The Humanities Institute

Founded in 1986, the Humanities Institute presents a thematic program each semester on a topic related to the humanities. As part of Scripps’ tradition of interdisciplinary education, this program includes lectures, conferences, exhibitions, performances, and film series bringing prominent and younger cutting-edge scholars to campus.

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Latest Program: Interventions and Resistance: Raced/ Gendered/ Classed Violence in the USA

In fall 2015, The Humanities Institute sought to address and confront some of the devastating effects of intersecting forms of violence committed against people of marginalized identities in contemporary United States. In spite of these crises, there are people doing tremendous work of interventions, agitation and resistance; work that is constant, multifaceted, simultaneous and that perseveres.

In spring 2016, The Humanities Institute will welcome scholars-artists-activists, poets, writers, and musicians — all visionaries who use their brilliant skills, intellect and talents to further the discussions of systemic and overt oppressive violence. As agents of greater change, they further the urgent and necessary work of dismantling systems of inequality and social injustice and provide us with pathway to how activism and social justice can better shape our world.

Calendar of Events

The full calendar of public events for this semester is available here.

Coming Soon

Movement Workshop: Ananya Dance Theatre

February 8, 2016

Richardson Dance Studio
Scripps College


Choreographing Identity/ Dancing our stories

In this workshop, participants will work through games and embodied exercises to create a sense of community and connection, and with improvised movement and text to create choreographies that share the stories of participants. This particular exploration will be based on the theme of healing at a time of violence.

Chatterjea draws on the dance and aesthetic traditions of eastern India and the tactics of street theater to forge a unique connection between dance and social issues. Chatterjea is the artistic director of Ananya Dance Theatre, a company of women artists of color who are diverse in age, race, nationality, and sexual orientation. She is also director of dance and associate professor in the Department of Theater Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota. Chatterjea uses video and live performance to underscore her consideration of the power of dance.

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