Welcome to the Fall 2017 Issue of "Chapman Magazine"







The full fall 2017 issue of Chapman Magazine is now available in print and online .


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Thrashing in currents, tons of plastic trash accumulate in gyres that some reports say reach the size of Texas. Then there’s the stuff that washes up on our shores, and that’s where Katie Peck ’17 comes in. The studio art major spent months collecting plastic debris from California beaches before transforming it into an eye-catching wave sculpture during Chapman’s well-named Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. Peck turned data about plastic trash “into something visual and tactile to show the public through art what’s happening along our coastlines,” she says. The public is noticing, and she’s still riding the wave. Her sculpture turned heads and grabbed media attention at a recent Coastal Cleanup Day in Huntington Beach. And in April, her work will highlight a gallery show she’s curating for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to accompany NOAA’s annual International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego. A tour of West Coast beaches and projects to educate children about reducing plastic pollution are also on the horizon as Peck brings vast amounts of trash “to a level you can understand on a human scale,” she says. (Photo: Dennis Arp)


About the Fall 2017 Chapman Magazine Cover Photo:

A father and his son are among hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants who over the past several years have landed on the Greek island of Lesvos after fleeing violence and social collapse in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other war-torn nations. At Chapman, Professor John Hall teaches international law, but this summer he volunteered on Lesvos with a relief organization at the front lines of this humanitarian crisis. Hall’s first-person piece about his experience begins on page 16 in the print issue and can be viewed online. (Photo: Getty Images)

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