’17. Some are readily apparent, such as gifts to an individual department or to the Center for Careers, Life, and Service. Others are less visible but equally important in supporting the infrastructure and mission of the College. These gifts — to the endowment, the Pioneer Fund, etc. — sustain and enhance the environment in which a student like Jarren can have opportunities for one-on-one meetings with his professors, a rich residential life, and no shortage of experiences for both educational and personal growth outside the classroom.

Here are some highlights from a day in Jarren’s life.

9 a.m.: Wake up after seven hours of sleep (I now compete with my friends to see how much — not how little — sleep we can get).

9:30 a.m.: Make myself an omelet and toast for breakfast.

10 a.m.: Respond to at least 30 emails (a) regarding my jobs with the Tipping Point Math YouTube channel and as education coordinator for the Technology Consultant Corps and (b) corresponding with the CLS about grad school funding.

10:50 a.m.: Head to Senior Class Gift meeting at the Old Glove Factory with Jennifer Dong ’17 and Teresa Villarreal ’17.

11 a.m.: Meet with them and Michelle Czarnecki, the assistant director of student programs, and discuss how to move forward with fundraising plans, help seniors at the College start their philanthropic journey, and figure out ways to get seniors to reflect on the impact Grinnell has had on them.

11:45 a.m.: The meeting draws to a close and I make a beeline for Noyce. Time for office hours with either my biology adviser, associate professor of biology Shannon Hinsa-Leasure, or my statistics adviser, professor of mathematics & statistics Shonda Kuiper.

12:30 p.m.: D-hall lunch; I’m always excited for the communal aspect and the food. Today it’s fried Brussels sprouts, turkey tetrazzini, and Sicilian pizza.

1 p.m.: My 300-level statistical modeling course; today’s focus was logistic regression.

2:20 p.m.: Will Rebelsky ’17 and I drop in on SamR (professor of computer science Samuel A. Rebelsky) and chat.

3:15 p.m.: Coffee break; an opportunity to reflect in the calm before the evening of homework.

4 p.m.: Meet with Myra Steele Professor of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Marc Chamberland, Han Trinh ’17, Zach Segall ’18, and Zach Susag ’19 to develop content for Tipping Point Math. The challenge is always how to create a video around math concepts that will interest people who aren’t into math.

5 p.m.: Do some homework and answer more emails.

6 p.m.: Cook fried rice, store some for leftovers, and eat the rest for dinner.

7 p.m.: Intro to Python programming language ExCo (Experimental College) class taught by Lauren Schweitzer ’20. I chose this one over a class learning to play the organ in Herrick and one comparing and contrasting politics in Southeast Asia and Latin America.

8 p.m.: Meeting with the rest of the Biology Department's Student Educational Policy Committee planning study breaks, addressing student issues, and conducting faculty reviews.

9 p.m.: Bob’s Underground Café open mic night (I love to watch but don’t participate).

10 p.m.: Head home and start homework, edit YouTube videos, and plan my KGY Cultural Hour radio show about Korean pop music.

11 p.m.: Instant ramen study break with my housemates.

11:30 p.m.: I do more homework and work on my application for the Rosenfield Industry Tour.

12:30 a.m.: Quietly do my cleaning for the week (I still don’t know why I do this at 12:30, but it works).

1 a.m.: Finish homework.

1:30 a.m.: Facetime with mom and sometimes aunts and cousins (they’re two hours behind and they’re night owls like me).

2 a.m.: Fall asleep.

If you want to help provide opportunities for students, like Jarren, to expand their minds, broaden their perspectives, and explore their passions, make a gift to Grinnell today.

Volunteer Initiative Program for Faculty & Staff

​The Volunteer Initiative Program (VIP) was formalized in 1999 because Grinnell College understands that students, faculty, and staff have a tremendous impact on the quality of life in our area through the time and energy that they invest in community activities.

For every employee who contributes 20 hours of volunteer time to a community organization, Grinnell College grants $100 to that ​organization of choice.  Encouraging employee volunteerism in the local community is consistent with the College's mission, values, and commitment to the community. This program encourages employees to volunteer in those projects that they feel most passionate about while allowing them to direct some of the College's contributions at the same time.

In December, red VIP forms will be sent to qualified employees. Please complete the form and return it to the community enhancement and engagement office. 

For guidelines and more information please visit the Volunteer Initiative Program (VIP) webpage. VIP Request Forms are also available on-line or by contacting the Office of Community Enhancement & Engagement at 641-269-3900. Completed forms can be submitted to our office at the Old Glove Factory (733 Broad St.).

‘Take It Easy’ with the Jazz Ensemble

The College's Jazz Ensemble, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Mark Laver, offers a chance to "Take It Easy' during the hectic holiday season.

The ensemble's "Take It Easy" concert, which is free and open to the public, will start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, in Sebring-Lewis Hall, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell.

Members of the jazz ensemble work together to develop their program for each concert. Instrumentalists contribute song ideas and they all work on arrangements together in rehearsal. Their program for “Take it Easy” includes their own arrangements of:

  • “Feel Like Funkin’ It Up” by Rebirth Brass Band
  • “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” by Charles Mingus (lyric by Joni Mitchell)
  • “Take It Easy My Brother Charles” by Jorge Ben Jor
  • “Is It a Crime” by Sade
  • “Freedom” by Rebirth Brass Band

The ensemble is made up of instrumentalists of all class years who are interested in the study and performance of jazz. The group, which performs twice a semester, plays music from a wide variety of jazz-related styles, and frequently performs works by both veteran and contemporary jazz composers. While the ensemble focuses primarily on traditional jazz ensemble literature, the group occasionally embarks upon large-scale musical performances of a nontraditional nature.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. You can request accommodations from Conference Operations and Events.

The College welcomes the presence of minors at all age-appropriate public events and for informal visits, with the understanding that a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult assumes full responsibility for their child’s safety and behavior during such visits or events. In these cases the College expects that an adult responsible for the visiting child takes measures to ensure the child’s safety and sees that the child complies with directions of College personnel. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus.

A Year in the Life of an Itinerant Mathematician

Jennifer PaulhusJennifer Paulhus, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, will present "A Year in the Life of an Itinerant Mathematician."

Mathematics is not typically thought of as a global subject, and yet its universal language and absolute truths make it a perfect subject to transcend borders.

During her Harris Faculty Fellowship, Paulhus did mathematics research from Bristol, England, to Singapore, and from Calgary, Canada, to Talca, Chile.

She will talk about the mathematics she did during her travels and, while some of the talk will be targeted at students who have taken Grinnell's Abstract Algebra course, much of the talk will assume no more than general curiosity.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. You can request accommodations from Conference Operations and Events.

Important: The College welcomes the presence of minors at all age-appropriate public events and for informal visits, with the understanding that a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult assumes full responsibility for their child’s safety and behavior during such visits or events. In these cases the College expects that an adult responsible for the visiting child takes measures to ensure the child’s safety and sees that the child complies with directions of College personnel. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus.

Observatory Open House

The Ring Nebula, a glowing ring of gas surrounding a dying star, and a globular star cluster containing perhaps a million stars will be the featured celestial objects at an open house at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at the Grant O. Gale Observatory.

Robert Cadmus, professor of physics, will lead the free, public observation. If the weather is cloudy, the program will consist of computer imaging demonstrations and recorded views through the telescope.

To receive notification of future observatory open houses, please email Cadmus.

The Grant O. Gale Observatory is located on the north perimeter of the Grinnell College campus, north of 10th Avenue and adjacent to Les Duke Track.

The  observatory, which opened in 1984, is an especially valuable facility for a small liberal arts college. Designed by Woodburn and O'Neil of Des Moines, the building is a 38-foot by 55-foot structure rising 26 feet to the top of the dome.

Minors under age 18 need to be accompanied by an adult. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Contact Conference Operations, 641-269-3235, to request accommodations.

Global Religion and the Making of Morality Systems

Webb KeaneWhat does it mean to live an ethical life? Is the answer to this question the same for Christian and Muslim communities around the world?

Webb Keane will tackle these enduring yet timely questions when he visits Grinnell on November 1 to deliver his talk, “Global Religion and the Making of Morality Systems.”

Keane will draw from his interdisciplinary book Ethical Life: Its Natural and Social Histories, in which he explores scientific and humanistic explanations for the ethical lives of humans.

Keane is the George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. An anthropologist and artist, Keane's work spans genres and geographies, engaging questions that span cultural settings and disciplinary boundaries.

He is author of numerous books and articles in linguistic and cultural anthropology and, most recently, on the nature of ethics. He is the recipient of fellowships from a variety of prestigious sources, including the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

Keane's visit is sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations, 641-269-3235.

Trek to Berkshire Hathaway

​The Center for Careers, Life, and Service is pleased to announce that Grinnell College was selected to take a cohort of 20 undergraduate students to visit Berkshire Hathaway in Omaha, Nebraska, where they will meet legendary investor and financier Mr. Warren Buffett. Additionally, students will visit the corporate offices of two distinct Berkshire Hathaway companies: Nebraska Furniture Mart and Borsheims.

Students from all class years and majors are eligible to apply. However, students presently engaged in an off-campus study program are not eligible.  Applicants will be evaluated by the overall quality of their application, their prior experience in the areas of finance and investments, and their overall interest in pursuing a career in investments, banking, corporate finance, or related field.

Students who are selected to participate in this trek must attend two mandatory orientation sessions.

Additional information with complete application details can be found on the CLS GrinnellShare site (secure login required).

Students: Please allow ample time to complete your application. View advising opportunities on GrinnellShare for application queries or if resume assistance is desired.

International Writing Program Presents Hensli Rahn Solórzano

International Writing Program guest Hensli Rahn Solórzano will present in Spanish at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 in Kallus Lecture Hall (Alumni Recitation Hall, Room 102).

Rahn Solórzano, a musician and fiction writer from Venezuela, is the author of story collections Crónicamente Caracas and Dinero fácil, which was named the best Venezuelan short story book of the year by El Universal.

He is a regular contributor to literary journals and news sites, including Contrapunto, Sacven, and Prodavinci. He is also a songwriter; in 2008 his band Autopista Sur released the album Caracas se quema.

He is currently based in Berlin, Germany. He participates courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas.

Rahn Solórzano's visit is sponsored by the Spanish department.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities.  You can request accommodations from Conference Operations and Events.