COVER STORY

Crowning Achievement

For her senior capstone project, Stephanie Bell ’20 made a documentary film about Black women and the race-based discrimination they face for wearing their hair in natural hairstyles. The film, “Defending Our Crowns,” has brought increased attention to the issue and won awards while doing so.

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Stage Rights

In 1963, James Baldwin masterminded a tense nighttime meeting with Robert F. Kennedy to break down the Kennedy administration’s reluctance to act on civil rights. Baldwin’s summit changed RFK forever after.

The Bones of St. Peter

James T. Keane ’96, an editor at America magazine, recalls a trip he led with a group of students to the catacombs of the Church of San Silvestro in Capite in Rome.

Amped Up

An executive producer with the Obamas’ Higher Ground Audio amplifies voices and stories that are too rarely heard. An interview with Mukta Mohan ’14.

Cougar Town

Native mountain lions risk their lives to cross the U.S. 101 freeway. A wildlife crossing, in the form of a bridge, could save them.

Click Here For Open Democracy

When he was confronted as a student with misinformation about proposed laws, Patrick Utz started thinking about an app to improve transparency in the legislative process. It’s now in use.

The Afterlife

With a coronavirus vaccine now being distributed, we may be able to see outlines of what life and work will look like when the COVID-19 pandemic passes. In The Afterlife, our new department, seven LMU experts look ahead.

A Dream Born on Skid Row

Marina Marmolejo ’17 doesn’t believe youth homelessness must forever be an intractable problem. She has developed an app-based program that offers mentorship and education opportunities to homeless young people as path toward a new life.

The Hard Road To Reconciliation

The journey toward reconciliation and justice probably isn’t short or painless, says Judith Royer, C.S.J. But education, example and dialogue will surely help us get there, if we’ll accept the invitation.

Losing Touch

A cost of the pandemic is loss of touch — bodily, physical contact. Brian Treanor says he’s learned again about “the richness of the tactile world.”

The Laws of Dance

The compression of movement has become a symbol of the pandemic. If dance is a compressed art on our computer screens, we may value more the theaters and environments where space and human motion intersect.

The Magazine of the Year

LMU Magazine wins the 2020 Robert Sibley Magazine of the Year Award, the top honor in university magazine publishing, in the annual CASE Circle of Excellence Awards competition.

Powering Down

America’s status as a global media leader — in film, TV, pop culture, internet content — has provided a platform to promote free speech and oppose censorship. But content generation is increasingly internationalized, and the U.S. may be losing both marketshare and self-identity.
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Justin Levitt and Election 2020

Justin Levitt, constitutional law professor at the LMU Loyola Law School, may be one of the few experts on U.S. voting laws and rights who does not foresee an electoral apocalypse on Election Day, Nov. 3.

California’s Catholic Browns

Pat and Jerry Brown — father and son — together governed California for a span totaling nearly a quarter century with their Catholic culture’s influence never far from the foreground.
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Chaya Crowder on Black Voters and U.S. Elections

“The Republican Party has made little to no attempt to historically appeal to Black voters since the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act,” says Prof. Chaya Crowder in describing why Black voters, especially Black women, are the backbone of the Democratic Party.
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Michael Genovese

Prof. Michael Genovese, a leading expert on the presidency, discusses the upcoming presidential election, which will present voters with a stark choice and promises to be as unpredictable as it will be momentous.
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Sean Kennedy ’86, LLS ’89

In May, an LMU Loyola Law School suit was rejected that would have forced the release of more juveniles in detention who are at risk for the coronavirus. Sean Kennedy, director of the LLS Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, explains why the decision is a failure of juvenile justice.

Troubling Calm

In the COVID-19 era, what was has changed, what is now seems uncertain, but will be may be ours to decide. L.A. writer Lynell George ’84 writes about life during a pandemic.
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Sung Won Sohn

The rapid, global onset of the coronavirus pandemic slammed economies around the world. Sung Won Sohn, LMU professor of finance and economics, discusses signs of hope in a stark U.S. and California economic forecast.
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Fall in Love With LMU

This prayer, that has become synonymous with Pedro Arrupe, S.J., who was Father General of the Society of Jesus, describes the intimate connection of love to one’s truest identity.
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Fernando Guerra and Brianne Gilbert

When the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles surveyed L.A. residents this spring about Mayor Eric Garcetti’s leadership in the COVID-19 crisis, they documented overwhelming support across the board.

Lessons From the Virus Wars

A century ago, the 1918 flu ravaged the world’s population. There was no vaccine and quarantining was essential. Carla Bittel, an LMU historian, talks about the lessons the world learned that may help today.
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Kate Pickert

COVID-19 has created a global medical crisis and a U.S. health policy crisis. Kate Pickert, who covered the U.S. healthcare system as a reporter, talks about the impact of a lagging governmental response on the medical community and health agencies.
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Service in the COVID-19 Lockdown

Does service to the community have to stop during the COVID-19 crisis? Patrick Furlong, interim director of the LMU Center for Service and Action, talks about how to serve the community while on lockdown.

The Counter Vote

If the Electoral College vote produces a result that doesn’t reflect the popular vote for president, is it time to shutter the institution?

Off Press Podcasts

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EPISODE 39 • NOVEMBER 24, 2020

Jason Bentley ’92 on KXLU And Artists’ Conversations

Jason Bentley ’92 says his stint as general manager of KXLU occurred during “the golden age of college rock.” Here he talks about his days in the KXLU studios and his new podcast, The Backstory, featuring interviews with artists.

EPISODE 38 • NOVEMBER 5, 2020

U.S. Rep. Karen Bass On Election Results

With votes nearly tallied, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, describes changes she expects in a possible Biden presidency and a new Congress.

EPISODE 37 • NOVEMBER 4, 2020

Election Special Report: Where Do We Stand?

The voting is over, and now the election is about counting, counting and counting. Justin Levitt, election law expert at LMU Loyola Law School, and Michael Genovese, LMU expert on the presidency, discuss the state of the 2020 election and what’s ahead in the next presidential term.