First Encounters and the Literary Imagination (EN 101)
In this class, students will learn analytic strategies central to understanding and writing about literature. Reading assignments, writing prompts, and class conversation will consistently emphasize links between critical reading and written argumentation. Students will develop a critical vocabulary for literary analysis while practicing writing and argumentative skills that will contribute to thoughtful, nuanced arguments about (1) how a piece of literature works and (2) why an argument about literature matters to a broad, non-specialized audience. This is a writing-intensive course, and our goal will be to develop clear, sophisticated arguments that are not only technically precise, but evocative in their scope and ambition. Through reading, discussion, and writing about poetry, prose, and drama, students will cultivate the creative and analytic habits necessary for producing clear, complex, and coherent arguments.
To this end, our course focuses on representations of “first encounters” in literature and culture. Reading assignments will emphasize “first encounters” between or among races, genders, and populations. In this class, we use reading and writing assignments to explore provocative connections between literature, the human condition, and tenets of cura personalis at Loyola University Maryland. Our theme will remind us throughout the semester of the dynamic between a writer and an audience—an especially important “first encounter” for all writers to keep in mind.
Dan Mangiavellano is an Assistant Professor of English. His teaching and research interests include nineteenth-century British poetry; the novels of Jane Austen; and skill-based, writing instruction.
Self and Other in American Politics Today (PS 102)
This course looks at current debates and challenges in American politics, with a particular focus on environmental issues and political polarization. In this course, we will explore notions of self and other by asking three broad questions: 1) How should the concept of “self-interest” be defined and understood in American politics, and how do self-interest and values interact in shaping our political debates?; 2) When, how, and why are certain people and perspectives defined as “other” in relation to national identity, political culture, and policy benefits, and what are the consequences of this?; and 3) How have our governing institutions shaped and responded to issues of unity and division in the United States? As we work towards answering these questions, we will touch on the dynamics of political behavior and participation (including voting, public opinion, and political psychology) and the workings of American political institutions (including the presidency, Congress, the courts, the bureaucracy, state and local government, political parties, etc.). This course fulfills one of the social sciences core requirements and counts as one of the two required courses for the Political Science major.
Celia Paris is an assistant professor of Political Science. She grew up in upstate New York in a small college town. She received her B.A. in Philosophy and Education from Swarthmore College, and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. Her work focuses on public opinion, representation, and political psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys working with local community organizations, doing yoga, cooking, and traveling.
Teresa Heat is an alumna of Loyola’s graduate program in School Counseling, and is currently taking graduate courses in Psychology. Before joining the Messina office as Program Coordinator in 2015, Teresa Heath worked for nonprofit organizations in Connecticut and Virginia, providing mental health services to adolescents. As a first-generation college student, Teresa is passionate about supporting first-year students in their transition to college and is looking forward to her third year as a Messina mentor!