Liberal Arts in Action

Students/faculty protesting, in service, in dialogue

The Bellarmine College launched Liberal Arts in Action (LAIA) as a way to engage students on issues that impact us both locally and globally. We hope to provide a space and encounters that inspire our imaginations and intellects, support our individual and collective well-being, and assist in planning for and building our futures.

LAIA includes:

If you are interested in applying for a Liberal Arts in Action opportunity, please complete the application. Faculty and students who participate in programming this year will be invited to share experiences in the LAIA series and through other online and in person university events. Stay tuned for opportunities to get involved! Contact Jasmine Hamm for Global and Domestic Immersion programs. Contact Deanna Cooke for all other experiences.


Catch up on past events and programs presented by BCLA and its faculty

A street with the words
Bellarmine Forum 2020-21: Building Transformative Justice Where We Stand
Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
Jail cell
Justice on Trial Film Festival
in partnership with A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project
Fall 2020
Portrait 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
Students surrounded by books and plants reading and working on computers
LIBA 1998: Academic Wellness
A course promoting personal, social, and academic synergy
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, 350.org
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
Chris Chapple standing in front on chalk board
Meditation in the Jain Tradition
with Chris Chapple, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and director of yoga studies