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November 29, 2017

The Scripps Experience: The Babes and Blankets CLORG

Babes and Blankets, the club/organization (CLORG at Scripps), meets weekly to knit and crochet blankets, scarves, and other yarn crafts, which they then donate to local nonprofit organizations and groups in need. Babes and Blankets partners with Binky Patrol, which gives baby blankets to hospitals, and the Red Scarf Project, which provides scarves to foster youth in college, among others.

November 14, 2017

Professor Kevin Williamson’s Solo Show Lauded By LA Dance Chronicle

Scripps College Assistant Professor of Dance Kevin Williamson's solo dance show Still or I've Been Choreographed received high praise from dance critic Jeff Slayton in his recent LA Dance Chronicle column. 

November 7, 2017

Spotlight on Students: Tyra Abraham ’18: Scripps Senior Is Running with Her Passion for Storytelling

They say there are two sides to every story, and Tyra Abraham ’18 is no exception. On the one hand, she’s an accomplished student who is pursuing her passion for storytelling by serving as an official photographer for the College. On the other hand, she’s a gifted athlete who has broken numerous records as part of the CMS Athenas Track & Field team.

October 31, 2017

Lynne Thompson’s Dirge for Murdered Black Girls Featured in the San Francisco Chronicle

A poem by Lynne Thompson '72, Dirge for Murdered Black Girls, was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. 

October 15, 2017

Scripps Magazine: Art Forms

Alison Saar ’78 Weight, at first glance, appears to be a young girl playing on a swing, until one realizes that the child is stripped bare. Her swing is attached to a broken branch that hangs from a vintage cotton scale. Her weight is counterbalanced with a coal scuttle “cornucopia” of tools of domestic labor—a […]

October 12, 2017

Scripps Magazine: Revolution & Ritual: The Photographs of Sara Castrejón, Graciela Iturbide, and Tatiana Parcero

“If there is an occupation suitable for women, it is photography.” So declared the Mexico City newspaper El Mundo in 1899. It went on: “They have the aptitude and an extraordinary manual dexterity and, above all, they serve better than a man to make portraits of women, arranging their headdresses and getting them in positions with a confidence and a thoroughness that would be impossible for persons of the opposite sex.”

October 11, 2017

Scripps Magazine: Focus on the Faculty: Susan Rankaitis, Fletcher Jones Chair in Studio Art

“I don’t call it retirement, I call it downsizing from two careers to one,” says Susan Rankaitis. This past July, Rankaitis, who joined Scripps’ Art Department in fall 1990 as the Fletcher Jones Chair in Studio Art, began two years of phased retirement. She will no longer teach classes but will continue to write letters of recommendation for her advisees and colleagues. She will also be devoting significantly more time to her own art practice.

October 3, 2017

Scripps Magazine: The State of the Art Major

Students in Professor T. Kim-Trang Tran’s video art class find creative inspiration and expression in an unexpected source: drones. They learn how artists are using the technology and how to make drone videos themselves. But Tran pushes students to go well beyond capturing footage.

October 2, 2017

L.A. Observed Highlights Williamson Gallery’s PST: LA/LA Exhibit

Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College is named by LA Observed among galleries whose exhibits should be visited as part of the Getty's expansive "PST: LA/LA" initiative featuring Latin American and Latino art at more than 70 Southern California museums and other cultural institutions.

September 25, 2017

Scripps Presents: Carina Chocano

In the spirit of Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, and Susan Sontag, Carina Chocano’s You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Trainwrecks, & Other Mixed Messages examines the dramatic and often damaging ways that pop culture influences female identity. Cultural touchstones—from Bugs Bunny to Playboy Bunnies, from Flashdance to Frozen—serve as entry points to Chocano’s personal reflections and surface some familiar truths about the challenges of locating oneself in the face of an often abstract ideal of womanhood. Chocano and Scripps’s Dorothy Cruickshank Backstrand Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies Piya Chatterjee are the first speakers in a three-part conversation series.