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Presidential Search Update This past fall, the Presidential Search Committee engaged the Scripps community in discussions about the direction of future leadership for the College. More than 200 trustees, students, faculty, staff, and alumnae spoke with the appointed search firm in person or via conference call, and more than 500 completed an online survey on […]

Seen and Heard at Scripps

This fall, the College hosted its inaugural Scripps in Residence program, bringing current students and accomplished alumnae and parents together to talk about paths to professional success after graduation. A highlight of the two-day program was the lively panel discussion, which elicited sage advice and life lessons from participants Stacia Deutsch ’90, New York Times bestselling […]

Remembering Helen “Gerry” Lahanas

Helen “Gerry” Geraldine Lahanas, a former Scripps College faculty member and an important figure in the history of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) athletics program, passed away on October 2, 2015, at the age of 79. She is remembered by her former students and colleagues as an exceptional coach and mentor to generations of Athenas. “Scripps College, […]

Layering Perspectives

Layering Perspectives: Inside Scripps College’s Uniquely Interdisciplinary Approach to Education

By Kathryn Masterson  To dancer and educator Mary Grimes Opel ’07, dance is more than a series of steps she teaches her elementary school students—it’s a way to instruct children on topics ranging from poetry to weather patterns to human anatomy. Even more, dance can serve as a vehicle to help children understand human behavior. […]

Thinking Outside the Lines

Associate Professor of Politics Mark Golub on Student Activism

Academics tend to work on puzzles. Here’s mine: we live in an era marked by near-universal acceptance of anti-racist norms—an age in which biological conceptions of race have been largely discredited and racial discrimination legally banned—and yet, at the same time, we see persistent or growing racial inequality in almost all measurable categories of social welfare, […]

Professor of Music Hao Huang on Engaging with Histories of Violence in the U.S.

I am trained as a classical concert pianist and scholar of Western art music. My research interests extend to popular music, ethnomusicology, and philosophies of music; I have published articles on ritual Tewa Indian chants and dances, traditional Hawaiian music and hula kahiko and aunana, mainland Chinese rock and roll, the jazz performance practice of Billie Holiday, and […]

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Babak Sanii on Butterfly Wings

A wondrous thing about the wings of the blue morpho butterfly is that their blue color is not a chemical pigment—it comes from nanoscale shapes on the wings’ surface. The shapes, which are so small that we need electron microscopes to even see them, reflect light waves that interfere with each other so that only […]

Assistant Professor of History Corey Tazzara on Special Economic Zones

Roberto Bolaño’s 2666: A Novel (2009) is one of the great modernist novels of our time. Much of the narrative takes place in the city of Santa Teresa, a fictionalized version of Ciudad Juárez on the Mexican-American border. The most memorable portion of 2666 is the long segment detailing the crimes that led to the […]

Professor of Philosophy Rivka Weinberg on the Ethics of Parent-Child Relations

After recently completing a book on procreative ethics, The Risk of a Lifetime: How, When, and Why Procreation May Be Permissible, I worried I’d never have another idea again. After all, it’s not as if I know where ideas come from, so how can I know that the well of ideas will not run dry? I’m […]

Assistant Professor of Dance Kevin Williamson on Social Media

As a dancemaker, I am interested in the complex ways bodies respond to questions about human behavior and how choreography—the structured arrangements of moving bodies in space—can reveal and subvert social norms. In my current creative research, I am devising an evening-length performance called Trophy because I am curious about the ways people perform “success,” […]

Alumnae News

From the Alumnae Association President Libby Greig DeMeo ’95

I am forever grateful to Scripps for instilling in me the desire for lifelong learning. From the lively class discussions with my peers to the mentoring I received from my professors, I loved being a student at Scripps. As Alumnae Association president, I delight in returning to campus knowing I will bump into the faculty […]


Carolyn Yarnes Woolston ’59, under the pen name Lynna Banning Smoke River Family In this romance set in the American West, a woman moves to Smoke River to be closer to her late sister’s baby and becomes entangled with her family-in-law. Published by Harlequin Historical, November 1, 2015. Suzanne Muchnic ’62 LACMA So Far: Portrait of a Museum […]


1933 Elizabeth “Betty” Younglove Suffel, of Pasadena, California, on October 22, 2015. Born in Detroit, Betty moved with her family to Pasadena when she was three years old and graduated from Pasadena High School. She married G. Shumway Suffel and had two children. Betty was a leader in Campfire Girls and Cub Scouts, raised funds for charities, […]

Focus on the Faculty

Kitty Maryatt ’66

By Andrew Nguy (PO’19) In a room filled with wood, tools, paper, metal typefaces, and six printing press, Kitty Maryatt, Assistant Professor of Art and director of the Scripps College Press, draws a square on tracing paper and hands it to a student, who adds an illustration. Elsewhere in the room, scratching can be heard as […]