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Friday, November 20, 2015

Russian Writer-in-Residence Short Story Reading

Marianna Goncharova

Russian Writer-in-Residence
Current Grinnell College International Visiting Fellow 

Please join us for a reading of short stories as read by the author, Marianna Goncharova, and translated by students in the Russian Senior Seminar:

Jacob Cohn '16
Charles Eddy '16
Jordan Matosky '16 
Rachel Morgan '16
Luke Panciera '16

Tuesday December 1, 2015 at 4pm in ARH 201 
Refreshments will be served

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Level Playing Field?

Zombie Theories of Athletic, Genetics, and Race in Mainstream Global Media

Presentation Monday, November 30, 7:30pm at Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101

Matthew W. Hughey, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut where he also serves as Affiliate Faculty in the Africana Studies Institute and the American Studies Program

Professor Hughey is set to discuss the debate over black athleticism and biological determinism. He proposes that with the domination of black athletics over white challengers—such as boxer Jack Johnson or sprinter Jessie Owens—some began to assert that blacks possessed a biological predisposition toward athletic excellence and that Darwinian winnowing during chattel slavery’s harsh conditions magnified African American and West Indian athletic prowess.
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Despite biological and sociological evidence to the contrary, recent mainstream journalism has collectively advanced the proposition that black athletic success is the product of little more than genetic traits. In this talk, Professor Hughey will examine the events and ideologies employed to reify a media discourse of “black brawn vs. white brains.” He demonstrates how such a thesis is empirically untenable and represents a “zombie theory”—an idea that just won’t die.

Free and open to the public, refreshments will be served.

Monday, November 16, 2015

International Faculty Development Seminar Opportunity

Grinnell College is a member of the Academic Consortium through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). CIEE promotes international education and exchange. There are funds still available for 2015 through the CIEE's International Faculty Development Seminar (IFDS) to be applied to the winter 2016 seminars.

Here are the general guidelines for awarding the grant:

  • Recipients must be first-time IFDS participants. 
  • The grant can be awarded in one of the following ways:
    • (1) x $2,000 grant to one participant OR
    • (2) x $1,000 grants to two participants OR 
    • (4) x $500 grants to four participants

Please note that only $1000 of the benefit can be used towards a 7-day seminar.

The two seminars that are still eligible for this grant are:


Consuming Istanbul: Politics of Space and Spectacle Turkey, Jan. 5-14, 2016

Faculty, please contact the Center for International Studies if you are interested in applying for this grant. Enrollment for winter seminars closes Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Xu Xing, author and filmmaker, visits Grinnell

Photo courtesy of East Asian Studies Department and History Department.

Iconic Chinese author and filmmaker, Xu Xing, will visit campus next week on Nov. 9 and 10 to talk about one of his documentaries, "A Chronicle of My Cultural Revolution." Sponsored by the East Asian Studies and History Departments, Xing will visit Grinnell as one of his last stops of his American collegiate tour, which included talks at Harvard, University of Pittsburgh and Yale.

Xing attained literary fame and acclaim post-Chinese Cultural Revolution as an integral member of the literary revival movement in China. After living in Berlin after the Cultural Revolution, Xing finally returned to China settling in Beijing where he currently lives.  A lot of his work focuses on themes of spatial and individual freedoms, and humor and fantasy. Given his worldly knowledge after traveling to foreign countries, he explores popular culture in his literary and other artistic works.

Film Screening:
On Monday, Nov. 9, from 7:30p to 10p in ARH 302, Xu Xing will be present at the screening of his own documentary, "A Chronicle of My Cultural Revolution," which details his personal reflection of China's Proletarian Cultural Revolution. The screening will conclude with a Q&A session. Translation will be provided.

Xu Xing: An International Life of Arts and Letters
On Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 4:15p to 5:15p in Burling Lounge, Xu Xing will share insight on his own journey within the world of arts and letters in contemporary China. Translation will be provided as well.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Global Careers of Alumnus

Ahsan Rahim's '11 transformative experience at Grinnell shaped and strengthened his interests in finance.
Ahsan Rahim '11 came to Grinnell thinking he was going to major in phyiscs and math, typical majors for future engineers--a common career for boys from his hometown.

During his career at Grinnell, he landed an internship in New York City in alternative investments for TIAA-CREF through the GrinnellLink Internship page. In spite of the immense pleasure he experienced working at TIAA-CREF, Rahim still decided to continue with his plan of going through the 3-2 engineering program.

However, the summer after his junior year at Dartmouth College, he landed another internship in market risk for securitized products with Deutsche Bank. This experience convinced him to return to Grinnell and switch his previous majors to economics.

Since graduating from Grinnell, Rahim worked for AllianceBernstein as a portfolio analyst in New York until he enrolled in University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School earlier this year.

Although he is not an engineer today, Rahim is grateful for his time spent at Dartmouth, which helped him diversify his education and convinced him to not follow his previous pursuit of becoming an engineer. He also credits a lot of his current experience in the finance world to the sociology and psychology courses he took at Grinnell, which has helped him understand the complexities of different individuals and groups involved with finances.

To read more about his story, click HERE.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Visiting Fellow Presents on Contemporary Bollywood

On Wednesday, Oct. 14, International Visiting Fellow and Assistant Professor at the Centre for English Studies at Jawaharlal University in Delhi, India, Dhanajay Singh, gave a talk on contemporary Bollywood to faculty, students, and staff.

His talk, entitled, “Ancient Indian Theatre Traditions and Their Representation in Contemporary Bollywood”, provided a discourse on how contemporary Indian cinema is largely influenced by the continuous and cumulative theatre traditions of ancient theatre. As such, Professor Singh started his presentation with a short clip of Mother India, a 1957 Hindi epic drama film. 

Most of the themes discussed in his presentation mirrored the topics he is covering in his short course, "Indian Theory of Drama/Theatre and Performance: Bharata's Natyashahtra". From the aesthetic experience and the human mind to the psychology of performance and reception of drama/theatre, Singh presented and applied multiple aesthetic theories and ideas to the different clips of Indian films he played during his presentation. 

Throughout the talk, he also showcased the "plurality of cultures" in Indian cinema by way of musical and dance routines. According to Singh, every Indian film must incorporate dancing or singing in order to become successful. Dancing is the highest art of India because it incorporates sight and hearing, which, together, transcend the "limited eye".

At the end of his presentation, Singh engaged in further dialogue with students and faculty on Platonic and Aristotelian aesthetics and other analytical readings of clips he showed.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

First Annual Global Learning Program Tutorials

Thanks to Susie McCurry ’71 and the Rolan and Ruby Holden Foundation, the Center for International Studies will offer two brand new Global Learning Program (GLP) Tutorials in the spring semester for first-year students. The purpose of the annual GLP Tutorials is to provide students a better understanding of a place outside of their home country and to understand their home country in a global context. As such, both tutorials will take trips abroad to enhance the curriculum.

The GLP Tutorials this semester are: “Tolerance and Intolerance: What is Enlightenment Today?” (co-taught by David Harrison, French, and Dan Reynolds, German) and “ Origins of Liberal Education” (co-taught by Mirzam PĂ©rez, Spanish, and Aysha Pollnitz, History). Both of these courses will travel to France, Germany, and Austria and Italy, Spain, and Mexico City, respectively, during Spring Break or after final exams in May.

To apply, first-year students must complete an application, link below, in addition to doing the normal application. The student must have two recommendation forms (one from their current, fall semester Tutorial professor and another from a faculty or staff member).

For more information about the program or about the application process, sign in to Grinnell Share, click on Students, and then on Global Learning Program.