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
March 3, 2015 Preethi de Silva

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.

March 10, 2015 Julia Haft-Candell

"Expressing uncertainty and contradiction in sculpture"

March 24, 2015 Mary Delgado Garcia

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

March 31, 2015 Elise Ferree

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.

April 7, 2015 John Ramsey

“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?

April 21, 2015 Nathalie Rachlin

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

Past Noon Academy Presentations

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.