Thursday, December 16, 2010

STUDENT NEWS: Students Contribute to Dictionary of an Endangered Language

In early December, students of Dr. Pilar Valenzuela's Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics class presented their work on the trilingual dictionary that Dr. Valenzuela is preparing as part of an NSF project to document a dying Amazonian language, Shiwilu.

Students worked on Spanish and English versions and learned about linguistic diversity, differences in worldview and culture, and habitat. They also, improved their knowledge of Spanish, which included learning vocabulary from the Spanish dialect spoken in the Peruvian Amazon.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

FACULTY NEWS: Religious Studies

Nancy M. Martin, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Religious Studies, Wilkinson College, presented a paper titled “Identities, Communities and Religious Figures in Transition: The Transformation a Sixteenth-Century Hindu Saint into a Global Icon“ at the International Conference on the Image held at UCLA on December 2. In November she delivered two lectures at California Lutheran University, the first for students in the religion department on the immensely popular Hindu woman Saint Mirabai, and the second a university-wide lecture titled “Holiness and the Pursuit of Justice: Perspectives from the World Religions.” Professor Martin’s most recent article on this now global figure “Mirabai Comes to America: The Translation and Transformation of a Saint,” published earlier this year in the Journal of Hindu Studies, can be accessed on-line.

COLLEGE NEWS: Faculty Fulbright scholar brings intercultural exchange to Chapman

Dr. Wenshan Jia with Dr. Binlan Huang,
a Fulbright Faculty Scholar at Chapman University.
 Representatives from Los Angeles-based Consulates General of the People’s Republic of China visited Chapman University last month, thanks to an invitation extended by Chapman University’s visiting Fulbright Faculty Scholar, Binlan Huang, Ph.D.

In addition to her research work, Dr. Huang is also using her time here to help promote inter-cultural relations. At her invitation, the education consul, Zhunmin Chen, and education vice-consul, Yi Wang, visited Chapman last month. The two consuls met with Dean Patrick Quinn of Wilkinson College; Jim Coyle, Ph.D., director of Chapman’s Center for Global Education; Wenshan Jia, Ph.D., associate professor, and holder of the Wang-Fradkin Professorship in Scholarly Excellence, Department of Communication Studies; and Chancellor Daniele Struppa.

Read more in Happenings!

Monday, December 13, 2010

EVENT NEWS: "It's a Wilkson Life" ... Holiday Party, Dec. 15

Wilkinson College faculty and staff are invited to "It's a Wilkinson Life" holiday gathering on Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. in Roosevelt Hall, Laura Scudder Conference Room, 127.  Please RSVP to Virginia Halverson at extension 7355.

Once again we will be collecting unwrapped children's toys ($10 value) for Project Access through December 16.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

STUDENT NEWS: Students Present a French Performance

The students of French 360, an upper level French course, presented a performance in French, the work of a semester, on Monday dec. 6th, in Beckman 404, in front of a very nice and enthusiastic crowd of currently enrolled students in French classes and high schoolers.  The play was written by the students, who also created their costumes and included a series of videos, images, and clips.  This multimedia based play aimed at proposing a new look at theater but also, at easing the understanding of the language.  The performance is the result of a grant Prof. Olivier received from Chapman a few years ago and it is going to be offered as a class next year again.

EVENT NEWS: The Spanish Showcase, Dec. 10

The Spanish Club invites you to THE SPANISH SHOWCASE - Friday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. in Beckman 404. It's a night full of performances, plays, singing, and dancing! Food will be provided.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

STUDENT NEWS: Students Given Grants for Research

Three History majors have been each granted the maximum of $750 to do research abroad from the Office of Undergraduate Research:

Chelsea Judy ('11), “Coastline in Trust: 19th-Century British Coastal Conservation” (England)

Alissa Caton ('11), “Indian in Color, British in Taste: The Educational Debates in 19th-century India” (England)

Priya Shah ('12), “A Preliminary Study of the Impact of Colonization through the Collective Memories of the Shiwilu and the Shawi” (Peru)


Monday, December 6, 2010

COLLEGE NEWS: Chapman Partners with Clark University on Holocaust Fellowship

In a unique initiative, Chapman University will partner with Clark University in Worcester, Mass. to create a new graduate fellowship in Holocaust history, the two universities announced.

The fellowship will be offered as an "innovative academic collaboration" between the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman University and the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, according to the two faculty members who teamed to create the program: Marilyn Harran, Ph.D., Stern Chair in Holocaust Studies and director o the Rodgers Center at Chapman, and Deborah Dwork, Ph.D., Rose Professor of Holocaust History and director of the Strassler Center at Clark.   
Daniele Struppa, Ph.D., chancellor of Chapman University, said, "This initiative demonstrates what is possible when faculty and administrators at two universities, located on opposite coasts, think in new was about what will benefit students at their institutions, and then invest the energy and creativity to move from vision to reality."
The fellowship will send one graduate student from Clark University's Strassler Center - which offers the nation's sole doctorate in Holocaust studies - to study and teach at Chapman University's Rodgers Center, which focuses on teaching undergraduates.  The initial fellowship will begin in fall semester 2011 and run through spring semester 2013.  The selected fellow will serve in-residence at Chapman's Rodgers Center, one of only a very few Holocaust education centers in the United States located in and supported by a private university. 
"This announcement brings to fruition what began as the shared dream of my colleague Deborah Dwork at Clark University and me," said Dr. Harran of the Rodgers Center.  "We envisioned a fellowship program that would benefit each of our institutions, introducing new perspectives and research to our Chapman undergraduate history program while offering an outstanding junior scholar from Clark the opportunity to gain teaching experience.  I am proud that Chapman University and Clark University have forged this innovative and creative partnership."
Dr. Dwork of Clark's Strassler Center agreed: "The Chapman University Fellowship in Holocaust History is a cutting-edge academic initiative.  I am as delighted as I am proud to join my colleague, Professor Marilyn Harran, and the whole Chapman community in this endeavor."
The selected fellow's responsibilities will include teaching one course in the area of Holocaust studies each semester, presenting one public lecture annually, mentoring and sharing their research with students minoring in Holocaust history and majoring in European history, as well as continuing research and potentially serving as a representative of the Rodgers Center at academic conferences and symposia.

FACULTY NEWS: Department of Communication Studies

The Fall 2010 edition of Global Media Journal (American Edition) has been published, and can be accessed at

Gregg A. Payne, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, is Guest Editor. Dr. Wenshan Jia, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Director of Asian Studies, is the Graduate Student Submissions Editor.

STUDENT NEWS: PAT President Wins Award

Phi Alpha Theta president, Kirsten Moore (pictured left), has received the Tenaya Hills Outstanding Senior Thesis Project Award.

Each year one outstanding member of PAT receives the Tenaya Hills award for their research efforts. 

Congrats Kirsten!

FACULTY NEWS: Dr. Valenzuela keynotes bilingual conference on Thanksgiving Day, thanks to Skype

On Thursday, Nov. 25, while Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving, the Indigenous Peoples in the Peruvian Amazon were commemorating the 58th anniversary of the implementation of Bilingual Schools in their communities. Their keynote speaker was Pilar Valenzuela, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Languages at Chapman University, who delivered the talk titled “The Languages of the Peruvian Amazon and their Grammar,” via Skype. The presentation was attended by a group of approximately 250 bilingual teachers who gathered in the city of Pucallpa.

Read more in Happenings.

Friday, December 3, 2010

FACULTY NEWS: Marvin Meyer’s new book explores literary essence of Gnostic scriptures

Marvin Meyer, Ph.D., Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies and chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, has just published another book, written with the poet Willis Barnstone and entitled Essential Gnostic Scriptures: Texts of Luminous Wisdom from the Ancient and Medieval Worlds – Including the Gospels of Thomas, Judas, and Mary Magdalene (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2010).
Read more in Happenings.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

EVENT NEWS: The Departmental Art Exhibition, Dec. 6-10

The Art Department is showcasing the newest and most innovative works of art created by their students. Opening Reception is on Monday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. in the Guggenheim Gallery and all are invited.

EVENT NEWS: Jason Weems, Visual Arts Speaker, Dec. 8

Jason Weems is an Assistant Professor in Art History at the University of California Riverside where he specializes in American art, with particular interests in history of visuality in the regional, national, and transcultural contexts.

His current book, Barnstorming the Prairies: Aerial Vision and Modernity in Rural American, 1920-1940, traces the impact of aerial view-making on representations of the American Midwest. Other interests include the changing conceptualization of scale in American art and the scientific visualization and consideration of pattern in American landscape art.

Professor Weems will be speaking about Native American Earthworks, Modernist Aesthetics and the Aerial Gaze.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Alumni News: Literary Magazine and Creative Nonfiction Journal Come to Life

Litterbox Magazine - Founded by Pat Martin ('09) and Sarah Reck ('09) is the result of a facebook status conversation between two graduate student friends living on opposite sides of the country. In such a world ripe with technology, the idea was immediate: to create an online receptacle for bold, fresh voices in the literary world. To begin, they turned to their writerly friends, the bold and the fresh in their everyday lives. This meager literary journal soon morphed into a magazine set out to showcase the various talents in more fields than just short story and poetry.

Check out dirtcakes (Founder, Editor Catherine Keefe ('07)), a triannual journal of creative nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography dedicated to exploring themes suggested by the UN Millennium Development Goals to end extreme poverty by 2015. "School Me" arrives December 31, 2010.

Help Wilkinson College Give Back

Wilkinson College Dean's Office is collecting (approximately) $10 (unwrapped) toys for Project Access. Toys will be picked up on Friday, Dec. 17 and can be left in Roosevelt 123.  Need some ideas? How about ... Legos, dolls, Hello Kitty, Transformers, board games, Hot Wheels, Barbies, Bratz dolls, Toy Story toys, puzzles, movies, toys from the movie the Disney movie Cars, school supplies, Polly Pocket toys ... 

A collection is being taken up by Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, which has adopted a military family from Camp Pendleton Base. Phi Alpha Theta hopes to raise enough money to fulfill the family’s holiday wish list. Contribution may be left with Ashley in Roosevelt 200.

Destination: Africa opens windows to another world, Dec. 2

Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the International Documentary Program present Destination: Africa, a screening of five student-produced short documentary films, on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m.
Read more in Happenings!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

STUDENT NEWS: Students Present Papes at National Conference

Seven Wilkinson College students have been accepted to present at the Pacific Sociological Conference and will be traveling to Seattle, WA in March 2011. 

Below are the students and the papers they will be presenting.

Akio Lloyd ('11),  BA SOC /Minor Anthropology, "Island Harbor Fishermen"

Josefine Borrmann ('11), Ethnographic Documentary Major, "Identity Construction and Life Satisfaction of Illegal Immigrants from South Africa"

Kyle Banick ('11), BA Philosophy/Minor Sociology, "Adrenaline and Television" 

Joey Huddleston ('11),  BA Peace Studies and Sociology, "Paradoxical Identity Development in Saharawi Youth"

Diana Chao ('11), BA Communications and Sociology, " Exploring Filial Responsibility Asian Adult Daughters and Mothers"

Lauren Padilla ('12), BA Sociology, "Self Identity and Use of Technology Among Adolescents"

Denise Bennett-Beatty ('12), BA Sociology, "Over 50 and Unemployed"

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

COLLEGE NEWS: Model UN Team Wins Big in Regional Events

 Chapman University’s Model United Nations team had a great fall semester in regional competitions.
Consisting of mostly new members, the team competed at October’s Orange County MUN and faced competition from delegations representing several UC, Cal State and community college campuses.  Lakshmi Odedra, representing India, won the award for Outstanding Research in UNICEF.  Mark Johnston, representing China, also received an Outstanding Research award, and along with Danielle Butterfield, received the Outstanding Delegation award for the General Assembly Plenary. Bobby Konoske won the award for Outstanding Delegate for his representation of China in the General Assembly Second Committee. Thus, Chapman received two out of four research awards.

Read More in Chapman Happenings!

EVENT NEWS: Annual Ceramics Sale, Dec. 6-10

The Department of Art is hosting its Biannual Ceramics Sale in the Atallah Piazza December 6th-10th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come get some great gifts for this holiday season all made by students in the Ceramics Program at Chapman University. Many students from the Advanced Ceramics class look forward to this event each semester and this year a few seniors will have their best ever functional pottery for sale this year. New unofficial Chapman University mugs will debut this year with proceeds from their sales going directly to the ceramics program.

EVENT NEWS: "I'm Not A Feminist, But ..." Dec. 9

Women's Studies and Chapman Feminists present, "I'm Not A Feminist, But..." on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 at 7:30 - 9 p.m. in Irvine Lecture Hall (SC 150).

This is a faculty panel, student film and there will be a discussion after.

Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Monday, November 22, 2010

EVENT NEWS: Visual Arts Speaker Series, Dec. 1, 2010

Chapman University Visual Arts Speaker Series Presents, Michelle Dizon and Camilo Ontiveros.

Dizon is an artist, filmmaker, and writer. Her work focuses on questions of postcoloniality, globalization, migration, social movements, human rights, and historical memory. Integrating essayistic documentary practices with the projected image installation, Dizon arrives at a form in dialogue with the legacies of political art and cinemas.

Camilo Ontiveros is an artist whose work moves between multiple mediums--installation, sculpture, video, photography, sound, text, and intervention -- in an ongoing exploration of the questions of migration, value, and political economy as they intersect with US-Mexico relations.

Location: Moulton Hall 212
Time: 7 p.m.

COLLEGE NEWS: Wilkinson College Now On Facebook!

We are finally on Facebook! Check it out and be sure to pass the news along to all your friends!

Friday, November 19, 2010

EVENT NEWS: Taiwan Film Festival today and tomorrow!

'Kung Fu Dunk' to be screened at film festival.
 A love story, a basketball tale and a blockbuster. It’s all part of the Taiwan Film Festival running at Chapman University Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20, in Argyros Forum 208. The festival is hosted by Chapman’s Center for Global Education, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles.
Among the highlights of the festival will be a screening of the live-action film Kung Fu Dunk by Kevin Chu. Admission is free and the films are open to the Chapman community and the public. 

The complete schedule includes:  

  • Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Three Times, produced by internationally acclaimed director Hou Hsiao-hsien, Three Times journeys through three different love stories.
  • Nov. 20, 5 p.m., Kung Fu Dunk, follows the story of a basketball player, starring Taiwan’s leading pop singer Jay Chou.
  • Nov. 20, 8 p.m., Cape No. 7, the number two best-grossing film in Taiwanese history after Titanic, Cape No. 7 won both the Jury’s Award and the Audience’s Choice award at the Taipei International Film Festival, and has garnered six awards at the 45th Golden Horse Awards.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

EVENT NEWS: Students of French 360 Present ...

The students of French 360 invite you to Les Poissons, a performance in French with an original script, amazing costumes, and computer animated videos. The play is accessible to all public, even if you're not francophone! Please come and see imagination and creativity in action.
 Beckman 404, 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 6, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

EVENT NEWS: Tea & Sociology, Dec. 7

On Thursday, Dec. 7, 2010, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences and The Department of Sociology present, Tea & Sociology: The Challenges of Documentary Film through a Personal Lense: The Politics of Representation with Women's Studies Instructor Clara K. Magliola (pictured left) & Josefine Borrmann, Ethnographic Documentary Major.

This event is open to the public and will take place in Argyros Forum 201from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

FACULTY NEWS: Department of Sociology Movers and Shakers

Associate Professor of Sociology Lynn Horton traveled and presented at Latin American Studies Association International Conference.

Professor of Sociology Roberta Lessor was nominated for the Vice-President Elect Pacific Sociological Association 2011 - 2012.

Assistant Professor of Sociology Stephanie Takaragawa is the Program editor for American Anthropology Association's Society of Visual Anthropology.

Friday, November 12, 2010

EVENT NEWS: A Night With ... Karen Blixen (by Dr. Angela Tumini), Nov. 16, 2010

Danish writer and extraordinary woman, Karen Blixen (to be played by Dr. Angela Tumini) is the author of Babette's Feast and Out of Africa, both adapted into highly acclaimed, Academy Award-winning motion pictures. Blixen remains a complex figure in the writing and history of colonial Africa.

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010
TIME: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Wallace All Faiths Chapel

This event is free. For more information, please call 714.997.6947

FACULTY NEWS: Using Text Messages as a way to Teach Students

Dr. Veronique Olivier, Assistant Professor of French, recently published an article for The French Review (Dec. 2010, Volume 84.2) titled, "Teaching French via Text Messages: Using the Phone in the Classroom ... for Once!" 

This January, Dr. Veronique Olivier will be taking ten of her advanced students to Paris for a January Interterm course. Students will be posting their experiences (in French) on Facebook. Be sure to check it out!

COLLEGE ALUMNI NEWS: Alum Writes Article About Chapman University

In March 2010, Sigma Tau Delta hosted a Women's in Literature lecture series to celebrate women's history month at Chapman University.

Michelle Arch, Chapman Alum and Faculty Advisor for Alpha Zeta Iota Chapter, wrote an article on the event titled, "A Chapter Sponsors a Lecture Series: Women in Literature," which was recently published in the 2010 Sigma Tau Delta annual newsletter (page 13).   

Thursday, November 11, 2010

FACULTY NEWS: Department of Languages - Dr. Angela Tumini

Assistant Professor of Italian Studies Angela Tumini has recently returned from a conference in Prague where she presented a paper title, "I Would Die For You: Love, Suicide and Redemption in the Cinema of Fellini, Dreyer and von Trier.

FACULTY NEWS: English Department - Patrick Fuery

Chair and Professor of English Patrick Fuery is part of a research team that has just been awarded $230,000 to create a project using arts to develop strategies for helping returned soldiers of war deal with mental health issues. This particular grant is one of the most prestigious grants given by the Australian Research Council. 

"The other team members are all from universities in Australia, it is important to note that my presence here means that we will also be looking to develop research (and ultimately similar projects) here at Chapman," said Fuery.

Congratulations Dr. Fuery!
Below is a  short summary of the project.

The difficult return: arts-based approaches to mental health literacy and building resilience with recently returned military personnel and their families.

18.5 percent of military personnel returning from war zones to ‘normal’ civilian life suffer mental health issues, which can lead to family breakdown, homelessness and other problems. Almost 4000 Australian soldiers have returned home from active service in the last decade suffering from combat-related stress and mental health conditions. A 2009 Australian independent government review warned a new generation of veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and severe mental health disorders will emerge in the next five years, with as many as 1 in 4 likely to need mental health treatment. Mental health issues in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) exist “within a culture of stigmatisation” with veterans often reluctant to admit to having a problem. The independent review identified poor mental health literacy rates in the ADF, coupled with low help-seeking motivation, and reluctance to draw on traditional forms of support e.g. counselling services offered by the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA). The review identified a significant gap in our knowledge of educational interventions for veterans and their families.

Through a significant research project focusing on new arts-based approaches and intervention methods, the CIs will address how veterans seek and gain support for mental health issues. Further, they will build on their substantial record in designing and implementing innovative interdisciplinary arts-based interventions to support people with mental health issues. The aims of the proposed research are to:
  • Develop, implement and evaluate the impact of digital stories in helping veterans and their families acquire mental health knowledge and challenge “cultures of stigmatisation”.
  • Increase engagement of veteran population with mental health literacy initiatives leading to improved help-seeking motivation.
  • Create, implement and evaluate three arts-based resilience programs to support post-deployment serving and ex-serving military personnel and their families. These action research projects will contribute to new professional knowledge-building in the field of applied theatre, arts and health and veterans’ affairs more generally, about the potential efficacy of arts-based practice.
  • Identify and compare the factors involved in the efficacy of arts-based work, by testing programs in two different cultural and military contexts, Australia and the United States.
  • Synthesise an approach to effective interventions in arts-based practice with returning veterans and their families.
  • Engage in consultation with relevant stakeholders involved with the care of veterans and their families and develop policy recommendations for further support.

Arts and health is an emerging inter- and multi-disciplinary area of research, policy and practice. It includes a variety of ways in which the arts contribute to health, well being and health care practice across a range of contexts. Arts-based work covers visual and digital art, performance (music, theatre, and dance) and creative literature. In this proposal it is aligned with concepts drawn from applied theatre  and community cultural development as a practice to initiate change, with a community, through culture.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

FACULTY NEWS: Department of English

Anna Leahy, Ph.D., Department of English, Wilkinson College, has had her poem “After Assassination” published in the Summer/Fall 2010 issue of Crab Orchard Review. Dr. Leahy’s poem, “Rules for Writing a Poem,” was recently published in Cream City Review.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

EVENT NEWS: French Club Presents ... Movie Night, Nov. 17

The French Club is showing Avenue Montaigne, a Daniele Thompson Film on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 at 7 p.m. in Argyros Forum 208.

This is a free viewing and snacks and extra credit will be provided.

EVENT NEWS: Art Department - Action (un)Packed: Abstraction After Action

Commonspace will be Opening November 13, 2010 with its first exhibit "Action (un)Packed: Abstraction After Action" from 5-7 p.m. This exhibit will  showcase painting practices that aren’t afraid of complexity or abjection, beauty or the ridiculous, but that actively demonstrate a dynamic negotiation between disparate regimes of pictorial signification.

The host of this exhibit is Professor Michael Lee, of the Art Department in Wilkinson College, Chapman University.
Commonspace is located at 2226 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles. Click here for more information.

EVENT NEWS: Tabula Poetica MFA Reading, Nov. 30

On Tuesday, November 30, 2010 don't miss out on the MFA Poetry Reading presented by Tabula Poetica, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Chapman University.

The poetry readings will begin at 5 p.m. in the Malloy Performance Portico room in Leatherby Libraries. 

This event is sponsored by Wilkinson's Department of English and supported by Poets & Writers / The Games Irvine Foundation and is free and open to the public.

Please contact for more information.

Monday, November 8, 2010

EVENT NEWS: Foundations of a Science-based Discussion of Free Will, Nov. 10

On Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, theoretical physicist Henry Stapp from the University of California’s Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory will be giving a lecture titled, "Foundations of a Science-based Discussion of Free Will" in Argyros Forum, room 208 at 4 p.m.

Dr. Stapp specializes in the conceptual and mathematical foundations of quantum theory, and in particular on the quantum aspects of the relationship between our streams of conscious experience and the physical processes occurring in our brains. He is the author of two books on this subject: "Mind, Matter, and Quantum Mechanics" and "Mindful Universe: Quantum Mechanics and the Participating Observer".

The basic scientific theory that prevailed from the time of Isaac Newton until the beginning of the twentieth century is called "Classical Mechanics". Its core precept is that the evolution of the physically described aspects of nature is fully determined by these physically described aspects themselves, acting alone with no reference to any mentally described aspects of conscious human observers. During the twentieth century classical mechanics was found to be incompatible with a large amount of empirical data, and was replaced by quantum mechanics. The most radical of the changes wrought by the shift from classical mechanics to quantum mechanics was the injection of the knowledge of human observers into the physical dynamics. This change in the basic dynamics permits our conscious minds to play in the determination of our physical actions, an essential role that is neither reducible to, nor determined by, the physically described aspects of nature. And this indeterminateness goes essentially beyond the uncertainties introduced by the infamous element of quantum randomness. The scientific and philosophical advantages of pursuing this "free will" option are discussed.
This event is co-sponsored by Schmid College of Science and Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences and is free and open to the public.

EVENT NEWS: Secrets of Renaissance Venetian Glass, Nov. 21

On Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, Assistant Professor of Art History, Liliana Leopardi, will present a visually stunning overview of the history of Venetian glass. Dr. Leopardi will focus on the invention of crystal, the quest to produce glass in imitation of precious materials and the magical properties used to repel poisons based off of the use of crystals.

The reception begins at 1:30 p.m., followed by a lecture at 2 p.m. in the Norma Kershaw Auditorium at Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street in Santa Ana. This event is sponsored by the Italian Cultural Arts Council and cost $10 attend.

For more information, please call 714.567.3677 or

FACULTY NEWS: Professor Hovsepian Stays Busy While On Sabbatical

Prof. Nubar Hovsepian, Political Science and International Studies, is on sabbatical this semester. While on sabbatical, he has traveled extensively to present his work at various venues. In October (6-7) he participated in a conference sponsored by the Georg Eckert Institute Braunschweig, Germany) on: Education and Conflict: Perspectives from Israel/Palestine. In particular he presented a paper titled: “The Context of the Palestinian Curriculum: Post-Conflict or Conflict?” The paper draws on Dr. Hovsepian’s book: Palestinian State Formation: Education and the Construction of National Identity (2008). The paper will be published in an edited volume.

Professor Hovsepian also traveled to Cairo, Egypt in October to visit his daughter, but he also met with several scholars to discuss his ongoing book project. Upon returning from Cairo, he delivered two lectures at UC Santa Barbara. The Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies and the Center for Middle East Studies hosted his talk on: “Edward Said’s Palestine/Israel: Inclusion Without Domination.” This talk is part of Hovsepian’s book project: Edward Said as Conscious Pariah: The Politics of a Public Intellectual. He also gave a talk titled “Beirut as a War Zone.”

On 27 October, Professor Hovsepian delivered a talk at Harvard University, sponsored by the Middle East Forum of the Center for Middle eastern Studies at Harvard. He presented a modified version of his talk on Edward Said. During this trip he also met with various scholars (Columbia University and University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia) to discuss the contours of his ongoing work on Said. He met with one major publisher in NY who expressed great interest in the book project.

From 18-21 November Professor Hovsepian will participate in the annual conference of the Middle Eadt Studies Association which will be held in san Diego. He will chair a panel on: “Perspectives on Islam and Politics in Palestine.” He is also scheduled to meet with other publishers who are trying to secure rights for his book on Edward Said.

Friday, November 5, 2010

FACULTY NEWS: Department of Art Dr. Lia Halloran

COLLIDER exhibition installation plans
Folding Unfolding: COLLIDER
Collider is the collaborative team of BigPrototype and Chapman's Professor of Fine Art, Dr. Lia Halloran. Folding Unfolding: Collider, is an interactive exhibition installation, 3D modeling workshop and discussion inspired by the gypsum crystals of the Naica Mine in Mexico. Folding Unfolding discovers the geometry of basic crystal forms by using cutting-edge 3D modeling technologies (Mya and Rhino) to replicate the forms of basic seed crystals: borax, gypsum, neptunite, and quartz.
The live on-site exhibition installation begins Monday, Nov. 8 and continues through Thursday, Jan. 10, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. Click here for more information.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

COLLEGE ALUMNI NEWS: 2006 Art Alumni Illustrates and Writes a Children's Book

Megan (Meyer) Rosenkrantz, 2006 Wilkinson College, Department of Art graduate, just finished illustrating and writing a children's book which will be available November 20, 2010.

The book titled, "The Great Adventures of Larriot the Liger" is available for preview now. Check it out.  

WILKINSON COLLEGE EVENT: A Night With ... Jane Austen (with Dr. Lynda Hall), Feb. 22, 2011

In 2011, exactly 200 years since the publication of Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen (portrayed by Dr. Lynda Hall) will pay a visit to Chapman University. She will consider what has happened with her novels, her “own darling child[ren],” during the past two centuries. Jane will contemplate the history of “Janeites,” the waves of her popularity, the films and television programs, the written sequels and continuations of her novels, and even the recent “monster mash-up” publications in which she is listed as co-author (with no share in the royalties). Join Jane Austen as she visits southern California and confronts the legacy of her writing.

Tuesday, February 22, 7 p.m., Wallace All Faiths Chapel

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

DEPARTMENT NEWS: Commpost Magazine, Spring 2010

Commpost Magazine, Issue 8 is here! What is Commpost Magazine you ask? It's a newspaper focusing solely on the world of graphic design and the department. It's a post-communication, publication.

Every event, new professor, show, opportunity, and change is conveyed to our readers each semester through this paper run and created by graphic design students and professors.

Click here to download a copy, and if you would like to subscribe, please email Alison Conners, Graphic Design Club Communication Chair at or Professor Chimenti at

COLLEGE NEWS: Chapman poet, librarian stand by for Discovery launch

Anna Leahy, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Chapman University, and Douglas Dechow., Ph.D., associate librarian at Leatherby Libraries, are in Cape Canaveral, Fla., to witness the launch of the Discovery space shuttle, one of the final shuttle launches planned by NASA, which is expected to retire the fleet after the Endeavor launches in February. They’re posting live observations about the event in their blog, Lofty Ambitions, where they cover the science, literature and art of aviation, and will write an in-depth article for the spring 2011 issue of Chapman Magazine.
Read more in Happenings!

Friday, October 29, 2010

EVENT NEWS: World Premiere of "If All the Sky Were Paper" - Nov. 13

On Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, as part of Remembrance Weekend, a performace of "If All the Sky Were Paper" a story based on Andrew Carroll's collected wartime letters from Veterans, will take place in Waltmar Theatre at Chapman University at 7:30 p.m.

The play, based on Carroll's on-going effort to seek out and preserve personal wartime letters and his subsequent best-selling series of books, reveals the full range of emotions - from the humorous to the dramatic and devastating - experienced by veterans, those currently in the military and their loved ones.

The play is ultimately a tribute to the immeasurable sacrifices made by America's veterans and an unforgettable reminder of war's impact on both those who fight and their loved ones on the home front.

$20 general admission; $15 senior citizens and students.
Purchase tickets online here!
For more information, please call 714.744.6812

War Letters: Insight into History and Humanity

Immediatly following the perforamce a post-show discussion with Playwright Andrew Carroll, Show Director John Benitz, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Dean of Wilkinson College Patrick Quinn, Associate Dean of Wilkinson College Don Will, and Professor of History Jennifer Keene.

EVENT NEWS: MAIS Student Internship Experiences, Nov. 30

Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) presents MAIS Student Internship Experiences.

Current graduate students enrolled in the MAIS program will sit on a panel and talk about their internship and educational experiences in the MAIS program.

Topics they will be discussing are, Global Poverty, Environmental Sustainability, International Business and Finance, and Foreign Affairs.

This is a free event and we invite you to join us for refreshments. Come learn about the MAIS Program and find out how you can get involved.

EVENT NEWS: Matt Coolidge, Visual Arts Speaker, Nov. 3

Matthew Coolidge is the Founder and Director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) in Los Angeles, a nonprofit art/research organization that employs a multimedia and multidisciplinary approach to increase and diffuse knowledge about how the nation's lands are utilized and perceived. He serves as a project director, photographer and curator for CLUI exhibitions, and has written several books published by the CLUI. He lectures widely in the United States and Europe on contemporary landscape matters, and is a faculty member in the Curatorial Practice Program at the California College of the Arts. Coolidge received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 2004, a Media Arts Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation in 2005, and the Lucelia Artist Award from the Smithsonian in 2006.

Free and open to the public. For more information, please call 714.997.6729.

EVENT NEWS: Art Professor Alex Segade's at the Hammer

On Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, Assistant Professor of Art in Digital Photography Alex Segade, open his show The Night Epi$ode at the Hammer Museum at UCLA.

The show runs till January 23, 2011.

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EVENT NEWS: Dept. of Art Assistant Professor Micol Hebron Performs at LA County Museum of Art

Department of Art Assistant Professor Micol Hebron will be doing a performance at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Sunday, November 7th.

Her performance will be a part of a large event in which 50 different artists or artist groups 'take over' the museum of a day. All projects have something to do with food or eating, and many of them are audience participatory.

Performance includes students from Chapman University who will be assisting Professor Hebron. Jenny Goldstein, Alumna, and Hannah Kit Karsen, current Art student. 

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

EVENT NEWS: Lyle Massey, Visual Arts Speaker Series, Nov. 10

The Visual Arts Speaker Series presents artist Lyle Massey, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 at Chapman University, Moulton Hall 212, 7 p.m.

Art, Anatomy and the Human body ..
From the Renaissance to the Early Modern Period, anatomical and artistic explorations of the human body were intertwined. Artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci performed their own dissections, seeking greater knowledge of bodily movement by observing the musculature of cadavers. Anatomists such as Andreas Vesalius relied on Renaissance artists' knowledge of the body to make their engraved and illustrated atlases of human anatomy appear more lifelike and accurate. Touching on these and other examples, this lecture will explore the history of anatomical art.
For more information, please contact the Art Department at 714.997.6729.

EVENT NEWS: An Interfaith Service of Remembrance for Kristallnacht with special guest speaker Idele Stapholtz

On Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, The Schwartz Holocaust Lecture Series Co-sponsored by the Fish Interfaith Center, Hillel, and Chapman Interfaith Council present,

This event is free and opent to the public.

An Interfaith Service of Remembrance for Kristallnacht with special guest speaker Idele Stapholtz, Child Survivor of the Holocaust, Witness to Kristallnacht in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel at 7 p.m.