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Spotlight on Academics Series

August 31, 2016

Spotlight on Academics: Community at Its Center: Scripps’ New Core I Theme

The Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities, one of the hallmarks of the Scripps education, is a set of three courses that looks at the relationships between the historical production of knowledge and contemporary issues and debates. This year, Core I, the first of these courses and a common curricular experience for all Scripps students, has a new theme: “community.” Sixteen faculty members representing departments across the College worked together for many months to choose the new theme and craft a syllabus around it.

May 11, 2016

Class of 2016: Capstone Day Highlights: Celebrating Student Research

  Capstone Day celebrates the academic accomplishments of the senior class, an annual tradition at Scripps since 2009. Each May, the Scripps community gathers to support the senior presenters and applaud the interdisciplinary collaboration among students and faculty. Capstone Day presentations highlight the best senior theses from a range of disciplines as nominated and selected […]

April 28, 2016

Spotlight on Academics: Senior Thesis Art Show “You Must Not Know” Features Artwork by Graduating Seniors

The Senior Art Exhibition is a cornerstone of the studio art major at Scripps College. Each year, the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery features artworks by graduating seniors that constitute their thesis projects. In addition to making the works on view, the seniors conceptualize the exhibition, install their pieces, draft artist statements and wall texts, and […]

February 17, 2015

Spotlight on Academics: Southern California and Hollywood Films

Professor Susan Rankaitis' Core III seminar it teaches students how to critically explore visual aspects of filmmaking – editing, cinematography, art direction, and more – by examining cultural, social, and political differences against the backdrop of the “California Dream.”

January 30, 2015

Spotlight on Academics: Mathematics In Our Culture

Professor Chris Towse's "Mathematics in Our Culture" asks its students to question and rethink what they think they know about math, education, and who they are. Towse has taught a version of this course four times since 2004.

January 12, 2015

Spotlight on Academics: From Materiality to Immateriality

From Materiality to Immateriality questions and analyzes the motivation of these artists through the most intimate means possible: by getting students to craft paper for their own artist books. Watch the video below for a quick peek into the process of papermaking.

January 5, 2015

Spotlight on Academics: Creating and Recreating Genji

Professor of Art History Bruce Coats has worked for more than 25 years to introduce The Tale of Genji to a wider audience through his Core III class, one that gives students the opportunity to explore the text and its impact on the culture of global media.

December 29, 2014

Spotlight on Academics: Cyberculture and the Posthuman Age

Next-generation eyewear, self-driving cars, balloon-powered wifi access, contact lenses capable of monitoring a diabetic's glucose levels, and even the secret to immortality are a small sample of the audacious goals powered by today's fascination with computing. Professor Jennifer Wood's Core III class, Cyberculture and the Posthuman Age, provided context for these and other technological advancements for Scripps College students this fall.

December 22, 2014

Spotlight on Academics: Jazz Bluelines

"Professor Huang is the heart of this course," says Brynne Ichiuji, a sophomore from Danville, California. "While I am grateful for the newfound knowledge and appreciation for jazz, I am even more inspired by the love for music and art he instilled in all of us. He welcomes all participation and looks for engaging discussion and input."