On Nov. 7 at Scripps College’s Garrison Theater, Emmy-winning writer-director-producer Aaron Sorkin spoke with Claremont High School theater educator Krista Carson Elhai as part of the ongoing speaker series “Scripps Presents.” Sorkin shared wisdom and his struggles during his ascent in the entertainment industry.
In Claremont, Jewish students and organizations centered around Judaism on campus, as well as Palestinian students and groups supporting the Free Palestine movement, have expressed pain as they mourn those who have been killed by Hamas and the IDF. These groups have organized teach-ins, marches and vigils throughout the past week to express solidarity in painful times, even as tensions grow.
“íyo’toróvim yaraarkokre ‘eyoo’ooxono (We the Caretakers Remember our Land)” bridged Indigenous oral history with intercultural music performance. Held at Garrison Theater on Oct. 7, the performance was constructed with the guidance of the Gabrielino-Shoshone Tribal Council, an intertribal coalition with ancestral lands in present-day Claremont. The Indigenous speakers’ words were accompanied by a live music ensemble.
On Thursday, Sept. 21, dozens of 5C students, faculty and staff gathered in Pomona College’s Womxn’s Union (WU) for a discussion on the cultural phenomenon “Barbie,” directed by Greta Gerwig. The film has been heralded as a catalyst for conversation about feminism, corporatism, patriarchy and other pertinent issues. Three Pomona
Early last week, workers at Pitzer College entered their first union contract with the school, following months of arbitration and over two years of wins and setbacks while organizing. With their three-year contract in effect Sept. 4, Pitzer staff now have annual salary increases, respected seniority and union safeguards against
Students are running in a 5k Dream Run to raise money for undocumented students and their academic dreams.
From March 30 through April 2, the interdisciplinary conference “Thinking Its Presence: Racial Vertigo, BlackBrown Feelings, and Significantly Problematic Objects” took place at Pomona College. The 40+ events in the conference included BIPOC scholars, activists, artists and authors. Attendees engaged in workshops and panels combining aesthetic, spiritual, performance-based and conversational approaches to explore the violence inflicted upon the psyche and affective states of BIPOC individuals.
Cornel West, prolific left-wing activist, author and public intellectual, delivered a talk to an excited Athenaeum audience on Mar. 23. CMC philosophy professor Briana Toole facilitated the talk. West’s talk addressed ways to remedy our callous, nihilistic attitude that has taken shape in the years since his influential book Race Matters was published in 1993. He addressed topical concerns such as depression amongst college students, as well as a plethora of universal themes such as the paramount value of art and the importance of community.
Pitzer professor Kouross Esmaeli along with his MS 124 students hosted “Does Context Matter?,” an open dialogue concerning Mo Amer’s usage of the N-word in his recent comedy show at Scripps. Many noted that the TSL opinion piece on the topicfailed to mention that Amer used the slur in reference to his oppression as a Middle Eastern person in America. Attendees sought to contemplate this issue as well as other related concerning the intersections of race and identity.
The 5C Prison Abolition Collective hosted a screening of the documentary ‘Reimagining Safety,’ which explores prison abolition from multiple perspectives. Following the screening, the maker of the film, Matthew Solomon, and an expert on the subject, Jose Gutierrez, hosted a Q&A.