News and Events
News & Events Recap
- Enrique Morones, founder of Border Angels and recipient of Mexico’s National Human Rights Award, spoke at Pepperdine on November 30 about his commitment to giving a voice to immigrants in the United States. Morones’ lecture also touched on the 2011 Baseball All-Star Game, the controversial Arizona immigration law, and about his recent meeting with Presidents Obama and Calderon.
- Pepperdine junior and now author Albert Hawks discussed his book Living in a Grey World: Rediscovering the Black and White Truth of the Word in a convocation event on November 30. Using Scripture as the basis for each argument, Hawks explored some controversial issues in Christian living.
- The Office of the Chaplain and the Center for Faith and Learning hosted the annual University Thanksgiving Service for members of the Pepperdine community on November 22, in Stauffer Chapel, Malibu, led by University Chaplain Dave Lemley.
- Hundreds of undergraduate scholars from Southern California came to the Malibu campus on November 20, to present or absorb research on a myriad of academic disciplines at the 18th annual Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR). It was the first year that Pepperdine has been honored to host the prestigious event, which showcases the best scholarly research and creative activities of undergraduate students in the region.
- Jack Scott, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, presented a lecture at the School of Public Policy on November 17, about advancing education and the success of the next generation of students in California. Scott's lecture touched on issues relating to higher education, as well as the challenges and opportunities before California at all levels.
- Joshua Garroway, assistant professor of New Testament and Second Commonwealth Judaism at Hebrew Union College, gave a lecture on November 17, based on a chapter in his book, Neither Jew Nor Gentile, But Both: Paul's Christians as Gentile-Jews.
- Jennifer E. Dugan from the Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, presented a lecture titled "Sandy Beaches at the Brink" on November 16, as part of the Seaver College Natural Science Seminar Series. Other seminars in November included "Progress Towards New Physics at the Large Hadron Collide” by Zachary Marshall, from the California Institute of Technology, on November 10; "Rising from the Ashes: Physiology of Resprouting Chaparral Shrubs After Wildfire" by Michael Tobin, from Cal State Bakersfield, on November 30; and “Can you teach an old stem cell new tricks?" by Chad Barber, from UCLA, on November 26.
- Pepperdine hosted International Education Week from Monday, Nov. 15, to Friday, Nov. 19, celebrating the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide with events that included a photo competition, letter writing to Pepperdine friends overseas, several convocations, and a viewing of The Listening Project documentary film.
- The Graziadio Business Review (formerly the Graziadio Business Report), published a new issue at GBR.pepperdine.edu, featuring a brand new, redesigned website and fresh new content with its final issue of 2010. Commonly referred to as "the GBR," the journal is a quarterly online publication of the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University, offering relevant business information and analysis for business, government, and non-profit managers.
- The School of Law hosted the 13th Annual National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition from Friday, Nov. 12 to Sunday, Nov. 14 in Malibu. Twenty-six different law schools competed in the three-day competition, including Baylor Law School, Whittier Law School, and the Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
- The Graziadio School's entrepreneurship program and the School of Law’s Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law partnered to host the second annual all-day entrepreneurship symposium on November 12. "The Entrepreneur's Journey: Identifying, Seeding and Accelerating New Ventures" featured informative panels, renowned speakers and experts in their field, and an interactive, fast-pitch competition.
- The Fine Arts Division's fall musical production of Hello Dolly!_opened in Smothers Theatre, Malibu, on November 11. The theatre and music departments performed the musical Thursday to Saturday, Nov. 11 to 13 and Nov. 18 to 20.
- The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine's School of Public Policy released the annual study of California civic participation—the 2010 California Civic Health Index—on November 10, following the key November 2 mid-term elections. The Congressionally-chartered study by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) was collaborated on by the Davenport Institute, California Forward, and the Center for Civic Education.
- School of Public Policy students David Andrade and Lily Wong were named Millennium Momentum Fellowship (MMF) award winners for their exceptional and sustained commitment to public service. The fellowship includes a grant and a year of private mentorship by elected Los Angeles-based officials and executives at prominent nonprofits or sponsoring corporations.
- On November 10, Pepperdine University announced the public release of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Campus Life Project. The report marks an important milestone in a long-term vision to enhance the quality of life for students on the Malibu campus through educational, residential, athletic, and recreational upgrades.
- The Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture at Pepperdine teamed up with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office to screen the film Three Times on November 8. Directed by renowned Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsaio-Hsien, Three Times interlocks three distinct love stories, “A Time for Freedom” in 1911, “A Time for Love” in 1966, and “A Time for Youth” in 2005.
- To commemorate Native American Heritage Month, the Office of Intercultural Affairs hosted a number of events to honor Native American culture, history, and traditions reflected within the community and the wider population.
- The celebrations kicked off with a Native American Heritage Month chapel on November 8, in Stauffer Chapel, Malibu and continued with a theme dinner on November 9, a screening of the documentary film Rape on the Reservation on November 10, and a panel discussion of “Native America, Poverty, and the Christian Mission” on November 11.
- The 2010-11 Stotsenberg Recital Series at Pepperdine continued at the Center for the Arts with a performance by the Parker Quartet on November 7, in the Raitt Recital Hall, Malibu.
- The School of Public Policy brought together scholars, educators, and community members with a common interest in Latin American Studies for the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies (PCCLAS) 2010 Annual Conference from Friday, Nov. 5, to Saturday, Nov. 6. The conference, titled "Emerging Consensus in Latin America and the Role of the United States," featured panel members from universities around the world and explored a diverse range of topics including economic development, leftist movements, environmental and agricultural issues, linguistics, Chicano art, and confrontation at shared borderlands.
- Pepperdine President Andrew K. Benton received Oklahoma Christian University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award at the school’s 60th homecoming anniversary celebration on November 5.
- The Office of Intercultural Affairs hosted two very different convocation lectures in the first week of November, beginning with "The Greatest Illusion on Earth with Shelley Lubben" on November 2 in Elkins Auditorium, followed by "Downsize Poverty with Clint Borgen" on November 4 in Pendleton Learning Center 125.
- The Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies and the Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture screened the award-winning documentary, The Last Survivor, on November 1, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Michael Pertnoy and Michael Kleiman. The Last Survivor offers hopeful portraits of four survivors active in the anti-genocide movement, drawing upon firsthand experiences in Auschwitz, Rwanda, the Congo, and Darfur.