October Events presented by California Lutheran University

October Events
presented by California Lutheran University
60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks


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

Through Thursday, Nov. 9

The 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 RollandGallery.CalLutheran.edu, email [email protected] or call 805-493-3697.


The Tract Project

Through Thursday, Nov. 9

The 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 RollandGallery.CalLutheran.edu, email [email protected] or call 805-493-3697.


Art History Presentation

News from the Front: Winslow Homer, Race and the Civil War

Frances K. Pohl

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

In this illustrated presentation, renowned art historian Frances K. Pohl investigates several paintings by Winslow Homer that attempt to represent the complex roles of African-Americans during the Civil War. 

Pohl holds the Dr. Mary Ann Vanderzyl Reynolds Professorship in the Humanities and is a professor and chair of art history at Pomona College. Her interests include art and politics in the 20th century United States and feminist art. Her major textbook, “Framing America: A Social History of American Art,” integrates her continental approach to American art with coverage of New France, New Spain and New England. She also has examined the work of U.S. artists who have traveled to Mexico and Mexican artists who have worked in the U.S.

Admission is free. Cal Lutheran’s Multicultural Programs and Campus Diversity Initiative provided a grant for the event. The university’s Art History Program, History Department and Sarah W. Heath Center for Equality and Justice and sponsoring the event in conjunction with the Thousand Oaks Library and the Thousand Oaks Reads, One City One Book program. For more information, contact Christine Sellin at [email protected].


Current Trends and Challenges in Hospitality and Tourism

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

Cal Lutheran’s School of Management will present a panel discussion on current trends and challenges in the hospitality and tourism industry as the first event in the Executive Hospitality Management Series. The panelists will be Rudi Schreiner, founder and president of AmaWaterways; Alycia Harshfield, executive director of the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation; and Tom Holt, founder and CEO of Urbane Café. Udo Schlentrich, professor emeritus at the University of New Hampshire, will moderate. Appetizers will be served. Admission is free but reservations are required. For more information, contact Jewel Soiland at [email protected] or visit callutheran.edu.


Vulnerability inVisibility

Thursday, Oct. 5, 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 CalLutheran.edu/kwanfong.


Bring Your Own Brain (BYOB)

A Day of Innovative Solutions for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Saturday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Swenson Center for Social and Behavioral Sciences, Room 101

BYOB is an all-day event seeking solutions to challenges faced by individuals on the autism spectrum. Following a discussion by panelists with autism spectrum disorder about these challenges, participants will break into teams to design solutions, or hacks, to address them. The day concludes with voting on the most innovative or creative solution, with a cash award presented to the winner.

Cal Lutheran’s Graduate School of Education is sponsoring the free event. Registration is required by Oct. 4. For more information or to register, contact Melissa Spence at 805-493-3087 or [email protected].


International Film Festival

“The Grandmaster”

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.)

AMC Dine-In Thousand Oaks 14

“The Grandmaster” is a 2013 drama from Hong Kong based on the life story of the Wing Chun martial arts grandmaster Ip Man, who trained Bruce Lee. The film was directed and written by Wong Kar-wai and stars Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang.

The 130-minute film is in Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese with English subtitles. It is rated PG-13 for violence, some smoking, brief drug use and language.

AMC Dine-In Thousand Oaks 14 (formerly Muvico) is located at 166 W. Hillcrest Drive. Arrive 30 minutes before the screening time to secure a seat.

Cal Lutheran’s Department of Languages and Cultures is sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Debby Chang at [email protected].


World War I and America


Oct. 11, 7 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

Reading materials for the discussion are available at wwiamerica.org. Click the tab labeled Download the Project Reader PDF.

Oral Histories Reception

Nov. 14, 7 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

World War I and Sgt. York

Michael Birdwell

Nov. 14, 8 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

World War I and America is a two-year 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.

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 sponsored by Cal Lutheran’s History Department, Pearson Library and Office of Veteran Resources and 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.

Admission is free. For more information, contact Michaela Reaves at [email protected].


Founders Day Convocation

Friday, Oct. 13, 10:15 a.m.

Samuelson Chapel

Each fall the university community, alumni and friends celebrate the founding of Cal Lutheran at this festive gathering. This year’s theme is “Reforming the Heart, Reforming the World.” The program includes the formal installation and blessing of university governing bodies and student government and the presentation of the Christus Award, which recognizes significant individual contributions to strengthening the bridge between the church and the university, or to higher education in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This year’s award recipient is the Rev. Frank Nausin. The former Thousand Oaks resident is a 1970 graduate of Cal Lutheran and 1974 graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, longtime pastor to congregations in Arizona and California, former chair of Cal Lutheran’s Convocation and current member of the Board of Regents.

Cal Lutheran’s Division of Mission and Identity is sponsoring the free event. The Founders Day Convocation will be streamed at CalLutheran.edu/live. For more information, contact Marisa Post at 805-493-3589 or [email protected].


William Rolland Art Center Dedication

Friday, Oct. 13, 11:45 a.m.

The new $8 million William Rolland Art Center brings all of the art classrooms and faculty offices under the same roof for the first time. They had been scattered among three of the campus’ oldest buildings, two of which will be torn down. The new two-story, 20,000-square-foot building also houses the Multimedia Department. The art center has drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture and watercolor/design studios along with lecture classrooms, a screening room, and computer, multimedia and editing labs. Filled with light, the building features high ceilings with exposed beams and ducts and many environmentally friendly features. For more information, call 805-493-3100.


Lunchtime Organ Recital Series

Joseph Peeples

Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec 8, at 12:30 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

Adjunct faculty member Joseph Peeples will showcase the 2,109-pipe Borg Petersen Memorial Organ in 30-minute recitals on the second Friday of each month. He will perform 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 CalLutheran.edu/music.


Founders Day Concert

University String Symphony and University Wind Ensemble

Friday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.  

Samuelson Chapel

The University String Symphony and Wind Ensemble will celebrate homecoming in this annual concert. The symphony, under the direction of new faculty member Yoshika Masuda, will perform masterworks from the orchestral repertoire. The wind ensemble, directed by Michael Hart, will close the concert with a mix of traditional favorites and works by contemporary composers.

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


6th Annual Loop da Lu Family 5K

Kingsmen Park

Saturday, Oct. 14, 8 a.m.

The 6th Annual Loop da Lu Run/Walk will feature a new and improved course and provide lots of fun for the entire family. Participants who sign up before Oct. 1 will receive a shirt and be entered into a raffle for gift cards and Cal Lutheran swag. After the race, participants can enjoy Pancakes in the Park featuring freshly made blueberry hotcakes, sausage links and brewed Starbucks coffee for free. Non-participants can get breakfast for $7 for adults and $3 for kids. Registration for adults is $40 until Oct. 1 and $50 on race day. The cost is $10 for children 12 and younger. For more information, go to CalLutheran.edu or contact Jana Weber at [email protected] or 805-493-3170.


14th Annual Student Research Symposium

Saturday, Oct. 14

Oral Presentations: 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Richter Hall

Poster Presentations: 10:30 a.m. to noon

Ahmanson Science Center lobby and patio

Cal Lutheran celebrates the scholarly work of top undergraduates at this annual event. Their 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 two dozen projects has been provided by Swenson Science Summer Research Fellowships, Darling Summer Research Fellowships for Applied Scientific Computing, John Stauffer Research Fellowships in the Chemical Sciences, the Jung Summer Research Fellowship for Biological Science, the Overton Summer Research Program in Economics, and Cal Lutheran’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships. Disciplines include biology, biochemistry, chemistry, communication, computer science, economics, exercise science, mathematics, music, physics and psychology.

Cal Lutheran’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship is sponsoring the free event. For more information, call 805-493-3796, email [email protected] or visit CalLutheran.edu/OURCS.


Homecoming Concert

Cal Lutheran Choral Ensembles

Sunday, Oct. 15, 2 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

The Cal Lutheran Choir and Women’s Chorale open the season with one of their hallmark concerts, featuring exciting and innovative choral music. Wyant Morton will conduct.

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


Martin Luther and Judaism

The Rev. R. Guy Erwin

Monday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

In working to foster respect and dialogue between people of many religious traditions, what should we do with the knowledge that, late in life, the reformer Martin Luther urged rulers to destroy synagogues, burn books and deny safe passage to Jews?

The Rev. R. Guy Erwin, bishop of the Southwest California Synod and a former Cal Lutheran faculty member, discusses why Luther’s anti-Jewish statements have been repudiated by churches including the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and how diverse communities can learn from and support one another in the face of misunderstanding and hostility. Following the lecture, a panel of respondents will offer insights on dismantling stereotypes and honoring our neighbors’ faiths.

Erwin earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University and two master’s degrees and a doctorate at Yale University, gaining expertise in Luther’s life, teachings and legacy. He engaged in seminary studies at Yale Divinity School and the universities of Tubingen and Leipzig in Germany.

Cal Lutheran’s Division of Mission and Identity is sponsoring the free event in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. For more information, contact Marisa Post at 805-493-3589 or [email protected].


Thousand Oaks Reads, One City One Book

Cal Lutheran Faculty Panel Discussion

Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

Cal Lutheran faculty members discuss the diverse themes of the Thousand Oaks Library’s One City One Book selection, “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles. The National Book Award Finalist for fiction tells the story of Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd, who travels Texas in 1870 giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. Copies of the novel are available at both library branches.


Theatre Arts Student Black Box

Devised Works/Student Dance Concert

Thursday Oct. 19, through Saturday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m.

Preus-Brandt Forum

Students have created an evening of original performance pieces based around a single theme. The pieces include plays and spoken word or visually oriented performances. Student-choreographed dance pieces selected for the American College Dance Festival in January will be included.

Cal Lutheran’s Theatre Arts Department is sponsoring the free performance. For more information, call 805-493-3452.


Just Go in Looking Good: The Resistance, Resilience and Kinship-Building of Trans College Students

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

Z Nicolazzo, an assistant professor of higher education and student affairs at Northern Illinois University, will discuss the experiences of transgender college students and what they can teach everyone about envisioning more equitable and just educational spaces. Nicolazzo teaches courses on college student development, postsecondary access, and diversity, equity and culture. The speaker’s research centers on trans collegians with an emphasis on resilience and kinship-building. Nicolazzo has written for a variety of scholarly and practitioner-focused publications including the Journal of LGBT Youth, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and About Campus. The speaker earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Roger Williams University, a master’s in college student personnel from Western Illinois University and a doctorate in student affairs in higher education and a graduate certificate in women’s, gender and sexuality studies from Miami University. Admission is free but registration is required. For more information or to register, go to callutheran.edu or contact Jo Petersen at [email protected] or 805-493-3422.


Día de Los Muertos

Thursday, Oct. 26, 5-7:30 p.m.

Ullman Commons back patio

Join the Cal Lutheran community and the Latin American Student Organization in honoring the lives of our deceased loved ones on Día de los Muertos, a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and Central and South America. The evening includes family-friendly activities such as arts and crafts and face painting, plus raffles, desserts and music. A traditional altar will be displayed and community members are welcome to bring pictures of loved ones to be included.

Cal Lutheran’s Multicultural Programs Office is sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Carolina Zuniga-Mejia at [email protected] or Carina Perez at [email protected].


Franzen Organ Recital Series

Bruce Neswick

Friday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Bruce Neswick will perform the first concert of the 2017-2018 Orvil and Gloria Franzen Organ Program Series. Neswick is in tremendous demand throughout the country as organist, improviser, choral conductor, clinician, composer, and hymn festival creator and leader. His playing is expertly crafted and full of radiant color.

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


2017 Susan Greiser Price Arts and Learning Symposium

Reaching and Teaching Students with Autism

Saturday, Oct. 28, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

Arts integration provides a wide range of strategies to meet the social, emotional and educational needs of students on the autism spectrum. These instructional strategies inspire and engage students with autism and benefit other learners.

With an artists’ panel, breakout sessions, student performances and more, the symposium is designed to build working partnerships between educators and community members to strengthen arts access for all learners. It will offer interactive experiences and resources for high-quality arts education in preschool- through college-level schools serving students with autism.

Admission is free, but registration is required by Oct. 1. Cal Lutheran’s Susan Greiser Price Arts Integration Program and Autism and Communication Center is sponsoring the event in conjunction with the Autism Society of Ventura County. For more information, contact Laura Clark at [email protected] or 805-493-3851.


Thrill the World Thousand Oaks 2017

Saturday, Oct 28, noon to 4 p.m.

Kingsmen Park​

Thrill the World is a worldwide flash mob that honors Michael Jackson and raises charitable funds. In this tribute, participants dressed as zombies perform the Thriller dance synchronized with other dancers at Thrill the World events throughout the world. The Cal Lutheran dance party begins at noon and includes on-site instruction, zombie makeup, refreshments with a small donation, and fun for kids. Those who officially register as dancers will be counted in the Guinness Book of World Records attempt for the largest flash mob ever. Global performance of the dance is at 3 p.m.

Cal Lutheran’s Theatre Arts Department is sponsoring the free event, but donations will be gratefully accepted for World Dance for Humanity. This Santa Barbara-based organization supports community and small business development in Rwanda and sends disaster relief funds wherever the need arises. For more information, contact Barbara Wegher-Thompson at 805-241-8515 or [email protected].


Reformation 500 Worship Celebration

Samuelson Chapel

Saturday, Oct. 28, 4:30 p.m.

The Channel Islands Conference of the Southwest California Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and California Lutheran University will host a worship service to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. As Lutherans look back upon the history of the Reformation and the theological tradition launched through Luther’s teachings, they also look forward to the future as God’s grace given freely continues to animate lives of service toward neighbors. A light reception will follow.

The Channel Islands Conference Collegium and Cal Lutheran’s Division of Mission and Identity are sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Marisa Post at 805-493-3589 or [email protected].


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