Student Scholarship

grinnell:1130
Cultivating the Corn Belt
The catalog of an exhibition by the same name which was produced as part of a Rosenfield Symposium focusing on corn.
grinnell:11385
Weitekamp, Sarah
Lithuanian Catholicism and the KGB
After being annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940, Lithuania was the only Soviet republic with a majority Roman Catholic population. Unlike its Lutheran-majority Baltic neighbors, Estonia and Latvia, religion remained a visible part of Lithuania’s national rhetoric, with the Catholic church eventually helping to spawn an active dissident movement and later assisting with Lithuania’s movement for independence. This project seeks to understand the shifting relationship between the KGB and the Church throughout the Soviet period, using Russian-language KGB archive documents and English translations of the Lithuanian Catholic Church's illegal dissident publication to understand how these two opposing groups coexisted and communicated with one another. I argue that while the KGB succeeding in controlling the official institutional apparatus of the Lithuanian Catholic Church, its failure to prevent non-official manifestations of Catholic belief paved the way for the eventual formation of a nationalist Catholic dissident movement in Lithuania
grinnell:104
Wenndt, Anthony J. (author)
The Conflicts Behind Premature Industrialization: Agriculture Meets Government
Anthony Wenndt's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference
grinnell:12038
Wenndt, Anthony J.
The Goat War: a Comedy in a Single Act
This play brings to light critical issues regarding the realization of law in the agricultural context. The 2009 Kyrgyz law “On Pastures” formally reinstated the customary, communal system of pasture usage practiced by Kyrgyz herders throughout history. However even today, 6 years after the law’s implementation, there remains a disparity between pasture users and those administrative bodies tasked with managing pasture resources. The objective of this play is to evoke critical thought and dialogue around this issue. The uniqueness of this piece is its incorporation of the real voice of the pasture user, giving the play especial meaning and resonance. It was of utmost importance to the author to preserve the qualities of ordinary speech, which might be heard on the pastures among users themselves. Any farmer’s voice herein was taken directly from the mouths of pasture users (or translated literally from the Russian in the case of the English and Kyrgyz versions) encompassing an orthography, lexicon, and phonetic character reminiscent of pastoralist chatter in its original form.
grinnell:12065
Wenndt, Anthony J.
ВОЙНА КОЗ комедия в одном действии
This play brings to light critical issues regarding the realization of law in the agricultural context. The 2009 Kyrgyz law “On Pastures” formally reinstated the customary, communal system of pasture usage practiced by Kyrgyz herders throughout history. However even today, 6 years after the law’s implementation, there remains a disparity between pasture users and those administrative bodies tasked with managing pasture resources. The objective of this play is to evoke critical thought and dialogue around this issue. The uniqueness of this piece is its incorporation of the real voice of the pasture user, giving the play especial meaning and resonance. It was of utmost importance to the author to preserve the qualities of ordinary speech, which might be heard on the pastures among users themselves. Any farmer’s voice herein was taken directly from the mouths of pasture users (or translated literally from the Russian in the case of the English and Kyrgyz versions) encompassing an orthography, lexicon, and phonetic character reminiscent of pastoralist chatter in its original form.
grinnell:12108
Wenndt, Anthony J.; Abdygazieva, Jyldyz
ЭЧКИЛЕРДИН СОГУШУ комедия в одном действии
This play brings to light critical issues regarding the realization of law in the agricultural context. The 2009 Kyrgyz law “On Pastures” formally reinstated the customary, communal system of pasture usage practiced by Kyrgyz herders throughout history. However even today, 6 years after the law’s implementation, there remains a disparity between pasture users and those administrative bodies tasked with managing pasture resources. The objective of this play is to evoke critical thought and dialogue around this issue. The uniqueness of this piece is its incorporation of the real voice of the pasture user, giving the play especial meaning and resonance. It was of utmost importance to the author to preserve the qualities of ordinary speech, which might be heard on the pastures among users themselves. Any farmer’s voice herein was taken directly from the mouths of pasture users (or translated literally from the Russian in the case of the English and Kyrgyz versions) encompassing an orthography, lexicon, and phonetic character reminiscent of pastoralist chatter in its original form.
grinnell:49
Wert, Adam (author); Roberts, Tyler T., 1960- (advisor); Roberts, Tyler T., 1960- (advisor); Roberts, Tyler T., 1960- (advisor); Roberts, Tyler T., 1960- (advisor)
Unlikely (Deconstructive) Theological Parallels: John Caputo and Rowan Williams
Presents an argument for a deconstructive approach to a comparison of the theology of John Caputo and Rowan Williams
grinnell:105
Perpetuated Borders: Boundaries and Mistrust in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Erin Whalen's submission to the 2012 Peace Studies Student Conference
grinnell:315
Wiltshire, Karrie (author); Müller, Mark, 1958- (illustrator); Andelson, Jonathan Gary, 1949- (contributor); Mottl, Larissa (contributor); Van Wyk, Laureen (contributor); Müller, Mark, 1958- (illustrator); Andelson, Jonathan Gary, 1949- (contributor); Mottl, Larissa (contributor); Van Wyk, Laureen (contributor); Müller, Mark, 1958- (illustrator); Andelson, Jonathan Gary, 1949- (contributor); Mottl, Larissa (contributor); Van Wyk, Laureen (contributor); Müller, Mark, 1958- (illustrator); Andelson, Jonathan Gary, 1949- (contributor); Mottl, Larissa (contributor); Van Wyk, Laureen (contributor)
Guide to prairie sites near Grinnell, Iowa
The Center for Prairie Studies at Grinnell College has prepared this brochure to help those wishing to visit prairie sites near Grinnell. The prairie blooms from May to October. Different species flower at different times, so repeat visits during a growing season will be rewarded with an ever-changing palette of colors. No two prairies will have the same mix of species.
grinnell:11386
Wlos, Joseph M.
Uncommon Carriers: The Effective Regulation of Net Neutrality
Since the 1600s, legal experts have defined common carriers as commercial services with important private and public roles, requiring government regulation to ensure equal treatment of customers. Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates some, but not all, Internet service providers as common carriers, a legal classification that ensures net neutrality, an important protection for Internet content companies and consumers. However, the FCC has struggled to enforce net neutrality, because the FCC’s poor classification decisions have conflicted with the FCC’s statutorily mandated powers. First, this paper examines the quirky historical development of common carrier status. Second, this paper argues that Congress’s circular language in the Communications Act of 1934 has been the greatest obstacle to the successful enforcement of net neutrality. To prevent future regulatory struggles over this vital consumer protection, this paper concludes that two solutions offer the best long-term hope for securing net neutrality: a legislative update of the common carrier classification in the Communications Act of 1934 and or a First Amendment legal campaign against content blocking and discrimination on the Internet.
grinnell:13174
Wong, Rebecca
Accepting Plurality as an All-Encompassing Religion
As happens so often in history, cultures and religions collide and become inevitably intertwined. Hong Kong was no exception and served as a religious melting pot combining elements from both the east and west. Following the First Opium War and British occupation of Hong Kong, Christianity gained a strong foothold within the region. However, Christianity's increasing popularity did not result in a decrease in popularity in the folk religions of Hong Kong, including ancestor worship. Because Christianity did not displace ancestor worship, religious plurality is a topic of contention for many Christian religious authorities who regard certain aspects of ancestor worship, including worship of ancestors and the potential “superstitious” meanings behind certain practices, as incompatible with Christianity. Thus, many Hong Kongese have struggled to relinquish ancestor worship traditions that date back centuries while attempting to be devout Christians. However, my own upbringing and my father’s seamless integration of ancestor worship with Christianity made me wonder whether or not these two religions needed to be practiced exclusively. By consulting various religious authorities’ texts, both historical and modern-day, I found that there are a variety of methods and ways to interpret ancestor worship that allow the two to be compatible, and ultimately, the individual will need to determine the reasoning behind one’s own practices before deciding to commit faithfully to both.
grinnell:1076
Yoder, Brooke (author)
Tutorial: Celebrating Forty Years
The catalog for an exhibition by the same name highlighting the timeline of theTutorial at Grinnell.
grinnell:319
Terms of Occupancy
Grinnell College Terms of Occupancy for Residence HallsGr
grinnell:3480
Dona nobis pacem
Program from concert on December 9, 2006, with works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Britten, Tormis and Gorecki.
grinnell:3420
McNamara, Britt
Not the Country of My Heart : Alumni Memories of Grinnell College
Alumni memories of Grinnell College reveal the importance of social spaces and the centrality of the people at Grinnell to creating a sense of place.
grinnell:3470
Local Food and Grinnell College Dining Services: a report from the Group Independent Study, Spring 2006
This report is the culmination of a semester long research project conducted during the spring of 2006 by ten Grinnell College students, under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Andelson, to investigate reasons for and the possibility of increasing the quantity of locally-produced food served in the college dining halls. The project focused on seven topics: environmental impact, nutrition, dining service logistics, producer logistics, economic impact, student opinion, and local foods at public schools. The study found that serving locally produced food in the Grinnell College dining halls is a viable option for the College. The purpose of this study is to provide a foundation for the understanding of the issues behind the local food situation at Grinnell and encourage the future development of this system.
grinnell:18769
Levin, Aaron Israel.
I Must Be Sure (2016)
For me, I Must Be Sure represents the culmination of my studies in music composition throughout my time at Grinnell, marking my first serious excursion into writing a piece for orchestra. I had written works for smaller chamber ensembles before, but I was initially overwhelmed by the sheer size of the orchestra. Because of the massive scope of the project, I struggled with writer’s block, not knowing how to best dive into composing for the GSO. Many different ideas came and went, but nothing quite seemed to work. Eventually, I stumbled upon the Beatles song, If I Fell, which was one of my favorites as a kid. As I listened to the song, I was very moved by its themes of struggle and indecision—themes that applied to my current struggle with my orchestra piece. To me, If I Fell explores the difficulty of making a decision, not quite knowing what the implications of that decision may be. Compositions are written by making a thousand little (but always important) decisions—which note, which harmony, which rhythm, which instrument—these and countless other elements have to be chosen in order to write a composition. Since I related so strongly to these themes, I decided to use melodic fragments from the original Beatles song as a framework for my own piece. In many ways, I Must Be Sure (a line from the Beatles song), is a retelling of If I Fell, except that, rather than detailing the struggles with a romantic relationship, my work looks into the struggles with creating a piece of music. This idea is evident in the accelerating rhythms and complex textures in the piece. Towards the end, there is some notion of triumph over this struggle, a sense of overcoming; but, in the piece’s final section, with the rising melodic motif, the narrative seems to question itself again, perhaps admitting that nothing is ever truly certain, and that the struggle with decision/indecision, especially within a creative context, is a fundamental part of the artistic process.
grinnell:18758
Bergman, Sydney.; Fitzpatrick, Anthony.
Obituaries of Grinnell Civil War Veterans: Value Race and Identity in Small Town Iowa
Our project examines how Grinnell, Iowa remembered its Civil War veterans, specifically through the content and language of obituaries written in one of Poweshiek County’s most widely read newspapers, the Grinnell Herald. Through critical examination and content analysis of these obituaries, we can discern, through the public nature of this type of commemoration, the process of mourning in Grinnell, what kind of model life and values were conveyed and what about the war was deemed worthy of being remembered or forgotten. In short, we can determine what particular value was placed on each of these men’s lives. Situated within processes of mourning and remembrance occurring nationwide (in particular touching on the scholarly debate between David Blight and Caroline Janney over how reunion and reconciliation transpired along racial lines), this analysis seeks to establish the way conceptions of value, race, and identity were formulated in Civil War veteran memory and perpetuated on a local level. Although Grinnell’s memory of the Civil War strongly vindicates the Union cause and cherishes the legacy of emancipation, the obituaries use veteran status in a way that supports white supremacy by conceding to a racial conception of citizenship and value in society, a conception that was used to unite the town in times of trouble and upheaval yet carried a racial cost. Grinnell’s experience offers insights into how memory played out elsewhere, demonstrating that even in the context of a strong emancipationist memory, the accommodation of white hegemony can contribute to racial erasure.
grinnell:18767
Cibula, Emma.
South of the Confederacy: Confederate Symbols in Argentine Clothing and the Erasure of History.
While both the original meaning and contemporary invocations of the American Confederate flag unequivocally represent racism and white supremacy, the emblem is not a universally condemned symbol, but merely a polarizing one in the United States. The recent globalization of fashion has transmitted not only the American Confederate flag to other countries, but also the debate surrounding its place in popular culture. This paper investigates the case study of COOK, a popular Argentine clothing company that prominently features the Confederate flag in its logo and branding. While American clothing companies that brandish the flag often recall a glorified past and an emphasis on the heritage of the flag, COOK and many of its customers expressly ignore the history behind one of the most historically significant symbols of all time. This paper ultimately grapples with the irony of the symbol’s popularity within Argentina, a country plagued by a history of human rights violations and racism.
grinnell:18768
Benlloch, Vincent.
“Going to Meet the Man”: Scripting White Supremacist Eros
Reconstruction gave birth to a new form of black legal subjectivity in the context of the civil life. The conclusion of the Civil War was supposed to ensure both a de jure and de facto expansion of what it meant to be black in the U.S. context. Yet white civil society responded the death of slavery through the practice of lynching. Often read as an intimate, communitary, and deeply erotic social phenomena, lynching is often deployed in the context of building blackness as monstrosity, emasculating the black phallus, and protecting white female purity. In the short story "Going to Meet the Man," James Baldwin provides a necessary, though oft-ignored, meditation on the deep homoeroticism and fantasy of lynching for white male authority. Written in the context of burgeoning Black Power and the Civil Rights movement, I argue that Baldwin's work builds a channel between the lynching practices of the postbellum South with the violence of the modern police state, all the while expanding narratives of lynching into deeply homoerotic space, in turn providing both a corrective and new perspective on the way in which we read lynching as well as confronting white authority with its laden homosociality. In turn, we must pause at this new conception of white civil society and the often obscured territories of deeply subconscious desires for black male flesh, as Baldwin's work taps into a reconceptualization of the turn from slave to free black that passes from an issue of political economy to one of libido and rampant accumulation and consumption.

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