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Grinnell-in-Des Moines: Brewery Tour
1 - 7 p.m.
Des Moines, IA


Reunion 2017
June 2 - June 4
Grinnell, IA


Global Day of Service /
Founder's Day


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Pioneer Bookshop Hours for Alumni Weekend

The Pioneer Bookshop welcomes our alumni and will extend hours for the weekend.  Alumni will receive 10% off their purchases during Reunion.

Store hours are:

  • Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. -  6 p.m.

  • Thursday until 7 p.m.

  • Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Sunday 9 a.m. - Noon


Adriana Zenteno Hopp '17 wins 2017 Helena Percas de Ponseti Senior Award

Adriana Zenteno Hopp ’17 is the winner of the Helena Percas de Ponseti Senior Award for the Academic Year 2016-2017. This award recognizes the quality of Adriana's academic record as well as her commitment to the department's program.

In the forty years Professor Helena Percas de Ponseti taught in the Department of Spanish, she earned national and international recognition as an outstanding teacher and scholar. The first book she published represents one of the first major examinations of Latin American women poets. Professor Ponseti’s subsequent books and articles on Cervantes enhanced her scholarly reputation. Not surprisingly, after retiring from active teaching Professor Ponseti continued to lecture and publish on Cervantes and his art. Generations of Grinnell students benefited from the mutual enrichment of her research and teaching.

The Social Gospel in Grinnell

“The Social Gospel in Grinnell” is now on display in Burling Gallery on the lower level of Burling Library. Using materials from the Special Collections and Archives, this exhibit explores the main figures of the Social Gospel Movement in Grinnell and how the movement affected the town and College.  In addition to the physical exhibit, you can learn more about the Social Gospel Movement in Grinnell online.

The Social Gospel Movement of the late 19th century arose in response to the social and economic disruptions of the times. Grinnell became a center of this movement when George A. Gates became president of Iowa College and George D. Herron was appointed Professor of Applied Christianity. While Herron became nationally known for his fiery rhetoric, it was  Gates whose Social Gospel ethos transformed the College.

This exhibit was curated by retired Archivist of the College, Catherine Rod and student, Matthew McCarthy ’17.

Department of Chinese & Japanese Graduation Dinner 2017

The Department of Chinese and Japanese hosted its annual graduation dinner on May 12, 2017, at Chuong Garden in town. Those present included six faculty members in Chinese and Japanese and six graduating seniors: Daniel Delay (East Asian Studies Concentration), Mona Choo (Independent Japanese major), Anthony Lam (Chinese major), Sophie Wright (Chinese major), Megan Caufield (Chinese major), and Nola Novak (Independent Japanese major).

Writers@Grinnell: Bennett Sims

Bennett Sims imageAward winning author Bennett Sims will read from his work on Friday, April 28, at the final Writers@Grinnell event this semester.  Bennett will be reading from "White Dialogues," a horror story set at a lecture on Hitchcock's Vertigo.  His presentation will also include a multimedia piece incorporating visuals from the film. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 4:15 p.m. in Burling Library Lounge.

The spring writing contest winners will be announced after the reading.

Bennett Sims is the author of the novel A Questionable Shape, which received the Bard Fiction Prize and was a finalist for the Believer Book Award. White Dialogues, a story collection, is forthcoming in September 2017. His stories have appeared in A Public Space, Conjunctions, Electric Literature, Tin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, and the 2015 Pushcart Prize Anthology. He has taught at Bard College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently teaching the Weird Fiction short course at Grinnell.

Refreshments will be served.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If you plan to attend this event and need accommodation, please contact Burling Library as soon as possible to make your request.

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