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September 2020

Just Listen: Claudia Rankine and Lauren Michele Jackson

September 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Critically acclaimed poet, essayist, and playwright Claudia Rankine challenges society to have dynamic and substantive conversations about race and Whiteness in America. In Just Us: An American Conversation, Rankine completes her groundbreaking trilogy, which began with Don’t Let Me Be Lonely and Citizen. She will be joined in conversation with Northwestern University’s Lauren Michele Jackson for an intimate discussion. Tickets available here! Presented in partnership with PEN America’s PEN Out Loud Series and the Strand Bookstore and supported by the…

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October 2020

Guilt and Grace: Marilynne Robinson and Alexander Chee

October 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Award-winning author Marilynne Robinson discusses Jack, the fourth book in her now canonical Gilead series, the first three of which have won one Pulitzer Prize and two National Book Critics Circle awards. One of the 20th century’s foremost writers, Robinson will be joined in conversation with bestselling author Alexander Chee to interrogate the complexities of American history. Tickets available here! Presented in partnership with PEN America’s PEN Out Loud Series and the Strand Bookstore and supported by the Alexa Fullerton…

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Roxanne Wilson Leader-in-Residence: Emily Ramshaw

October 8 @ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Electability. Likability. These words, used to describe Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, were oft repeated as the 2016 presidential election unfolded. For Emily Ramshaw, a journalist and new mother, these words invoked ire. Why did media coverage focus on this during such a historic race? It took another presidential campaign cycle—one with more female candidates vying for the nomination than ever before—for Ramshaw to do something concrete about her frustration. The 19th*, a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting at the intersection of gender,…

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@Noon: Mindy Seu

October 12 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Designer Mindy Seu discusses the Cyberfeminist Index Designer Mindy Seu has spent the past few years focused on indices. The Rutgers professor and creator of the Cyberfeminist Index, which focuses on non-Western and intersectional references from the 1990s and 2000s, will speak about the protocols and procedures that figure into the creation of archives, digitization, and conservation. The talk will also consider how the structure of the internet relates to everyday street culture, for instance in the relationship between graffiti…

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@Noon: A Reading and Conversation with Kendra Atleework and April Dávila

October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

“(A) powerful debut, Miracle Country, is the rare trifecta that seamlessly blends personal narrative with historical nonfiction and highly charged, activist-style rhetoric,” writes the San Francisco Chronicle. The seeds for this memoir may have been sown in Kendra Atleework ’11’s hometown of Small Meadows in the Eastern Sierras, a place that’s at the center of her debut, but her writing was nourished during her time at Scripps. California’s landscape and the College have been similarly nourishing to April Collier Dávila…

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@Noon: Collective Songwriting with Martha Gonzalez and Quetzal

October 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

For Martha Gonzalez, associate professor of Chicanx-Latinx Studies at Scripps, art and activism are inextricably linked. As a member of the Grammy Award-winning Quetzal, Gonzalez and her bandmates have built upon the rich history of Chicano activism in East Los Angeles that began in the 1960s, urging their community through music to go beyond resistance and to build social and cultural infrastructures that simultaneously create space for political change and creative nourishment. One technique is through their collective songwriting (past…

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By the Numbers: FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver

October 26 @ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Whether your game is politics or baseball, there’s an excellent chance that FiveThirtyEight is high on your refresh rotation. Nate Silver is the statistician behind what has become the bellwether for election outcomes. The author of The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don’t speaks with journalist Rico Gagliano a week before the 2020 presidential election for insights into what’s driving this year’s predictions. Please note: There are a limited number of FREE student tickets available…

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Susan Orlean in Conversation

October 29 @ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

**Rescheduled from March 2020** Susan Orlean is a consummate storyteller. From The Orchid Thief, her spellbinding examination of the esot Susan Orlean is a consummate storyteller. From The Orchid Thief, her spellbinding examination of the esoteric world of flower selling in Florida, to Rin Tin Tin, a powerful account of the iconic Hollywood canine, Orlean has a knack for finding the most unusual characters. Her latest project has a beloved institution as its protagonist: the Los Angeles Public Library. The…

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November 2020

@Home Ceramics Workshop with T. Robert Pacini

November 7 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

A workshop for beginners. The history of ceramics spans thousands of years. Yet this medium has a powerful place in the future, as well. Ceramic technology plays a role in pharmacology, health and beauty, synthetic bones and teeth, car brakes, space technology, and object dating used in science and anthropology. Internationally renowned ceramic technician T. Robert Pacini, and beloved installer at Scripps' Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, hosts a conversation and at-home workshop.  Participants will receive materials and instructions in advance…

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Rep. Karen Bass in Conversation

November 12 @ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Rep. Karen Bass has worn many hats: middle school activist, emergency room physician's assistant, taekwondo practitioner. This diversity of experiences laid a fascinating foundation for her most important and influential role yet as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Now, the fifth-term congresswoman is a leading voice in the country's efforts to overhaul policing in America. Join Rep. Bass and Scripps' own Associate Professor of Politics Vanessa Tyson for a post-election conversation about where we go next. This program is…

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