Thursday, March 22, 2012

EVENT NEWS: John Fowles Presents Sergio Chejfec, Mar. 26

The John Fowles Center presents Sergio Chejfec, March 26, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Henley Reading Room.

Chejfec currently lives in NYC and teaches in the Creative Writing in Spanish program at NYU. He has written novels, essays and a poetry collection. Among his works, one can mention Lenta biografĂ­a, Los planetas, Boca de Lobo and Los incompletes. His novels usually feature The John Fowles Center for Creative Writing promotes and advances the discipline of creative writing in all its aspects: fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction and screenwriting. For fourteen years the center has invited international writers to Chapman as: Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, Salman Rushdie, Maxine Hong Kingston among others. Each year access to those writers is available not only to the Chapman community, but to the Orange County and, by extension, the Southern California community as well.This year's 2011 literary series is devoted to Latin American writers.

The focus of the 15th Annual John Fowles Center Literary Forum is devoted to Latin American writers and writing including Carlos Franz, Marcio Souza, Alizia Kozameh and Luisa Valenzuela. 

Admission if FREE and open to the public. For any inquiries or for further information, please contact Taylor Holbrook via-email at

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a slow-paced narrator who interweaves the plot with refl ection. Memory, political violence, and Jewish-Argentine culture and history are some of the themes recurring throughout his work. My Two Worlds was published by Open Letter Books in 2011.

Harvard physicist Lisa Randall to discuss her latest book, ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’ - Mar. 27

Randall, Ph.D., professor of physics at Harvard University and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, will speak at Chapman University on Tuesday, March 27, about her newly-published book, Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Are Illuminating the Universe and the Modern World.

The talk will take place at 5 p.m. in the Sandhu Conference Center, D and D1 (second floor), and a book signing will follow. The talk and book signing are free and open to the public.

The latest developments in physics have the potential to radically revise our understanding of the world: its makeup, its evolution, and the fundamental forces that drive its operation. Knocking on Heaven’s Door is an exhilarating and accessible overview of these developments and an impassioned argument for the significance of science.

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EVENT NEWS: Do You Have Charisma? - today at 4 p.m.

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Communication Studies presents Do You Have Charisma?Charismatizing Your Message - Communication tips from Melanie Chartoff, actress, animation performer, voice-over artist and communication coach, today at 4 p.m. in Argyros Forum, rooms 209 A & B.

This event is free and open to the public!

For more information, please contact Alley Levy at 714.7444.7017 or

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

EVENT NEWS: Social science research, Babbie Research Center to be celebrated at campus conference, Wednesday, Mar. 21

A host of international scholars will be part of a social science research conference scheduled in conjunction with the dedication of the Earl Babbie Research Center at Chapman University Wednesday, March 21. “The Future of Social Science Research Methods Conference and Babbie Center Dedication” opens at 10 a.m. The day’s programming closes with Professor Emeritus Babbie, Ph.D., presenting a faculty workshop titled “The Future of Social Science Research Methods” at 4 p.m. in Argyros Forum 209.
Professor Babbie said he was humbled by the news that the center, located in Smith Hall (pictured left), was named in his honor.
“I am honored beyond my ability to express it in words to have the new research center named for me. I am excited about the possibilities contained in our mission statement: where research and compassion come together make a difference in the world,” he said. He further noted that Ann Gordon, associate dean and associate professor, had been the driving force behind the center’s creation.

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STUDENT NEWS: Chapman Debate Team Ranked 14!

Congrats to the 2012 Chapman Forensics Team!
They are currently ranked 14th in the Nation after an impressive showing at the 2012 Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament (which included 70 schools, 283 Debate Teams, and 1,329 Individual Events).
Check out Chapman Forensics Team's Facebook Page for a list of the results!

STUDENT NEWS: Comm Major awarded schoalrship

Senior Communications Major Jamie Krispel is one of three recipients to be awarded the MICHAEL JUND SPORTS MEDIA SCHOLARSHIP AWARD.

Congrats Jamie!

STUDENT NEWS: Attention Journalism Students, New Scholarship

The Marshutz Endowed Journalism fund, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, will award a scholarship each academic year to a matriculated student majoring in English with a journalism emphasis or a journalism minor who displays a growing talent and the potential to succeed in the course of study while also demonstrating a need for additional funds. 
Amounts will vary depending on student need.
The fund was created to help talented journalism students with a demonstrated financial need to subsidize financial burdens where necessary, such as books, bills, travel and research expenses or international study.   Interested students should submit an application consisting of a one-page cover letter explaining how they will use the scholarship to further their journalism studies, a resume and three to five of their best published clips to Susan Paterno, journalism program director, c/o the English department.  

Thursday, March 15, 2012

EVENT NEWS: 4th Annual Alpha Mu Gamma History Conference, Mar. 17

Students, Staff and Faculty ... You are invited to the 4th Annual Alpha Mu Gamma History Conference, which is being held this Saturday, March 17th, from 10 am to 2:45 pm in Beckman Hall.  All papers are being delivered by our Integrated Senior Seminar students and all commentators are presently taking Historian’s Craft.  With 38 Senior Seminar students this year, there are quite a large number of  topics on offer.  Our History majors have won more than 30 research paper prizes over the past five years including the two most prestigious in the nation.

For more information, please contact Dr. Lee Estes at 714.997.6550 or

Friday, March 9, 2012

EVENT NEWS: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies, Mar. 17

Chapman University and Wilkinson College will be hosting Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies on Saturday, March 17 at 3 p.m. in Leatherby Libraries Doy and Dee Henley Reading Room (2nd floor.) 

Margulies will talk about writing for the theatre, film and television. Margulies’ speech will include selected readings from his plays Sight UnseenCollected Stories and Dinner With Friends by actors Kandis Chappell and Bill Brochtrup.  He will conclude by taking questions from the audience.This appearance by one of America’s most lauded playwrights coincides with South Coast Repertory’s 20th anniversary production of Sight Unseen (March 11-April 1), which is considered Margulies’ breakthrough play.

Please join us at this exciting event.  

For more information, contact the English Department at 714.997.6750.

EVENT NEWS: Public Sociology Conference, Mar. 16-17

Chapman University and Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences invites you to the Public Sociology Conference entitled, Faceless Latino/a Immigrants: Pathways to Resistance at Chapman University on March 16 and March 17, 2012.
The conference aims to encourage meaningful conversations and practices between scholars, policy makers and local Latino/a communities on undocumented immigrants in Orange County. It is an interdisciplinary conference organized by the Department of Sociology of Wilkinson College in collaboration with the College of Education Studies and the School of Law at Chapman University, in effort to engage scholars, grassroots groups, students and local institutions in serious dialogue on different models of conversations, engagement practices.

The conference will consist of six special panels of community members and scholars discussing.

  • Contextualizing the Immigration Debate and Making Sense of the Backlash against the Undocumented
  • The Criminalization of Immigration and the Violence on the Borders
  • Education and Resistance: Pedagogical Nuances and the Dare to DREAM Movement
  • Solutions to Immigration: Cutting across National and Local Dimensions
  • Exclusion Versus Inclusion: Why Assisting the Undocumented Makes for Healthier Communities
The conference will run from 9am to 8pm on Friday (with breakfast, lunch and dinner provided) and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday (with breakfast and lunch provided).

For more information, please see our website.