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.

Past Speakers

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.

A. Lee Fritschler, 2014 Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow · January 1, 1970

Professor Emeritus at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University, Dr. A. Lee Fritschler will be visiting 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. Prior to George Mason University, […]