Virtual Event Series

Students/faculty protesting, in service, in dialogue

Liberal Arts in Action began as a virtual event series during the COVID-19 pandemic that brought together BCLA Distinguished Faculty members, students, and community members. It provided an opportunity to explore a broad range of topics through a liberal arts lens during a pivotal juncture in politics; as well as local, national, and global uprisings against racism.

Under this Liberal Arts in Action umbrella, we continue to engage students on issues that impact us both locally and globally and to gather as a community of lifelong learners to share time, knowledge, and conversation.

Learn about current and past events and programs presented by BCLA and its faculty

Ed Park in front of fountain on LMU campus
Down-Payment for Real Power: Stacey Abrams, Asian Americans, and the Long Game of Coalition Politics
with Edward J.W. Park, Professor and Chair of Asian and Asian American Studies
June 28, 2021
America Ferrera collage
I heart America (Ferrera)
with Eliza Rodriguez y Gibson, Professor and Chair of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies
Presented: June 7, 2021
protest Washington D.C.
Cutting Through the Chatter: What Do Americans Want?
Featuring renowned pollster, data scientist and activist Sean McElwee
Tuesday, Jan. 26
US and California flags
Campaign 2020 Lecture Series
A series of faculty presentations, sponsored by BCLA, the Global Policy Institute, and the Center for the Study of Los Angeles
A computer with an alert sign on its screen and a mask dangling on the side
Journalism in Crisis: Covering Pandemic, Protests, State Violence, Economic Hardship and the Elect
featuring a panel of BCLA journalism professors
Tuesday, Oct. 27
A black and white photo of Valarie Kaur
Reimagining the World with Revolutionary Love: Election 2020 and Beyond
with author and civil rights activist Valarie Kaur
Tuesday, Oct. 20
A World on Fire: Climate Change and Environmental Justice
with Bill McKibben,
Wednesday, Oct. 14
Maire Ford headshot
The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Burden of Social Isolation
with Máire Ford, associate professor of psychology
Presented: Sep. 14, 2020
St. Dymphna and her fire
The Hidden Health Costs of a Pandemic
with Inas Kelly, associate professor of economics
Presented: Aug. 24, 2020
Fernando Guerra headshot
Voter Suppression and the Latino Community
with Fernando Guerra, professor of political science and Chicana/o studies, and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at LMU
Presented: Aug. 17, 2020
Liz Connolly headshot
Ask Alumni: Job Searching During Times of Crisis
with Liz Connolly, assistant director of alumni engagement and liberal arts
Presented: Aug. 10, 2020
Don't Hoard Toilet Paper Rolls poster
Viral History: Documenting COVID-19 and Doing the History of the Present
with Elizabeth Drummond, professor and chair of history
Presented: July 27, 2020
Headshot of Professor Cheryl Grills
Living Social Justice
with Cheryl Grills, professor of psychology and director of PARC@LMU
Presented: July 13, 2020
Lori Fazzio seated staff pose
Yoga off the Mat: Cultivating Resiliency During Difficult Times
with Lori Fazzio, DPT, PT, MAppSc, C-IAYT, clinical professor of yoga and health
Presented: June 29, 2020
Vast nothingness sky, rocks
A Glimpse of "Nothing"
with Paul Harris, professor of English
Presented: June 15, 2020