Conversations

Party Control

Richard Fox, professor of political science in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, teaches and researches courses on the U.S. Congress, elections, media and politics, and gender politics. He has published in professional journals including the American Journal of Political Science, and has written op-eds for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He was interviewed by Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch.

Regular Exorcise With William Friedkin

Academy Award-winner William Friedkin has directed several seminal films, including “The Exorcist,” “To Live and Die in L.A.” and “The French Connection.” Friedkin spoke on campus in late March as part of the School of Film and Television’s “The Hollywood Masters” series. Vanessa Newell, associate professor of film production in SFTV, spoke to him about his work and the film industry.

Brain Damage

The issue of concussions recently has received a great deal of attention in a range of sports including baseball, football and soccer. Sarah Strand, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Sciences in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering and director of the LMU athletic training program, studies concussions in female athletes. We talked to her about the dangers of concussions and how to treat them. Strand was interviewed by Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch.

Fair Game: A Conversation With Billy Bean ’86

In July 2014, a year after prohibiting baseball players from harassing and discriminating against other players on the basis of sexual orientation, Major League Baseball named Billy Bean ’86 its ambassador for inclusion. Bean’s role is to fight prejudice with talk, meeting with players, coaches, general managers and owners to share his story of playing big league baseball while protecting a secret. We spoke with Bean about his work with MLB and his career. Bean was interviewed by Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch.

Kathleen Kim on Trafficking

People are being trafficked to the cities, towns, businesses and farms every day. Kathleen Kim, professor of law at Loyola Law School and an expert on immigration and human trafficking, discusses human trafficking in the United States. She was interviewed by Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch.

A Fish Tale

If Hollywood, freeways, the aerospace industry and water rights are lenses through which L.A. history can be viewed, then tuna is another. L.A.’s tuna story dates back more than 100 years and weaves together entrepreneurial vision, a global canning business, the relocation of East San Pedro’s Japanese American fishing community to internment camps, and today’s popularity of sushi. Andrew F. Smith was interviewed by Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch about his book “American Tuna: The Rise and Fall of an Improbable Food,” a history of the tuna industry.

A Conversation with Jason Baehr

Jason Baehr, associate professor of philosophy, received a grant of more than $1 million from the John Templeton Foundation to, first, study the importance of intellectual virtues and how they can be fostered in an education setting, and, second, implement an intellectual virtues curriculum that will be introduced in fall 2013 at a charter school in Long Beach, Calif. Baehr’s specialty is epistemology. He was interviewed by Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch