Scripps Presents has announced its programming for the fall 2021 season, which will center the diverse experiences of the Scripps College and surrounding Los Angeles-area communities. Guests include Minor Feelings author Cathy Park Hong, journalist Kat Chow and writer Rebecca Solnit. Scripps College faculty Martha Gonzalez, lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning band Quetzal and associate professor of Chicanx Latinx studies; Hao Huang, Bessie and Cecil Frankel Chair in Music and host of the revelatory podcast Blood on Gold Mountain, in special collaboration with Assistant Professor of Dance Kevin Williamson; and Suchi Branfman, senior lecturer in dance and prison abolitionist, will also join this season’s slate of programming.
“As we prepare to welcome our students, faculty and staff to campus for the first time in 18 months, the singular community that defines Scripps has been foremost in our mind,” said Corrina Lesser, artistic director of Scripps Presents. “Our faculty’s brilliant scholarship and creativity are immense, and putting that work at the center of the Scripps Presents season felt like the perfect way to bring us back together.”
The series is once again partnering with PEN America and the Strand Bookstore for the PEN Out Loud author conversation series, announced today. This season’s line-up features four vital conversations between authors, politicians, journalists and activists. Participants include Hillary Clinton, Louise Penny, Susan Choi, Wole Soyinka, Sandra Cisneros and Pamela Paul.
“We love that Scripps Presents can be a hub for conversations with the most timely and essential writers, artists and scholars in the world,” said Lesser. “We are delighted that, through our virtual programs, we can bring these diverse perspectives into dialogue with our extended Scripps and Southern California communities.”
Founded in 2016 as Scripps College’s premiere public events program, Scripps Presents is committed to hosting thought-provoking conversations with emerging and established scholars, writers, performers and thinkers. Previous guests have included Angela Davis, Samin Nosrat, Lena Waithe and Jia Tolentino. Additional information about Scripps Presents is available here.