Tuesday, August 30, 2011

DEPARTMENT NEWS: History Does It Again!

The History Department is pleased to announce that Alpha Mu Gamma, Chapman University’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honors Society, has won the best chapter award in Division 2 (programs without graduate studies) for the fourth year in row. This honor recognizes the outstanding achievements of the student-led organization including an oral history project of Chapman University’s rise to prominence (now available on-line at http://journals.chapman.edu/ojs/index.php/VocesNovae/issue/view/15) which included a student-made video describing the project. The chapter also hosted the southern regional PAT conference where keynote speaker Kevin Starr, the renowned historian of California, received an honorary degree and Chapman students Kirsten Moore (’11) and Chelsea Judy (’11) won first and third prize, respectfully, in the undergraduate research paper competition.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Careers in Foreign Service, Sept. 28

On Wednesday, September 28, 2011, Wilkinson College and the Law School are excited to announce  Southern California Diplomat in Residence, Gary Bagley, as a featured guest to discuss, "Careers in Foreign Service"- Bagley is a Foreign Service Office and has had tours in Argentina, Kenya, Ukraine, Portugal and England.

The event will take place in Kennedy Hal, Room 237 A&B and is open to all Chapman students interested in learning more about employment in foreign services. 

3 p.m.- 5 p.m.: Foreign Service Office Test Information Session
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Guide to Careers in the Foreign Service

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Wilkinson College Colloquium, Aug. 24

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences Annual Faculty and Staff Colloquium is today, August 24, 2011 at 10:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Sandhu Conference Center - D1.

Mid-morning refreshments will be served.

Hope to see you all there!

Wilkinson College Dean's Office

Friday, August 19, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Art Department Welcome Reception, Aug. 24

The Art Department invites all incoming freshman and transfers (and their families) to the 2011 Art Department welcome reception.

The reception will take place in the Guggenheim Gallery on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 from 3 - 4 p.m.

This is a great time for those interested in the Art Department to meet and mingle with the department faculty.

For more information, contact the department at 714.997.6729.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

EVENT NEWS: IluminaciĆ³n: Celebrating University Education, Sept. 23

You are invited to the Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences Iluminacion event, celebrating the grand opening of the Iluminacion Writing Center in Santa Ana on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. This exclusive event will feature live music by the Frank Cano Latin Jazz Band and keynote speaker Michele Serros.

Ms. Serros was named by Newsweek as "One of the Young Women to Watch for in The New Century," and is the author of Chicana Falsa and other stories of Death, Identity and Oxnard, How to be a Chicana Role Model, Honey Blonde Chica, and her newest young adult novel, Scandalosa!

RSVP your seat today, deadline is Sept. 9, 2011.

For more information about the Iluminacion Celebration event and the Iluminacion Project, click here!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Healing South Sudan, lecture by Thomas Burke, Sept. 14

Imagine this scenario: as a new medical student you attend a school with no classrooms, no teaching materials, a library of six books and one part-time instructor.

Three years ago, this was the situation for 200 students at the University of Juba’s College of Medicine, the only medical school in Southern Sudan. The students themselves were malnourished and had one source of drinking water – direct from the Nile River. They lacked essential bed netting and were under-immunized. Yet, these 200 people represented the nation’s only hope of training a cadre of resident doctors.

Join Thomas Burke, M.D., chief of the Division of Global Health and Human Rights at the Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School on Wednesday, Sept. 14 as he tells the story of these students. He will also describe his involvement in Africa with an ambitious community-based maternal, newborn and child survival initiative that aims to relieve the worst maternal and infant health conditions in existence today. 

Dr. Burke’s extraordinary experiences include managing emergency programs for the FBI Hostage Rescue Team, the U.S. Army, and in hospital settings all over the world. In the public health arena, he is a senior emergency physician, a teacher, a researcher and a global leader in the nonprofit sector directing overseas health interventions.

Dr. Burke's lecture, "Healing South Sudan" will be given in the Sandu Conference Center, Second Floor, Room D.

This event (free and open to the public) is sponsored by the Chancellor's Office, Peace Studies Program, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Master of Science in Health and Strategic Communication in the Crean School of Health and Life Sciences, Schmid College of Science and Technology, and Master of Science in Health. 

For more information, please contact Shannon Halverson at shalvers@chapman.edu or 714.997.6565.

EVENT NEWS: The Holocaust: In the Crucible of Memory with Marilyn Harran, Sept. 19

The Chancellor's Premier Lecture Series,  4th Annual Lectio Magistralis, presents, "The Holocaust: In the Crucible of Memory" with Dr. Marilyn J. Harran, Stern Chair in Holocaust Education and Professor of Religious Studies and History in Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Monday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

The Holocaust is often characterized as "unspeakable" and "indescribable." Yet, silence threatens an even greater danger--forgetfulness, memory lost. And so, scholars, writers, and artists dare to speak about the Holocaust and seek to make memory present through prose and poetry, memorials and museums. In this talk, Dr. Marilyn Harran discusses the tension between experience and memory and considers why the Holocaust should matter to us today, exploring the possibilities for creating a dialogue of meaning within the crucible of memory.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Shannon Halverson at shalvers@chapman.edu or 714.997.6565.

Event Site

FACULTY NEWS: Movers and Shakers

Stephen Berens, assistant professor, Department of Art, Wilkinson College, was one of 150 art professionals from around the United States 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. Professor Berens was invited because of his experiences as one of the co-founders and editors of the art journal X-TRA.

Micol Hebron, assistant professor, Department of Art, Wilkinson College, has curated an exhibition of 26 contemporary artists from Utah. The exhibition, titled “West of Center”, opened at Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, on July 16th and continues through Aug. 6.Professor Hebron has been on professional leave for the past year while she has served as Senior Curator of Exhibitions at the Salt Lake Art Center in Salt Lake City. The “West of Center” exhibition represents a summary of the artists she has encountered in Salt Lake City during the last year. An unprecedented survey of Contemporary Utah art, 12 of the artists will be present at the opening, and 2 of them will present performance art pieces.
In association with West of Center, Professor Hebron also led a panel discussion at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions July 17th.

Anna Leahy Ph.D., associate professor of English and her husband (pictured left), Leatherby Libraries associate librarian Douglas Dechow, Ph.D., authored an article about the Roger and Roberta Boisjoly Collection in the “Soundsing” section of the current Air & Space Magazine, a Smithsonian publication. The couple writes Lofty Ambitions, a blog about aerospace, aviation history and related issues. The article was timed to coincide with a finding aid describing the collection that is now available on the California Digital Library’s Online Archives.

FACULTY NEWS: History Channel’s ‘Ancient Aliens’ program to feature Prof. Meyer, today Aug. 11

Today, Thursday, Aug. 11, an episode of The History Channel program Ancient Aliens – Sacred Places will include an interview with 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. The program is scheduled to air at 10 p.m.

Dr. Meyer’s expertise was tapped by the program’s producers to lend insights into the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and the Qaaba in Mecca. The professor is an antiquities and Gnostic gospels expert who has appeared on ABC, BBC, CNN, PBS, A&E, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and the National Geographic Channel

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

STUDENT NEWS: Two Chapman students awarded top Rotary Scholarships

Two Chapman University/Wilkinson College students have been awarded prestigious Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships. Chelsea Judy ’11 a history major with a double minor in political science and honors from Irvine, and Sarah Fiske-Phillips ’12, a double major in peace studies and political science from Redlands, have each been selected to receive $27,000 awards to support graduate work.