»Archived Conferences & Events

Click on the following tabs for highlights of conferences and events hosted by the Center for Global Education from 2004 through 2010.

+-What Would Richard Nixon Think? - October 2010

A panel of Nixon scholars from the Nixon Center in Washington D.C. joined Chapman University faculty to discuss the current affairs of China, Russia and the Middle East through the lens of Richard Nixon. This was followed by a panel of students who critiqued the Nixon foreign policy legacy.

The Nixon scholars include: Geoffrey Kemp, Reagan Administration official serving as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff during the Reagan Administration. Paul Saunders, Publisher of the foreign policy magazine, The National Interest and The National Interest online, published bi-monthly by The Nixon Center, and Executive Director of The Nixon Center. Saunders also directs the Center’s U.S.-Russian Relations Program and works on other issues, including energy and climate change, U.S. - European relations and the role of democracy in U.S. foreign policy. Drew Thompson, National Director of the China-MSD HIV/AIDS Partnership in Beijing and Director of China Studies and Starr Senior Fellow at the Nixon Center, he served as Assistant Director to the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Shanghai where he founded the American Chamber of Commerce Transportation and Logistics Committee in Shanghai.

Watch videos of the Chapman students who spoke about alternate views to Nixon's policies.

+-Taiwan Film Festival - October 2010

Chapman’s Center for Global Education, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles hosted the Taiwan Film Festival Nov. 19-20. Among the highlights of the festival was a screening of the live-action film Kung Fu Dunk by Kevin Chu. Admission was free and the films were open to the Chapman community and the public. The complete schedule included:  

  • Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Three Times, produced by internationally acclaimed director Hou Hsiao-hsien, Three Times journeys through three different love stories.
  • Nov. 20, 5 p.m., Kung Fu Dunk, follows the story of a basketball player, starring Taiwan’s leading pop singer Jay Chou.
  • Nov. 20, 8 p.m., Cape No. 7, the number two best-grossing film in Taiwanese history after Titanic, Cape No. 7 won both the Jury’s Award and the Audience’s Choice award at the Taipei International Film Festival, and has garnered six awards at the 45th Golden Horse Awards.

+-Global Environment and Sustainable Development: Solutions - April 2009

On April 18 2009, Chapman University and Oceana Institute presented a conference exploring sustainable technological, ecological and business solutions to today’s environmental dilemmas. Experts from policy makers to entrepreneurs from diverse arenas gathered to critically evaluate and generating sustainable solutions for 21st century environmental threat. 

Panel discussions included social justice topics of compromising for the needs of today with a complete disregard for the future. Facilitators explored the impact of the First World War all the way to the impact on global development on the lives of Indigenous people and climate changes and weather extremes resulting from modern civilization sprawl. Experts also discussed current legal and ethical regulations that prevent Indigenous people against the harms of contemporary ruthless development. The questions asked is if it is justified to sacrifice the environmental development for the economic progress and how can policy coordination be sustained among countries when the beneficiaries of the economic development may not coincide with those that bear the burden for that development? Experts examined urban development, including environmental, social and economic policies, politics and practices.

Chapman is committed to finding solutions to the issues that face world today

+-Human Rights Conference - April 2007

The Human Rights Conference on April 16, 2007 featured top experts who examined hot-button topics including terrorism, torture, ethics and discrimination. Sponsors included Chapman University Center for Global Education; Chapman University Peace Studies Program; Anthony Vultaggio, Executive Coach; Chapman University Center for Global Trade and Development; and Chapman University Law School.

The first panel explored human rights and the American experience. Topics covered included “An Application of Volkan's Psychological Model to Human Rights”, “The Unfinished Business of Accountability: Are Policy-Makers Liable for the Use of Torture in the War on Terror?”, “Far-Reaching and Longterm Effects of the Administrations Intentional and Deliberate Efforts to Ignore Human Rights in the Global War on Terrorism and How it Affects the Military”, and “Diverging Paths of Counter-Terrorism: Law and War.”

The second panel explored human right in an international context. Topics covered included The Khmer Rouge Tribunal: Cambodia, the U.N. and the Lessons for International Human Rights” and “Evolutions of Human Rights Discourse in Modern China.”

The third panel explored the ethical dimensions of human rights. Topics covered included Discrimination Against American Muslims” and “Created in the Image of God.”

The conference was a great success and moved the conversation forward about human rights issues today.

+-President Aznar of Spain - May 2004

Passport GalaFor the third time, Chapman University hosted a former president of a nation, Jose Maria Aznar of Spain. The visit followed an academic symposium on Spain and the presentation of the 2004 Global Citizen Medal. Aznar follows former U.S. presidents Bush and Ford in receiving the medal, which recognizes positive and lasting contributions by global leaders.

On Friday, May 14 the Academic Symposium: Spain and Her Role in the World included a keynote address by former secretary of state for foreign affairs, Ramon Gil-Casares. Three panels of academicians and Spanish business leaders discussed contemporary politics, Spanish history, and U.S./Spanish commercial ties.

On Saturday, May 15, five Chapman undergraduate students who have researched his presidency presented their research directly to President Aznar in a very special event. The students included a three-member team from the Argyros School of Business and Economics, a political science major and a history major. Research papers explored Spanish history, economics and politics, including Aznars influence on the nation.  Professor Don Booth, Ph.D. (business and economics), Bill Cumiford, Ph.D. (history) and Gordon Babst, Ph.D. (political science) mentored the five students through their research.

Chapman’s director of the center for global education, James J. Coyle, Ph.D., moderated the presentations during which the students read a synopsis of their research to Anzar, who then responded to their comments and questions. “It’s extremely rare that students, especially undergraduates, get opportunities like this to meet and have academic dialogue with world leaders,” said Coyle. “The students will remember this for a lifetime, and it’s something that Chapman can point to when we talk about personalized education.” The gala raised funds for student scholarships.

Read President Aznar's speech from the Global Citizens Gala on May 15, 2004

View the Global Citizenship Seminar full panel of events on May 14, 2004

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