A New Way of Thinking on Campus

The Bellarmine Forum is LMU's annual celebration of the life of the mind, offered by the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. The 2020 Bellarmine Forum goes beyond the traditional academic conference, creating a range of unique ways for LMU to participate in "Building Transformative Justice Where We Stand" all year long.

Common Courses

The heart of the Bellarmine Forum is a set of courses that invites students to explore theories of justice and their relationship to perspectives on punishment; assessing critical factors impacting incarceration rates in the United States, such as race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, indigeneity, ability, and class; cultivating interdisciplinary conversations between theology, political science, psychology and communication studies; and exploring alternative approaches to criminal justice.

Special Lectures and Events

This year’s Bellarmine Forum courses, workshops, public events, and lectures will seek to highlight ways of transforming the world from where we currently stand, as well as theorizing and practicing transformative justice both within and beyond the campus. In partnership with LMU’s Criminal Justice and Restorative Justice Group and several non-profit organizations in Los Angeles, this programming will impact the education of our students, provide space and time for critical reflection for our faculty and staff, and build capacity toward future programs. Events are designed for course participants but are open to the community.

Sponsors and Collaborators

The 2020 Bellarmine Forum is made possible with the support of campus and community collaborators including the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, the College of Communication & Fine Arts, the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles, the Center for Urban Resilience, PARC@LMU, CSJ Center for Reconciliation and Justice, A New Way of Life, and Justice LA.

Bellarmine Forum Archive

In years past, the Bellarmine Forum has covered an array of thought provoking topics, including The Values of Time, Restoring Justice, and Vulnerability Windows to the Human Condition. For more information, visit the Archive.