»2012 Conferences & Events

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+-Academic Worldquest Competition - February 2012

Academic WorldQuest is a team competition, held between Orange County high school students, testing students' knowledge of global affairs.

The World Affairs Council of Orange County hosted the event in the George W. Bush Conference Center from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Seven Orange County high school teams competed against one another and were tested on current events and international knowledge.

This is the third year that Chapman and the Center for Global Education co-sponsored this event.

“This gave us a chance to both showcase Chapman University and at the same time bring international affairs to Orange County,” said James Coyle, director of the center for global education and one of the judges.  

The teams answered a series of multiple choice questions graded by three judges. There were 10 rounds and each team answered 100 questions related to international knowledge and current events.

Mission Viejo beat their competition and competed in the nationals April 21 in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America.

Segerstrom High School placed second and Tustin High School followed in third place. The three top teams received membership in the Orange County World Affairs Council. All participants in the competition received an invitation to attend a World Affairs Council event of their choice with a complimentary dinner.

For more information about the 4th Annual Academic Worldquest, visit the World Affairs Council of Orange County.

+-Sister Cities International - February 2012

The Center for Global Education in conjunction with Sister Cities International, hosted the Southern California Chapter conference at Chapman University on February 25th. Sister Cities brings people together to promote respect among all people of different backgrounds from the local to the global. Sister Cities conferences enables citizens from around the world to exchange and work together toward empowerment.

Cynthia Villis, Kathleen Roche-Tansey, and Wade Nomura led a session on maximizing results through cooperative efforts for Rotary. Greg L. Berk, Attorney, Chair Immigration Practice Group, spoke about creating jobs in your cities. Following an awards presentation, Lyndsay Cruz of OxFam America spoke aboutonternational humanitarian services and diplomatic challenges and successes. Earnerstine Wilson and Christi Williams then led a break-out session about Africa in transition. Finally, Chuck Wall spoke about changing our world through kindness.

For more information, visit SOCAL Sister Cities.

+-Enchanting Taiwan - April 2012

Enchanting Taiwan EventThe Chapman community discovered the culture, beauty and folk customs of Taiwan through this unique photo exhibition. Enchanting Taiwan was a photo exhibit in the Doy and Dee Henley Reading Room, located on the 2nd floor of Leatherby Libraries.

Individuals gained a deeper understanding of Taiwan nature and culture through photography. These 30 pieces are from Taiwan's top photographers, bringing the viewer closer to a unique perspective of Taiwan. Viewers saw a new perspective on the scenery, folk customs, and cultural diversity of this magnificent landscape.

At the start of this exhibit, the Center for Global Education, Leatherby Libraries, Taiwan Academy, and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles invited the Chapman community to a grand opening cultural event on April 19. This included Taiwanese folk dance and song, Taiwan Puppetry art, and partaking in KINETIC Tai Chi Chuan, Chinese paper art, and Chinese brush calligraphy and painting. Speakers were on-hand to welcome the Chapman community and discuss the importance of Taiwan culture and art.

+-Think Transatlantic Conference - September 2012

The Center for Global Education and the German Embassy in Washington D.C. co-sponsored the 2012 Think Transatlantic: The United States & Germany in the 21st Century on September 27.

The conference, “Think Transatlantic: The United States & Germany in the 21st Century,” focused on the 60-year partnership between the U.S. and Germany and the future of the relationship between the two countries.

A panel discussion included topics such as future challenges of this transatlantic relationship, the German-American Security Cooperation in the new NATO, U.S. and German perceptions of each other, and Germany and Europe’s role in the transatlantic security architecture.

The panel discussion featured Mai’a K. Davis Cross, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California;  Graeme Auton, Professor of Government at the University of Redlands; and Russell Dalton, Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine.

The event was free to the Chapman community and the general public, and the first 35 attendees received free giveaways.

+-Prospects in U.S.-Taiwan-China - October 2012

October 24, 2012, 4pm

Author of more than 25 books on Asia and International Affairs, Dr. John Cooper of Rhode College is an educator and researcher, who spent more than 13 years in Asia. The Chapman community was invited to hear insights on the U.S., Taiwan, and China.

+-International Education Week - November 2012

Internationl Education Week PosterChapman's Inaugural International Education Week was held November 12-16, 2012

Nov. 12 – International Student Sharing Day: International and exchange students shared their stories from growing up abroad

Nov. 13 – International Food Fair: The Chapman community enjoyed free international cuisine

Nov. 14 – Go Global Fair: Different internationally-focused organizations and clubs at Chapman were represented for students to learn how to get involved at the local level 

Nov. 15 – “Black Sea Travels”: Chapman welcomed special guests Frank Greinke and Nasimi Aghayev, who gave a generous grant for students to participate in a travel course to the Republic of Georgia and Azerbaijan during the summer of 2011. Chapman students who traveled to study the politics and economic security of the region gave their firsthand accounts of the experience

Nov. 16 – Study Abroad Reunion: Study abroad alumni were invited to reunite and watch a film about reverse culture shock, discuss returnee issues, get advice for their resume and learn how to go abroad again

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