Politics and Society

September 29, 2016

Spotlight on Alumnae: Dwandalyn Reece ’85: Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

On September 24, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) opened to the public with a ceremony officiated by President Barack Obama. Congress established the museum in 2003, and its site, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was selected in 2006. Over the past decade, the building was designed and constructed, more than 30,000 objects were amassed for the still-growing permanent collection, and key curators and staff have been selected to lead the fledgling institution, including Scripps alumna Dwandalyn Reece ’85, NMAAHC curator of music and performing arts.

September 27, 2016

Spotlight on Faculty: Wendy Cheng, Assistant Professor of American Studies

Wendy Cheng received her AB from Harvard University in English and American language and literature, her MA in geography from UC Berkeley, and her PhD in American studies and ethnicity from the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on race and ethnicity, comparative racialization, critical geography, urban and suburban studies, and diaspora.

September 22, 2016

Scripps Events: Humanities Institute Hosts “The ‘War on Terror’: 15 Years Later”

This semester, the Scripps College Humanities Institute will present a series of programs around the theme “The ‘War on Terror’: 15 Years Later.” Professor of Anthropology and chair of the department Lara Deeb, who directs the institute, hopes to encourage students to look critically at U.S. policies, both abroad and at home, related to the “global war on terror” that President George W. Bush declared after the 2001 al-Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Deeb has organized a series of workshops and discussions featuring scholars, activists, and artists whose work focuses on or intersects with issues such as foreign policy, immigration, national security, and civil liberties.

September 21, 2016

Catherine Collinson ’85 Receives Hero Award

The Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) honored Catherine Collinson ‘85, president of the nonprofit foundation Transamerica Institute and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, with a Hero Award at the organization’s 20th anniversary event in Washington, D.C.

September 12, 2016

Scripps College Announces Fall 2016 Humanities Institute Public Events

September 2016 marks the fifteen-year anniversary of President George W. Bush’s declaration that the United States was now engaged in a global “war on terror.” The fall 2016 Scripps College Humanities Institute lineup features a series of lectures and discussions about how this global war on terror has–and has not–changed both the United States and […]

September 8, 2016

Scripps Presents: Melissa Harris-Perry

When it comes to race and politics, there are few as incisive as Melissa Harris-Perry. Moving effortlessly from Beyoncé to Black Lives Matter, feminism to Flint, Michigan, the former MSNBC host, editor-at-large at, and BET correspondent brings her insightful and provocative cultural critique to the Scripps Presents stage for a conversation with Scripps professor Myriam J. A. Chancy. 

August 31, 2016

Spotlight on Academics: Community at Its Center: Scripps’ New Core I Theme

The Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities, one of the hallmarks of the Scripps education, is a set of three courses that looks at the relationships between the historical production of knowledge and contemporary issues and debates. This year, Core I, the first of these courses and a common curricular experience for all Scripps students, has a new theme: “community.” Sixteen faculty members representing departments across the College worked together for many months to choose the new theme and craft a syllabus around it.

August 24, 2016

Salle Yoo ’92 is Uber General Counsel, Featured in as a Top Woman Lawyer in America

  Scripps College alumna Salle Yoo ’92, general counsel of Uber Technologies, recently was featured in as a role model for other women aspiring to top positions in the legal profession. Yoo said she was determined to make partner while at San Francisco-based law firm Davis Wright Tremaine after discovering in a study that […]

August 22, 2016

Research and Internships: Meagan McIntyre ’17 and Kaela Cote-Stemmermann ’18: These State Department Interns Have an Insider’s View of Government

As the 2016 national presidential election approaches, Kaela Cote-Stemmermann ’18 and Meagan McIntyre ’17 are getting an up-close look at the inner workings of the U.S. government. Both students received internship grants from Scripps College’s Office of Career Planning & Resources, enabling them to spend their summers in Washington, D.C., working for the State Department, where Cote-Stemmermann is an intern for the Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI), and McIntyre is interning with the Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs (ECA).

August 19, 2016

Scripps College Student Noor Hamdy Co-Authors Article on Egypt’s Timely Amendment of Protest Law

Noor Hamdy ’18, a student at Scripps College majoring in politics and Middle East and North Africastudies, and whose research interests are in Egyptian politics has co-authored an article for The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy. While serving as an intern this summer at The Tahrir Institute, Hamdy wrote about the changes to Egypt’s protest […]