Scripps Presents Series

March 16, 2018

The Missing Pictures and Sounds of Memory: A Celebration of Cambodian Film and Contemporary Classical Music

In the wake of decades of French colonization and capitalizing on the power vacuum left by years of civil war, Cambodia’s communist party, the Khmer Rouge, took full control of the city of Phnom Penh in 1975, forever redirecting the course of the country’s history.

February 28, 2018

Scripps Presents: Liz Lerman

Liz Lerman is an icon. For the past four decades, the choreographer, performer, writer, and teacher has engaged artists and audiences alike with her intellectually curious, nimble explorations. She brings her generous and generative spirit to Scripps for a conversation and exploration of her latest ongoing project, Wicked Bodies, prompted by powerful and grotesque images of women’s bodies throughout history.

February 21, 2018

Scripps Presents: Krista Suh

Following the 2016 presidential election, when millions of people were seeking outlets for their political frustrations, Krista Suh had the idea to use handicrafts to mobilize the nation. As co-founder of the Pussyhat Project, Suh helped turn the 2017 Women’s Marches into a sea of pink-capped protestors.

January 3, 2018

Scripps Presents: Spring 2018 Season: Readings, Performances, and Conversations with Liz Lerman, Tig Notaro, Opal Tometi, Ayelet Waldman, and More

Scripps Presents, the College’s signature public event series, will continue to challenge and delight audiences who are interested in the issues and ideas that shape contemporary culture, politics, and art with yet another stellar array of guests featured in its spring 2018 season.

October 22, 2017

Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in the Age of Trump

For many women, the Trump administration’s policy priorities have ushered in undulating waves of panic, frustration, and outrage. For the feminist contributors to Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding’s anthology Nasty Women, putting pen to page is one of the most important ways to mobilize. The editors, along with Carina Chocano, one of their Los Angeles­–based authors, visit to talk about writing as activism with Scripps Writing Program Director and Associate Professor Kimberly Drake.

October 2, 2017

Scripps Presents: Cuz: A Reading and Conversation with Danielle Allen

Political theorist and director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Danielle Allen’s work usually occupies a scholarly realm. This autumn, it takes a decidedly more personal turn with Cuz, a memoir that reflects on the American criminal justice system.

September 25, 2017

Scripps Presents: Carina Chocano

In the spirit of Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, and Susan Sontag, Carina Chocano’s You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Trainwrecks, & Other Mixed Messages examines the dramatic and often damaging ways that pop culture influences female identity. Cultural touchstones—from Bugs Bunny to Playboy Bunnies, from Flashdance to Frozen—serve as entry points to Chocano’s personal reflections and surface some familiar truths about the challenges of locating oneself in the face of an often abstract ideal of womanhood. Chocano and Scripps’s Dorothy Cruickshank Backstrand Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies Piya Chatterjee are the first speakers in a three-part conversation series.

September 19, 2017

Scripps Presents: The Grip of It, with Jac Jemc

Novelist Jac Jemc’s smart and uneasy page-turner is a ghost story set in the wilds of suburban America; at the book’s center is a couple whose domestic adventures take a decidedly hallucinatory and harrowing turn. Jemc, who has taught creative writing at Notre Dame and Lake Forest College, talks with Scripps’ Adam Novy about her latest literary escapade.

September 7, 2017

L.A. Times Features Art Garfunkel Event Presented by Scripps Presents and Grand Performances

The Los Angeles Times highlights the Oct. 13 Art Garfunkel event as one of seven top literary events for the fall, presented by Scripps Presents and Grand Performances in downtown LA. Garfunkel will talk about his recently released memoir, in his only LA-area book tour appearance.

August 11, 2017

Scripps College Announces Fall 2017 Season of Scripps Presents Public Events Series

Scripps Presents at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., has announced its fall 2017 public events season featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Díaz, musician and author Art Garfunkel, editor-actress-writer-style guru Tavi Gevinson, and writers and scholars Kwame Anthony Appiah, Danielle Allen, Jac Jemc, Carina Chocano, plus concerts showcasing contemporary musicians La Misa Negra, Meklit, and La Victoria.