American Flag broken up like puzzle pieces

Alumni College 2017: Division in America

Wednesday, May 31 – Friday, June 2

The outcomes of recent elections illustrate there is an intense difference of opinion on many critical issues facing our country. The way we use language, the way we view and interpret data, and even the way we call ourselves to action can seem worlds apart. Are these differences irreconcilable? How did we get here and where do we go from here? How can we be hopeful and rise above these differences? Alumni College 2017 will take a deeper dive into these questions and will seek answers that create understanding, empower and educate, help us realize empathy for the “other,” and maybe even find ways we can bridge the gap.

Please note: Alumni College 2017 has reached capacity and we are no longer taking reservations. 

Lectures and Workshops

Working with Data

Barbara A. Trish, Professor of political science

What Now?: A Political Economy Approach

William D. Ferguson '75, Gertrude B. Austin Professor of economics

Social Action Workshop: Three Competing Views and Integrating Them

Douglas Hess '91, assistant professor of political science

Moving Forward: Building Community through Dialogue

Johanna Solomon, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Peace Studies

*Other programs will be posted as they are confirmed.

Previous Alumni College Topics

Alumni College 2016

Food sustains us, it binds us to each other, it provides a foundation for us culturally and intellectually.

Alumni came back to Grinnell and examined food like they probably never had before. They explored food as culture, food as ritual, food as choice. Along the way, they looked with new eyes on the decisions made about food, the way other cultures use food to sustain and identify, and the way our food, and our interaction with it, is changing and evolving.

Alumni College 2016 Faculty

Mark Levandoski, professor of chemistry
Todd Armstrong, professor of Russian
Leslie Lyons, professor of chemistry
Mark Laver, assistant professor of music

2016 Alumni College Schedule