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. 

2014-2015

Academic Lecture Series

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
 
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, Writing Program and the SUA Student Affairs