Loyola University Maryland

Messina

Self and Other Course Pairing

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.

Faculy Biography

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.

Politics: The Quest for Justice (PS101)

In Plato’s Republic, Socrates and a group of acquaintances stay up talking long into the night (forgetting to eat supper and attend a big Mardi Gras-type party), because they are caught up in a quest to figure out what justice is. We will be on the same quest for the course of the semester—with, one hopes, a little of that same intensity. What is justice? Is there a best way for humans to live together in political community? Does justice differ from place to place and era to era; or is there a transcendent justice that provides a fixed standard by which to judge all political action? In other words, does justice exist by nature or by human convention? Do you have rights? If so, what are they and what is their foundation or ground? What is the relation between justice and power, justice and the law, justice and freedom, justice and equality? To guide you into these important and difficult questions and provide material for your own political reflection and observation, we will read works by both ancient and modern authors. Along the way, we will have a chance to explore different kinds of regimes from the ancient city to modern liberal democracy.     

Faculty Biography

Diana Schaub is professor of political science at Loyola University Maryland. A graduate of Kenyon College, with an M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Chicago, she has also been a postdoctoral fellow of the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard University (1994-95) and the Garwood Teaching Fellow at Princeton University ((2011-12). In 2001, she was the recipient of the Richard M. Weaver Prize for Scholarly Letters. From 2004-2009 she was a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics. She is the author of Erotic Liberalism: Women and Revolution in Montesquieu's "Persian Letters" (1995), along with a number of book chapters and articles in the fields of political philosophy and American political thought. She is also a co-editor (with Amy and Leon Kass) of What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song (2011). She is a contributing editor to The New Atlantis and a member of the publication committee of National Affairs. Her essays and articles have appeared in the Claremont Review of Books, the New Criterion, the Public Interest, Commentary, First Things, the American Interest, City Journal, and elsewhere.

Mentor Biography

Sarah Lewis graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art and a minor in mathematics. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Japan as a participant in the JET Programme, living and working as an English teacher in the port city of Kobe from 2009 to 2014. Sarah currently works within the office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, providing support to the Messina, National Fellowships, Pre-Health Programs, and the Class Deans. She also serves as Green Office Representative, along with Patrick Cassidy of Messina.

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