Tuesday Noon

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
April 24 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Tuesday Noon: Rachel Kushner

Dazzling. Gorgeous. Sharp and smart. The writing of Rachel Kushner, author of the acclaimed novels Telex from Cuba and The Flamethrowers, is all of these things and more. The National Book Award­–nominee (twice!) is back with The Mars Room, bringing readers inside a Central Valley prison alongside a two-consecutive-life-sentenced heroine named Romy Hall. This year’s Mary Routt Chair in Creative […]

April 10 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Tuesday Noon: The Republic Unsettled

UC Santa-Cruz anthropology professor Mayanthi Fernando is interested in how Muslim French draw on both Islamic and secular-republican traditions as they create new modes of ethical and political engagement. The author of The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism alternates between an analysis of Muslim French politics, ethics, and social life and the contradictions of French […]

March 27 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Tuesday Noon with Kim O’Neil and Christine Schutt

Stunning. Brilliant. Fiction writers Christine Schutt and Kim O’Neil are true masters of wielding language with crackling precision. Hailed by George Saunders as “a truly gifted writer,” Pulitzer Prize finalist and O. Henry Prize winner Schutt returns in Pure Hollywood to the short-story form that launched her acclaimed career. In 11 captivating tales, she brings us into private worlds of corrupt familial love, intimacy, […]

Past Noon Academy Presentations

Tuesday Noon: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora
March 6, 2018

Former editor of New America Media and commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered Andrew Lam has made his name as a journalist and a short fiction writer. His experiences as a Vietnamese refugee reverberates through his work, and characters who fled Vietnam and made new lives in California populate his imagination. The PEN Open Book Award–winning author of Perfume Dreams: Reflections on […]

Tuesday Noon: Inside the Immigrant Defenders Law Center
February 20, 2018

As a founding member and executive director at the Immigrant Defenders Law Center, Lindsay Toczylowski has helped lead the push for awareness and protection of immigrant rights to a fair trial and due process. What challenges do immigration attorneys in today’s political climate face? How does the “good vs. bad” immigrant narrative affect access to legal […]

Tuesday Noon: The Trans Queer Liberation Movement
January 30, 2018

Jennicet Gutiérrez is a transgender activist from México. A founding member of La Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, she is best known for shedding light on the plight of transgender women in immigration detention centers through community building, organizing, and education. Now living in Los Angeles, Gutiérrez visits Scripps to discuss her ongoing efforts to end deportation, incarceration, and the […]

Tuesday Noon: Bamby Salcedo
November 14, 2017

As part of the Scripps Humanities Institute’s exploration of immigration issues in the United States, founder of the Los Angeles–based TransLatin@ Coalition, Bamby Salcedo, will lead a wide-ranging discussion on her organization’s work advocating on behalf of trans Latin@s who are immigrants. In 2015, OUT magazine recognized Salcedo as one of their OUT100 pioneers of the year. She […]

Tuesday Noon: Sasha Polakow-Suransky: Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration and the Fate of Western Democracy
October 24, 2017

In Go Back to Where You Came From, Sasha Polakow-Suransky explains how a recent surge in nativism, populism, and xenophobia, came to be and why the new right has grown so strong in countries that have historically been defenders of human rights and models of tolerance. This climate has already helped propel Donald Trump to […]

Tuesday Noon: Hussam Ayloush: American Islamic Relations
October 10, 2017

The xenophobic rhetoric of the 2016 presidential election has only intensified since Donald Trump took office, and campaign promises have manifested into tangible policies and executive orders that have stalled immigration applications, torn families apart, grounded travelers, and instilled fear in entire immigrant communities throughout the nation. As minorities, Muslims have not been the only […]

Tuesday Noon: Gilda Ochoa: Where the Past Meets the Present: Latina/o Migration, Roots, and Resistance in L.A. County
October 3, 2017

Gilda Ochoa, Pomona professor of sociology and Chicana/o-Latina/o studies at Pomona College and author of Becoming Neighbors in a Mexican American Community, will talk about immigration and community organizing in the context of the LA County community of La Puente. This case-study approach would allow for an increased awareness of the history of inequality in […]

Tuesday Noon: Cuz: A Reading and Conversation with Danielle Allen
September 26, 2017

“A searing memoir and sharp social critique.” —Kirkus Reviews Political theorist and director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Danielle Allen’s work usually occupies a scholarly realm. This autumn, it takes a decidedly more personal turn with Cuz, a memoir that reflects on the American criminal justice system. With an investigative journalist’s tack, […]

Nasty Women: A Tuesday Noon Conversation with Carina Chocano
September 19, 2017

“Whip-smart.” —Entertainment Weekly In the spirit of Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, and Susan Sontag, Carina Chocano’s You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Trainwrecks, & Other Mixed Messages examines the dramatic and often damaging ways that pop culture influences female identity. Cultural touchstones—from Bugs Bunny to Playboy Bunnies, from Flashdance to Frozen—serve as […]

Tuesday Noon: The Grip of It with Jac Jemc
September 12, 2017

“Shivery and smart. A book that brings the legacy of Henry James into the modern world with great effect.” —Kirkus Reviews Novelist Jac Jemc’s smart and uneasy page-turner is a ghost story set in the wilds of suburban America; at the book’s center is a couple whose domestic adventures take a decidedly hallucinatory and harrowing […]