News and Events
News & Events Recap
- The student clubs of the Graziadio School of Business and Management hosted Social Enterprise Week from Feb. 28—a week of events to communicate the value of social and environmental responsibility as well as sound ethical practices in business.
- Members of the Product Development Management Association sat down with Pepperdine’s Marketing Society on Feb. 28, for a panel discussion about career paths in marketing and product development.
- The Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics at the School of Law hosted the conference “A Call for International Religious Freedom” on Feb. 25, featuring keynote speakers Suzan Johnson Cook and Representative Frank Wolf.
- Pepperdine Independent Entertainment presented a performance of Emmy Award-nominated TV writer and producer Scott Carter’s single-act play, “The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy.” Carter portrayed all three characters in the Feb. 24 performance.
- The Flora L. Thornton Opera Program at Pepperdine performed Mark Adamo's opera of Little Women on Feb. 24 and 26, at Smothers Theatre on the Malibu campus. In addition, Adamo himself presented a pre-performance lecture on Feb. 24.
- The Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture hosted a movie screening and filmmaker Q&A for acclaimed documentary Dying to Tell the Story, on Feb. 24 with executive producer Kathy Eldon and star/associate producer Amy Eldon Turteltaub.
- The Pepperdine Libraries hosted actress Kate Fuglei on Feb. 23 and 24 in two evening performances of Rachel Calof, a one-woman show with music, based on the real-life story of a Jewish pioneer to North Dakota in the 1890’s.
- The Seaver College Natural Science Division continued with a lecture by Lauren Goddard, a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles. Goddard presented a lecture discussing her doctoral research titled, "Progesterone Signaling in the Vascular Endothelium Regulates Leukocyte Trafficking in the Uterus,” on Feb. 22.
- In conjunction with the Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies at Pepperdine, Payson Library hosted Jonathan Webber, cocreator of the “Traces of Memory: A Contemporary Look at the Jewish Past in Poland” exhibit, for a lecture Feb. 20.
- World-renowned classical guitarist and Pepperdine distinguished professor of music Christopher Parkening presented his Spring 2011 master class on Feb. 19. featuring the classical guitar as performed by students who auditioned in January.
- Internationally recognized neuroscientist Antonio Damasio concluded the 2010-11 W. David Baird Distinguished Lecture Series with a lecture titled, “An Evening with Antonio Damasio,” on Feb. 17, in Elkins Auditorium, Malibu.
- For the past decade, the Multicultural Theatre Project at Seaver College has created a safe, artistic platform for students and the Pepperdine community to explore difference. This year, the Project presented three showings of "Love Is…" from Feb. 16 to 18, in the Raitt Recital Hall on the Malibu campus, directed by Joi Carr, assistant professor of English at Seaver College.
- Rotary International selected Seaver College seniors Luci Prosapio and Zachary DeLap as recipients of Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships. The awards endowed each student with $26,000 to pursue graduate studies abroad in the country of their choice.
- Deanell Reece Tacha, a Scandia, Kansas, native with a distinguished career in the federal judiciary and higher education, was named dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law. The announcement was made February 10 by Pepperdine University president Andrew K. Benton. She will begin her duties on June 1.
- The master of fine arts (MFA) program in Screen and Television Writing at Seaver College, its student club Courier 12, and the Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture partnered to host a panel of television comedy screenwriters on Feb. 10 called “Screenwriting: The Serious Business of Writing Comedy in Hollywood.”
- Victor Davis Hanson, the Spring 2011 William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy, presented a lecture on Feb. 10, exploring gifted wartime leaders throughout history titled, “Savior Generals: How a Rare Few Win Lost Wars.”
- Condoleezza Rice visited Pepperdine University to share insights from her life and career in two special events at the Malibu campus: “Foreign Policy in a Post-9/11 World” at 3 p.m. in the Henry J. and Gloria Caruso Auditorium at the School of Law, followed by “Remarks by Condoleezza Rice” at 7 p.m. in Elkins Auditorium, as part of the W. David Baird Distinguished Lecture Series.
- Prominent screenwriter and director Randall Wallace delivered the keynote address at the 2011 National Prayer Breakfast, where he joined President Obama and addressed the nation on February 3. Wallace, who earned an Oscar nomination for his screenplay of Braveheart, teaches students of Pepperdine’s Creative Writing program and Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Screen and Television program.
- Andrew K. Benton, president of Pepperdine University, has been named to a three-year term as an at-large member of the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).
- Seaver College was awarded a four-year, $250,000 grant by the W. M. Keck Foundation for the enrichment of undergraduate scholarship. The grant will facilitate an institutionalized curriculum proposed by a team of Pepperdine faculty and administration called “Developing the Undergraduate Student as Scholar: An Institutional Approach to Early Student Engagement,” also known as the Student as Scholar Program (SASP).
- The 10-member Lula Washington Dance Theatre, a Los Angeles-based repertoire dance ensemble that performs innovative and provocative choreography by Lula Washington, performed on Feb. 8, in Smothers Theatre on the Malibu campus. The performance was cosponsored by the Office of Intercultural Affairs.
- The Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies at Pepperdine opened the compelling photography exhibit “Traces of Memory: A Contemporary Look at the Jewish Past in Poland” on Feb. 1.