Conversations

A Conversation With Nathalie Sánchez ’07

Nathalie Sánchez ’07 is a full-time teaching artist with P.S. Arts and works in two Los Angeles charter schools. She is co-founder of Ceramic Studio 153, in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Sánchez earned her bachelor’s degree in the College of Communication and Fine Arts with a double major in studio arts and art history. Follow her @Ceramics153. She was interviewed by Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch.

A Conversation With Victoria Graf

Victoria Graf, professor in the School of Education, is the former director of SOE’s Special Education program. In December 2013, she was named a member of California’s Statewide Special Education Task Force, which will analyze the state’s systems for serving students with disabilities and make recommendations by the end of 2014. She was interviewed by Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch.

A Conversation With Angela James

Angela James, trained as a sociologist and demographer, is an associate professor of African American Studies. Her areas of expertise include race and ethnicity, urban demography, and family studies. One of James’ freshman courses is “Metropolitan Los Angeles,” about black Los Angeles, which concludes with a tour of important African American historical and cultural sites. She was interviewed by Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch.

A Conversation With Joseph Reichenberger

Joseph Reichenberger, a professor of civil engineering in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering, specializes in water quality management and wastewater treatment system design. He has worked and consulted extensively on local water issues and policy. Prior to joining the LMU faculty, he served as vice president and regional manager for Parsons Engineering Science, Inc. in Pasadena. Reichenberger also serves as a director of the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District and formerly was a commissioner on the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority. Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch interviewed him about the current statewide drought.

A Conversation With Caroline Sauvage

Caroline Sauvage is an assistant professor of classics and archaeology in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. She received her B.A. in art history and archaeology as well as her M.A. and Ph.D. in archaeology of the Ancient World from the Université Lumière Lyon 2 in France. Her research interests include trade and maritime exchanges in the eastern Mediterranean, as well as the development and use of textile tools during the Late Bronze Age and early Iron Age. Her research focuses on exchanges, the status of objects, and their representations and use as identity markers across the eastern Mediterranean. She is the author of “Routes maritimes et Systèmes D’échanges Internationaux au Bronze Récent en Méditerranée Orientale” (2012). Sauvage was interviewed by Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch.

Conversation with Keith Ellison ’86, ’06, Head Athletic Trainer

Keith Ellison is assistant athletics director for sports medicine at LMU, where he has worked for 24 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1986, and a master’s in education with an emphasis in guidance counseling in 2006. In his 18 years as head trainer, he has seen LMU’s athletic programs swell to 22 varsity sports, with more than 450 student-athletes. He was interviewed by John Kissell.

Conversation with Christopher Adachi, M.A. Student

Christopher Adachi is a composer and trumpet, piano and ukulele player. Born in Nanakuli, Hawaii, Adachi is pursuing his master’s degree in education at LMU through PLACE Corps — Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education. Students in this program live together in community, earn teaching credentials and teach in under-resourced schools affiliated with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was interviewed by Jeremy Rosenberg.

Bully Pulpit

First Amendment speech rights may be nowhere murkier than in schools. Is student speech protected on and off campus? Is bullying speech in cyberspace protected? What if it originates in a student’s home? Court rulings have been unclear, and school administrators are caught in the middle. We asked Martha McCarthy, President’s Professor in the School of Education, for some clarity. She was interviewed by Doug McInnis, a freelance writer in Casper, Wyoming.

A Conversation with Wojciech Kocyan

Wojciech Kocyan is a clinical professor of piano in the College of Communication and Fine Arts, where he teaches piano and opera among other courses. Born in Poland, Kocyan has performed around the world and won multiple awards. In 2007, Gramophone magazine named his “Skriabin Prokofiew Rachmaninow” (Dux Records) as one of the 50 best classical recordings ever made. He was interviewed by Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch.