Distinguished Speaker Series

Scripps College invites speakers from a wide variety of academic disciplines and professions to engage our community in significant conversations. Students have the opportunity to meet with most speakers in small group settings during their visits, which allows them to ask speakers the questions about the topics that are most important to them. Social justice activists, film makers, journalists, musicians, corporate leaders, artists, economists, authors and more visit Scripps College each year thanks to the generosity of speaker funds endowed by Scripps alumnae, trustees, and families.

Current and Upcoming Events

Perry Chen · November 13, 2014

Perry Chen, creator, chairman, and former CEO of global crowd-funding pioneer Kickstarter, visits Scripps College to engage both Scripps and the greater Claremont Colleges community in discussions about finance, entrepreneurship, and creativity.

Past Speakers

Peggy McIntosh · October 29, 2014

Peggy McIntosh, feminist author, researcher, and gender/racial equity activist, will engage the Scripps community in two days of small group meetings, classroom visits, administrative sessions, and public lectures centering on discussions of privilege systems and feelings of fraudulence.

Dr. Beverly Tatum · October 10, 2014

Dr. Tatum is a scholar, teacher, author, administrator, and race relations expert. Prior to her appointment to the Spelman presidency in 2002, she spent 13 years at Mount Holyoke College, serving in various roles during her tenure there as Professor of Psychology, Department Chair, Dean of the College, and Acting President. Prior to joining the Mount Holyoke faculty in 1989, Dr. Tatum was an Associate Professor and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Westfield State College in Westfield, Massachusetts, and a Lecturer in Black Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Dr. Tatum is a clinical psychologist whose areas of research interest include black families in white communities, racial identity in teens, and the role of race in the classroom.

A. Lee Fritschler, 2014 Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow · September 29, 2014

Professor Emeritus at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University, Dr. A. Lee Fritschler visits Scripps College to engage both Scripps and the greater Claremont Colleges students, faculty, and administration in a week-long series of discussions, classroom visits, and presentations about the future of higher education.

Christina Romer · April 3, 2014

Christina Romer, economist and former chair of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, serves as the Garff B. Wilson Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and is co-director of the Program in Monetary Economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research. An expert in economic history and macroeconomics, Dr. Romer is best known for her work on the causes of the Great Depression and the subsequent recovery, and on the conduct and effects of monetary and fiscal policy.

Myrlie Evers-Williams · November 6, 2013

Civil rights activist and author Myrlie Evers-Williams will visit Scripps College November 6-8, 2013 as the Roxanne Wilson Leader-in-Residence. Established in June 2009 to honor Ms. Roxanne Wilson, the former chair of the Scripps College Board of Trustees, the Leader-in-Residence program seeks to bring a woman to campus who demonstrates leadership in both her professional life and volunteer service to her community and beyond.

Geena Davis · March 7, 2013

Celebrate Women's History Month! Scripps College invites you to an evening with Academy Award® Winner and Advocate for Women Geena Davis as she speaks on "Gender Equality in the Modern Media." This event is made possible by the generosity of the Alexa Fullerton Hampton Endowed Speakers Program.

Eleanor Clift · November 29, 2012

Political reporter, television pundit, and author Eleanor Clift comes to Scripps College this fall to speak on "The Road Ahead: Is There a Mandate for Change?" This talk, made possible by the generosity of the Alexa Hampton Fullerton Endowed Speakers Program, is free and open to the public.

Abigail Disney · October 2, 2012

Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker and philanthropist. Her longtime passion for women's issues and peacebuilding culminated in her first film, the acclaimed Pray the Devil Back to Hell, about the Liberian women who peacefully ended their country's fourteen-year civil war. She is currently Executive Producer of the groundbreaking PBS mini-series "Women, War & Peace," the most comprehensive global media initiative ever mounted on the role of women in peace and conflict.