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PELLA — Cosmopolitanism is something leading philosophers Kwame Anthony Appiah and Martha C. Nussbaum are talking about. Anna Christensen, lecturer in philosophy at Central College, now will talk about it, too.

Central College hosts Ora Uzel for a residency Sept. 11-13 as part of the college’s Learning for Justice Series. Uzel, a 2003 Central graduate, will present piano music, lead several sessions with students and speak about her experiences as a transgender woman. Her improvisational piano perf…

Iowa Campus Compact has named Central College President Mark Putnam to its board of directors. Putnam will serve a three-year term, helping the nine-member board set direction and vision for the statewide association.

Central College’s Nicole Kaplan will be installed Sept. 13 as Kenneth J. Weller Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts. Her public lecture and reception are in the Central College Chapel at 4 p.m. Kaplan’s presentation is titled “Forever Relevant: The Enduring Value of the Humanities in…


Central College freshmen began moving into their dorms bright and early this morning beginning at 8 a.m. The dreary, rainy weather did not deter any of the students or move-in crew from quickly and efficiently moving students into their dorms.


Four alumni award winners — and one honorary alumna — will be honored Oct. 1 during Central’s homecoming. The award winners include Glenn and Shirley Borgman, Thomas Gaard, Steve De Cook and Berta Van Ekeren.

Central College board of trustees has announced five new members: Jason Andringa, Roger Brown, Mike Main, Jana Rieker and Markay Winston. Their terms begin July 1. Former members Vernon Den Herder, Robert Vermeer and Stan Poortinga retired from Central’s board of trustees.

Following a $3.125 million gift to Central College two years ago, the Fred Maytag Family Foundation has awarded Central an additional $550,000 for further renovations to the Maytag Student Center. The grant also includes annual support for student scholarships through the Journey Scholarship Fund.


Central College students, faculty and staff served a total 2,523 hours with community partners throughout central Iowa during Service Day April 26. More than 700 volunteers participated in dozens of different projects in Pella, Des Moines, Knoxville, Newton, Otley, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa and Wes…


Emmy Award-winning journalist Harry Smith ’73 will interview bestselling author Reza Aslan at Central College April 7. The event is free and open to the public at 7 p.m. in Graham Conference Center’s Vermeer Banquet Hall.

The illustrious American Shakespeare Center will perform Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde masterpieces March 21-23 at Central College. The Dangerous Dreams tour includes "Julius Caesar," "Henry V" and "The Importance of Being Earnest." All shows begin with live, acoustic music at 7 p.m., and perf…

Central College’s Departments of Music and Theatre present the Tony Award Winning Musical Comedy The Mystery of Edwin Drood, directed by Dr. C.D. Adamson with vocal music direction by Dr. Anne Petrie and orchestra direction by Dr. Mitch Lutch. The production runs Feb. 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7…

One of only two known collegiate Mock Caucuses in Iowa was held Tuesday night at Central College. MacKenzie Bills with the Campus Election Engagement Project opened a caucus for Democrats and Republicans. There were nearly as many community members as there were students involved.

"It's time for people to decide and I want to make my last pitch to you," New Jersey Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate Chris Christie told a small crowd gathered inside the Maytag Center at Central College Friday morning. 

Hillary Clinton made a stop in Knoxville on Monday afternoon, drawing 250 people to the Knoxville School District Administration Office. Clinton sounded a little tired as she rehashed the issues she has been promoting during her campaign.

Sen. Marco Rubio paid another visit to Pella shortly after sunrise Tuesday morning. Rubio spoke at a town hall, surrounded by nearly 100 people gathered inside the Graham Vermeer Banquet Room on the Central College campus.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley paid another visit to Marion County this week, with a campaign stop at Maytag Student Center at Central College Monday.


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made a stop in Pella Saturday at Douwstra Auditorium at Central College. Trump spoke to a crowded auditorium, with lines to see him stretching in front of the auditorium toward the crosswalk, and winding around the Graham Annex toward the Cox-Sn…

Billionaire and Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump is scheduled to hold an event Saturday, Jan. 23, at 2:30 p.m., at Douwstra Auditorium on the Central College campus. 

Central College will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a special program Jan. 18. Dianne Dillon-Ridgley will speak at 11 a.m. in Douwstra Auditorium. Her talk, “Sustainability, Justice and Hunger: Sowing a Brighter Future,” will address the moral obligation for economic and social ju…

Central College fraternity Beta Kappa Epsilon will host Central's first cardboard campout to raise awareness about homelessness. All proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity of Marion County, Inc.

As Iowa's population declines and the state government pushes its Regents institutions to enroll more in-state students, challenges can be presented to other institutions of higher learning. Central College President Mark Putnam says that Central has always faced challenges, but the college'…

Central College debuted its new mascot at the first home football game a few weeks ago, and alumni are soon to be introduced to it at next week's homecoming festivities. 

Central College is welcoming these new faculty members, as well as Jim Shriver, associate dean for curriculum and faculty development. From left to right are Shriver, Lee Macomber, Jeremia Njeru, Mark Thomas, Melanie Hatch, Liz Vermeer, Liz Golovatski, Jason Surian, Chong Wang, Becky Addlema…

Central College was named a finalist for the President’s Award for Community Service by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Central is one of only 16 schools to receive the finalist designation, and one of four finalists in the category of General Community Service.

Former auto industry executive and crisis communications expert Jason Vines, a 1982 Central College graduate, returns to campus Dec. 10-11 as part of a promotional tour for his new book.

This Week's Circulars


Marcia Hibbard, age 63, went home to be with her Lord on July 28, 2019, at her cabin in Itasca County, Minnesota, after a fight with cancer. She enjoyed her last days in and on the water at her favorite location, which she had enjoyed over the last 44 years. Marcia Lynn Hopkins was born on M…