Screenwriters, political commentators, and wellness experts will headline the fall 2023 season of Scripps Presents, Scripps College’s signature public events series, which is expanding to include programming that explores a variety of Southern California and current cultural interests. Along with the popular Levitt on the Lawn and @Noon Lunchtime series, the Scripps Presents fall lineup features three new miniseries that explore film, politics and activism, and sports and wellness.
“We’re excited to expand the concepts behind what Scripps Presents offers our audiences, in addition to the literary conversations and live music performances our community has come to know and love,” says Marcy Robinson, Scripps College’s director of events and conference services. “We hope that this season’s lineup will further enhance our inclusive, insightful programming, spark excitement within our community, and introduce our signature series to eventgoers who have yet to experience Scripps Presents.”
New this year is film miniseries Lights, Camera, Action, welcoming Oscar-winning writers and directors Aaron Sorkin and Matthew Cherry. Campaign for Change, the politics and activism-centered miniseries, will highlight the work of political strategist Ana Navarro, artist and director Chella Mann, and author Megan Phelps-Roper. The sports- and wellness-focused Mind-Body-Spirit miniseries will feature Katie Sowers, the first openly gay woman to coach at the Super Bowl, mental health advocate Victoria Garrick Browne, and award-winning yoga instructor Jessamyn Stanley.
This season will also highlight events led by members of the Scripps community. The Grammy Award–winning band Quetzal, featuring Associate Professor of Chicanx-Latinx Studies and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Martha Gonzalez, will launch this season’s Levitt on the Lawn series. Ada Limón, 24th poet laureate of the United States, will discuss her work with Scripps alumna Lynne Thompson ’72, former poet laureate of Los Angeles. Hao Huang, Bessie and Cecil Frankel Chair in Music and professor of music, will partner with his son, Micah, and the Gabrielino-Shoshone Nation for an interdisciplinary performance of íyo’toróvim yaraarkokre ‘eyoo’ooxono (We the Caretakers Remember Our Land). The Claremont Colleges’ first-ever Battle of the Bands will showcase student musical groups, and the College will celebrate Garrison Theater’s 60th anniversary with Bespoke Mosaic Shakespeare by Ophelia’s Jump Productions.
“As we began to conceptualize this season, we knew we wanted to include student and faculty perspectives from the very beginning,” says Robinson. “We’re excited to build these partnerships across our community so that our events also reflect their areas of interest, passion, and curiosity.”
Certain programs this season will have a cost for admission. All programs will have free tickets reserved for Scripps students and a limited number of free tickets reserved for Claremont Colleges students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional information about Scripps Presents, including tickets and event times, is available on the College’s Eventbrite page.