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Math Department welcomes lecturer Kusha Nezafati

By Tanvi Jindal jindalta@grinnell.edu Grinnell College welcomed Lecturer Kusha Nezafati to the Math department this semester. Nezafati received a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in mathematics  at University of Texas-Austin and went on to get his Masters in Statistics at University of Texas-Dallas. He is currently working on his dissertation for a Ph.D. in…

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Junot Diaz to visit campus next Monday

By Louise Carhart  carhartl17@grinnell.edu This coming Monday, Feb. 13, Pulitzer Prize- winning author and professor of creative writing at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Junot Diaz, will visit Grinnell for a series of discussions and readings. The Dominican Republic born, New Jersey bred writer focuses on the immigrant and Latinx experience in the United States,…

The College’s Title IX Statement on DeVos

To our community:   We do not know the direction (and many fear the direction) that Betsy DeVos, Secretary of E​ducation, will take regarding Title IX.  What we do know is that the College will continue to provide support (both confidential and private resources) to students, faculty, and staff who have experienced some form of…

Legislative coffee allows Grinnell to question legislators

By Keli Vitaioli  vitaioli@grinnell.edu Saturday morning, Feb. 4, the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Grinnell was filled with approximately 200 Grinnell community and college members attending a Legislative Coffee with Iowa legislators, state Sen. Tim Kapucian and state Rep. Dave Maxwell. This event was the first of three opportunities sponsored by the League of…

Presentation on Posse Plus Retreat: “Us versus them”

By Candace Mettle mettleca@grinnell.edu Last Tuesday, representatives of the College’s Posse students held an interactive presentation based around the discussions held at this year’s Posse Plus Retreat. Every year, the Posse Foundation hosts a weekend getaway to converse about current events in U.S. politics with fellow Posse members, faculty and administration members and invited non-Posse…

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Anti-fascism imagery criticized, vandalized

By Lily Bohlke bohlkeli@grinnell.edu Over the course of the last week, unidentified people have removed or vandalized two separate art pieces that represented protest and resistance to the new presidential administration.  Clio Sawyer*, a student at Grinnell, created and hung posters across campus that read “No Safe Spaces for Fascist Scum” with an image of…

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Autumn Wilke made new assistant dean for disabilities resources

By Steve Yang yangstev17@grinnell.edu Autumn Wilke will serve as Grinnell’s new Assistant Dean for Disability Resources, taking on part of the role vacated by Jennifer Krohn’s retirement and continuing her work on disability and accessibility on campus, according to a campus wide email sent out on Jan. 24. Wilke has been the coordinator of disability…

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Innovation fund announces chosen projects

By Zane Silk silkzane@grinnell.edu Grinnell College announced on Jan. 26 the projects selected for funding by the Innovation Fund. The nine chosen projects cover a range of areas with a particular emphasis on digital technology and addressing issues of diversity. Now in its fifth year, the Innovation Fund was created for faculty, staff and students…

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Kumail Nanjiani ’01 to speak at this year’s commencement

By Nandita Banik baniknan@grinnell.edu At this year’s graduation ceremony, stand-up comedian, actor, writer, podcast host and Pakistani-American Kumail Nanjiani ’01 will join the ranks of Zadie Smith and Judith Butler in addressing the class as a commencement speaker. Most recently, Nanjiani has lent his voice to Prismo for the Emmy Award-winning animated series “Adventure Time.”…

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Ologie marketing firm does outreach for the College

By Philip Kiely kielyphi@grinnell.edu Grinnell College has recently hired Ologie, a Columbus, Ohio-based marketing and strategy firm, to further the college’s marketing and outreach efforts. The company has a large roster of higher-education clients and intends to build a powerful platform for Grinnell to tell its story. In a presentation last Thursday, representatives from Ologie…