Conversations

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.

A Conversation with David W. Stewart

David W. Stewart is President’s Professor of Marketing and Business Law in the Department of Marketing and Business Law in the College of Business Administration. We spoke with him about research into the differences between how men and women shop for food. He was interviewed by Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch.

The Careers of Dwayne Hickman ’56

Young Dwayne Hickman was a TV fixture in the 1950s and early ’60s. As a student at Loyola University, he had a supporting role in the smash hit “The Bob Cummings Show” and, after college, the lead — Dobie — in the groundbreaking comedy “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.” Hickman has enjoyed a full career in acting and directing, and another as a painter, which he pursues today. See his artwork here. We spoke to Hickman about his acting career, his friendship on- and off-camera with Bob Denver ’57, and his art work. He was interviewed by Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch.

To Kneel or Not to Kneel

Fans or not, millions are watching football this season to see who is, and isn’t, protesting. But are they asking why? Shaun Anderson, professor in the College of Communication and Fine Arts, talks about sports, protest and political messages.

Drawing the Line

Although the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that some forms of race-based gerrymandering are unconstitutional, it has avoided taking a stand on partisan gerrymandering. That may change this coming October, when the court will hear a case about whether the partisan drawing of legislative boundaries in Wisconsin has gone too far.

A Conversation With Demian Willette

Demian Willette, a biology instructor in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering, and his students study fish fraud — the mislabeling of fish species — as a way of improving the traceability of fish in the food supply chain.