The Week in Review : January 28-February 1

Posted: February 4, 2013

Return of The Motley

The Scripps community gathered for drinks and live music January 31as The Motley Coffeehouse re-opened its doors for the spring semester. Managers were dressed as famous artists and artworks to match the theme, The Motley Museum of Coffee Art. Every seat was packed as students contributed their own artwork on the paper-covered tables and moved to the beat of local band Jonny Come Lately.

Melissa Mesinas ’12 Interviewed by Telemundo

A news crew from Telemundo interviewed Melissa Mesinas ’12 on February 1 for a feature profile of her and her research on Zapotecs in Los Angeles and Mexico. The segment aired later that day on KVEA 52. Melissa and her cousin, who drove from LA to Claremont just for this interview, were filmed speaking Zapotec, the indigenous language that Melissa researched for her thesis.

Welcome Back!

This year, Scripps students are studying off-campus in 64 different cities in 36 countries;  on January 31, the spring returnees filled the Hampton Room for Thanksgiving dinner in January, hosted by the Office of Off-Campus Study. Students shared stories of their classes, language development, and cultural immersion with staff and faculty. In addition to a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings, guests were entertained with a slideshow of the students’ photos from their various programs and travels.

Noon Academy: Meghan O’Rourke

Mary Routt Endowed Chair of Writing Meghan O’Rourke read from both her memoir The Long Goodbye and her poetry collection Once on January 29. O’Rourke discussed the differences between the poetry and memoir genres in relation to the same subject matter—the loss of a loved one—and the benefits and limitations of each genre. She also spoke on the privatization of grief in West during the 20th century, and how this has changed the way people mourn.

Humanities Institute: Alejandro Planchart

Alejandro Planchart spoke January 29 about Guillaume Du Fay (1397-1474), the only composer during the medieval era who considered himself first and foremost a music writer. Planchart explained how present-day academics label composers of that time period not “composers” in the traditional sense, but rather clergymen or poets who also sang, performed, and on occasion wrote music, as well. Information on Du Fay indicates that, while he became relatively famous early on in his career, he often ran into obstacles within the ecclesiastical institutions of the time.

Friday Noon Concert

Trio Lykos, made up of adjunct professor in music Rachel V. Huang on violin, Pomona performing faculty Roger Lebow on cello, and lecturer in music Gayle Blankenburg on  piano, performed the Villa-Lobos Third Piano Trio on February 1.

with contributions from Ann Mayhew ’13, Alexandra Trimm ’14, and Carolyn Robles

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