Pizza & Politics


Political Science Village


All presentations will be at convo hour from 12:15 – 1:15pm on the dates noted.


Professors will speak for 15 -20 minutes and then take questions.  A great informal way to learn about the issues of the day, get to know your professors, and have some lunch.


Everyone is welcome.


Pizza, salad and drinks will be provided.



Spring 2014

  • March 18th - Professor Sina Kramer (Fordham University), "Rosa Parks and the Boundaries of Politics"
  • March 27th - Professor Judea Pearl (UCLA), "The Prospects for Peace in the Middle East"
  • April 1st - Marty Russo, former Member of Congress and current Lobbyist
  • April 10th - Students Chris Eaton (LMU), “Domestic Drone Surveillance and the American Definition of Privacy” and Evan Shorter (Pepperdine), “The Benefits of Employing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Low-Intensity and Irregular Conflicts”

Fall 2013

  • September 5th - Professor Andrew Dilts, "Giving the Prisoners the Floor: On the California Prison Hunger Strike"
  • October 17th - Professor Andy Healy, "How College Football Effects Election Outcomes"
  • November 14th - Professor Chris Zepeda-Millán, "The Politics of Immigration: From Legalization to Border Militarization"

Spring 2013

  • January 31st- Professor Tom Plate, "On U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon"
  • February 12th- Fmr. Gov. Michael Dukakis, "Running for President of the United States"
  • April 4th- Fr. Patrick Conroy, "Life as the Chaplin of the U.S. House of Representatives"

Fall 2012

  • September 25th- USC Professor David Kang, "Why no Religious War in historical East Asia?"
  • October 16th- Professor James Devine, "Who has the better economic plan to save the economy: Romney or Obama?"
  • November 15th- Professor Evan Gerstmann, "The Presidential Election and the future of the Supreme Court"

Spring 2012

  • February 9th- Professor Richard Fox, “Men Rule: The Continued Under-Representation of Women in U.S. Politics”
  • March 8th- Franky Carrillo and Professor Evan Gerstmann, “Exonerating the Innocent” (LMU Freshman Franky Carrillo spent 20 years in jail for a crime he did not commit.  He and the topic will be introduced by Professor Gerstmann).

Fall 2011

  • September 29 – Professor Feryal Cherif, “From Revolution to Democracy? Protesting Authoritarianism in the Middle East”
  • October 20 – Professor Michael Genovese, “Barack Obama’s 2012 Electoral Defeat: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished”
  • November 17 – Professor Jennifer Ramos, “Drone Attacks and the U.S. Policy of Assassination”