Slavic Coffeehouse and Balalaika Concert

The annual Slavic Coffeehouse is co-sponsored by the Russian Department and the Russian and Central and Eastern European Studies (RCEES). Students and faculty meet at kitchens on campus and in professors’ homes, and prepare a variety of exotic treats from the Slavic kitchen, which are sold with coffee and tea that evening. This year the…

Pacifica String Quartet performs in Bucksbaum

The Grammy-award winning Pacifica String Quartet played in Sebring-Lewis Hall on Thursday, April 7, drawing an impressive crowd of community members, students and professors. The group began and ended their performance with F major quartets, the first by Beethoven and the finale by Dvorak. Between the two old favorites, the quartet played a contemporary piece…

Newest Faulconer exhibit curated by students

Slipping into the rear of the Faulconer Gallery, the new exhibition “Ar(t)chives,” curated by the students of Art 260: Museum Studies opens this Friday, April 8 at 5 p.m. The exhibition will feature a slew of pieces by American artists who worked from the 1930s up to the 1990s. Lesley Wright, Director of the Faulconer…

Lecture places street theatre as agent of change

On Monday, April 4, performance scholar Susan Haedicke gave a talk in Bucksbaum entitled “Interventionist Performance and European Street Theatre.” Over a dozen students, staff, faculty and members of the Grinnell community gathered in the Lawson Lecture Hall to attend the multimedia-based lecture. After Haidicke introduced the discipline of performance studies to the audience, she…

Writer@Grinnell describes process and poetry

Ilya Kaminsky is a Russian prose-poet who came to Grinnell yesterday as part of the Writers@Grinnell Program. His works include Dancing in Odessa and Deaf Republic. Kaminsky immigrated from the U.S.S.R at the age of 16 and was granted asylum with his family; his works are strongly influenced by his Russian background, although he writes…

Alum discusses South African art in Faulconer

Watched over by the smoky-faced drawings of Diane Victor—a South African artist who vistited Grinnell earlier this year and whose exhibit remains on display—students and professors absorbed a gallery talk this past Tuesday about the art of other South African artists. On April 5, Dr. Elizabeth Perrill ’99 returned to Grinnell and the Faulconer Gallery…

Novelist considers mortality, youth, technology

Gary Shteyngart has published three books and is one of The New Yorker’s 20 under 40 writers. When did you first start writing? I was a little kid in Russia and my grandmother made me write a novel for her. I was about five or six years old. She gave me little pieces of cheese…

Filmmaker discusses copyright, animated work

Nina Paley is an artist, filmmaker, and free culture activist most known for her feature length movie, “Sita Sings the Blues.” “Sita” has been featured in numerous film festivals, such as the Berlin International Film Festival and Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival. The animated work retells the ancient Indian epic, the “Ramayana” interwoven with autobiographical…

South loggia poster burnings bring police

Several flier fires sparked the attention of more than just South Campus residents, spurring an uncomfortable debate on self-governance and campus safety. There have been three major incidents with a total of 30 burnt fliers since October, prompting Grinnell Fire Chief Dan Sicard to propose two unpopular options. “We could either install a camera in…

Dotty Slick leaves to pursue master’s degree

Intercultural Affairs Associate Daria “Dotty” Slick, who recently returned to campus after being placed on academic leave last semester, is leaving again to go back to school this May for a master’s degree in social work. Slick worked on the Peer Connection Pre-Orientation Program (PCPOP), served as a mentor to the Posse 5 group from…