The very first issue of Pepperdine Magazine highlights stories of alumni, faculty, and staff who have demonstrated the University’s mission of purpose, service, and leadership in their communities. The Pepperdine community unites to celebrate the inauguration of the nation’s first African American president; GSEP professor Thema Bryant-Davis reveals how cultural influences impact trauma recovery and offers new paths to healing; and Doug Kmiec, Pepperdine’s Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law, shocks the conservative political world when he publicly endorses the presidential aspirations of a famous US senator.

Features

When three law students spent their summer internships in Sofia, Bulgaria, they encountered a country in transition seeking new paths of progress.
Thema Bryant-Davis reveals how cultural influences impact trauma recovery and offers new paths to healing.
Doug Kmiec shocked the conservative political world when he publicly endorsed the presidential aspirations of Senator Barack Obama.
The Pepperdine community unites to celebrate the inauguration of the nation’s first African American president.

Snapshot

Art lovers sought refuge from the troubled economy this winter at Pepperdine’s Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, where a new exhibit put currency on the canvas.

Spotlight

Many people only take notice of religious freedom when a headline appears in the news, like when a cross is installed at a publicly financed location, or when the faith practices of soldiers, employees, or prisoners conflict with workplace or...
Once upon a time, in an oceanside kingdom called Malibu, there lived a fair maiden named Caitlin Lawrence ('08).
Literary snobs beware: James W. Thomas, has a bone to pick with anyone claiming that J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series is not "real" literature.
Melissa Umbro knows that the best way to understand someone is to walk a mile in their shoes.
College sports fans celebrate winning seasons, cheer on underdogs, and break losing streaks through will power alone, while rarely glimpsing what happens off the court.
Bill Chapin charts a pro sports revolution in Seattle, Washington.
Pepperdine Lacrosse celebrates 25 years.
Corey Greenan sends his regards from Broadway.
Parvez Taj makes accessible art for contemporary customers.

Inside Voices

Academic Freedom Alive and Well at Pepperdine

The Cut

Stephanie Woo shares tips and advice for coping with the economic downturn.

Editor’s Letter

At this time of year, you hear a lot of talk about spring cleaning—letting go of what you don’t need to make room for what you do.