Friday, April 29, 2011

EVENT NEWS: SIGMA IOTA RHO Information Session, May 4

Sigma Iota Rho (National Honor Society for International Studies) Information session is on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 10 a.m in Smith Hall 101A.

Come learn more about what memberships in Sigma Iota Rho has to offer and meet current chapter members.

Light refreshments will be served.

Click here for more information on the MAIS Program

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

STUDENT NEWS: Students do well at the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention

At the 2011 Sigma Tau Delta Gala where awards were announced. 
(Top L to R): Pace Gardner, Michael Schulze,
Christian Bourgeois, Dr. Brian Glaser. (Bottom): Sara Hunt,
Nicki Quinn, Lauren Benke, Sarah Faulkner.
Congratulations are in order for graduate student Pace Gardner, who won 2nd Place in Original Fiction for his piece "First Step", winning $250 at the 2011 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention which took place in Pittsburgh, March 23-26.

"There were only around 20 awards in different categories given and over 1,000 students present, so Pace winning one was a huge accomplishment," said Sarah Faulkner, a junior English Literature major with a minor in Art History and currently the President of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society here at Chapman.

Faulkner was also a big winner, learning she was granted with the Regent Scholarship for the Far Western Region. She was awarded with $1,000 which she will use to pursue a Master's degree after graduating Chapman and eventually earning her Ph.D.

"The award is extremely appreciated," said Faulkner.

In addition to that, Faulkner was elected by her peers to be the Student Representative of the Far Western Region to the International Board of Directors.

"I was elected through a speech and a ballot vote," said Faulkner.

She will serve on the Student Leadership Committee as well as two others, will assist in planning the 2012 International Convention in New Orleans, and will monitor the operations of all chapters within the nine states of the western region.

"At the Chapman level, I hope to host a Regional Conference in the Fall," said Faulkner. "I am very excited about the opportunity to increase communication and the sharing of ideas between Sigma Tau Delta chapters throughout our region, and would be thrilled to host a Regional Conference for this purpose.

Congratulations are in order for both of these students and their accomplishments!  

STUDENT NEWS: Two Wilkinson students awarded prestigious french government teaching scholarship

French and history major Gary Girod ('11 ) and Public Relations and French major Emily Esposito ('11) have each won the prestigious french government teaching scholarship.

"This is a fantastic honor which affords native English speaking American college students to spend a year in France, teaching English in a French school," said Dr. John Boitano, associate professor of French

"It is a much sought after and highly competitive award."

To read more about the Teaching Assistant Program in France, click here.  

STUDENT NEWS: History major takes home 1st place in student book collection

History major Kirsten Moore ('11) took first place in the first annual student book collection contest for her 46 volume collection, “Combining Science and Humanities.”

Kirsten received a certificate and $250.

This makes her eligible to compete in the National Collegiate Book Collection Contest co-sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers of America (ABAA) and the Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress.

The library will put her collection on display in the library lobby and her essay and annotated bibliography will be posted on the special collections website as an example for future entries.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Tough Girls Love: Gender and Genre in Fan Fiction, May 3

On Tuesday, May 3, 2011, you are invited to hear a lecture titled, Tough Girls Love: Gender and Genre in Fan Fiction, given by Malin Isaksson, in Beckman Hall, 404 at 5 p.m.

Malin Isaksson is a Research Fellow of French at the Department of Language Studies, Umeå University, Sweden. Her research interests span contemporary French literature, fan fiction, reception studies, gender and queer theory. In an on-going project called Tough Girls’ Love, she analyzes femslash about strong female characters from TV series and has published articles on fan fiction about the vampire slayers Buffy and Faith (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Together with Maria Lindgren Leavenworth (Umeå University), she is also working on a book about vampire fan fiction (FAN(G)S: Queer Sexualities in Vampire Fan Fiction), in a project funded by the Swedish Research Council.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Angela Tumini at 714.997.6842 or

STUDENT NEWS: Students discuss their involvement with the Shiwilu Project

Check out this video of Chapman undergraduate students discussing their involvement with the Shiwilu Project, specifically in the elaboration of a trilingual (Shiwilu-Spanish-English) dictionary.

As part of the SPAN 396 course (Fall 2010), taught by  Dr. Pilar Valenzuela, Associate Professor of Department of Languages, 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.

The video was created by Paulina Bryant (Spanish and Film major).

STUDENT NEWS: Wilkinson Student wins Fulbright Scholarship to further jazz-era research

Ada “Bricktop” Smith made a cameo appearance in a Woody Allen movie, helped American jazz leap across the Atlantic to find a second home in 1920s Paris and was a legendary doyenne of French café society.

But little has been written about Smith, an African American woman who defied the social, cultural and economic conventions of her day. Until now. Chapman University student Tracey Swan MFA/MA ’11 has received a Fulbright Scholarship to further her research of Smith in the coming academic year at the University of Paris and the Quai Branly Museum, under the supervision of Professor Ludovic Tournès, author of New Orleans on the Seine: The History of Jazz in France.

Read more in happeings ...

STUDENT NEWS: Wilkinson student wins prestigious Truman Scholarship

Hawaiian-born Chelsea Takahashi ’12 says growing up healthy and happy in one of the most beautiful places in the world made her think about others who don’t have such good fortune. So she chose a double major in environmental science policy and political science and started thinking about a career in agricultural development.

Read more in Happenings ...

NEWS EVENTS: BFA Studio Show, April 25-29

You are invited to the BFA Studio Show,  Stendhal Syndrome: A Psychosomatic Experience in the Guggenheim Galllery, April 25-29.

Artists include: Courntey Geiser, Genelle Geli, Jenna Nakasu, Andy Macasil, Kristen Rini and Meaghan Tucker.

Gallery Hours are Monday - Friday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Monday, April 25, 2011

FACULTY NEWS: Dr. Marilyn Harran to speak at "Our Survivors: Their Lives and Legacies" on May 1

Sixty years ago this month, Israel’s Knesset established Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, to be the 27th of Nissan. And while commemorations around the world honor the survivors of one of the largest genocides in world history every year, this year, as the number of survivors dwindles, it is more important than ever to honor them before it is too late.
The official commemoration in San Diego, “Our Survivors: Their Lives and Legacies,” will this year be at 1:30 p.m. May 1 at the Lawrence Family JCC. The afternoon program, which has been held for more than three decades, always draws a crowd, last year filling the parking lot of the JCC with more than 700 community members; this year, attendance is expected to be greater than in years past.

Keynote speaker Marilyn Harran will be there to speak about the importance of a commemoration event and continuing education for future generations.

Read more ...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Italian students meet famous Italian writer Erri DeLuca

Italian students pose with famous Italian writer, Erri DeLuca
Italian students were very excited to have the opportunity to attend a special Q&A session with Italy's most famous contemporary writer, Erri DeLuca on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

While visiting with students, Mr. DeLuca read a passage from one of his best known novels, God's Mountain.

The session was organized by Professors Angela Tumini and William D'Alonzo.

Monday, April 18, 2011

NEWS EVENTS: John Fowles Series, Giuseppe Conte, April 25

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. On Monday, April 25, Giuseppe Conte!
Giuseppe Conte studied at the University of Milan earning a degree in literature in 1968. His poetry books include L'Ultimo aprile bianco (The Last White April) and L'Oceano e il Ragazzo, Le stagioni, (The Seasons) won the Montale Prize.

Click here for more information on the series ...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Giuseppe Conte at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Apr. 26

The Istituto Italiano Di Cultura in Los Angeles presents Giuseppe Conte, in a conversation with Chapman Professor Robert Buranello, on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

Giuseppe Conte contributes to several Italian newspapers and magazines and lectures at universities around the world.

One of the best regarded Italian poets since the Seventies, Conte’s collections of poetry include L’Oceano e il Ragazzo (1983) and The Seasons, winner of the 1988 Montale Prize. Among his novels are The Third Officer in Command and The Adulteress.

At this event he will present I personaggi dei romanzi futuri/ Angelina’s Lips (Guernica 2011), which was translated by Dr. Buranello, and copies will be available for signing.

Location: 1023 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles
RSVP: April 22, 2011 to

For more information, go to the Language Department site.  

EVENT NEWS: An afternoon of Italian Poetry, May 1

The Orange County Italian Cultural Association ( invites you to the VICOLO DEI POETI, an afternoon of Italian Poetry on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 4 p.m. in the Francoli Gourmet Restaurant in the city of Orange.

Eight students from Chapman Associate Professor Dr. Robert Buranello's ITAL343 course have submitted their poetry and will find out on May 1 if their poem is a winner.

It's $50 per person (there is a 50 percent discount for students with ID), which includes dinner, wine and a special performance by Gino Gaudio.

An RSVP is required by Monday, April 25, 2011 to

For more information, go to the Language Department site.  

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

COLLEGE NEWS: Wilkinson College Facebook

So many exciting things are happening within Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Be sure to check out the Wilkinson College Facebook to find out more and "like" us!

We just added some photos from the 2011 PAT Regional Conference!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

STUDENT NEWS: Congratulations to history majors Kirsten Moore (’11) and Chelsea Judy (’11), who took home awards at PAT National History Honors Society SOCAL Regional Conf.

Congratulations to  Chapman University history majors Kirsten Moore (’11) and Chelsea Judy (’11), who  took home the first and third place undergraduate paper awards, respectively, at the 2011 Phi Alpha Theta National History Honors Society Southern California Regional Conference.  The Chapman University-hosted conference on April 9th drew over 100 students and faculty from throughout southern California who delivered papers and attended sessions throughout the day. Conference participants as well as prominent members of the Chapman community attended the concluding banquet where President James Doti honored renowned California historian Kevin Starr with an honorary degree. Starr then delivered a keynote speech on the meaning of Chapman University’s 150th anniversary for higher education in California and Orange County. 

Graydon “Jack” Tunstall, the Executive Director of Phi Alpha Theta, presented the three undergraduate  research paper student awards. Kirsten Moore received her first place prize for her paper, “Medical Manipulations: Public Health as a Political Tool in the 1918019 Influenza Epidemic in San Francisco.” She will begin a PhD program in the history of medicine at Johns Hopkins University in the fall. Chelsea Judy, received the third place prize for her paper, “Unbroken Towards the Sea: The National Trust and the Rise of Coastal Preservation in Late 19th- and 20th- Century Britain.” This is the fifth consecutive year that Chapman University students have won the majority of prizes at the regional Phi Alpha Theta conference. Both papers will be published in the spring issue of Voces Novae, the on-line Chapman University History Review.

EVENT NEWS: Global Mobilization and Sustainable Solutions, May 2

The M.A. in International Studies at Chapman University presents, Global Mobilization and Sustainable Solutions, Monday, May 2, 2011 in Sandhu Conference Center D, at 6:30 p.m.

A panel discussion will address contemporary social movements in Latin America, mobilization for democracy in the Middle East, struggles for ethnic equality in Africa and the creation of politically feasible solutions for the present and future. Preceded by an hors d'oeuvres reception and visual presentation of MAIS student work around the globe.

For more about the M.A.I.S. program, click here.

STUDENT NEWS: Chapman speech and debate team competed at the Pi Kappa Delta national forensics tournament

This past week, March 22-27, 2011, the Chapman speech and debate team competed at the Pi Kappa Delta national forensics tournament, held in Portland, OR. This marked the first time that the university was represented at this national tournament, and Chapman University was officially inducted as a Chapter of Pi Kappa Delta – an honorary national fraternity for intercollegiate forensics competitions that has been in existence for 100 years this year.

William Dailey, a senior business major  with a minor in communication studies, received good recognition in both impromptu and editorial impromptu speaking. His debate partner, Raul Paz, a senior business major with a Spanish minor, also represented Chapman well. Coach Steve Robertson commented that “the team did well for their first appearance at this national tournament. We learned a lot, enjoyed the experience, and will use this to take us into the last of our season. And next year will be even better!”

The team will exhibit their panther pride by finishing the season at the PSCFA Cool-Off tournament, April 30-May1, hosted by Cerritos College.

Monday, April 11, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Screening of "Dalai Lama Renaissance" May 2, 2011

A screening of "Dalai Lama Renaissance" and live concert with the film's musicians, including sitar virtuoso Roop Verma, as well as Michel Tyabji and Tashi Sharzur, will take place on Monday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center.

"Dalai Lama Renaissance" follows the journey of some of the world’s most distinctive thinkers – from nuclear physicists to self-help experts, with narration by actor Harrison Ford – to see the Dalai Lama at his Indian home-in-exile and discuss a way to freedom for Tibet and humanity. The soundtrack flows from the voluntary contribution of a diverse yet serendipitously harmonious group of musical fellow travelers brought together by percussionist and producer Michel Tyabji."
 For more information, please call 714.289.2042.

This event is sponsored by Wilkinson College, Schmid College of Science, Dean of Students, Office of the Chancellor, Office of Church Relations.

EVENT NEWS: Energy and You: Using various forms of energy for our wellbeing with Roop Verma, April 29, 2011

Roop Verma, internationally respected sitarist, composer and accomplished teacher of Indian classical and sacred music, will ponder various forms of ‘energy’ and explore a deeper understanding of energy as a process of ‘self inquiry.’ Some forms of energy are familiar to us: solar, wind, water, fossil fuel and gas. Roop will discuss additional forms of energy that nourish and soothe us on the deeper levels and direct us from the mundane to more sublime parts of our being, such as loving someone unconditionally or experiencing art, music or poetry. Finally he will discuss the energy often spoken of by the religions of
the world, such as compassion found through silence or meditation that can be experienced and directed into our ‘mind-body’ processes.

Friday, April 29, 2011
9:30 a.m.

Argyros Forum, Room 209C

For more information, please call 714.289.2042.

This event is sponsored by Wilkinson College, Schmid College of Science, Dean of Students, Office of the Chancellor, Office of Church Relations.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

EVENT NEWS: An Evening of Holocaust Remembrance, Apr. 28

"An Evening of Holocaust Remembrance" Metaphors of Memory: A Witness Through the Arts Sponsored by The Lodzer Organization of California A Program of Dance, Music, and Documentary Film Presented by Chapman University Holocaust History Minors, Class of 2011 on Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in Chapman Auditorium, Memorial Hall.

Lighting of Candles of Remembrance Musical Tribute Cantor Chayim Frenkel Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation of Pacific Palisades Accompanied by David Kamenir Words of Reflection Rabbi Heidi Cohen Temple Beth Sholom, Santa Ana Reverend Nancy Brink Director, Office of Church Relations, Chapman University

Admission free.

For information, please contact the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences (714) 628-7377 or

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

EVENT NEWS: The Rub-A-Dub-Dub of Agitation Poetry Slam, Apr. 6

As part of Poetry and University Pride Week for 2011, at the The Rub-A-Dub-Dub of Agitation Poetry Slam all students are welcome to come up to the mic to perform and share their poetry. Plus feminist slam poet Susy Sobel will be performing.

This event is hosted by Women's Studies, Chapman Feminist and QSA. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

EVENT NEWS: A public teaching with Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Master Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche - The Four Noble Truths of the Enlightened: Tibetan Wisdom, Modern Stress and the Shapes of Suffering, Apr. 7

It's common misunderstanding in today's world that the demands of work and the busyness of everyday life get in the way of pursuing peace of mind, serenity and a spiritual practice. On the contrary, work and everyday activities are an important way to practice mindfulness and to immediately put positive intention and diligence into practice for the benefit of oneself and others.

Thursday, April 7, 7 p.m.
Argyros Forum 209

Donations are suggested. For more information, please contact Dr. Bernard McGrande at 714-997-6564 or

Monday, April 4, 2011

EVENT NEWS: John Fowles Literary Forum with Paolo Giordano, April 11

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. On Monday, April 11, Paolo Giordano!

Paolo Giordano was born in Turin, Italy in 1982. He is a professional physicist and is currently working on a doctorate in particle physics, but just a couple of years ago he won Italy’s premier literary award, the Premio Strega (as well as the Premio Campiello Opera Prima award), for his first novel, The Solitude of Prime Numbers. That book was the most sold book in 2008 in Italy selling over a million copies and is currently being translated into thirty languages and has sold all over the world receiving many more awards.

Time: Monday, April 11, 7:00 PM
Location: Doy and Dee Henley Reading Room, Leatherby Libraries
Contact: Tracey Swan
Phone: (714) 532-6026

Coming up ...
April 25: Giuseppe Conte
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.

NEWS EVENTS: Focusing on What Works! Positive Deviance and Healthy Communities, Apr. 8

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Communications presents, Dr. Arvind Singhal - Focusing on What Works! Positive Deviance and Healthy Communities, Friday, April 8, 2011 at 1 p.m. in Beckman Hall 104.
Dr. Arvind Singhal is the Samuel Shirley and Edna Holt Marston Endowed Professor of Communication and Director of the Social Justice Initiative in the University of Texas El Paso’s Department of Communication. He is also appointed as the William J. Clinton Distinguished Fellow at the Clinton School of Public Service, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Singhal teaches and conducts research in the diffusion of innovations, organizing for social change, and the entertainment-education strategy. His research and outreach spans sectors such as health, education, peace, human rights, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, civic participation, democracy and governance, and corporate citizenship.

Singhal is co-author or editor of 11 books which include, but are not limited to, Inviting Everyone: Healing Healthcare through Positive Deviance (2010); Protecting Children from Exploitation and Trafficking: Using the Positive Deviance Approach (2009); Popular with a Purpose (2008). 
Singhal has won Top Paper Awards from the International Communication Association and National Communication Association a dozen times, and Ohio University’s Baker Research Award twice. The Social Science Research Council and the International Communication Association recognized Singhal as the winner of the Communication Research as Collaborative Practice Award in 2009 and the winner of the Communication Researcher as an Agent of Change Award in 2008.

Wilkinson College and the Department of Communications is excited to welcome Dr. Singhal to Chapman University. We hope that you will join us during his visit. For more information, please contact Chris Di Tommaso at 714.744.7088.

EVENTS NEWS: PHI Alpha Theta 2011 SOCAL Regional Conference, April 9

The Chapman University History Department and Alpha-Mu-Gamma chapter of Phi Alpha Theta are proud to host the 2011 Phi Alpha Theta Southern California Regional Conference on April 9, 2011.

Undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation be presenting their papers to a panel of judges.

We are excited to announce that renowned American historian, Kevin Starr (pictured left), will be speaking at the banquet. Among his many awards, Professor Starr was the 2009 winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History for Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance 1950-1963.

Conference Details:
 Location: Beckman Hall, 2nd floor, Chapman University
Time:  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Parking and Directions, click here

More Department of History News ...

Friday, April 1, 2011

FACULTY NEWS: Department of Art Dr. Liliana Leopardi

On Monday, April 11, 2011, Dr. Liliana Leopardi will be visiting Timken Museum of Art as an invited Lecturer. Her Lecture, entitled "Portraits and Gender: The Case of Bartolomeo Veneto and Boltraffio in the Collections of the Timken Museum of Art" will be open to museum members only and will being at 9 a.m..
For more information about this lecture, please go to the Museum's Website.

John Fowles Center Presents, Erri De Luca, Apr.4

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. On Monday, April 4, Erri De Luca!

Erri De Luca, defined as “the writer of the decade” by Corriere della Sera literature critic Giorgio De Rienzo, once worked as a truck driver, a mason and a blue collar at the Fiat factory. Now De Luca is better known for his bestselling novels, his first being published in 1989, Non ora, non qui (Not now, not here). Many more books followed after that and were translated and published in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Holland, USA, Brazil, Poland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Greece and Lithuania. De Luca is self-taught in several languages including Ancient Hebrew and Yiddish and currently lives in a remote cottage in the countryside of Rome.

Time: Monday, April 4, 7:00 PM
Location: Doy and Dee Henley Reading Room, Leatherby Libraries
Contact: Tracey Swan
Phone: (714) 532-6026

Coming up ...
April 11: Paoloa Giordano
April 25: Giuseppe Conte
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.

EVENT NEWS: Visual Arts Speaker Series,Nicola Camerlenghi, April 6

Nick Camerlenghi joined the University of Oregon in 2010. He specializes in the study of early Christian and medieval art and architecture with particular focus on the city of Rome. His larger interests extend to the interplay between nature and architecture and the history of gastronomy. Prior to receiving his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2007, he earned a Master of Architectural Studies from MIT and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale. His dissertation on the architectural renovations to the Basilica of San Paolo fuori le Mura in Rome is now being revised for book-length publication. In addition to this important study of one of Rome’s most significant buildings, Prof. Camerlenghi has turned his attention to broader questions that address scholarly approaches to buildings with long and complex histories, and to the development of domes across the medieval Mediterranean.

Moulton Hall 213
Wednesday, April 6, 2011