News and Events
News & Events Recap
- Women's rights in the Middle East remain an emotional and divisive topic in the 21st century and the recent film The Stoning of Soraya M. highlights some of the most troubling aspects of these issues. The Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University screened the film on June 23, followed by a discussion.
- Education students in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology celebrated their 2010 graduation on June 19. Honorary Doctorate recipient Michael Arthur Guillen, former ABC News Science Editor who regularly appeared on Good Morning America, 20/20, Nightline, and World News Tonight, addressed the graduates while Tod Burnet, president of Saddleback College, was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
- Pepperdine University hosted the 33rd annual Youth Citizenship Seminar (YCS),bringing over 250 high school juniors from Southern California to learn about leadership from those who have paved their own way as leaders. The inspirational speakers included such notable figures as Los Angeles Dodger Tommy Lasorda, boxing great George Foreman, radio talk show host Dennis Prager, and TV personality Ben Stein.
- The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology Boone Center for the Family hosted its second annual Family of Faith Network Conference from June 10 to 12 in Malibu. All of the sessions explored the theme of this year’s conference: spiritual development and faith formation in the family.
- The Graduate School of Education and Psychology hosted a program exploring the labyrinth of choices and challenges working women face on June 9. The Diversity Council program focused on how the "glass ceiling" is no longer an accurate metaphor for the limits women face; a better descriptor is a labyrinth—several paths leading to varied destinations.
- Michael Arnold, professor of genetics at the University of Georgia, presented a Natural Science Seminar on June 7, titled, "Why the Web of Life and Not the Tree of Life?"
- The annual summer SongFest program returned to Pepperdine University on June 5, with a five-week program that trains gifted singers and pianists to the highest artistic level through a series of coaching classes. The program included seven free, public performances featuring the Professional Fellows, and Young Artist and Intern Singers.
- The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University hosted a public reception for it's summer exhibition, "From the Vault: Selections from the Permanent Collection," on June 3. The exhibition, which opened on May 22 and was on display until August 8, showcased new gifts to the museum's collection with works that offer an array of current themes in contemporary art, ranging from gestural to geometric abstraction and from photographic realism to bold expressionism.
- The United States Student Achievers Program (USAP) held a ceremony on June 1 in Kampala, Uganda, to honor Ugandan teenagers who received full scholarships to attend US colleges, including George Kakuru, who chose to attend Pepperdine University.