Note: this was prepared by a student at Grinnell spring 2008 and we've pulled it over into this wiki. Somebody could improve the "wiki-ness" of this by pulling out or adding individual events as separate articles so that others (perhaps you?) can aggregate and link individual articles by date, location, theme, etc. Build from the ground up and you can easily link an article to multiple categories. For example, the first item below was turned into a standalone page, it could link to "1939," "Grinnell Presidents," and "Nollen." If this 1-liner is expanded by an editor (perhaps you?), other linkages may be in order.
President John Nollen resigns as President of Grinnell College.
Dr. Halford Luccock of the Yale School of Divinity visits as part of the annual Gates Lecture. His subject is the religious and ethical aspects of the literature of the past ten years.
Samuel Stevens, Dean of the University College of Northwestern University, becomes President of Grinnell College.
Millard Sheets’ famous water color paintings arrive at Grinnell College for the rest of the semester due to a generous art grant awarded to the college.
Throughout the year
Eric Morini, one of the leading women violin virtuosos of the world, presents a recital.
Raymond Morley, politician and professor, and a former aide of President Roosevelt, speaks on the background of a presidential campaign
Robert Frost visits Grinnell, reading several of his familiar poems.
Blanche Yurka, famous Broadway actress, dramatizes from the great comedies of history in her entertaining program.
Tony Sarg presents Treasure Island. Sarge was a German-American puppeteer and illustrator described as “America’s Puppet Master,” and considered the father of modern puppetry in North America
Darby Gymnasium is built.
The Cowles family donates $125,000 for the construction of a new dormitory, now known as Cowles Hall.
More than 1,000 students and alumni are drafted or enlisted in War War II. Around 40 of them die in service.
Four Japanese-American students arrive on campus that otherwise would have been sent to relocation camps. Grinnell faculty protests against sending these students to relocation camps, stating that “Japanese-American students in residence at Grinnell College present unquestionable evidence of their loyalty to the United States, the only country they know.”
Norman Davis, a leading American socialist, pacifist, and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America, lectures at the college.
As part of the annual Gates Lecture Series, Dr. Paul E. Scherer, pastor of the Lutheran Evangelical Church of New York City, visits Grinnell for a week holding individual conferences with students and lectures on the topic: “The God Who Would Be Man.”
Dr. Carl J. Friedrich of Harvard University gives the annual International Relations lectures on “Germany and the Berlin Blockade,” “The New Belief in the Common Man,” and the Palestine question. Friedrich was a noted authority on government and politics, and stays on campus for a week.
Carl J. Hambro, prominent Norwegian statesman, visits campus. He is awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Law.
The distinguished Mexican diplomat Esequiel Padilla visits campus. He is awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Law.
Grinnell College hosts the Open Writers’ Conference, bringing famous poets and writers such as Allen Tate, John Crowe Ransom, Paul Engle, and Jessica Nelson North.
Count Basie, famous American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer, plays for an all-college dance.
John Bonyata runs a 21.2 seconds in the 200-yard dash to set a Midwest Conference record.
Throughout the year
President Truman visits.
Mark Harrell, baritone soloist visits.
Robert Frost is the featured speaker at the Spring writer’s conference.
John Fairbank, one of the most prominent American scholars of East Asia in the 20th century, addresses Cold War questions in Rosenfield Lectures on the Chinese Revolution. Professor David Scoular revives the men’s glee club, which tours the Midwest.
John Pfitsch’s winning basketball team loses to unbeaten Beloit, 77-75, in one of the greatest games ever played in Darby Gym.
Throughout the year
Robert Penn Warren, an American poet, novelist, literary critic, and one of the founders of New Criticism, lectures on campus.
Karl Shapiro, the Pulitzer prize-winning poet, reads his poetry on campus.
Leslie Fiedler, an American literary critic known for his interest in mythography and fiction, lectures on campus.
Bowen Science Hall is constructed.
Dr. Ralph Bunche, an American political scientist and diplomat who received the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for his mediation in Palestine, lectures on campus. He was also the first person of color to be so honored in the history of the Prize.
The ambassadors of Israel and Pakistan visit.
Dr. Taraknath Das, an anti-British Bengali Indian revolutionary and internationalist scholar lectures on campus.
Dr. Walter H. Judd, a physician and missionary who rose to national prominence as a crusader against Chinese Communism and Japanese expansionism and later US Representative lectures on campus.
Joseph Welch, head attorney for the US Army while it was under investigation by Joseph McCarthy’s Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for Communist activities, speaks at Convocation.
The famous Sauter-Finnegan Jazz Orchestra plays at the college.
Howard Bowen is elected president of Grinnell College, during one of the lowest economic points of the college’s history.
Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington visit and performs a concert on campus.
MacKinlay Kantor, author of the famed novel Andersonville speaks in Herrick Chapel.
Three new Keynesian economists appointed by President Bowen fail half of the senior majors in a required course. A lively faculty meeting follows and sets standards for the economics and business departments.
Edward R. Murrow, American journalist and prominent radio and television figure, known for his broadcasts during World War II, speaks at Convocation.
October 10, 11, 12
Reverand Julian Victor Langmead Casserley is the Gates Lecturer. He speaks on “Revelation and the Philosophy of History.” Casserley is the professor of philosophy of Religion at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.
Pierre Mendes France is the Rosenfield Lecturer. As the former French Prime Minister and gives a lecture on “The Next Fifteen Years.”
The Kingston Trio plays a concert at the college.
At the Mock Political Convention, several politicians visit, preside, and attend.
? Senator Wayne B. Morse of Oregon is a keynote speaker.
? Congressman Fred Schwengle also visits as does Governor Loveless.
? Vern Lysle, speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives is the presiding officer.
? Congressman John Kyle of Iowa’s Fourth District presides over the Republican convention
? Representative Neil Smith, US Congressman from Des Moines chairs the Democratic balloting.
13 students drive east to fast outside the White House to protest nuclear weapons testing, becoming one of the first student anti-nuclear protests of the 1960s.
? Names: Mike Horwatt, Bayard Catron, Terry Bisson, Michael Montross, R. Bennett Bean, Peter Cohon, James Smith, Celia Chorosh, Jack Chapman, Mary Mitchell, Mary Lou Beaman, Ruth Gruenewald, Larry Smucker, and Curtis Lamb.
? The Grinnell group phones daily bulletins back to campus.
Senator Eugene McCarthy and Senator Barry Goldwater lectures on campus.
Historian Arnold Toynbee lectures on campus.
Harold Hughes, Democratic governor of Iowa, lectures on campus.
Supreme Court Justice William Douglas presents the three Rosenfield Lectures in Herrick Chapel.
Lenox String Quartet plays at the college, as does the St. Louis Symphony.
Ralph Kirkpatrick, a musician, musicologist, and harpsichordist, performs at the college. Dizzy Gillespie, an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and composer, performs at the college.
Odetta, an African-American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and a human rights activist, often referred to as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement,” performs at the college.
Rollo May, an American existential psychologist, and author of the influential book Love and Will lectures at the college.
Protests arise over tearing down the old student Union.
Throughout the year:
The Indrani Dance Troupe performs and is hailed as one of the most unique visits on campus thus far.
The Modern Jazz Quartet performs.
Grinnell’s Folk Festival brings in several folk artists. Artists who visit include:
? Bonnie Dobson, a Canadian folk music songwriter, singer, and guitarist
? The New Lost City Ramblers, a contemporary old-time string band that formed during the Folk Revival and continued to directly influence countless musicians
? Ian and Sylvia, Canadian folk music duo
? Reverend Gary Davis “Blind Gary Davis,” an African-American blues and gospel singer and guitarist with a unique finger-picking style
? Albert “Sunnyland Slim” Luandrew, a blues pianist
? Big Walter Horton or Walter “Shakey” Horton, an American blues harmonica player
Governor Harold Hughes of Iowa lectures on campus.
Governor Frank Morrison of Nebraska lectures on campus.
The Forum begins construction.
Zbigniew Brzezinski speaks at a Rosenfield lecture regarding the Vietnam War. Brzezinski was Polish-American political scientist, geostrategist, and statesman who served as United States National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.
Students protest the building of a new parking lot across the railroad tracks next to Burling Library. Construction ensues anyway.
President Leggett is appointed President of Grinnell College.
Three students are guilty of a visitation violation and each student receives conduct probation. One of the students was caught when he was seen halfway out of Haines window attempting to avoid authority and sneak out.
The Blues Project performs on campus.
The Cyclone is not published because of the printing company as well as the college is afraid of liability issues. Many pictures involve students participating in drugs and alcohol and a particular picture involved a couple leaving a motel together.
Jefferson Airplane, a famous folk-rock group, performs at the annual Homecoming Dance.
52 students and faculty travel to tornado-struck Belmond, a northwest town in Iowa, and help in general aid efforts in the area.
Martin Luther King Jr. gives a Sunday sermon to 4,000 people in Darby Gym on “Sleeping Through a Revolution.”
Louis Armstrong visits campus.
Ralph Ellison, namesake of Ralph Waldo Emerson and famous scholar and writer, participates in a panel discussion on “Urban Culture and the Negro.”
The mental health clinic opens as the first in Grinnell. In the past, the closest center had been located in Newton.
The Scarlet and Black posts an announcement asking for suggestions to change the newspaper’s name, stating the reason that the phrase “Scarlet and Black” does not represent the college’s true values.
Students learn that locking the South Campus loggias are a fire hazard and the college attempts to find solutions that would still allow housemothers to still maintaining locked loggias.
The Scarlet and Black changes its name to The Grinnell Reporter.
The Scarlet and Black returns.
Students plan a boycott of town merchants in response to the harassment of black students. Hubert Farbes, Frank Thomas, Grady Murdock, and Gregory Coggs went to the city council and made civil rights a local issue.
Richard Schneirov had an out-of-town girlfriend stay five days in his room at Loose Hall. Schneirov is evicted from Loose.
October: As homecoming approaches, 5 candidates are joined by Dick "The Kid" Melman. He/his supporters flood the mailboxes with mimeographs that start with sentiments along the lines of "Despite a groundswell of support, I am NOT running for homecoming queen." The movement built and he handily won the popular vote, held in the lines entering Quad and Cowles. This whole event was viewed dimly by certain authorities as making a mockery of a tradition. The rules were changed and a separate vote was held with only fall-sports athletes eligible. Cindy Root won (someone verify) and was crowned during half-time of the _____ game. As the ceremony was unfolding on the near track, The Kid appeared from behind Darby in a 1950s Caddy convertible with a host of acolytes scattering leaves in front of his path. Various fans cheered, booed, etc. Numerous older folk (parents, faculty, townies) were apoplectic. [someone add in media coverage...S&G, Ptero, Register, etc.]
October ___, Duke Ellington plays at homecoming dance in Darby.
President Leggett accepts student visitation rights where 84 hours a week could be spared for open visitation between men and women. A “Sex Education Series” follows, with a representative on hand from Playboy. At Gates hall, 10 students disrobe, proclaiming “Playboy is a Money-Changer in the Temple of the Body.” Photos show up on the AP wire, prompting state attorney general to send agents to Grinnell. They are found guilty of “lewd conduct.” Appeals ensue, going ultimately to the US Supreme Court, which does not accept the reasoning of “symbolic speech.”
The Conney M. Kimbo Black Cultural Center opens.
Barry Zigas organizes large Vietnam Moratorium marches in Grinnell. 80 students go to a huge march in Washington, DC. Few members of “Students for a Democratic Society” reorganize as “The Grinnell Student Movement” and get notices from the FBI. Some go to Chicago to observe the Weatherman’s “Days of Rage,” and return to campus with FBI awaiting them for interviews. FBI FBI report states: “This College has a widespread reputation in the Midwest as being of the ultra-liberal type.” See also Grinnell Activism: 1960s
Students and faculty petition to bar a Marine recruiter from campus after Draft Director Lewis Hershey threatens to change the draft status of campus protesters. The recruiter arrives at the college to see the campus filled with crosses.
Classes halt for two days for a group discussion on the Report of the Presidential Commission on Civil Disorder.
A few senior disrupt Commencement and protest the award of an honorary degree of humane letters to Curtis Tarr, former president of Lawrence University, now assistant secretary of the Air Force for manpower
For more details, see Grinnell Activism: 1970s
The college drops all graduation requirements except limits on credits in a major field and in a division; adds Freshman Tutorial.
Ted Glick and Jeff Gordon invert the American flag on Central Campus as an international distress signal to protest the war in Vietnam. Professor John Crossett attempts to "right" the flag. The heated Forum debate that ensues lasts until 2 a.m.
The college suspends classes for two days and vote to send a delegation to Washington DC in response to the invasion of Cambodia and the killings at Kent State.
Campus is officially closed by 6:00pm, acknowledging the desire for students to participate in non-violent and informational political activities. Final exams and Commencement is dropped. Students take credit/fail grades or incompletes to finish work to be graded later.
50 students occupy Burling Library and issue demands for a black studies major, a black admissions board, and a black library. The request is granted. For more discussion see Concerned Black Students (CBS)
Students meet at midnight in Herrick Chapel to protest Nixon’s mining of harbors. 700 students and faculty leave Herrick for a quiet candle-light march through the streets of Grinnell for 6 nights. The FBI observe but no arrests are made.
Professor Wayne Moyer introduces the first “Grinnell Relays.”
Richard Turner, dean of the faculty at Middlebury and art history, is elected as new President of Grinnell College.
Bruce Springsteen performs at the college.
J. Robert Schaetzel, former United States ambassador to the United Nations, lectures on campus.
Governor Jimmy Carter visits and lectures on campus hoping to garner support for his presidential campaign.
Senator Morris Udall visits and lectures on campus hoping to garner support for his presidential campaign.
George Ball, an American diplomat and Undersecretary of State for Economic and Agricultural Affairs, lectures at the college.
Students council votes to discontinue publishing of the yearbook The Cyclone because of a lack of student interest.
The Danish Maid Bakery, site of the famous 2am bakery run, temporarily closes their 2am hours because of a lack of help.
The town votes for a curfew that would require minors under the age of eighteen to be off the town streets by 11pm. Students wonder what the consequences will be for those who attend the college and are under eighteen years old.
Lester Flatt, one of the pioneers of bluegrass music, performs at the college.
Iowa Attorney General Richard Turner and Professor of political science Wayne Moyer hold a debate on the ratification of the Panama Canal treaties. Students applaud Turner for his well-spoken manner but are even prouder of Professor Moyer for holding an excellent debate.
End-of-course evaluations instituted that replaces the previous years’ professor evaluations.
The college sells Norris Hall to Holiday Inn.
The Forum Grill changes their energy source to nuclear power.
Angela Davis, an American socialist organizer and professor associated with the Black Panther Party, lectures at the college.
Wife of Senator Bob Dole, Elizabeth Dole visits Grinnell.
The college begins serious contemplation on switching some of their energy sources to alternative energy.
Gary Burton, one of the best vibraphonists in music, plays a concert.
The Heath Brother Quintet brings to Grinnell mainstream jazz.
Stanley Cowell, famous pianist, performs a concert.
Ralph Towner and John Abercrombie, American guitarists, performs a concert.
McCoy Tyner Quintet plays at Roberts Theatre.
Barry Commoner, an American biologist, college professor, eco-socialist, and runner of the 1980 US presidential election, shocks parents and faculty during Commencement with his rambling attack on various policies and appointments of the Reagan administration in conjunction with colorful ad hominems against the President and his secretary of state. The students reportedly love his speech and give a standing ovation.
Jack Bruce, ex-bassist for the ‘60s group Cream plays at a Thanksgiving Eve concert.
Andrew Young, an American civil rights activist, former US congressman and mayor of Atlanta as well as the first US African-American ambassador to the United Nations, is originally supposed to speak in Herrick but the event is moved to Darby because so many people wanted to attend. He is brought by the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs.
Julian Bond, American leader of the civil rights movement, lectures on campus. He is sponsored by the Concerned Black Students and SGA.
Alumnus and historian George Drake is elected president.
Nikki Giovanni, a Grammy-nominated poet, activist, and author, visits and lectures on campus for Black Cultural Weekend.
Around 200 students and professors gather in the Forum Grill to demonstrate for the divestment of Grinnell College funds from South African corporations.
The college hosts the National Education Conference that other colleges in the Midwest also attend.
Kingman Brewster, former ambassador of the United States, speaks on international relations.
Heavy Manners, a famous ska band, plays at Grinnell Relays.
Master magicians Dana Webb and Chris Mortika visit and perform at the college.
All-campus debate occurs on the proposal to replace the ‘open curriculum’ with new graduation requirements. 89.4 percent of students reject the proposal. For faculty, the proposal was rejected by a 2-1 margin.
Andrew Young (see November 1980) lectures on campus.
Madeleine Albright, first women US Secretary of State, lectures on campus.
George Kennan, diplomat and historian as well as the “father of containment” and a key figure in the emergence of the Cold War, lectures on campus under the Rosenfield program.
Janusz Glowacki, Polish playwright speaks at Convocation.
The Alternative Language Study Option (ALSO) begins its first year of program.
George Frost Kennan (see 1983) speaks at Convocation.
Marcia Freedman, an Israeli-American activist on behalf of peace, women’s rights, and gay rights speaks at Convocation. In the early 1970s Freedman helped create and lead the feminist movement in Israel.
Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister, an English former athlete best known as the first man to run the mile in less than 4 minutes and distinguished neurologist, speaks at Convocation.
Grinnell Food Service and the college make a contract that allows the college to begin making and serving its food independently.
Mears Cottage is renovated and reopened.
A PRO-Peace representative travels on campus to lecture about nationwide disarmament and organize supporters for a rally that demonstrators will march in several cities for several days.
11 Grinnell students are arrested at Rock Island Arsenal while protesting the use of weapons on Rock Island.
Robert McNamara, former United States Secretary of Defense, lectures on campus.
Ernie Banks, an American Major League baseball player for the Chicago Cubs, visits campus.
The college adopts the wait-list for their incoming applicants for the first time in the college’s history as a way to control the rapidly growing incoming class sizes.
The Negative Space Gallery in the Forum is struck by vandals who destroyed the wire sculptures in the Gallery; Security suspects that they were possibly motivated by homophobia.
Rawson Hall becomes a co-ed dormitory while Dibble Hall becomes an all-male dorm.
100 students stage a rally at Fell House demanding the creation of a Gay Resource Center.
The 1966 Cyclone is finally published after a 20 year hiatus.
The Human Resource Center is established in response to the rally regarding a Gay Resource Center.
Brian E. Urquhart, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, speaks at Commencement.
After a 50 year hiatus, Grinnell-in-China ties resume with an exchange agreement between Nanjing University.
Vandals remove 4 location signs of the college and design it in a mock graveyard in Central Campus. Security believes it to be a simple prank and puts the signs, which were completely unharmed, back where they belong.
Guy de Muyser, ambassador of Luxembourg, lectures at the college.
A week-long Native American Conference is held at the college where several speakers are brought to discuss various issues on Native Americans and Native American rights.
Barbara Bush, wife of former president George Bush visits the college.
The college hosts the Association of Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) Feminist Conference which draws in individuals from outside the college and from the general Midwest area.
Grinnell students march in a San Francisco rally in a major peace demonstration sponsored by the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian community.
Senator Bill Bradley, presidential candidate for 2000, visits and lectures on campus as part of his presidential campaign.
Nine Russian English students come for a semester to Grinnell College.
Over 300 students attend a service held in Rachel Asrelsky’s memorial. A memorial prize is established in her name to be given annually to a student with an outstanding paper in anthropology.
Freshman Melanie Cooley decides that she wants to live off-campus with her lesbian partner her sophomore year, but is refused under the housing policy that only allows off-campus housing only if she obtains a legal marriage. Because Iowa does not grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Cooley asks the Committee on Student Life to review the housing policy. CSL then passes a resolution to be included in the student handbook that acknowledges institutionally sanctioned marriages of same-sex couples. Joint Board approves the resolution, but President George Drake vetoes the proposal. He additionally changes the housing policy so that no married couple could move off-campus until junior year unless the couple had a child. Three weeks later the CSL proposal passes because of large protests.
46 Grinnell students, staff, and faculty attend the March for Women’s Equality, Women’s Lives in Washington, DC. The march occurs just days before the scheduled reviewing of the 1973 abortion case, Roe vs. Wade.
Soul Asylum, an American alternative rock band performs at the college.
House of Large Sizes, an alternative rock band performs at the college.
President Drake resigns.
Pamela A. Ferguson, graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Chicago, a math professor and dean of the graduate school at the University of Miami, is named Grinnell’s 11th president.
Indigo Girls, an American folk rock duo, perform at the college.
A number of students travel to Des Moines joining a protest to persuade the government not to begin a war in the Persian Gulf.
A room on Cleveland Second catches fire. There is significant damage to property but no injured students.
50 Grinnell students travel to Washington DC to join a crowd of 500,000 demonstrating support of legalized abortion and against Casey vs. Planned Parenthood which could result in the end of Roe vs. Wade.
Over 300 students show up for a rally protesting the innocent verdict of the police officers who beat Rodney King.
Tammy Zywicki, a Grinnell College senior, disappears from Interstate 80 en route from Chicago to Grinnell. Her car is found locked and abandoned in the breakdown lane of the highway. Through unfaltering support the campus helps search for her but they learn of her death. Her story has affected many people and has launched groups to push for reforms in missing persons searches and highway safety legislation.
A candle-light vigil for Tammy Zywicki is held.
Over fifty Grinnell students and faculty participate in the Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Rights March in Washington, DC. The students represent the largest school contingent from the Midwest.
The Scarlet and Black celebrates its 100th anniversary.
Vandalism is found on the sculpture outside of Steiner Hall.
Ani DiFranco, singer and songwriter, performs on campus.
An unknown arsonist sets Rawson Hall on fire. No one is injured.
An unknown arsonist sets Loose Hall and Cowles Hall on fire. No one is injured.
Dozens of students are late to class when a power outage in the early morning hours turns their alarm clocks and other alarm devices off.
Six Grinnell students travel to Chicago to audition for the Paramount film Primal Fear.
Students march in Washington DC for women’s rights.
The Phoenix Café opens for business.
Around 500 students return for Interim Session of Winter Break, attending classes for a week and a half without weekend breaks.
Renae Mcneil, an African American feminist and playwright performs Dont Speak My Mother's Name in Vain in Harris Cinema.
Pat Irwin ’77, a film, TV, and theater composer and keyboardist, lectures and performs for the College’s sesquicentennial celebration.
Herbie Hancock ’60 performs in Darby Gymnasium.
Cesar Pelli, internationally acclaimed architect and designer of the Fine Arts Center addition and renovation, speaks in Herrick Chapel on Architecture and Art of Response. Pelli is also responsible for the design of the 88-story Petronas Towers in Malaysia, the Carnegie Tower and the World Financial Center in New York, the Canary Wharf in London, and the new main terminal for National Airport in Washington, DC.
Edward Hirsch ’72, internationally renowned poet, visits and reads his poetry on campus as part of the Sesquicentennial Writers Series.
Philip Levine reads his poetry on campus as part of the Sesquicentennial Writers Series. Levine is the winner of a 1995 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Awards for 2 years.
Ann W. Richard, former Governor of Texas and keynote speaker at the 1988 Democratic National Convention, speaks at Commencement.
ExCo (Experimental College) begins its program for the first time in the college’s history.
Gary Burton, a famous American jazz vibraphonist and Makoto Ozone, a famous pianist, perform on campus.
Jorie Graham, American poet and editor, reads her work at the college.
Dar Williams, American singer and songwriter specializing in “folk-pop,” performs on campus.
Jill Gomez, world famous soprano-singer, performs on campus.
Jocelyn Elders, former Surgeon General of the United States, visits and lectures at the college.
President Ferguson mysteriously resigns without a valid explanation in the middle of the semester. Students demand answers but because of the event immediately preceding Fall Break, discussion is halted.
Dozens of cars are vandalized with racist commentary. The City Council, the Grinnell Human Rights Commision, and the county attorney all issue statements vowing for a zero-tolerance policy towards the offenders and express their extreme distaste of the situation.
David McCullough, an American historian and best-selling author as well as two-time winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, speaks at Commencement.
Russell K. Osgood becomes the 12th president of Grinnell College.
Langston Hughes, American poet, novelist, and playwright and known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance, visits and reads his work at the college.
Students protest the government’s involvement in Iraq, calling for more rallies and protests in the future since the students did not feel as if the college has been politically active enough in the past.
Joycelyn Elders, former Surgeon General of the United States and former visitor on campus, speaks at Commencement.
Welsh poet and storyteller Beth Phillips Brow tells tales of the Welsh and Celts, drawing on centuries of history and mythology.
International Percussion Hall of Fame drum-set artist Jim Chapin presents an artist class in the Fine Arts Building.
Fred Wertheimer, an American activist notable for his work on campaign finance reform, speaks at Commencement.
The Mingus Big Band, an ensemble based in the compositions of the late Charles Mingus, performs at the College.
Dolores Huerta, co-founder and first Vice-President Emeritus of the United Farm Workers of America, speaks at Commencement.
In hopes of increasing interaction between professors and students, the Chaplain’s Office begins funding the Take a Professor to Lunch program, which allows students to dine with a member of the faculty at Cowles or Quad for free.
A fire breaks out in the Harris Center, causing heavy damage to the lounge and minor damage to the rest of the building. The cause of the fire was the popcorn machine located in the kitchen next to the lounge.
Robert P. Moses, activist, political organizer, and teacher, speaks at Commencement.
Students John Bohman ’06 and Juan Diaz ’06 had a US flag hung upside down outside of their Younker third story window, and are instructed by Grinnell police to take the flag down because it violated state and federal laws and they would otherwise be charged of a misdemeanor if they did not remove it. The two students speak to the county attorney, who is willing to prosecute. Eventually after a meeting with campus security, the students agree to take the flag down. Bohman and Diaz in conjunction with the ICLU file in Federal Court challenging the constitutionality of the law. In the summer of 2003, a Federal Court rules that, as the law was applied violated the students constitutional rights. However, the court refuses to rule on the constitutionality of the law itself.
Atmosphere, an American underground hip-hop group, performs at the college.
April 5 2002
Trustees approve plans for the addition of the four new residence halls that will make up East Campus. Construction begins this month, and the dorms are expected to be completed in August 2003.
Robert Reich, American politician, academic, and political commentator as well as the 22nd United States Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, is the Commencement speaker.
Students are shocked and saddened by the death of Amy Wilson ’05. The cause is confirmed to be suicide. Students react with ardent support for the family and raise issues regarding mental health at the college.
The Rosenfield program sponsors a week-long symposium on modern Japan, bringing former Ambassador William Clark to campus.
Presidential candidate Howard Dean visits campus to garner support for his bid to represent the Democrats in the 2004 election.
The College intends to phase out its Off-Campus College-Owned (OCCO) Housing program with the exception of Musik Haus, the language houses, and some specialty collaborative houses. Through the program, such houses such as Bio-behavioral House, Vegetarian House, and Gourmet House were able to be a part of the OCCO housing.
After the dying out of the Grinnell Relays in 1987, Grinnell Relays begins again.
At noon approximately 100 students gather to smoke in front of the Nollen House in protest of the proposed smoking ban.
Students are shocked and saddened by the deaths of Jonathan Raxter ‘04 and Lenko Stefanov ’04. The cause is confirmed as suicides. Students rally together in demanding a mental health center within the college as well as several other facilities and professionals to prevent future suicides from occurring.
Tim Wise, an American anti-racist activist and writer, speaks at Commencement.
Darby Gymnasium is torn down to make way for the new campus center.
A fire breaks out on Younker Second Hall South and results in no serious injuries although damaging college and student property. The cause of the fire is an unsupervised candle.
William Schulz, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, speaks at Commencement.
The new Athletic and Fitness Center opens. The new Center replaces Darby Gym for several facilities such as a gymnasium and a basketball court.
Students in Lazier Hall find swastikas drawn in black Magic marker on the shower, mirrors, and walls of a first floor bathroom. Swastikas are also drawn on posters and windows in the entrance and computer lab. More were found on flyers and on the door of Nollen House as well as several off-campus houses. The event triggers an open forum and a march through campus and town against prejudice and discrimination and a discussion of ongoing concerns about student and academic life.
Cake, a famous band, performs a concert at the college.
Carol Bellamy, Director of the United States Peace Corps, Executive Director of UNICEF, and President and CEO of World Learning, speaks at Commencement.
Chivy Sok, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide, gives various perspectives on genocide prevention.
Nicholas Kristof, a Pulitzer Prize winner and The New York Times columnist, speaks at Convocation.
Ezra Mendelsohn, professor at Hebrew University, speaks on genocide.
Dimon Liu, a Chinese-born human rights activist who has been advocating human rights and democracy since 1972, lectures on campus. She is currently a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.
The new Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center opens.
Paul Shuman-Moore, a junior at the college, is reported missing. The Grinnell police, campus security, and a countless number of students hold search parties, raise publicity, and hold candle-light vigils in the hope of his safe return.
Joan Baez, American folk singer and songwriter, performs at the college.
Thomas Vilsack, governor of Iowa, speaks at Commencement.
The new Cowles Apartments opens for residential life. The Cowles Apartments hold 5 to 6 students and contain a living room, a bathroom, a television with cable, a kitchen with a stove and refrigerator, and anywhere from 3 to 5 bedrooms.
The Urban Bush Women, a New York City non-profit dance company, performs at the college.
Students are saddened by the news of Paul Shuman-Moore’s death. A candle-light vigil is held in his honor.
A memorial service in honor of Paul Shuman-Moore is held by the college. Donations to the Merit School of Music and the Poweshiek County Mental Health Center’s Community Outreach and Public Education Program are encouraged in-lieu of flowers.
Senator Barack Obama visits the campus in hopes of garnering support for his presidential campaign.
Governor Bill Richardson visits the campus as part of his presidential campaign.
Hillary Clinton visits Newton, Iowa as part of her presidential campaign. She asks a Grinnell College student to ask her a specific question, thereby planting a question within her audience. The College gains national attention as debates over ethical campaign tactics are raised.
Senator Joe Biden visits the campus as part of his presidential campaign.
Bill Clinton visits the campus as a supporter of Hillary Clinton and makes a campaign speech.
John Edwards visits the campus as part of his presidential campaign.
Angela Davis, who visited once in the 70s, is the Commencement speaker.
The new addition to the Noyce Science Center opens. The new addition includes new classrooms and lab room as well as the Kistle Science Library, which contains 80,000 science-related books and journal volumes and small study carrels and computer stations.
Haines Pit bathroom and student whiteboards are covered with homophobic statements. An all-campus discussion follows and an open forum and peaceful protest is held in the Joe Rosenfield Center in support of gay rights.
February 29 A few days later, 34 students receive highly homophobic letters in their mailboxes. The student body reacts with intense support, as well as all-campus forums and discussions.
April 21 Norm Finkelstein visits campus on behalf of the Palestinian Solidarity Group