Chapman University Professors To Deliver Their Second Segment in the Nicholas Academic Centers’ 2011 "Visiting Scholars Series

For Release:  Friday, February 25, 2011           

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Chapman University Professors To Deliver Second Segment in Nicholas Academic Centers’ 2011 “Visiting Scholars Series”

Philosophy and Film and Media Arts Lectures Will Continue the Program Aimed at Introducing High School Students from Santa Ana, Californiato a College Academic Environment

ORANGE, Calif. – FEB. 25 – Chapman University Philosophy Professor Carmichael Peters will discuss “What is Philosophy” and Film and Media Arts Professor Adam Rote will talk about “Art at the Speed of Light” in the second segment of the  Nicholas Academic Centers’ 2011 “Visiting Scholar Series” on Saturday, February 26 (from 9 a.m. to noon in the Centers’ Annex at 313 North Birch Street, 2nd floor, in downtown Santa Ana). 

The series is aimed at introducing high school students from underserved communities in Santa Ana to a college academic environment, while strengthening ties with highly respected local universities. 

“Each month NAC students get the opportunity to interact with top scholars on critical subjects,” said Dr. Henry Nicholas, Co-Founder and former CEO of Broadcom Corp., who partnered in 2007 with retired Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel to establish the Nicholas Academic Centers. “We are privileged to work with Chapman University to make this important lecture series possible.

“Our objective at the Centers is to prepare students to succeed at the nation’s best colleges and universities,” said Dr. Corina A. Espinoza, the Centers’ Executive Director. “The ‘Visiting Scholars Series’ exposes students to a college learning environment in order to reinforce their motivation to attend college.”

In the first series of lectures, from September though the end of last year, NAC students heard Chapman professors discuss a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from the origins of mathematics to indigenous cultures. In the first 2011 lecture in January, Chapman University economics professor and Nobel Laureate Vernon L. Smith and his colleague Bart Wilson introduced NAC students to “Experimental Economics.”

About the Speakers

Carmichael Peters, Ph.D.  is assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies at Chapman University. In addition to a number of scholarly articles, Dr. Peters has written A Gadamerian Reading of Karl Rahner’s Theology of Grace and Freedom (New York/Oxford: Catholic Scholars Press, 2000). He teaches courses in Buddhism, comparative religions, philosophical hermeneutics, philosophical and political theology, and philosophy of religion. He holds his Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California, Berkeley.

 Adam Rote, professor of film and media arts at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, began his career as an artist fascinated by the new world of computer graphics software.  He saw the possibilities early – that this technology was opening a new universe for gaming, movie special effects, websites and more.  After earning a degree in computer graphic design, he moved into video post-production and gaming.  A lead artist for game giant Interplay Productions, he worked on projects such as Star Fleet Academy.  Today, he is creating top-secret games for Microsoft’s new Xbox technology. Rote loves the challenge of creating 3D models, matte backgrounds, textures and lighting.  He also creates titles and special effects for film and video, teaching his students to work together to realize their creative dreams. 

About the Nicholas Academic Centers

Located in downtown Santa Ana and on the campus of Valley High School, the Nicholas Academic Centers serve hundreds of Santa Ana Unified School District students on a daily basis throughout the school year and summer, providing them with tutoring, social support, and individual college guidance. The NAC staff works closely with school principals, teachers and guidance counselors, as well as with students’ families and community leaders. The Centers are funded by the Henry T. Nicholas, III Foundation and modeled on the tutoring and mentoring program Judge Mandel started before retiring from the bench. For more information, visit Become a fan of the Nicholas Academic Centers on Facebook.

About Chapman University

Chapman University, founded in 1861 and celebrating its 150th Anniversary in 2011, is one of the oldest, most prestigious private universities in California.  Chapman’s picturesque campus is located in the heart of Orange County – one of the nation’s most exciting centers of arts, business, science and technology – and draws outstanding students from across the United States and around the world.  Known for its blend of liberal arts and professional programs, Chapman University encompasses seven schools and colleges: Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics, Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Schmid College of Science, College of Performing Arts, School of Law and College of Educational Studies.   Named to the list of top universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review, Chapman University enrolls more than 6,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students.  More information:   Facebook:

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