Friday, September 30, 2011

STUDENT NEWS: An Extraordinary Summer Internship Experience

Senior Political Science major, Sociology minor, and Club Secretary of Student Veterans at Chapman, Philip Quigley, was one of 40 students chosen from universities around the nation to participate for ten weeks with the Competitive Government Program hosted by The Washington Center.

Quigley interned for the Department of Defense (DoD) at the Pentagon and worked in "Special Projects" for Military Community and Family Policy (MC & FP) within Personnel and Readiness (P & R), under the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD). He worked directly in support of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, the Honorable Robert L. Gordon III, and the Principal Director, Mr. Charles Milam.

In his own words, hear what exciting experiences he encountered in an internship he will never forget!

Within MC&FP, I conducted feasibility studies, assisted with policy analyses, prepared correspondence for Congressional representatives, participated in strategic planning meetings, and aided leaders within OSD in determining courses of action based on the needs of the military community and the Department of Defense.

Senior Philip Quigley (second from left) at his summer internship.

I didn’t have your ordinary internship experience. When most students think of internships, they think of long hours in a cubicle behind a computer, sorting through boxes in a file room, grabbing coffee for the boss, or other seemingly fruitless work. My internship was far from fruitless. Right from the start, I was put to work on high-visibility projects, engaging DoD personnel from entry level GS-7’s to Senior Executive Service personnel. I worked an average of 50 hours a week at the Pentagon.

I authored an internally-distributed informational booklet regarding a Department of Defense education system project for MC&FP leaders to utilize and reference during strategic planning meetings, Congressional hearings, and public presentations. I prepared Congressional reports and correspondence for a joint DoD/White House program called the "Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP)" which connects corporations with a pool of military spouses to offer long-term career opportunities and professional networking capabilities to military spouses. I conducted all source analysis to provide decision memoranda and supporting information packages for an executive decision brief regarding the future operations of a multi-million dollar commissary facility, for an initiative to repair or rebuild public schools on military installations, and, for a multi-agency panel discussion to coordinate Federal efforts to respond to the needs of military Veterans and their families with respect to preventing and ending homelessness. I managed research for a Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy (WWCTP) initiative called the "Education & Employment Initiative (E2I)" that will provide Wounded Warriors assistance in applying for and completing academic education as well as career training by facilitating and fostering community relationships to provide employment and volunteer opportunities.

I can honestly say that the programs, projects, and initiatives that I worked on this summer weren’t the usual types of work that most interns get the opportunity to work on. This is the type of opportunity you can only get working in Washington, DC. The programs that I worked on at DoD will all have a long term positive effect on the well-being of our Service Members, their families, and our Veterans. My summer internship at the Pentagon gave me the opportunity to work on important projects dealing with issues which are important to me personally, and which touched on my experiences in the military, my professional work experience, and the education that I am receiving at Chapman. I had the opportunity to make use of my analytical and critical thinking skills, my professional writing techniques, my public speaking talents, my computer research abilities, my leadership qualities, and my drive to better myself and help others. Working for DoD this summer made me realize the type of career that I wanted to have and how I could use my experiences, my education, and my desire to serve to help me and my country. This internship experience helped me grow as student and as a professional.

Senior Philip Quigley at a town-hall meting with
the Under Secretary of Defense

I am proud of the work that I accomplished for Military Community and Family Policy and I am extremely grateful to The Washington Center, to Chapman University and the Wilkinson College and the Career Development Center, and to my co-workers at MC&FP for the great opportunity to work for DoD this summer and take part in such important work. This summer’s internship was the highlight of my career at Chapman University and I thoroughly recommend all students to take advantage of summer internships like this as offered through the Career Development Center and the different colleges here at Chapman. The experience is extraordinary and invaluable in today’s changing economy.

Dr. Clifford Stanley refers to Quigley in a DoD blog. Click on Wounded Worries to read more!

EVENT NEWS: Antisemitism and Homophobia in Nazi Germany: Commonalities and Differences, Oct. 11

The Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education presents Antisemitism and Homophobia in Nazi Germany: Commonalities and Differences, a lecture by Peter Hayes, Ph.D. Professor of History, Tuesday, October 11, 7 p.m. in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center. 

Dr. Hayes is the co-Editor of "The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies"

At Nazism's very core was its hierarchy of human beings. At the top of the racial ladder, the only people deemed fully human, were the "Aryans." On the bottom rung were the Jews, portrayed as less than human and fit only for extermination, either through forced labor or in the death camps of Poland. "Aryan" homosexuals threatened the Nazi dream of a racial utopia. By failing to father children, these males impeded the Nazi plan to one day rule the world. As a result, they were labeled enemies of the Fatherland, subjected to brutal persecution, and sent to concentration or slave labor camps. The Nazis believed that lesbians could be physically compelled to bear children.

In this lecture, on National Coming Out Day, distinguished historian Peter Hayes examines antisemitism and homophobia as central components of Nazi racism and explores their commonalities and differences. Peter Hayes is the author or editor of ten books, including "The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies" (2010) and a prize-winning study of the IG Farben corporation in the Nazi era. He is currently at work on two books, "Profits and Persecution: German Big Business and the Holocaust" and "The Failure of a Generation: German Elites and National Socialism." Professor Hayes is the recipient of Northwestern University's highest honor for outstanding teaching, the Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Yale University.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Ashley Bloomfield at (714) 532-7760 or E-mail her at

EVENT NEWS: Critical Faculties, Aug. 20 - Oct. 11

Make sure to check out Critical Faculties in Guggenheim Gallery, a group show by faculty members of the Chapman University Department of Art, curated by Alexandro Abraham Segade.

This fascinating exhibition showcases recent work by professors of the art department:  a diverse and interdisciplinary display of design, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, installation, video and performance art. 

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact, Jeanie Randazzo at 714.997.6729.

EVENT NEWS: Corporate Complicity in the Holocaust: German Business and Nazi Crimes, Oct. 10

The Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education presents Corporate Complicity in the Holocaust: German Business and Nazi Crimes, a lecture by Peter Hayes, Ph.D. Professor of History, Monday, October 10, 7 p.m. in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center. 

Dr. Hayes is the author of "From Complicity to Compliance: Degussa in the Third Reich" 

In his monograph "From Cooperation to Complicity: Degussa in the Third Reich," he examines a corporation that played a vital role in Nazi industry and was complicit in Nazi crimes, from processing precious metals stolen from Jews, to utilizing slave labor, to furthering genocide through the manufacture and distribution of Zyklon B. As in his earlier, prize-winning study of IG Farben, Hayes turns the sharp lens of historical scholarship on the ways that business furthered the aims of the Third Reich and perpetuated its power. His study raises provocative questions about the guilt of those whose defense after the war was that they had thought Nazism to be "about pageantry, pride, and prosperity, not conquest, oppression, plunder…and ethnic cleansing." (p. 320) Copies of "From Cooperation to Complicity: Degussa in the Third Reich" and "Industry and Ideology: IG Farben in the Nazi Era" will be for sale before and after the event. Book signing follows lecture.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Ashley Bloomfield at (714) 532-7760 or E-mail her at

EVENT NEWS: John Fowles Center Presents, Giorgio Pressburger, Oct. 3

Chapman University, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of English and John Fowles Center would like to invite you to a special engagement with Giorgio Pressburger on Monday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Henley Reading Room, Leatherby Libraries. 

Giorgio Pressburger has been living in Italy since 1965. He graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Rome as a director and then studied biology at the University of Bologna. He worked as a director in the radio and television where he adapted the works of several hundred renowned authors. He received several prizes for this work, including the Italy Prize in 1972, 1975 and 1988, and was awarded a musical prize in Hungary in 1975.

This event is free and open ot the public.

For more information, please visit the John Fowles Center.  

Thursday, September 29, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Screening of Paragraph 175, Oct. 4

The Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education presents the screening of "Paragraph 175", a documentary about the Nazi persecution of homosexuals on Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 p.m. in the Sandhu Conference Center. 

Between 1933 and 1945, according to Nazi documents, approximately 100,000 men were arrested for homosexuality. Roughly half were sentenced to prison and approximately 10,000 to 15,000 were incarcerated in concentration camps. The death rate of homosexual prisoners in the camps is estimated to be as high as sixty percent (amongst the highest of non-Jewish prisoners), so that by 1945 only about 4,000 survived. This film is an investigation into the fate of homosexual men who experienced persecution under the Nazis. These are complex individuals- often bitter, but just as often filled with irony and humor; haunted by their memories, but determined to survive. Their collective story fills a crucial gap in the historical record and is a testament to human resilience in the face of unconscionable cruelty.  

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Ashley Bloomfield at (714) 532-7760 or E-mail her at

ALUMNI NEWS: Alumna spends summer program in Israel

Chapman alumna Nicole Tellier ('11) spent her summer in a program in Israel volunteering for the Galilee Society, an NGO that supports the environmental and health rights of Palestinians in Israel. 

Read about her experiences in the United Nations Assocation Newsletter (page 5-6).

EVENT NEWS: Attention History Students, 31st Annual History Conf, Oct. 20-22

The History Department wanted you to know that the 31st Annual Conference of the California Council for the Promotion of History will be October 20-22 in Riverside, California.

CCPH will convene at the historic Mission Inn in Riverside, California. The intimate setting and unique story of this wonderfully eclectic hotel provides the perfect venue for our 2011 annual conference. Beginning with the Native Americans, the desert regions of Southern California have proved fertile ground for the various and often opposing forces that shaped California. Indians, soldiers, miners, ranchers, railroaders, and farmers found purchase here, along with the health-seekers and colony founders. As this motley crew jostled for resources and influence, they were joined in the new century by the fame seekers of Hollywood, immigrants from near and far, and the science and industry of the military and high technology ventures.

The CCPH provides leadership through a broad range of efforts and has been the leading statewide advocate for California history, and an effective networking for all California's public historians both professional and avocational.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

EVENT NEWS: From France to Hollywood, Oct. 5

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Language Department is please to announce, "From France to Hollywood" - A lecture on Hollywood adaptations of French Films with Laurent Morlet, French International film consultant on French remake rights. Brought to you by FFC100: French Films to Hollywood and the French Club.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact Veronique Olivier at (714) 628-2712 or

Monday, September 26, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Award-Winning Fiction Writer Richard Bausch: A Reading & Talk, Sept. 29

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of English is excited to host Richard Bausch on Thursday, Sept. 29 at noon in the Wilkinson Chapel.

Join Richard Bausch, a master of the short story, for a reading and discussion. His latest collection is Something Is Out There (Vintage 2010), his work has appeared in the New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly, and he edited (with R.W. Cassill) The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction (2006). His novels include Hello to the Cannibals (2002) and Violence (1992). Bausch currently holds the Moss Chair of Excellence in the Writing Program at the University of Memphis.

This event  is free and open to the public.

FACULTY NEWS: Movers and Shakers

On September 29 – October 1, 2011 the International Symposium: Ongoing Dialogues of Human Rights, Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula will take place at the University of Minnesota. The three-day conference is packed with speakers, workshops and readings and on Saturday, Oct.1 from 11 – 12:30 p.m. Assistant Professor of English Alicia Kozameh will read from Pasos bajo el agua, 259 saltos, uno inmortal, Mano en vuelo, y “Bosquejo de alturas”.

Jennifer Bevan, associate professor, Department of Communication Studies, Wilkinson College, co-authored an article that was recently published in the psychology journal Computers in Human Behavior. Her co-authors were recently graduated communication studies majors Noelle Hum, Brittany Hambright, Perrin Chamberlin, Anne Portwood, and Amanda Totman Schat. The article, entitled A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: A Content Analysis of Facebook Profile Photographs, reported a study that the students conducted as their senior capstone project under Dr. Bevan’s direction.

Pilar M. Valenzuela, associate professor, Department of Languages, Wilkinson College, recently visited the Department of Linguistics at UCLA to deliver a talk at the colloquium on Amerindian languages led by Prof. Pam Munro. The presentation discussed a series of verb-related mechanisms available in the grammar of Shiwilu, a critically endangered language of Peruvian Amazonia. Dr. Valenzuela’s research is based on the analysis of original data that she gathered from native speakers in the field, thanks to the support of NSF grant BCS-0853285.

Dr. Bob Slayton, Professor of History, recently had his article, "Reenacting Evil" published in the October 2011 issue of Commentary.  

Thursday, September 22, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Visual Arts Speaker Series, Melissa Simonian, Sept. 28

Wilkinson College and the Department of Art presents the Visual Arts Speaker Series with Graphic Designer Melissa Simonian, Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 7 p.m. in Moulton Center, Room 213.
In 2007, Melissa graduated with a B.F.A in graphic design from Chapman University. She currently works for FILTER magazine as a member of the Creative Group. Since joining FILTER, she has worked with clients such as Denny’s, Macys, Dickies, Toyota, Landmark Theaters, Hyundai, and Sony Playstation. Melissa worked with Orange County design firm, BXC for clients such as Kelly Slaters Kommunity Project, Felt Bicycles, and Hasbro, Inc. She is currently in charge of fully branding FILTER’S music festival collatoral each year. Besides working for these clients, Melissa has also designed the last eight issues of the magazine and FILTER Good Music Guide, adapting a new and improved horizontal layout.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Jeanie Randazzo at 714.997.6729.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

EVENT NEWS: 2nd Annual International Human Rights Film Festival, Oct. 9

You are invited to the 2nd Annual International Human Rights Film Festival where award winning films of interest to men and women on Women’s Issues Around the World and short film reflections by three incredible guest speakers will be presented on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, 12:30 - 6 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the United Nations Association of the United States of America Orange County Chapter.

Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 12:30 p.m. $10 for students and seniors, $15 for adult ($25 for two adults).

For more information, please contact Barbara Tye at or call her at 714-997-6845.   

EVENT NEWS: Chapman's Philosophy Club Meet & Greet, Sept. 22

Chapman's Philosophy Club invites you to come for food and discussion on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. in Beckman Hall, 206.

Pizza will be served and a short video on how our beliefs influence how we perceive the world will be shown.

This meeting is open to all Chapman students. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Wilhelm at

EVENT NEWS: How to Stand Out in Today's Job Market, October 3

Want to learn some inside tips on how to stand out in today's job market? If so, then you don't want to miss the professional job fair on Monday, Oct. 3 in Beckman Hall 404 from 3-5 p.m.

The mixer will begin at 3 p.m. followed by a "State of the Job Market" lecture by Dr. Adibi at 3:30 p.m. Starting at 3:45 p.m. panelist from Relief International, FBI, Department of State (and more) will be there to discuss their particular areas and answer your questions and finally at 4:30 p.m. you are free to network.

This event is free and open to all Chapman students and alums and is sponsored by Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Argyros School of Business & Economics, Career Development Center and School of Law.

Remember to wear professional business attire!  

Monday, September 19, 2011

EVENTS NEWS: Tabula Poetica Presents, Tony Barnstone, Oct. 4

Chapman University, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of English would like to invite you to the 2011 Tabula Poetica series continuing Tuesday, October 4 with Tony Barnstone.

Tony Barnstone is The Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College and the author of twelve books. His books of poetry include Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki, winner of the John Ciardi Prize in Poetry (BKMK P); The Golem of Los Angeles, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award in Poetry (Red Hen P); Sad Jazz: Sonnets (Sheep Meadow P); and Impure: Poems by Tony Barnstone (UP of Florida). He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and is also a distinguished translator of Chinese poetry and literary prose and an editor of literary textbooks, including The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry (Anchor) and The Art of Writing: Teachings of the Chinese Masters (Shambhala).

All poetry talks will begin at 1 p.m. in the Wilkinson Chapel and readings will being at 7 p.m. in Henley Room in Leatherby Libraries. These events are free and open ot the public.

This series is sponsored by the Department of English, Leatherby Libraries, Department of History, Conservatory of Music and supported by Poets & Writers, Inc.

For more information, please visit the Tabula Poetica.  

Thursday, September 15, 2011

EVENT NEWS: A Tale of Two Cities and a Military Outpost: Megiddo, Samaria and Jezreel, Nov. 14

Chapman University, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of Religious Studies and GOAT is pleased to announce a lecture by Dr. Norma Franklin from Tel Aviv University, "A Tale of Two Cities sand a Military Outpost: Megiddo, Samaria and Jezreel on Monday, November 14, 2011.

This event will take place in Argyros Forum Room 209 C, from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact, Linda Mueller at 714.997.6636.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Septics, Sewers and Secularization: How Government Regulation Flushes Religiosity Down the Drain with Anthony Gill, Sept. 20

The Institute for the study of Religion, Economics, and Society (IRES) at Chapman University is pleased to announce their first seminar of the fall semester with speaker Tony Gill, a political scientist from the University of Washington. He will be presenting his paper "Septics, Sewers and Secularization: How Government Regulation Flushes Religiosity Down the Drain" in Wilkinson Hall, Room 116, on Tuesday, September 20 at 5 p.m

Anthony Gill (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1994) is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, adjunct professor of Sociology at the UW, and a non-resident scholar at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He specializes in political economy and religion & politics, with an emphasis on church-state relations, religious liberty and religious economies. He is author ofThe Political Origins of Religious Liberty (Cambridge 2007) and Rendering Unto Caesar: The Catholic Church and the State in Latin America (University of Chicago Press, 1998). Professor Gill has also published numerous journal articles, book chapters and has been a guest host for a local talk radio program.  His latest endeavor is a weekly and free podcast series called Research on Religion that seeks to make social scientific studies of religion more accessible to the public.  Currently, he is studying how governments regulate religious organizations and how this impacts the level of religiosity in society. In addition to studying religion & politics, his interests relate to methodological and analytical issues surrounding comparative political analysis, including research design, rational choice and game theory.  Outside of academia, Prof. Gill is interested in camping, outdoor cooking, martial arts, property rights, the Old West, and hardware stores.  He is intending to write a book about the economics or hardware stores in the near future.

This event is free and open to the public!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

EVENTS NEWS: Human Rights and Latin America Literature: An Overview and some Reflections with Emilia Perassi, Oct. 11

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences is excited to announce that Dr. Emilia Perassi from the University of Milan will be on campus as a special guest speaker on October 11, 2011 at 7 p.m. in Beckman Hall, 404.
Parting from the ideas elaborated by Habermas, Arendt and Bobbio, Dr. Emilia Perassi's lecture will consist of  an overview  and some reflections about the relationships between Human Rights and Latin American literature. The focus will be on ‘literatura testimonial’ such as it has been developed in the Southern Cone after the 80's, as well as some of its main themes --distortion and  rescue of memory, memory and justice, memory and citizenship, for example-- its challenges, and its proposals as far as it concerns the grieving process for  pain and  violence suffered under dictatorships and repressive conditions.  She will consider the ethical, political and aesthetic aspects that constitute the specificity of ‘literatura testimonial’, analyzing the works of some of the most paradigmatic Latin American writers in attempting to answer the broader question: how is it possible to express the inexpressible that is traumatic experience, violence, violation?

This event is free and open to the public.
For more information about this event, please contact Lacey Walswick at 714.997.6947.

Friday, September 9, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Visual Arts Speaker Series - Harold Gregor (Artist) interviewed by Damon Willick (Art Historian), Sept. 13

Wilkinson College and Chapman University Visual Arts Speaker Series presents Artist Harold Gregor and Art Historian Damon Willick.

In 1966, Harold Gregor, the then-chief of the Chapman College Department of Art mounted an exhibition in the college's Purcell Gallery entitled Everyman's Infinite Art. The gallery was closed for the duration of the show, because, in Gregor's words, "The works need not be viewed; they can be described in words." In November 2011, Everyman's Infinite Art will be reprised at Chapman University's Guggenheim Gallery. Damon Willick, Professor of Art History at Loyola Marymount, will be interviewing Mr. Gregor about his exhibition and the work he has made since leaving Chapman.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Jeanie Randazzo at 714.997.6729.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

EVENT NEWS: IluminaciĆ³n: Celebrating University Education HAS BEEN POSTPONED

The Iluminacion Celebration scheduled for Friday, September 23, 2011 has been postponed.

Please check website for more details and for a new date.

Thank you,

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Tabula Poetica, Amy Newlove Schroeder, Sept. 13

Chapman University, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of English would like to invite you to the 2011 Tabula Poetica series, starting Tuesday, September 13 with Amy Newlove Schroeder.

Amy Newlove Schroeder’s book The Sleep Hotel (Oberlin College P) won the Field Prize. A founding editor of Pool, Schroeder has published poetry and prose in The Boston Review, Ploughshares, Colorado Review, Seneca Review, American Poetry Review and Denver Quarterly. Her work appears in both Turkish and English in the Turkish journal Cevrem Edebiyati. She earned her Ph.D. from USC, after which she lived and taught in Istanbul for a year. A Los Angeles native, she currently teaches at the University of La Verne.

All poetry talks will begin at 1 p.m. in the Wilkinson Chapel and readings will being at 7 p.m. in Henley Room in Leatherby Libraries. These events are free and open ot the public.

This series is sponsored by the Department of English, Leatherby Libraries, Department of History, Conservatory of Music and supported by Poets & Writers, Inc.

For more information, please visit the Tabula Poetica.  

Friday, September 2, 2011

EVENT NEWS: Art Department - Critical Faculties, Aug. 22 - Oct. 15

The Art Department has two exciting art shows in the Guggenheim Gallery this fall that you are all invited to!

Currently running is Critical Faculties which ends on Saturday, October 15, 2011

Opening on Monday, November 28, 2011, Everyman's Infinite Art with Harold Gregor - Restaging the Unseen Exhibition from 1966. 

All events in Guggenheim Gallery are free. Hours are Monday - Friday, 12-5 p.m., Saturday, 11-4 p.m. For more information, please call 714.997.6729.