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 2015-2016  

September 17, 2015

SUA Constitution Day Annual Lecture

Professors Peter Burns and James O’Neil Spady present “A Discussion of the Basic Features of the United States Constitution.”

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. / Maathai 207

Sponsored by Soka University of America 

 

September 22, 2015

“The Workings of The Mind” presented by The Venerable Thich An Minh, President of Modern Enlightenment, Inc.

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. / Ikeda Grand Reading Room

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Humanities Concentration  

 

October 8, 2015

Trends in Latin America’s Political Economy: The Case of Intellectual Discourse in Brazil” presented by Ronald H. Chilcote, Professor of Economics and Political Science, University of California, Riverside

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. / Maathai 207

Sponsored by Soka University of America, International Studies Concentration  

 

October 13, 2015

“Undocumented in Dixie: Freedom University and the Undocumented Student Movement in Georgia” presented by Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis, Executive Director of Freedom University, Ashley Rivas-Triana, student at Freedom University and Arizabeth Sanchez, student at Freedom University

6:30 p.m. / Pauling 216

Sponsored by Soka University of America, International Studies Concentration, Social and Behavioral Sciences Concentration and Student Affairs  

 

October 27, 2015

A Poetry Reading with Brandon Som

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. / Ikeda Grand Reading Room

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Writing Program and by Poets and Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation

 

October 29, 2015

“The Educational Imperative: Earth-Centered Ethics” presented by Dr. Douglas Zook, Director of the Global Ecology Education Initiative (GEEI) at Boston University

4:45 – 6:30 p.m. / Maathai 207

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Environmental Studies Concentration 

 

November 9, 2015

Guest Speaker Jean Marie Arrigo, Ph.D.

7:00 – 8:30 p.m. / Pauling 216

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Social and Behavioral Science Concentration

 

November 12, 2015

A Poetry Reading with Allison Benis White

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. / Ikeda Grand Reading Room

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Writing Program and by Poets and Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation  

 

December 1, 2015

Guest Speaker, Linh Tran, Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force

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

Sponsored by Soka University of America, International Studies Concentration

 

December 2, 2015

Guest Speaker, Rodolfo Torres, "Latino Education: Economic Democracy and Radical Possibilities in the Age of High-Poverty."

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. / Pauling 216

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Humanities Concentration

 

December 3, 2015

Guest Speaker, Dr. Anene Ejikeme, Associate Professor of History at Trinity University and Executive Director of the Africa Network

4:45 - 6:00 p.m. / Ikeda Grand Reading Room

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

 

December 5, 2015

Poetry/Fiction Reading with SUA Students

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. / Ikeda Grand Reading Room

Sponsored by the Writing Center, Soka University of America

 

December 7, 2015

Vocal Students Recital

4:30 p.m. / Black Box Theater

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Creative Arts Program

 

December 8, 2015

Piano and Strings Student Recital

7:00 p.m. / Black Box Theater

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Creative Arts Program

 

December 10, 2015

Piano and Strings Student Recital

7:00 p.m. / Black Box Theater

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Creative Arts Program

 

December 11, 2015

28th SUA Student Recital

7:00 p.m. / Performing Arts Center 

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Creative Arts Program

 

December 12, 2015

Musical Theater Review

7:30 p.m. / Black Box Theater

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Creative Arts Program

 

February, 21, 2016

SUA Music Faculty Recital

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. / Soka Performing Arts Center

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Creative Arts Program

 

March 9, 2016

Lecture & Poetry Reading with Dr. Rosanna Warren

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. / Pauling 216

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Humanities Concentration

 

May 9, 2016

Vocal Students Recital

5:00 p.m. / Founder's Hall 3rd Floor

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Creative Arts Department

 

May 10, 2016

Piano and Strings Recital I

7:00 p.m. / Black Box Theater

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Creative Arts Department

 

May 12, 2016

Piano and Strings Recital II

7:00 p.m. / Black Box Theater

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Creative Arts Department

 

May 13, 2016

29th SUA Student Music Recital

Time: TBA / Performing Arts Center

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Creative Arts Department

 

May 23, 2016

Mikey Plays for '16

7:00 p.m. / Performing Arts Center

Sponsored by Soka University of America, Creative Arts Department