Five professors participated in the annual “60 Second Lectures” event in Ahmanson Auditorium, where they discussed their beliefs about what's holding society back on Wednesday, Oct. 23.  The Honors Program and the Los Angeles Loyolan co-host the event each year.

The event gives professors 60 seconds each to educate the audience on a topic of their choice, as long as it plays into the event’s theme. This year's theme was a broad, yet captivating question: “What holds us back?”

Usually the event includes six professors on a panel, but this year there were five: journalism professor Katherine Pickert, business professor Trevor Zink, psychology professor Dr. Alexandra Sturm, screenwriting professor David Clawson and theatre arts professor Dr. Daphnie Sicre. Each of them took different approaches to the central question, “what holds us back?” by focusing on their various career fields and the barriers they feel are hindering their academic peers.

Cameron Bellamoroso, a senior economics and Spanish double major, was the event coordinator and liaison between the Honors Program and the Loyolan. He discussed his role in setting up the event and conceiving this year’s theme. “We wanted something that’s open enough for people to take it whichever way they want to go, but also forces them a little bit out of their centerfield of research,” Bellamoroso said. “It’s a hard question, one that can be taken many different ways. It can be on an individual level or a societal level or you can even take it into the field of academia."

Zink, a professor of management in the College of Business Administration, lectured on the effects of environmentalism and capitalism on the youth and how to combat these issues. Giana Hubbard, a freshman economics major, attended the event with her peers in the Honors Program. She found Zink’s lecture very inspiring and impactful.

“[Professor Zink] had a lot to say about the environment and our priorities with where we put our money and how we can be more proactive in our responsibilities … so I just thought it was very practical and easy to relate to what we’re seeing,” said Hubbard.

Sicre, a theatre arts professor in the College of Communication and Fine Arts, took a different approach as she spoke about not holding yourself back. “Freedom is being yourself without permission … even if our society shuns you,” Sicre said. “At the end of the day the only person who will never leave us, the only person who is always with us, is ourselves."

Following the professors' miniature lectures, audience members were given the opportunity to ask the panel questions. Some of the questions were related to the professors' lectures, and other questions were more general and asked for advice regarding topics like self-confidence or finding careers post-graduation.

There were a variety of questions that prompted insightful answers from each of the professors. Students left the event with pastries, refreshments and more wisdom.

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