The classics department is contributing three courses to the inaugural year of the Messina program. In the Fall, Dr Pandey will offer a course "East Meets West: Encountering the Other in the Ancient and Modern Worlds." The course will incorporate primary texts from Greece, Rome, Babylon, India, Britain and Japan, will include literature as well as art, architecture and cinema, and will range in time from Gilgamesh to the present day.
Also in the Fall, Dr. McCreight will offer a course "Race, Conquest and Identity in Ancient North Africa." The course will introduce students to questions of race, imperialism, and cultural/ethnic identity in ancient North Africa both before and after the Roman conquest. Both Dr. Pandey's and Dr. McCreight's courses fulfill Loyola’s diversity course requirement.
In the Spring, Dr. Walsh will offer a course "The Gladiator." The course will use texts ancient and modern (e.g., The Colosseum, The Sourcebook on the Roman Games) and films and television shows (e.g., Gladiator, Spartacus, The Hunger Games) to illuminate the intersection of cruelty, ideology, and entertainment in the ancient arena. All three courses will also count as majors classes for our classical civilization majors.