International Scholar Seminar Series

International Scholars Seminar Series

The Office of International Program hosts monthly seminar series as our commitment to adhering to CSUDH’s mission of providing transformative scholarship. The goal of the series is to contribute to CSUDH’s academic and intellectual commitment to global learning. Seminar attendees can expect to hear talks on a variety of subjects by local and internationally recognized experts in their respective fields.  

International Scholars Seminar Series II

During the 2021-2022 academic year, the Office of International Education partnered with CSUDH’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) to organize our second consecutive year of virtual seminars.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

"Understanding 9/11 and Twenty-Year War"

1 hour, 12 minutes

Dr. Clarence Augustus "Gus" Martin is Director of the School of Public Service and Justice and a Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). His current research and professional interests are terrorism and extremism, homeland security, and the administration of justice. Dr. Martin is the author of several books on terrorism and homeland security, including Essentials of Terrorism: Concepts and Controversies (SAGE Publications, 2021); Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives, and Issues (SAGE, 2020); Understanding Homeland Security (SAGE, 2019); Terrorism: An International Perspective (with Fynnwin Prager; SAGE, 2019); The SAGE Encyclopedia of Terrorism (SAGE, 2011); Terrorism and Homeland Security (SAGE, 2010); and The New Era of Terrorism: Selected Readings (SAGE, 2004). He is also the author of Juvenile Justice: Process and Systems (SAGE, 2005). 

Dr. Martin received his A.B. degree from Harvard College, J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law, and Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Connect with Dr. Clarence Augustus Martin on LinkedIn.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

"Radical Religion: Fundamentalisms in the 21st Century"

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Dr. Sheela Pawar is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). She earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from Claremont Graduate University in 2002. At CSUDH, she teaches philosophy and religious studies courses and completed an NEH Summer Institute on teaching world religions. 

Dr. Pawar's research is on the concept of trust, violence, and religion and the intersection of religious studies and the philosophy of religion. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and her dog, Spartacus. 

Read more about Dr. Sheela Pawar at

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

"The History of the Tongva People and 21 Ways to Respect Native Americans"

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Cheryl McKnight is the Director of Service Learning, Internships, and Civic Engagement (SLICE) at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). Cheryl is a long-standing advocate for indigenous people and sits on the California State University system-wide Native American Initiative committee. She is also co-director for the CSUDH American Indian Center and chair for the American Indian Changing Spirits Residential Recovery Center, giving presentations on the Los Angeles Native American Tongva Nation. 

She is a recipient of multiple awards, including the 2020-21 CSU Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award, 2016 California State Assembly Women of Distinction, 2016 Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe Commendation, 2016 California State Assembly Recognition for Work in Native American Community, 2015 Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence and Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education, and CSUDH Office of Student Life Transformational Leadership Award for Excellence in Education.  

Cheryl is co-author of the chapter "Challenging the Underrepresentation of Native Americans in Higher Education at an Urban, Comprehensive University," published in Diversity and Inclusion in Educational Institutions (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2022).

Connect with Cheryl McKnight on LinkedIn.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

"Jihadism 4.0: How Jihadists Hijacked Islam and Lived to Tell About It"

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Dr. Hamoud Salhi is the Associate Dean of International Education and Senior International Officer at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). 

Dr. Salhi specializes in international and comparative politics, emphasizing the Middle East and Northern Africa, terrorism and counterterrorism, and political change in the developing world. 

A former journalist, Salhi was a contributor for Algerian newspapers El-Khabar, Ech-Chaab, and Dubai's Gulf News. He has also been a radio commentator for Algeria International Radio and is a regular political commentator on Algerian National Television and Radio. 

Connect with Dr. Hamoud Salhi on LinkedIn.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 

"Esports is a Student Success Strategy"

1 hour, 19 minutes

Ruben Caputo has worked in educational technology for the past 11 years at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), and is the co-chair of the CSU Esports Collective. 

After graduating from Biola University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing, Ruben worked for Apple's Education Team as a Partner Manager focused on business development. During his time at Apple, Ruben grew fond of working in education. So, he received his Master's in Technology Entrepreneurship from the University of Maryland in 2011. Later, he implemented graduate-level curriculum for the CSUDH College of Education School Leadership Program

He is part of Google's EdTech team that promotes universal design practices to create a more connected space for K-12 educators and learners. And Ruben's leadership led him to the role of Academic Advisor and General Manager for the CSUDH Esports Association, serving upwards of over 600 students and alums.  

Finally, Ruben's background earned him his current role as Information Technology Consultant for the College of Education under the CSUDH IT Academic Division.

Connect with Ruben Caputo on LinkedIn.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 

"An Indigenous Community-Based Approach to Restorative Justice in Alaska"

1 hour, 10 minutes

Dr. Brian Jarrett is the Director and Professor of CSUDH's Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding (NCRP) program. He is a lawyer, mediator, and arbitrator in the United States and Canada. He also holds a Ph.D. in Sociology. His interests include mediation, arbitration, Dispute Systems Design (DSD), Restorative Practices, and Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ). 

In recent years, Dr. Jarrett has originated work in integral mediation, which promotes interdisciplinary practices in mediation. He enjoys working with indigenous peacemakers and communities, supporting their work in rediscovering traditional restorative practices. Each year, Dr. Jarrett facilitates the International Cyber-conference on Dispute Resolution, which unites peacemakers, dispute resolution practitioners, and researchers worldwide.  

Read more about Dr. Brian Jarrett at

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 

"Next Generation International Education: Where We've Been and Where We're Headed"

1 hour, 2 minutes

Dr. Anthony C. Ogden is the founder and managing director of Gateway International Group, a new organization focused on next-generation international education.   

Dr. Ogden is a respected scholar-practitioner with nearly 30 years of experience in international higher education, having held senior international leadership positions at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Kentucky, Michigan State University, and the University of Wyoming. A three-time Fulbright recipient, Dr. Ogden completed a Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University in Educational Theory and Policy, with a dual title in Comparative and International Education. He has produced over 60 professional and scholarly publications on international higher education, including the co-edited book Education Abroad: Bridging Scholarship and Practice (Routledge, 2020).

Connect with Dr. Anthony Ogden on LinkedIn.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 

"Fraud at Waste Management"

51 minutes

Dr. Meghna Singhvi is an Associate Professor of Accounting and Law at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). She has taught undergraduate and graduate classes since 2016 at Northern Kentucky University, Xavier University, Florida International University, and Loyola Marymount University. 

Dr. Singhvi's research expertise focuses on corporate boards, ESG investing, audit committee director turnover, CEO power, and sustainable investing. One of her papers, "Audit fees after remediation of internal control weaknesses," was cited in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Her focus has been on internal controls since 2008. She has spent enormous hours studying systemic controls and account-specific internal controls. Dr. Singhvi also studied remediation of internal controls in depth and continues researching SOX compliance. She attributes much of a company's success to the tone at the top and its culture.  

Connect with Dr. Meghna Singhvi on LinkedIn.

International Scholar Seminar Series 1 | 2020-21

International Scholars Seminar Series I

The 2020-21 academic year was the first-ever year of virtual lectures and seminars, and included:

November 2020

"Future World Order and the COVID-19 Effect"

A promotional image for the International Scholar Seminar Series, with the text "Future World Order and COVID-19 Effect, a discussion with Maha Hosain Aziz, Ph.D."

Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz is a New York University (NYU) M.A. International Relations Program professor. She is also an author and cartoonist and was a risk expert in the 2020-2021 Global Future Council at the World Economic Forum. Dr. Aziz consults on risk via the world's first crowdsourced consultancy Wikistrat and other networks. 

With fellowship support from the London School of Economics (LSE) Institute of Global Affairs, she published her first book Future World Order in 2019, and it later won two global awards. Its sequel, A Global Spring: Predictions for a Post-Pandemic World, was out in Jan 2021. Her 2016 political comic book, The Global Kid, won multiple awards and was developed into an Augmented Reality (A.R.) and Virtual Reality (V.R.) comic book for tweens in spring 2021. 

Dr. Aziz is a Jordanian-born Pakistani who grew up in the Middle East (Jordan, Saudi Arabia), Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia), Europe (U.K., Greece), and the U.S. She is a social scientist trained at Brown University (B.A.), Columbia University (M.A.), and LSE (M.Sc., Ph.D.). 

Connect with Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz on LinkedIn.

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