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Dennis Arp

After their year of graduate law study at Chapman, lawyers Munira
Akhundzada, left, and Shamsi Maqsoudi plan to resume their work
at the front lines of the struggle for women’s rights in Afghanistan.

Veiled Voices of Justice

March 17, 2014 by | Features

For two Afghan champions of women’s rights, the transition to life at Chapman is nothing compared with the challenge of transforming a culture.

Image courtesy of Daniel Bryant.

Undergrad Research: From massive dust storms to monsoonal rains

January 31, 2014 by | Features

In one gritty, swirling moment, Chapman student Krista Rasmussen ’15 experienced a giant dust cloud, or haboob, somewhere between Tucson and Phoenix. And after taking professor Hesham El-Askary’s environmental science class, “Global Hazards and Climate Change,” her interest in scientific research was kindled. Together, Rasmussen and El-Askary crafted a research project that explores the dynamics linking major storms in the desert.

Group shot, If All the Sky Were Paper

War Stories

January 30, 2014 by | Features

When author and historian Andrew Carroll first launched an archive of letters from the front lines of American history, he never expected it to grow 90,000 strong. Now the massive collection, full of eloquence and poignancy, starts a new life at Chapman.

Dawn Taubin, left, moderated the panel discussion Women in Comedy featuring, from Taubin’s left, Maya Rudolph, Diablo Cody, Anne Fletcher, Nancy Meyers, Penelope Spheeris and Donna Langley. Together, the work of the women on the panel has earned more than $2 billion at the box office.

Funny Business

October 13, 2013 by | Features

Comedy should be a coed sport, say the women filmmakers whose success is leveling a laughter-packed playing field. Across six decades of work and more than 80 mostly wonderful films, Jack Nicholson has done just about everything there is to do in Hollywood. But until 2003, when he signed on to play Harry Sanborn in

Andrew Heskett ’14 and Alyson Vallario ’14, right, spent hours interviewing women tattooists, including Jen Davis.


October 5, 2013 by | Research

Chapman anthropology students go more than skin deep to document the experience of women tattooists.