Scripps College Announces Spring Season of “Scripps Presents” Public Events

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Scripps College has announced the spring season of “Scripps Presents: Conversations,” a series of lively discussions with some of today’s most compelling figures. The spring 2016 season will feature New York Times contributor, essayist, and author of Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay, on activism, feminism and her soon-to-be-released book Hunger; New York Times-bestselling poet Claudia Rankine, on racism in American life; performances by folk singer and guitarist Joan Shelley, and indie press Dorothy founder and novelist Danielle Dutton.

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Scripps Presents: Conversations

Scripps Presents is committed to hosting eye-opening, mind-bending, genre-defying tête-à-têtes with iconic and emerging thinkers and doers, writers and performers, whose passion and perspective a

All events are free and open to the public, although reservations are required. For tickets, information, and directions, visit or call (909) 607-8508.

Highlights for Scripps Presents Spring Season:

The Katharine Miller Endowed Speaker Series: Danielle Dutton | Tuesday, March 29 | Hampton Room, Scripps College | 7 pm

With an archly comic voice, dazzling smarts, and inspirations that deftly blend visual art, poetry, and fiction, Danielle Dutton is always game for reinventing the narrative. In Margaret the First, Dutton dramatizes the life of Margaret Cavendish, a 17th-century duchess, who wrote and published poems, philosophy, feminist plays, and utopian science-fiction at a time when being a writer was not an option for women. Join Dutton for a reading from Margaret the First and a conversation about women in publishing with Los Angeles–based writer Amina Cain.

This program is made possible by the Katharine Miller Endowed Speakers Series and the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Endowed Speaker Fund.

Bad Feminist: Roxane Gay | Thursday, March 31 | Garrison Theater, Scripps College | 7 pm

As an essayist, novelist, and New York Times contributor, Roxane Gay unerringly puts her finger on the flashpoints of cultural identity and political life, providing a way into issues that are often frustratingly difficult and seemingly impossible to parse. In anticipation of her soon-to-be-released memoir, Hunger, she comes to Scripps to discuss activism, feminism, and offer us a sneak peek at how she navigates the complexities of food, weight, and self-image.

This program is made possible by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Endowed Speaker Fund.

Citizen: A Reading and Conversation with Claudia Rankine | Thursday, April 21 | Garrison Theater, Scripps College | 7:30 pm

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen uses a poetic frame to uncover an insidious racism embedded in the everyday, from Main Street USA to the lecture halls of the Ivory Tower. An offhand comment or a helpful call from a neighbor can carry ominous weight, as Rankine’s observations move from bewilderment to disappointment to quiet ire. Citizen is a true revelation—it leaves its readers unsettled, moved, and changed with every page.

This program is presented in partnership with the Scripps College Humanities Institute and the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Endowed Speaker Fund.

Levitt on the Lawn: Joan Shelley | Tuesday, April 26, | Bowling Green, Scripps College | 7 pm

With a poetic prowess and songwriting skill that has summoned comparisons to Joni Mitchell, guitarist Joan Shelley embraces familiar Appalachian and Celtic folk traditions with a verve that is absolutely contemporary. Along with her musical partner, Nathan Salsburg, Shelley plumbs the natural beauty of her native Kentucky and the West Coast and the timeless ache of love gone wrong to produce a sound that is at once lilting and ebullient.

This program is part of an ongoing series supported by Levitt Pavilions and Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch ’74.

Tickets to the spring 2016 Scripps Presents season will be available to the general public beginning March 11 at

About Scripps Presents
Founded in 2016, Scripps Presents is an electrifying mix of storytellers and artists, policymakers and musicians—and everything in between. Making its home at Scripps College in Claremont, California, Scripps Presents is committed to hosting eye-opening, mind-bending, genre-defying tête-à-têtes with iconic and emerging thinkers and doers, writers and performers, whose passion and perspective are changing the way we see the world. The series has featured programs with iconic activist Angela Davis, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and acclaimed novelist Jonathan Lethem. In addition to its slate of evening programs, Scripps Presents also explores new writing and research with its perennially engaging series, Tuesday Noon Academy, convenes provocative conservative speakers with the annual Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program, and curates an eclectic variety of musicians for the Greater Inland Empire community with the concert series Levitt on the Lawn.

About Scripps College
Scripps College, founded in 1926, is a nationally top-ranked liberal arts college and a member of The Claremont Colleges. With approximately 980 students, Scripps College offers a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, a robust intellectual community, and a rich residential experience designed to shape the next generation of leaders. The mission of the College is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.

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