Upcoming Events at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks


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

“Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia”

Thursday, Aug. 22, through Wednesday, Oct. 23

Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture and William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

Printmaking as a medium has for centuries been associated with the making of flat, editioned images — mostly on paper. The 20 contemporary printmakers in this exhibition have removed the artificial boundaries around printmaking. They have created works on everything from porcelain and recycled wood to melting ice. Each piece has been manipulated — cut, folded, burned, fired, mounted, recorded or pasted. They live in the toxic residue left by the contaminated water of Flint, Michigan, and are even inked onto good old fashioned paper — only sideways, on the paper’s less-than-one-millimeter-thick edge. They are built like a puzzle or planted as a garden. Some are architectural; others are biological.

The featured artists are Justin Barfield, Shawn Bitters, Vanessa B. Cruz, Florence Gidez, Rebecca Gilbert, Ruthann Godollei, Sheila Goloborotko, Brandie Grogan, John Hitchcock, Andrew Kozlowski, Lauren Kussro, Nathan Meltz, Guen Montgomery, Jill Parisi, Andrew Raftery, Samantha Parker Salazar, Marliee Salvator, Mizin Shin, Swoon and Eszter Sziksz. Goloborotko curated the exhibit, which was made possible by the generous contributions of the Janet Dibble Revocable Living Trust.

Admission is free. Kwan Fong Gallery, located in Soiland Humanities Center, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Rolland 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, call 805-493-3697, email rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit callutheran.edu/rolland or CalLutheran.edu/kwanfong.

Faculty Recital

Eric Kinsley, Keum Hwa Cha and guest artist Haekyung An

“Classical Favorites”

Saturday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

Eric Kinsley on keyboards, Keum Hwa Cha on violin and guest artist soprano Haekyung An will perform masterpieces often neglected in modern concert halls. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

Cal Lutheran Fall Cultural Dance Festival 2019

East Indian Dance – Bharat Natyam

Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 2 to 3:45 p.m.

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Dance Studio/Room 209

Experience East Indian bharat natyam dance with Padmini Vassan. Bharat Natyam is one of the oldest dance forms of India, nurtured in the temples of southern India for thousands of years. This free event includes a lecture, demonstration, Q&A and movement participation. No experience is required. Come dressed to move.

Vassan is an accomplished dancer in three art forms - bharat natyam, mohini attam and kathakali. She founded the Padmalaya School of Dance in Thousand Oaks 35 years ago. She teaches mostly bharat natyam to her students, and many have completed their arangetram, the debut on-stage performance of a former student.

Cal Lutheran’s Department of Theater and Dance is presenting this master class through an Experiential Learning Grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship. For more information, contact Barbara Wegher-Thompson at wegher@callutheran.edu or 805-657-6480.

Reel Justice Film Series: 'Exiled'

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Lundring Events Center

“Exiled” documents the emotional, complicated stories of two deported U.S. military veterans living in Tijuana, Mexico. Although these soldiers had lawful permanent resident status in the U.S. and performed honorable military service, they were sent back to their birth country because of criminal convictions. Mauricio Hernandez, who struggles with severe PTSD as a result of his time as a combat soldier in Afghanistan, has lost access to mental health care that he is entitled to as a veteran. Paratrooper Hector Barajas is on a mission to raise awareness about the plight of deported veterans and to reunite with his 11-year-old daughter in Compton, California.

In this powerful and intimate investigation into the human consequences of U.S. immigration policies, these exiled soldiers, who have been willing to die for their country, are now fighting to be heard and to return to the United States ­– the only country they consider home.

The film is in English and Spanish with English subtitles. A Q&A will follow the 30-minute showing. Admission is free.

Fourth Annual Spectrum of Opportunity

Saturday, Oct. 5

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center

The fourth annual Spectrum of Opportunity event celebrates the new book “Communication

Alternatives in Autism: Perspectives on Typing and Spelling Approaches for the

Nonspeaking” and its authors, 10 autistic self-advocates who share their experiences with alternative forms of communication. The book is edited by Edlyn Vallejo Peña, director of Cal Lutheran’s Autism and Communication Center.

The celebration features author-led workshops and interactive activities for autistic self-advocates, family members, educators and professionals. The event is designed to provide a space for meaningful interactions between community members and influential autistic self-advocates about disability rights, inclusion and communication access; to inform college faculty members, teacher candidates and community educators about ways to support the inclusion and success of people who use alternative means to communicate; and to encourage young people of all abilities to become authors and speakers.

The morning session offers information for all guests, and the afternoon portion focuses on community-building for autistic individuals and their support teams.

Admission for the morning session $35 for autistic individuals and $45 for others. The afternoon session is $40, which includes lunch, an autistic peer-mentoring session and a drum circle. The deadline to register is Monday, Sept. 23.

Cal Lutheran’s Autism and Communication Center is hosting the event. For registration and more information, visit CalLutheran.edu/autism.

Founders Day Convocation

Samuelson Chapel

Friday, Oct. 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Each fall, the university community, alumni and friends gather to celebrate Cal Lutheran’s founding at a convocation. The theme for Founders Day 2019 is “Educating for Lives of Purpose.” We celebrate the educational commitment of the university to equip graduates who are called and empowered to serve so that all may flourish.

The program includes the installation of the Board of Regents, commissioning of the

Convocation and blessing of the Associated Students of California Lutheran University Government and Graduate and Professionals Student Council. Cal Lutheran also will present the Christus Award to regents Linda Baumhefner, owner/principal of LSB Executive Consulting in Pleasant Hill, and Rod Gilbert, president of TOLD Corp. in Camarillo, for contributions that have strengthened the bridge between the church and the university.

The convocation will be streamed at CalLutheran.edu/live.

Admission is free. For more information, call 805-493-3589 or email revmmmd@callutheran.edu.

Founders Day Concert

Cal Lutheran Music Student Showcase

Friday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

Music Department students will celebrate homecoming weekend and the founding of the university with an eclectic array of solo and chamber performances. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

8th Annual Loop da Lu 5K Walk/Run

Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m.

Kingsmen Park

Part of the weekend’s Homecoming activities, this family-friendly event will be followed by Pancakes in the Park, which is free to Loop da Lu participants. Register by Oct. 1 at www.callutheran.edu/homecoming/loop-da-lu.html. For more information, contact Alumni & Family Relations at alumni@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3170.

16th Annual Student Research Symposium

Saturday, Oct. 12

Oral Presentations: 1-2:30 p.m. | Lundring Events Center

Poster Presentations: 2:30-4 p.m.| Soiland Recreation Center

Cal Lutheran celebrates the scholarly work of top undergraduates at this annual event. Students’ original findings, the product of full-time research under faculty mentors, are often presented at professional conferences and accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Funding for more than 70 students has been provided by the Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowships, John Stauffer Research Fellowships in the Chemical Sciences, Overton Summer Research Program in Economics, and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships. Students were also funded by U.S. Department of Education grant programs including Project Acabado’s Aperture Fellowships, ALLIES in STEM fellowships and the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.

Admission is free. For more information, call 805-493-3796 or email OURCS@callutheran.edu.

Homecoming Concert

Cal Lutheran Choral Ensembles

Wyant Morton, conductor

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

The Cal Lutheran Choir and the Women’s Chorale open the season with one of their hallmark concerts, featuring an eclectic program of exciting and innovative choral music.

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

Fall Cultural Dance Festival 2019

Dance Folklorico!

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2 to 3:45 p.m.

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Dance Studio/Room 209

Araceli Mojarro Wazylewski has conducted a full folklorico dance program for the past 15 years at University Preparation Charter School in Camarillo. She will guide us through an overview of the various regions and styles of folklorico and then teach one dance. No experience is required. Come dressed to move. Wear character shoes if you have them.

The Cal Lutheran Department of Theater and Dance is presenting the free masterclass through an Experiential Learning Grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship. For more information, contact Barbara Wegher-Thompson at wegher@callutheran.edu or 805-657-6480.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series

“Minority-Serving Institutions: America’s Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce”

Cristina Villalobos

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 3:45–5 p.m.

Swenson Center for Social and Behavioral Sciences 101

Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) produce one-fifth of the nation’s STEM bachelor’s degree recipients. In this talk, Cristina Villalobos discusses the contributions of MSIs to the workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and provides recommendations to expand effective practices beyond these institutions.

Villalobos is the Myles & Sylvia Aaronson Endowed Professor of the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and founding director of the Center of Excellence in STEM Education at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. A first-generation college graduate, she earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and her doctorate in computational and applied mathematics from Rice University. Her awards include the 2019 Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science and Diversifying Computing from the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology; the 2013 Distinguished Undergraduate Institution Mentor Award from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science; and the 2013 University of Texas Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

Admission is free. For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences at 805-493-3015 or coas@callutheran.edu.

Artists and Speakers Series

The Mystical Music & Dance of the Middle East

Yuval Ron Ensemble

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

With Muslim, Jewish and Christian artists, the Yuval Ron Ensemble unites the sacred musical traditions of Judaism, Sufism and the early Christian church of the Middle East into a musical interfaith celebration. Award-winning composer and record producer Yuval Ron explores the ancient and deep connections between these three Abrahamic traditions and their musical influences. The concert features songs of Sufi origin from Turkey and Pakistan; Jewish prayers from Morocco, Yemen and Israel; and Maronite, Coptic and Armenian Christian chants. With the addition of an authentic whirling dervish, this program is an uplifting spiritual experience and a feast for the senses.

Cal Lutheran’s Artists and Speakers Committee are sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Peter Gordon at 805-493-3698 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music or yuvalronmusic.com.

History Lecture Series

“Accommodation and Resistance”

Oct. 15: “Mr. O., Pocahontas, and the Beaver Wars” – Michaela Reaves

Nov. 12: “Resisting Pizarro in Peru” – Samuel Claussen

Dec. 11: “The British Raj” – Paul Hanson

7 to 8:30 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

This year’s lecture series focuses on the cultural conflicts that occur when two worldviews collide. The fall lectures by Cal Lutheran faculty members deal with First Nations’ resistance to and accommodation of English settlement in colonial North America, the Inca opposition to the Spanish incursion by Pizarro, and responses to the British Raj that led to modern-day India.

Cal Lutheran and the Thousand Oaks Grant R. Brimhall Library are sponsoring the free series, and a Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant provided funding. For more information, contact Cindy Keitel at ckeitel@callutheran.edu.

Seventh International Film Festival

“El Candidato“

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Richter Hall

This 2016 Uruguayan political comedy by actor/director Daniel Hendler is about the son of a wealthy businessman who decides to run for president. To distance himself from the reputation of his father and appeal to voters, he hires a team of advisers to help him create a political persona and decides to form a new party.

The 84-minute film is not rated but has adult content. It will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles.

Cal Lutheran’s Department of Languages and Cultures is sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact LaVerne Seales at lseales@callutheran.edu.

One County, One Book

Cal Lutheran Faculty Panel Discussion

“The Library Book” by Susan Orlean

Thursday, Oct. 17, 7-8:30 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

University faculty and staff members will discuss the themes of Susan Orlean’s “The Library Book” and the true inside story of the 1986 fire that burned 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more at the Los Angeles Public Library. Panelists will explore both the enduring importance of books in our digital age and how libraries provide much more than books. Copies of “The Library Book” are available at the library branches, though it isn’t necessary to read the book to enjoy the discussion.

Cal Lutheran’s University Relations office and the Ventura County Library system are sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Cindy Keitel at ckeitel@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3958, or visit vencolibrary.org/one-county-one-book.

Artists and Speakers Series

The Innovative Vision of Poet Dana Gioia: American Poetry and Public Life

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

Internationally acclaimed poet and literature professor Dana Gioia has championed poetry throughout his career. During his recent term as California Poet Laureate, he brought his own poetry and the work of established and emerging poets to every county in the state. He will read from and illuminate his award-winning poetry and discuss how community engagement in poetry and all the arts foster a vibrant public sphere. Gioia holds the Judge Widney Chair of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California.

The Cal Lutheran Choir, conducted by Wyant Morton, will perform a musical setting of Gioia’s poem “Prayer” composed by Morten Lauridsen.

Cal Lutheran’s English Department and Artists and Speakers Committee are sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Jim Bond at 805-493-3244 or jabond@callutheran.edu.

The Wolves”

By Sarah DeLappe

Directed by Hailey Schaffner

Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 24-26, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m.

Preus-Brandt Forum

Winner of the 2015 American Playwriting Foundation’s inaugural Relentless Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2017, “The Wolves” focuses on challenges for young women growing up in the 21st century. In quick-paced comedic dialogue and deeply felt emotion, the teenage girls of the Wolves soccer team struggle with ever-changing attitudes on gender roles.

This unique production, set on a soccer practice field, captures the ups and downs of a team that wins together and loses together.

Admission is free. This production is part of the Theatre and Dance Department’s student director program. For more information, call 805-493-3452 or visit CalLutheran.edu/theatre.

Lucca Drake Aparicio Memorial Exhibit

Saturday, Oct. 26 – Saturday, Nov. 2

William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

Lucca Drake Aparicio, also known as SulkingDrake, was an International Baccalaureate Diploma student at Oaks Christian and Agoura High School who passed away this year. An astonishingly prolific artist for his age, Aparicio created abstract multimedia works using a variety of materials, including acrylic, oil and spray paint, watercolor, industrial dyes, resin, pen and ink, and assemblage. His craft extended to poetry and digital creative media, including edited photography, text and mashup film. His work is dominated by studies of composition and color theory.

His work was exhibited mostly in the Conejo Valley and Los Angeles. He was interested in becoming a working artist and curator and worked for several years as an assistant to abstract artist Bernard Dunaux. He loved the sciences, animals, music and surfing.

This exhibit offers family, friends and the community the opportunity to view Aparicio’s work and share memories of the young artist.

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.

Día de los Muertos Social Justice Altars

Monday, Oct. 28, through Wednesday, Nov. 6

Student Union

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday in Mexico and other countries commemorating the lives of deceased family members and friends. University students from various classes and organizations will construct altars to commemorate a social justice issue. Altars will be set up in the Student Union for nine days, coinciding with festivities across campus.

Cal Lutheran’s Sarah W. Heath Center for Equality and Justice, Center for Cultural Engagement and Inclusion, University Honors Program, Sociology Department and Latin American Student Organization are sponsoring the free exhibit. For more information, call 805-493-3694 or email CEJ@callutheran.edu.