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Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year, such as, lectures, documentary/film screenings, panel debates, art exhibits, conferences, poetry/literary readings and so much more. Check out the Wilkinson events calendar for a full list of all the exciting things we have coming up!

Below is some information about our ongoing series within the college.

Art Lecture Series

Art Lecture Series

The Art Department hosts many events throughout the spring and fall semesters, including The Visual Thinker Lecture Series, The Bensussen Distinguished Lecture in the Arts Series and art exhibitions in the Guggenheim Gallery.

The Border

The Border

Francisco Cantú, former border patrol agent whose memoir, A Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border, made numerous lists for best books of 2018 and is shortlisted for several literary prizes

INTERSTICES: An Interdisciplinary Series


This series has been put on hold. Please check back for future information.

The Interstices series is a set of themed events and discussions that examine the cross-sections or rather “intersection” of ideas/ topical issues. The series is about expressing differences, launching new ways of thinking, exploring connections, and moving towards knowing something more about who we are. The aim to create a provocative and lively discussion involving faculty, students, and visiting speakers.

John Fowles Center for Creative Writing Series

John Fowles Center for Creative Writing Series

The Center offers students and non-students alike an opportunity to gain a greater appreciation for the "written word" and those who write it. Each year a distinguished group of national and international writers is invited to Chapman University, making these writers available not only to the Chapman community, but to the Orange County and, by extension, the Southern California community as well.

Now into its second decade, The John Fowles Center for Creative Writing has invited to Chapman such national and international writers as: Salman Rushdie, Luisa Valenzuela, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gioconda Belli, Alicia Partnoy, Raymond Federman, Steve Katz, Ronald Sukenick, Raúl Zurita, Elizabeth George, Ralph Berry, David Matlin, Charles Bernstein, Larry McCaffery, Alicia Kozameh, Fanny Howe, David Antin, and Willis Barnstone.

Annual Local Government Conference

Orange County Homes Every Spring the Political Science Department hosts an all day event due to a generous grant from Fieldstead and Company. Join us this year to hear a panel of experts discuss the challenges posed by today’s California housing crisis. Learn more about this event ... 

The Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education Series

The Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education Series

Chapman University's academic program for students is augmented by an exceptional co-curricular program, including The "1939" Club Lecture Series, the Schwartz Holocaust Lecture Series, and The "1939" Club's Leopold Page Memorial Righteous Rescuers Lecture Series.  These lectures bring to Chapman distinguished scholars, innovative film makers, and inspiring survivors and rescuers of the Holocaust, as well as those who are voices for justice and human rights in our world today.

Recent speakers have included "Righteous Among the Nations' Marion von Binsbergen Pritchard; Paul Rusesabagina, whose story was recounted in the film Hotel Rwanda; film makers Daniel Anker; Jon Avnet, Jon Kean, and Pierra Sauvage; Holocaust survivors and witnesses Thomas Blatt, Gerda Weissmann Klein, Curt Lowens, and Leon Leyson, and scholars Dr. Christopher Browning, Dr. Debórah Dwork, Dr. Nechama Tec and Sir Martin Gilbert, among many others. These events are open to the community without charge.

Tabula Poetica Poetry/Reading Series

Tabula Poetica Poetry/Reading Series

Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University is dedicated to creating an environment to celebrate poetry in a variety of forms and venues. Here, we foster a culture of poetry appreciation by engaging and supporting the veteran writer, the novice poet, the student, and the general reader in an effort to share poems and conversation about this art form.

Chapman University's poetry project melds the ideas of tabula rasa (or the blank slate) and ars poetica (or the art of poetry) to make a poetry table around which we, near or far, can gather. There exists much poetry already in the world, many poems have yet to be written, and we have a great deal to discuss and question about the nature of poetry. We have been trying to figure out what constitutes this art form since at least the days of Horace, which leads us to believe that the celebration and conversation are more important than reaching a firm conclusion. Tabula Poetica is the slate upon which we've decided to enter the ongoing, larger cultural conversation about poems and their roles. Pull your chair up to our poetry table to enjoy the feast and the discussion here.

WordTheatre at Chapman University

WordTheatre WordTheatre’s fall series at Chapman University brings America’s finest short story writers to Orange for celebrity and student performances. WordTheatre is where authors, actors, and audiences meet to experience the world’s best contemporary literature brought to life. Dedicated to inspiring empathy, curiosity and conversation, these powerful and entertaining performances create community and engender compassion while sparking a love for reading, writing and self expression.

Past Wilkinson Event Videos

Below is a list of some past Wilkinson events we have on video. If you would like to see a more current list of events on video, please visit The Chapman University YouTube Page.

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Event Videos

Army Capt. Michael Kelly McCoy '03
Feb. 24, 2011
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Insight to a Shakespeare Tragedy 
Feb. 23, 2011
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Wilkinson Report: The Arab Revolt
Feb. 14, 2011
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How to Assess the Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus
Oct. 13, 2010
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Tabula Poetica, Lynne Thompson
Oct. 12 2010
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Humans Consist of Two Parts: Body & Soul, Richard Swinburne
Oct. 11, 2010
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Marginalization, Women, and the Bible
Oct. 5, 2010
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Tabula Poetica, Rae Armantrout
Sept. 14, 2010
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Chesa Boudin
Apr. 8, 2010
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Reverend James Lawson
Mar. 16, 2010
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Jack F. Matlock, Jr.
Mar. 10, 2010
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Dr. Rozell "Prexy Nesbitt
Feb. 16, 2010
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The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law - Albie Sachs
Feb. 11, 2010
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A Night With ... FDR
Feb. 8, 2010
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Conrad Under California Skies
Conference at Chapman

Jan. 7-10, 2010
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