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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.

Chemistry Research Presented at ACS National Meeting

Continuing an annual tradition, chemistry and biological chemistry students and faculty from Grinnell College attended the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting this spring. Eighteen students and three of their faculty mentors traveled to San Francisco to join nearly 19,000 other chemistry-focused folks. Our students participated in poster sessions and attended talks, career fairs, and other conference activities.

The Grinnell College group often meets up with alumni who are also at the conference. Faculty get to reconnect with past students and mentees, and current students get to network with alumni who have chosen careers in chemistry.

Students discuss their research with others at the spring 2017 ACS national meeting.

Photo caption: Students discuss their research with others at the spring 2017 ACS national meeting. On the left, Sam Lopez '18 with his poster in the Geochemistry division. On the right, William Rebelsky '17 and Katie Parrish '18 have neighboring posters in the Chemical Education division. 

April 18 Student Research Symposium Poster Session

The Grinnell College Libraries is excited to be a part of the Student Research Symposium this year.  Come join our Grinnell students across all divisions who will present their posters from 4-6 p.m. in Burling Lounge.  

The symposium is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be available.

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.

Off-Campus Study Photo Contest

The Office of Off-Campus Study held its first annual photo contest in February. There were 4 categories — people, place, thing, and custom — as well as an overall contest winner. We received over 100 submissions from students that participated in off-campus study in spring 2016 or fall 2016.

Overall Winner: Sophie Wright ’18

Blue House with Rainpipes.

Sophie participated in IES Abroad Berlin Metropolitan Studies.

Blue house with snaking rainpipes across the front

Place Category Winner: Sarah Jordan ’18

Alpaca Herding.

Sarah participated in SIT Study Abroad Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation.

Alpacas being herded uphill followed by a group of people

Custom Category Winner: Linnea Schurig ’17

The Cheese Markets of Istanbul.

Linnea participated in the Duke in Istanbul program.

Open display of cheeses in Istanbul market

Thing Category Winner: Helena Kleiner ’17

Terracotta Horses.

Helena participated in the South India Term Abroad in Madurai, India.

Terracotts horses draped in scarves.

People Category Winner:  Holly Walter ’17

Riding Across Wadi Rum.

Holly participated in the AMIDEAST Arabic Language and Studies program in Amman, Jordan.  

Two women with wind blowing their hair

Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to everyone that submitted photos.

James McBride & The Good Lord Bird Band

Bestselling author, musician, and screenwriter James McBride and The Good Lord Bird Band will perform at the next Writers@Grinnell event.

Writers at GrinnellA Writers@Grinnell roundtable with James McBride will take place at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Rosenfield Center, Room 209. At 8 p.m. that evening in Herrick Chapel, James McBride and The Good Lord Bird Band will give a performance and lecture. The public is welcome at the free events.

James McBride is an author, musician and screenwriter. His landmark memoir, The Color of Water, rested on the New York Times bestseller list for two years. It is considered an American classic and is read in schools and universities across the United States.  His debut novel, Miracle at St. Anna, was translated into a major motion picture directed by American film icon Spike Lee. It was released by Disney/Touchstone in September 2008.  James wrote the script for Miracle At St. Anna and co-wrote Spike Lee's 2012 Red Hook Summer. His novel, Song Yet Sung, was released in paperback in January 2009. His latest novel, The Good Lord Bird, about American revolutionary John Brown, is the winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction. 

James is also a former staff writer for The Boston Globe, People Magazine, and The Washington Post. His work has appeared in Essence, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. His April 2007 National Geographic story “Hip Hop Planet” is considered a respected treatise on African American music and culture.

James is a native New Yorker and a graduate of New York City public schools. He studied composition at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and received his master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York at age 22. He holds several honorary doctorates and is currently a distinguished writer in residence at New York University.

The events are sponsored by Writers@Grinnell, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Music Department, Center for Humanities, American Studies, Intercultural Affairs, and Artists@Grinnell.

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