Scripps Presents Fall 2018 Events Lineup Will Feature Abbi Jacobson and Lena Waithe


This fall, Scripps Presents, the College’s signature public events program, will play host to diverse voices in critical conversation about relevant and riveting topics, as well as present dynamic performances by some of today’s most original artists. The series will kick off on September 7 with an outdoor performance by the Los Angeles­â€“based Afro-Peruvian band Chacombo. The season’s roster of groundbreaking women will include Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson, who will discuss her highly anticipated new collection, I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff, as well as entrepreneur, rocket scientist, and CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA Sylvia Avecedo; Emmy Award–winning screenwriter Lena Waithe; and television comedy writer Nell Scovell, who will discuss her book Just the Funny Parts, a behind-the-scenes account of the gender politics of the entertainment industry.

The fall 2018 season of Scripps Presents will also feature several prominent writers who are engaging the vexing topics of our time. Pulitzer Prize­â€“winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who made headlines in 2011 when he revealed his undocumented status in the New York Times, will discuss his memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, with Southern California Public Radio’s Leslie Berestein Rojas. Jabari Asim, a leading voice on the black experience in America, will discuss his essay collection, We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival, and Rebecca Traister will discuss Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger, her account of female fury and its cultural significance.

“Scripps Presents is dedicated to complementing the contemporary humanities curriculum at Scripps College, which is founded on the ideals of groundbreaking women, culture critics, literary voices, and the arts,” said Corrina Lesser, artistic director of the program. “We have the chance with this series to redefine what people think about the humanities, while initiating vital conversations on campus.”

Tickets are available beginning August 22 for the Scripps community and August 24 for the general public. Click here for the calendar of all Scripps Presents events.

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