With the summer heat slowly creeping in, we're all hoping for something — a spot in a poolside deck chair, perhaps, or some long-awaited vacation time. This issue of The Grinnell Magazine focuses on Grinnellians whose hope transformed both their lives and the fabric of their communities, even if that progress meant overcoming terrific obstacles.
After 23 years leading the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights, Professor Wayne Moyer is preparing to leave his position. In this issue's cover story, Wayne's World, Richard Cleaver '75 celebrates the successes of the Rosenfield Program during Moyer's tenure and looks ahead to the program's future.
Sometimes the work of a Grinnell administrator means celebrating a happy, healthy campus — and sometimes it means helping students through confusing and painful times. After her first academic year as special assistant to the president for diversity and achievement, in Making Love Mail, Elena M. Bernal '94 writes about the challenge of dealing with hate mail and guiding the campus through a necessary and meaningful response.
While Bernal focuses on fighting back against hatred, Jacqueline Hartling Stolze tells the story of Grinnellians who survived the unthinkable horror of experiencing the Holocaust as children. Defying Darkness introduces you to three individuals (Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies Harold Kasimow, Celina Karp Biniaz '52, and Sam Harris '58) whose hope pulled them through one of the darkest points in history.
Hope is instrumental in enacting change, whether the changes are small or large, personal or international. Mansir Petrie '99's photo essay, Children of Zambézia, demonstrates the effect of hope in the face of the AIDS/HIV epidemic, while Beijing Dreams focuses on four Grinnellians with Olympic aspirations. Whether they demonstrate an abiding faith in oneself, others, or a community, these pieces prove that Grinnellians worldwide can turn beliefs and ideas into undeniable progress.
Springtime on the Grinnell campus is always a whirlwind of activity — get inside the sound and the flurry with our stories of what's new on campus!
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