Campus Events


November 3: David J. Peterson: The Art of Language Invention

In this talk, David Peterson will discuss the art of conlanging, or language creation. The intentional invention of language is a practice which goes back to the 12th century, though due to the popularity of shows and films that make use of created languages (HBO’s Game of Thrones, James Cameron’s Avatar, the CW’s The 100, etc.), the craft has become more visible than ever. Highlighting some of his work in TV and film, David will explicate what precisely is required to create a realistic, naturalistic language.

Sponsored by Pitzer’s First-Year Seminar Program.

Thursday, November 3, 2016 @ 11:00 am, Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College

November 3: Chef and Writer Eddie Huang

Restaurateur, chef, and writer, Huang’s memoir, Fresh Off the Boat, took on race and assimilation in America and became the first television program on a major network to feature an Asian family. Food and the ties that bind, continue to obsess him. Double Cup Lovepublished this past June, reveals a man a cross-roads between his past and his future. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016 @ 6:00 pm, Garrison Theater, Scripps College

November 3: Performance Artist Guillermo Gomez-Peña

Raised in Mexico City, Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s work includes performance art, video, audio, installations, poetry, journalism and cultural theory. He explores cross-cultural issues, immigration, the politics of language, “extreme culture” and new technologies in the era of globalization. Through his organization, La Pocha Nostra, Gómez-Peña has focused very intensely on the notion of collaboration across national borders, race, gender and generation as an act of citizen diplomacy and as a means to create “ephemeral communities.” Gómez-Peña’s performance and installation work has been presented at over 700 venues across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, the Soviet Union, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil and Argentina. The author of five books, he is a regular contributor to the national radio news magazine All Things Considered (National Public Radio), a writer for newspapers and magazines in the United States and Mexico, and a contributing editor to The Drama Review (MIT). He was the first Chicano/Mexicano artist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship (1991–1996), which is among his numerous other fellowships and prizes.

Thursday, November 3, 2016 @ 7:00 pm, Drinkward Recital Hall, Shanahan, Harvey Mudd College

November 7: Catullus in the Coffeehouse

A night of provocative poetry inspired by a wry Roman. With special guest Elizabeth Young, Poet & Assistant Professor of Classics.

Monday, November 7, 2016 @ 4:30 pm, Ena Thompson Reading Room, Pomona College

November 9: Fiction Reading with Christopher Sorrentino

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 @ 4:15 pm, Ena Thompson Reading Room, Pomona College

November 11: Remi Kanazi: Before the Next Bomb Drops

Remi Kanazi, world renowned Palestinian poet and activist will be performing works from his latest publication: Before the Next Bomb Drops. Remi writes on injustice and oppression: from Brooklyn to Palestine. Expect moving student artists as openers and a productive conversation after the performance.

Friday, November 11, 2016 @ 7pm, Scripps Humanities Auditorium

January 10: Poetry Reading with Douglas Kearney & Carmen Giménez-Smith

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 @ 7:30pm, Peggy Phelps and East Galleries, Claremont Graduate University.

March 22: Fiction Reading with Dana Spiotta

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 4:15 pm, Ena Thompson Reading Room, Pomona College

March 28: Poetry Reading with Ari Banias

Ari Banias is the author of Anybody, forthcoming from W.W. Norton in September 2016. He was born in Los Angeles, grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and currently lives in Berkeley, CA. He holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MFA in poetry from Hunter College, where he was a teaching fellow. The author of a chapbook, What’s Personal is Being Here With All of You (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2012), his poems appear in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, FIELD, Guernica, The Offing, The Volta, and as part of the exhibition Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects. He is the recipient of the 2014 Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and the 2012 Campbell Corner Prize, and has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner Fellowship program.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 4:15 pm, Pitzer College

April 17: Poetry Reading with John Yau

Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 4:15 pm, Ena Thompson Reading Room, Pomona College

April 19: Poetry Reading with Don Share, Elena Karina Byrne, Terrance Hayes, Meghan O’Rourke, and Brian Kim Stefans

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 4:00pm, Harper Hall Board of Trustees Room, Claremont Graduate University

Join us for a reading by members of the Final Judging committee for the 2017 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards.

April 20: 7Cs Students Read Poetry

Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 3:00pm, Founders Room, Honnold Library

All 7Cs students are invited to share a poem — bring your own original poem to read, or read a favorite poem by an author you admire.

April 20: Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards Reading

Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 7:15pm. Mark Taper Auditorium, Los Angeles Public Library. 630 W. 5th Street

Join Claremont Graduate University for a special reading celebrating the winners of the 2017 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards.


April 21: Poetry Marathon featuring Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards winners

Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 2:00pm. Founders Room, Honnold Library.

Stop by the library at any point during the 2:00-5:00pm Poetry Marathon to enjoy poetry read by present and past winners of CGU’s Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards.



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