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

The Anthropology of Disneyland

Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa of Wilkinson College will be hosting a Master Class to explore the “Anthropology of Disneyland.” What makes Disneyland so successful in compelling people to comply with its culture at the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’? Focusing on the environment of Disneyland, Dr. Takaragawa examines how architecture, the environment and other mitigating social factors encourage certain types of behaviors and create specific types of expectations. Using research models from the anthropology of space and place, Dr. Takaragawa will explain different theories of social behavior that she and her students have found at the park. This includes why people behave the way they do and whether the idea of a ‘Disney culture’ is something other than real life.

Date: Friday, November 5
Time: 10-11 am
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 201
Host: Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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The War Declaring and War Making Powers under the Constitution

Since World War II, America has waged war many times, but without Congress declaring war. The power to declare war is given to the Congress in the US Constitution, but the President is the Commander-in-Chief. A reasonable accommodation between these two powers was attempted following Viet Nam in the War Powers Resolution; but Congress has preferred to avoid committing itself. The result is unstable, with America often becoming engaged in war without the accountability of their elected representatives in Congress, and without clear objectives.

Tom Campbell, a professor of law at the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University, and a former dean of that law school, was a US Congressman for five terms, representing the district around Stanford University at a time when he was a professor there. In this presentation, he will describe his effort to cause Congress to take up its responsibility during the war in Kosovo, the way Congress responded, and how the third branch, the courts, also avoided their responsibility. The lessons have applicability to this day, as America is evaluating the processes that brought us into war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and other parts of the world.

Date: Friday, November 5
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Virtual
Host: Fowler School of Law

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The Year Long, Nationwide Survey on COVID and Mental Health

Dr. David Frederick will be presenting his research on mental health during the pandemic.

Date: Friday, November 5
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Virtual
Host: Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

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Jealousy: The Often Misunderstood Interpersonal and Online Experience

Dr. Jennifer Bevan of the School of Communication will discuss how jealousy – frequently seen in U.S. culture as an entirely negative emotion to be avoided at all costs – is often misunderstood. She will present evidence describing how jealousy can be confused for envy, is made up of thoughts, feelings, and communication, as well as her own emerging research showing how jealousy can be expressed via online surveillance.

Date: Friday, November 5
Time: 11 a.m. -12 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Host: School of Communication

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Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Business Strategies

Date: Saturday, November 6
Time: 10-11 am
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 105
Host: Argyros School of Business and Economics 

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Strategic Social Media For Artists: The New Networking And How It Impacts Your Career

Join Chapman University Alumna, Molly Mahoney of the Prepared Performer for Strategic Social Media For Artists: The New Networking and How it Impacts Your Career.

You’ll discover how to use social media in strategic ways that help grow your audience while building relationships with other performers, agents and casting directors along the way!

Date: Saturday, November 6
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Moulton Hall
Host: College of Performing Arts

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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.

Presented by Dr. Brian Alters
Professor, Director, Evolution Education Research Center
Attallah College of Educational Studies
Schmid College of Science and Technology; Biological Sciences

Date: Saturday, November 6
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 202
Host: Attallah College of Educational Studies

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Food Fraud: An Economic Crime with Global Threats to Public Health

According to food authenticity experts, an increase in food fraud as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is inevitable. From seafood to wine, there are fraudulent practices being conducted on food that can be harmful to public health. Dr. Rosalee Hellberg will provide a brief history of food fraud and high-profile cases that have occurred. She will share research that has been done with students at Chapman University to discover and expose food fraud.

Date: Saturday, November 6
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Location: McCardle Steps, Keck Center for Science and Engineering
Host: Schmid College of Science and Technology

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Students and Space – The Engineering of Swenson Hall

When the Fowler School of Engineering was founded, we were presented with the unique opportunity to design our home from the ground up. In fact, the Swenson Family Hall of Engineering was designed synchronously with the design of our academic programs, the hiring of our faculty, and the recruitment of our students. The convergence of ideas and mission facilitated by this unique process has led to a remarkable home for student-focused ideation, learning, and innovation. Dr. Lyon’s presentation will detail some of the large and small features of Swenson Hall make it so innovative, forward-looking, and transformational as we create a new world of engineering education and research.

Date: Saturday, November 6
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Location: Swenson Hall 107/109 – The Ideation Zone
Host: Fowler School of Engineering

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