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.

Past Noon Academy Presentations

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.

Rita Robillard · November 4, 2014

Robillard discusses "And then Again... Rifts on the Forest and Time," her 2013 exhibition at the Augen Gallery in Portland, which was inspired by her artist’s residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

Bernice Ficek-Swenson · October 28, 2014

Inspired by a long interest in geology and the natural processes of transformation, Ficek-Swenson incorporates stone, fire, water and ashes to create photographic tableaux. The North Dakota native will discuss aspects of her creative process and a mix of inspirational sources of landscape, environmental essays and memory.

Seo Young Park · October 14, 2014

Professor Park draws on her ethnographic study of Dongdaemun Market in the city of Seoul, South Korea, to show the history of this urban market as it weaves the personal histories of the individuals who have simultaneously nurtured and sustained their intimate relationships and their work. She argues that intimacy and the market are co-produced and mobilize one another, and that this process makes the fast pace and viability of Market possible.

Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert · October 7, 2014

Professor Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert will speak about the ways cells deal with stress brought about by various factors, particularly chemicals to which people are frequently exposed – food preservatives BHA and BHT, and BPA, now banned from most plastic bottles but commonly found in store receipts.

A. Lee Fritschler · September 30, 2014

Fritschler discusses his recent book, "Closed Minds? Politics and Ideology in American Universities," in which he asserts that the problem with U.S. higher education is not that institutions are too political but that they are not political enough and questions the notion that ideological bias harms student education. What is the political climate on campuses today? Is academic freedom alive or has it been suffocated by undo influences by groups from the left or the right? Can students and faculty of all political stripes freely express their views? What does the future hold for civic education on university campuses?

Cindy Forster · September 23, 2014

Guatemala offers a striking example of organizing for justice in various realms. In this talk about her recent book, Forster addresses the era when over 200,000 civilians lost their lives at the hands of the right wing government and its machinery of terror. She argues that what took place in the 1980s was the hemisphere’s largest Indigenous rebellion since the Spaniards first invaded.

Margaret Matthews Berenson · September 16, 2014

Berenson will speak about twelve artists who embrace printmaking with a remarkable understanding of traditional print processes while freely blending traditional techniques with new technology. The results are hybrid forms of printmaking that are distinctly their own.