INTERSTICES: The In-betweeness of Ethics

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Cheryl Strayed - New York Times Bestselling Author


Tuesday, September 29, 2015 | 7 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m., seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.

No reservations or tickets required.

Chapman Auditorium, Memorial Hall
Before the event, join us at the food truck rally from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Attallah Piazza. Chapman students attending the event will be given a coupon for a free food truck meal and at that same time (5 p.m.) REI will be presenting a community yoga session on the Burt Williams Mall (Lawn in front of Memorial Hall). Bring your own yoga mat and join in on the fun!

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Cheryl Strayed“It only had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles for no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.”

-Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail

About the author:

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild. At age 22, Strayed found herself shattered by two major life events: her mother’s sudden death from cancer and the end of her young marriage. After hitting rock bottom, Strayed decided to confront her emotional pain by trekking over 1,000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. Wild tells the amateur hiker’s tale, peppered with the colorful characters she encounters along the way, as she struggles to find inner peace and stability. Cheryl’s story inspired Oprah Winfrey to revive her tremendously popular book club, with Wild as its inaugural selection for the launch of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. The story also inspired producer and actress Reese Witherspoon to bring Wild to the big screen in 2014. Cheryl’s personal struggles and story of survival motivate and inspire crowds. She is a dynamic speaker, and her moving rhetoric resonates with audiences of all sizes.

“Cheryl was one of the best speakers I have ever seen at Stanford or anywhere else, and this was something I heard again and again from faculty, deans, and students for many days. What struck people the most, especially students, was the combination of smarts and genuine, disarming warmth. What struck me most was how she elevated the whole room, and as corny as this might sound, it felt by the end of the evening that we had all received a blessing, in that old sense of an authorization and empowerment.”
— Stanford University

"She was gracious, funny, inspiring, and generous with the students at the school visit and with her fans that evening.
It was one of the best nights we’ve hosted in a long, long time. Truly a special evening.”

— Seattle Arts and Lectures

Event Synopsis:

How do we retain wildness in ourselves? How do we stay in touch with those things that allow us to take risks, change patterns, and see the world differently?  The event will discuss the importance of natural wildness – the wilderness that exists outside of our day to day living that preexists us, surrounds us, and yet can seem so far away. How do we reconnect to wilderness? And when we do what impact does it have on us?

After Mrs. Strayed's talk there will be an interactive discussion with a group of professional panelists including, Kelli Fuery, Claudine Jaenichen, Whitney McIntyre Miller and Georges Van Den Abbeele. After the event, Mrs. Strayed will be selling signed copies of her New York Times bestselling memoir Wild.


+ - Kelli Fuery, Ph.D., Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

Kelli Fuery

Dr. Kelli Fuery is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Chapman University. She has held previous posts at Birkbeck College, University of London, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and The University of Newcastle, Sydney, Australia. She ha published 3 books and numerous papers in the fields of film studies, visual culture, and psychoanalysis. Her current book, Visually Embedded, explores the effect of embeddedness through our relationship with cinema, memory and the body.


+ - Claudine Jaenichen, Chapman University, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Claudine JaenichenClaudine Jaenichen is an Associate Professor at Chapman University. She received her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from CalArts and her graduate degree in Information Design from the University of Reading in the UK. 

Initially, she sought a career in the "wild" wanting to be a forest firefighter. When she found herself at a desk as a graphic designer 8 years later, she joined Santa Barbara Sheriff's Search and Rescue and was EMT certified. Epic failures and discoveries inspired by her experience led her to graduate school and work in wayfinding for disaster planning. Her research and creative scholarly activities focus on the relationship between design and cognition, specifically with situational design serving a precise communicative role in preparation of cognitive demanding events. Currently, she is working with southern California emergency management, California Geological Survey, and the U.S. Geological Survey developing a tsunami evacuation campaign for the public.

In addition to being Chair of the Art Department, she is currently the Vice President of Communications for the International Institute of Information Design, Life Research Fellow for Communication Research Institute, member of the CA Tsunami Steering Committee, and a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador.

+ - Whitney McIntyre Miller, Ph.D., Chapman University, School of Educational Studies

Whitney McIntyre Miller

Whitney McIntyre Miller is an Assistant Professor of Graduate Leadership Programs in Chapman University’s College of Educational Studies.  She received her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego, and holds master’s degrees in International Development and Social Work, as well as a bachelor degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Growing up as both a camper and a counselor at Girl Scout summer camps, and playing in an amazing front-yard tree, Whitney always felt at home in the wild and enjoyed the adventure it provided.  The spirit of adventure led her to travel around the world (over 40 countries and counting) and explore fascinating lands and cultures.  Visiting places struggling to move forward after conflict fueled her work on peace leadership and post-conflict community development.  The connections between peace and the environment were often clear, and Whitney has expanded her peace work to include leadership for sustainability as well.   She has written about and presented on these connections and discusses them in courses such as the PhD level Leading from Within and Global Leadership, and the masters level Leading for Emerging Social Issues. 

+ - Georges Van Den Abbeele, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Humanities, University of California Irvine

Geroges Van DenGeorges Van Den Abbeele is currently Dean of Humanities at the University of California at Irvine, after previously serving as Founding Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University. He also served as Dean of Humanities at UC Santa Cruz, after having taught at Berkeley, Davis, Miami (OH) and Harvard universities. A native of Belgium, he earned a bachelor's degree from Reed College and the Ph.D. from Cornell University. His books include Travel as Metaphor, Community at Loose Ends, A World of Fables, and French Civilization and its Discontents, as well as numerous articles on travel narrative, tourism and immigration, contemporary philosophy and critical theory, human geography and Renaissance literature. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and 2008 recipient of its Blaise Pascal medal for outstanding contributions to the human and social sciences.  A former NEH and Mellon Fellow, he has lectured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and has served as a consultant and reviewer for a range of colleges and universities, publishers, professional organizations and government agencies.

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