» 2016 Conferences & Events

Conferences and events hosted by the Center for Global Education in 2016.

+ - International Education Week 2016

Chapman's annual International Education Week will be held November 14-18. The Center for Global Education has partnered with various student organizations and departments on campus to host various events, speakers, and activities for the Chapman community to explore the importance and relevance of international education at Chapman! 

International education is for everyone: A video highlighting the beauty of an international experience.

Schedule of Events: 

Monday, November 14

International Procession and Cultural Show: Kick-off event to start International Education Week! Students representing various countries will participate in an international flag pocession and then will showcase several cultural peformances you don't want to miss! Attallah Piazza from 12pm-1pm. Light refreshments will be served!

Around the Globe: Study abroad alumni will share their photos and experiences abroad! Get inspired and learn about different countries and courses you can take abroad. AF 209B from 5-6pm. 

Anatomia Italiana - Art and Anatomy in the Italian Renaissance: Hosted by the Italian Studies department, AF 209A from 7-8:30pm. Visit here for more information. 

Tuesday, November 15

Cranes for Peace: Hosted by JSA (Japanese Student Association). Learn how to make paper cranes as a symbol of peace to send to the Hiroshimia Peace Memorial Park in Japan. Attallah Piazza, 11am-2:30pm

History Majors Abroad: Hosted by Phi Alpha Theta, students in the National History Honors Society can join to learn about study abroad options for history majors and hear from form history majors who went abroad. Dotti Hall 105 from 3pm-4pm. 

Wednesday, November 16

Cranes for Peace: Hosted by JSA (Japanese Student Association). Learn how to make paper cranes as a symbol of peace to send to the Hiroshimia Peace Memorial Park in Japan. Attallah Piazza, 11am-2:30pm

Travel Workshop: Hosted by STA Travel. Learn tips and tricks for booking international travel! This workshop will help students who have never booked an international flight, or for students looking to find good deals and learn new tricks. Center for Global Education (576 N. Glasell), 1-2pm. 

Design your International Experience Workshop: Hosted by the Career Development Center and Center for Global Education. Students will learn how to seek meaningful experiences when they go abroad to develop transferable life and work skills. Beckman 401, 2-3pm.  

"Falafel" - A Lebanese Film: In conjunction with World Languages & Culture, Food and Film Series. Visit here for more information. AF Great Room, 6:30pm 

Decolonizing Christopher Columbus: Hosted by Queer and Trans People of Color Collective (QTPOCC). AF 211, 9pm. 

Thursday, November 17

"Teta, Alf Marra" - Arabic Film Night: Hosted by Arabic Studies. An award winning Arabic film about a true life story of a feisty grandmother from Beirut, Lebanon that everybody can identify with in its shared humanity no matter where they come from. Subtitles in English. Doti Hall 101, 7pm. Arabic refreshments will be served. 

Ricordi Italiani: Hosted by Italian Club. Learn about the history and culture of Italy. Study abroad alumni will also be there to talk about their experience studying abroad in Italy! AF 119A, 7-8pm

Aikido Martial Arts Lesson: Hosted by the Chapman Martial Arts Club. The martial arts style of Aikido originates from the country of Japan. Along with Japanese Jiu Jitsu, Aikido was developed and derived from the style of Judo. In contrast to Jiu Jitsu which focuses more on locks and chokes used for the ground, Aikido focuses on locks, take downs, and pins. Currently Aikido can be used for self-defense, sport, and in law enforcement. It is often done with a partner, and can be done with varying degrees of cooperation. AF 119B, 7-8pm

Decolonizing Feminism: Hosted by Chapman Feminists. Come join Chapman Feminists for a discussion of Decolonizing Feminism.  We'll discuss the ways in which colonial forces affect indigenous populations. AF 206C, 9pm

Friday, November 18

First Steps: Last day to attend a First Steps session for students applying to Fall 2017 abroad! Sign up here. Center for Global Education, 576 N. Glassell

+ - Iran: Rising Power in the Middle East

Following the first year anniversary of the Iran Nuclear Deal, Chapman University organized a national conference on the topic.  “Iran:  Rising Power in the Middle East” held on October 13, 2016 at Chapman’s Orange County campus in Beckman Hall 404.  The event brought together policy experts and academics from around the country.

The nuclear deal, formerly called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was signed by the United States and Iran on July 14, 2015.  Under the terms of the agreement, the US gave Iran limited sanctions relief in return for that country limiting its nuclear program.  In the past twelve months, Iran has removed and placed under I.A.E.A. monitoring two thirds of its 19,000 centrifuges, ended all uranium enrichment, removed all nuclear material from its once-secret facility at Fordow, reduced its stockpile of enriched uranium from 12,000 kilograms to 300 kilograms, and filled with concrete the core of the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor. 

Problems remain with the agreement.  In the United States, it has become a subject in the presidential debates.  In Iran, people are increasingly unhappy with the economic effects of non-nuclear sanctions that remain in force.  Has the agreement been a success?

The following individuals discussed the JCPOA at Chapman on October 13:

  • Joseph Cirincione, Ploughshares Fund 
  • Mohsen Milani, University of South Florida  
  • Majid Rafizadeh, Harvard 
  • Hooshang Amirahmadi, Rutgers, “The JCPOA and the Iranian Economy”
  • M Reza Amirkhizi, University of California-Irvine, “The JCPOA and the status of the 5+1’s commitments”
  • Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Syracuse University, “Iranian Domestic Opposition to the JCPOA”
  • Camelia Entekhabifard, NYC based journalist, “Persian Gulf countries’ objections to the JCPOA; their worries and frustrations concerning Iran’s behavior in the region.”
  • Ali Reza Nader, Rand Corporation –  “Iran’s Relations with the ‘Powers’”


This conference was free and open to the public.  Anyone seeking additional information should contact the conference sponsor, Chapman University’s Center for Global Education, at 714-997-6830.