60 Second Lectures 2022

2022's 60 Second Lectures, held on Oct. 19 in Ahmanson Auditorium, challenged these five professors to speak on one theme: "Reimagine."

Learn more about the professors below!


Dr. Amir Hussain

Dr. Amir Hussain is Chair and Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he teaches courses on religion. His own particular speciality is the study of Islam, focusing on contemporary Muslim societies in North America. His academic degrees (BSc, MA, PhD) are all from the University of Toronto where he received a number of awards, including the university’s highest award for alumni service. For the Fall semester of 2016, he was on a fellowship to the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California. From 2011 to 2015, Amir was the editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the premier scholarly journal for the study of religion. He is President-elect of the American Academy of Religion.

Dr. Feryal Cherif

Dr. Feryal Cherif is an associate professor and director of international relations at Loyola Marymount University. She received her PhD from New York University in 2005. Her research focuses on women’s rights, human rights, and the politics in Middle East and Muslim-majority countries. Her book, Myths about Women's Rights: How, Where, and Why Rights Advance (OUP, 2015), examines conventional wisdoms about why women’s rights advance in some countries but continue to lag in others. Her work has appeared in Comparative Politics, The Journal of Politics and International Studies Quarterly, as well as other outlets. She was recently recognized for her mentorship of students with the BCLA Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award.

Dr. Adilifu Nama

Dr. Adilifu Nama is a Professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He received his Ph.D. in Postgraduate Studies from USC. He has received many recognitions and awards including the American Book Award for Outstanding Literary Achievement in 2012 for Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes. He has made appearances on various radio shows as well as the history channel mainly talking about Black Panther or Race and Comics in America. He has written many articles as well as spoken at many events, including San Diego Comic Con.

Dr. Hawley Almstedt

Dr. Hawley Almstedt is a Professor in the Department of Health and Human Sciences of the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on how diet and exercise influence development of peak bone mass and lead to prevention of osteoporosis. Almstedt is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and received her Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Oregon State University. At LMU, she teaches courses in nutrition and exercise physiology. She is affiliated with the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Society for Radiologic Technicians.  Grant funding through the National Institutes of Health and other Foundations has enabled her research exploring the effects of binge drinking on bone health and how to improve skeletal health after cancer treatment.  Her many publications focus on exercise, nutrition, and musculoskeletal health.

Dr. Kelly Younger

Dr. Kelly Younger is a screenwriter, television writer, playwright, producer, and professor of English here at LMU. Currently he is writing and developing several projects for The Muppets Studio, having already co-created and co-executive produced Muppets Now, and written and co-executive produced Muppets Haunted Mansion (2022 Producer’s Guild Award for Outstanding Children's Programming) both of which are streaming on Disney+. Younger served as a member of the Disney Animation Story Trust, working on such films as Ralph Breaks the Internet, Frozen 2, Moana, and Raya and the Last Dragon. Additionally, he participated in the Pixar Animation Brain Trust on Cars 3, Incredibles 2, Toy Story 4, Coco, and Onward. He is in pre-production on an original live action Christmas movie that will star Eddie Murphy; and he is developing a new animated TV series with musician Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band. Younger earned an MA in Classics at Loyola University Chicago and a PhD in Literature and Drama Studies from University College Dublin in Ireland. In the English Department, he teaches courses in fairy tales, mythology, drama, and writing workshops for stage and screen.



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On Oct. 19, the Los Angeles Loyolan and the University Honors Program came together to hold the annual 60 Second Lectures event. Professor of Theological Studies Amir Hussain Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and International Relations Feryal Cherif Ph.D., Professor of African American …

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