» Archived Conferences & Events

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+ - "Triangle of Evils, Assad, Iran Regime, ISIS & the U.S. Interest" - November 2014

On Friday, November 14, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in Beckman Hall 104, members of Congress, National Security experts and historians examined the rise of ISIS, the role of Iran in Syria and Iraq, and the options to eliminate this threat. Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Education, The Syrian Institute for Progress, and the California Society for Democracy in Iran (member of OIACUS.org).

Panelists included:

  • U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affair Committee
  • Marc Ginsberg, Former US Ambassador to Morocco, Senior Middle East Analyst
  • Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights
  • Professor Ali Parsa, professor of philosophy of History, Islamic, and Religious Studies at California State University - Fullerton

+ - "Walesa Man of Hope" Screening - September 2014

On September 18, 2014 the Center for Global Education hosted a screening and reception of “Walesa Man of Hope.” This celebrated the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Solidarity Movement in Poland with a showing of the film “Walesa Man of Hope” and a visit by the Polish Consul General. The film was selected for the Best Foreign language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. The reception was held from 6-7pm, the Consul General’s speech at 7 p.m., with the film starting at 7:20pm. Sponsored by the Center for Global Education and Consulate General of the Republic of Poland.

+ - International Education Week 2014

The Center for Global Education's International Education Week at Cha p.m.an was held September 15 - 19. The week kicked off with our Study Abroad Fair, and there were many more ways to join other international and cross-cultural events on campus. See the list below for all of the events:

Monday, 9/15/14

  • Study Abroad Fair:  10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Attallah Piazza. Hosted by the Center for Global Education.
  • EUSA Internship Info Sessions: 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Center for Global Education (576 N. Glassell). Summer International Internships in Dublin and Madrid.
  • GlobaLinks/ISA Internship Info Sessions: 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Center for Global Education (576 N. Glassell). Summer International Internships in Australia, New Zealand, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Santiago.
  • Internship Welcome Back Social: 4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. at the Center for Global Education (576 N. Glassell).

Tuesday, 9/16/14

  • Suffolk University Madrid Info Sessions: 5-6 p.m. in Beckman Hall 108. 
  • Screening of the film "Nicky's Family": 7-9:30 p.m. in the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education in Memorial Hall. Sponsored by Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, Religious Studies Department, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences, Fish Interfaith Center, History Department, and Cross-Cultural Engagement.

Wednesday, 9/17/14

  • Student Involvement Fair: 11am-1 p.m. in Attallah Piazza. Showcase of clubs from all over campus, many with an international focus. Hosted by Student Organizations.

Thursday, 9/18/14

  • Screening and reception of “Walesa Man of Hope”: 5-10 p.m. in the Bush Conference Center, Room 404 of Beckman Hall. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Solidarity Movement in Poland with a showing of the film “Walesa Man of Hope” and a visit by the Polish Consul General.  The film was selected for the Best Foreign language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. Reception from 5-6 p.m., Consul General’s speech at 6 p.m., with the film starting at 6:20 p.m.. Sponsored by the Center for Global Education and Consulate General of the Republic of Poland. 
  • Social Justice BBQ: 5-7:45 p.m. in Attallah Piazza. Sponsored by Cross-Cultural Engagement, Civic Engagement Initiatives, University Program Board, and Student Government Association. 

Friday 9/19/14

  • Center for Global Education Photo Contest Voting Closes: Vote for your favorite student-submitted photo by 4 p.m. on the Center for Global Education Facebook page.

+ - Southern Energy Corridor Conference - May 2014

Chapman University, in association with the Pacific Council on International Policy Eurasia Members Committee, presented "The Geopolitical Implications of the Southern Energy Corridor" Conference on Saturday May 17, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the University of Southern California Town & Gown event hall. The conference featured nine prestigious international speakers.

Recent events in the Ukraine have demonstrated to the world Europe’s dangerous dependency on a single source of energy. This conference explored the geopolitical implications of an alternate source, Azerbaijan’s gas fields in the Caspian Sea.

Admission to the event was free and open to the general public.


Silver Level

Turkish Airlines

Azerbaijan Consulate

Bronze Level


University of Southern California

+ - Facts and Myths about the Syrian Conflict - November 2013

On Thursday November 21, participants learned more about the Syrian conflict in an event co-sponsored by the Center for Global Education and the Syrian Institute for Progress.

+ - Struggle Between the Seas - March 2013

On Friday, March 8, the Center for Global Education & the Peace Studies Program of Wilkinson College hosted an academic conference highlighting the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh. The keynote speaker, U.S. Ambassador Robert Bradtke, Former Co-Chair of the Minsk Process, spoke on the Madrid Process and a search for peaceful settlement.

Download the Conference Program for more information on the schedule of events, historical information, and speaker biographies.

Additional speakers included:

  • George Zarubin, Eurasia Partnership Foundation
  • Alexandros Petersen, Advisor, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Tracey German, UK Ministry of Defense Staff College
  • Asbed Kotchikian, Lecturer, Bentley University
  • Thomas de Waal, Senior Associate, Caucasus, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Ambassador Rudolf Perina (retired), Former Sr. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European & Canadian Affairs
  • E.Wayne Merry, Senior Fellow for Europe and Eurasia, American Foreign Policy Council
  • Taleh Ziyadov, Research Fellow, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA)

+ - New Perspectives on the 1973 Arab-Israeli War - January 2013

On January 31, 2013 CIA’s Historical Collections Division joined Chapman to discuss the newly declassified documents regarding the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. More than 3,200 pages of material have become available, revealing highlights from over 400 declassified documents.

Invited Panelists included:

Peter B. Nyren - CIA Historical Collections Division
Matt Penney - CIA Historical Collections Division
Dr. Nubar Hovsepian - Associate Professor of Political Science, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

+ - Academic Worldquest Competition - February 2012

Academic WorldQuest is a team competition, held between Orange County high school students, testing students' knowledge of global affairs.

The World Affairs Council of Orange County hosted the event in the George W. Bush Conference Center from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Seven Orange County high school teams competed against one another and were tested on current events and international knowledge.

This is the third year that Chapman and the Center for Global Education co-sponsored this event.

“This gave us a chance to both showcase Chapman University and at the same time bring international affairs to Orange County,” said James Coyle, director of the center for global education and one of the judges.  

The teams answered a series of multiple choice questions graded by three judges. There were 10 rounds and each team answered 100 questions related to international knowledge and current events.

Mission Viejo beat their competition and competed in the nationals April 21 in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America.

Segerstrom High School placed second and Tustin High School followed in third place. The three top teams received membership in the Orange County World Affairs Council. All participants in the competition received an invitation to attend a World Affairs Council event of their choice with a complimentary dinner.

For more information about the 4th Annual Academic Worldquest, visit the World Affairs Council of Orange County.

+ - Sister Cities International - February 2012

The Center for Global Education in conjunction with Sister Cities International, hosted the Southern California Chapter conference at Chapman University on February 25th. Sister Cities brings people together to promote respect among all people of different backgrounds from the local to the global. Sister Cities conferences enables citizens from around the world to exchange and work together toward empowerment.

Cynthia Villis, Kathleen Roche-Tansey, and Wade Nomura led a session on maximizing results through cooperative efforts for Rotary. Greg L. Berk, Attorney, Chair Immigration Practice Group, spoke about creating jobs in your cities. Following an awards presentation, Lyndsay Cruz of OxFam America spoke about international humanitarian services and diplomatic challenges and successes. Earnerstine Wilson and Christi Williams then led a break-out session about Africa in transition. Finally, Chuck Wall spoke about changing our world through kindness.

For more information, visit SOCAL Sister Cities.

+ - Enchanting Taiwan - April 2012

The Chapman community discovered the culture, beauty and folk customs of Taiwan through this unique photo exhibition. Enchanting Taiwan was a photo exhibit in the Doy and Dee Henley Reading Room, located on the 2nd floor of Leatherby Libraries.

Individuals gained a deeper understanding of Taiwan nature and culture through photography. These 30 pieces are from Taiwan's top photographers, bringing the viewer closer to a unique perspective of Taiwan. Viewers saw a new perspective on the scenery, folk customs, and cultural diversity of this magnificent landscape.

At the start of this exhibit, the Center for Global Education, Leatherby Libraries, Taiwan Academy, and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles invited the Chapman community to a grand opening cultural event on April 19. This included Taiwanese folk dance and song, Taiwan Puppetry art, and partaking in KINETIC Tai Chi Chuan, Chinese paper art, and Chinese brush calligraphy and painting. Speakers were on-hand to welcome the Chapman community and discuss the importance of Taiwan culture and art.

+ - Think Transatlantic Conference - September 2012

The Center for Global Education and the German Embassy in Washington D.C. co-sponsored the 2012 Think Transatlantic: The United States & Germany in the 21st Century on September 27.

The conference, “Think Transatlantic: The United States & Germany in the 21st Century,” focused on the 60-year partnership between the U.S. and Germany and the future of the relationship between the two countries.

A panel discussion included topics such as future challenges of this transatlantic relationship, the German-American Security Cooperation in the new NATO, U.S. and German perceptions of each other, and Germany and Europe’s role in the transatlantic security architecture.

The panel discussion featured Mai’a K. Davis Cross, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California;  Graeme Auton, Professor of Government at the University of Redlands; and Russell Dalton, Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine.

The event was free to the Chapman community and the general public, and the first 35 attendees received free giveaways.

+ - Prospects in U.S.-Taiwan-China - October 2012

October 24, 2012, 4 p.m.

Author of more than 25 books on Asia and International Affairs, Dr. John Cooper of Rhode College is an educator and researcher, who spent more than 13 years in Asia. The Chapman community was invited to hear insights on the U.S., Taiwan, and China.

+ - International Education Week - November 2012

Chapman's Inaugural International Education Week was held November 12-16, 2012

Nov. 12 – International Student Sharing Day: International and exchange students shared their stories from growing up abroad

Nov. 13 – International Food Fair: The Chapman community enjoyed free international cuisine

Nov. 14 – Go Global Fair: Different internationally-focused organizations and clubs at Chapman were represented for students to learn how to get involved at the local level 

Nov. 15 – “Black Sea Travels”: Chapman welcomed special guests Frank Greinke and Nasimi Aghayev, who gave a generous grant for students to participate in a travel course to the Republic of Georgia and Azerbaijan during the summer of 2011. Chapman students who traveled to study the politics and economic security of the region gave their firsthand accounts of the experience

Nov. 16 – Study Abroad Reunion: Study abroad alumni were invited to reunite and watch a film about reverse culture shock, discuss returnee issues, get advice for their resume and learn how to go abroad again

+ - Rise of the Independent States Global Citizens Conference - November 2011

Twenty Years On

International scholars, government officials, and businessmen converged at Chapman University on Thursday, November 10, 2011 to discuss Eurasian geopolitics and energy.  The conference, “Rise of the Independent States,” looked at the successor states to the former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries. 

Speakers came from Moscow, Tblisi, Munich and Washington, DC.  They include Mikhail Gutseriev, the president and CEO of Russia’s tenth largest oil and gas company, OAO NK Russneft.  Gutseriev is one of the richest people in the world, listed on the Forbes 500 list of billionaires and presented on the rise of Russia. Gutseriev’s presentation was complemented by the Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation, Steve LeVine. LeVine is the author of Foreign Policy’s blog “The Oil and the Glory,” and he discussed the role of oil and gas from a Caspian perspective.

Another international speaker was the Jamestown Foundation’s Vladimir Socor, who is based in Munich, Germany.  Socor talked about Russian Strategies for Europe, Eurasia and NATO. Alexandros Petersen of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars examined the same concept from a more theoretical perspective, in a talk entitled, “The Rise of the Independent States and the legacy of Josef Pilsudsky.”

There was a special panel dedicated to Georgia.  Speakers included Cynthia Romero of the Atlantic Council, Mamuka Tsereteli of American University, and Robia Charles of the Caucasus Resources Research Center, Tblisi, Georgia. Other speakers included Mark Jackson, the CEO and President of Moreson Conferencing and a member of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce; Janusz Bugajski from the Center for Strategic and International Studies; and Nina Bandelj from the University of California-Irvine. Consuls General from Azerbaijan, Hungary and Latvia were also present.


+ - Do Deutsch & the German Olympics - October 2011

Do Deutsch, sponsored by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Center for Global Education at Chapman University, was an exciting program of student events to raise interest in, and awareness of German language and culture October 24 - 28, 2011.

The week included several events students could participate in, such as “Schnitzeljagd” – a scavenger hunt and a German game and food night. The Chapman Business School and Career Center partnered with German businesses to hold a business fair and offer networking opportunities for students.

The leading event was the German Olympics, student competitions judged by Chapman faculty in essays, speeches, song, writing, poetry, art, and film. Winners were awarded at the Evening of the Arts & Film Festival where students could also see a screening of “Westwind” by Robert Thalheim and view the BERLIN: Metamorphosis Collection of art by Fitz Maurice. Winners not only received generous prizes, but also had the opportunity to go to regional and nationwide finals with the chance to win trips to Berlin, Germany.

Off campus, students could attend the Festival of New Films in Germany at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, presented in collaboration with German Films, MFG Filmfoerderung Baden-Wuerttemberg, Lufthansa and the American Cinematheque.


+ - Energy Futures Near and Far - April 2011

Chapman University’s Center for Global Education hosted a day-long “The Future of Energy” conference featuring an international roster of experts Friday, April 1. James J. Coyle, Ph.D., director of global education, and author of the Eurasian Energy Analysis blog, says the conference brings an interdisciplinary approach to the problems of energy.

The Energy Futures Near and Far 2011 addressed the U.S. and the world energy dilemma and building an economically feasible solution for the 21st Century.

Key speakers included George Peterson, AutoPacific, who gave a presentation on the “State of the Industry.” Marc Eichhom of the German Consulate General Los Angeles spoke on “Germany Goes Green,” and Barry Watkins spoke on the “Fuels of the Future Will Rebuild the Wealth of America.” Alexandros Petersen of Atlantic Council, Robert Copaken of Copaken Energy Consultants, Suleyman Elik of Durham University, and more spoke during this conference as well.

+ - What Would Richard Nixon Think? - October 2010

A panel of Nixon scholars from the Nixon Center in Washington D.C. joined Chapman University faculty to discuss the current affairs of China, Russia and the Middle East through the lens of Richard Nixon. This was followed by a panel of students who critiqued the Nixon foreign policy legacy.

The Nixon scholars include: Geoffrey Kemp, Reagan Administration official serving as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff during the Reagan Administration. Paul Saunders, Publisher of the foreign policy magazine, The National Interest and The National Interest online, published bi-monthly by The Nixon Center, and Executive Director of The Nixon Center. Saunders also directs the Center’s U.S.-Russian Relations Program and works on other issues, including energy and climate change, U.S. - European relations and the role of democracy in U.S. foreign policy. Drew Thompson, National Director of the China-MSD HIV/AIDS Partnership in Beijing and Director of China Studies and Starr Senior Fellow at the Nixon Center, he served as Assistant Director to the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Shanghai where he founded the American Chamber of Commerce Transportation and Logistics Committee in Shanghai.

+ - Taiwan Film Festival - October 2010

Chapman’s Center for Global Education, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles hosted the Taiwan Film Festival Nov. 19-20. Among the highlights of the festival was a screening of the live-action film Kung Fu Dunk by Kevin Chu. Admission was free and the films were open to the Chapman community and the public. The complete schedule included:  

  • Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Three Times, produced by internationally acclaimed director Hou Hsiao-hsien, Three Times journeys through three different love stories.
  • Nov. 20, 5 p.m., Kung Fu Dunk, follows the story of a basketball player, starring Taiwan’s leading pop singer Jay Chou.
  • Nov. 20, 8 p.m., Cape No. 7, the number two best-grossing film in Taiwanese history after Titanic, Cape No. 7 won both the Jury’s Award and the Audience’s Choice award at the Taipei International Film Festival, and has garnered six awards at the 45th Golden Horse Awards.

+ - Global Environment and Sustainable Development: Solutions - April 2009

On April 18 2009, Chapman University and Oceana Institute presented a conference exploring sustainable technological, ecological and business solutions to today’s environmental dilemmas. Experts from policy makers to entrepreneurs from diverse arenas gathered to critically evaluate and generating sustainable solutions for 21st century environmental threat. 

Panel discussions included social justice topics of compromising for the needs of today with a complete disregard for the future. Facilitators explored the impact of the First World War all the way to the impact on global development on the lives of Indigenous people and climate changes and weather extremes resulting from modern civilization sprawl. Experts also discussed current legal and ethical regulations that prevent Indigenous people against the harms of contemporary ruthless development. The questions asked is if it is justified to sacrifice the environmental development for the economic progress and how can policy coordination be sustained among countries when the beneficiaries of the economic development may not coincide with those that bear the burden for that development? Experts examined urban development, including environmental, social and economic policies, politics and practices.

Chapman is committed to finding solutions to the issues that face world today

+ - Human Rights Conference - April 2007

The Human Rights Conference on April 16, 2007 featured top experts who examined hot-button topics including terrorism, torture, ethics and discrimination. Sponsors included Chapman University Center for Global Education; Chapman University Peace Studies Program; Anthony Vultaggio, Executive Coach; Chapman University Center for Global Trade and Development; and Chapman University Law School.

The first panel explored human rights and the American experience. Topics covered included “An Application of Volkan's Psychological Model to Human Rights”, “The Unfinished Business of Accountability: Are Policy-Makers Liable for the Use of Torture in the War on Terror?”, “Far-Reaching and Longterm Effects of the Administrations Intentional and Deliberate Efforts to Ignore Human Rights in the Global War on Terrorism and How it Affects the Military”, and “Diverging Paths of Counter-Terrorism: Law and War.”

The second panel explored human right in an international context. Topics covered included The Khmer Rouge Tribunal: Cambodia, the U.N. and the Lessons for International Human Rights” and “Evolutions of Human Rights Discourse in Modern China.”

The third panel explored the ethical dimensions of human rights. Topics covered included Discrimination Against American Muslims” and “Created in the Image of God.”

The conference was a great success and moved the conversation forward about human rights issues today.

+ - President Aznar of Spain - May 2004

For the third time, Chapman University hosted a former president of a nation, Jose Maria Aznar of Spain. The visit followed an academic symposium on Spain and the presentation of the 2004 Global Citizen Medal. Aznar follows former U.S. presidents Bush and Ford in receiving the medal, which recognizes positive and lasting contributions by global leaders.

On Friday, May 14 the Academic Symposium: Spain and Her Role in the World included a keynote address by former secretary of state for foreign affairs, Ramon Gil-Casares. Three panels of academicians and Spanish business leaders discussed contemporary politics, Spanish history, and U.S./Spanish commercial ties.

On Saturday, May 15, five Chapman undergraduate students who have researched his presidency presented their research directly to President Aznar in a very special event. The students included a three-member team from the Argyros School of Business and Economics, a political science major and a history major. Research papers explored Spanish history, economics and politics, including Aznar's influence on the nation.  Professor Don Booth, Ph.D. (business and economics), Bill Cumiford, Ph.D. (history) and Gordon Babst, Ph.D. (political science) mentored the five students through their research.

Chapman’s director of the center for global education, James J. Coyle, Ph.D., moderated the presentations during which the students read a synopsis of their research to Anzar, who then responded to their comments and questions. “It’s extremely rare that students, especially undergraduates, get opportunities like this to meet and have academic dialogue with world leaders,” said Coyle. “The students will remember this for a lifetime, and it’s something that Chapman can point to when we talk about personalized education.” The gala raised funds for student scholarships.

Read President Aznar's speech from the Global Citizens Gala on May 15, 2004

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