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Town and GownSince 1994 Town & Gown has brought the fantastic speaker series, Lunch at the Forum, to its members and friends. Featuring Chapman University's outstanding faculty members and academic leaders speaking on their research, studies, and experiences, Lunch at the Forum has been a highlight for T&G members, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, friends, and members of the community.

Town & Gown is proud to present its 27th season of Lunch at the Forum; we hope that you can join us as we offer it virtually - and complimentary this year.  If restrictions on large gatherings change in Spring 2021 allowing for any in-person presentations, that information will be posted here.

Lunch at the Forum

The Movies, the Moguls and Me: Bringing Hollywood to Orange County 

Stephen Galloway, Dean, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Twyla Reed Martin Dean's Chair

October 1, 2020 - 11:30 a.m. 

A hundred years ago, a handful of tycoons traveled west and built one of the greatest businesses the world has ever known: Hollywood. Dean Galloway will discuss what they built, how it’s changing — and why that’s an opportunity for Chapman University and the future of Dodge College.

Green Food for a Healthy Planet 

Anuradha Prakash, Ph.D., Professor and Program Director, Food Science Program, Schmid College of Science and Technology

November 5, 2020 - 11:30 a.m. 

Dr. Prakash will provide the context to understand the global challenge of the diet-environment-health trilemma, and information that one can put into practical use to reduce our environmental footprint while feeding the world.

Breaking Barriers: Empowering Women through Sports

Carol Jue, Women's Basketball Coach, Chapman University 

February 4, 2021 - 11:30 a.m.

Basketball has always been a safe haven for Carol Jue and is something that other women of Asian descent might also have the opportunity to experience. Carol Jue will share about her once-in-a-lifetime trip to Taiwan as speaker and coach, as well as her impressive 17-year journey as Chapman University’s all-time winningest women’s basketball coach.

COVID-19 One Year Later: Its Impacts on Health, Society and the Economy 

Thomas Piechota, Ph.D., Vice President of Research, Chapman University

March 4, 2021 - 11:30 a.m. 

Chapman faculty and students responded in extraordinary ways to the pandemic. In addition, Chapman University began research to evaluate the health, social and economic impacts of the virus, which still continue. Dr. Piechota will moderate this Town Hall with Chapman faculty and students who will present their perspectives, looking back one year from when COVID-19 first impacted the U.S.

Robert Becker

How Music Affects Us

Robert Becker, M.M., Associate Professor, Chamber Music, Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, College of Performing Arts

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 11:30 a.m.

What are the advantages of learning an instrument? Does one get smarter? Is one better prepared for careers other than music by playing an instrument? Professor Becker will give you these answers and more while you listen to music played by talented students of the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music.

Register for the live-streamed presentation on May 6, 2021

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