Campus Events

Upcoming Events:


March 20: A Reading and Conversation with Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande’s The Distance Between Us is a powerful and revelatory look at immigration. Summoning comparisons to writers Maya Angelou and Frank McCourt, the American Book Award–winning author offers an unflinching account of her family’s move from Mexico to Los Angeles in the early 1980s. With the future of DACA in question and immigration policy making headlines daily, Grande visits Scripps for a reading and conversation on an issue that is both deeply personal and political.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 5:30pm, Balch Auditorium, Scripps College. RSVP Encouraged.

March 28: Sarah Khan: Multimedia Stories from the Margins

Sarah K. Khan writes about and creates multimedia content about food, culture, women, and migrants grounded in social justice.  Her research has taken her to live with Bedouins in Israel and Palestine, document the plight of Indian women farmers, traverse the world of Queens NY, and film women cooks about their foods and ways in Fez, Morocco.   In this talk, Sarah Khan will share the creation story of Amrita Simla, her seriously playful and playfully serious super shero, and will share her recent bodies of multimedia work: Migrant Kitchens (in Queens NY), Indian Women Farmers, and the Spice Porters of Old Delhi.  These series of short films, photography, graphics, and maps use media to make invisible migrants visible, bear witness, and relay their stories via food.

A two-time Fulbright Scholar (2001-02 & 2014-15), Sarah Khan has degrees in Middle Eastern history (BA), public health and nutrition (MPH, MS), and plant sciences (PhD).  Her work explores, celebrates, and circulates creative food cultures at the intersection of globalization, climate change, environmental degradation, gender disparity, race and caste discrimination, in addition to the loss of crop, biological, cultural, culinary and linguistic diversities.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 @ 4:15pm, Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College

April 2: The Politics of Movie and TV Endings: A Screenwriter’s Perspective

What does the ending of a movie or television tell you about the politics of the storyteller, the intended audience, or the time period in which it was produced? Using diverse movie and television clips, screenwriter and Northwestern University department of radio-tv-film chairman David Tolchinsky will discuss how endings change not just based on the needs of a story, but also the prevailing zeitgeist. He will also discuss contemporary trends in endings and how to interpret their deeper meanings. Finally, he will reflect on the importance for authors to protect what they believe to be the right ending, even if unpopular.

David Tolchinsky is a screenwriter/playwright/director and the chair of Northwestern University’s Department of Radio-TV-Film and Founder/Director of Northwestern’s MFA in Writing for Screen+Stage.

Monday, April 2, 2018 @ 6:45pm, Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College

April 3: Poetry Reading with Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, and translator born in Zacatecas, Mexico. He is the author of Cenzontle, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Prize (BOA Editions 2018), Dulce, winner of the sixth annual Drinking Gourd Chapbook Prize (Northwestern University press 2017), and Children of the Land: a Memoir (Harper Collins 2020). He is a Canto Mundo Fellow and became the first undocumented student to enroll and graduate from the M.F.A program at the University of Michigan. As a founding member of the Undocupoets campaign, which eliminated citizenship requirements from all first book prizes in the nation, he was awarded the Barnes and Noble “Writers for Writers” Award.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 @ 4:15pm, Grove House, Pitzer College

April 11: Fiction Reading with Zinzi Clemmons

Zinzi Clemmons is a writer and editor raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad. She received her BA in Critical Theory and Literary Arts from Brown, and her MFA in Fiction from Columbia. Her debut novel, What We Lose, has been critically acclaimed in such venues as the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Atlantic, and it was recently selected for the prestigious 5 Under 35 Award by the National Book Foundation. She is the co-founder and former publisher of Apogee Journal, and regularly contributes to Literary Hub and The Believer. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University, Occidental College, and the Colburn Conservatory. Clemmons is the 2018 Spring Visiting Writer at Pitzer College.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 4:15pm, Grove House, Pitzer College

April 18: Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Judges Reading

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 4:00pm, Harper Board Room, Claremont Graduate University

April 19: Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards

Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:00pm, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

April 24: Fiction Reading with Rachel Kushner

Dazzling. Gorgeous. Sharp and smart. The writing of Rachel Kushner, author of the acclaimed novels Telex from Cuba and The Flamethrowers, is all of these things and more. The National Book Award­–nominee (twice!) is back with The Mars Room, bringing readers inside a Central Valley prison alongside a two-consecutive-life-sentenced heroine named Romy Hall. This year’s Mary Routt Chair in Creative Writing, Kushner will preview her new work in a reading and conversation.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ Noon, Hampton Room, Malott Commons, Scripps College





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