Category - Humanities & Society

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Restored Film and Author Lecture to Open Rodgers Center Fall Series

Chapman University’s Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education begins its fall series, “Shards of Memory – Symbols of Hope,” with a screening of and lecture on Weapons of the Spirit, and a book discussion...

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Where Special Needs Become Distinct Possibilities At the Thompson Policy Institute, research drives inclusive strategies that help all kinds of learners.

Stephen Hinkle didn’t always love a good joke or pun. Humor and its indirect meanings eluded the Chapman University Ph.D. student, who has autism. But these days he’s a bit of a jokester himself. In a quiet campus...

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Champion Of Change High school counselor Beau Menchaca (M.A. ’02) leads a transformation of culture, multiplying the number of students who attend college.

By his own account, Beau Menchaca (M.A. ’02) grew up a bit of a gypsy, bouncing back and forth between Texas and Mexico. By middle school, his family settled in Mexico, where he completed high school and college. Like...

Artwork by Janire Najera of the border.

Chapman’s “La Frontera – The Border” Project Crosses Disciplines, Expands Minds

Typically, borders are meant to divide. This fall, the Chapman University campus community will unite to explore the concept of “borders” and numerous issues surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border. La Frontera-The Border...

NPR’s ‘Here and Now’ Interviews Chapman Professor Pete Simi on His Research Into Racist Hate

Chapman University sociology professor Pete Simi, Ph.D., was interviewed by Robin Young of NPR’s “Here and Now” in a discussion of the professor’s research on the addictive nature of racial violence. For the...

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An Economist’s Research Into Taxes, Guns and Suicide Leads to Unexpected Results

The following op-ed by Chapman University President Emeritus James Doti first appeared in the Los Angeles Times and is reprinted here with permission. The fascinating thing about economic research is that it moves in...

Professor Ian Barnard in front of the Stonewall Inn

50 Years After the Stonewall Riots Chapman professors reflect on Stonewall’s place in the history of LGBTQIA+ activism.

This month, the worldwide LGBTQIA+ community will honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots as part of annual Pride celebrations. The historic New York City protest, which began June 28, 1969, and lasted for six...

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What’s in a Name? For Amazonian Tribes, There’s a Connection to Culture and Identity A Chapman professor's research helps officials in Peru embrace the use of native names.

The proper names preferred by a tribe of native people living in the Peruvian Amazon are lovely and captivating, even in their English translations. “Shining Anaconda” and “Proud Bird” are just two examples. But to the...

Alexa Dectis (JD '19) at Fowler School of Law's Kennedy Hall.

Former Child Actor Plans to Use Her Law Degree to Help Protect Others ‘All I want to do is work. It's really what I live for.’

At 4 a.m., most Fowler School of Law students are likely still in bed dreaming of contracts and torts. Unless you’re Alexa Dectis (JD ’19), which means you’re already awake and ready to commute from Chapman University...

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The Mantle of Memory As the Holocaust Art & Writing Contest turns 20, young scholars embrace the critical role of bearing witness for the survivors.

The reception that follows the awards ceremony for Chapman University’s annual Holocaust Art & Writing Contest is full of contrasts. Holocaust survivors with canes, walkers and the aches and pains of age tread...