Tuesday Noon Academy

This hour-long, weekly series features thought-provoking presentations by Scripps College faculty and visiting scholars, and is open to the greater community. Bring your lunch or purchase it at the Malott Commons dining hall. Coffee and tea are provided. Doors to the Hampton Room open at 11:45am.

Upcoming Events

Date(s) Event
September 20, 2016 Mary Beard

Before Mary Beard came along, no one would consider the classics entertainment. But with a popular blog, “A Don’s Life,” and regular appearances on television, Beard has made a space for Ancient Rome in our popular discourse. When she’s not sharing new insights into Pompeii, she’s busy leading the charge against online harassment—fearlessly calling out […]

October 4, 2016 From Trafficking to Terror: Connecting Two Global Wars

The “war on terror” and the “war on trafficking,” two seemingly separate initiatives, have become interwoven in recent years and conspire to castigate Muslim majority countries as sites of depravity, difference, and danger, fueling Islamophobic rhetoric about the clash of civilizations. Both discourses are raced, classed, and gendered, producing distinct tropes of victims and villains, […]

October 11, 2016 Will You Won’t You Want Me?: A Reading and Conversation with Nora Zelevansky.

Nora Zelevansky novels are witty page-turners. Her heroines are sparkly and sassy: from Beatrice Bernstein in Zelevansky’s debut Semi-Charmed Life to Marjorie Plum who stands at the center of her second novel, Will You Won’t You Want Me? These young women face life’s challenges with zeal and good humor. Zelevansky ‘06 will share how her […]

October 25, 2016 Introduction to Living Composition: A New Approach to Asian Music, Culture, and Spirituality

Over the last several years, Dr. Koji Nakano has composed cross-cultural works for Western and traditional Asian instruments, collaborating with musicians, dancers, and filmmakers in Asia, the U.S., and Europe. The idea of living composition is to explore solutions to problems of cross-cultural esthetics and musical elements, as well as to redefine the role of […]

November 1, 2016 How Islamist Intellectuals, Activists, and Militants Have Responded Differently to the West

Islamist activists in the Middle East have been fundamentally shaped by the political, intellectual, and religious challenges that Western influence has posed to their societies over the past century. Starting with Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna’s mobilization against Western missionaries and colonialism, the more radical Sayyid Qutb’s framing of secular, Western-backed governments as apostates, and […]

Past Noon Academy Presentations

Nathalie Rachlin · April 21, 2015

"Picturing Genocide: Rithy Panh’s 'Missing Picture' and Joshua Oppenheimer's 'The Act of Killing'"

John Ramsey · April 7, 2015

“Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech.” Does this mean you or I have the right to hurl ethnic or gender slurs? Do we have a right to publish satirical images of religious figures? Do either of us have a right to advocate for a law permitting business owners to hire people on the basis of the owners’ religious beliefs?

Elise Ferree · March 31, 2015

Professor Ferree talks about the research she and her students have done with golden-orb web spiders to uncover the costs and benefits of being in a group, whether females of all sizes benefit from group living, and how environmental factors influence the decision to cluster.

Mary Delgado Garcia · March 24, 2015

"Comparative Race Imaginaries in Chican@ and Latin@ Literature"

Preethi de Silva · March 3, 2015

Harpsichordist and fortepianist Preethi de Silva will discuss the life and accomplishments of the second son of Johann Sebastian Bach and also the musical works she and the 12-member ensemble Con Gioia will perform on period instruments in "Concert IV: Swan Song and Reminiscences,” in Balch Auditorium at 5:00 p.m. on March 10, 2015.

Dacia Maraini · February 17, 2015

One of the most well known Italian writers, Dacia Maraini has published biographic novels on famous women and women writers, and many of her works deal with notions of femininity. She has also been active on the issues of women’s rights and violence against women. Her novels are widely translated into many languages, and she is internationally known as a critic and playwright.

William Deresiewicz · February 3, 2015

What is public writing? Why is it valuable for college students to study? Deresiewicz will discuss the nature and importance of public writing and read from examples of his work.

Valorie Thomas · December 2, 2014

What we now term "Afrofuturism," despite recent acclaim from mainstream media and arts communities, has been inseparable from African and African Diaspora aesthetics and philosophy since the beginnings of African time. Afrofuturism holds African Diaspora knowledge and philosophical principles in place; it is an epistemological process that manifests across genres and so defies easy categorization. In her talk, Thomas tracks specific streams of Black women's critical commentaries enacted via Afrofuturism as a case in point; as a move toward decolonizing imagination and consolidated resistance to objectification, alienation and dissection.

David Cubek · November 18, 2014

In his talk, Cubek will discuss the philosophy and structure of a renowned Venezuelan institution that has inspired music education programs in over 35 countries as well as the challenges related to working in Venezuela during times of political instability, social upheaval, and economic crisis.

Eric Doehne · November 11, 2014

Doehne presents two case studies where forensic science was used to evaluate issues of authentication, sourcing and repatriation of works of art. From the uncovering of forgeries and looted antiquities, to the return of art stolen during WWII, science and history, law and ethics are intersecting in increasingly complex and interesting ways.