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2011 Spring The Future of Higher Education: Gender, Geography, and the Humanities


April 27, 2011

“The Future of Higher Education: Three Presidential Perspectives”

Lori Bettison-Varga became Scripps College’s eighth president on July 1, 2009, continuing a distinguished career in academia. Dr. Bettison-Varga was unanimously elected by the Board of Trustees in recognition of her outstanding achievements, as well as for her enthusiastic commitment to the Scripps College mission of educating women for lives of leadership, service, integrity, and […]

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April 26, 2011

Jonathan Kozol

In a nation of such abundance, why do so many children go without a decent education? What are the true costs of childhood poverty, and why does the American political system seem incapable of addressing them? One of America’s most tireless and influential advocates for public education and social justice, Jonathan Kozol has spent his […]

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April 14, 2011

Stephen Larsen

Stephen Larsen has established and currently directs international university programs in China and the Asia Pacific region. He develops new degree programs, pathways, and other collaborative opportunities between Asia and US institutions, oversees the operation of current programs, and manages a network of relations between the for-profit education sector and non-profit universities. Before moving to […]

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March 29, 2011

Panel Discussion

Gilda L. Ochoa is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies at Pomona College. She is the author of Becoming Neighbors in a Mexican American Community (2004) and Learning from Latino Teachers (2007). Along with completing a co-edited volume on Latina/o Los Angeles (2005), she has also written on critical pedagogy, (re)structuring race/ethnic relationships […]

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“Race to Nowhere”

Director Vicki Abeles turns the personal political, igniting a national conversation in her new documentary about the pressures faced by American schoolchildren and their teachers in a system and culture obsessed with the illusion of achievement, competition and the pressure to perform. Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been […]

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March 24, 2011

Single-sex Education: A History of the Future

Elizabeth English, Head of School, The Archer School for Girls, has served as a leader in both independent and public schools with a focus on improving instruction, school culture, and teacher leadership through research based professional development. Before joining the Archer School for Girls, an independent girls’ school in West Los Angeles, grades 6 through […]

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March 23, 2011

Shahrzad Mojab

Dr. Mojab was the former Director of the Women and Gender Institute at the University of Toronto (2003-2008), and the past President of the Canadian Association for the Studies of Adult Education.   In 2008 she won the Distinguished Contribution to Graduate Teaching Award at the University of Toronto; in 2006 she was named Noted […]

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March 10, 2011

Panel Discussion

Nancy Neiman Auerbach has been at Scripps College since 1993, and has taught a wide range of political economy courses including: Political Economy of Food, Food Politics Practicum, Markets and Politics in Latin America, the Power Elite, and Infrastructures of Justice. Professor Auerbach’s current research focuses on markets and social justice. Her case studies include […]

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March 1, 2011

“Walk Right In”

Created as part of the War on Poverty, the Yale Summer High School brought underprivileged students from across the country to Yale during the 1960s. In 1968, the school redefined itself. Students and staff tackled sensitive issues of race, tolerance, and personal identity, searching for what eluded the nation– a sense of community and the […]

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February 22, 2011

“A Small Act”

When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. She certainly never expected to hear from him, but years later, now a Harvard graduate and a Human Rights Lawyer for the United Nations, Chris Mburu decides to find the stranger that changed his life. Inspired by her generosity, he starts […]

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February 17, 2011

Nelly Stromquist

Dr. Stromquist holds a Ph.D. degree in International Development Education from Stanford University and a master’s in political science from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She specializes in issues related to social change and gender, which she examines from the perspective of critical sociology. Her research interests focus on the dynamics of educational policies […]

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February 10, 2011

Dr. Jing Lin

Dr. Jing Lin is the author of Love, Peace, and Wisdom in Education: Vision for Education in the 21st Century (2006). She co-edited two books on peace education, Transforming Education for Peace (2008) and Religion, Spirituality and Peace Education (2010), and a third on environmental education, Transformative Eco-Education for Human and Planetary Survival (forthcoming). Jing […]

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February 3, 2011

Geoffrey Harpham

Geoffrey Galt Harpham heads the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, the only institute for advanced study in the world dedicated exclusively to the humanities. He was trained as a literary scholar, but his work has encompassed a wide range of topics and fields. Among his many books are On the Grotesque: […]

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January 26, 2011

Cary Nelson

Cary Nelson is known not only as a blunt and devastatingly witty commentator on higher education but also as an activist working hard to reform it. As a member of the Modern Language Association’s Delegate Assembly he co-authored a number of reform proposals, including a major project to document salaries for contingent faculty in English […]

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