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February 2021

PEN Out Loud: R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell with Melissa Febos and Brandon Taylor

February 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bestselling authors R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell launch their dynamic anthology of short fiction, Kink: Stories, a singular collection that illustrates “love, desire, BDSM, and sexual kinks in all their glory with a bold new vision,” featuring some of contemporary fiction’s finest writers. The two anthology editors will be joined in conversation by contributors Melissa Febos and Brandon Taylor to discuss the book’s “moving dispatches from across the sexual spectrum of interest and desires.”  Tickets are available here! Please note:…

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The Shame Game

February 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

What does it mean to be poor in Britain and America? For decades, the primary narrative about poverty in both countries is that it has been caused by personal flaws or "bad life decisions" rather than policy choices or economic inequality. This misleading account has become deeply embedded in the public consciousness with serious ramifications for how financially vulnerable people are seen, spoken about, and treated. Drawing on a two-year multi-platform initiative, award-winning journalist and author Mary O’Hara, author of…

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PEN Out Loud: Brandon Hobson and Rebecca Makkai in Conversation

February 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

National Book Award finalist Brandon Hobson celebrates his latest novel, The Removed. Weaving together multiple first-person narrators and Cherokee folklore, the novel tells the story of a Cherokee family fifteen years after an unjust police shooting of one of the family’s three children. Hobson will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Makkai to discuss the novel and its “meditation on family, grief, home, and the power of stories on both a personal and ancestral level.”  Tickets are available…

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The Nature of the Future: Elizabeth Kolbert in Conversation

February 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A discussion on our changing planet The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction returns to humanity’s transformative impact on the environment, now asking: After doing so much damage, can we change nature, this time to save it? In Under a White Sky, Elizabeth Kolbert takes a hard look at the new world we are creating. Along the way, she meets biologists who are trying to preserve the world's rarest fish, which lives in a single tiny pool in the…

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March 2021

PEN Out Loud: Kazuo Ishiguro and Jia Tolentino

March 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro to celebrate the launch of Klara and the Sun, his first novel since receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature. A gripping, genre-bending story featuring Ishiguro’s characteristic restraint, the novel examines Klara, “an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities” who yearns to be the perfect companion for her future owner. Ishiguro will be joined in conversation with essayist and New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino to discuss the narrative’s themes of service, sacrifice, and what it…

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PEN Out Loud: Isabel Allende with Concepción de León

March 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Isabel Allende in celebration of her new book, The Soul of a Woman. Examining “power, feminism and, what it means to be a woman,” Allende's forthcoming book weaves together her vast experiences, from coming of age during feminism’s second wave to embracing her sexuality. Allende will be joined in conversation with New York Times reporter Concepción de León to discuss feminism of the past and hopes for the next generation, as well as to…

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TNR Live: How Government Can Fight Global Warming

March 23 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Scripps Presents and The New Republic team up again for a conversation about the role government can play in fighting global warming. Participants include Ben Ehrenreich, the author of Desert Notebooks: A Road Map for the End of Time; Mariana Mazzucato, a professor of economics at University College London; and New Republic staffers Kate Aronoff, author of the forthcoming, Overheated; and deputy editor Heather Souvaine Horn. Tickets are available here!

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Decoding Despacito: The History (and Future) of Latin Music

March 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

What made the 2019 Grammys different? It was the first time a trio—singing in both English and Spanish—graced the stage. The performances from Camila Cabello, Ricky Martin, and J Balvin were a watershed moment. Latin music was mainstream. For Leila Cobo, vice president and Latin industry lead at Billboard, it was long overdue. Decoding Despacito is a singular oral history from the players who have created this vibrant musical lineage. Join Cobo and the Los Angeles Times's Suzy Exposito for…

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April 2021

A Little Devil in America: Hanif Abdurraqib in Conversation

April 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Hanif Abdurraqib, the essayist, poet and cultural critic whose work has been published in The Fader, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and the New York Times, turns his keen eye on Black performance with his new book, A Little Devil in America. Join him for a conversation about performances big and small, famous and lesser-known, and the resonances each have in Black and White cultures, the politics of American empire, and his own personal history. Novelist Chris L. Terry joins him…

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@Noon: African Americans and the California Dream

April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Susan D. Anderson, Scripps class of '75, is the history curator and program manager at the California African American Museum and a member of the editorial board of the journal California History. She has brought her scholarly interest in California's hidden African American history to her writing, lectures, and public history projects as former director of collections, library, exhibitions, and programs at the California Historical Society, interim chief curator for the African American Museum & Library at Oakland, and curator…

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