November Events presented by California Lutheran University

Art in a Time of Reformation: Works from the Rodolfo Sanzana Collection

Through Thursday, Nov. 9

Closing Reception: Saturday, Nov. 4, 6-8 p.m.

William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

To coincide with the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, this exhibit includes art based on the Reformation from the collection of Chilean-born collector Rodolfo Sanzana. The paintings, sculptures and other works tell a story of life and art during the period before, during and after Martin Luther nailed his famed 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Castle Church in 1517. Included are works produced by the workshops or followers of Lucas Cranach, Rogier van der Weyden, Hendrick van Cleve II, Abraham Bioemaert and Sebastian Vrancx.

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, visit, email [email protected] or call 805-493-3697.


The Tract Project

Through Thursday, Nov. 9

Closing Reception: Saturday, Nov. 4, 6-8 p.m.

William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

The invention of the printing press and moveable type completely revolutionized the dissemination of information in the 16th century and allowed Martin Luther’s ideas to be widely communicated through printed propaganda. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the gallery is presenting this exhibit by Lisa Anne Auerbach that celebrates the life and power of paper pamphlets, leaflets and tracts.

The Tract House was founded in 2008 as a spread-the-word project inspired by the distribution model and graphic quality of religious tracts and first displayed at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. While most popular tracts are religious, The Tract House tracts can also be manifestos, diatribes, stories, rants, poems or lyrics. Visitors can take any tracts they find of interest.

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, visit, email [email protected] or call 805-493-3697.


Vulnerability inVisibility

Through Thursday, Nov. 9

Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture

In this show, photographer Mary Fashbaugh explores the senses in human interactions, their limitations and our expectations of them. Her portraits of people are out of focus and abstract, except for details revealed beneath glass domes spelling out the sitter’s name in Braille.

“I am attracted to Braille for its visual and physical presence,” explains Fashbaugh. “It is a language that few learn to read unless necessary. It is frequently passed up on elevators and in public restrooms, blending in to its surface, visible only to those who seek it. It is the only language which requires direct contact with the external world. The usage of this language in my art works as a reference to material connection and the significance of bodily presence.”

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 more information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or visit


History Lecture Series: Collapse

Wednesdays, Nov. 1, Dec. 6 and Jan. 10, 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 – three in fall and three in spring – Cal Lutheran history professors will explore 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.

During “Sea People Invade Egypt” on Nov. 1, Michaela Reaves will kick off the series with a discussion of the invasions of Egypt beginning in 2000 BCE that led to its collapse in 1177 BCE.

On Dec. 6, in “Collapse of the Persian Empire,” Paul Hanson will discuss the lead-up to the events of 323 BCE.

On Jan. 10, David Nelson will conclude the fall series with a talk on the civilizational collapse of 226 CE in “The Han Dynasty Collapses.”

Cal Lutheran and the Thousand Oaks Library are sponsoring the free events. The Grant R. Brimhall Library is located at 1401 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. For more information, contact Cindy Keitel at [email protected].


Lutherans in the Holy Land

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

How do Palestinian Christians live out their faith living in the Holy Land? The Rev. Mitri Raheb, president of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, will introduce us to the Lutheran church in the Holy Land, teach about challenges facing Palestinian Christians, and provide a glimpse into the work of contributing to peace and reconciliation in the region.

Born in Bethlehem, Raheb holds a doctorate in theology from the Philipps University at Marburg, Germany. He is the author of many articles and 16 books, which so far have been translated into 11 languages. A social entrepreneur, Raheb has founded a number of NGOs.

The event is free. For more information contact Marisa Post at [email protected] or 805-493-3589.


Faculty Recital

Yoshika Masuda

Friday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

Newly appointed assistant professor of music and director of string studies Yoshika Masuda will present a program consisting of music spanning three centuries. Masuda has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Japan, China, Australia, Mexico, Western Europe and the United States. He has won national competitions in Japan, Australia and the U.S.

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


“The Suppressed Luther: The Meaning of his Biblical Critique of Capitalism for Today’s Crises”

Ulrich Duchrow

Saturday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

Martin Luther’s critique of early capitalism is absent in the many occasions of commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation — in Germany and in the United States. This is strange because it is crucial for Luther’s understanding of God, the human being, and of society in his context — but also of the Gospel.

Today’s context cries out for careful consideration of this issue. As we try to understand the interrelationship of the three contexts — antiquity, early modernity and today—we see that each of these contexts represents a specific phase of the development of money, influencing not only the economy but the whole of civilization, including patterns of thinking and feeling. Luther’s clarity on this point can help Christian churches reconsider theology for contemporary predicaments brought about by capital-driven civilization.

Ulrich Duchrow is a professor of systematic theology at the University of Heidelberg, the oldest university in Germany. He has written numerous books and articles on ecumenical theology, focusing on Christianity in the context of globalization. As an internationally respected theologian, he brings into discussion how Martin Luther and Lutheran theology can serve as a resource for radical critique of global economics and culture, particularly in the role faith communities play in social justice.

Admission is free. For more information, contact Sam Thomas at [email protected] or 805-493-3693.



By William Shakespeare

Directed by Michael J. Arndt

Thursday to Saturday, Nov. 9-11 and 16-18, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m.

Blackbox Studio Theatre

Shakespeare’s fairy-tale play, Cymbelinewritten toward the end of his career, presents a world turned upside down by questions of love and betrayal. The classification-defying play is filled with kings, queens, lower-class clowns, physical humor, cross-dressing women and men, poisons, sword fights, dastardly villains and deaths. Featuring an original score by composer Christopher Hoag, the production has something for everyone to enjoy. 

Admission is $10. For information and reservations, call 805-493-3452.


Lunchtime Organ Recital Series

Joseph Peeples

Nov. 10 and Dec 8, 12:30 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

Adjunct faculty member Joseph Peeples showcases the 2,109-pipe Borg Petersen Memorial Organ in 30-minute recitals on the second Friday of each month. He will play varied works for all audiences. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch.

Admission is free. For more information, call Campus Ministry at 805-493-3228 or visit


Areté Vocal Ensemble

A Centennial Tribute to Leonard Bernstein (part 1)

With special guests: The Los Robles Children’s Choir

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

Areté returns to the stage for its ninth season, which could be the most interesting and eclectic yet. The program is the first of a two-part tribute to the great American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein at the 100th anniversary of his birth.

With uncompromising attention to musical detail and a passion for live performance, Areté provides a joyful, moving, educational and soul-nurturing experience. Wyant Morton conducts.

Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 if purchased online in advance. Students with ID are $10. For information or to purchase tickets, visit


World War I and America

World War I and America is a two-year national Library of America initiative bringing together the voices of veterans, families and others to explore the relevance of the war a century later. Cal Lutheran’s participation includes classroom oral histories from the families of World War I veterans, public readings and discussions, and a public lecture by World War I expert Michael Birdwell.


Oral Histories Reception

Nov. 14, 7 p.m.

World War I and Sgt. York

Michael Birdwell

Nov. 14, 8 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

A history professor at Tennessee Tech University, Birdwell has studied the life of Sgt. Alvin C. York for more than a quarter century, working directly with descendants of the very highly decorated soldier. He is curator of the York papers in Pall Mall, Tennessee.

The events are presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Cal Lutheran’s History Department, Pearson Library and Office of Veteran Resources are sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Michaela Reaves at [email protected].


Entrepreneur Speaker Series

Ginger Zumaeta, CEO of Zumaeta Group

Westlake Center

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m.

Ginger Zumaeta, CEO of Zumaeta Group, will share her entrepreneurial journey.

The evening begins with networking at 6 p.m. and the main speaker starts at 6:45 p.m.

The Entrepreneur Speaker Series is a monthly event that provides an opportunity for networking and learning from experienced entrepreneurs. Admission is free, but registration is required as seating is limited. For more information, contact Susan Wood at [email protected] or 805-493-3091.


International Education Week

Celebrating Cal Lutheran’s Internationalization

International Education Week, Nov. 13-17, is a joint initiative of the U.S. departments of State and Education celebrating the benefits of international education and student exchanges.

  • World Fair

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m.

Student Union

Cultures from around the world that are represented at Cal Lutheran are celebrated with food, entertainment and more.

  • International Chapel Service

Thursday, Nov. 16, 11:25 a.m.

Samuelson Chapel

International students and those students who have studied abroad commemorate their experiences during this worship service.

Cal Lutheran’s International Student Services and Multicultural Programs Office is sponsoring the free events. For more information, contact Linda Boberg at 805-493-3323 or [email protected].


Biomythography: Currency Exchange

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

Artists’ reception: Dec. 2

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 [email protected] or visit


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


Faculty Recital

Micah Wright, clarinet

Saturday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

Clarinetist and adjunct faculty Micah Wright will be joined by pianist Jason Lo and organist Thomas Mellan for an evening of clarinet concertos and showpieces. The concert will feature works by Debussy, Lovreglio, Bernstein, Copland and Weber.

Wright performs in solo, chamber, studio and orchestral settings in the Los Angeles area. He also maintains a private studio and teaches clinics and masterclasses throughout the Southwest as a clinician for D’Addario Woodwinds.

Currently, he is performing with two award-winning ensembles in Los Angeles. The Aristeia Trio is a newly-formed group with cellist Annie-Jacobs-Perkins and pianist Vijay Venkatesh. Together, they had their radio and concert tour debut in 2016 as winners of the Frances Walton Competition. The Kaleidoscope Trio is an eclectic ensemble with violinist Mann-Wen Lo and guitarist Adam Borecki that performs in many musical styles including classical, jazz, pop and klezmer for special events throughout the Los Angeles area.

Wright has received many national and international musical honors throughout his career, most recently earning Second Prize at the 2017 Backun International Clarinet Competition and Honorable Mention at the 2017 William C. Byrd International Young Artists Competition. He won the 2016 Frances Walton Competition and the 2016 MTNA California Young Artist Woodwind Competition. He has performed as a concerto soloist with several ensembles including Rice University’s Shepherd School Symphony, Drake University’s Symphony Orchestra, the Masterworks Festival Orchestra, the Meyer Chamber Orchestra, the Des Moines Metro Concert Band and the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra. 

He earned a doctorate in clarinet performance from University of Southern California, a master’s in music from Rice University and a bachelor’s degree from Drake University. He also completed performance minors in saxophone at Drake and piano at USC.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, contact Nita Sinaga at [email protected] or 805-493-3305.


Conejo Valley 41st Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service 

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m.

Gilbert Arena

Cal Lutheran is proud to host this 41st annual interfaith Thanksgiving service with members of different communities in the Conejo Valley. Come celebrate with songs and words of inspiration, and give thanks for the richness of our lives and friendships.

Admission is free. Arrive early to allow time for parking and seating. Cal Lutheran’s offices of Campus Ministry and Congregational Relations are sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Rabbi Belle Michael at [email protected].

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