» 2016 Conferences & Events

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

+ - International Education Week 2016

Chapman's annual International Education Week 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. 

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

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. More information » 

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. More information » 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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