Bucket Courses March 2020
Topics ranging from postcolonial English literature to John Quincy Adams to the 19th Amendment will be featured at the Bucket Courses in March. The weekly lecture series is sponsored by the Grinnell Community Education Council and is open to everyone in the community.
The lectures are held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Drake Community Library. The monthly fee is $15, payable at the first class on March 4.
On March 4 and 11, Shuchi Kapila, professor of English at Grinnell College, will discuss examples of English literature in former British colonies around the world. She will focus in the first lecture on Salman Rushdie, an Indian-British writer. In the second lecture she will describe, two Indian authors, Amitav Ghosh and Arundhai Roy, who wrote about the outsiders of society.
Kapila received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Delhi University and her Ph.D. from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. At Grinnell College she teaches postcolonial literature from Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia and the settler colonies of New Zealand and Australia. She has also taught the Victorian novel, with an emphasis on colonialism and gender.
On March 18, George Drake, president and professor of history emeritus at Grinnell College, will offer another of his profiles of “Americans We Should Know More About.” This time he will focus on John Quincy Adams, the first son of a president to be elected president. Adams served from 1826 to 1829. Before his presidency he was briefly as a member of the U.S. Senate, then as James Monroe’s Secretary of State. After his presidency he was in the U.S. House of Representatives for 15 years.
Because of Adams’ lengthy service in the federal government, Drake calls Adams an important bridge between the generations of the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.
On March 25, Janet Carl, a member of the Bucket Course Planning Committee, will talk about the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which is marking its 100th anniversary in 2020. The title of her lecture is “Hard Won: Not Done.”
She will review the American suffrage movement, focusing on some of the best-known leaders of the effort. She will also explore the history of the movement in Iowa. She will conclude by assessing the work yet to be done in terms of voting rights for citizens.
Carl, a fourth-generation Iowan, taught in the Writing Lab at Grinnell College for 18 years, six of those as director. She was a member of the Iowa Legislature from 1982 to 1986. Last year she served on a statewide committee that planned events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.
Registration for the Bucket Courses can be made online at www.grinnellcecbucketcourses.org. Registration opens two weeks before the first class of the month. Financial assistance for tuition is available.
Because of space limitations in the room, registration is limited to the first 100 people who sign up.