News and Events
News & Events Recap
- The Center for the Arts hosted a concert by innovative acoustic guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke at Smothers Theatre on the University's Malibu campus on January 28.
- Internationally renowned environmental researcher and global ecology authority Chris Field presented the third lecture in the 2010-11 W. David Baird Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series on January 27, where he spoke on “The Velocity of Climate Change.”
- The Sports Business Association (SBA) at Pepperdine gathered five sports marketing professionals, representing five sports organizations in the Los Angeles area, for a “LA Sports Round Table” discussion on January 27 at the LA Athletic Club, Los Angeles.
- Set in the periphery of academia, David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama Proof is framed by themes of father-daughter relationships, mental illness, and death among discussions of students, thesis papers, faculty, and advanced forms of mathematics. The student production was presented by the Fine Arts Division Theatre Department from January 25 to 29, at the Helen E. Lindhurst Theatre.
- The International Studies and Languages Division hosted filmmaker and novelist Kamran Pasha for a guest lecture on January 24. Pasha, the coproducer and screenwriter of the Golden Globe-nominated Showtime TV series Sleeper Cell, discussed his novel, Shadow of the Swords, which tells the Crusades from the point of the Muslim leader Saladin, and Mother of the Believers, an account of the birth of Islam from the perspective of Prophet Muhammad's wife Aisha. He also discussed his experiences as one of the first Muslims to work and succeed in Hollywood.
- Al Jarreau, who has won Grammy Awards in the jazz, pop, and R&B categories, performed a sold out show at Pepperdine University on January 22.
- Ken Page, who won a Drama Desk Award for his role in the Tony-winning musical Ain't Misbehavin' and whose commanding presence and rich baritone voice have graced both stage and screen, performed a solo concert at Pepperdine on January 21.
- The second annual REELSTORIES Film Fest took place on January 21, to showcase a number of student-produced films along with the two powerful award-winning documentaries Exit Through the Gift Shop and Wasteland.
- The acclaimed director of JFK, Any Given Sunday, Wall Street, and World Trade Center visited Pepperdine to answer questions following a screening of his recent documentary film, South of the Border. The Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture and the Latino Student Association partnered to host the event on January 20, in Elkins Auditorium, Malibu.
- The Graziadio School of Business and Management reconvened the Dean's Executive Leadership Series with Deborah Nelson of the Hewlet-Packard Company on January 20. Nelson presented her lecture, titled “The Business Value of Green,” at the Irvine Marriott in Irvine, Calif.
- The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the School of Public Policy (SPP) hosted Brian C. Anderson, editor of the acclaimed political publication City Journal, on January 19, for a lecture titled "The Power of the Laptop: Influencing Policy from the Outside.”
- “An Evening with Eavan Boland” featured poetry readings and a book signing by the contemporary author, whose works often explore feminist issues and women’s roles in Irish society. The event took place January 18, in Raitt Recital Hall on the Malibu Campus.
- The seventh annual Frank Pack Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Program hosted accomplished Christian author, teacher, and musician John D. Witvliet on January 18, for a lecture, titled "A Vision for Music and the Arts in Worship (A Call for Engagement of All the Senses)," which discussed the role of music in Christian worship practices.
- Distinguished pianist Jeffrey Siege hosted a Keyboard Conversation® titled “Gershwin and Friends” at Raitt Recital Hall on January 14. Steinway and Sons sponsored the event to thank Pepperdine for its recent purchase and display of a baby grand piano, which was used by Siegel during his performance.
- Pepperdine’s women’s basketball team played West Coast Championship rival team Gonzaga on January 13, in a game that was broadcast live by CBS College Sports from Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu.
- Award-winning author and renowned Obama critic Shelby Steele came to Pepperdine to present his lecture, "Obama: Meteoric Rise and Dramatic Decline." The lecture, part of the Charles and Rosemary Licata Lecture Series at the School of Public Policy, was held on Wednesday, Jan. 12, in the Drescher Graduate Campus Auditorium.
- Accomplished pianist and visiting assistant professor of music Louise Lofquist performed alongside baritone James Demler on January 11, at Raitt Recital Hall on the Malibu Campus. The concert, presented by Pepperdine’s Fine Arts Division, was part of the University's Mary Pickford-Stotsenberg Performances Series.
- Grammy-nominated opera composer and pianist John Musto performed his interpretations of musical theatre favorites in “The Great American Songbook” on January 9 at Raitt Recital Hall in Malibu. Musto was accompanied by mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie and baritone David Krohn, who are both recipients of the 2009 Marc and Eva Stern Fellowships at SongFest, Pepperdine’s annual summer art-song workshop.