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2016 Fall
The "War on Terror," 15 Years Later

September 2016 marks the fifteen-year anniversary of the al-Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and U.S. President George W. Bush’s declaration that the United States was now engaged in a global “war on terror.” While President Barack Obama later moved away from that ...

Interventions and Resistance: Raced/ Gendered/ Classed Violence in the USA
2016 Spring
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 ...

Dangerous Conversations: Raced/Gendered/Classed Violence in the USA
2015 Fall
Dangerous Conversations: Raced/Gendered/Classed Violence in the USA

“We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1967)

How ...

Concepts of Self
2015 Spring
Concepts of Self

Who do you think you are? In spring 2015, the Humanities Institute presents a series of events, lectures, and workshops examining one of the most important and interesting topics: me. Or, rather: the concept of self.

We will peer through a multidisciplinary, multimedia, ...

Silence
2014 Fall
Silence

Is silence the absence of sound? Is it the space between words, a pause between heart­beats? Is silence a refusal to speak — or to respond? Is silence collaborative, complicit? Is it pleasant, peaceful? Contemplative? Is meditation a form of silence? Does silence signify absence? Does it ...

Feminisms and the Radical Imagination
2014 Spring
Feminisms and the Radical Imagination

In spring 2014 the Humanities Institute explores multiple feminist narratives and trajectories, addressing the intersections of gender, ethnicity, race, power, and social justice within and beyond the academy.

We live in a society where challenges to affirmative action continue 90 years ...

Re-visioning Food Sovereignty: U.S. Supply and Consumption
2013 Fall
Re-visioning Food Sovereignty: U.S. Supply and Consumption

Food production, distribution, and consumption in contemporary U.S. society remain problematic. The logic of capitalism and modernity has institutionalized factory farming; the legacy of colonialism and the more recent phenomenon of globalization have cast a long shadow on the production, ...

Music, Dance, Ritual, and Belief: Transforming Societies
2013 Spring
Music, Dance, Ritual, and Belief: Transforming Societies

Music and dance are basic elements of ritual and belief across the globe, valued for their capacity to communicate through both physical and spiritual realms; they fuse action and thought in unique ways, enhancing our senses, transforming our emotional and physical states, our relationships with ...

Social Media/Social Change: Negotiating Access, Control, and Unrest in the Information Age
2012 Fall
Social Media/Social Change: Negotiating Access, Control, and Unrest in the Information Age

Digital media have saturated and accelerated society, compressing our sense of time and geography in ways that are both radical and unexpected. As computing technologies become smaller, cheaper and mobile, people from across the globe are interacting at unprecedented speeds with unprecedented ...

Continuing Invasion: Resistance, Resilience, and Re-invention among North American Indigenous Peoples
2012 Spring
Continuing Invasion: Resistance, Resilience, and Re-invention among North American Indigenous Peoples

Continuing invasion is the process many Native people use to characterize their historic and present realities. Since the first wave of Europeans landed on American shores, indigenous peoples have endured all manner of physical, material, and psychological brutalities. Yet some of the ...

Performing the Body Politic: Transgressions, Interventions, and Expressive Culture
2011 Fall
Performing the Body Politic: Transgressions, Interventions, and Expressive Culture

Performance and creation of the body within socio-cultural power relations invite a critical gaze at how cultural narratives and categories enliven debates concerning purpose, meaning and intention. Public spectacle and the visual and performing arts can be powerful elements in the creative ...

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

Critical views of higher education seem to agree on the need to, at the very least, enable people, especially the young, to use their minds to capacity, and at best, prepare citizens to participate in a democracy. It is also generally agreed that education, and to some the education of women, is ...

Engagement: Mind, Body, and Soul
2010 Fall
Engagement: Mind, Body, and Soul

What does it mean to be engaged mind, body and soul? Some call it being in the "flow," others describe it as living life to the fullest. But what is the process by which engagement occurs? Does it require the right interaction of emotions, skills, and faith? Among the topics to be examined are ...

Recombinant Families: The Science and Culture of Contemporary Kinship
2010 Spring
Recombinant Families: The Science and Culture of Contemporary Kinship

What signifies kinship, and what does kinship signify?

At one time, the prevailing view in American and European societies — and American and European social science — was that families were formed on the basis of "blood and marriage". In recent years, the limits of this view of ...

Secrets in a Democracy
2009 Fall
Secrets in a Democracy

Bound up in such concepts as sacredness, intimacy, danger and the forbidden, secrecy is something familiar to all of us. Commonly we perceive secrets as guilty, conspiratorial, or pathological, forgetting that secrets can also protect our identity, intentions, actions, and property. As ...

Muslim Women: Contemporary Realities
2009 Spring
Muslim Women: Contemporary Realities

The veil, honor killings, and female genital mutilations are now commonly seen, in the West, as signs of Muslim women's oppression. And Muslim women's liberation has served as a justification for interventions in the War on Terror. But this is not new. Since the days of British colonialism, the ...

Global Media
2008 Fall
Global Media

To understand media today and in the future one must begin by looking at the global system, then take into account national and local differences. Theories of globalization are one way to understand this global media system where incessant pursuits for profit have pushed for deregulation and ...

Human Evolution 2.0: Biotechnology and the Future of Human Nature
2008 Spring
Human Evolution 2.0: Biotechnology and the Future of Human Nature

At the start of the 21st century, we find ourselves on the threshold of a new age in which rapidly converging biosciences and technologies (genomics, genetic engineering, cloning, stem cell research, artificial reproduction, neurotechnologies, artificial intelligence, robotics, information ...

Unequal We Stand: What Future for the American Middle Class?
2007 Fall
Unequal We Stand: What Future for the American Middle Class?

In the fall of 2007, the Humanities Institute will present a lecture series and a documentary film series to explore the causes and consequences of the rapid increase in income and wealth inequalities in the United States since 1980. This widening gap between the rich and the poor has made of ...

L.A. Palimpsest: Recovering Los Angeles' Hidden Stories and Forgotten Communities
2007 Spring
L.A. Palimpsest: Recovering Los Angeles' Hidden Stories and Forgotten Communities

Los Angeles has always imagined itself as the city of the future. By embracing rapid economic development, relentless expansion and suburban sprawl, by relying completely on the automobile and mobility, and by choosing fantasy and myth over reality and history, L.A. has been a unique—and ...

The End of Oil
2006 Fall
The End of Oil

To help us understand what a post-oil age may look like, we are inviting energy analysts, economists, geologists, journalists, scientists and environmentalists, as well as political scientists to discuss with us the impact of the end of oil on the global economy, on the world's geopolitical ...

Doing Good in the World: Post-9/11 Opportunities and Challenges
2006 Spring
Doing Good in the World: Post-9/11 Opportunities and Challenges

One of the most important lessons of 9/11 may well be that the problems of the world are ours too. Beyond terrorism, the world faces enormous challenges: global poverty; the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the spread of other infectious diseases; the proliferation of nuclear weapons; environment ...

The New Documentary Impulse
2005 Fall
The New Documentary Impulse

Once marginal, documentary cinema and documentary photography have joined documentary writing such as investigative journalism, as reality-driven modes of representation that bear witness to our times and help us understand and define our historical moment. Throughout the semester, we will try ...

Empathy
2005 Spring
Empathy

In the spring semester of 2005, the Scripps College Humanities Institute program will focus on Empathy. What does it mean to feel (or think) as another? When we consider the structure and obligations of social relationships, ourselves and others, justice and equality, reason, emotion, and values ...

The Politics of Knowledge Production
2004 Fall
The Politics of Knowledge Production

In the fall semester of 2004, the Scripps College Humanities Institute will be holding a semester-long program exploring the connections of knowledge, information, and politics. Our approach will be interdisciplinary and, we hope, wide-ranging, including such topics as the way information is ...

Life Stories
2004 Spring
Life Stories

Why are memoirs and biographies so popular? Why do we want to read them? Why do people want to write them? What do these works tell us about individuals and about time and place, narrative and identity? Throughout the semester, we will examine different examples of life writing, including ...

Poverty
2003 Fall
Poverty

In the fall of 2003, the Scripps College Humanities Institute will be holding a semester-long program on "Poverty." Throughout the term, we hope to address a number of issues involving the history of poverty and poor relief, social policy and social activism, narratives of inequality and the ...

Biopowers: Disease, Ethics, Activism
2003 Spring
Biopowers: Disease, Ethics, Activism

In the spring semester of 2003, the Humanities Institute at Scripps College will sponsor three symposia on "Biopowers: Disease, Ethics, Activism." Throughout the semester, we hope to address a number of issues involving the intersection of science, medicine and the humanities. The themes that we ...

War and Peace
2002 Fall
War and Peace

In the fall semester of 2002, the Humanities Institute at Scripps College will sponsor a series of symposia and a small conference on the general topic of "War and Peace." We hope to address a number of issues throughout the semester, including the problems of violence, conflict, revolution, ...

Modernity from Below
2002 Spring
Modernity from Below

The conference, Modernity from Below, to be held in early April, 2002, will bring together historians and cultural critics from a variety of fields and historical periods, ranging from the eighteenth century Atlantic and Caribbean circuits of trade and colonizationÑthe crucible of ...

New Social Geographies and the Politics of Space
2001 Fall
New Social Geographies and the Politics of Space

The Scripps College Humanities Institute's fall 2001 program, New Social Geographies and the Politics of Space, will be devoted to the study of new social geographies, including the contemporary formation and uses of public space, the public sphere and new or alternative media, ...

Indigenous People
2001 Spring
Indigenous People

Indigenous Peoples. First Peoples. Native Americans. American Indians. Aboriginals. Under many imposed and mostly inappropriate names, the peoples who inhabited vast areas of the globe before European arrival and conquest have survived genocide, dispossession, dislocation, reservations and every ...

Ancient Worlds
2000 Fall
Ancient Worlds

In the fall of 2000 the Scripps College Humanities Institute will devote a semester to the study of Ancient Worlds. The series of events will take up a number of issues, including new approaches to the classics, questions of gender, sexuality and religion in the ancient world, and the relation ...

In-Migration: Immigration, Racism and Policy in Europe and California
2000 Spring
In-Migration: Immigration, Racism and Policy in Europe and California

This conference will bring together scholars, activists and politicians from both Europe and the United States for a comparative examination of the effects of immigration policies in the United States and Europe. Migration issues will be addressed not only from the perspective of the ...

Women in Cultural Production
1999 Fall
Women in Cultural Production

Women in Cultural Production is a series of events designed both to present work by women in various fields of culture and to explore a number of questions about gender and culture. How does the increasing prominence of women as producers of culture affect our understanding of cultural ...

Twins, Doubles, Simulacra
1999 Spring
Twins, Doubles, Simulacra

"We are conceived as twins, and, most of us, born single... Acts and images of doubling start here, at the root of our lives: our flesh and blood, our coming to be. In an epoch proud of instant copiers but perturbed by errant copies, delighted with lightweight artificial limbs but disturbed by ...

1998 Fall
"Human Rights" and Wrongs: a Conversation Between Humanities and the Law

The challenge to think clearly, but humanely about justice in general and human rights issues in particular has never been greater. During this semester we will explore recent debates over critical race theory, economic justice, international rights issues, citizenship, the right to an ...

Fin-de-Siecle Soul
1998 Spring
Fin-de-Siecle Soul

What are scientists, mathematicians, political activists, literary theorists, philosophers, artists, musicians, and poets saying today about the validity of religion as a social and spiritual practice and a way of understanding the world? Too often it has been assumed that the university as an ...

Reconstructing the City
1997 Fall
Reconstructing the City

"You try to feel the city's pulse in the neighborhoods, the energy clotted or flowing through arterials, often leading to extremities from no clear heart; city bureaus are organs; city history is tracked in old blood, new blood, spilled blood, blue blood, transfusions of capital in times of ...

Sciences in Mind
1997 Spring
Sciences in Mind

This spring the Scripps College Humanities Institute explores recent research concerning the relationship between mental phenomena and physical mechanisms and states. We have called this semester "Sciences in Mind" to draw attention to recent debates within the sciences about such matters as the ...

Our Victorian Contemporaries
1996 Fall
Our Victorian Contemporaries

This fall the Scripps College Humanities Institute explores the legacy of Victorianism as it relates to our present-day concerns. The lectures, seminars, photography exhibition, symposium and theatrical performance will help us think about the various ways in which our contemporary world remains ...

Nations, Cultures, & Values
1996 Spring
Nations, Cultures, & Values

This spring the Scripps College Humanities Institute is sponsoring a series of lectures and seminars around the theme of Nations, Cultures, and Values. During the semester we will investigate the ways in which the central commitments of nations and cultures are represented in, as well ...

Music: Culture In Question
1995 Fall
Music: Culture In Question

This fall the Scripps College Humanities Institute is sponsoring a symposium, and a series of lectures and performances on the role of contemporary music in American society.With the theme Music: Culture in Question/Cultures in Dialogue, we will examine the ways in which diverse ...

Scholarship and Activism
1995 Spring
Scholarship and Activism

This spring a series of workshops, seminars, and lectures explore the connections between work in the humanities and political engagement. Our program aims to show students and teachers ways of connecting campus and community life. We will explore possibilities of making new connections and of ...

Performance: Reconstructing Traditions
1994 Fall
Performance: Reconstructing Traditions

The Scripps College Humanities Institute is sponsoring a series of events around the theme of Performance: Reconstructing Traditions. The lectures, seminars, workshops, and performances will make connections between contemporary trends in the humanities and the theory and history of ...

Questioning Technology
1994 Spring
Questioning Technology
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Figuring Feminism
1993 Fall
Figuring Feminism

Figuring Feminism at the Fin de Siecle will examine the theoretical practical issues facing feminism in the 1990s. How are the recent understandings of feminist theory, identity and performance relevant to the economic, social and political challenges facing women at the end of the ...

Nationalism and Ethnicity in the Wake of Humanism
1993 Spring
Nationalism and Ethnicity in the Wake of Humanism

Nationalism and Ethnicity in the Wake of Humanism will examine how nationalism and ethnicity have affected the ways cultures develop and interact with one another. We shall discuss how humanism has provided ways of understanding nationalism and ethnicity, and how they in turn have ...

Writing the Post-Colonial
1992 Fall
Writing the Post-Colonial

Writing the Post-Colonial will examine the way in which cultures live with, against and beyond the legacies of political, cultural and economic domination. Attentive to the diversities of post-colonial experience, the papers will critically examine theoretical concerns and offer ...

The Use and Abuse of Freedom
1991 Fall
The Use and Abuse of Freedom

The theme, The Use and Abuse of Freedom, allows for a range from anthropology to art, from philosophy to prisons, from law to transgression. Most of our speakers will give seminars for faculty and advanced students as well as public lectures, and we will often be hosting ...

Changing the Middle Ages
1991 Spring
Changing the Middle Ages

Changing the Middle Ages will bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines who are refashioning the ways we view the medieval period. How are marriage and sexuality related on the margins and in the center of society? How does poetry in the period represent men and women and ...

The Example of the Arts
1990 Fall
The Example of the Arts

The Example of the Arts, sponsored by the Scripps College Humanities Institute, is a series of readings, screenings, and seminars which will explore ways in which artists take up in their work examples of their own and of other arts. The series will include discussions of a number of ...

Thinking Women
1990 Spring
Thinking Women

The Humanities Institute is inviting six scholars to discuss the ways feminist scholarship has affected the disciplines of history, literary studies, and philosophy. Past or current work of each of the scholars either is exemplary of feminist scholarship in her discipline or is sympathetically ...

Writing on the Border
1989 Fall
Writing on the Border

The conference Writing on the Border is one of a series of events which the Scripps College Humanities Institute is sponsoring to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the Chicano Studies Program at The Claremont ...

Re-positioning the Self
1989 Spring
Re-positioning the Self

A conference exploring conceptions of the self in modern and postmodern works of art and in contemporary political theory and science—from George Cukor's Gaslight to the photographs of Diane Arbus, from Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow to Paule Marshall's The ...

Marginality
1988 Fall
Marginality

The general topic of the lectures, conferences, and films sponsored by the Humanities Institute this term is "Marginality". Our speakers will address various aspects and consequences of the ways that societies—not just political societies, but societies like the academic community—in the ...

History And...
1988 Spring
History And...

"History And..." will be a conference that illuminates the various ways in which history informs some of the crucial aspects of contemporary culture and our attempts to undrstand it. "History And..." takes place at a time of critical importance for our understanding of how consciousness of and ...

Justice and Its Limits
1987 Fall
Justice and Its Limits

Justice and Its Limits will examine the various ways in which thinking about justice has affected and been affected by recent work in the humanities. The conference will focus on how an understanding of just judgement informs or is ignored in politics, cultural criticism and some ...