|Time:||Thu Nov 08 2012 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM|
|Info: Event Web Site:||http://www.grinnell.edu/academic/cps/events|
|Info: Hosted/Sponsored By:||Center for Prairie Studies|
|Info: Speaker/Participant Name:||Mary Swander|
|Requestor:||Graham, Jan 641-269-4384|
Two premises underlie Mary Swander’s latest book, Farmscape: The Changing Rural Environment (2012, Ice Cube Press): agriculture is central to Iowa’s identity, and nothing is as sure as change. The questions are: how has agriculture in Iowa changed? And how has agriculture changed Iowa?
The Center for Prairie Studies at Grinnell College welcomes Mary Swander, a Distinguished Professor at Iowa State University and, since 2009, Iowa’s poet laureate, back to campus on Thursday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m. in JRC
101 for a diverse program that will address these questions.
Swander’s latest book grew out of a play she and some of her Iowa State University students wrote in 2007 based on interviews they conducted with Iowa farmers and Iowans touched by farming. The book includes the play as well as twelve essays about being in agriculture, being in the play, and what the future might hold.
The November 8 program will include readings by Swander -- a nationally and internationally-known award-winning author of non-fiction, poetry, drama, and journalism -- and by Grinnellian Harley McIlrath, who authored one of the book’s essays. In addition, three Grinnellians representing three generations in agriculture – Robert Dimit, Pam McIlrath, and Mark Doty – will be panelists commenting on their lives in farming and the changes they have witnessed.
Musical entertainment just before and just after the program will be provided by Grinnell’s Too Many String Band. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Center for Prairie Studies.
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