Academic Lectures 2014-2015

September 10, 2014
“The Drug War in Mexico” presented by David Shirk, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations; Director, Justice in Mexico Project
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Maathai 207
Sponsored by: Soka University of America, International Studies Concentration
 
September 15, 2014
“Humanitarian Disarmament - From Anti-Personnel Mines to the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons” Dr. Alexander Harang, Director of the Norwegian Peace Association & Visiting Professor at Tromsø University
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. / Pauling 216
Sponsored by: Soka University of America, Academic Affairs Dean's Office, Ed Feasel
 
September 16, 2014
“Constitutional Controversies: Power and the State” presented by Dr. James O'Neil Spady, Associate Professor of American History
Pauling 216 / 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Sponsored by: Soka University of America and the Humanities Concentration
 
September 23, 2014
“The Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala and its Search for the Disappeared” presented by Fredy Peccerelli, Ph.D., Director of the FAFG (Fundacion de Antropologia Forense Guatemala)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. / Maathai 207
Sponsored by: Soka University of America, International Studies Concentration
 
September 25, 2014
Poetry Reading with Jessica Piazza
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. / Ikeda 4th Floor Grand Reading Room
Sponsored by Soka University of America, Writing Program
 
September 29, 2014
Soka Distinguished Speaker Series: "Six Decades at Harvard and Stanford (Some Things I Think I've Learned)" with Bliss Carnochan, Ph.D., the Richard W. Lyman Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, Stanford University
4:45 – 6:00 p.m. / Ikeda 4th Floor Grand Reading Room
Sponsored by: The Luis and Linda Nieves Family Foundation, Soka University of America
 
October 2, 2014
"Dialogue on the Culture of Peace and Non-violence" with UN Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury
Full day conference / Soka Athenaeum
Sponsored by Soka University of America, Academic Affairs, Dean’s Office
 
October 3, 2014
Soka Distinguished Speaker Series: "The Costs of Violence and the Benefits of Building a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence " with Professor Kevin Clements, Foundation Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of New Zealand National Centre of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand; Chair, Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research.
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. / Pauling 216
Sponsored by: The Luis and Linda Nieves Family Foundation, Soka University of America
 
October 8, 2014
"‘Cities & Climate Change” presented by Dr. Cristina Tirado, Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health, UCLA.
12:30- 1:00 p.m. Student Center 401 Meet & Greet
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Pauling 439 Lecture
Sponsored by Environmental Studies Concentration
 
October 18, 2014
"The 3rd SUA Music Faculty Recital.” Performers: Wan-chin Chang, piano and violin Erica Turrell, voice, Alfred Lang, trumpet, Ryan Pryor, piano and composer, Allison Johnson, accordion and composer/arranger, Michael Golden, piano and composer/arranger. With special guests: Tim Hall and Stephen Charpie; trumpet; Laura Schultz and Jean Turrell, voice; Chris Hornung, bass
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. / Performing Arts Center
Sponsored by: Soka University of America, The Creative Arts Program
 
October 20, 2014
“Genderqueering Language: Lessons from Scripps College.” Presented by Kimberly Drake, Associate Professor of Writing and Director of the Writing Program, Scripps College.
4:45 – 6:00 p.m. / Ikeda Grand Reading Room
Sponsored by: Soka University of America, The Writing Program and The Writing Center.
 
November 4, 2014
"The Civil Rights Movement in US and Global Context." Presented by James O'Neil Spady, Associate Professor of American History.
7:00 - 8:30 pm / Pauling 216
Sponsored by The American Experience class, Soka University of America
 
November 11, 2014
“Orhan Pamuk’s Beginnings as a Novelist. Cevdet Bey and Sons.” Guest speaker, Michael McGaha, Professor and Chair of the Romance Languages (Emeritus), Pomona College.
4:45 p.m. / Gandhi 209
Sponsored by: The Humanities Concentration, Soka University of America
 
November 13, 2014
“Towards a Unified Neuro-Cognitive Framework for the Arts.” Special Guest Lecture by Dr. Steven Brown Director of the NeuroArts Lab in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University.
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. / Pauling Hall 216
Sponsored by: Soka University of America and the Creative Arts Program
 
November 13, 2014
UN/UNESCO World Philosophy Day | "Learning to Love Together: The Value of Dialogue." A special philosophy student dinner and discussion led by Professor Robert Allinson. Student members of the "Philosophy Circle" will contribute to the discussion. Sponsored by Soka University of America and the Humanities Concentration
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm / SUA Bistro
 
November 17, 2014
“An Evening with Filmmaker Frederick Marx (co-director of Hoop Dreams).” A screening of his new film, “Journey from Zanskar: a monk’s vow to children”" Frederick Marx is an internationally acclaimed, Oscar and Emmy nominated director and writer.
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. / Pauling 216
Sponsored by: Soka University of America, Writing Center, Writing Program and The Poets and Writers Foundation
 
November 22, 2014
Humanities Concentration, Alumni Roundtable
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. / Student Affairs Lounge, 3rd Floor Ikeda
Sponsored by: Humanities Concentration, Soka University of America
 
December 1, 2014
Student Voices Music Recital
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. / Founder’s Hall, 3rd floor Conference Room
Sponsored by: Creative Arts Program, Soka University of America
 
December 2, 2014
“Poetry Reading with Farnoosh Fathi.”
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. / Ikeda 4th Floor Grand Reading Room
Sponsored by: Soka University of America, Writing Program and the Humanities Concentration. Additional support comes from Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.
 
December 3, 2014
Piano, Strings and Chamber Recital
7:00 p.m. / Black Box Theater
Sponsored by The Creative Arts Program, Soka University of America
 
December 4, 2014
Piano, Strings and Chamber Recital
7:00 p.m. / Black Box Theater
Sponsored by The Creative Arts Program, Soka University of America
 
December 5, 2014
26th SUA Student Music Recital
8:00 p.m. / Performing Arts Center
Sponsored by The Creative Arts Program, Soka University of America
 
January 15, 2015
Dr. Arnold Kaminsky| "The Blame Game: India's Partition in Historical Perspective"
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. / Maathai 305
Sponsored by Soka University of America Learning Clusters
 
January 26, 2015
Documentary: "Beyond the Divide; Healing Old Wounds and Reimagining Peace" with Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury
4:30 p.m. / Pauling 216
Sponsored by Soka University of America and Global Peace Film Festival
 
February 5, 2015
Alison Jaggar: "We Fight for Roses Too: Time-Use and Global Gender Issues"
7:00 p.m. / Pauling 216
Sponsored by Soka University of America, Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences Concentrations and Academic Affairs
 
February 10, 2015
"Poetry Reading with Hannah Gamble"
7:30 p.m. / Ikeda Grand Reading Room
Sponsored by The Writing Center, Soka University of America. It is also supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.
 
March 25, 2015 
Dr. Rana Hogarth presents, "That the Asylum for Deserted Negroes is Now Complete for their Reception...Surveillance and Sickness in Eighteenth-Century Jamaica."
6:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. / Maathai 207
Sponsored by the International Studies Concentration, Soka University of America
 
April 2, 2015
"Poetry Reading with Hannah Sanghee Park"
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. / Ikeda Grand Reading Room
Sponsored by Soka University of America via the Office of Student Activities and the Writing Program.  It is also supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation
 
April 8, 2015
Dr. Sunyoung Park presents, "Writing on the Left in Colonial Korea: New Perspectives and Future Directions."
4:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. / Pauling 216
Sponsored by Humanities and International Studies Concentrations, Soka University of America
 
April 15, 2015
"The Making of a King: A Drag King Documentary" by Nicole Miyahara. 
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. / Pauling 216
Sponsored by the Women's Studies Class, Soka University of America
 
April 16, 2015
Dr. Irene Clark presents, "Academic Writing and the Issue of Transfer." 
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. / Maathai 207
Sponsored by the Writing Program, Soka University of America
 
April 22, 2015
Soka Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture with Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: "How Storytelling Inspires, Enlightens, and Educates."
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. / Pauling 216
Sponsored by the Luis and Linda Nieves Family Foundation, Soka University of America
 
May 6, 2015
Dr. Elli S. Kim presents, "North Korean Postcolonial Ambition: Travel Ocherk as an Anti-Imperialist Praxis." 
4:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. / Pauling 216
Sponsored by Humanities and International Studies Concentrations, Soka University of America
 
May 8, 2015
Nancy Bartley presents "Crime, Kids and Compassion: A Historic Look at the Juvenile Justice System."
4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. / Pauling 216
Sponsored by the Writing Center, Soka University of America