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Upcoming Events

It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Becomes a Mathematician 
Allison Henrich, Seattle University
Thursday, September 21, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Shanahan Center Auditorium, Harvey Mudd College, 320 E. Foothill Blvd.

Play is essential for human flourishing. Whether you are a poet or a scientist, a grandparent or a child, play can powerfully enrich your life. For mathematicians, play is essential for building intuition. For undergraduates, play can inspire a desire to get involved in mathematical research. The world of knots provides fertile ground for understanding these connections. Playing games on knot diagrams can give us intuition about knotty structures, while learning about the theory of knots can reveal the “magic” behind rope tricks and excite us to learn more.
Allison Henrich is an associate professor at Seattle University and the 2015 recipient of the the MAA Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching. She has a keen interest in studying knots from a mathematical perspective and, inspired by conversations with Art Benjamin, she is beginning work on a book with Louis Kauffman on the mathematics of rope tricks.

Gaslighting and Epistemic Injustice – Conference 
Thursday, September 21 – 23, 2017
Claremont McKenna College
The conference is organized by Amy Kind and Adrienne Martin on behalf of the Claremont McKenna College Department of Philosophy.
For questions, please contact Amy Kind at

Voices of Engagement: Partnering With Communities to Impact Society
Monday, September 25, 4–5:30 p.m.
Office of Community Engagement, Joseph B. Platt Campus Center, HMC
At Harvey Mudd College, we work collectively with our campus and the broader community to educate and empower one another to make meaningful contributions to society. Join us for a lively, interactive presentation showcasing the diverse community engagement efforts of our students, faculty, staff and community partners.
FMI: or call 909.607.4575.

Cuz: A Reading and Conversation with Danielle Allen
Tuesday, September 26, 12:15 – 1:15 pm
Hampton Roon, Scripps College
Political theorist and director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Danielle Allen’s work usually occupies a scholarly realm. This autumn, it takes a decidedly more personal turn with Cuz, a memoir that reflects on the American criminal justice system. With an investigative journalist’s tack, Allen explores how her cousin’s arrest for an attempted carjacking as a teenager began a complicated, 15-year year odyssey that contributed to his death at the age of 29. Allen visits Scripps for a reading and discussion of this poignant and devastating story.“

‘Don’t Deport My Parents!’: Immigrant communities fighting back 
Student Only Workshop – Alexandra Suh
Thursday, September 28, 2:45 – 4:00 pm
Vita Nova Hall, Room 100, Scripps College
This workshop will provide information on recent anti-immigrant policies and practices and their impact on immigrant communities. We will analyze and discuss strategies that immigrants, their families, and communities are preparing themselves, resisting, and forging a more democratic city, state, and country.
This workshop is presented by The Humanities Institute in partnership with Scripps College Dean of Students Office.

Jamilla Okubo: Conversations in Patterns: Textiles, Figures, and Portraits
Thursday, September 28, 4:15pm
Smith Campus Center, Edmunds Ballroom, Pomona College
Jamilla Okubo is a Kenyan-American mixed media artist, illustrator, and surface pattern designer. North Carolina born, Washington, D.C. raised, Okubo earned her BFA in Integrated Design at Parsons School of Design. Her artwork explores cultural identity and black culture and is grounded in the art of storytelling through patterns and visual art.
FMI: Sonya Young: (909) 607-2070,

Gilda Ochoa: Where the Past Meets the Present: Latina/o Migration, Roots, and Resistance in L.A. County
Tuesday, October 3, 12:15 pm
 – 1:15 pm

Hampton Roon, Scripps College
Gilda Ochoa, Pomona professor of sociology and Chicana/o-Latina/o studies at Pomona College and author of Becoming Neighbors in a Mexican American Community, will talk about immigration and community organizing in the context of the LA County community of La Puente. This case-study approach would allow for an increased awareness of the history of inequality in this predominately Latina/o community, the struggles surrounding immigration and intra-ethnic relationships, and the current organizing for sanctuary in the city and the school district.

Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in the Age of Trump
Thursday, October 12, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Hampton Room, Scripps College
For many women, the Trump administration’s policy priorities have ushered in undulating waves of panic, frustration, and outrage. For the feminist contributors to Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding’s anthology Nasty Women, putting pen to page is one of the most important ways to mobilize. The editors, along with one of their Los Angeles based authors, visit to talk about writing as activism with Scripps Writing Program Director and Associate Professor Kimberly Drake.

An Evening with Dr. Jelani Cobb
Saturday, October 21, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Claremont School of Theology
1325 N. College Avenue, 
Claremont, CA 91711
Dr. Jelani Cobb is a world-renowned scholar on issues such as African American history, mass incarceration, race, and politics. In addition to being a professor at Columbia University, he has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 2012. He was recently featured in Ava DuVernay’s documentary, 13th, which highlighted the intersections of race, class, and gender in relation to The United States’ addiction to mass incarceration. 

Dr. Cobb will be joining the Claremont School of Theology for an evening of conversation as he highlights issues surrounding mass incarceration from an academic and journalistic approach.

General Admission: $35
Student Admission: $20
Formerly Incarcerated Individuals: $20
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Tuesday Noon: Bamby Salcedo
Tuesday, November 14, 12:15 – 1:15 pm
Hampton Room, Scripps College
As part of the Scripps Humanities Institute’s exploration of immigration issues in the United States, founder of the Los Angeles–based TransLatin@ Coalition, Bamby Salcedo, will lead a wide-ranging discussion on her organization’s work advocating on behalf of trans Latin@s who are immigrants. In 2015, OUT magazine recognized Salcedo as one of their OUT100 pioneers of the year. She has also received the Women in Leadership Award, City of West Hollywood, the Virginia Uribe Leadership Award, and the Sol Award.

On-Going Events

Revolution and Ritual: The Photographs of Sara Castrejón, Graciela Iturbide, and Tatiana Parcero
Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College 
August 26, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Revolution and Ritual brings together works by representative figures of three generations of photographers in Mexico, their careers spanning 100 years. Castrejón, the least known of the three, was one of the few female photographers who documented the Mexican Revolution. Iturbide is known best for her photographs of the daily lives of Mexico’s indigenous cultures, while Parcero, a contemporary photographer, splices images of her own body with cosmological maps and pre-Columbian Aztec codices. By bringing their work into conversation, Revolution and Ritual will invite visitors to consider how photography has been transformed over the past century in Mexico and how it continues to respond to artists’ interest in representing present and past, self and other. The exhibition draws on Scripps College’s academic strength in feminist and gender studies and the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery’s expanding photography collection, with its special emphasis on women who have shaped the photographic field.

CONSPIRACY THEORY – CONSPIRACY FACT: Understanding a perplexing social phenomenon
Fall 2017, Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College
If recent news headlines are any indication, CONSPIRACY THEORY – CONSPIRACY FACT represent a prevalent theme in contemporary public discourse, be it theories that the attacks on 9/11/2001 were an “inside job,” that Volkswagen engineers conspired to disguise their vehicles’ emissions profiles, or that U.S. elections have been “rigged” or otherwise improperly influenced by foreign or domestic actors.  Further, the phenomenon is by no means new; attempting to explain events by appealing to nefarious collaborators working in secret behind the scenes has a long and rich history. Complicating this situation, part of being a historically-informed citizen involves recognizing that sometimes conspiracies do, in fact, occur (e.g., the Watergate conspiracy). Despite this, the academic study of conspiracy theories—what philosopher Matthew R.X. Dentith calls “conspiracy theory theory”—has only recently begun to blossom.  In Fall 2017, Pitzer hosts a distinguished series of investigators from fields as various as Philosophy, History, Political Science, Anthropology, Journalism & Media Studies will visit the Munroe Center for Social Inquiry to share what they have learned about conspiracies and conspiracy theories.

Pomona Women’s Union Thursday Noon Discussion Series
Every Thursday, Noon, throughout the academic year
Pomona Women’s Union, Upper Walker Lounge, Pomona College

Guest speakers address a variety of topics on women, gender, and sexuality.  All are welcome.
Complimentary buffet lunch served at 11:30 a.m.
FMI: 909-607-3999

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