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PEN Out Loud: Julissa Arce and Aida Rodriguez in Conversation

Join the writer for the launch of her new book You Sound Like a White Girl: The Case for Rejecting Assimilation

Bestselling author and co-founder of the Ascend Educational Fund Julissa Arce joins launches her new book You Sound Like a White Girl: The Case for Rejecting Assimilation. Reflecting on the words in the book’s title, an accusation she heard growing up, Arce “interweaves her own experiences with cultural commentary” to critique the values of assimilation, and to offer a new perspective that “belonging only comes through celebrating yourself, your history, your culture, and everything that makes you uniquely you.” Arce will be in conversation with comedian, writer, and producer Aida Rodriguez.

This event will also be available for livestream via Crowdcast.

This program is presented in partnership with PEN Out Loud, Scripps Presents, and the Huntley Bookstore.

Please note: The College requires all guests eligible to be vaccinated to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours prior to the event date for those not eligible to be vaccinated) and attest to being symptom-free. As guidance is subject to change, please visit for up-to-date information regarding the College’s event attendance policy.


March 22


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Free - $55.00

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Garrison Theater
Scripps College, 241 E. 10th St.
Claremont, CA 91711 United States