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 Events 2017-2018

Friday, September 22 - Saturday, September 23, 2017
Disease and Disease Control in Eras of Globalization Conference
Athenaeum, Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, Soka University of America

Monday, October 2, 2017
4th Annual Dialogue on the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence
Athenaeum, Sponsored by Soka University of America and the Luis and Linda Nieves Family Foundation

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Panel Presentation: How I Write / How I Create with Bryan Penprase, Sarah England & Ghada Mourad
Student Affairs Lobby, Ikeda 3rd Floor, Sponsored by the Writing Program, Soka University of America

Saturday, November 11, 2017
6th Annual Soka Music Faculty Recital
Performing Arts Center, Sponsored by the Creative Arts Program, Soka University of America

Monday, November 13, 2017
Risa Applegarth Skype Presentation "Teaching and Researching the Rhetoric of Science"
Maathai 207, Sponsored by the Writing Program and the Office of the Dean of Faculty, Soka University of America

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Erualdo Gonzalez, Associate Professor, Chicano/a Studies at California State University, Fullerton presents, "Latino City: the History and Politics of the Grassroots in Santa Ana"
Pauling Hall 216, Sponsored by the Humanities Concentration Soka University of America

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Adam J Banks, Stanford University, Workshop: "Rhetorics, Cultures, Technologies: Framing a Future for Undergraduate Programs in Writing and Rhetoric" and Lecture: Dominant Genre Emeritus: Writing Pedagogy Beyond the Essay
Maathai 207, Sponsored by the Writing Program and the Office of the Dean of Faculty, Soka University of America

Saturday, December 2, 2017
Nabil Al-Tikriti, University of Washington Mary, "MSF and Humanitarian Health Policy"
Ikeda Grand Reading Room, Sponsored by the Humanities and International Studies Concentrations, Soka University of America


2017 Fall Semester Student Music Recitals
Monday, December 4th - Voice Students Recital - Founders Hall, 3rd Floor
Tuesday, December 5th - Piano, Strings, & Chamber Ensemble Student Recital I - Black Box Theater
Wednesday, December 6th - Piano, Strings, & Chamber Ensemble Student Recital II - Black Box Theater
Friday, December 8th - The 32nd SUA Student Music Recital - Performing Arts Center
Sponsored by the Creative Arts Program, Soka University of America


Tuesday, December 12, 2017
“Life Sciences Symposia I” Panel and Presentation
Athenaeum, Sponsored by Academic Affairs, Soka University of America

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
“Life Sciences Symposia II” Panel and Presentation
Athenaeum, Sponsored by Academic Affairs, Soka University of America

Friday, January 19, 2018
“Colloquium on Understanding Yoga and Tantra” with Dr. Debashish Banerji & Dr. Sthaneshwar Timalsina
Pauling Hall 216, Sponsored by Yoga for Individual Transformational Learning Cluster, Soka University of America

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Learning Cluster Fair
Soka Bistro, Sponsored by The Luis and Linda Nieves Family Foundation and Academic Affairs, Soka University of America

Friday, February 9, 2018
“Fractured Worlds of the Global Horizon, Or The Problem of the Color Line: A Symposium in Two Voices’ with Hortense J. Spillers and Nahum D. Chandler
Ikeda Grand Reading Room, Sponsored by Humanities Concentration in association with the UC Consortium for Black Studies in California, a Multi-Campus Research Program and Initiative. The Workshops at UC Irvine

Friday, February 9, 2018
"Amazon Incorporated: How One Company Pried Open the World’s Lung to Extractive Commerce in Nineteenth-Century Brazil” with José Juan Pérez Meléndez
Maathai Hall 207, Sponsored by the International Studies Concentration, Soka University of America

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
“Figural Logic in Scientific Argumentation” with Randy Harris
Ikeda Grand Reading Room, Sponsored by the Writing Program, Soka University of America

Monday, February 26, 2018
Film Screening of "Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. is the Answer" followed by panel discussion with filmmakers AJ Ali and Errol Webber, and Soka Professors Sarah Englannd and Peter Burns. Moderated by 2nd year Soka student, Arthur “Trey” Carlisle.
Pauling Hall 216, Sponsored by the Social and Behavioral Sciences Concentration and the Dean of Faculty Office, Soka University of America

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
"Gandhi and Nonviolent Awakening of Individual Potential for Sustainable Peace" with Dr. Neelakanta Radhakrishnan.
Pauling Hall 216, Sponsored by Academic Affairs, Soka University of America

Thursday, April 5, 2018 
"Keeping Count: Pieter Paul Ruben's Four Philosophers" with speaker Christopher Braider.
Gandhi 209, Sponsored by the Humanities Concentration, Soka University of America

Thursday, April 19, 2018
“Czechoslovak Exile After 1948: Activities, Problems and International Cooperation” with Martin Nekola
Maathai Hall 207, Sponsored by the International Studies Concentration, Soka University of America

Friday, May 11, 2018 
The 33rd SUA Music Recital 
Soka Performing Arts Center, Sponsored by the Creative Arts Program, Soka University of America