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.

Upcoming Events

Date(s) Event
January 29, 2015

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Claremont University Consortium Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College, Dr. Hill will deliver the Claremont University Consortium's 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture, "Youth Activism in Post-Ferguson America." Dr. Hill is the host of HuffPost Live and BET News, as well as a political contributor for CNN. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

February 10-12, 2015


Katharine Howard Miller Leader in Residence: Namita Bhandare

Feminist activist and writer Namita Bhandare will visit Scripps College February 10-12, 2015 as Scripps College's Katharine Howard Miller Leader in Residence. Namita Bhandare is a journalist with close to 25 years of reporting experience whose writing has appeared in publications including Sunday magazine, India Today magazine, and the daily, The Hindustan Times. She is India’s first consulting editor on gender with a daily newspaper, Mint, and continues to write a fortnightly column on social issues for The Hindustan Times.

February 16, 2015


Girard Lecture: Elke Weber

Every day individuals, households, and organizations make a large number of decisions that impact the environment in intentional or unintentional ways. Such decisions involve risk, uncertainty, long time-horizons, and distributed responsibility, and Weber will examine the cognitive and motivational barriers in place that often prevent us from making such decisions wisely. Fortunately there are some […]

February 25, 2015


Daniel Solórzano

Daniel G. Solórzano, Professor of Education and Associate Dean for Equity and Diversity at UCLA, will visit Scripps College to engage the community in small group meetings, classroom visits, and public lectures centering on discussions of privilege and inequity as part of the Challenging Privilege, Building Inclusion speaker series.

Past Speakers

“Freedom On My Mind” with Professor Rita Roberts · January 22, 2015

As part of Scripps College's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration, Professor of History and Africana Studies Rita Roberts, will lead a screening and discussion of the film "Freedom On My Mind," which vividly chronicles this complex and compelling history of the Mississippi voter registration struggles of 1961 to 1964: the interracial nature of the campaign, the tensions and conflicts, the fears and hopes.

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.

Peggy McIntosh · October 28-29, 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 6-8, 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.