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Cross-Cultural Initiatives is a Division of Student Affairs effort that strives to offer opportunities that will expose the Chapman community to identities and experiences that are different than our own while we affirm and support the identities that we, as individuals, hold. For more information on Cross-Cultural Initiatives, click here.  

September-October 2016 Calendar


October 25, 7PM, Fish Interfaith Center

Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, Department of Religious Studies, Fish Interfaith Center

Etty Hillesum’s life ended at Auschwitz when she was only 29 years old. In the play Etty, drawn entirely from Etty’s diaries and letters of 1941-1943, we meet a remarkable young Dutch woman: insightful, determined, poetic, sensual. Through the voice of Susan Stein, Etty speaks directly to her audience, frankly, and with compassion—even for the enemy. Seeking the meaning of her life—and all life—during the terror of Nazi occupation, Etty “happens upon” prayer, discovers a reality that she calls God, and opens herself to the power of being fully alive and present, bearing witness to the catastrophe unfolding around her. In her gentle yet forthright way, Etty asks us not to leave her at Auschwitz, but to let her have a “little bit of a say” in what she hopes will be a new world. 


October 25, 8:30PM, Argyros Forum Student Union Stage

Cross-Cultural Engagement, Queer and Trans People of Color Collective, Queer Student Alliance,  Chapman Slam Poetry Team

Come celebrate as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month comes to a close with an open mic hosted by Cross-Cultural Engagement, Queer and Trans People of Color Collective, Queer-Straight Alliance, and Chapman Slam Poetry Team! Send an email to moshi102@mail.chapman.edu to sign up.


October 26, 7PM, Irvine Lecture Hall

Women's Studies, C.A.R.E.S., I AM THAT GIRL, Chapman Feminists, Cross-Cultural Engagement

In two towns on different sides of America, two teenage girls pass out while intoxicated at high school parties, and, while unconscious, both are sexually assaulted by boys they call their friends... AUDRIE & DAISY explores this new public square of shame from the perspective of the teenagers and their families – including the boys involved in the assaults and the girls willing to speak out publicly for the first time.

Film Screening, followed by community discussion.


October 27, 6PM, Fowler School of Law

Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, Fowler School of Law

Screening of the 1948 documentary Nuremberg: Its Lessons for Today. Written, produced and directed by Stuart Schulberg for the Office of Strategic Services Field Photographic Branch. Film restored by Sandra Schulberg. Discussion following the screening with Sandra Schulberg, daughter of filmmaker Stuart Schulberg. Moderated by Professor Michael Bazyler, Fowler School of Law, Chapman University. The event will honor filmmaker Stuart Schulberg with members of the Schulberg family in attendance.


October 28, 8AM, Argyros Forum 209ABC

Event is free and open to the public. Dyslexia affects as many as  1 in 5. If you are dyslexic, interested in the science and gifts of the dyslexic mind, or want to know how to best serve students with dyslexia in the classroom, please contact Lisa Cupolo, Director of the Cognitive Diversity Project, cupolo@chapman.edu for more information.

Director Lisa Cupolo is looking for faculty and students who are dyslexic to be part of a panel highlighting the strengths of cognitive diversity.  At the inaugural conference, one of the most successful panels hosted Chapman writer and professor Richard Bausch, who is dyslexic, chatting with dyslexic students on what it's like to 'think outside of the box.'  The conference was sold out and presented successful dyslexics Jack Horner (a MacArthur genius and Chapman presidential fellow, Spring 2017), and Ben Foss, as well as neuroscientist Fumiko Hoeft, among many others. If you are interested in learning more about the conference or participating, please contact Lisa Cupolo, cupolo@chapman.edu901-485-7081


October 28, 6PM, Centro Comunitario de Educación

College of Educational Studies

Juan Farías Álvarez was born on the 28th day of October in Cotija de la Paz, Michoacán, México. He is celebrating his birthday with us by sharing his poetry. He comments, “Writing comes easy to me as feeding on bread and water; it is simple. Your comments and critiques help me improve my style of writing”. Join us for a bilingual dialogue on poetry!


October 31 & November 1, 11AM, Argyros Forum Student Union Stage

Cross-Cultural Engagement, Latinx Faculty & Staff Forum

Chapman University Cross-Cultural Engagement and Latinx Faculty and Staff Forum invite the Chapman community to join our activities for Dia De Los Muertos. on October 31st from 11am-2pm, we will be making sugar skulls at the Student Union Stage in AF. On November 1st, we will be having food, music, decorating and altar making in the AF student union stage area from 11am-2pm. 
Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and to help support their spiritual journey.


November 2, 5PM, Argyros Forum Great Room


Evening of Aloha is a small showcase of the Hawaiian Culture put on by Chapman's Hawaii Club, Pua'ikeana. This evening consists of a few polynesian dances, games and Hawaiian food!


November 4, 8AM, Kennedy Hall, Room 237

Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law Diversity and Social Justice Forum 

Presented by the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law Diversity and Social Justice Forum: 

  • Panel I: Inequality: Voter Fraud vs. Voter Suppression: From Changes to the Voting Rights Acts to Voter ID Laws
  • Panel II: Refugees and the Politics of Seeking Asylum to Survive
  • Keynote Presentation: Paulette Brown, Immediate Past President of the American Bar Association
  • Panel III: Impunity: Immigration and Incarceration: The Vice of Private Prisons in the Immigration Debate
  • Panel IV: Gender and Sex: Transgender Rights and the Legal Hurdles to Equal Protection


November 9, 11AM, Attallah Piazza

Asian Pacific Student Association, Korean Student Association, Chinese Cultural Club, Taiwanese American Student Association, NSU, Queer Trans People of Color Collective, Japanese Club, Pua'ikeana 

APSA Fair is a multi-Asian event designed to provide people with insight into Asian and Pacific Islander culture through games, activities, and food related to their respective cultures. Collaborating with KSA, CCC, VSA, TASA, NSU, QTPOCC, ISA, Japanese Club, and Pua'ikeana. There will be snacks, some food, boba, prizes, and knowledge! Come check us out!


November 10, 7PM, Fish Interfaith Center

Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, Fish Interfaith Center, Chapman Interfaith Council

For the eighth year, Chapman University gathers as an interfaith community to commemorate Kristallnacht. We remember the violence and destruction that swept across Germany on November 9-10, 1938, and the terror, arrests, and deportations that followed. We also remember the courageous people from many walks of life who dared to defy Nazi authority to become resisters and rescuers. Among them was Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi Party, who in the latter days of the war risked his own life to save the lives of some 1,200 Jews working in his enamelware and munitions factories, first in Krakow, Poland, and later in Brűnnlitz in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.


November 11, 1PM, Davis Quad

Cross-Cultural Engagement, Advisory Group on the Status of Military Affiliates

Join Cross-Cultural Engagement for a BBQ celebration fo Veteran's Day at the Davis Quad. Food will be provided and the event is open to all!


November 18, 6PM, Centro Comunitario de Educación

Centro Comunitario de Educación

This is the second book-length study of the Peruvian literary and artistic movement called Kloaka. Kloaka was founded in Lima (Peru) in the eighties and pursued to produce a poetic and artistic revolution to fight against the Peruvian establishment by exploring, for example, the roots of Andean Quechua culture through the “tradition of rupture”. The volume features contributions by the Kloaka founders, such as Peruvian poets Mariela Dreyfus and Roger Santiváñez, other protagonists of the movement and from world-class scholar experts on the movement.


November 19, 7:30PM, Musco Center for the Arts

Sikh Art & Film Festival, Musco World CAFE

From the world’s premier Sikh film festival comes the Sikhlens Concert, featuring a variety of Sikh performers from Australia, Britain, Canada, India and the U.S. The performers range from talented unknowns to world-renowned headliners, all united by the universal expression of the arts through visuals, vocals, spoken words and music. Tickets can be purchased here

Musco World CAFE presents Island Soul: A Celebration of Hawai’ian Music and Culture featuring Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu and the Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar

Come and enjoy a day-long festival of Hawai’ian culture and music, with free outdoor performances and events all afternoon featuring acclaimed local Hawai’ian musicians and dancers, craft booths, food and fun for all ages. In the evening, the Masters of Slack Key Guitar join the thrilling dancers of Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu for a dazzling theatrical experience that blends traditional and contemporary Hawai’ian music and dance.

Daytime events: FREE! Reserved Tickets for 7:30 pm concert: $25-$50 Chapman Students: $10 off with ID (any level) Chapman Faculty & Staff: $5 off with ID (any level) A limited number of VIP Tickets will be available for $65


May 28, 1PM: Free Events; 6PM: Concert, Musco Center for the Arts

Musco Center World CAFE

It’s fiesta time once again on the Aitken Arts Plaza! Following the huge success of last year’s Heartbeat of Mexico festival and concert, Musco World CAFE presents the 2017 edition by popular demand! Enjoy free performances by many of Southern California’s top Mexican and MexicanAmerican performing groups, plus culture and arts booths, delicious food on sale and much more.

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