Loyola University Maryland

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Self and Other Course Pairing

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Writing, Identity, and Community (WR100)

This writing course will help you explore the relationship between writing, identity, and community. To accomplish this, we will study how people define themselves through communities, families, socio-economic class, sexual identity, music, race, and religion. Then we will explore how we define others, handling the tricky process of developing (mis)perceptions, stereotypes, categories, and cliques. Building on our work from the self and other sections of the class, we will then study how people sometimes separate themselves from others, so that we can figure out ways of overcoming these spaces. Overcoming these spaces requires strategies, and to build these strategies, we will follow a social justice model to conduct research on local problems regarding health and technology. The ultimate goal for the course is to help you explore your emerging identity as young adults and then connect you in meaningful ways to your new Baltimore home.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Allen Brizee is an Assistant Professor in the Writing Department where he teaches Effective Writing, Technical Writing, Writing for the Web, and courses on rhetoric. He also teaches the Writing Internship courses and runs service-learning and community-based research projects. Dr. Brizee completed his doctorate (’10) at Purdue University and earned his MA (’03) and BA (’00) from Virginia Tech.

Loving God, Neighbors, and Enemies: An Introduction to Theology (TH201)

This course explores the theme “Self and Other” through the lens of the two “great commandments” in the Christian tradition: loving God and loving the neighbor, which includes the challenge to love even one’s enemies. We will engage Christian thinking about what it means to love God, neighbors, and enemies through a variety of texts from the Christian tradition, including the Bible, other ancient texts, contemporary writings, and fiction. Along the way, we’ll discover the essential Christian story, from creation through completion, and explore the spread of the church from the first-century Roman Empire into the rest of the world – encountering neighbors near and far.

Faculty biography 

Dr. Rebekah Eklund came to Loyola after earning a ThD (Doctor in Theology) in New Testament from Duke University. She is in her fifth year of teaching in the Theology Department at Loyola, where she enjoys teaching classes on Christian theology and ethics, the Gospels and the identity of Jesus, and the end of the world. Her current research includes revising a textbook on Christian ethics and researching the history of how Jesus’ beatitudes (“Blessed are the poor,” etc.) have been received and interpreted in different sociopolitical contexts throughout history. When she is not reading, writing, or grading papers, she loves to trail-run in Baltimore. 

Mentor biography 

Since 2008, Molly Fredette has served as the Director of the Study at Loyola. The Study serves as a learning center on campus offering a wide variety of learning enhancement programs for students, such as peer and professional tutoring, time management & organizational coaching, academic success workshops, and academic coaching. Molly holds an M.Ed. with concentrations in adult pedagogy and English as a second language. She loves working with first-year students and helping them make the challenging transition from high school to college.

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