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Spring 2019 SEASON Groundbreaking Women

Culture Critics

Literary Voices

Cutting-Edge Scholarship




22 (Through FEB 28) Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life  29 MLK Commemorative Lecture: Bettina Love  31 Crazy Rich Asians: Kevin Kwan in Conversation 

4 @Noon: Roles of the Museum Conservator  5 Work in Progress: Liz Lerman’s Wicked Bodies  12 @Noon: Sally Wen Mao  19 Ignorance in the Age of Information: The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz 

20 Gaby Dunn, Bad with Money  26 Morgan Parker and Nicole Sealey: An Evening of Poetry 


Girard Lecture: Iris Mauss 


3 The Mei Duo Concert  4 @Noon: Mary Schmidt Campbell  5 Her Own Devices: Dessa in Conversation  9 Claremont Concert Orchestra  10 Claremont Concert Orchestra  12 Disappearing Los Angeles: The Photography of Reynaldo Rivera 


Faculty Recital with Anne Harley, Melissa Givens, and Gayle Blankenburg 


Claremont Concert Choir 

Groundbreaking Women Cutting-Edge Scholarship

Literary Voices Art, Music, Performance

Culture Critics

Humanities Institute

Around Scripps


9 Rachel Cusk: In Conversation  12 Scripps Dances  13 Scripps Dances  16 Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Samin Nosrat in Conversation  23 Losing Earth: Nathaniel Rich in Conversation  27 Mirari Brass Quintet 


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Joint Music Program Ensembles  Joint Music Program Ensembles 

Most events take place on the Scripps College campus and are FREE and open to the public. Tickets are required. Tickets for the spring season are available beginning January 10 for the Scripps community and January 17 for The Claremont Colleges and general public. For tickets, information, and directions, visit or call (909) 607-8508. Facebook: Scripps Presents Twitter: scrippscollege Instagram: scrippspresents

Scripps Presents partners include: The Huntley Bookstore of the Claremont Colleges and DLS Group

Groundbreaking Women The Welles Commons Speakers Program for Financial Education:

Gaby Dunn, Bad with Money Wednesday, February 20, 6pm Balch Auditorium

Gaby Dunn’s podcast Bad with Money features episodes like “Screaming Into a Jar (aka Student Loans),” “It’s Not Just a Few Feet of Sea Level Rise (aka Climate Change is an Economic Issue),” and “Who Can Afford to Have Sex? (aka Babies)”—delving into issues that affect both our global and personal economies. Pitched to Millennials and Gen Z-ers, but required listening for anyone who is trying to figure out how to survive financially (aka everyone), the show is the inspiration for a new book that probes the “imperfect art of getting your financial shi*t together.” This program is made possible by the generosity of the Carlotta Welles Financial Education Fund and presented in partnership with Career Planning & Resources and the Laspa Center for Leadership.

Her Own Devices: Dessa in Conversation Tuesday, March 5, 7pm, Garrison Theater Hailed by the magazine Utne Reader as a “one-woman powerhouse,” the singer, rapper, and writer Dessa may be best known as a founding member of Doomtree, a collective of musicians based out of Minneapolis. Now, the multi-hyphenate has published My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love, a memoir brimming with wit and moving reflections on creativity, relationships, and the possibility of personal evolution. This program is presented in partnership with KSPC Radio and made possible by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Fund.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Samin Nosrat in Conversation Tuesday, April 16, 7pm, Garrison Theater To say Samin Nosrat is a foodie is an understatement; few chefs so easily communicate the exuberant curiosity she has for one of our most sensual and sustaining life experiences. One need only watch a few minutes of her Netflix series Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat (based on her James Beard Award–winning book Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking) to be dazzled by her passion for food. Steeped in the influences of culinary giants like Alice Waters and journalist Michael Pollan, Nosrat builds on their legacies through a singular approach that invites all of us to the table. This program is presented in partnership with KSPC Radio and made possible by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Fund.

Cutting-Edge Scholarship @Noon: Roles of the Museum Conservator Monday, February 4, 12:15pm, Hampton Room Geneva Griswold’s work as the associate objects conservator at the Seattle Art Museum is both an art and a science. The 2007 Scripps graduate oversees the installation, storage, display, and preservation of the museum’s pre-modern collections. She returns to Scripps to discuss three ongoing projects: a recent treatment and loan of the bronze sculpture The Lamentation Over the Dead Christ (c. 1714) by Massimiliano Soldani; a technical study of the 14th-century Chinese sculpture The Monk at the Moment of Enlightenment; and the conservator’s role in the exhibition planning and reinstallation for the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s fall 2019 opening. Presented in partnership with the Scripps Department of Art History.

Girard Lecture: Iris Mauss Thursday, February 28, 6pm Balch Auditorium Mindfulness, self-care, and “positive thinking” are all touted as panaceas for negative emotions. But according to University of California, Berkeley, researcher Iris Mauss, if you’re feeling down, the self-imposed pressure to change your tune can actually make you feel even worse. “We found that people who habitually accept their negative emotions experience fewer negative emotions, which adds up to better psychological health.” Mauss visits to discuss scientific findings like these from her research in the field of emotion regulation. Presented in partnership with the Scripps College Department of Psychology.

Mary Schmidt Campbell Monday, March 4, 12:15pm, Hampton Room When it comes to race, art, and gender, Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell, PhD is an authority. Campbell was integral in expanding the Studio Museum in Harlem, transforming it into the country’s first accredited black fine arts museum. She later served as dean of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she incubated new visions in arts and technology. An accomplished art historian, she has also published widely on topics relating to representation, race, society, and ethics. She visits Scripps to discuss her passion for the arts, education, and her most recent book, An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden.

Culture Critics

Crazy Rich Asians: Kevin Kwan in Conversation Thursday, January 31, 7pm, Garrison Theater Last summer, Crazy Rich Asians made headlines by featuring the first all-Asian cast in a major Hollywood film in more than 20 years. Kevin Kwan is the literary sensation whose vivid storytelling was the inspiration for the box office smashhit. The Singapore-born and Texas-raised author drew on his experiences to create a compulsively readable trilogy that includes Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems. He visits to talk about the immigrant experience, literature, and his forthcoming foray into television. This program is presented in partnership with KSPC Radio and the Pomona Museum of Art and made possible by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Fund.

MLK Commemorative Lecture: Bettina Love Tuesday, January 29, 6pm, Garrison Theater Bettina Love is an award-winning author and hiphop scholar. In her new book, We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom, the University of Georgia associate professor of educational theory and practice weaves together personal stories, research, and history to offer visions of education and justice inspired by the teachings and revolutionary spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Presented in partnership with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Committee, the Office of Black Student Affairs, the Youth Mentoring Action Network, and KSPC Radio.

Losing Earth: Nathaniel Rich in Conversation Tuesday, April 23, 7pm, Garrison Theater By 1979, we knew all that we know now about the science of climate change: what was happening, why it was happening, and how to stop it. Nathaniel Rich’s book Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change is the groundbreaking account of our failure to act. Now, as the world grapples with the devastating realities of rising temperatures and shrinking ice caps, Rich offers a clear-eyed assessment of how we got to now, and what we can and must do before it’s truly too late.

Literary Voices

Rachel Cusk: In Conversation Tuesday, April 9, 7:30pm Mark Taper Auditorium Central Library, Los Angeles Public Library 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles Rachel Cusk is an international literary superstar. Her most recent trilogy, Outline, Transit, and Kudos, draws its hero, Faye, through a collage of vignettes told by the people she encounters—an airline companion, a disgruntled neighbor, and a fellow writer, among others. Our narrator’s own haunting past is stealthily revealed, making for an artful and hypnotic reading experience. In a rare Stateside visit, the U.K.-based Cusk, who has captivated the writing (and reading) community, comes to Los Angeles for a reading and conversation. Presented in partnership with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.

@Noon: Sally Wen Mao Tuesday, February 12, 12:15pm Hampton Room Sally Wen Mao’s poetry collection Oculus is an eerie, yet powerful, exploration of technology. The 2017 Pushcart Prize winner deploys sharp wit and a speculative imagination to confront the spectacle of the internet, artificial intelligence, the past and the future, and the roles and representations that women of color endure in order to survive a culture that seeks to consume them. This program is made possible by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Fund and presented in partnership with the Scripps Humanities Institute.

Morgan Parker and Nicole Sealey: An Evening of Poetry Tuesday, February 26, 6pm Balch Auditorium Morgan Parker and Nicole Sealey mine the personal and political in their poetry, both reveling in and revealing the issues at the heart of contemporary life. Parker’s most recent collection, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, was hailed by The New Yorker as “exquisite poems [that] defy categorization,” while Essence magazine called Sealey “one of today’s most interesting poets...she steers us on a fantastic voyage through her infinitely brilliant mind.” The two read from their latest works, including Parker’s Magical Negro and Sealey’s Ordinary Beast. Presented in partnership with Red Hen Press.

Art, Music, Performance

Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life January 22–February 28, Mondays through Fridays, 9am–12:30pm and 1:30–5pm, Clark Humanities Museum Opening reception Saturday, February 9, 5–7pm Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life is a powerful exploration of the Holocaust as told through the journal entries of a 21-year-old Jewish Hélène Berr’s official portrait, 1942 woman living in France under the Vichy © Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, regime. On loan from the Mémorial de la France – Coll. Mariette Job Shoah, the Holocaust museum and memorial in Paris, the exhibition includes entries from Berr’s journal as well as archives from her life and from Vichy France. It is an evocative and essential testimony of a little-known history that still reverberates today. The Claremont Colleges will also host lectures from preeminent Harvard Holocaust literature and film scholar Susan Rubin Suleiman; executive director of the Mémorial de la Shoah and historian Jacques Fredj; and founder of the Chambon Foundation and documentary film director Pierre Sauvage. This exhibition was designed, created, and distributed by the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris (curators Karen Taieb and Sophie Nagiscarde), with the guide of Mariette Job (niece of Hélène Berr), and made possible through the generous support of SNCF. Presented in partnership with the Clark Humanities Museum, the Scripps Departments of French, Religious Studies, and English, the Office of Public Events, the Pomona Departments of Romance Languages and History, Hillel at The Claremont Colleges, the Jewish Federation of San Gabriel and Pomona Valley, the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.

Work in Progress: Liz Lerman’s Wicked Bodies Tuesday, February 5, 7pm Balch Auditorium Liz Lerman’s history of sly, grotesque, sensual, and wildly creative women debuts as a work in progress on the Scripps stage. Inspired, in part, by the College’s Denison Library’s Witches and Healing archive as well as by workshops and conversations with the campus community, this performance is the culminating event in the iconic choreographer’s yearlong engagement with Scripps. Presented in partnership with the Scripps Department of Dance and the Intercollegiate Department of Chicano/a Latino/a Studies, Chicano Latino Student Affairs, and made possible by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Fund.

Art, Music, Performance

Disappearing Los Angeles: The Photography of Reynaldo Rivera Tuesday, March 12, 6pm, Balch Auditorium In today’s Los Angeles, housing is expensive, dining is fancy, and posh, international galleries rule the art scene. But in the 1980s and ’90s, it was cheap rents, house parties, underground fashion, and a trio of Latino gay bars that inspired photographer Reynaldo Rivera. “These men and women live[d] on in a silvery landscape of makeshift glamour...a glamour salvaged from old, late-night movies from cinema’s golden age in Hollywood and Mexico City,” writes Chris Kraus in her Granta profile of Rivera. Join Kraus, Scripps’ Mary Routt Chair in Creative Writing, for a conversation with Rivera about his arresting images of a subculture—and a city—that has long since disappeared. This program is presented in partnership with the Mary Routt Chair in Creative Writing and Chicano Latino Student Affairs.

Humanities Institute The Humanities Institute continues its exploration of “Ignorance in the Age of Information” with programs that highlight scholarly work across disciplines. Speakers include University of Kent social psychology professor Karen Douglas on conspiracy theories; Oberlin anthropologist Cal Biruk on the politics of intervention in the global South; University of Melbourne political philosopher Holly Lawford-Smith; and Harvard history of science professor Rebecca Lemov. Visit to learn more. The Humanities Institute will also partner with Scripps Presents on the following programs.

The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz Tuesday, February 19, 6pm, Balch Auditorium When it comes to parsing the rapidly changing online media landscape, readers look to Andrew Marantz. The New Yorker writer has explored the topic from a variety of angles, investigating social media trolls on college campuses, interrogating the delicate negotiations between free speech and contemporary online life, and profiling Natalie Wynn, the YouTube star who is taking on the alt-right. His first book, about the mainstreaming of fringe politics and social media, is due out this year. Presented in partnership with the Scripps College Humanities Institute and made possible by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Fund.

Sally Wen Mao Tuesday, February 12, 12:15pm, Hampton Room (see Literary Voices for a full description)

Around Scripps Scripps College’s academic programs produce dozens of dynamic lineups throughout the school year. Here are just some of the performances and exhibitions open to the public this spring. For a full listing of public events, please visit

The Joint Music Program Since its founding in 1963, the Joint Music Program of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges has offered a variety of orchestral and choral concerts each semester.


Claremont Concert Orchestra

Saturday, March 9, 8pm, and Sunday, March 10, 2pm Garrison Theater

Claremont Concert Choir

Sunday, March 31, 2pm Garrison Theater

Hear French masterworks by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and Ravel under the direction of David Cubek.

The Spring Choral Concert features music for a cappella choir and piano accompaniment. Conducted by Charles W. Kamm, with John Gilmour on piano.

Saturday, May 4, 8pm, and Sunday, May 5, 2pm Garrison Theater Joint Music Program ensembles and guests interpret Mendelssohn’s majestic Lobgesang symphony-cantata. Conducted by David Cubek, with choral preparation by Charles W. Kamm.

Visit for a full listing of events including dates and locations.

Scripps Music Department Scripps music faculty perform and curate a number of concerts throughout the year.

Faculty Recital

Bessie Bartlett Frankel Chamber Music Concert: Mirari Brass Quintet

The Mei Duo Concert

Sunday, March 3, 3pm Garrison Theater Hao Huang, professor of music and Bessie and Cecil Frankel Endowed Chair in Music, piano, and Rachel V. Huang, violin, perform works by Antonín Dvořák, Johannes Brahms, Fritz Kreisler, Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla, Astor Piazzolla, Tania León, and Micah Huang (Pitzer ’13).

Tuesday, March 26, 7:30pm, Balch Auditorium Scripps Associate Professor of Music Anne Harley, soprano, and Pomona Assistant Professor of Music Melissa Givens, soprano, perform songs and duets by Chaminade, Viardot, Boulanger, Cornelius, and Forsythe, accompanied by Gayle Blankenburg, piano.

Saturday, April 27, 3pm, Garrison Theater The Mirari Brass Quintet brings a spirit of joyful collaboration and innovation to music spanning centuries and genres. Dedicated to commissioning and arranging new compositions, the group has been instrumental in expanding brass quintet repertoires for musicians around the country. Mirari’s second album, Renewed, Reused, Recycled, released early last year, showcases engaging and eclectic music written for other instruments and reimagined for brass quintet.

Around Scripps Scripps Dance

The Scripps Dance program centers on the interdisciplinary study of dance and movement. The department hosts several public performances each year, including a fall concert, In the Works, and a studentproduced concert each spring.

Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery

Scripps Dances

Friday, April 12, 8pm; Saturday, April 13, 2pm and 8pm Garrison Theater The annual spring concert of the Scripps College Dance Department features a program of original dancetheater works by students, faculty, and guest artists working in a range of styles, from contemporary to West African. The concert presents a vital portrait of how Scripps dancers and choreographers use the medium to reflect on the issues and concerns of our time.

Ceramic Annual

January 26–April 7, Wednesdays through Sunday, 12–5pm Opening reception Saturday, January 26, 7–9pm This year, the Ceramic Annual, the longest-running exhibition of contemporary ceramics in the nation, turns 75! Curator Kirk Delman has selected a wide variety of works from the College’s renowned Marer Collection for display. Fred Marer collected artwork in the mid-2oth century while befriending and supporting some of the greatest ceramic artists of the time, and many of the works he purchased directly from those artists will be included in the exhibition.

Michael Frimkess Lidded Container, 1968 Stoneware 141/2 x 12 x 12 in. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Scripps College, Claremont, CA

On your lunch hour? Check out these events.

@Noon is Scripps Presents’ midday lecture and conversation series. Cutting-Edge Scholarship

Literary Voices

Cutting-Edge Scholarship

Roles of the Museum Conservator

Sally Wen Mao

Mary Schmidt Campbell

Monday, February 4 12:15pm Hampton Room

Tuesday, February 12 12:15pm Hampton Room

Monday, March 4 12:15pm Hampton Room

Friday Noon Concert Series

Series begins Friday, February 1, 12:15pm, Balch Auditorium The Friday Noon Concert Series features performances by Scripps and Pomona music faculty and their guests. Doors open at noon.

Spring 2019 SEASON

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Scripps Presents Spring 2019  

Founded in 2016, Scripps Presents is an electrifying mix of storytellers and artists, policymakers and musicians—and everything in between....

Scripps Presents Spring 2019  

Founded in 2016, Scripps Presents is an electrifying mix of storytellers and artists, policymakers and musicians—and everything in between....