Chapman University’s Office of the Provost and Musco Center for the Arts Present
The Provost’s Arts & Lecture Series

Featuring: journalist Sharyl Attkisson, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, and physicist and futurist Michio Kaku

October 2, 18, and March 1, at 7:30pm

ORANGE, Calif. – Chapman University’s Office of the Provost in partnership with Musco Center for the Arts presents the first-ever Provost’s Arts & Lectures Series. The series features Sharyl Attkisson on October 2, Jonathan Haidt on October 18, and Michio Kaku on March 1. All events begin at 7:30pm.

Musco Center’s new partnership under the aegis of Chapman University Provost, Glenn M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D., brings international thought leaders to the center’s diverse 2018-19 season.

Chapman University’s tremendous history of hosting cutting-edge speakers continues with the Provost’s Arts & Lectures Series, presenting acclaimed experts from the front line of current thoughts and ideas.

“This valuable partnership with Musco Center will benefit both the community and Chapman students,” said Dr. Pfeiffer, Chapman University Provost. “Chapman University has a long history of bringing outstanding and noteworthy speakers to campus from Martin Luther King Jr. and Eleanor Roosevelt to Elie Wiesel and Sir Roger Penrose, among others. We’re proud to present this thought-provoking series.”

In addition to public presentations, the Provost Arts & Lecture Series will offer Musco Master Class programs comprised of classroom rotations and other events. The season long program integrates students and faculty with elite experts of all disciplines, and the Provost Series Master Class programs will take their renowned lineup of speakers off the Musco stage and onto campus.

“We’re standing on the shoulders of a great tradition that brought social and academic trailblazers to Chapman since the 1960s,” said Richard T. Bryant, Musco Center Executive Director. “Given the rising costs of today’s high caliber speakers, this partnership will help the community and students experience riveting talks from innovative speakers as they have for decades.”


Sharyl Attkisson: The Smear


Emmy award-winning journalist and host of the television program Full Measure, Sharyl Attkisson will unravel the hidden world of political opposition research in her latest book, The Smear on October 2. The opening speaker for the inaugural Provost’s Arts & Lectures Series, the controversialist will reveal the dirty tricks those in power on all sides use to influence public opinion. This eye-opening lecture will discuss how Spin doctors and outside interests use a tactic known as “the Smear” to blindly influence the American public. The Washington Times hailed her as having, “the heart of a lion and a beaver colony’s work ethic; Ms. Attkisson also possesses the lock-jawed determination of a pit bull.”



Author of The Happiness Hypothesis and The Righteous Mind and NYU’s Stern School of Business professor, Jonathan Haidt will base his Provost Series talk on October 18 on his new book, The Coddling of the American Mind. The social psychologist will explain the rapid changes occurring on many college campuses since 2015, showing that ideas have consequences – “three really bad ideas in particular” – that are making it harder for young people today to succeed. NYU’s Stern School of Business has offered him the opportunity to test and apply his research on moral psychology and more recently, focus on the moral foundations of politics and understand how minds are built to live virtuously as individuals and as societies. A presenter of several TED talks, he believes society must respect and learn from moral differences.



World-renowned physicist and futurist, Michio Kaku, will present the third and final Provost Series talk on March 1, 2019. His new book, The Future of Humanity, postulates that a human settlement on Mars is a “definite possibility,” the next step on society’s journey to the outer reaches of the galaxy and beyond. Dr. Kaku will take his audience on a fascinating journey to a future in which humanity may finally fulfill its long-awaited destiny among the stars. “An exhilarating look at the future. Always optimistic and undaunted, Kaku delivers a fascinating series of scenarios in which humans overcome current obstacles to travel the universe,” wrote Kirkus Reviews. Dr. Kaku was also the author of the number one New York Times bestseller, The Future of the Mind.

Tickets for October 2 are on sale now for $20-40, October 18 for $35-$65 and March 1 for $50-$85 and may be purchased through the Musco Center online at or by calling the box office at 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726). The Provost Series has special ticket pricing for $5 for students and $10 for faculty and students, with a limit of two per ID. All print-at-home tickets include a no-cost parking pass. Musco Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Chapman University at 415 North Glassell, Orange, Calif.


Since it opened on March 19, 2016, Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University has been hailed as “an ideal opera house, potentially the best in the West and maybe even something more” by the Los Angeles Times. Designed by renowned architects Pfeiffer Partners, with acoustics by world-renowned Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics, Musco Center boasts an intimate seating chamber with 1,044 seats on three levels and a full-scale stagehouse capable of grand spectacle or lush symphonic sound with its unique orchestral shell in place. Musco Center serves as a dynamic focal point for campus life and the broader community, giving notice that world-class arts education and artistic achievement have found a new home in Southern California. For more information about Musco Center and its upcoming events, and to purchase tickets online, visit


Founded in 1861 and based in the city of Orange, California, Chapman University is one of the oldest, most prestigious private universities in the state and is the largest independent university in Orange County. With a student body of 9,400 undergraduate and graduate students, Chapman University offers all of the opportunities and resources of a large institution combined with the personalized attention of a smaller university. The University employs 489 full-time instructional faculty and maintains a 14:1 student-faculty ratio and an average class size of 23 students. Known for its blend of liberal arts and professional programs – including film, science, business, education, humanities and performing arts – Chapman encompasses 10 schools and colleges, and the Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, CA. Visit