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

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

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

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Engaging the World Virtual Film Series

Leading the Conversation on the Significance of Race

Join Wilkinson for our new Engaging the World virtual film series. Every Monday (starting April 13, 2020), we will release a new film that can be streamed and viewed for free anytime during the week. We will conclude the screening every Friday with a live-streamed faculty or filmmaker-led discussion of the film. 

April 13, 2020
Film: Say Her Name
Streaming Link: https://chapman.kanopy.com/
Discussion: Friday, April 17, 1-2 p.m.
Faculty/Guest Speaker: CK Magliola (Director, Women’s Studies)
Student Moderator: WMST 498 Senior Seminar Students

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

April 20, 2020
Film:Documenting Hate: Charlottesville
Streaming Link: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/documenting-hate-charlottesville/
Discussion: Friday, April 24, 1-2 p.m.
Faculty/Guest Speaker: Peter Simi (Sociology) and A.C. Thompson (ProPublica journalist)        

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

April 27, 2020
Film: Mosquita Y Mari
Streaming Link: https://chapman.kanopy.com/ 
Discussion: Friday, May 1, 1-2 p.m.
Faculty/Guest Speaker: Aurora Guerrero (filmmaker)

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

May 4, 2020 
Film: Jose 
Streaming Link: https://chapman.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=6f454a4f-f955-4f68-9d09-ab9901402dbf 
Discussion: Friday, May 8, 1-2 p.m. 
Faculty/Guest Speaker: Dr. Ian Barnard  

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

May 11, 2020 
Film: Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart 
Streaming Link: https://chapman.kanopy.com/  
Discussion: Friday, May 15, 1-2 p.m.
Faculty/Guest Speaker: Prof Prexy Nesbitt, Prof Mildred Lewis and moderator President Daniele Struppa   

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

June 19, 2020 
Film: A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone
Streaming Link: https://chapman.kanopy.com/  
Discussion: Friday, June 19, 1-2 p.m.
Faculty/Guest Speaker: Dr. Lindsey Shen and Jessica Bocinski

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

Film Series Discussion Friday, June 19

 June 19 Wilkinson film Series Flyer


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

Upcoming Fall Events

We are finalizing our fall events. Check back soon for details!