Seminar Focuses on Screenwriting’s Impact on Culture
The Pepperdine Voyage presented a one-day retreat for Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff titled “The Screenwriter: Creator and Cultural Leader” at Villa Graziadio. Participating were keynote speaker Randall Wallace, screenwriter of Braveheart, We Were Soldiers, and Pearl Harbor; along with industry professionals including producer Ken Wales (Christy, Revenge of the Pink Panther, East of Eden) and television writers Joan Johnson (The Wild Thornberrys, Rugrats, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye), Gary Johnson (Doc, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye), and Thom Parham (JAG, Touched By An Angel). Business consultant and writer David Hutchens held a session on “Metaphors That Transform,” and Provost Darryl Tippens spoke on “Storytelling as a Divine Vocation.”
Bible Lectures Serve Thousands
Pepperdine University presented the 63rd Annual Bible Lectures in May. Nearly 5,000 people traveled to Malibu to hear renowned speakers offer messages on the importance of faith in today’s world. This year, the lectures focused on the theme “Life Together: The Heart of Love and Fellowship in I John.” The program included over 300 classes, as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner programs; morning praises; music and drama groups; and lectures. Classes explored such challenging and varied topics as marriage, premarital concerns, church worship, parenting, and Bible study.
Weisman Museum Showcases California Art Club Paintings
A new exhibition of plein air paintings of Malibu titled “On Location in Malibu 2006: Paintings by the California Art Club” earned wonderful reviews for Pepperdine’s Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.
David McCullough Headlines Associates Dinner
Author David McCullough and Pepperdine president Andrew K. Benton addressed an audience of nearly 600 at the 30th annual Pepperdine Associates Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The Pepperdine Associates, generous friends and supporters of the University, gathered at the elegant black-tie dinner to celebrate and honor Pepperdine University as “A Dream in the Making.”
Pepperdine Hosts World’s Most Prestigious Guitar Competition
“The Parkening,” the world’s preeminent international guitar competition with the largest cash award of any classical guitar competition, took place May 30 through June 2 on the Malibu campus. Guitarists from all over the world competed for the coveted Gold Medal and top cash prize of $25,000. The competition is named after and led by renown guitar virtuoso and current Distinguished Professor of Music at Pepperdine, Christopher Parkening.
Provost Publishes Book on Jesus in Everyday Life
Pepperdine provost Darryl Tippens published a new book titled Pilgrim Heart: The Way of Jesus in Everyday Life. The work examines discipleship as a particular way of life, guided by a set of simple, but powerful, daily practices known to the earliest disciples and the saints through the ages. Dr. Tippens delved into such topics as friendship, confession, forgiveness,