Academic Events at SUA

Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo has been fortunate to welcome many distinguished guests in its short history since opening its doors in 2001.  Notable guests have included Nobel Peace Laureates Sir Joseph Rotblat, Betty Williams and Shirin Ebadi. Guest speakers are hosted by the President's Office, the Dean's Office, the Office of Student Affairs, and through the various concentrations/programs and areas. You may view our Academic Lectures Archive to see various lectures we have hosted in previous years.

SUA hosts an annual symposium series generously funded by the Nieves Family Foundation during the spring semester.  The symposia series brings leading figures together to address timely topics such as poverty and non-violence in the modern world.  The Pacific Basin Research Center also sponsors a distinguished guest lecture series inviting renowned scholars and experts on Pacific Basin issues each semester.  SUA's facilities which include a 150 seat, state-of-art lecture room in Pauling Hall, a Baroque style meeting room in Founders Hall, and a cozy, high-ceiling reading room in the Ikeda Library make for the perfect environment for intimate interaction with special visitors. 

Academic Lecture Series 2016-2017  

 

October 3, 2016

Third Annual Dialogue on the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence: Global Citizenship and the Culture of Peace

4:45-6:15 p.m. / Pauling 216

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Luis and Linda Nieves Family Foundation

 

October 5, 2016

The Value of Theoretical Thinking

5:00-6:30 p.m. / Maathai 207

Sponsored by Soka University of America, International Studies Concentration

 

October 6, 2016

Documentary Screening | The Roots Awaken 

6:30-8:30 p.m. / Pauling 216

Sponsored by Soka University of America Humanities and International Studies Concentrations

 

October 26, 2016

Interrogating Heteronormativity: Queer Subjects Negotiating Family & Femininity in Lebanon

6:00-7:30 p.m. / Pauling 216

Sponsored by Soka University of America, International Studies and Social Behavioral Sciences Concentrations

 

November 3, 2017

Video Art: Contest of Illusion and Materiality

4:30-5:30 p.m. / Ikeda Grand Reading Room

Sponsored by Soka University of America Humanities Concentration

 

November 12, 2016

The 5th SUA Music Faculty Recital

4:00-6:30 p.m. / Performing Arts Center

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Creative Arts Program

 

November 16, 2016

NATO and Institutional Learning

5:00-6:30 p.m. / Maathai 207

Sponsored by Soka University of America, International Studies Concentration

 

December 5th, 6th & 8th, 2016

Fall Student Recitals

December 9th: 30th SUA Student Recital

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Creative Arts Program

 

December 7, 2016

Research to Grasp Art, Art to Grasp Research

5:00-6:30 p.m. / Maathai 207

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Humanities Concentration


December 7, 2016

Research to Grasp Art, Art to Grasp Research

5:00-6:30 p.m. / Maathai 207

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Humanities Concentration

 

December 9, 2016

30th SUA Student Recital

8:00 p.m. / Soka Performing Arts Center

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Creative Arts Concertation

 

January 25, 2017

Open House with Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury | A Culture of Peace

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. / Student Affairs Lobby

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Academic Affairs

February 27, 2017

Dr. Dee Aker presents, “Strategic Peacebuilding Perspectives: Illustrated Through Stories of Nepal’s Conflict Transformations”

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. / Ikeda Grand Reading Room

Sponsored by Soka University of America, International Studies Concentration

 

February 28, 2017

Arvid Krüger presents, “European Urban Renewal Policy Facing Contemporary Spatial Developments”

1:00 – 2:30 p.m./ Pauling Hall

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Environmental Studies Concentration

 

March 8, 2017

Dr. Ana Muñiz presents, “Sanctuary in the Age of ‘Crimmigration’: Gang Databases and Joint Immigration Enforcement”

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. / Pauling Hall

Sponsored by Soka University of America, International Studies and Humanities Concentrations

 

March 15, 2017

Dr. Neil Hertz presents, “Pastoral in Palestine”

6:00 p.m. / Gandhi Hall 209

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Humanities Concentration

 

March 28, 2017

A Poetry Reading with Safiya Sinclair (Part of National Poetry Month)

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. / Ikeda Grand Reading Room

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Writing Program and in part by Poets & Writers through grants it has received from The James C. Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundations

 

April 3, 2017

Dr. Jonathan Wills presents, “Environmental Management in the Shetland Islands”

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. / Student Affairs Lobby

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Environmental Studies Concentration

 

April 4, 2017

A Poetry Reading with Dexter L. Booth (Part of National Poetry Month)

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. / Ikeda Grand Reading Room

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Writing Program and in part by Poets & Writers through grants it has received from The James C. Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundations

 

April 14, 2017

Dr. Christopher Key Chapple presents, “Environmental Philosophy in Cross-Cultural Perspective”

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. / Ikeda Grand Reading Room

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Core 2 Class The Enduring Questions of Humanity in Contemporary Contexts.

 

April 20, 2017

A Poetry Reading with Vanessa Angélica Villarreal

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. / Ikeda Grand Reading Room

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Writing Program and in part by Poets & Writers through grants it has received from The James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundations

 

April 21, 2017

Ambassador Sallama Shaker presents, “The Challenges in a Global Era”

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. / Pauling Hall 216

Sponsored by Soka University of America, International Studies Concentration

May 4, 2017

Wanna Prayukvong presents, “Buddhist Economics Approach to Social Entrepreneurship”

4:45 – 6:30 p.m. / Gandhi Hall 209

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Economics Faculty and SUA Bridges 2 Business

 

May 8, 9, 10, 15, 2017

Student Spring Recitals

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Creative Arts Program

 

 May 11, 2017

Dance Recital: Progression: Students in Progress

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. / Black Box Theater

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Creative Arts Program

 

 

May 12, 2017

31st SUA Student Recital

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. / Performing Arts Center

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Creative Arts Program

 

May 22, 2017

Mikey Plays for ‘17

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. / Performing Arts Center

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Creative Arts Program