Loyola University Maryland

First-Year Programs

Stories We Tell Course Pairing

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Stories We Picture (PT270.01T)

In this course we will explore how we read and tell stories with photographs. Are photographic stories inherently more truthful or deceptive? Do photographs leave room for interpretation or does the camera limit our understanding of the subject? Is there a way to put ourselves inside the stories we photograph? Over the course of studying and creating photographic stories, students will gain an understanding of fundamental photographic and visual composition skills, and develop creative, photographic solutions to visual story problems. We will also share certain materials and activities with the members of our Messina partner course, Professor Miller’s Understanding Literature, EN101.

Faculty Biography

Dan Schlapbach received his BS from Washington University and his MFA from Indiana University. He is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Loyola University. Mr. Schlapbach’s research and teaching interests include 19th century alternative photographic processes, digital imaging and how those processes inform each other. He exhibits his works regionally and nationally, and received Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2009 and 2011.

Stories We See (EN101.01T)

This seminar will explore verbal and visual forms of storytelling. In “Stories We See,” we will encounter literary authors who create powerful imaginative effects using only words, study photographs and paintings that condense complex narratives into a single image, and consider the ways picture books, graphic narratives, and films combine pictures and text to entertain, persuade, educate and transform. In the course of our investigations, students will develop close reading, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills. We will also share selected materials and activities with the members of our Messina partner course, Professor Schlapbach’s introduction to digital photography, PT270.

Faculty Biography

Nicholas Miller is Associate Professor of English and Director of Film Studies at Loyola University Maryland. He received his BA from Harvard University and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. His teaching and research interests include the intersections between modernist print and visual culture, twentieth-century Irish and British literature, early cinema, and film animation. He is the author of Modernism, Ireland, and the Erotics of Memory (Cambridge, 2002).

Mentor Biography

Sara Scalzo is the Associate Director of Student Engagement.  Sara arrived at Loyola in 2001 as an Assistant Director of Student Life before moving to her current office.  While at Loyola, she has taken part in various retreats with Campus Ministry and immersion trips including Project Mexico and Encounter El Salvador.  Sara’s background in programming and leadership development are the basis of her current role, working closely with the orientation program, which includes the Evergreen orientation staff.  Sara received her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel from Kent State University (OH) and her B.A. in Music from Baldwin Wallace University (OH).  She has a strong passion for Jesuit education and particularly working with students.