Loyola University Maryland

First-Year Programs

Self and Other Course Pairing

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The Gladiator (CL291D.01S)

The course will use texts ancient and modern (egs. The Colosseum, The Sourcebook on the Roman Games) and films and television shows (egs. Gladiator, Spartacus, The Hunger Games) to illuminate the intersection of cruelty, ideology, and entertainment in the ancient arena…and, perhaps, in the human soul.

Faculty Biography

Joseph Walsh studied at Fairfield University, The University of Texas at Austin, University of Augsburg (Germany), The American Academy in Rome, and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. He has no gladiatorial training whatsoever. He has served as Chair of Classics, Co-Director of Loyola’s Honors Program, and Co-Director of Loyola’s Leuven Program; he teaches courses and has published on Greek and Roman History, early Christianity, the legacy of the ancient Greeks and Romans, and Christmas.

God, Neighbors, and Enemies: An Introduction to Theology (TH201.02S)

This course will explore the theme “Self and Other” through two main lenses: 1) God as the ultimate “other” in the Christian tradition, and 2) the neighbor and the enemy as the “others” whom Christians are commanded in Scripture to love. We will engage Christian thinking about neighbors and enemies (and who they are) through a variety of texts from the Jewish and Christian traditions, including the Bible, other ancient texts, and modern essays, poetry, and fiction. Along the way, we’ll discover the essential Christian story, from creation through completion, and explore the spread of the early church from the Roman Empire into the rest of the world – encountering neighbors near and far.

Faculty Biography

Rebekah Eklund (Th.D., Duke Divinity School) is an Assistant Professor of Theology at Loyola who specializes in the four Gospels and in Christian ethics. She is the author of the forthcoming book Jesus Wept: The Significance of Jesus’ Laments in the New Testament (T&T Clark, 2014). Her current research is about how the beatitudes have been interpreted throughout history. When she is not brushing up on her Greek and Hebrew, she also likes to cook and trail-run.

Mentor Biography

Brian M. Oakes is a proud double alumnus of Loyola University Maryland having received his undergraduate degree in ’99 and MBA in ’10.  He currently serves as the Director of Development for Loyola College, a position that he has held since 2012.  Oakes began his career at Loyola in 2005 as the Coordinator of Event Planning and Marketing for the Advancement Office, and most recently as the Director of Alumni Relations.  Before coming back to his alma mater, Oakes served as the Associate Director of Development at Easter Seals of Southeastern PA.  He and his wife Schoen live near campus with their two young daughters…and is always looking for a babysitter!