Town & Gown members enjoy many events throughout the year including Lunch at the Forum, their popular series of five lectures presented each academic year by some of Chapman University’s outstanding faculty members, and several day trips to interesting locations and attractions in Southern California.
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- Lunch at the Forum
- Day Trips
It’s time to subscribe to another exciting season of Town & Gown’s Lunch at the Forum. Once again, exceptional professors from different disciplines will showcase their talents, intellect and camaraderie with the students at Chapman University. In addition to the interesting and varied programs, the food is excellent and many lasting friendships are sure to develop.
Our new season of five (5) luncheons with presentations by nationally and/or internationally recognized speakers in their respective fields begins in the fall. The entire series is $125, which includes a visitor parking permit and a complimentary ticket from the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music for the extraordinary Sholund Scholarship Concert featuring Chapman University’s choir and orchestra. Individual luncheon tickets are $30 each and do not include a parking permit or concert ticket. To meet a growing demand, we also offer vegetarian meals, upon request. Click here to download the Lunch at the Forum flyer. You may order tickets online or click here for the reservation form to mail in your order.
Please remember that Lunch at the Forum tickets are not included in your membership dues.
October 3, 2013 – Raiders of the Lost Art: Looted Archaeological Treasures
Justin St. P. Walsh, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Many public and private art collections, including the Getty and Metropolitan Museum of Art contain works that were illegally excavated, smuggled from their nations of origin and sold on the art market to their current owners. The practice of looting is particularly dangerous because it destroys archaeological sites and deprives us of important information that would help us to understand ancient cultures. A new initiative, centered at Chapman University in collaboration with the L.A. Times, seeks to build an online database that will collect information from museums, auction houses, police investigations of dealers and other sources on likely looted objects.
November 7, 2013 – Earth’s Spheres and the Changing Climate: Are We in Denial
Hesham M. El-Askary, Ph.D. - Associate Professor Director, Hazards, Global and Environmental Change and Computational Science Programs, Schmid College of Science and Technology
How has the weather felt to you in recent times – weird or different? Ever wonder why? Denying climate change may be futile. We are living in a dynamic interactive system made up by a series of spheres: the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the cryosphere and the biosphere, but we just focus on global warming, rising temperature and CO2 emissions! What about the domino effect in our fragile Earth system? Internationally recognized expert Dr. El- Askary will discuss aspects of these effects associated with the different spheres of the Earth system, how they interact to shape the environment in which we live and how they are affected by our changing climate.
February 6, 2014 – Can’t Help Singing: A Tribute to Broadway Greats
Jeralyn Refeld – Inaugural Holder of the William Hall Visiting Professorship, Adjunct Faculty, Instructor Voice, Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music College of Performing Arts
Through words and music, Professor Refeld will present Can’t Help Singing, which explores a personal and authentic look at Broadway greats, featuring stories and songs by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Lerner and Loewe, Kurt Weill and Stephen Sondheim. This great legacy of songs is sure to please, inspire and entertain. Ms. Refeld has enjoyed a professional career of more than 20 years on Broadway and many of the great opera and concert stages of the world. At Chapman this celebrated artist is passing on her knowledge and experience, inspiring and educating budding singers and performers. Christoph Weinhart, from Wurzburg, Germany, will accompany her on the piano.
March 6, 2014 – Chapman Filmed Entertainment: The Real Business of the Business
Travis Knox ’93 – Producer, Adjunct Faculty Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
With students interested in the business of entertainment at increasing rates, more and more universities are starting film programs. Dodge College has consistently risen in the national rankings, breaking the top 10 for the first time in 2012, but it won’t be content until it reaches the top of the list. Dodge College recently launched an initiative that’s unique among all film schools: Chapman Filmed Entertainment has completed production on a thriller, Trigger, the first for-profit feature film, heavily crewed by alumni and students. Come hear Chapman graduate and producer Travis Knox first try to answer the age-old question: “What exactly does a producer do?” before sharing stories about this collision of academia and Hollywood.
May 1, 2014 – “EDUTAINMENT:” Education or Entertainment? Higher Education in the Internet Age
William L. Cumiford, Ph.D. ’63 – Associate Professor, Department of History, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences
How do our children and grandchildren get their college and university education today? American higher education stands at a critical juncture in the early 21st century as traditional classroom instruction gradually yields to various modes of online education, raising questions about the changing nature of learning and the acquisition of knowledge. Dr. Cumiford addresses the question of how our ideas of “knowledge” and “learning” are being affected in the Information Age as higher education increasingly embraces and reflects high-tech culture. He will also discuss the potential consequences of bringing education and the entertainment media together in redefining higher education in the new millennium.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$88 per person, all inclusive
Join Town and Gown for a Hollywood Adventure. Match your hand and foot prints in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theater. Docents will lead a tour through this famous Hollywood theater which held the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's film, The King of Kings in 1927.
The tour will take place on Thursday, January 23, 2014. It will start at 8:30 a.m and return by 4:00p.m. to Orange. Highlights include a guided tour of the Dolby Theater - home of the Academy Awards and lunch at Trastavere in the Hollywood and Highland Center.
The cost of the trip is $88 which includes transportation, lunch, admission and all gratuities. Reservations must be made by January 6, 2014.
Online registration is coming soon or you may register by mail by returning this form to:
Town & Gown
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866
Payment may be made by credit card or a check made payable to Chapman University.
Don't miss this "Oscar winning" experience!
If you are interested in re-experiencing exciting past events or if you would like to learn more about what Town & Gown has to offer, we have a collection of links to videos of several recent Town & Gown events below:
Please stay tuned, as we will be updating these Town & Gown event videos throughout the year.