Fall 2019 Events

September 17: Colson Whitehead in Conversation

Pulitzer Prize-winning and genre-defying 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’s troubled times. Kima Jones, founder of Jack Jones Literary Arts, joins him for a conversation. Tickets $30 – each ticket includes a copy of The Nickel Boys.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019. 7:00pm. Garrison Theatre, Scripps College. RSVP Required.

September 18: White Flights

A presentation and roundtable on the occasion of Jess Row‘s book of essays on whiteness in contemporary U.S. fiction. Featuring Jess Row (author of Your Face In Mine) and, from the Pomona College English Department: Valorie Thomas, Jonathan Lethem, and Prageeta Sharma.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019. 4:15 pm. Ena Thompson Reading Room, Crookshank 108, Pomona College.

September 26: 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.  

Thursday, September 26, 2019. 7:00pm. Garrison Theatre, Scripps College. RSVP Encouraged.

October 1: An Evening of Slam Poetry with Terisa Siagatonu

Terisa Siagatonu is an award-winning poet, teaching artist, mental health educator, and community leader born and rooted in the Bay Area. She has performed and spoken at the Obama White House and at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, France. She was awarded Champion of Change Award in 2012 by President Obama for her activism as a spoken word poet/organizer in her Pacific Islander community.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019. 5:30pm. Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College. RSVP Required.

October 3: 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.   

Thursday, October 3, 2019. 6:00 pm. Garrison Theatre, Scripps College. RSVP Encouraged.

October 8: Poetry Reading with Marjorie Welish

Marjorie Welish is a poet, painter, and art critic. Her most recent books of poetry include In the Futurity Lounge / Asylum for Indeterminacy (2012) and So What So That (2016). Constructed artist’s books include Oaths? Questions? with James Siena (Granary Books, 2009). Her book of art criticism is Signifying Art: Essays on art since 1960 (Cambridge University Press, 1999). Fellowships include: Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 2014-15; St. Edmonds’ College, Cambridge University, Visiting Fellow, 2014-15; New York Foundation for the Arts, 2007-8; Judith E. Wilson Visiting Poetry Fellowship of Cambridge University, 2005 2002; Academy of American Poets, Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize finalist, 2001; Fund for Poetry, awards: 1999 / 1989, and the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellowship of Brown University, 1998-99.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019. 4:15 pm. Ena Thompson Reading Room, Crookshank 108, Pomona College.

October 8: Beyond Borders: Immigration, Trauma, and the American Dream

Reyna Grande, bestselling Mexican author of the critically-acclaimed memoirs The Distance Between Us and A Dream Called Home, will speak about her experiences before, during, and after crossing the US-Mexico border as an undocumented immigrant. She will discuss the many borders—real and metaphorical—that immigrants have to cross, and the price that families like hers have to pay for the American Dream.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019. 5:30 pm. Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College. RSVP Required.

October 10: Cherríe Moraga in Conversation

Iconic Chicana writer, feminist activist, poet, and playwright Cherríe Moraga visits in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 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. Scripps’ own Martha Gonzalez joins her for a conversation. 

Thursday, October 10, 2019. 7:00 pm. Balch Auditorium, Scripps College. RSVP Encouraged.

October 15: José Olivarez

Mexican American poet José Olivarez reads from and discusses his PEN Award–nominated collection Citizen Illegal

Tuesday, October 15, 2019. 12:15 pm. Hampton Room, Scripps College.

October 24: Stephanie Jimenez

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.

Tuesday, October 24, 2019. 12:15pm. Hampton Room, Scripps College.

October 28: Faith in the Now: Some Notes on Poetry and Immortality

Readers and writers are—and should be—skeptical of any framework that purports a clear divide between good and evil.  We are compelled, exhorted, and trained to discover and to create worlds that are as complex as the lives we live.  In his talk, poet Jericho Brown—professor and director of the creative writing program at Emory University and recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts—will explore poetry as a vehicle for representing that complexity.

Monday, October 28, 2019. 5:30 pm. Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College. RSVP Required.

October 28: Book-Making Workshop with Genevieve Kaplan

How can we invite others to experience our worlds? How might the content of our written ideas be reflected in their presentation? In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore the constraints and freedoms of traditional and creative book forms.

Monday, October 28, 2019. 2:30-5:00pm. Holbein Room, Denison Library, Scripps College.

November 4: What’s Good: Reckoning with the Horror of One of Our Most Overused Words.

Kiese Laymon, award winning author of Heavy, will explore the unspoken traumas and joys embedded in the word “good” in his home, region, and nation.

Monday, November 4, 2019. 5:30 pm. Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College. RSVP Required.

November 12: Myriam 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. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019. 6:00pm. Balch Auditorium, Scripps College.

Spring 2019 Events

January 31: Kevin Kwan in Conversation

Thursday, January 31 @ 7:00pm, Garrison Theater, Scripps College. RSVP required.

February 2: Publishing Against the Grain (Opening Reception)

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 2, 2 – 4 pm, Pitzer College Art Galleries. Show runs through March 28.

February 5: Sesshu Foster and Arturo Romo

Tuesday, February 5 @ 4:15 pm, Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College

February 11: Myriam Gurba

Monday, February 11 @ 4:30pm, Broad Performance Space, Pitzer College

February 12: Sally Wen Mao

Tuesday, February 12 @ 12:15pm, Hampton Room, Scripps College

February 15: Mark Arax

Friday, February 15 @ 3:00pm, Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College

February 19: Ted Chiang

Tuesday, February 19 @ 4:15pm, Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College

February 19: Kathy Jetñil-Kijinir

Tuesday, February 19 @ 5:00pm, Studio Art Lecture Hall, Pomona College

February 25: Joyce Carol Oates : Dinner / Reading

Monday, February 25 @ 6:00 p.m., Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College. Registration required.

February 26: Morgan Parker and Nicole Sealey

Tuesday, February 26 @ 6:00pm, Balch Auditorium, Scripps College. RSVP Encouraged.

March 4: Carl Phillips: Colloquium / Reading / Dinner

Monday, March 4: Colloquium 3:30pm, Dinner/Reading 6:00pm. Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College. Registration required.

March 27: Felicia Luna Lemus

Wednesday, March 27 @ 4:30pm, Broad Center Performance Space, Pitzer College.

April 1: Jessica Rae Bergamino and Rae Gouirand

Monday, April 1 @ 4:30pm, Broad Performance Space, Pitzer College

April 10: Khadijah Queen and Luis J. Rodriguez

Wednesday, April 10 @ 4:00pm, Harper Hall Board of Trustees Room, Claremont Graduate University

April 10: Vivian Gornick

Wednesday, April 10 @ 4:15pm, Ena Thompson Reading Room, Crookshank 108, Pomona College

April 11: 2019: Dawn Lundy Martin & Diana Khoi Nguyen

Thursday, April 11 @ 7:00pm, The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens. Reserve your free ticket via Eventbrite.

April 24: Open Mic Reading + Poetry Giveaway

Wednesday, April 24 @ 4:15pm. School of Arts & Humanities backyard, CGU (831 N. Dartmouth Ave.)

May 1: Kay Ryan: Colloquium / Dinner / Reading

Monday, May 1: Colloquium 3:30pm, Dinner/Reading 6:00pm. Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College. Registration required.

May 13: Tess Taylor

Monday, May 13 @ 3:00pm. School of Arts & Humanities library, Claremont Graduate University


Other campus events can be found by following Pitzer Literary Series on Facebook, Scripps Presents and joining the 5C Wordsmiths Facebook group