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January 2020

Roxanne Wilson Leader-in-Residence: Cecile Richards in Conversation

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Garrison Theater, Scripps College, 241 E 10th Street
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Twice listed in TIME magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in theWorld, Cecile Richards is a national leader for women’s rights and social and economic justice. As president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund for more than a decade, Richards worked to increase affordable access to reproductive health. In 2019, Richards co-founded Supermajority, a political action group working to mobilize women voters.The Roxanne Wilson Leader-in-Residence program brings to Scripps’ campus a woman who demonstrates leadership…

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February 2020

Where Good Souls Fear

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Garrison Theater, Scripps College, 241 E 10th Street
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

“I was not supposed to be a dancer,” writes choreographer Alice Sheppard in the New York Times. But when disabled dancer Homer Avila dared her to take a dance class, she accepted his challenge. Now, the former medieval scholar is a preeminent voice at the intersection of disability, gender, and race. Her latest performance, Where Good Souls Fear, is an investigation of excess and minimalism, provoking questions about who or what is “too much.” Ranging from lyrical floorwork to an…

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NBF Presents: Family Matters

February 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Balch Auditorium, 1030 N Columbia Ave, Scripps College
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

The National Book Foundation, Scripps Presents, and the Los Angeles Library Foundation jointly celebrate 2019 National Book Award winner Sarah M. Broom (The Yellow House) and former U.S. Poet Laureate and National Book Award longlister Natasha Trethewey (Monument) on their documentation of the stories, pain, and resilience of families in the American South. Moderated by Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation.Presented in partnership with: the National Book Foundation’s national event series, NBF Presents, the Los Angeles Public…

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Gaby Moreno

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Garrison Theater, Scripps College, 241 E 10th Street
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Guatemala-born singer-songwriter-producer and Grammy Award-winner Gaby Moreno brings her not-to-be missed, genre-defying “Spanish folk-soul” to Scripps.This program is presented in partnership with Claremont Graduate University’s LatinX Graduate Student Union and helps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Claremont College’s Chicano Latino Student Affairs. 

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R.O. Kwon and Maureen Corrigan in Conversation

February 15 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Balch Auditorium, 1030 N Columbia Ave, Scripps College
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Novelist R.O. Kwon, author of the Los Angeles Times First Book Prize finalist The Incendiaries and 2020 Mary Routt Chair in Creative Writing, joins Fresh Air’s book critic Maureen Corrigan for a conversation about dual literary loves: reading and writing.Presented in partnership with: the Mary Routt Chair in Creative Writing and Scripps Office of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy and supported by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Fund

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@Noon: Ariana Makau

February 18 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Hampton Room, Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

“During my junior year abroad in Paris, I took my first class in stained glass . . . and was certain that my future lay in that art form,” said Ariana Makau. An art conservator for over 20 years, with a resume that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Makau returns to Scripps to offer a window into her career as founder of Nzilani Glass Conservation, the role of…

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The Paris Review’s Emily Nemens in Conversation

February 18 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hampton Room, Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

When she was appointed editor of the Paris Review, Emily Nemens stepped into one of the most luminous positions in American letters, editing today’s most talented writers. What the public may not have known is the wildly original literary voice she is in her own right. Join Nemens and Scripps Associate Professor of English Aaron Matz for a conversation about her highly anticipated new novel, The Cactus League, and the balance between the life of a writer and the demands…

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@Noon: Billy-Ray Belcourt

February 20 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Hampton Room, Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Indigenous Canadian poet Billy-Ray Belcourt reads from his award-winning debut work, This Wound Is a World, and his forthcoming work, NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field. A member of the Driftpile Cree Nation, Belcourt grapples with the political demands of queerness, mainstream portrayals of Indigenous life, love and its discontents, and the limits and uses of poetry as a vehicle for Indigenous liberation.Presented in partnership with the Scripps College Humanities Institute

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The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino in Conversation

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Balch Auditorium, 1030 N Columbia Ave, Scripps College
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Acclaimed as “the best young essayist at work in the U.S.,” it seems that there is no topic Jia Tolentino can’t cover. The New Yorker staffer tackles vaping, Shen Yun, the economy of marriage, and other vexing questions in her acclaimed essay collection Trick Mirror. Mary Routt Chair in Creative Writing R.O. Kwon joins her for a conversation. Presented in partnership with the Mary Routt Chair in Creative Writing and supported by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Fund 

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March 2020

The Body is Not an Apology: Sonya Renee Taylor

March 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Balch Auditorium, 1030 N Columbia Ave, Scripps College
Claremont, CA 91711 United States

Writer, spoken-word artist, social justice activist, and founder of The Body Is Not an Apology movement Sonya Renee Taylor dismantles some of our longest-held—and most insidious—body preoccupations, embracing instead a paradigm of “radical self-love for everybody and every body.”Presented in partnership with: Scripps Eating Disorder Alliance (SEDA), the Tiernan Field House, Scripps Communities of Resources and Empowerment (SCORE), and the Office of Student Engagement and supported by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Fund

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