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March 2, 2016

The Katharine Miller Endowed Speakers Series: Danielle Dutton

“One of the most original and wonderfully weird prose stylists of our time.” —Kate Zambreno, author of Green Girl With an archly comic voice and inspirations that deftly blend visual art, poetry, and fiction, Danielle Dutton is always game for reinventing the narrative. In Margaret the First, Dutton dramatizes the life of Margaret Cavendish, a 17th-century […]

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Bad Feminist: Roxane Gay

“Roxane Gay is the brilliant girl-next-door: your best friend and your sharpest critic.” —People As an essayist, novelist, and New York Times contributor, Roxane Gay unerringly puts her finger on the flashpoints of cultural identity and political life, providing a way into issues that are often frustratingly difficult and seemingly impossible to parse. In anticipation […]

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Citizen: A Reading and Conversation with Claudia Rankine

“Citizen throws a Molotov cocktail at the notion that reduction of injustice is the same as freedom.” —The New York Times Book Review Claudia Rankine‘s Citizen uses a poetic frame to uncover an insidious racism embedded in the everyday, from Main Street USA to the lecture halls of the Ivory Tower. An offhand comment or […]

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Levitt on the Lawn: Joan Shelley

“Liquid arrangements drift beneath melodies, pulling them into darkened corners.” —Los Angeles Times With a poetic prowess and songwriting skill that has summoned comparisons to Joni Mitchell, guitarist Joan Shelley embraces familiar Appalachian and Celtic folk traditions with a verve that is absolutely contemporary. Along with her musical partner, Nathan Salsburg, she plumbs the natural […]

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February 24, 2016

Conversation with Andrew Sean Greer

“What this wonderful novel teaches us is how magic works.”—John Irving.  “Andrew Sean Greer is one of the most talented writers around”—Michael Chabon.  “Warning: this book will wreck your sh#t!” — Current Mary Routt Chair Andrew Sean Greer will talk with students about becoming a writer, the various paths, the benefits and drawbacks, and […]

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February 16, 2016

Interdisciplinary Inquiry in Creative Nonviolence In and After Violence: From Coexistence to Reconciliation

In the wake of violent histories and in the presence of ongoing dynamical structures of violence, is there still a possibility for just peace? There are many ways of denying this possibility, both implicit — through actions and statements whose harm we do not comprehend — and explicit. One positive way forward in engaging this question […]

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January 25, 2016

“Race/Riot/Rebellion: Or, How America Came to Regard Black Equality as a Violation of White Rights”

News reporting and social media lately have been saturated with images of police violence against unarmed African American men and women – often followed by large-scale street protests popularly characterized as “riots” or mobs. Visually and narratively, police shootings tend to be represented as isolated, individualized, and tragic. In official briefings and courtrooms they are […]

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Rivka Weinberg on State and Societal Violence to Children

The only demographic in the U.S. to whom it is legal to be violent, even in the absence of any illegal behavior, is children. We permit violence to children in our homes and in our schools. We have invited the police into our school system and co-mingled the school system and the criminal-justice system to […]

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Tuesday Noon Academy: Reading with David Treuer

“Deeply crafty, shape-shifting. . . . [Treuer] seems to want to do for Native American culture and literature what James Joyce did for the Irish: haul it into the mainstream of Western culture through sheer nerve and verve.” — Washington Post Former Mary Routt Chair and current USC faculty, David Treuer returns to Scripps to […]

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A Reading and Conversation with Jonathan Lethem

“Jonathan Lethem at his bizarre best.” —Los Angeles Times Join novelist and Pomona College writing faculty, Jonathan Lethem, for a reading and conversation about his latest story collection, Lucky Alan. From a sinister SeaWorld excursion to a desert island rife with desperate and forgotten comic book characters, Lethem transforms the real into the surreal, uncovering […]

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