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Homecoming in the classroom, too? 'Electing Madam President,' dramatic photography and more highlight talks and classes at Chapman Family Homecoming

Of course, there will be tailgate parties, chili and football. But plenty more will be offered at the Chapman Family Homecoming Celebration set for the weekend of Friday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 4.

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U.S. Congress Member Loretta Sanchez ’82 is one of the scheduled panelists who will be at Chapman to discuss women’s political leadership.

Among the festivities are several master classes and other back-to-class opportunities, including two “Off the Page” talks, the signature discussion series hosted by
Chapman Magazine

First up on Friday at 3 p.m. in Argyros Forum 208 will be “To Madam President and Beyond,” a discussion with faculty and political leaders looking at women’s leadership progress in the halls of power, from city hall to the White House. Scheduled speakers include U.S. Congress Member Loretta Sanchez ’82; Professor Lori Cox Han, Ph.D., author of
In it to Win: Electing Madam President;
City of Orange Mayor Tita Smith; public policy expert Katie Vlietstra Wonnenberg ’03; and moderator Margaret Grogan, Ph.D., dean of the College of Educational Studies.

While it seems arcane to think there’s a leadership role women can’t fill, the U.S. presidency remains a male–only fraternity. The panelists will share insights on breaking through glass ceilings, and they’ll consider what barriers remain, including what it will take to elect a woman president.

On Saturday at 1 p.m. in Doti Hall 103, “How to Tell Your Personal Travel Tale” will feature Karyn Planett ’70. Planett and her husband, Geoff Thompson, have crisscrossed the globe, from the Australian Outback to the Arctic Circle, sharing a lifetime full of wanderlust that never abates. Their award–winning photos and stories fill several books, including the recently released
How to Capture Your Travel Stories in Words & Pictures
. Through their images and adventures, they will offer tips on enhancing your own travel tales. Registration for this event is full, but a wait-list is available.

Among the many other back-to-class events will be Friday’s faculty-led master classes on topics ranging from cancer to Walt Disney.

A full schedule and registration details can be found on the
Chapman Family Homecoming website

(Top photo/courtesy of Karyn Planett ’70)

Dawn Bonker

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