Harlan Collaboration Team Room, N3140

This space is officially named in gratitude of the generosity of the Linnet C. Harlan ’72.


Linnet C. Harlan, American Studies ’72, began her career as one of a handful of women practicing high tech law in Silicon Valley in the late 1970s and was involved in two of the most important intellectual property cases of the 20th century. A published playwright, her short play “Barbies” has been produced throughout the United States and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  In 2012 as a Wilson Scholar at Grinnell, she taught a short course on Women Leaders in the Private Sector: Practical Career Advice. That same year she also presented, to a standing room only audience in JRC 101, a crowd-sourced Reunion program Seven Decades of Grinnell Women: Expectations, Experiences and Perspectives, a Participatory Oral History. She served Grinnell as a GRASP volunteer as well as class fund director and class agent.  Good collaboration was the hallmark of many of her projects.  Attending Grinnell was one of the pivotal experiences of her life.