November 25, 2015 – More than 40 years after the fall of Saigon, the tragic consequences of war are still all too apparent in Vietnam. Maya Espiritu ’16 used her LASPA Action Grant this past summer to document the ongoing effects of Agent Orange, as well as other chemical weapons used during the Vietnam War, on today’s children in Vietnam.
November 24, 2015 – Scripps College has nominated Madeline Moulton ’16, Vivienne Muller ’16, and Haley Wilhelm ’16 as finalists to compete for prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowships. They, along with hundreds of graduating seniors from across the U.S., will be in the running for these fellowships, which are awarded annually to 50 students from approximately 40 colleges.
November 23, 2015 – When women are released from prison, they often find themselves lacking the financial resources and job skills they need to begin their new lives. Alexandra Harder ’17 used her LASPA Action Grant to help improve a program focused on building networking, communication, and entrepreneurial skills for these women and the student interns who also participated.
October 29, 2015 – Jih-Fei Cheng joins the Scripps faculty this fall as assistant professor in feminist, gender, and sexuality studies. Cheng completed his PhD in American studies and ethnicity, with an emphasis in visual studies, at the University of Southern California. His dissertation, AIDS and Its Afterlives: Race, Gender, and the Queer Radical Imagination, examines how experimental videos produced by AIDS activists during the 1980s until the mid-90s continue to politically intervene into contemporary popular media and social movements.
October 23, 2015 – Claudia Arteaga comes to Scripps College from Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she is in the process of completing her PhD in Spanish literature. She previously earned her BA in linguistics and literature from Catholic University in Lima, Peru. Arteaga’s scholarship centers on Andean studies, in particular how political and social activism is expressed by Andean indigenous people through audiovisual media. We recently interviewed her to learn more about her work and what she’ll be focusing on at Scripps.
October 14, 2015 – Originally from Vienna, Kasper Kovitz joins Scripps College as an Assistant Professor of Art after teaching for several years in the Department of Fine Arts and Art History at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Kovitz is also an artist, and in his work he employs non-traditional materials—substances such as blueberry jam, dirt, and tree sap—to explore the concepts of borders, violence, and identity. His work has been included in exhibitions in Asia, Europe, and the United States, including at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, and ARCO Madrid.