Homecoming Master Classes

Learn Something New with a Chapman Master Class.

Join our Chapman experts for a series of informative chats!

All classes are free, but registration is required

Walt Disney & Charles Darwin: The Pursuit of Happiness and Knowledge

Buckle up for a fun romp through Walt Disney’s world of fantasy and Charles Darwin’s reality of nature: explore their creations and their beliefs, and delve into some profound ideas underpinning our origins and our happiness.

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 202
Host: Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies

Intercultural Communication in Health, Education, and Organizational Contexts

This master class will introduce skills needed for effective communication within health, education and organizational contexts. The class will include research findings, observations, and lessons in practical competence for intercultural communicators. Mark C. Hopson, Ph.D. is a professor in the School of Communication. Dr. Hopsons research interests include critical intercultural communication; African American rhetorical traditions; organizational diversity; and violence prevention communication.

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Beckman Hall 107
Host: School of Communication

Taking Flight from the Boeing Corporation to Chapman University

Dr. Tom Springer will share his path from industry to academia and how being an embedded software engineer has afforded him the opportunity to provide unique insights into the topics being studied and researched here at Chapman. The discussion will also focus on the synergistic relationship between industry and academia and how Chapman is uniquely positioned to grow and foster those relationships.

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Swenson Hall, Room 107 & 109 (Ideation Zone)
Host: Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School of Engineering

“Truly, Madly: Vivien Leigh, Laurene Olivier and the Romance of the Century”

Dodge College Dean Stephen Galloway takes you inside his New York Times bestseller through the end of the British Raj, the Golden Age of Hollywood, and the rockin’ and rollin’ 1960s.

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 10 – 11 a.m.
Location: DMAC Screening Room, DMAC 123
Host: Dodge College of Film & Media Arts

Master Class with President Daniele Struppa

Join President Daniele Struppa as he shares The Strange Story of How the West Learned About the Indo-Arabic Numerals 0, 1, 2, 3, …

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Argyros Forum 209 A
Host: Office of the President

What’s all this About Mindfulness?

Dean Gail Stearns will lead practices and discussion emerging from research for her recently published book, Liberating Mindfulness: from Billion-dollar Industry to Engaged Spirituality.

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Wilkinson Founders Chapel
Host: Fish Interfaith Center

Welcome to Virtual Reality

In the future, there will be no more location shoots, just the magic of an LED wall. Join Prof. Mark Sawicki as he walks you through the mysteries of Hollywood’s latest invention — a screen so real it makes you feel you’re in the jungle. Or Paris. Or outer space.

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Location: DMAC 124
Host: Dodge College of Film & Media Arts

The Modern David and Goliath: The War in Ukraine and the Struggle Against Authoritarianism

The presentation will look at the origins of the war in Ukraine and how it has unfolded since its inception. It will conclude with an analysis of its importance and possible outcomes.

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Location: Irvine Lecture Hall
Host: Wilkinson/War, Diplomacy, and Society/History

Fake Snakes, Exploding Cucumbers, and Vomiting Birds: Stories from the Rainforest with Dr. Goldsmith

Join Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Dr. Greg Goldsmith for his Masterclass where he shares his exciting adventures in the rainforest. Learn about his research on the flow of water and carbon through the forest ecosystems and the interesting animals he has met along the way.

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Location: McCardle Steps, Keck Center for Science and Engineering
Host: Schmid College of Science and Technology

What is Behavioral Finance?

Join Dr. Henrik Cronqvist, newly appointed Dean of the Argyros School of Business and Economics, as he leads an engaging discussion on fundamentals of behavioral finance. Dean Cronqvist will detail the factors and psychological effects that explain why investors make the decisions they do and the impacts of personal biases and influences on the financial market.

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Location: Beckman Hall 404
Host: Argyros School of Business & Economics

Promoting Mental Health Well-Being for College Students: Ways of Support to Ensure Success

College is a significant time of change. In this class you will learn about current mental health statistics on college students, ways to promote positive mental health for them, learn of the signs of when to intervene and develop awareness of on and off campus mental health resources. Together we can build a vibrant community that promotes positive mental health and well-being for all students.

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Location: Beckman Hall 104
Host: Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

“Hello” and “Welcome!”: The Opening Number in Musicals

Join Associate Professor and Musicologist Dr. Jessica Sternfeld to learn all about musicals. In this master class, you’ll learn how musicals work, both inside the theater and in our culture, and you’ll watch and discuss opening numbers from shows like Hamilton, Cabaret, Cats and more. How do the elements: singing, dancing, costumes, lighting, mood, volume, tell you what to expect for the next two hours? You’ll learn this and much more during this interactive session.

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Location: Bertea Hall 109, Shanley Choral Room
Host: College of Performing Arts

Estate Planning 101

Having a complete and proper estate plan is an important gift of peace for your loved ones. Whether you have a plan in place or want to learn for the future, the presenting attorney will highlight core documents needed in a properly planned estate as well as review common estate planning mistakes. All attendees will receive a complimentary guide to planning a will and trust.

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Location: Beckman Hall 107
Host: Legacy Planning