Engaging the World
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

» Engaging the World: Leading the Conversation on the Significance of Race

Wilkinson College is committed to leading the conversation in our community on issues of humanity, unity and justice. As such, the college will undertake five, semester-long examinations of key societal issues, beginning in fall 2020 with The Significance of Race. These interdisciplinary, campus-wide conversations will promote thoughtful dialogue; mindful reflection; social tolerance; awareness and respect; peace and kindness.

These series will demonstrate the vital importance of the arts, humanities and social sciences to building a better, more harmonious society, and will also necessitate productive collaboration between Wilkinson College and disciplines housed in other Chapman colleges, including science, engineering, film, communications, education and business. These topics build on the existing expertise of the faculty, integrating their research into community engagement, through public programming on campus. By inviting students to actively participate in multidisciplinary examinations of crucial issues, we believe they will be better prepared to engage in the world as informed and caring global citizens.

Q & A Encore Event - Turning Anguish to Purpose: The Path Forward

Guest Panelists: Jimmie C. Gardner and "Prexy" (Rozell W.) Nesbitt

 On June 9, 2020, the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and the Fowler School of Law partnered with numerous student organizations to hold a special conversation with two remarkable and inspiring individuals whose commitment to combatting racial injustice has never wavered (see event below). The event, however, ended with too many unanswered audience questions. We are please to announce this special Encore Q&A event. The panelists will devote the entire hour to answering audience questions. 

 Jimmie C. Gardner was a rising professional baseball player when he was wrongly incarcerated in 1990. He spent 27 years in jail before being exonerated. Since his release, Gardner has become an advocate for other wrongly imprison and over-incarcerated peoples. “Prexy” (Rozell W.) Nesbitt is a Presidential Fellow in Peace Studies in Wilkinson College and is a major figure in the civil rights movements, who has worked to end apartheid in South Africa and police brutality in the United States.

In December 2019, The Center of Peace and Kindness made a generous donation to Wilkinson College to support the “Engaging the World” initiative, which was originally scheduled to begin in fall 2020. This gift allowed us to answer the call for dialogue and host “Turning Anguish to Purpose: The Path Forward.” Wilkinson College would like to profusely thank the Center for Peace and Kindness for recognizing current that racial justice is essential to building a world that is peaceful and kind.
Thanks as well to our student partners: Black Student Union, Black Law Student Association, Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Chapman Women Lawyers Association, Christian Law Student Society, Diversity and Social Justice Forum, Hispanic American Law Student Association, Jewish Law Student Association, Korean American Law Student Association, Minority Law Student Association, Muslim Law Student Association, OUTLaw, Student Bar Association, Asian Pacific Student Association and Mortar Board.

View the recording of "Turning Anguish to Purpose: The Path Forward"
A conversation featuring Jimmie C. Gardner and "Prexy" (Rozell W.) Nesbitt
June 9, 2020

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Upcoming Events: Engaging the World Virtual Film Series

Wilkinson's Engaging the World Virtual Film Series:
Leading the Conversation on the Significance of Race


Discussion: August 14, 2020, 1-2 p.m. 
Film: Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed 
Streaming Link: https://chapman.kanopy.com/  
Faculty/Guest Speaker: Charissa Threat

Description: Pioneering politician Shirley Chisholm is the subject of this lauded documentary. The nation's first African-American congresswoman, the passionate Chisholm launches a campaign for the nation's presidency in the 1972 election, and wins an impressive amount of support, given the era and the still-prevailing prejudices of many voters. The film takes a close look at her presidential run, providing interviews with Chisholm and the dedicated individuals who worked on her groundbreaking campaign.   

Past Events

Wilkinson's Engaging the World Virtual Film Series:
Leading the Conversation on the Significance of Race

July 13, 2020
Film: And Then They Came For Us
Discussion: July 17, 2020
Faculty/Guest Speakers: Stephanie Takaragawa and students from FFC Yellow Peril to Yellow Power 2017 and 2018 cohorts

Description: Seventy-eight years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea Lange, And Then They Came for Us brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban.

May 15, 2020
Film: A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone
Discussion: June 19, 2020
Faculty/Guest Speakers: Dr. Lindsey Shen and Jessica Bocinski

Description: A NEW COLOR joyfully profiles the life and work of celebrated artist Edythe Boone whose colorful murals portray some of the major events of our time and illustrate the transformative power of art. Long before Black Lives Matter became a rallying cry, septuagenarian Boone embodied that truth as an accomplished artist and educator. From humble Harlem roots, the indefatigable Boone pursued her love of art and her dream of someday creating a new color – “a color that no one had ever seen before.”

May 11, 2020 
Film: Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart 
Discussion: Friday, May 15
Faculty/Guest Speakers: Prof Prexy Nesbitt, Prof Mildred Lewis and moderator President Daniele Struppa   

Description: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is the first-ever feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, the visionary playwright who authored the groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun. The film reveals Hansberry’s prescient works tackling race, human rights, women’s equality and sexuality that anticipated social and political movements on the horizon. Filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain resurrects the Lorraine Hansberry we have forgotten—a passionate artist, committed activist and sought-after public intellectual who waged an outspoken and defiant battle against injustice in 20th-century America. 

May 4, 2020 
Film: Jose 
Discussion: Friday, May 8
Faculty/Guest Speaker: Dr. Ian Barnard  

Description: Winner of the Queer Lion Award at Venice Film Festival, director Li Cheng’s sophomore feature is a modest, highly touching and perceptive drama about financial struggle and sexual identity, highlighted by the conflicts imposed by a intolerable society in Latin-American

April 27, 2020
Film: Mosquita Y Mari
Discussion: Friday, May 1
Faculty/Guest Speaker: Aurora Guerrero (filmmaker)

Description: "Mosquita y Mari" is a 2012 coming-of-age film written and directed by Aurora Guerrero. Capturing intersecting issues of gender, sexuality, race, class, and migration, this film has been recognized internationally for its exploration of urban queer Latina identities. We will be joined by filmmaker Aurora Gurrero who will talk about her film!

April 20, 2020
Film: Documenting Hate: Charlottesville
Discussion: Friday, April 24
Faculty/Guest Speaker: Peter Simi (Sociology) and A.C. Thompson (ProPublica journalist)        

Description: "Documenting Hate: Charlottesville," Frontline and ProPublica journalist A.C. Thompson investigate the white supremacists and neo-Nazis involved in the 2017 Charlottesville Unite the Right rally — and reveal just how ill-prepared law enforcement was to handle an influx of white supremacists from across the country. Dr. Peter Simi is interviewed by A.C. about his research on white supremacists.

April 13, 2020
Film: Say Her Name
Discussion: Friday, April 17
Faculty/Guest Speaker: CK Magliola (Director, Women’s Studies)
Student Moderator: WMST 498 Senior Seminar Students

Description: "Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland" explores the death of Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old African American who, after being arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town, was found hanging in her jail cell three days later. Dashcam footage revealing her arrest went viral, leading to national protests. The film team followed the two-year case beginning shortly after Bland's death, exploring the questions of what really happened to her, and what we may learn from her tragedy.

April 6, 2020
Film: Pariso for Sale
Discussion: Friday, April 10
Faculty/Guest Speaker: Ruben Espinoza
Student Moderator: Marisa Quezada

Description: "Paraiso for Sale" explores issues of modern-day colonialism, class, race, politics, and global gentrification. The documentary tells the stories of people who call Panama's Bocas del Toro home and their struggles to remain on their lands.

Film Series Discussion Friday, August 14

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To learn more about this program, contact Associate Professor of Sociology, Associate Dean of Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa.