During Grinnell’s earliest days, Alumni Hall rang out with fiery debate. Do we need political parties? Should the death penalty be abolished? For over 60 years, Grinnell College’s Literary Societies met to dance, converse, and hold forth on issues that are still pertinent in the 21st century. These groups were the beginning of a tradition that carries on with the impressive number of organized student groups that the campus currently enjoys. Join us as we look back at the Grinnell Literary Societies.
Although economists in recent years have begun to apply economic theory to the activities of religious organizations, very few have ventured deeply into the realm of the Roman Catholic Church and almost none have considered the confluence between Internal Labor Market Theory and the promotional job ladder for ordained Catholic clergyman. This analysis explores the implications of the Catholic Church’s internal promotional ladder on its level of theological flexibility and hence its ability to adjust to changing market conditions. Specifically, by treating the Catholic Church as an organization subject to many of the same market forces as ordinary business firms, the research presented in this analysis shows how much of the “crisis” the church is confronting in the modern era—such as the rapid decline in the number of priests—can be explained by microeconomic structures that have developed over the past two millennia. At the broadest level, this analysis offers a new paradigm for viewing resistance to change in the church and provides a model for understanding the long-term implications of inflexibility on the viability of the church as an institution.
My MAP furthered my exploration of ceramics, as a means of producing functional pieces that stand apart from ordinary, generic dinnerware sets. My goal was to bring a quality of artistic sophistication to a ritual we experience every day – consuming food off of hand-built yet functional works of art. My set includes five matching dinner plates, dessert plates, bowls, cups and mugs that were thrown using cone-10 clay. Additionally, I made two larger forms for serving food, a platter and a bowl. I believe this project produced works of art embodying craft and quality suitable to be displayed individually in a gallery. When all of the ceramic forms are brought together as a unified dinnerware set, it connects the artist's spirit with a unique dining ritual.
We examined the relation between sex and relationship education, communication, and prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) among college-aged women. We hypothesized that (a) women who received more comprehensive sex and relationship education would report fewer IPV experiences, (b) women who received their sex and relationship education from certain sources would report fewer instances of IPV, and (c) women who communicated more with partners would experience fewer instances of IPV. The study consisted of a survey completed by 48 women at a liberal arts college regarding their IPV history, sex and relationship education, and communication with partners. The first hypothesis was not supported; however, the results showed that women who did not receive their education from a medical professional and women who communicated more with their partner experienced fewer instances of IPV. These results suggest the need for additional research into types of education as tools for preventing IPV and the importance of communication within relationships.
This paper examines how the legacies of assassinated individuals are preserved in the collective consciousness of America. While these legacies are deeply ingrained in national thought, they have been constructed in ways that are radically different from reality. They have been appropriated, as American society has simplified, changed, or ignored the actual beliefs and actions of these assassinated figures. Case studies of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy illustrate this. The metamorphosis of legacy described here does not occur out of ignorance and is not a product of collective action. Rather, it reflects elite control in America, as a small group of individuals influence the agents of socialization associated with instilling impressions of these figures (i.e. media and school system). The implications of the elite-controlled social appropriation of legacy are discussed in the context of the implementation of democratic governance.