Conversations

The Stigma and the Game

Professional athletes are beginning to openly discuss a long-hidden secret: their mental health struggles and the stigma that comes with them. William D. Parham, SOE professor and director of the National Basketball Players Association Mental Health and Wellness Program, describes the pressures that accompany the glory of life as an elite professional athlete.

El Dorado and L.A. Busts

The modern mythology of Los Angeles is a story of both selling imagination and rewarding creativity. Lynell George ’84 talks with writer Gary Krist about the city he calls the “mirage factory.”

This Is Chris

Chris Sullivan ’02 talks about his role in NBC’s “This Is Us,” a show that strikes tones of honesty, vulnerability and human connection.

Saved By Comedy

David Mirkin ’78, writer, director and producer of hit TV show “The Simpsons,” talks about smart, dark and twisted comedy and his career, from L.A.’s stand-up clubs to “The Simpsons Movie.”

A Conversation With Ralph Eurich Patacsil ’18

Studio Arts major Ralph Eurich Patacsil painted a Nativity scene, titled “Puengen Yu’us (Night of God),” for his final project in his theology course Meeting Christ in Faith and Art. Born and raised in Guam, Patacsil decided to bridge the cultural legacies of his native land’s Spanish colonial past and the island’s indigenous Chamorro people.