Kingston Courtyard and the HSSC Atrium on the campus of Grinnell College. The sky in the background is painted with oranges, yellows, and blues as the sun sets.

Humanities and Social Studies Center Celebration

ARH and Carnegie were iconic pieces of the Grinnell College campus but were designed and constructed more than a century ago with very different academic needs. The faculty developed a set of goals for the project, including bringing all the social studies and non-fine arts faculty into a single complex to support interdisciplinary engagement, creating classrooms which were of sufficient size and configuration to support engaged learning, providing support for modern technology, providing space for student-faculty research, and including spaces that build community. Additions were designed that attached to corners of ARH and allowing access to Carnegie and removing 1980’s era connector between ARH and Carnegie. Major corridors provide access to most classrooms and more public spaces, while minor corridors (with less circulation noise), provide access to most offices, research spaces, and team rooms. An atrium connects the north and south additions and celebrates the historic architecture of ARH, while creating a wonderful community space. Sustainability and principals of universal access were used throughout the design and construction process. 

Grinnell College is delighted to have the Community participate in dedicating the new Humanities and Social Studies Center facilities. Join Trustees, Faculty, Staff, and Students to celebrate the impact the new and renovated spaces are having on our campus community. 

HSSC Open House, Dedication Ceremony and Community Lunch 
Saturday, October 1
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

In addition to the HSSC dedication activities, the weekend will also host multiple athletics competitions, musical events, and a wide array of educational and cultural programming. View a tentative schedule of events below. We welcome your participation as your schedule allows. 

2022 Preliminary HSSC Dedication Weekend Schedule

Please note that this includes a sampling of the many events, lectures, and tours that will be offered. Times and days of specific events are subject to change. We encourage you to check the schedule when you arrive on campus for the most up-to-date version!

Friday, September 30

4-5 p.m.: Shifting Pedagogy at Grinnell Faculty Panel

5-6 p.m.: Paper Trails: Works on Paper from the Gaur Collection opening reception at the Grinnell College Museum of Art 

6:30 p.m.:  HSSC Dedication Dinner (Invitation Only)

7 p.m. Women’s Volleyball Game: (Grinnell vs Beloit)

Saturday, October 1

9 a.m.-3 p.m.: HSSC Open House, Dedication Ceremony, and Community Lunch

1 p.m.: Football Game: (Grinnell vs Beloit)

7:30 p.m.: Grinnell Singers Concert

Sunday, October 2

10:30 a.m.: Interdenominational Christian worship service

1:30 p.m.: Women’s soccer game (Grinnell vs Luther)

Hotel Information

A block of rooms is available at both the Comfort Inn and Suites (641-236-5236) and Country Inn and Suites (641-236-9600) under "HSSC Dedication." In addition to these room blocks, you can also choose a variety of other local accommodation options, including bed & breakfasts, Air B&B options, and other area motels. View a full list of local accommodation options

We have reserved local hotel rooms at a reduced rate for your convenience. Ask to book under “Grinnell HSSC Dedication” when calling either of the following hotels:

Comfort Inn & Suites
20 rooms reserved; available until August 31

Country Inn & Suite
20 rooms reserved; available until August 30