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First-Year Programs

Visionary Course Pairing

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Knowledge, Existence, and The Good Life: Perspectives of Philosophical Visionaries (PL201.01V)

The discipline of philosophy began because select individuals dared to step back from their daily routine and critically examine the foundational assumptions of their life and culture: what does it mean to know? what does it mean to exist? and what does it mean to live the good life? This class will focus on these three questions, the answers given by these ancient visionary thinkers, and how these answers have shaped the subsequent history of philosophy.

Faculty Biography

By training, Jeff Witt is a research specialist in high- and late-medieval philosophy and theology. But he has a special love for the history of philosophy taken as whole. He enjoys helping students see how this tradition of reflection and critical examination influences the other academic disciplines and helps to shape our own worldviews.

Seeking the Face of God: An Introduction to Theology (TH201.03V)

“Seek his face always” (Ps. 105:4). From Abraham and Moses to Paul of Tarsus, Augustine of Hippo, Ignatius of Loyola, and others, Jews and Christians have hungered to look upon the face of God and to participate in God’s vision of justice and love for humankind. Through study of selected readings from the Bible and the Judeo-Christian tradition, we will explore the vision of God, both as the human vision of God and God’s vision of and for humanity.

Faculty Biography

Angela Russell Christman (B.A., Ph.D., The University of Virginia) is professor of Theology and director of the Honors Program. She studies the theology and history of the first six centuries of Christianity, and in particular, the biblical interpretation in this period. She is the author of “What Did Ezekiel See?” Christian Exegesis of Ezekiel’s Vision of the Chariot from Irenaeus to Gregory the Great (Brill, 2005) and co-translator of The Church’s Bible: Isaiah (Eerdmans, 2007). Her current research is on the biblical interpretation of Ambrose of Milan. In her spare time she enjoys photography, hiking and birdwatching, travelling with her family, and weaving.

Mentor Biography

Kathy Clark Petersen came to Loyola after receiving her Ph.D. in College Student Development and Higher Education Administration from the University of Maryland. While she currently serves as the Assistant to the Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students, she has served in various capacities within the Student Development Division throughout her tenure at Loyola. She is passionate about students discovering their own gifts and talents and figuring out how they can be true to themselves as they offer their best to the Loyola community and beyond.