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Highlights of conferences and events hosted by the Center for Global Education from 2004 through 2018.

+ - International Education Week 2018

Chapman's annual International Education Week was November 12-16. The Center for Global Education partnered with student organizations and departments on campus to host various events, speakers, film screenings, discussions, and activities for the Chapman community to explore the importance and relevance of international and cross cultural education at Chapman! Global Fest 2016: Highlights from a previous Global Fest to celebrate the international and diverse cultures of Chapman University.

Schedule of Events:

Monday, November 12

Global Fest: Kick-off event to start International Education Week! Co-sponsored by Chapman University Student Government Association. International and domestic students will participate in an international flag procession. Ice cream and snacks will be served! Join us for the inaugural performance of Ballet Folklórico de Chapman, presented by the Latinx Faculty & Staff Forum. Latinx Students, Faculty and Staff will perform a Mexican folklórico dance on the Wells Fargo Stage. Please join us in welcoming this new dance group to the Chapman community. Student clubs such as Kapamilya (traditional Filipino tribal tattoos with Tappin' Tattoo), Asian Pacific Student Association (Chopstick Challenge), Taiwanese American Student Association (Boba tea and games), and the German club will be tabling during this event to promote cultural awareness and causes. Attallah Piazza, 12-1 p.m. 

Travel Workshop: 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. Co-hosted by STA Travel. Center for Global Education (576 N. Glassell),  3-4 p.m.

I Am that Girl Meeting: Deliberative dialogue about culture shock, reverse culture shock, and some of the realities of studying abroad. Henley Basement JBCR, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 13

Viajes - A Latinx Perspective of Study Abroad: Join us for a panel discussion of former study abroad participants. Latinx students will share their experience and explain the impact of facing challenges to pursue their dreams of traveling abroad. Cross-Cultural Center (AF304), 3-4 p.m. Free snacks! Co-sponsored by the Latinx Staff and Faculty Forum and Latinx student club.

International Student Mixer: Mixer for international students and student/staff/faculty allies. Food will be provided. Hosted by the Chapman Diversity Project and the Center for Global Education. Cross-Cultural Center (AF 304), 5-7 p.m. 

Around the Globe: Thinking about studying abroad or an international internship abroad? Meet study abroad alumni who will share their photos and experiences! Get inspired and learn about different countries and courses you can take abroad. Free food for attendees! AF201, 6-7 p.m.

Wednesday, November 14

Summer 2019 International Internship Deadline: Experience a foreign work culture for 8 weeks during the summer in one of 7 locations worldwide. Earn 3 Chapman credits. Deadline is at 4 p.m.

No Wednesday evening events scheduled for International Education Week. Enjoy Winterfest and Doy's Holiday Tree Lighting! Attallah Piazza, 5-7 p.m.

Thursday, November 15

Arabic Film Screening: Omar Sharif's Movie "Struggle in the Nile Valley''--Egypt 1954. Arabic food will be served. Classmates, friends and relatives are welcome. Sponsored by Chapman University's Arabic Language Club. Hashinger Science Hall Room 327, 7 p.m.

Ricordi Italiani: Students will present their study abroad experiences to their peers and answer any questions they may have. Sponsored by Chapman University Italian Club. AF 119A, 7-8 p.m.

Friday, November 16

Sikh Arts & Film Festival: Celebrate the world premiere screening of the Sikhlens Original Content at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts from 7-10 p.m. The festival will continue through November 18 in Santa Ana at The Frida Cinema. For tickets and screening details, visits Sikhlens.com.

+ - Taiwan and the World Conference - April 2018

Roundtable Discussion

  • China-Taiwan Relations
  • US-Taiwan Relations In A Global Context
  • Taiwan And The Evolving Security Environment Of East Asia
  • The Taiwan Strait Security Challenge: Implications For The Future Of US Foreign Policy


Derek Grossman is a senior defense analyst focused on Indo-Pacific security issues. Grossman has over a decade of experience in the Intelligence Community, where he served as the daily intelligence briefer to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian & Pacific Security Affairs at the Pentagon. Previously, Grossman worked at the National Security Agency (NSA) and served at the CIA and on the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) staff. He holds an M.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in U.S. National Security Policy and received his B.A. with Honors from the University of Michigan in Political Science and Asian Studies. He has published articles for China Brief, Cipher Brief, Defense Dossier, Global Taiwan Brief, International Security, Journal of International Security Affairs, Lawfare Blog, Newsweek, PacNet, Studies in Intelligence, The Diplomat, The National Interest, and War on the Rocks.

Ryan Hass is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, where he holds a joint appointment to the John L. Thornton China Center and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies. Hass focuses his research and analysis on enhancing policy development on the pressing political, economic, and security challenges facing the United States in East Asia.
From 2013 to 2017, Hass served as the director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia at the National Security Council (NSC) staff. He joined President Obama’s state visit delegations in Beijing and Washington respectively in 2014 and 2015. Prior to joining NSC, Hass served as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Embassy Beijing, where he earned the State Department Director General’s award for impact and originality in reporting, an award given annually to the officer whose reporting had the greatest impact on the formulation of U.S. foreign policy.
He graduated from the University of Washington and attended the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies prior to joining the State Department.

Kharis Templeman is a social science research scholar at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), and the program manager of the Taiwan Democracy and Security Project, a part of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

His current research includes projects on party system institutionalization and partisan realignments, electoral integrity and manipulation in East Asia, the politics of defense spending in Taiwan, and the representation of Taiwan’s indigenous minorities. His most recent publication is The China Model: How Successful Is the Chinese Regime? a review essay in the Taiwan Journal of Democracy. He is also the editor (with Larry Diamond and Yun-han Chu) of Taiwan’s Democracy Challenged: The Chen Shui-bian Years (2016, Lynne Rienner Publishing). Other work has appeared in Comparative Political Studies and the APSA Comparative Democratization Newsletter.
Dr. Templeman currently also serves as coordinator of the American Political Science Association’s Conference Group on Taiwan Studies (CGOTS) and as a regional manager for the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Project. He holds a BA (2003) from the University of Rochester and a PhD (2012) in political science from the University of Michigan.

+ - International Education Week 2017

Chapman's annual International Education Week was held November 8-18. The Center for Global Education is partnered with student organizations and departments on campus to host various events, speakers, film screenings, discussions, and activities for the Chapman community to explore the importance and relevance of international and cross cultural education at Chapman!

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, November 8

Evening of Aloha: Pua'ikeana welcomes you to Evening of Aloha! This event acts as a mini lu'au where guests can participate in games, eat Hawaiian food and enjoy hula performances. Argyros Forum Stage, 7-9 p.m. Admission is free!

Thursday, November 9

Global Fest: Kick-off event to start International Education Week! Co-sponsored by Chapman University Student Government Association. Students representing various countries will participate in an international flag procession and then will showcase cultural performances by Chapman students that you don't want to miss! Pua'ikeana (Hawai'i Club) will do a Hawaiian dance, a Vietnamese student will sing a pop song, Lakshya (Indian Culture Club) will perform a dance, and the Taiko Center for Los Angeles is returning a second year for a Japanese taiko drum performance! Light refreshments will be served! Various student clubs will be tabling during this event to promote cultural awareness and causes (see descriptions below). Attallah Piazza, 12-1 p.m.

Taste of South America: Hosted by Chapman's Food and Culture Club in partnership with Guayaki. Come learn about Yerba Mate the most popular drink in Argentina and the majority of South American Countries. There will be free cans of Yerba Mate as well as a Gourd Presentation done by Guayaki representatives. Attallah Piazza, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Chopstick Challenge: How skillful are you with chopsticks? Come to our table during Global Fest and test your chopstick skills. Hosted by Asian Pacific Student Association (APSA). Attallah Piazza, 12-1 p.m.

Tappin' Tatoos: Hosted by Chapman Kapamilya. Learn about traditional Filipino tribal tattoos: how to earn them and how it's reviving. If you're lucky, you can get one too! Attallah Piazza, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Global Brigades: Global Brigades is an international organization that brings medical, business, environmental, and legal support to under resourced countries to promote independent, sustainable development. Come see how you can be a leader in this organization and gain hands on experience in your field of study. Attallah Piazza, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Arabic Studies Film Screenings: In appreciation of the Board of Directors of the Arabic Club at Chapman and the Arabic Language Students as well as our colleagues at the University and our community friends, the Chapman community is cordially invited to join the Arabic Club's Film and Food Series for the Semester (English Subtitles). All movies will be screened in Doti Hall, 101 @ 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Admission is free.

  • November 9 - Captain Abu Raed (Jordan)
  • November, 30 - The Prophet (United States)
  • December 7 - Falafel (Lebanon)

Friday, November 10

Traditional Arts of Taiwan: Chapman University faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend hands-on workshops to enhance the understanding of Chinese language and Taiwanese culture through our fun culture event of fan making, Chinese painting, and bamboo dragonfly helicopters. Hosted by: Chapman Chinese Program, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, and the Center for Global Education. Sponsorship: 85 Degree C Bakery (Food will be provided). 2-4 p.m., BK 404

Monday, November 13

Family Pre-Departure Meeting: Family members of spring 2018 study abroad students are welcome to attend and learn about study abroad and how to support their student. 6-7 p.m., AF201

Around the Globe: Thinking about studying abroad? Meet study abroad alumni who will share their photos and experiences! Get inspired and learn about different countries and courses you can take abroad. Free food for attendees! 7:30-8:30 p.m., AF209C. 

Tuesday, November 14

Travel Workshop: 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. Hosted by STA Travel. 11 a.m. -12 p.m., Cross Cultural Center (AF304)

International Literature Book Exchange: Following an event held last semester, Chapman Feminists will host a book exchange for every taste in literature from around the world. This is a great way not only to bond, but also to share ideas that transcend culture and emphasize the voices of those who are often not heard in the US literature canon. 10 a.m. -12 p.m. in the Student Union Cubes

Stop Demolitions, Build Peace: J Street U Chapman will be speaking out against and the possible demolition of Umm al Kheir (a village in the West Bank) and any greater implications for the two-state solution. What can you do? Stop by at the table and participate in the photo campaign to help promote peace. 12:45-2:45 p.m., Outside walkway between Argyros Forum and Leatherby Libraries

"A Taxi Driver": Join the Korean Student Association to watch a historical action drama film, A Taxi Driver. In 1980, a taxi driver takes a foreign journalist to Gwangju where they were caught in the whirlwind of Korea's fight for a democratic government, the Gwangju uprising. Come find out what happens! Chapman profesor Dr. Susan Yang will also speak at this event. Hashinger 150 (Irvine Lecture Hall), 7-9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 15

Design your International Experience: Hosted by the Career & Professional Development and the Center for Global Education, this is a great opportunity to learn how to seek meaningful experiences when you go abroad to develop transferable life and work skills. AF 209B, 2-3 p.m.

“Lolo Rennt” (Run Lola Run) Film Screening: This 1998 movie is about a young woman in Germany who has 20 minutes to find and bring to her boyfriend 100,000 Deutschmarks before he robs a supermarket. It is full of action and different twists. Sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Cultures. We hope you will join us! The movie will be shown with English subtitles. 7:30 p.m., Smith Hall 202

Thursday, November 16

Mission Environment: Global Facts and Tips for Sustainable Living: Mission Environment is Chapman's top environmental club, and will have a trifold poster board with global environmental facts as well as tips and ideas about how bring sustainability into your every day life and spread the word about global warming. Stop by and say hi at the Student Union Stage in Argyros Forum, 1-3 p.m.

International Student Mixer: Mixer for international students and student/staff/faculty allies. Light food and beverages will be provided! Hosted by the Chapman Diversity Project and the Center for Global Education. 6-8 p.m., Cross Cultural Center (AF 304).  

Arrangiarsi -Pizza and the Art of Living: From the Bay Area to Italy, Matteo Troncone search for the meaning of life in this engaging, intimage documentary. Is it any surprise to discover that pizza is the answer? There will be a Q&A with director Matteo Trocone following the film. Hosted by The Film Studies Program at Dodge College and the Italian Studies Program at Wilkinson College. Watch the trailer here. Cloobeck Screening Room G| DMAC 124, 7-9:45 p.m.

Aikido Martial Arts Class: Sponsored 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. 9 p.m., AF119B. 


Friday, November 17

Sikh Film Festival Screenings: Dodge College of Film and Media Arts will host the first night of international documentary screenings.  The festival will continue on November 18 in Santa Ana at The Frida Cinema. Visit Sikh Lens for tickets and screening details.

Saturday, November 18

Lessons from Abroad ConferenceFull day professional conference for study abroad alumni to network and learn how to integrate your international experience within your academic, personal, and professional lives. $15 registration includes lunch. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at California State University Los Angeles. 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Aikido/Judo Martial Arts Class: Sponsored by the Chapman Martial Arts Club. Having evolved from Japanese roots, Jiu-Jitsu has become one of the most popular grappling martial arts in the world. It emphasizes the use of joint locks, body manipulations, and chokes in order to subdue an opponent. As of today, there are two main forms of jiu-jitsu: traditional "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu" (BJJ), and "No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu". The difference the two being that BJJ utilizes a "Gi" uniform while No-Gi does not. Many jiu-jitsu schools exist throughout the world and teach the art with different emphases. Some academies focus on self-defense; while others focus on sport (this includes both pure jiu-jitsu competitions and combative matches such as MMA). Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will be at 9 a.m. and Aikido/Judo class will be at 10:15 a.m., both in AF 119B

+ - Splendor of Taiwan - May 2017

The Da-Guan Dance Theater from the from the National Taiwan University of Arts presented "Splendor of Taiwan," on Tuesday, May 16, 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall Auditorium. Attendees were treated to a celebration of Taiwanese Heritage Week through cultural performances. This event was co-sponsored by the Department of Dance and Department of World Languages.

Taiwan dancer    Taiwan dancer    Taiwan dancer

+ - Bordering Russia: Politics Now - March 2017

How are the Baltic States coping with the increasing Russian threat and what impact will this have on U.S. National Security interests in Europe?

Co-sponsored by: Center for Global Education, Political Science Department, and Peace Studies Program


  • Juris Bunkis: Honorary Consul for the Republic of Latvia 
  • Darius Gaidys: Consul General for the Republic of Lithuania 
  • Jaak Treiman: Honorary Consul for the Republic of Estonia

Thursday, March 9, 6-7:30 p.m.

Sandhu Residence Hall and Conference Center, Room D & D1

+ - International Education Week 2016

Chapman's annual International Education Week was held November 14-18. The Center for Global Education partnered with student organizations and departments on campus to host various events, speakers, film screenings, discussions, and activities for the Chapman community to explore the importance and relevance of international education at Chapman! See below for events that occurred during the week. 

Schedule of Events: 

Monday, November 14

Global Fest: Kick-off event to start International Education Week! Co-sponsored by Chapman University Student Government Association. Students representing various countries will participate in an international flag procession and then will showcase several cultural performances you don't want to miss! Attallah Piazza, 12pm-1pm. Light refreshments will be served! 

Henna Tattoos: Fundraising event hosted by Lakshya (Indian Club). Attallah Piazza, 1:00-2:00pm.

Show Up For Susya: On this National Day of Action, J Street U Chapman joins fellow J Street U chapters all across the nation to speak out against the demolition of Susya (a village in the West Bank) and the greater implications for the two state solution. What can you do? Stop by at the table and participate in the photo campaign to help promote peace between Israel and Palestine! Attallah Piazza, 11am-2:30pm

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

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, 5-6pm. 

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

Tuesday, November 15

EUSA International Internship Programs Q&A: Learn about summer international internship programs in Dublin and Madrid. Center for Global Education (576 N. Glassell), 9-9:45am and 10:30-11:15am. 

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. Doti Hall 105, 3pm-4pm. 

Jewish Life Abroad: Event has been postponed to Spring 2017. Please check back for updates. 

What Happened Then?: The Department of World Languages and Cultures, Wilkinson College of Art, Humanities, Social Sciences present a documentary film Kinderland has burnt down by Sibylle Tiedemann  and Ute Badura, 1998.  The film documents the reunion of former classmates at a school in the former Southern German city of Ulm. Jewish and non-Jewish classmates recall their childhood in Nazi Germany. Sibylle Tiedemann will introduce her film and be available for questions after the screening. The event will also feature Holocaust survivor Hanni Kaplan, Marc Alexander, a descendant of Holocaust survivors, and student speakers (former Munich travel course participants) and musiciansWallace All Faiths Chapel Fish Interfaith Center, 7pm – 10pm. Special thanks to The Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education and Professor Donald R. Booth. 

Queer Around the World: Hosted by Queer Student Association (QSA). QSA will be screening clips from Vice’s "Gaycation," a show featuring Ellen Page and her friend traveling around the world and learning about LGBTQIAP+ cultures. After the screening, there will be a discussion about the variety of queer cultures and the importance of diversity within the queer community. AF 119A, 8-9pm. 

Wednesday, November 16

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. Glassell), 1-2pm. 

Design your International Experience Workshop: Hosted by Career and Professional Development 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. AF Great Room, 6:30pm.

Decolonizing Columbus: Hosted by Queer and Trans People of Color Collective (QTPOCC). Join a discussion about how Columbus paved the road for future conquistadors and the genocide of the native people of the Americas. AF 211, 9pm. 

Thursday, November 17

Discovering Traditional Asian Music Instruments through Contemporary Music Composition: Part of the Faculty Forum Lecture with Associate Professor of Music, Dr. Vera Ivanova. This lecture touches upon differences between tuning systems in Thai and Western music, history and construction of Japanese, Thai and Chinese instruments and their applications in traditional music and contemporary composition on examples of Dr. Ivanova’s music. AF209B, 11:30 am – 12:15pm.

"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. Morlan Hall Lounge, 7pm. Arabic refreshments will be served. 

Ricordi Italiani: Hosted by Italian Club. Learn about the history and culture of Italy and hear from study abroad alumni 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 and a discussion about 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! Center for Global Education, 576 N. Glassell.

+ - Iran: Rising Power in the Middle East - October 2016

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.

Full conference program featuring speaker biographies and panel session times.

Read an article for a recap of the conference: Panel discusses Iran as a rising power in the Middle East

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’”

+ - International Education Week 2015

The Center for Global Education's International Education Week at Chapman was held November 2nd-7th. The week consisted of an international food fair, art displays, international dialogues, and much more to show the importance and relevance of international and cross-cultural events on campus.

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

See the list below for all of the events:

Ongoing Events:

Angels from the private collection of Donna Ford Attallah ’61 and the Angel Series of paintings by Isa D’Arleans located @ Doy and Dee Henley Reading Room, 2nd floor Leatherby Libraries at Chapman University. Exhibit Dates: August 28th–November 8th, 2015

A Country Called Syria: An exhibit illustrating different foods, attires, trades, cities, and contributions of Syria @ Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections Leatherby Libraries 4th floor. Archives Exhibit Dates: August 31st – December 15th, 2015

Photo Contest Display: View winners of the Center for Global Education annual Photo Contest on display in the Student Union for the month of November.

Monday, 11/2/15

Family Pre-Departure Meeting for Spring 2016: Families of students going abroad next spring semester are welcome to attend and learn more about their student's experience going abroad. A recorded version will be available later. Beckman 404, 6 p.m.

"VETERAN"  A screening with Director Ryoo Seung-wan, 4-7pm Folino Theater  (Dodge College)
Moderated by Nam Lee (Assistant Professor of Film Studies)

VETERAN is Korean action maestro Ryoo Seung-wan’s latest, action-packed crime drama about the showdown between the top major crimes detective and the tyrannical heir to a conglomerate who believes he is above the law. It was Korea’s top-grossing movie of the summer this year in Korea and the third biggest hit of all time.  Since taking the Korean film scene by storm with his ultra-low budget ($60,000 USD) debut feature, DIE BAD, Ryoo Seung-wan has been making noteworthy films in the action and thriller genre such as ARAHAN, CRYING FIST, and CITY OF VIOLENCE. Nicknamed “Korean Cinema’s Action Kid,” Ryoo’s crime thrillers are characterized by his hard-edged style with an emphasis on lavishing action sequences. VETERAN is an exhilarating blend of the director’s trademark pulpy action and humor. Ryoo is known for his sharp observation into corruption in privileged classes of the modern Korean society and blends social critique into commercial action genre.

Tuesday, 11/3/15

International Food Fair: Sample various cuisines from around the world! This is a free event for the Chapman community. Attallah Piazza, Noon -1 p.m.

I’m Not Leaving: Experience Rwanda through the eyes of the only American to remain in the country through the 1994 genocide with Carl Wilkens.  Sponsored by College of Educational Studies, Freshman Foundations Program, Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Peace Studies Program and the Delp/Wilkinson Fund.  Beckman Hall 404 7:00pm

Wednesday, 11/4/15

Through my Eyes: A Foreign Lens: Listen to stories and see the winning photos from study abroad students who won the Center for Global Education Photo Contest! Special guest speakers Karyn Planett '70 and Geoff Thompson, authors of How To Capture Your Travel Stories In Words & Pictures, will discuss travel photography from their journeys around the world and experiences on Semester at Sea. Join this event if you are interested in studying abroad or photography! Refreshments will be served.  November 4th, 5:00-6:30pm, AF 201

From the Syrian Refugee Crisis to Disarmament: Ambassador Daerr will speak about crisis management, from conflict prevention to peace consolidation, and about the refugee crisis challenge, based primarily on his own involvements and experiences. Beckman 404, 7 p.m.

La Serata: Italian Conversation Evenings: This is a monthly meeting open to all who want to interact in a friendly environment in order to improve their language skills, regardless of their academic affiliation. Come to share aspects of the culture and to converse with native speakers, members of the local community, and other students of Italian. Location: BK 4th Floor Small Patio 7:00-8:00pm.

Thursday, 11/5/15

First Year Associates Program: Learn about global education opportunities and hear from alumni talking about their experiences abroad – Davis Community Center, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Windows of the World: International and domestic students at Chapman will discuss commonalities and differences of a theme chosen by students. Students will feel a greater sense of community and learn from the perspectives of others.  All students interested in learning about other cultures are invited. Location: AF 209B 12:00pm Lunch will be served! :)

Saturday, 11/7/15

Lessons from Abroad: Come learn how to integrate your international experience within your academic, personal, and professional lives. You don't want to miss this! UC Riverside, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

+ - Global Citizens Conference: Frozen Conflicts - April 2015

"Frozen Conflicts" is Chapman University's annual Global Citizen Conference on Thursday, April 16, hosted at the Conrad N. Hilton Center for Business, Loyola Marymount University. Co-sponsors of the conference include Loyola Marymount University, University of Southern California Center for International Studies, University of Southern California School of International Relations, Los Angeles World Affairs Council, and Atlantic Council in Washington, DC.

In the world today, there are numerous simmering conflicts of neither overt hostilities nor resolution. The conference examines several of these controversies that have been “frozen” in place. Despite attempts to bring closure to these armed standoffs—some attempts have gone on for decades—the sides remain eyeing each other warily. Clearly, something must change with the dispute resolution models that are being followed. We hope in the conference to discover commonalities among the conflicts, and explore new ideas to resolve them. The conference will examine these conflicts through panels on Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine; Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorno Karabakh; Ireland; Kashmir; and the Koreas.

Schedule and Panel Speakers:

Arrival: Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, California

8:30 AM Welcoming Remarks

8:45 AM Panel 1 — Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine
Moderator: Robert English, USC
Doris Barnett, member of German Parliament
Edward W. Walker, University of California - Berkeley
Honorable Sergei Aloshyn, Consul General for Ukraine in San Francisco

10:00 AM Break

10:15 AM  Panel 2 — Armenia, Azerbaijan, Nagorno Karabakh
Moderator: Wenshan Jia, Chapman University
Asim Mollazade, member of Azerbaijan Parliament, Member of German Parliament
Stepan Grigoryan, Chairman of the Board, Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation
James Coyle, Chapman University

11:45 AM Lunch

1:00 PM Panel 3 — Ireland
Moderator: David Koranyi, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council
Paul Arthur, Director of Peace Studies, Chapman University
Bryan Bland, Chaplain, Palo Alto University and Senior Consultant, Stanford Center for International Conflict and Negotiation

2:30 PM Break

2:45 PM Panel 4 — Kashmir
Moderator: Bharath Gopalaswamy, Director, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council
Kathleen Stephens, former US Charge d’Affaires to India
Charloette Kennedy, former Australian Diplomat

3:45 PM Break

4:00 PM Panel 5— Korea
Moderator: Terry McCarthy, Los Angeles World Affairs Council
David Kang, USC
Lynn Turk, Board of Directors, Pacific Century Institute
Bruce Bennett, RAND Corporation

5:00 PM Closing Remarks

View speaker bios and information about each panel topic.

+ - The Ottoman History During World War I - January 2015

Chapman University Center for Global Education
Orange County Turkish American Association (OCTAA)
American Turkish Association of Southern California (ATASC)
Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA)
The Pax Turcica Institute

jointly present

 The Ottoman History During World War I

Sunday, January 18, 2015
1:30pm - 5:00pm

Chapman University
Bush Conference Center
Beckman Hall, Room 404
1 University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

Featured Speaker
Prof. Edward J. Erickson, Marine Corps University

Professor Erickson will talk about the historical controversy and inter-ethnic conflict during the final years of the Ottoman Empire, based on his groundbreaking book “Ottomans & Armenians: A Study of Counterinsurgency”. Dr. Erickson is a Professor of Military History in the War Studies Department at the United States Marine Corps Command & Staff College, Quantico, Virginia. He is the author of eleven books and specializes in the history of the Ottoman army during the period 1876-1918. He also serves on the board of governors of the Institute of Turkish Studies at Georgetown University.

+ - "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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