Chapman University Redefines Homecoming: Celebrating Innovation, Progression and Community Through Master Classes

While many universities across the nation celebrate Homecoming with a focus on football, Chapman University is rewriting the playbook by spotlighting innovation, progression, and community through a unique series of master classes taught by faculty industry experts. Homecoming 2023 at Chapman University promises to be a weekend like no other, where learning takes center stage, recognizing that Homecoming is more than just a game; it’s an opportunity to bring the Chapman Family together to celebrate the pursuit of knowledge and personal growth. 

Master Classes: A Different Kind of Celebration
Homecoming attendees won’t just witness touchdown celebrations; they’ll engage in thought-provoking discussions and hands-on experiences that expand horizons. These master classes offer a glimpse into the diverse and enriching academic environment that defines Chapman. 

Walt Disney & Charles Darwin: The Pursuit of Happiness and Knowledge: Dr. Brian Alters leads an exploration of the worlds of Walt Disney and Charles Darwin, revealing profound ideas that underpin our origins and our happiness. 

The Movies, the Moguls, and Me with Stephen Galloway: Chapman Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Dean Stephen Galloway takes audiences on a personal journey through the history of Hollywood, sharing insights into the titanic moguls and stars who shaped the industry. 

Innovating for OC’s Future: Leveraging Supercomputing for Community Advancement: 

Discover how AI and supercomputing can drive community advancement in Orange County with industry leaders and Chapman’s own experts. Speakers include: CEO Leadership Alliance Orange County (CLAOC), Chapman’s own Dr. Erik Linstead (Associate Professor, Fowler School of Engineering) and Keith Strier (Vice President, Worldwide AI Initiatives at NVIDIA)

Meaningful Persuasion: Evidence-Based Lessons for Persuasive Communication: Explore the art of persuasion in mass and interpersonal contexts, delving into the history and practical applications of persuasive techniques. 

Italian Renaissance Paintings: A Mathematical Revolution: Join Chapman President Daniele Struppa for a deep dive into the mathematical secrets hidden within Italian Renaissance paintings. 

The Art of Casting with Russell Boast: Want to hire a star? Better still, make your own! This interactive session with Professor Russell Boast, the former president of the Casting Society of America, will teach you everything you need to know about the magic and mystery of assembling the perfect cast. 

Confessions of a True Crime Expert: Forensic Psychology Adventures on the Scene, in Hollywood, and Beyond with Dr. Mohandie, a forensic psychologist with over 25 years of experience. He responded on-scene to the O.J. Simpson barricade and the North Hollywood Bank Robbery Shootout. His work has been featured in the LA Times, USA Today, E!, A&E, History, and the Discovery Channel. He was the host/producer on the Investigative Discovery show, Most Evil and consults in the entertainment industry.

Super Radar: Superman Didn’t Have it this Good: Masterclass with John Howell 

We’ve all seen a movie where some tech operator stares at a radar screen with a rotating line while watching two blips come terrifyingly closer and closer to our hero. What is radar? How is it used? Why is it important? And, why should we care? Dr. Howell will address these questions then talk about recent discoveries we’ve made at Chapman that we hope will turn the radar industry on its head.

Chapman University is augmenting Homecoming as a celebration of the mind, where attendees can explore and forge connections. This year, Homecoming at Chapman University is not just a reunion; it’s a celebration of intellectual growth, a tribute to innovation, and a reaffirmation of the strong community that defines Chapman. 


About Chapman University

Founded in 1861, Chapman University is a nationally ranked private university in Orange, California, about 30 miles south of Los Angeles. Chapman serves nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, with a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Students can choose from 123 areas of study within 11 colleges for a personalized education. Chapman is categorized by the Carnegie Classification as an R2 “high research activity” institution. Students at Chapman learn directly from distinguished world-class faculty including Nobel Prize winners, MacArthur fellows, published authors and Academy Award winners.The campus has produced a Rhodes Scholar, been named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars and hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. Chapman also includes the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine. The university features the No. 4 film school and No. 60 business school in the U.S. Learn more about Chapman University: www.chapman.edu.

Carly Murphy

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