Tuesday, June 28, 2011

FACULTY NEWS: English Professor Kent Lehnhof

During the spring semester, Professor Kent Lehnhof participated in a campus symposium on Macbeth, "Insight to a Shakespeare Tragedy"

Watch professor's Lehnhof's mini-lecture

Monday, June 27, 2011

FACULTY NEWS: Dr. Marvin Meyer to Appear on ABC’s Primetime Nightline on July 6

Marvin Meyer, Ph.D., Griset Chair in Bible and Christian Studies, is a veteran hand at national television appearances, including documentaries produced by the History, Discovery and National Geographic channels as well as the major broadcast networks.  Now he has been tapped once again to be an expert voice (and face) on a primetime national TV broadcast.  This time he’s appearing on ABC News’ Primetime Nightline, a new series being produced by the network’s news department.  In the episode airing on Wednesday, July 6 at 10 p.m., Dr. Meyer helps the Nightline team and host Bill Weir examine the tradition of apparitions of the Virgin Mary around the world, in a show prompted by the Catholic Church’s recent decree than an 1859 Marian apparition in a small Wisconsin town is authentic.   The show will travel to the Marian shrine in Champion, Wisconsin as well as Medjugorje, Bosnia and other apparition sites.   Dr. Meyer says he appears as “the voice of reason” in the show.  He was filmed in the Leatherby Libraries and walking around the Chapman campus, so hopefully some of that footage will make it into the show!

Here’s ABC’s press release on the episode:

(ABC NEWS) -- She’s one of the most famous women of all time – the original pop star.  A woman who has inspired more music & art than hundreds of women combined.  She was a Jewish teenage mother who is now adored by Christians and revered by Muslims around the globe.  She made the term “Let It Be” famous long before The Beatles.  She’s seen on European hill tops, African deserts, American highways, she has even appeared on the face of a grilled cheese sandwich and many believe she brings miracles with her.  She is the Virgin Mary, and she is bigger than ever.

Nightline Co-Anchor Bill Weir takes us on a journey around the globe in search of the Blessed Mother and the mysteries that surround her.  We trace Mary’s steps in the busy streets and markets of Nazareth, where the young mother raised the new Messiah.  We ride the waves off the coast of Southern California with a surfing priest who traded the high of cocaine  for the high of Catholicism because of the Holy Mother.  We visit a remote chapel in Champion, Wisconsin – the only Vatican-approved sighting of Mary in the United States.   It is here that followers believe she has been causing miracles for over a century, and that they continue even today. 

We meet with two women in Michigan who live today as the Blessed Mother lived.  We travel to the small town of Medjugorje, in Bosnia, that has drawn 35 million people from around the world because 6 visionaries there are still seeing Mary.   Weir gets the rare opportunity to sit down with the visionary known as “the healer” and our cameras are there when she lays her famous hands on American pilgrim with stage four cancer who is hoping for a miracle.

Join us on this fascinating and mysterious journey by tuning in to Primetime Nightline’s “Miraculous Mysteries” on Wednesday, July 6, at 10 p.m.

FACULTY NEWS: Art Department

Stephen Berens is one of 150 art professionals from around the United States being brought to San Francisco to attend the Andy Warhol Foundation’s Warhol Initiative Convening June 21-26.  "The Warhol Convening is meant to foster deep discussion and critical thinking around emerging trends, current challenges, and the future of artist-centered culture." Prof Berens was invited because of his experiences as one of the co-founders and editors of the art journal X-TRA.

Friday, June 17, 2011

EVENT NEWS: CalArts Graduate Show, curated by artist Even Fowler and Alex Segade

CalArts Graduate Show - curated by artists Eve Fowler and Alexandro SegadeJune 25- July 10, 2011
Reception June 25, 2011, 6 p.m.
Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, 631 West 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday - Sunday, 12-8 p.m. (and by appointment)

As an artist-curated and student-organized show, the 2011 California Institute of the Arts MFA Grad Exhibition will present a diverse group of artists who are advancing the boundaries of critical art practice. This year’s exhibition will be curated by artists Eve Fowler and Alexandro Segade.

For this year’s exhibition, the Farley Building will be transformed into an experimental exhibition space. The 15,500 square foot warehouse is in the neighborhood of Eagle Rock and the exhibition will run from June 25th through July 10th. This space reflects the structure and ethos at the heart of the CalArts program—a laboratory for expanding critical art discourse.

There will be a screening of video works at REDCAT: the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater on DATE in conjunction with the exhibition at the Farley Building.

The exhibition includes the work of: Tony Banuelos, Donna R Brown, Tyler Calkin, Amy Howden-Chapman, Fiona Connor, Valerie Green, Abel Baker Gutierrez, Mette Hersoug, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Ian Hokin, Jake Jones, Keaton Macon, Simone Montemurno, Melodie Mousset, Claire Nereim, Joe Post, Andy Robert, Monica Rodriguez, Ariane Roesch, Josh Segura, Zachary Sharrin, Cammie Staros, Ramak Fazel, Rohini Kapil, Jinyoung Koh, Vivian Lin, Thomas Macker, Michala Paludan, Nicole Nayeon Kim, Arjuna Neuman, Kean O’Brien, Lee Ann Paynter, Clifford Landon Pun, Marisa Sciabarrasi, Molly Stinchfield, and Lam Nathan Vương.

Eve Fowler’s work has been on view at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Participant Inc. (New York), and SFMOMA, among other places. She is also co-founder of Artist Curated Projects which supports and nurtures the projects and ideas of a wide community of artists. Alexandro Segade is a video and performance artist whose solo projects have been presented at LAXART, REDCAT, and Vox Populi (Philadelphia). Segade is a founding member of the performance collective, My Barbarian, who have had solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Participant Inc. (New York) and the Museo Experimental El Eco (Mexico City).

The opening reception will be held on June 25th, 2011 at 6pm. A schedule of events and performances, as well as information about all participating artists, is forthcoming.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

STUDENT NEWS: Paul Frizler Scholarship awarded for 2011-2012

Double English (literature concentration) and Theatre (Screen Acting concentration) major
Matthew Gallenstein ('12) will receive the Paul Frizler Scholarship for 2011- 2012.

As the Frizler Scholar, Matthew will receive a $2,200 scholarship for the academic year.

The Paul Frizler Memorial Scholarship honors the legacy of one of Chapman University's most inspirational faculty members, whose electric intellect and encouraging engagement with students define the best of our mission of personalized education.  The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support for students majoring in Art, Dance, Communication Studies, English, and Theatre whose records demonstrate creative and scholarly excellence.  The award is the result of competitive application. 

Matthew is the fourth recipient of this endowed scholarship.

On behalf of everyone in Wilkinson College, congratulations Matthew!

FACULTY NEWS: James Blaylock featured in the British Library

The British Library in London currently has an exhibit featuring two early steampunk novels: Homunculus (winner of the Philip K. Dick award for best paperback science fiction novel in 1985) and  Lord Kelvin's Machine, published in 1992 by Professor of English James Blaylock.

Also on display is a copy of Dr. Blaylock’s steampunk short story, "The Ape-box Affair," published in 1977 by Unearth magazine.

“The Ape-box Affair” was in fact the first steampunk story to be published in the U.S. (for which he won the first ever Airship Award).

Where did steampunk orginate from?
Although many works now considered seminal to the genre were published in the 1960s and 1970s, the term steampunk originated in the late 1980s as a tongue in cheek variant of cyberpunk. It seems to have been coined by science fiction author K.W. Jeter, who was trying to find a general term for works by Tim Powers (The Anubis Gates, 1983); James Blacklock (Homunculus, 1986); and himself (Morlock Night), 1979, and Infernal Devices, 1987)—all of which took place in a 19th-century (usually Victorian) setting and imitated conventions of such actual Victorian speculative fiction as H. G. Wells' The Time Machine.

Monday, June 6, 2011

DEPARTMENT NEWS: New Commpost has been published!

The graphic design program in the Art Department creates and publishes its own newspaper focusing solely on the world of of graphic design and the department called the Commpost. Volume VI 2 has recently been completed and ready for your viewing pleasure.

Take a look at what wonderful things the design program and department have been up to!

Click here for most recent Commpost.

Click here to read past Commposts.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

COLLEGE NEWS: The 150th Anniversary Oral History Issue of Voces Novae

Preserving Our Stories: The 150th Anniversary Oral History Issue of Voces Novae: Chapman University Historical Review is now on-line

This year marks the 150th Anniversary of Chapman University, and the students of the Alpha Mu Gamma (Chapman’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, The National History Honor Society in Wilkinson College) decided to commemorate this milestone in a special issue of Voces Novae: Chapman University Historical Review with a compilation of oral histories. Students videotaped interviews with some of the notable people from Chapman's past and present, tracing the University's rise from a small religious college in northern California to a nationally recognized institution of higher learning located in Orange, California

"A Rise to Prominence," a video put together by the students and the people at Panther Studios, shows the process that students used to construct this project. It not only highlights their experiences with new technology and historical methods, but also demonstrates the benefits of using technology for historical research. The Alpha Mu Gamma chapter previewed it at the 2011 Phi Alpha Theta Southern California Regional Conference, introducing this project to both the Chapman University community and the larger Phi Alpha Theta community. The issue also includes an interactive web-based timeline of Chapman history.

The student historians sought to preserve the memories of those who made the Chapman community what it is today. While these people may come and go from our lives, they live on through the people who continue to benefit from their hard work. Hopefully, in capturing their stories on video, their faces and voices with stay with us and with future generations.