Upcoming Events at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks

Upcoming Events at California Lutheran University
60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks

 

Biomythography: Currency Exchange

Thursday, Nov. 16, through Thursday, Feb. 1

William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

This exhibition investigates multiple forms of currency and the ways in which they are encoded in today’s culture. Contemporary artists from Costa Rica, Southern California and elsewhere use multimedia to draw attention to and understand the idea of cultural currency.

Featured artists include Guillermo Bert, Audrey Chan, Christian Salablanca Diaz, Chuck Feesago, Mimian Hsu, Elisa Bergel Melo, Kim Morris, Albert Lopez Jr., Marton Robinson, Javier Estaban Calvo Sandi and Glen Wilson. Chris Christion and Jessica Wimbley curated the exhibit.

Admission is free. The gallery, located in William Rolland Stadium, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery@CalLutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.

Convergencia / Convergencia

Thursday, Nov. 16, through Thursday, Feb. 1

Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture

Curated by prolific representational artist Hernán Miranda, this exhibition features work by contemporary Paraguayans. Although several of the artists live abroad in Germany, Argentina, France and the United States, all the works are influenced by their mother country. Media include oil, acrylic, charcoal and graphite, and sculptures in bronze and glass, for “a convergence of different languages” in art coming from Paraguay, Miranda explains.

Artists include Gustavo Beckelmann, Osvaldo Camperchioli, Maite Casablanca, Esperanza Gill, Jorge Codas, Michael Oliver, Sila Estigarribia, Hernán Miranda, Roberto Morelli, Corina Paredes, Liliana Segovia, Felix Toranzos, Ing. Jorge Von Horoch and Gabriel Brizuela.

Admission is free. The Kwan Fong Gallery, located in Soiland Humanities Center, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/kwanfong.

Lunchtime Organ Recital Series

Joseph Peeples

Fridays, Jan. 19, Feb. 9, March 9 and April 13, 

at 12:30 p.m. 

Samuelson Chapel

University organist Joseph Peeples showcases the 2,109-pipe Borg Petersen Memorial Organ in four 30-minute recitals featuring varied works for all audiences. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. 

Admission is free. For information, call Campus Ministry at 805-493-3228 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music

Biomythography: Un-Panel Workshop

Thursday, Jan. 25, 4-6 p.m. 

Overton Hall

Organized and facilitated by Dorit Cypis and Holly Tempo, this workshop will train participants in creating open dialogues and resolving conflict while addressing themes from the art exhibition “Biomythography: Currency Exchange.” 

Cypis is an Israeli-born visual artist and innovative professional mediator. Her work explores themes of history, identity and social relations and has been presented in diverse cultural contexts in the United States and internationally. She is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders International and the co-founder and educator of the North East Youth Council. She earned a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute for the Arts and a Master of Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. In 2014, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rauschenberg Foundation Residency. 

Tempo is an associate professor of painting at Otis College of Art and Design who is known for her labor-intensive paintings and site-specific pieces. Her work utilizes urban tropes such as trash, graffiti and cardboard used by the homeless to create shelter. It has been shown extensively in Southern California as well as in India, Spain, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Israel and Central America. Tempo holds an MFA from the Claremont Graduate University. 

Admission is free, but space is limited. RSVP by Jan. 10 to rollandgallery@callutheran.edu. For information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or 

rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland

International Film Festival“Mona Lisa is Missing”

Featuring Q&A with producers Joe and Justine Mestichelli Medeiros

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m.

AMC Dine-In Thousand Oaks 14

The “Mona Lisa” was stolen? Surprisingly, yes – on Aug. 21, 1911. Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian immigrant, took the painting and hid it in his dingy tenement room in Paris for more than two years. How did he do it? Why did he do it? The award-winning 2012 documentary “Mona Lisa Is Missing: The True Story of the Man Who Stole the Masterpiece” answers these questions and more.

The documentary is written and directed by Joe Medeiros, who is considered the leading authority on the theft of the masterpiece, and co-produced with Justine Mestichelli Medeiros. The husband and wife, who live in the Conejo Valley, will be present for a Q&A following the screening.

Cal Lutheran’s Department of Languages and Cultures is sponsoring the free event. This selection in Cal Lutheran’s fifth annual International Film Festival is shown primarily in English with some subtitles. The theater is located at 166 W. Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks.

For information, contact Brittany Corbucci at 805-796-4555 or bcorbucci@callutheran.edu.

Faculty Recital: Michael Hart

Friday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel 

Assistant professor Michael Hart will be accompanied by senior lecturer Eric Kinsley in a performance of works for tuba and piano. The recital will feature compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Joseph Haydn, Eric Ewazen and Astor Piazzolla. 

Hart conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches courses in music education, conducting and theory. He has performed throughout the country, including as a finalist at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference Competition, and has premiered several works for tuba.

Kinsley teaches piano at Cal Lutheran and has soloed with the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. 

Donations will be accepted. For information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

History Lecture Series: Collapse “The Fall of Rome”

Feb. 7, 7-8:30 p.m.

Grant Brimhall Library Community Room

Given that no civilization lasts forever, how can we identify moments in history when a society, as it had been known for generations, ended?

Over six lectures, Cal Lutheran history professors are exploring the collapse of Ancient Egypt, the Persian Empire, the Han Dynasty and the Roman Empire, as well as the Black Death and the end of the European order. At this talk, Sam Claussen will explore issues leading to the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 CE.

Cal Lutheran and the Thousand Oaks Library are sponsoring the free event. The Grant R. Brimhall Library is located at 1401 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. For information, contact Cindy Keitel at ckeitel@callutheran.edu.

Mainstage Production “The Colored Museum” 

By George C. Wolfe 

Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 7-10, 8 p.m. 

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2 p.m. 

Black Box Studio Theatre 

A play in 11 vignettes presented as if they were exhibits in a museum of African-American history, “The Colored Museumsatirizes the black experience in America. Still timely, the controversial comedy from 1986 skewers exaggerated images of and extreme stereotypes about African-American life. Saundra McClain directs. 

Admission is $10. The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance is presenting the play in celebration of Black History Month. For information, call 805-493-3452

Rotem Reshef: Time Traveler

Thursday, Feb. 15, through Thursday, April 5 

Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture 

A site-specific installation of interwoven scrolls by artist Rotem Reshef, “Time Traveler” highlights our interaction with and interpretation of the four seasons. Human lives are connected to the seasons in ritual, culture and tradition. Seasonal transitions mark the passage of time, whether on an agricultural or a religious calendar. In the installation, enormous scrolls are imprinted with features of each season: leaves for fall, ribbons for spring, straw-like raffia for summer, and some bubble wrap and cellophane for winter. Sagi Rafael curated the exhibit.

Reshef is a process-driven abstract action artist. She earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1988 from the Hamidrasha School of Art in Israel and her master’s in 2004 from the Reinwardt Academie in Amsterdam. Her works are found in private collections across the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Australia. She lives and works in Tel Aviv and New York City. 

Admission is free. The Kwan Fong Gallery, located in Soiland Humanities Center, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/kwanfong

Siona Benjamin: Blue Like Me

Thursday, Feb. 15, through Thursday, April 12 

William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art 

Artist talk and documentary screening: Tuesday, March 20, 6 p.m. | Lundring Events Center 

Painting workshop: Thursday, March 22, 2:15–4 p.m. | William Rolland Art Center 213

Indian-born U.S. artist Siona Benjamin works in a visual language that conveys her transcultural, transnational view of the world. She was raised Jewish in predominantly Hindu and Muslim India, while being educated in Catholic and Zoroastrian schools. She now lives and works in New Jersey. 

Her art amalgamates styles, religions, languages, mythologies and iconographies. Her influences range from ancient Indian and Persian miniatures to Sephardic icons and contemporary graphic novels. The work seeks to provoke reevaluation of misconceptions about identity and race that can lead to racism, hate and war.

“Very often, I look down at my skin and it has turned blue,” Benjamin says. “It tends to do that when I face certain situations of people stereotyping and categorizing other people who are unlike themselves. I have therefore over the years developed many blue-skinned characters in my paintings. This blue self-portrait of sorts takes on many roles and forms, through which I theatrically explore ancient and contemporary dilemmas.” 

She received a Fulbright Fellowship for her art project “Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives” and her work has been featured in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Art in America.

Benjamin will show “Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin,” a 30-minute documentary about the artist and India’s Bene Israel community directed by Hal Rifken, before the lecture.

The theme of the painting workshop led by Benjamin is “Finding Home.” Visitors are encouraged to bring photocopies of documents and other things related to their families, cultures and religions, and to be open to inspiration from sources including ancient stories, with the goal of creating work that speaks to the stories in their lives. 

Admission is free. For the talk and workshop, RSVP by March 1 to rollandgallery@ callutheran.edu. The gallery, located in William Rolland Stadium, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland

Harold Stoner Clark Lectures

Humanizing Machines: AI, Ethics and the Future

Shannon Vallor

Tuesday, Feb. 20

11:10 a.m. | “Looking in the AI Mirror”

4 p.m. | “How to Cultivate Humane Machines (and People)”

Samuelson Chapel

Artificial intelligence poses profound ethical questions for humanity’s future. What will a world filled with intelligent machines mean for the human family? Will the immense benefits of AI be shared with us all, or reserved for an elite few? Can our collective humanity be enriched, expanded, refined and liberated by smart machines? Or will long-held ideals of a more humane future instead be degraded, marginalized and replaced by narrower machine values of optimization, prediction and ruthless efficiency? What would a future with humanized and humanizing technologies look like, and how can we get there?

Shannon Vallor is the William J. Rewak, S.J. Professor of Philosophy at Santa Clara University, where she researches the ethics of emerging technologies. She is the author of the 2016 book “Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting” from Oxford University Press and editor of the forthcoming “Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Technology.” Her many awards include the 2015 World Technology Award in Ethics and multiple teaching honors. She serves on the board of the nonprofit Foundation for Responsible Robotics and regularly advises tech media, legislators, policymakers, investors, executives, engineers and design teams. 

Admission is free. The later Harold Stoner Clark endowed by the free lecture series, which started in 1985, and Cal Lutheran’s Department of Philosophy sponsors the talks. For information, contact the department at 805-493-3232 or 805-379-9194.

Faculty Recital: Evening of Chamber Music

Friday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel 

Cal Lutheran music faculty members GaHyun Cho (violin), Eric Kinsley (piano), Yoshika Masuda (cello) and Melissa Phelps (viola) will be joined by distinguished guest artist Ken Aiso (violin) to present a fascinating program of works for chamber ensemble. 

Donations will be accepted. For information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

Artists and Speakers Series

“Ain’t I a Woman!” – A Celebration of African-American Women

The Core Ensemble 

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

In honor of Black History Month and upcoming Women’s History Month, the Core Ensemble performs a work in its own unique chamber theater format. Titled after a speech by the abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth, “Ain’t I a Woman!” celebrates four African-American women: Truth, who was born into slavery and escaped with her infant daughter; novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston; folk artist Clementine Hunter; and civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. Shayla Simmons portrays these characters and interacts with an onstage trio of musicians on cello, piano and percussion. The musical score is drawn from spirituals, blues, jazz and contemporary concert music by African-Americans. 

The Department of History and the Artists and Speakers Committee are sponsoring the free event. For information, contact Sam Claussen at 805-493-3432 or sclaussen@callutheran.edu.