presents FALL 2019 SEASON
Most events take place on the Scripps College campus and are free and open to the public. Tickets are required. For tickets, information, and directions, visit scrippscollege.edu/scrippspresents or call (909) 607-8508.
THE VENUES This year marks the 50th anniversaries of The Claremont Colleges’ Office of Black Student Affairs, Chicano Latino Student Affairs, Department of Africana Studies, and Department of Chicana/o Latina/o Studies—programs that create a space for rich, essential, and thoughtful dialogue around the scholarly and cultural. Scripps Presents honors these milestones with a slate of events featuring literary superstars Colson Whitehead and Carmen Maria Machado, Latina activist Cherríe Moraga, and chef Carla Hall, among others. Join us in celebrating iconic figures who have shaped powerful legacies and emerging voices who are boldly plotting our futures!
Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery
KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum 474 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
FALL SEASON AT-A-GLANCE AUGUST 31–DEC. 15 Asian Treasures at Scripps College SEPTEMBER 2–OCT 1 Extraordinary Images: Japanese Prints from the Scripps Collections 5 Levitt on the Lawn: Son Little 7 Unheard LA: Live in Claremont 10 @Noon: Sehba Sarwar 15 Faculty Recital: Gold Coast Trio 17 Film Screening and Discussion: Rafiki 17 Colson Whitehead in Conversation 20 Levitt on the Lawn: Changüí Majadero 24 Carla Hall in Conversation 26 Merging Cultures: Black Composers 26 We Are the Weather: Jonathan Safran Foer in Conversation OCTOBER 1 Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: Lori Gottlieb in Conversation 3 Carmen Maria Machado in Conversation 10 Native Country of the Heart: Cherríe Moraga in Conversation 15 @Noon: José Olivarez 15 Safe and Sound: A Work-in-Progress 15–17 Hip Hop Summit 24 @Noon: A Reading and Conversation with Stephanie Jimenez 25 Commemorative Event: The Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre 26, 27 Claremont Concert Orchestra: Elgar and Haydn 29 The Daily’s Michael Barbaro in Conversation 30 Cristela Alonzo NOVEMBER 2 Women Awake: Four Musical Premieres 8 Dancing through Prison Walls 11–22 how do you carry the land? 12 Miriam Toews in Conversation 25–DEC 13 Urban Life in Japanese Prints DECEMBER 8 Claremont Concert Choir and Treble Singers: Britten, Betinis, and Brahms 14, 15 Claremont Concert Orchestra: Tchaikovsky
Unheard LA: Live in Claremont DATE: Saturday, September 7 TIME: 5:30pm VENUE: Garrison Theater
The September edition of KPCCâ€™s Unheard LA makes its way east to the City of Trees and PhDs! Claremont has been home to citrus ranches, the Santa Fe Railroad, and, of course, The Claremont Colleges. Join host Bruce A. Lemon Jr. for a live taping featuring community members sharing stories from all over Southern California, and stick around afterward for a mixer with the presenters.
This program is presented in partnership with KPCC In Person and funded in part by a grant from the California Wellness Foundation.
Levitt on the Lawn:
Son Little Son Little is a musical alchemist. The singer and songwriter amalgamates blues, soul, gospel, and rock and roll, summoning heroes Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix while deconstructing the canon of American R&B. He and his band visit Scripps to play selections from his latest album, New Magic, and more. This free outdoor concert is presented as part of the ongoing Levitt on the Lawn Music Series supported by alumna Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch â€™74, board president of the Levitt Foundation.
DATE: Thursday, September 5 TIME: 6:30pm VENUE: Bowling Green
Colson Whitehead in Conversation DATE: Tuesday, September 17 TIME: 7pm VENUE: Garrison Theater
Pulitzer Prize–winning literary phenom Colson Whitehead brings his new novel to Scripps. Inspired by the dark and disturbing history of a reform school in Florida’s Panhandle, The Nickel Boys is also a timely and essential meditation on contemporary America. Tickets: $30 and includes a copy of The Nickel Boys. A limited number of FREE books and tickets will be available for Scripps students on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Scripps Presents about availability by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This program is supported by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Fund and presented in partnership with the Office of Black Student Affairs.
Carla Hall in Conversation DATE: Tuesday, September 24 TIME: 7pm VENUE: Garrison Theater
Carla Hall, Top Chef contender and former co-host of The Chew, is a champion of connecting communities with the culinary world. She serves as culinary ambassador for Sweet Home CafĂŠ at the National Museum of African American History and Culture and is an active member of Helen Keller International, an organization focused in part on preventing malnutrition. Hall joins us during Hunger Action Month for a conversation on food justice, her eclectic career path, and her passion for soul food. Rachel Ng, food editor for Westways, joins her for a conversation. This program is supported by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton â€™42 Fund and the Office of Student Engagement.
Levitt on the Lawn:
Changüí Majadero DATE: Friday, September 20 TIME: 6:30pm VENUE: Bowling Green
Changüí Majadero has distinguished itself with a modern take on the AfroCuban musical tradition of changüí, the 19th-century foundation of contemporary salsa informed by African influences. The Los Angeles–based band brings its infectiously danceable tunes to campus. This free outdoor concert is presented as part of the ongoing Levitt on the Lawn Music Series supported by alumna Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch ’74, board president of the Levitt Foundation, and by Chicano Latino Student Affairs.
We Are the Weather: Jonathan Safran Foer in Conversation Interweaving his experience as a new father with investigative journalism on America’s disturbing farm practices, Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals inspired a new generation of vegetarians. His latest book, We Are the Weather, is a frank and fascinating assessment of the role humans play in global warming, and how change may start with what we eat— or don’t eat—for breakfast. The Big One host and KPCC’s science reporter Jacob Margolis joins him for a conversation.
DATE: Thursday, September 26 TIME: 7pm VENUE: Garrison Theater This program is funded by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Fund.
Native Country of the Heart: Cherríe Moraga in Conversation DATE: Thursday, October 10 TIME: 7pm VENUE: Balch Auditorium This program is funded by the Katharine H. Miller Endowed Speakers Program and Chicano Latino Student Affairs.
Carmen Maria Machado in Conversation Carmen Maria Machado’s forthcoming memoir, In the Dream House, focuses on queer domestic violence and dissects cultural representations of physical abuse. Hailed by the New York Times as one of the 15 women shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century, Machado visits to discuss navigating the personal and the literary with novelist Justin Torres.
DATE: Thursday, October 3 TIME: 6pm VENUE: Garrison Theater
This program is funded by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Fund; Scripps College’s Dean of Faculty; the Writing Program; SCORE; the Departments of Chicana/o Latina/o Studies, English, and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Chicano Latino Student Affairs.
Iconic Chicana writer, feminist activist, poet, and playwright Cherríe Moraga visits in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Chicano Latino Student Affairs. The coeditor of the anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, Moraga reflects on that canonical work as well as her stunning new memoir, Native Country of the Heart.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: Lori Gottlieb in Conversation DATE: Tuesday, October 1 TIME: 7pm VENUE: Balch Auditorium
Lori Gottlieb is known for her wry and incisive perspective as The Atlantic’s Dear Therapist columnist. Her latest New York Times bestselling book, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, gives readers unique insight into the human condition: reeling from an unexpected loss, Gottlieb switches seats by seeking out a therapist of her own. She visits during Mental Illness Awareness Week for a conversation that gets to the heart of our universal struggles and how we tackle tough times. Novelist Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney joins her for a conversation. This program is funded by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Fund and is presented in partnership with the Sallie Tiernan Field House.
Cristela Alonzo DATE: Wednesday, October 30 TIME: 7:30pm VENUE: KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum, 474 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
Comedian Cristela Alonzo makes history. The first Latina to create, write, and star in a network sitcom (the eponymous Cristela), she was also the first Latina in a Disney Pixar movie (Cars 3). In addition to her entertainment bona fides, she’s an outspoken advocate on issues impacting lower-income communities. She visits KPCC for a special evening of comedy inspired by her new memoir. The Frame’s John Horn will join her for a post-set conversation. Tickets: $15; $35 includes a copy of Music to My Ears: A Memoir of Growing Up and Standing Up. A limited number of FREE books and tickets will be available to Claremont College students on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Scripps Presents about availability by emailing email@example.com. Presented in partnership with KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, and Chicano Latino Student Affairs.
The Daily’s Michael Barbaro in Conversation DATE: Tuesday, October 29 TIME: 7pm VENUE: Garrison Theater
Savvy podcast listeners know that when it comes to making sense of the news, the New York Times’ The Daily is an essential resource. Michael Barbaro is the show’s precise and affable host, walking us through the intricacies of complex stories—and how they’re reported—both at home and abroad. Join him for a wide-ranging discussion of politics and journalism in an ever-changing landscape. This program is supported by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Fund.
Miriam Toews in Conversation The award-winning Mennonite Canadian novelist, author of Women Talking and A Complicated Kindness, discusses her work with Hartley Burr Alexander Chair in the Humanities Myriam J. A. Chancy, interim director of the Scripps College Humanities Institute. Presented in partnership with the Scripps College Humanities Institute, the Department of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Writing Program.
DATE: Tuesday, November 12 TIME: 6pm VENUE: Balch Auditorium
HUMANITIES INSTITUTE: WORLD/WOUNDS: (DE)CENTERING THE This fall, the Humanities Institute will look at how communities that have experienced widely publicized disasters— genocide, earthquakes, hurricanes, climate change—have built a sense of identity and a collective vision beyond them. For a full listing of public events, visit scrippscollege.edu/hi.
Film Screening and Discussion:
DATE: Tuesday, September 17 TIME: 4:15pm VENUE: Balch Auditorium
Selected for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival but banned in director Wanuri Kahiu’s native Kenya, Rafiki (“friend” in Swahili) chronicles the love that develops between two young women in contemporary Nairobi. Scripps faculty Michelle Decker (English) and JihFei Cheng (Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) introduce the film and host a postscreening conversation. Presented in partnership with the Scripps College Department of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Queer Resource Center of The Claremont Colleges.
Merging Cultures: Black Composers DATE: Thursday, September 26 Rafiki
TIME: 4:15pm VENUE: Balch Auditorium
Newly discovered work by African American classical composer Florence Price is interpreted by violinist Er-Gene Kahng, and works by classical Haitian composers, such as Ludovic Lamothe, are interpreted by Montreal-based composer and pianist David Bontemps in a joint concert. Presented in partnership with the Scripps College Department of Music.
Hip Hop Summit
how do you carry the land?
DATE: October 15–17
DATES: November 11–22
LECTURES AND CONVERSATIONS: 12:15pm, Hampton Room
ARTISTS’ TALK AND PERFORMANCE: Tuesday, November 19, 4:15pm
EVENING PERFORMANCES: 6pm, Balch Auditorium
VENUE: Claremont Graduate University Art Gallery
Hip hop has been an instrumental tool for African American communities to express their social, political, and economic concerns; it has grown to influence oppressed communities worldwide as a conduit for self-expression and selfrepresentation. For this summit, scholars and artists working in the field of hip-hop visit Scripps to talk about how the medium serves as an effective device for critique, dissent, hope, and healing. Featuring A. D. Carson (assist. prof., U. Virginia), Sohail Daulatzai (assoc. prof., UC Irvine), and Sha’Dawn Battle (assist. prof., Wittenberg U). Presented in partnership with Scripps Presents and the Claremont Graduate University Cultural Studies Department.
Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin’s how do you carry the land? (2018) is a dialogue between the artists, presented via their individual and collaborative performances. The work begins with Goto’s and Morin’s respective positions as a Japanese Canadian diasporic woman and a Tahltan First Nation man, reflecting on the ways in which their bodies and experiences are inscribed by colonialism. Presented in partnership with Pitzer College Indigenous Studies faculty and the Claremont Graduate University Cultural Studies Department.
AROUND Scripps College’s academic programs produce dozens of dynamic performances and exhibitions. For a full listing of public events, visit scrippscollege.edu/ events.
JOINT MUSIC PROGRAM Claremont Concert Orchestra:
Elgar and Haydn David Cubek, conductor Elgar, Enigma Variations Haydn, Symphony No. 100 “Military”
DATES AND TIMES: Saturday, October 26, 8pm, and Sunday, October 27, 2pm VENUE: Garrison Theater
Claremont Concert Choir and Treble Singers:
Britten, Betinis, and Brahms Charles W. Kamm, conductor John Gilmour, piano Laura Griffin-Casey, harp Britten, “A Ceremony of Carols” Betinis, “Dormi, Jesu” Brahms, “O Heiland reiss die Himmel auf” and other works
DATE: Sunday, December 8 TIME: 2pm VENUE: Garrison Theater
Claremont Concert Orchestra:
David Cubek, conductor Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique” and other works
DATES AND TIMES: Saturday, December 14, 8pm, and Sunday, December 15, 2pm VENUE: Garrison Theater
SCRIPPS SCRIPPS COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC Faculty Recital:
Gold Coast Trio Rachel V. Huang, violin Susan Lamb Cook, cello Hao Huang, piano Haydn, Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major, Hob. XV/25 “Gypsy” Mendelssohn, Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 11 Schubert, Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major, D. 929
DATE: Sunday, September 15 TIME: 3pm VENUE: Garrison Theater
The Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre This immersive multimedia learning event commemorating the Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre of 1871 will include oral narratives and structured instrumental improvisation on Chinese and American music of the time. A community dialogue addressing issues raised by the performance will follow. Curated by Hao Huang with collaborators Charlotte D’Evelyn and Daniel McCarty.
DATE: Friday, October 25 TIME: 3pm VENUE: Boone Recital Hall
This program is presented with support from the Office of Public Events and Community Programs and the Holmes Performing Arts Fund.
Women Awake: Four Musical Premieres Texts by and about female spiritual leaders from several world traditions are performed in newly commissioned settings: Völuspá by Richard Cornell (Old Norse shamanic tradition and the foundation story for Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings and Wagner’s Ring cycle) Saint Thecla by Marjorie Merryman (Christian tradition) Saint Teresa of Avila by Pablo Ortiz (Christian tradition) Cao Wen Yi by Ping Gao (Daoist tradition) Commissioned and performed by Anne Harley, soprano Gayle Blankenburg, piano Sarah Thornblade, violin Brian Walsh, clarinet John Kilkenny, percussion Steve Thachuk, electric guitar
DATE: Saturday, November 2 TIME: 7:30pm VENUE: Garrison Theater
AROUND RUTH CHANDLER WILLIAMSON GALLERY Asian Treasures at Scripps College DATE: August 31–December 15 TIMES: Wednesdays through Sundays, 12–5pm OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, September 7, 7–9pm Seated Tara, n.d. Bronze 20 x 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. Collection of the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery
This exhibition will spotlight Scripps’ Asian art treasures, selected for their exceptional artistic quality and historical importance. Begun in the 1940s, the Scripps College Asian art collection has grown to include several thousand paintings, prints, books, ceramics, textiles, and metalwork and lacquerware objects. On display for the first time will be recently donated Japanese porcelain and cloisonné enamels as well as a fine Indian miniature painting on ivory from the Denison Library Collection.
CLARK HUMANITIES MUSEUM Extraordinary Images: Japanese Prints from the Scripps Collections Urban Life in Japanese Prints DATES: September 2–October 1 November 25–December 13 TIMES: Mondays through Fridays, 9am–12:30pm and 1:30–5pm
Selections from Scripps’ collection of Japanese woodblock prints will be displayed in two successive exhibitions: Extraordinary Images: Japanese Prints from the Scripps Collections (September 2–October 1) and Urban Life in Japanese Prints (November 25–December 13).
SCRIPPS DANCE DEPARTMENT afe and Sound: A S Work-in-Progress DATE: Tuesday, October 15 TIME: 7pm VENUE: Garrison Theater
afe and Sound is a S danced meditation on self-preservation and queer solidarity from choreographer and Scripps Assistant Professor of Dance Kevin Williamson. Set to premiere in 2020, audiences will get a special preview of this rebellious mix of club music and movements exploring where grief, resistance, and pleasure coexist. Williamson and his collaborators will perform and discuss the synergy of dance vocabulary, film interludes, and costume design. This program is presented in partnership with New Neighborhood and Scripps Presents.
Dancing through Prison Walls DATE: Friday, November 8 TIME: 8pm VENUE: Garrison Theater
Inspired by her five-year choreographic residency at California Rehabilitation Center, a medium-security men’s state prison in Norco, California, Scripps Department of Dance faculty Suchi Branfman’s work explores the prison industrial complex through several pieces, including “Angee’s Journey,” cochoreographed with Ernst Fenelon Jr., formerly incarcerated for 14 years. Centering on Fenelon’s mother’s repeated 50-hour, 800-mile trek to visit him in prison and performed by mother, son, grandson, and a chorus of dancers, the piece “is a true testament to how art can help heal, to an artist’s devotion, to preservation of one’s spirit, and to the power of a mother’s love,” writes dance critic Jeff Slayton. This program is presented in partnership with the Holmes Performing Arts Fund, Justice Education at the Claremont Colleges, and Scripps Presents.
@NOON @Noon is Scripps Presents’ midday lecture and conversation series.
Sehba Sarwar DATE: Tuesday, September 10 TIME: 12:15pm VENUE: Hampton Room
Born and raised in Pakistan and now based in Los Angeles, the artist, writer, activist, and author of Black Wings discusses her work on immigration and border issues. Sarwar will also create a temporary, interactive installation on the theme of “on belonging” below one of Scripps’ oldest trees. Presented in partnership with the Scripps College Humanities Institute, Grounds Department, and Writing Program.
José Olivarez DATE: Tuesday, October 15 TIME: 12:15pm
Mexican American poet José Olivarez reads from and discusses his PEN Award– nominated collection Citizen Illegal. Presented in partnership with the Scripps College Humanities Institute.
VENUE: Hampton Room
A Reading and Conversation with Stephanie Jimenez DATE: Thursday, October 24 TIME: 12:15pm Stephanie Jimenez
VENUE: Hampton Room
Scripps alumna Stephanie Jimenez ’12 visits campus to discuss her debut novel, They Could Have Named Her Anything, which centers on how race, class, and feminism intersect for two teenage girls growing up in New York.
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FALL 2019 SEASON
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The Scripps Presents fall season is here! This year marks the 50th anniversaries of The Claremont Colleges’ Office of Black Student Affairs,...
Published on Aug 7, 2019
The Scripps Presents fall season is here! This year marks the 50th anniversaries of The Claremont Colleges’ Office of Black Student Affairs,...