News from Pepperdine University Seaver College of Letters Arts & Sciences. Read how the Pepperdine University Seaver College of Letters Arts & Sciences is making headlines. en-us Sun, 08 Dec 2019 22:15:29 -0800 Drupal Model United Nations Team Named Distinguished Delegation at International Conference The six members of the team represented Indonesia at the NMUN conference in Erfurt, Germany Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:45:00 PST Model United Nations Team in Germany Pepperdine’s Model United Nations (MUN) team traveled to Erfurt, Germany, to attend its second international National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference. At the conference’s close, the team was honored to be named one of the Distinguished Delegations for their representation of Indonesia.

Preceding the week-long trip, the team’s six members—Seaver students Jordan Aldrich, Carolina Borjas, Ryan Brown, Mary Buffaloe, Filippo Maria Margheritini, and Caroline Sisson—spent nearly eight months preparing for the conference. Their summers were filled with collaborative efforts to research the challenges and issues faced by Indonesia and draft position papers. Margheritini, an international student from Italy and team president, was able to visit with the deputy chief of mission of Indonesia in Italy for a deeper understanding of the world’s largest island country.

On November 23, 2019, the students arrived in Erfurt eager to begin a week of scholarship, diplomacy, and expeditions to important cultural memorials. In addition to 12-hour days of committee sessions in which they presented topics such as women in development and strengthening nuclear safeguards, the delegates gathered to hear a speech by the president of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The team’s efforts did not go unnoticed by the conference organizers. Not only was the team awarded the Distinguished Delegation honor, but Margheritini and Buffaloe were named outstanding delegates for their contributions to the security council committee. And while the program is a simulation, the work that goes into it has a real impact. The resolutions passed, after laborious contributions from each delegate, are sent to the German president who decides which to forward to the secretary-general of the United Nations, António Guterres.

Reflecting on the experience, Margheritini said, “Hearing [Steinmeier’s] speech was personally inspiring. He talked about how the relationships we make are those that build the international relations of the future. It was empowering, and what I feel MUN is all about—empowerment and building relationships that shift not only our personal futures but also our collective future.”

Pepperdine MUN’s participation in international NMUN Conferences was spearheaded by the former team president Morgan Bedford (’19) in November 2018 when she led the team to Xi’an, China, with support from the Seaver dean’s office.

The team has begun preparing for their next NMUN conference in New York in March 2020, where they will be representing Australia. To learn more about Pepperdine’s MUN, contact them at or connect with them on their Instagram or Facebook.

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Christopher Parkening to Perform at the Kennedy Center Presented by Keith and Kristyn Getty the concert celebrates the diverse sounds of the holiday Fri, 06 Dec 2019 10:30:00 PST Christopher Parkening

Distinguished Professor of Music and chair of the guitar department at Seaver College at Pepperdine University, Christopher Parkening will perform with Keith and Kristyn Getty at Sing! An Irish Christmas presented by Getty Music at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on Saturday, December 14, 2019. As part of the program, Vice President of the United States Mike Pence will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Joni Eareckson Tada, a dear friend of the Parkenings for over 30 years.

The two-hour concert, in its eighth annual tour, features musical artists that blend Celtic, bluegrass, classical music, and more with the choral sounds of the holiday. Parkening will perform “The Shepherd” by Carlo Domeniconi and Patrick Russ’ arrangement of “I Wonder as I Wander” with baritone Jubilant Sykes. “It is an honor to perform at such a joyous event, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ,” Parkening said.

Parkening is renowned as one of the world’s greatest classical guitar virtuosos. The Washington Post cited his stature as “the leading guitar virtuoso of our day, combining profound musical insight with complete technical mastery of his instrument.” Carnegie Hall and the White House are just a few of the distinguished venues at which he has performed. He has recorded 20 albums and his work has earned him two Grammy® nominations.

To learn more about the concert, visit the Getty Music website.

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Students Present at Undergraduate Research Conference Seaver College students from the Natural Science and Humanities and Teacher Education Divisions present their research at the annual conference Fri, 06 Dec 2019 08:15:00 PST Seaver College celebrates several student researchers who presented research at the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) on November 23, 2019, at California State University, San Marcos. In total 16 students—14 from the Natural Science Division and two from the Humanities and Teacher Education Division—participated in this year’s conference with the help of seven Pepperdine faculty mentors.

SCCUR is a one-day, annual conference that celebrates the best multi-disciplinary research, scholarship, and creative work of undergraduates in Southern California.

Congratulations to the following students and their faculty mentors: 

Student(s)Faculty Mentor(s)Project Title
Alex PriegerStan Warford"A Quadrotomy for Partial Orders" 
David Addison, Brett Muramoto,  Daniela Rizzo, and Audrey FontesLee Kats"Effect of melanized spots on feeding behavior of the invasive species, Procambarus Clarkii"
David Addison, Brett Muramoto, and Daniela RizzoLee Kats"Effects of TTX on the movement, metamorphosis, and mortality of mosquito larvae"
Anemone HansenConstance Fulmer"From Unseen to Undaunted: Mrs. Tulliver's Grouth in George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss"
Talia Cao, Samantha Fiallo, and Xingyue ZhuThomas L. Vandergon"Genome Size Comparison Reduction Found in Some Santa Monica Mountain Chaparral Ferns"
Sophia CheongBaljit S. Khakh (UCLA) "Huntington's Disease: Therapeutic strategy to reduce mutant huntingtin protein"
Caroline WickCourtney Davis"Mathematically Modeling the Persistence of Red-Legged Frogs"
Brandon R. GrinovichStephen Davis"Photosynthetic Response of Dryopteris arguta to Extended Drought"
Karagan SmithStephen Davis"Seedling and Resprout Survival of Three Chaparral Species Following Woolsey Wildfire"
Matthew Sturtevant and Colton RussellLee Kats and Gary Bucciarelli"Tetrodotoxin reduction due to antibiotics in the California Newt"
Anne Katharine BrownConstance Fulmer"The Fabled Weaver: Reading Silas Marner as the Real Diary of George Eliot"
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Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel to Perform Eighth Concert at Pepperdine Emmanuel will be joined on stage by special guests Jim and Morning Nichols. Thu, 05 Dec 2019 08:45:00 PST Tommy EmmanuelTwo-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel, one of Australia’s most respected guitarists, will once again bring his passionate and infectious live show to Pepperdine University’s Smothers Theatre at 8 PM on Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12 at the Lisa Smith Wengler. Marking his eighth performance at Pepperdine, Emmanuel will be joined on stage by special guests Jim and Morning Nichols.

“Pepperdine has been honored to present Tommy Emmanuel regularly since 2006. His performances are always one of the highlights of our season,” said Rebecca Carson, managing director of the Center for the Arts. “He is a truly brilliant guitarist with a joyful and dynamic stage presence.

Emmanuel’s concerts are part of his tour supporting his new collaborative instrumental album recorded with John Knowles, Heart Songs, which was released on January 11 via CGP Sounds and distributed by Thirty Tigers. The 14-track album features Emmanuel and Knowles covering love songs recorded by a variety of artists, including the Bee Gees, Leonard Bernstein, and Billy Joel.

A world-renowned guitarist, songwriter, and singer, Emmanuel is known for his complex fingerstyle technique, energetic performances, and use of percussive effects on the guitar. With a musical repertoire that spans pop, jazz, blues, gospel, classical, flamenco, and aboriginal styles, his warm and soulful sound has won him hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide.

His unusual talent and life are common lore in Australia. Born into a musical family, Emmanuel first started playing guitar at the age of 4 and joined his family’s touring band just two years later. Following high school, he became one of Australia’s most in-demand rock musicians, playing guitar in a succession of bands, including one of Australia’s best-known acts, Dragon. He supplemented that with a side job as a studio musician, playing on recordings for Air Supply and Men at Work, as well as thousands of commercial jingles and tunes. In the 1980s he embarked on a successful solo career, and has released over 30 studio albums, and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world.

Emmanuel is one of only five musicians to hold the distinguished “Certified Guitar Player” (CGP) title from late music legend Chet Atkins. He has also received multiple awards by Guitar Player Magazine and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, an honor bestowed by the Queen in his homeland. He received two ARIA Awards from the Australian Recording Industry Association (the Aussie equivalent of the Recording Academy), performed during the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sydney, and has collaborated with Eric Clapton, Doc Watson, and John Denver.

Jim Nichols’ impressive credentials include appearances on television, radio, concert halls, and clubs, including Carnegie Hall and The Tonight Show. He has played and/or recorded with Kenny Rankin, Chet Atkins, Hubert Laws, Buddy Montgomery, Van Morrison, Toots Thielemans, Tom Waits, among others. He has taught clinics in the US and in Europe, including Stanford and Jamie Aebersold Jazz Workshops.

Morning Nichols is a vivacious song stylist whose sound is pure and compelling. She has performed extensively at a variety of concerts, clubs, and festivals. Nichols has performed with Mark Murphy, Chet Atkins, Martin Taylor, Les Brown Big Band, and others. She was featured for seven years with the acclaimed Full Faith & Credit Big Band and has taught vocal clinics in Europe and the US, including Grammy in the Schools in San Francisco.

This event is sponsored by the Flamminio family and by Mary and Tom Hawkins.

Ticket prices range between $10 and $50 and are required for attendance. For additional information about this show, and to purchase tickets, visit the Center for the Arts website.

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Pepperdine Launches Braille Embossed Business Cards for Faculty and Staff Faculty and staff across Pepperdine partnered in fall 2019 to develop the University’s first-ever braille embossed business cards to address a growing need and desire to provide accessible services to all members of the Pepperdine community. Tue, 03 Dec 2019 10:15:00 PST Pepperdine Braille Embossed Business CardsFaculty and staff across Pepperdine partnered in fall 2019 to develop the University’s first-ever braille embossed business cards to address a growing need and desire to provide accessible services to all members of the Pepperdine community. The cards, which mark an important step toward increased accessibility at Pepperdine, were delivered to Office of Student Accessibility (OSA) staff in mid-October, marking the culmination of a nearly three-month-long project. 

The initiative was spearheaded by Anna Penner, who had recently accepted a position on Pepperdine’s faculty as an assistant professor of sociology. Encouraged by her scholarship, which focuses on the sociology of disability, family, inequality, and particularly on the behavioral and educational outcomes throughout the life of children with disabled siblings, Penner explored the different ways her new position could incorporate accessible resources. Aware of accessibility efforts at other institutions, Penner inquired with the Seaver College Social Science Division about introducing braille embossed business cards at Pepperdine. 

Sandra Harrison, OSA director, was immediately drawn to the idea that had been on the minds of OSA staff for a long time and worked with Jeff Webb (’18), administrative assistant for the Seaver College Social Science Division at the time, to coordinate efforts to launch the initiative. “When we learned about the interest in braille embossed business cards, our immediate answer was, ‘Absolutely. Let’s do this!’” she shared.

The project, fueled by collaborations between multiple campus departments, began to take shape as Eric Gero, manager of printing services, spearheaded the research into the possibility of Pepperdine’s business card stock being able to accommodate braille embossing and coordinated with third parties to ensure the accuracy of the braille translation on the cards. 

“Our intention is for this first group to become the template for future cards,” Gero said. “We are hoping this will become a new addition to Printing Services' offerings.”

Jennifer Baker, assistant director of the OSA, shared, “We are thankful for every person who creates access in every way. With this new avenue of accessibility, we hope the feeling of belonging at Pepperdine will continue to extend to more people.”

For more information about accessibility at Pepperdine, visit the Office of Student Accessibility website.

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Roslyn Satchel Awarded for Scholarship and Activism Satchel's scholarship was recognized with the Feminist and Women's Studies Scholar-Activist Award Tue, 26 Nov 2019 04:15:00 PST The National Communication Association (NCA) honored Roslyn Satchel, Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Communication, with the 2019 Feminist and Women’s Studies Scholar-Activist Award on Friday, November 15, 2019.

The award honors a member of the NCA whose scholarship has shown progress in addressing social injustices. Sarah Stone Watt, divisional dean of Seaver’s Communication Division, and Tanya Asim Cooper, assistant clinical professor of law at the Caruso School of Law, nominated Satchel detailing her commitment to students through empowering them to pursue advocacy in their own lives.

The award committee shared that they were “impressed with the depth of [Satchel’s] community involvement, the sustained connection between [her] research and the community, and [her] sustained commitment to analyzing multiple systems of oppression in [her] activism/teaching/scholarship.”

Since joining Pepperdine’s faculty over five years ago, Satchel has masterfully incorporated topics of diversity and intersectionality in her teaching. The diverse scope of her research has earned her several grants at Pepperdine including the Community-Based Research Program and the Cross-School Collaborative Research Program. She published her book titled What Movies Teach about Race: Exceptionalism, Erasure, and Entitlement in 2016. In fall 2019, she was awarded an endowed professorship. She has described her work as her “ministry of social justice and human rights in the classroom, in the church, and in the media.”

Founded in 1914, the NCA is a scholarly society whose mission is to support scholars and teachers of communication in their professional interests, research, and teaching.

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Juanie Walker and Heet Ghodasara Published in Journal of Social Entrepreneurship Walker and Ghodasara explore how two social enterprises are empowering their communities in India Thu, 21 Nov 2019 10:15:00 PST Juanie Walker, associate professor of communication, and Heet Ghodasara, senior in Seaver’s Business Administration Division, published their case study on two social enterprises in India in the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.

Their article, “Transformational Development and Social Capital: Jaipur Rugs and Gram Vikas on Both Sides of the Threshold,” explores two social enterprises in India—Jaipur Rugs and Gram Vikas—that produce effective social action in their communities by empowering women through practices rooted in their identity and traditional values.

Walker and Ghodasara have developed their interdisciplinary research since Ghodasara’s freshman seminar course in 2016. Ghodasara received the Academic Year Undergraduate Research Initiative Grant in 2017 and 2018.

To find the published article, visit the Research News website.

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Shanna Early Receives Brett J. Love Award for Teaching Excellence Early's teaching embodies the University's dedication to students by helping them apply coursework to the real world Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:30:00 PST Shanna EarlyShanna Early, visiting assistant professor of English, was awarded the Brett J. Love Award for Teaching Excellence. Early is the sixteenth recipient of the award.

The award was established in 2003 to remember Brett J. Love, a former non-tenured English professor who passed on April 12, 2003. Its purpose is to recognize exceptional, non-tenured teachers in the Humanities and Teacher Education Division whose work embodies the University’s commitment to students.

Since first joining Pepperdine in 2018 as a Seaver College faculty fellow, Early’s teaching has inspired, stimulated, and challenged her students to think critically and creatively about the world. “She makes learning the subject entertaining while ensuring [it’s] applicable to real-life circumstances,” shares one of her students. Some courses she has taught include English Composition, Western Culture, and American Multicultural Literature.

Early holds a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Abilene Christian University. She holds an additional master’s in English with a concentration in Irish culture and literature from Boston College. In 2018, she earned her PhD in English from Emory University.

To learn more about the Humanities and Teacher Education Division, visit their website.

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International Cellist Zlatomir Fung to Visit Pepperdine The concert will take place at Raitt Recital Hall on November 24. Wed, 20 Nov 2019 09:00:00 PST Zlatomir FungCellist Zlatomir Fung will come to Pepperdine University’s Raitt Recital Hall at 2 PM on Sunday, November 24, as part of the Recital Series for the 2019–2020 season.

His program includes Gabrieli’s Cello Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Mayaskovsky’s Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 81, Estrin’s [Premiere], Balch’s Prelude, and Brahms’ E Minor Cello Sonata.

The first American in three decades and the youngest musician ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello Division, Zlatomir Fung is poised to become one of the preeminent cellists of our time. Astounding audiences with his boundless virtuosity and exquisite sensitivity, the 20-year-old has already proven himself to be a star among the next generation of world-class musicians. Fung’s impeccable technique demonstrates a mastery of the canon and exceptional insight into the depths of contemporary repertoire.

In the 2019–2020 season, Fung has performed with orchestras and in recitals in all corners of North America. He returns to the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and debuts with Asheville and Aiken Symphony Orchestras, Plymouth Philharmonic, and Symphony Pro Musica in Hudson, Massachusetts. He performs at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in a joint recital with fellow Tchaikovsky Competition winners in October, following a recital at Friends of Music in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Other recitals include Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, Syrinx Concerts in Toronto, the Embassy Series in Washington DC, Salon de Virtuosi and Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York City, Chamber on the Mountain in Ojai, Evergreen Museum & Library in Baltimore, and Mainly Mozart in Coral Gables. At the Artist Series of Sarasota, Fung will perform the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven.

As a chamber musician, Fung performs around the world, opening the season with IMS Prussia Cove on Tour to London’s Wigmore Hall, Cornwall, Cambridge, West Sussex, and Somerset. He closes the season at Dresdner Musikfestspiele. New York City chamber music engagements include the Aspect Foundation and Jupiter Chamber Players. During the summer of 2019, Fung performs at Musique de Chambre à Giverny, a chamber music festival in northern France.

Fung started his career with Young Concert Artists. A winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 2017 Astral National Auditions, Fung has taken the top prizes at the 2018 Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, 2016 George Enescu International Cello Competition, 2015 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players, 2014 Stulberg International String Competition, and 2014 Irving Klein International Competition. He was selected as a 2016 US Presidential Scholar for the Arts and was awarded the 2016 Landgrave von Hesse Prize at the Kronberg Academy Cello Masterclasses.

Of Bulgarian-Chinese heritage, Fung began playing cello at age three and earned fellowships at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Heifetz International Music Institute, MusicAlp, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. A proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship, Fung currently studies at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Richard Aaron and Timothy Eddy. Fung has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and has appeared on From the Top six times. Fung plays a W. E. Hill and Sons cello from 1905.

Ticket prices range between $10 and $28, and are required for attendance. For additional information, and to purchase tickets, visit the Center for the Arts website.

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Seaver Graduate Students Expand Scholarship at Austin Film Festival The MFA in Writing for Screen and Television program sent five students to the festival to add to their educational experience. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 13:15:00 PST Leslie Kreiner Wilson and William Nix speaking to Seaver graduate students.Five graduate students in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Writing for Screen and Television program traveled to the 26th Annual Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference (AFF) from October 24 through October 27 for a pivotal experience to bolster their screenwriting skills.

With sponsorship from Seaver Graduate Programs and the Office of the Vice Provost, five students—William DeWitt, Brielle Yuke Li, Tanay Mankad, Gregory Morton, and Emily Rauch—attended two days of AFF’s week full of panels, workshops, and film screenings. Hosted at the Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin, Texas, the festival draws hundreds of industry professionals every year due to its unique focus on screenwriting and the screenplay.

Seaver graduate students and alumni gathered at the Austin Film FestivalLeslie Kreiner Wilson, associate professor and director of the MFA in Writing for Screen and Television program, championed the program’s involvement in the festival beginning in 2018. “It’s really their equivalent of an academic research conference,” she shares. Each year she has coordinated a private panel during the conference centered around a theme relevant to Pepperdine’s mission. This year students had a private conversation with producer William Nix titled “Social Justice > Global Impact: A Conversation,” which helped position the student’s creative work as philanthropic ventures. Students were also able to screen the film Wade in the Water, written by program alumnus Chris Retts (MFA ’15).

Students were free to build their own schedule of panels and workshops, besides the required private panel and the occasional shared meal and film screening. Students were emboldened by the diversity of panelists and returned with a revived creative focus. Li, who is in her third year of the MFA program, strived to attend at least four panels per day all with a special focus on cultivating her craft. Rauch not only felt inspired by attending a panel of three women writers in the gaming industry but also felt it was a practical exposition to resources on how to find internships and other professional development.

Beyond the unforgettable stories, such as Li approaching the writers of the HBO series Game of Thrones David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, the five students will continue to reflect on their experiences at the festival and incorporate their newfound knowledge into their scholarship before presenting at the annual Seaver Research Symposium in the spring.

To learn more about the Seaver’s MFA in Writing for the Screen and Televisions, visit the program’s website.

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Philosopher Robert Talisse to Discuss Politics at Pepperdine Talisse will explore his latest book, Overdoing Democracy: Why We Must Put Politics in its Place. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 11:30:00 PST Robert TalissePolitical theorist Robert Talisse will present “Overdoing Democracy” in the Surfboard Room at Payson Library on Friday, November 15, at noon.

Talisse will discuss his latest book, Overdoing Democracy: Why We Must Put Politics in its Place. Brief, accessible, and provocative, the book argues that the infiltration of political allegiances into all quarters of social life has eroded our democratic capacities. The book further contends that in order to repair democracy, we must engage in non-political cooperative social interaction, particularly in activities where political differences are not merely suppressed, but risen above and rendered irrelevant.  

Talisse specializes in contemporary political philosophy, with particular interest in democratic theory and liberalism. His most recent work engages issues at the intersection of political philosophy and epistemology. He also pursues topics in pragmatism, analytic philosophy, and ancient philosophy.

For additional information about this lecture, visit the Pepperdine Libraries website.

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Rachael Denhollander to Explore Advocacy and Faith at Pepperdine Known as the first woman to publicly speak out against the former USA Gymnastics doctor, Denhollander will share her experience intersecting faith and advocacy Thu, 07 Nov 2019 10:15:00 PST Rachael DenhollanderThe Seaver College W. David Baird Distinguished Lecture Series at Pepperdine University will present “An Evening with Rachael Denhollander” at Elkins Auditorium in Malibu on Wednesday, November 13, at 5 PM.

Denhollander is an advocate, educator, and lawyer who became known internationally as the first woman to file a police report and speak publicly against Larry Nassar, former USA Gymnastics doctor and one of the most prolific sexual abusers in recorded history. As a result of her activism, more than 250 women came forward as survivors of Nassar's abuse, leading to his life imprisonment. A committed Christian, Denhollander has been at the forefront of condemning the problem of abuse that often plagues churches and religious organizations while working to address the underlying dynamics. 

For her advocacy, she has received numerous awards; she was listed among TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2018. She was named as Sports Illustrated 2018 Inspiration of the Year and one of Glamour magazine’s 2018 Women of the Year. She has appeared on major networks and been featured frequently in print media. Her two books—What is a Girl Worth and How Much Is a Little Girl Worth—were published in September 2019. She received her JD from Oak Brook College of Law and worked in public policy before 2016.

The W. David Baird Distinguished Lecture Series features top scholars, practicing academics, and thought leaders in diverse fields. The events approach perspectives on advocacy, innovation, and more, which stimulate conversations in the community and broaden the Pepperdine educational experience. The series is made possible through the support of Melanie and Richard Flamminio, the Seaver College Board of Visitors, and the Seaver Parents Association.

For more information about this event, visit the W. David Baird Distinguished Lecture Series website.

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Political Science Professor Robert Williams to Examine the Ethics of War Williams will present “Lessons in Stone: World War I Memorials and the Construction of Moral Meaning” at Payson Library on November 11. Thu, 07 Nov 2019 08:45:00 PST Robert Williams - Pepperdine UniversityRobert Williams, professor of political science and dean of the Social Sciences Division at Seaver College, will present “Lessons in Stone: World War I Memorials and the Construction of Moral Meaning” in the Surfboard Room at Payson Library on Monday, November 11, at 4 PM.

In the 101 years since World War I ended on November 11, 1918, nation-states and local communities all over the world have built monuments to create shared understandings of the war and its meaning. Today there are tens of thousands of World War I memorials worldwide, with still more in the planning stages. Williams will explore some of the ways these memorials, from the ruined Tannenberg Memorial in western Poland to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, have shaped society’s understanding of the ethics of war. 

For additional information about this lecture, visit the Pepperdine Libraries website.

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Seaver College Fine Arts Division to Present the Luciana and Daniel Forge Fall Musical Ragtime Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three individuals are united by their courage, compassion, and belief in the promise of the future. Wed, 06 Nov 2019 09:00:00 PST Theatre performance - Pepperdine UniversityThe Pepperdine University Fine Arts Division Theatre and Music Departments will present the musical Ragtime at Smothers Theatre at 7:30 PM on November 15–16 and November 21–22, with matinee performances on Sunday, November 17 and Saturday, November 23, at 2 PM. Gold, Platinum, and Diamond members of the Center for the Arts Guild are invited to a special backstage tour before the November 21 performance.

Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three individuals—a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring young Harlem musician—are united by their courage, compassion, and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.

Kelly Todd, adjunct professor of theatre dance, will direct the all-student cast, which will features Noah Archibald, Syd DeMaria, Leyla Dillig, Lauren Drake, Julian Duncan, Josh Fredenburg, Jack Gerding, Joseph Hebel, Brit Hope, Brooke Moltrum, Adrian Patiño, George Preston, and Nathaniel Thompson.

Ragtime is an epic musical drama rooted in historical fiction. Set in the early 1900s, it weaves together the stories of three parents and their children facing racial discrimination, sexism, and the persecution of immigrants—three issues still highly relevant today. It is a beautiful story of love, identity and forgiveness that asks us to examine our own moral compass. The music is stunning and this is the largest cast we have ever had on a Pepperdine stage. We are very excited to bring Ragtime to our community,” Todd said.

This production involves racial tension in the early 20th century and will contain racial epithets and profanity.

Ticket prices range between $10 and $20 and are required for admission. For additional information about the fall musical, visit the Center for the Arts website.

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Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Nina Hachigian to Visit Pepperdine Deputy Mayor Nina Hachigian will share how Los Angeles is entering the international affairs landscape Tue, 05 Nov 2019 14:00:00 PST Deputy Mayor Nina HachigianThe International Studies and Languages Division at Seaver College is hosting deputy mayor Nina Hachigian on Friday, November 8, for an engaging conversation with students about international affairs and Los Angeles. Hachigian’s talk, “Los Angeles in the Changing Landscape of International Affairs,” will begin at 1 PM in the Surfboard Room at Payson Library. 

Before being appointed as the first deputy mayor of international affairs, Hachigian served as the United States ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during the Obama administration. Since stepping into her new role in 2017, Hachigian has been tasked with increasing and strengthening international ties with Los Angeles by bringing jobs, increasing tourism, and celebrating culture. The deputy mayor is also responsible for the development of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles.

Hachigian received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and her JD from Stanford Law School. She edited the book Debating China: The U.S.-China Relationship in Ten Conversations and co-authored The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise.

The lecture was made possible by Felicity Vabulas, assistant professor of international studies, as part of the Women in International Studies Speaker Series. Vabulas created the series with the goal of connecting students with experts while also promoting the work of women leaders in international studies. The series, now in its second year, has expanded the Seaver student experience beyond the classroom by inspiring career paths and issues for future research.

For additional information about the lecture, visit Pepperdine Libraries.

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