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Peace and Conflict Studies becomes a concentration

On May 1, the College faculty validated the concentration of Peace and Conflict Studies, which has been unofficially present at the College since 2004. Starting in Fall 2017, Grinnell students will be able to declare the concentration. Peace and Conflict Studies seeks to study the root causes of violence and strategies to resolve them. Multidisciplinary…

SGA passes anti-corruption resolution

Last week, the Student Government Association Senate voted to pass the American Anti-Corruption Act Resolution, which was written and brought to campus council by Evan Feldberg-Bannatyne ’20. This resolution affirms that SGA and the greater community of Grinnell College support legislation that upholds principles related to the productivity and efficiency of the U.S. government while…

Scholar of Roman History Explores Ancient Biography

What would it have been like to win a Greek poetry contest at age 11, in front of the Emperor? While this question may never be fully answered, Kathleen Coleman, James Loeb Professor of the Classics at Harvard University, presented her work on reconstructing a biography of exactly that 11-year-old boy. Coleman has worked to…

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Black Church celebrates 20 years of worship

By Steve Yang yangstev17@grinnell.edu On Sunday April 30, Grinnell’s Black Church celebrated its 20th anniversary of monthly worship in Herrick Chapel. Convened in the style of African-American, African-Caribbean and African Christian traditions, the Church was begun by Reverend Deanna Shorb in 1997 for students raised in predominantly African-American churches. Moses Mason ’99, a religious studies…

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Students hold activist summit

By Candace Mettle mettleca@grinnell.edu Following up on the March 1st Day of Student Resistance, students from Occupy 8th Avenue and RISE Grinnell organized an activist summit on Monday May 1. The summit brought various on-campus activist groups together to build a coalition in hope of maintaining student activism after this year’s student demonstrations. Simonne Carlton…

Task force defines self-governance

By Alice Herman hermanal@grinnell.edu Two years ago, President Raynard Kington issued the “Charge to the Task Force on Residential Learning,” a call for the comprehensive analysis and diagnosis of issues relating to the residential experience at Grinnell College. In the charge, Kington noted the increasingly visible issues of substance use and mental health, as well…

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Seven Grinnell students award Fulbright grants this year

By Kate Irwin irwinkat@grinnell.edu Caleigh Ryan, Mollie Jo Blahunka, Kieran Connolly, Stella Gatzke, Ian Stout, Sophie Wright and Samantha Fitzsimmons Schoenberger (all ’17) have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships, highly prestigious awards sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. According to the Bureau’s website, the scholarship increases “mutual understanding…

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Jacobin editor discusses “Life After Capitalism”

By Saiham Sharif sharifsa@grinnell.edu Peter Frase, an editor at Jacobin Magazine, came to Grinnell on April 24 to give a talk called “Four Futures: Life After Capitalism,” derived from his recent book of the same name. Multiple departments and faculty members, including Professor Patrick Inglis, sociology, sponsored the talk. Frase prefaced the main segment of…

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Fighting overpopulation with reproductive rights

By Carter Howe  howethom@grinnell.edu Population expert John Seager delivered a talk on Monday about the importance of access to family planning in the fight against overpopulation and the challenges presently facing family planning efforts. Seager is the founder of Population Connection, a “national grassroots population organization” that seeks to educate the public about the threat…