Introduction to Theology: Writing the Self in the Presence of the Other (TH201)
This course will explore how people narrate the story of their collective and individual lives in light of their belief that there is or is not a transcendent Other before whom those lives are lived. By means of texts whose origins range from the Bronze Age Middle East to fourth-century North Africa to twenty-first century Baltimore, students will engage the question of what it means to tell a true story about ourselves and how we might tell that the story we tell is a true one. Students will also learn how to read carefully and critically, and to express themselves in clear speech and writing.
Dr. Frederick Bauerschmidt has taught theology at Loyola since 1994. His scholarly interests include medieval and modern theology, theology and the arts, and the relationship between theology and culture. He has published several books, most recently on the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas. He is ordained as a deacon in the Catholic Church and is married with three children.
Thinking Global: An Introduction to Sociology (SC101D)
This discussion-based course introduces students to theories and topics in the field of global sociology. The course is designed to encourage students to think critically about a range of global issues, to consider the patterns of interaction at the global level, and to recognize how societies, social institutions, and individuals are shaped by macro and meso-level social forces and social structures. In line with our Messina theme, self and other, we will also reflect on the ways in which where we are socially situated in our increasingly global society (e.g. nationally, racially/ethnically, gender, class standing) shapes us and shapes others. The course will include a service learning option with the Asylee Women Enterprise, the Esperanza Center, the Refugee Youth Project, or Soccer Without Borders.
Michelle I. Gawerc, Assistant Professor of Sociology, received her Ph.D. from Boston College in 2010. Her research interests include the sociology of peace, war, and social conflict, and social movements. Her primary area of focus is Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, although her interests extend more generally to societies in or emerging from protracted conflict. Michelle’s research has been published in numerous scholarly journals and a revised version of her dissertation was recently published as a book: Prefiguring Peace: Israeli-Palestinian Peacebuilding Partnerships. Michelle teaches in the Global Studies program and is enthused to be participating in Messina. She believes strongly in active learning and participatory methods, so if you sign up for the seminar, be prepared to participate!
Christina Harrison is the Associate Director, Immersion Programs and Education in the Center for Community Service and Justice, has a Master’s in Social Work with a focus on community organizing. She has worked with university students in a rural health education initiative that included a migrant farmworker program, taught people with intellectual disabilities, and ran a university study abroad office. Her interests include travel, hiking and anything Hungarian.