News and Events
News & Events Recap
- Fresh from sold-out appearances at the Blue Note, Hollywood Bowl, and the Kennedy Center, jazz vocalist Sophie Milman performed on Friday, Jan. 29, in Smothers Theatre, Malibu.
- The Seaver Faculty Colloquium Series continued on Thursday, Jan. 28, as Robert E. Williams, associate professor of political science, presented "Love Thy Neighbor?
How the Profligate Son of One of the World’s Worst Dictators Landed in Malibu," in Malibu's Payson Library.
- The Seaver College Natural Science division seminar series reconvened for the spring semester with a talk by Dr. Eric Froyen, a nutritional science scholar at UC Davis, titled "Soy Isoflavones Decrease the Risk for Cancer by Modulating Biotransformation Enzymes," on Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the Keck Science Center on the Malibu campus.
- An all-male cast of Pepperdine student actors brought their interpretation of Waiting for Godot to the Helen E. Lindhurst Theatre from Tuesday to Friday, Jan. 26 to Saturday, Jan. 30.
- James Q. Wilson, the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, presented a timely lecture, "The Obama Administration and the War on Terror," on Wednesday, Jan. 27, as part of the Charles and Rosemary Licata Lecture Series at the School of Public Policy.
- As part of a robust line-up of events to celebrate Black History Month, the Pepperdine University Department of Intercultural Affairs presented a performance by Step Afrika! on Sunday, Jan. 24 in Smothers Theatre.
- The national tour of paintings by Mercedes Matter opened on Saturday, Jan. 23 for a three-month stay in Malibu as the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University.
- The first student film festival at Pepperdine arrived on Friday, Jan. 22, as REELSTORIES FilmFest showcased a number of student films selected by a panel of professional filmmakers. The films were screened in both Elkins Auditorium and Smothers Theatre, in addition to two award-winning, feature length documentaries, The Human Experience and Red Gold.
- On Thursday, Jan. 21, the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion and Ethics at Pepperdine University, welcomed Michael Hershman, a leading expert on corporate and government ethics for his lecture, "The Ethical Minefield: Navigating Business and Legal Ethicism in the New Global Economy."
- Hong Bing Yuan, an exiled Chinese novelist, philosopher, and law professor spoke about his book, Taiwan Disaster, on Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Drescher Graduate Campus Auditorium, Malibu. The book details current and possible future relations between Taiwan and China.
- The Pepperdine Volunteer Center and the Office of Intercultural Affairs (ICA) cosponsored the annual Week of Peace, Hope, and Justice beginning on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18. Princess Zulu from Zambia spoke at convocation on Wednesday, Jan. 20, as a strong voice for hope, and AIDS educator for World Vision’s Hope Initiative. And ICA hosted a Social Justice Rally and vigil from on Thursday, Jan. 21 in Joslyn Plaza on the Malibu campus.
- The Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture (EMC) at Pepperdine hosted a premiere screening of new drama, To Save a Life, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, and director Brian Baugh answered questions about his film.
- The Pepperdine community gathered to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Students, faculty, and staff members spoke at the event held in Stauffer Chapel on the Malibu campus. In addition, 40 students at the Pepperdine University School of Law spent the holiday weekend building homes for needy families in Tecate, Mexico. This year marks the third annual service project trip by law students to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a day of service.
- Prolific Christian scholar and Pepperdine Distinguished Professor Emeritus Richard Hughes discussed the themes of his new book, Christian America and the Kingdom of God, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Payson Library, Malibu.
- Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist Keb' Mo' is a living link to the seminal Delta blues that traveled up the Mississippi River and across America. Pepperdine University Center for the Arts hosted the artist in a sold-out solo concert on Sunday, Jan. 17, at Smothers Theatre on Pepperdine's Malibu campus.
- Through speech, sound, mime, dance, and—above all—inspired imagination, acclaimed performer David Gonzalez performed Aesop Bops! on Saturday, Jan. 16, in Smothers Theatre, Malibu.
- The student-run Entertainment Club at the Graziadio School hosted a Digital and Mobile Marketing Panel, in which several high-profile executives explore the future of traditional advertising on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
- A memorial honoring University founder George Pepperdine and alumnus and football star Barney Barnhart (B '50, GPC) was dedicated on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Lovingly named "Barney's Bench," the bench is cast in bronze and a life-size statue of George Pepperdine is seated upon it. The memorial is located near the fountain in at the Mullin Town Square in the middle of the Malibu campus.
- Pepperdine responded to the 7.0-magnitude tremor that struck Haiti, the Western Hemisphere's poorest country, on Tuesday, Jan 12, with a Haiti Relief Web site, offering tips on how to help, stories about the Pepperdine alumni helping, and a message from President Benton.
- The Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture (EMC) pre-screened the new film, When in Rome, for Pepperdine students on Tuesday, Jan. 12, followed by a conversation with the film's director Mark Steven Johnson.
- Pepperdine University hosted Old Testament scholar Tremper Longman on Tuesday, Jan. 12, for the sixth annual Frank Pack Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture, in Stauffer Chapel, on the Malibu campus.
- The New Shanghai Circus, featuring some of China's most accomplished acrobats, thrilled audiences at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre with two performances on Sunday, Jan. 10.
- The Waves men's volleyball team began their pre-season play with an undefeated performance at the McDonald's International Tournament in Kamloops, British Columbia. Ranked No. 4 in the AVCA preseason poll, the Waves won their second title after claiming the inaugural tournament title in 2008.