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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(De)Centering the World

(De)Centering the World

(De)Centering the World: How communities persist beyond and despite historical or natural setbacks to build hopeful, collective visions for the future.

How might we institute better, more humane and humanistic responses to disasters, whether natural or man-made? How might we engender more productive conversations about the visions and failures of “disaster prevention” and “disaster relief”? The Humanities Institute will address these questions and more as part of its yearlong slate of public events.

The Scripps College Humanities Institute 2019-20 season acknowledges that the Claremont Colleges are settled on the shared traditional land of the Tongva, Serrano, and Cahuilla peoples, many of whom continue to steward the land, their ancestral home. We recognize that this statement of territory acknowledgment can only serve as partial restitution in a decolonial process which must make broader measures to understand and reconcile with the colonial history of this land; our programming over the 2019-20 season, which includes First Nations participants, and partners with Indigenous groups and institutions at the 5-Cs and locally, attempts to begin to do just this.


Upcoming Event

Praisesong and Chicago Footwork: Locating a Black Diasporic Spiritual Heritage

October 17, 2019
12:15 pm

Hampton Room
Malott Commons
Scripps College

ShaDawn Battle, Ph.D, will give a presentation, followed by a Q&A.

Dr. ShaDawn D. Battle is an Assistant Professor of English at Wittenberg University. Her areas of study include African American Literature, Afro-Diasporic Studies, and Hip-Hop Studies. She writes on Black masculine and feminine politics, intersecting hip hop, anti-colonial discourse, Black feminist and critical race theory, epistemology, and literature that spans the Black Diaspora. Dr. Battle’s recent publications include, “Singing the ‘Blues’ for Black Male Bodies: Epistemic Violence, ‘Non-Alterity’, and Black Male Killings” (Making the Case, 2019) and “A Genealogical Interpretation of Plato’s Allegory, Through the Lens of Jay-Z, the Re-Envisioned ‘Philosopher King’” (Black Camera, IUP, 2019). Dr. Battle’ s current research project explores Chicago’s South Side footwork culture, nation-building, race construction, and the politics of “home.” It is tentatively titled, “[Re-]Imagining Community” and Interrogating the Politics of Home, through Chicago Footwork.

Presented in partnership with Scripps Presents, the Claremont Graduate University Cultural Studies Department and Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies.