Loyola University Maryland


Stories We Tell Course Pairing

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Stories We Picture (PT270T)

Every photograph is a story. From humble snapshots to iconic images, photographs tell stories that shape our understanding of the world. Photography can be a powerful tool to inform, inspire and influence society. Are photographic stories inherently more truthful than written stories? How are photographs used, and how can we use them, to persuade others? In this seminar we will explore how to read photographs and how to make photographs to tell articulate stories. Over the course of studying and creating photographic stories, students will gain an understanding of fundamental photographic and visual composition skills.

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.

America’s Story: National Self-Image in Politics and Culture (PS102T)

What are the images that America projects and has projected to the world?  This seminar invites students to consider how America’s image is revealed and has changed throughout its historical, political, and cultural development.  Examining key documents, speeches, debates, letters, as well as portraiture and photographs from the American founding to the present, seminar participants will compare, contrast, and otherwise interrogate evidence of “American exceptionalism” and explore the visual and rhetorical depictions of America and their power throughout American history.  

Faculty Biography

Douglas B. Harris (B.A., The American University; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University) is associate professor of political science and faculty co-director of Messina. His research on Congress, political parties, and media politics has been published in numerous scholarly journals as well chapters in edited collections on congressional elections, media framing techniques, and public trust in government. He is co-author of The Austin-Boston Connection: Fifty Years of House Democratic Leadership (Texas A&M University Press, 2009) and co-editor of Doing Archival Research in Political Science (Cambria Press, 2012), The Democratic Party: Document Decoded (ABC-CLIO, 2014), and The Republican Party: Documents Decoded (ABC-CLIO, 2014).

Mentor Biography

Sara Scalzo Manson 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.

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