Monday, February 28, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Elie Wiesel, Knowledge & Ethics, Mar. 29 - GET YOUR (FREE) TICKETS STARTING MAR. 7

Chapman University students, faculty and staff will once again have the special opportunity to hear a talk by Elie Wiesel, distinguished author and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, when he returns to campus as Distinguished Presidential Fellow.

Professor Wiesel will present a lecture titled “Knowledge and Ethics” to the Chapman University community at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, in Memorial Hall.

Admission is free, but tickets must be obtained in advance. Tickets will be available, one per Chapman ID, beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 7, in the Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library on the 4th floor of the Leatherby Libraries.

EVENT NEWS: 12th Annual Holocaust Art & Writing Contest Awards Ceremony & Reception, Mar. 4

The Holocaust: Spaces of Memory

The Holocaust: Spaces of Memory 12th Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception is on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 11 a.m. in Memorial Hall. The featured guest speaker, Idele Stapholtz, is a Holocaust Survivor and Member of The "1939" Club.

Friday, February 25, 2011

COLLEGE NEWS: Alumnus speakers brings perspective to world events

 As unrest and protest movements unfold across the Middle East, the political science, peace studies and global studies programs at Chapman University continue to host a variety of guest speakers bringing unique perspectives to the timely events.

On Thursday, Feb. 24 U.S. Army Capt. Michael Kelly McCoy ’03, Peace Studies (pictured left), was on campus for a visit and meeting with students in Professor Angeliki Kanavou’s Introduction to Peace Studies class. And today at 1 p.m. in Sandhu Conference Center, the Center for Global Education will host Michael Scheuer.

Read more in Happenings.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

DEPARTMENT NEWS: Attention Art Students - Portfolio Review and Submission Deadline Information

Tame the Beast Portfolio Review is Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
AIGA Student Members: Free; Student non-members: $25; Professional AIGA members: $20; Professional non-members: $40.

Those interested can register at

Tame the Beast Design Contest Deadline is Saturday, April 9, 2011.
Guidelines: All submissions must be student work completed for school credit from 2010 to 2011. No professional entries will be accepted. All entries must be printed, assembled and/or mounted on black mat board or foam core. Be sure to include your name, title of design work, anticipated graduation date, and school on back.

For more detailed information, please call Professor Eric Chimenti at 714.997.6807 or or go to

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

WILKINSON COLLEGE EVENT: Asian Studies in the 21st Century, Program of Asian Studies Minor Open House, Apr. 27

The new Asian Studies Program invites the Chapman community to the Program of Asian Studies Minor Open House, "Asian Studies in the 21st Century" on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in Beckman Hall 404 East Wing & Side Patio.  

The event will begin with an introduction by Dean of Wilkinson College Patrick Quinn, followed by student presentations on Asian Studies and introductions of Chapman Asian Studies Faculty Members. Closing the evening will be keynote speaker, Dr. Jeffrey Wasserstrom, UCI Professor of History, "Asian Studies in an Era of Shape-Shifting Disciplines and a Fast-Changing World Order"

Monday, February 21, 2011

WILKINSON COLLEGE EVENT: John Fowles Center Presents, Dacia Maraini, Mar. 7

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. This year's 2011 literary series is devoted to Italian authors. First up, Dacia Maraini, on March 7, 2010.

Dacia Maraini, daughter of a Sicilian princess and famed as the longtime companion of novelist Alberto Moravia, is a world-acclaimed author and playwright.  She has won many awards for her work, including the Formentor Prize for “L'età del malessere” (“The Age of Discontent,” 1963); the Premio Fregene  for “Isolina” (1985); the Premio Campiello and Book of the Year Award for “La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa” (“The Silent Duchess,” 1990); and the Premio Strega for “Buio” (1999).  She co-founded the Teatro del Porcospino, devoted to producing new Italian works, and established Rome’s feminist experimental theatre La Maddalena.  Her play “Mary Stuart” has been performed in New York and on stages around the world, and her other plays continue to be translated and widely performed.   She currently lives in Rome. Maraini will be reading her favorite poetry, discussing her successful career and available for signing books.

Time: Monday, March 7, 7:00 PM
Location: Doy and Dee Henley Reading Room, Leatherby Libraries
Contact: Tracey Swan
Phone: (714) 532-6026

Coming up ...
March 21: Assaf Gavron
April 4: Erri De Luca
April 11: Paoloa Giordano
April 25: Giuseppe Conte
May 2: Giorgio Pressburger
All the events begin at 7 p.m. and are held in the Henley Reading Room on the second floor of the Leatherby Libraries. The readings and lectures are free and open to the public.

WILKINSON COLLEGE EVENT: Philosophy presents, Heather Battaly, Feb. 24

The Department of Philosophy presents Heather Battaly, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Philosophy, CSUF, "Attacking Character: Ad Hominem Argument and Virtue Epistemology"

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 24
TIME: 7:15 p.m.
LOCATION: Beckman Hall 213

For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Pace.

Department of Philosophy in Wilkinson College.

WILKINSON COLLEGE EVENT: Chapman Radio Presents, DJ EARWORM, Feb. 25

DJ Earworm is coming to Chapman Friday, Feb. 25. DJ Earworm is known for mashups, which is taking songs apart and putting them back together in a different way.

DJ Earworm will be playing in the Hutton Gym at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available all this week, Monday, Feb. 21 - 25 in the Piazza from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

For more information, check out the event FACEBOOK page.

Friday, February 18, 2011

EVENT NEWS: French Film Festival, Mar. 24-27

The Second Annual French Film Festival returns to Chapman University with eight, new and amazing French films. This year a variety of contemporary feature films and documentaries were chosen from the Tournees Featured Selection of french cinema. All screenings are free and open to the public. Movie and times are below, for more detailed information, please go to the French Film Festival Website.

Thursday, March 24: US Premiere of Espion(s) - A Sensual Thriller Starring Guillaume Canet. A film by Nicolas Saada, 7 p.m, Folino Theater.

Friday, March 25: Paris - A film about how eight strangers' lives meet in Paris. A film by Cedric Klapisch, 7 p.m., Irvine Lecture Hall.
Bluebeard - a gruesom fairy tale about a man with a blue beard. A film by Catherine Breillat, 9:30 p.m., Irvine Lecture Hall.

Saturday, March 26:
Summer Hours - A film about three siblings and their mother's death. A film by Olivier Assayas, 12 p.m., Irvine Lecture Hall.
Coco Before Chanel - A film about Coco Chanel's rise to fashion fame. A film by Annie Fontaine, 2 p.m., Irvine Lecture Hall.
Welcome - A film about a swim coach and his illegal immigrant.A film by Philippe Lioret, 6 p.m., Irvine Lecture Hall.
The French Kissers - A coming of age tale about a boy trying to fit in. A film by Riad Sattouf, 8 p.m., Irvine Lecture Hall.

Sunday, March 27:
La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet - A documentary about the making of seven ballets. A film by Frederick Wiseman, 1 p.m., Irvine Lecture Hall.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Uncertain future for Egypt, say faculty experts in panel discussion

A panel of top faculty experts gathered at Chapman University yesterday to debate questions regarding Egypt's Future at a lunch time panel discussion in Beckman Hall titled  “The Arab Youth Revolt: Chapman Experts Discuss the Events in Tunisia, Egypt and the Greater Middle East.” And while their views diverged on key issues, they agreed that it’s difficult to predict what will come next.

Read more in Happenings or highlights from the event may be seen in a video produced by Chapman University’s Panther Productions seen below.

Monday, February 14, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Distinguished Writer Series w/ author Pico Iyer, March 30

On Wednesday, March 30, 2011, Pico Iyer will be speaking as part of the Distinguished Writer Series in the new Sandhu (D & D1) Conference center.

Pico Iyer is the author of several books about cultures converging, including Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, The Global Soul, and, most recently, Abandon.

His articles appear often in such magazines as Harper’s, Time, and the New York Review of Books.

More to come, including book signing information. Check back.

FACULTY NEWS: Art Department's Alex Segade to perform in Toronto, Fev. 20

Assistant Professor of Art, Alex Segade, is apart of a Los Angeles-based art group called My Barbarian which is giving an interdisciplinary performance at the Rhubarb Festival, Buddies in Bad Times, Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011. 

The group will lead local artist-participants through workshops and a public performance of Post-Living Ante-Action Theater, an original performance form developed by the company, which evolves from their own interdisciplinary practice as well as two avant-garde collectives of the 1960's: New York's Living Theatre and Munich's Action-Theater. The performance will also draw on current events and political situations. This is the Canadian premiere, following Post-Living Ante-Action Theater projects in New York and Cairo.

For more information, please click here.

Friday, February 11, 2011

FACULTY NEWS: Where Are We Going Next? A Conversation about Creative Writing Pedagogy (Pt. 2)

Where Are We Going Next? A Conversation about Creative Writing Pedagogy (Pt. 2) By Cathy Day, Anna Leahy (Chapman Univesity, pictured left) & Stephanie Vanderslice

This is Part II of a conversation between creative writing teachers Cathy Day, Anna Leahy and Stephanie Vanderslice.

FACULTY NEWS: Where Are We Going Next? A Conversation about Creative Writing Pedagogy with Anna Leahy and friends (Pt.I)

Where Are We Going Next? A Conversation about Creative Writing Pedagogy (Pt. 1) By Cathy Day, Anna Leahy (Chapman Univesity, pictured left) & Stephanie Vanderslice

The three authors in this conversation essay contributed to Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom (edited by Anna Leahy), which launched the New Writing Viewpoints series in 2005.

It’s time to get on with creative writing pedagogy. Can creative writing be taught? Yes, we’re not charlatans, though teaching looks different here than in other disciplines. Should college-level teachers of creative writing be practicing writers? Yes. Though being a great writer doesn’t make you a great teacher, creative writing teachers are strengthened by engaging in the practice themselves. What’s the relationship between creative writing and composition studies? While creative writing is not in opposition to composition studies, neither is it a variation of or sub-discipline within composition studies. Should we grade creative writing? If we are working in institutions that require grading, of course. There exist ways to approach the evaluation of students’ skills and written work that can be minimally intrusive on the writing process and even useful. Is the workshop monolithic? No, the workshop is an adaptable model.
Why do thousands of creative writing instructors who teach courses professionally — who speak and write about teaching creative writing — proceed as if this growing body of pedagogy doesn’t exist? We need this conversation — we need it now — to examine the current state of creative writing pedagogy and propose several areas for further investigation. Let’s get started.

Continue Reading Part 1...

FACULTY NEWS: English Department

Cristina Bruns, adjunct instructor in English presented a paper in a session she organized and chaired at the Modern Language Association’s convention in Los Angeles in January. The session was entitled “Why Literature Matters,” and its three papers were “Literature as Alternative Reality,” given by Gregory Jusdanis, Professor and Director of the Modern Greek Program at The Ohio State University,  “Literature as Formative Experience,” given by Cristy, and “Literature as Other to Our Age,” given by Mark W. Roche, Rev. Edmund P. Joyce Professor of German Language and Literature at University of Notre Dame. Cristy’s paper and the focus of the session were drawn from her book, Why Literature? The Value of Literary Reading and What It Means for Teaching, due out this May with Continuum.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

FACULTY NEWS: Department of English

Bohemia in America 1858-1920, by Joanna Levin, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of English, Wilkinson College, has been selected as one of CHOICE Magazine’s 2010 Outstanding Academic Titles

FACULTY NEWS: Department of Communication Studies

Wenshan Jia, Ph. D., associate professor, Department of Communication Studies, Wilkinson College, has recently published an article titled “Chimerica: US-China Communication for the 21st Century” (pp. 161-170) as the first author with Dexin Tian and Xuanzi Jia in L. A. Samovar, R. E. Porter, & E. R McDaniel (Eds.) Intercultural Communication: A Reader (13th Edition), a best-seller of three decades duration published by Cengage/Wadworth

FACULTY NEWS: Axelrod chosen for ‘Discourses on MetaDiscourses’ roundtable

Mark Axelrod, Ph.D., professor, Department of English, Wilkinson College, is one of three prestigious professors chosen for a roundtable at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at Cal State L.A. titled “Discourses on MetaDiscourses.”

Read more in happenings

COLLEGE NEWS: Dr. Harran and Holocaust Library in Chronicle of Higher Education

At Chapman U., a Holocaust Library Keeps Memory Alive

Marilyn J. Harran is the first to say that a mid-sized Orange County university affiliated with the Disciples of Christ is an unlikely home for a Holocaust library, just as a religious-studies professor whose field is the 16th century and who isn’t Jewish is an unlikely Holocaust-library director. But that makes the library and museum that Ms. Harran has created on the fourth floor of the Chapman University’s Leatherby Libraries building all the more striking, and gives the programs she has championed that much the more impact.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Macbeth Symposium, Feb. 23

In advance of the Theater Department's production of William Shakespeare's *The Tragedie of Macbeth* (Feb. 17, 2011), there will be a symposium on the play and production. Featured will be the director (Tom Bradac), the lighting director (Don Guy), members of the cast, members of the design team, and Dr. Kent Lehnhof (English). The symposium will provide background on the play and insight into the production process, including why decisions were made to approach the text in particular ways.

Q&A will follow - 7:00-8:30pm - Waltmar Theater

EVENT NEWS: Art Workshop: Making Together, Falling Apart at UCLA, Feb. 12

Fallen Fruit, Being Pedestrian, and My Barbarian
$10 fee includes lunch

The Hammer Museum invites artists, graduate students, and postgraduate cultural practitioners to take part in a workshop exploring the challenges, rewards, negotiations, and necessities of making art collaboratively. Artists David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young of Fallen Fruit; Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Chapman University's Alexandro Segade of My Barbarian; and Sara Daleiden and Sara Wookey of Being Pedestrian will discuss how their practices have evolved through their collaborations with one another in a morning panel, and will respond to participants’ own collaborative challenges and interests in small group discussions over lunch. Enrollment is limited to 50; please call 310-443-7047 to reserve a spot.

Parking is available under the museum for $3 for 3 hours.

Art Department

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

STUDENT NEWS: Students spend time at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab

Art majors from Wilkinson College spent time this January (2011) interterm at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.

Professor Lia Halloran's Art 329 class spent the month learning about new missions and science projects such as, the new MSL Mars Rover to be launched in 2011, NuSTAR, and SMAP.

They met with NASA Historians, Animators, Artist in Resident, Project Managers and visited the materials lab where all components are assembled.

They had the opportunity to visit the control deck, see the Rover being assembled and speak with project scientists about each project.

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FACULTY NEWS: Department of Art Dr. Lia Halloran

Department of Art's Professor Lia Halloran visited the Guggenheim in Bilbao Spain where her piece "Dark Skate/ Griffith Park" is on display. The piece has been acquired for the Guggenheim's permanent collection and exhibited in the show "Haunted" through March 2011. Click here for photos.

Monday, February 7, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Einstein's Universe, Feb. 25 - Mar. 3

Chapman University is pleased to announce Einstein's Universe: An interdisciplinary series of events featuring physicist Brian Foster and 2010 BRIT award-winning violinist Jack Liebeck. Events will be held February 25 - March 3, 2011 as part of the university’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Mr. Liebeck and Dr. Foster conceived Einstein's Universe as a part of the International Year of Physics in 2005, also known as "Einstein Year", as a celebration of art, science, and Einstein's lasting influence on our world.
  • Feb. 25: Master Class for Strings, Jack Liebeck, 2 p.m., Salmon Recital Hall
  • Feb. 28: Einstein's Universe, Brian Foster and Jack Liebeck, 7:30 p.m., Chapman Auditorium, Memorial Hall
  • Mar. 2: Physics Colloquium, "Superstrings" Brian Foster, 11 a.m., Argyros Forum, Room 202
  • Mar. 3: Solo Recital, Jack Liebeck, 7:30 p.m.
All events are free and open to the public.
For more information, please call 714.532.7742 or visit the website. Sponsored by: Office of the Chancellor, Wilkinson College, College of Performing Arts, Schmid College of Science, Leatherby Libraries

Friday, February 4, 2011

EVENT NEWS: The Wilkinson Report Current affairs through the lens of the liberal arts, Feb. 14

Panel Discussion:
The Arab Youth Revolt
Chapman Experts Discuss the Events in Tunisia, Egypt and the Greater Middle East

Monday, February 14th
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Beckman 404
(Feel free to bring your lunch to the session)

Panelists: James J. Coyle and Nubar Hovsepian
Moderator: Donald Will

James J. Coyle, Ph.D. is the co-author of "Politics in the Middle East:  Culture and Conflict."  Dr. Coyle is a graduate of Georgetown University (BSFS), Temple University (MPA) and George Washington University (Ph.D.).  He has extensive teaching experience including Politics of the Middle East, International Political Economics, and US National Security Strategy.  For the past seven years, he has been Director of Global Education at Chapman University.  Before he began his time at Chapman, Dr. Coyle served 24 years in the U.S. government with numerous assignments throughout the Middle East

Nubar Hovsepian, Ph.D. was born in Egypt. He teaches Political Science and is a specialist on Middle East politics. In addition to academic work, he has worked as: a political affairs officer in the United Nations,  journalist and columnist, and development specialist. In those capacities he covered and survived civil wars and wars in Lebanon. His last two books are: The War on Lebanon, and Palestinian State Formation: Education and the Construction of National Identity. His most recent trip to Egypt was in October 2010.

Donald Will, Ph.D. is the Delp-Wilkinson Professor of Peace Studies and worked for eleven years as a nongovernmental observer at the United Nations.  His work involved promoting a just peace in the Middle East and he was a presenter at the First UN Seminar on the Question of Palestine convened in Arusha, Tanzania in July 1980.

FACULTY NEWS: Grant Workshop, Feb. 9 for Wilkinson Junior Faculty

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences is hosting a workshop on grant writing for Wilkinson junior faculty members on  Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. 

Conducting the workshop will be: Mike Stringer, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Jennifer Keene, PhD (Fulbright recipient) and Kerk Kee, PhD (In grant process).

For more information, please contact Taryn Stroop at 714.979-6947.

Phase two coming March 15th, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Visual Arts Speaker Series,Feb. 16, 2011

Kristen Morgin is a sculptor known for her unique interpretations of nostalgic objects made of clay and mixed media. She received her MFA degree from the Alfred University School of Ceramics in New York State and has taught ceramics at Cal State University Long Beach. She has had recent solo shows at the Marc Selwyn gallery in Los Angeles and the Zach Feuer gallery in New York City.

Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Place: Moulton Hall 213
Art Department

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

FACULTY NEWS: Dr. Angela Tumini publishes book

Angela Tumini, Ph.D., assistant professor of Italian Studies, Language Department, Wilkinson College, recently published a book titled An Unintentional Liaison: Lars von Trier and Italian Cinema and Culture (VDM Verlag Dr. Muller 2011).

Dr. Tumini's book focuses on the way in which von Trier's cinema can simultaneously be redefined in relationship with Italian cinema and culture, while rethinking, at the same time, the spectator's relationship to the movies.