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.

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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.
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