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

Performance: Ananya Dance Theatre

February 6, 2016

Garrison Theater
Scripps College Performing Arts Center

Roktim: Nurture Incarnadine


“Our work is in opening the ground, creating a space for questions, for provoking discussion, and for offering images that then resonate in people’s minds.” – Ananya Chatterjea

In performance that celebrates the intersection of classical Indian and folk dance traditions, street theater, and social justice, dancer, choreographer, and educator Ananya Chatterjea puts women artists of color at the center of her work. Along with a corps of dancers, Chatterjea brings a new performance, Roktim: Nurture Incarnadine, to Claremont to showcase a unique movement aesthetic of Indian contemporary dance that defies conventional categorization.

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.

This program is presented in partnership with the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Endowed Speaker Fund, Scripps College Humanities Institute,  the Office of the President and Board of Trustees at Scripps College, Scripps Communities of Resources and Empowerment, President’s Advisory Committee of Diversity and Inclusion, Scripps College Anthropology Department, Scripps College Hispanic Studies Department, Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities,s Asian American Student Union, Pacific Basin Institute (Pomona College), Asian Studies Program (Pomona College), Office of International Initiatives (Pomona College), and the 7 College Asian American Advisory Board.

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