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
February 11, 2016 The Art of Time Management

Are you involved in a million different things on campus? Do you find yourself spreading yourself too thin simply because you don’t want to give anything up? Are you drowning constantly and need to organize but don’t know where to start? David Scheidemantle is President and Managing Partner of Scheidemantle Law Group P.C, a Scripps […]

February 23, 2016 Tuesday Noon Academy: A Reading and Conversation with Jonathan Lethem

“Jonathan Lethem at his bizarre best.” —Los Angeles Times Join novelist and Pomona College writing faculty, Jonathan Lethem, for a reading and conversation about his latest story collection, Lucky Alan. From a sinister SeaWorld excursion to a desert island rife with desperate and forgotten comic book characters, Lethem transforms the real into the surreal, uncovering […]

February 25, 2016 Caspian Regional Security and Energy: Opportunities and Challenges

Nasimi Aghayev is the Consul General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles. He will discuss the current geopolitical situation involving Iran, Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and the West. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please feel free to bring your own lunch. If you wish to purchase […]

March 1, 2016 Tuesday Noon Academy: Reading and Conversation with David Treuer

“Deeply crafty, shape-shifting. . . . [Treuer] seems to want to do for Native American culture and literature what James Joyce did for the Irish: haul it into the mainstream of Western culture through sheer nerve and verve.” — Washington Post Former Mary Routt Chair and current USC faculty, David Treuer returns to Scripps to […]

March 2, 2016 Apocalypse | Revelation in Postcolonial Feminist Contexts: A Panel Discussion

Please join the three distinguished scholars as they open up the apocalyptic imagery of the Book of Revelation to the intersectional analyses of race, class, sex, and empire. Featuring: Jacqueline Hidalgo, Williams College Shanell T. Smith, Hartford Seminary Eric Runions, Pomoma College This event is free and open to the public.          […]

March 3, 2016 The “Culture” of Violence: Race, Sexuality, and the Politics of Knowledge

While we often believe violence to be something that is self-evident and apparent, matters become more difficult when we begin to ask about and try to account for structural violences that are the very source of the reality we live and experience. Indeed the force of these forms of violence come from their inaccessibility and […]

March 29, 2016 Tuesday Noon Academy: Rivka Weinberg on State and Societal Violence to Children

The only demographic in the U.S. to whom it is legal to be violent, even in the absence of any illegal behavior, is children. We permit violence to children in our homes and in our schools. We have invited the police into our school system and co-mingled the school system and the criminal-justice system to […]

April 5, 2016 Tuesday Noon Academy: “Race/Riot/Rebellion: Or, How America Came to Regard Black Equality as a Violation of White Rights”

News reporting and social media lately have been saturated with images of police violence against unarmed African American men and women – often followed by large-scale street protests popularly characterized as “riots” or mobs. Visually and narratively, police shootings tend to be represented as isolated, individualized, and tragic. In official briefings and courtrooms they are […]

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.