Culture and Politics (WR100)
In this class, students practice and refine mainly argumentative essays, drawing on readings that deal with topics related to contemporary cultural and political issues. George Orwell's A Collection of Essays is supplemented by more current readings from leading publications.
Brian Murray, PhD., teaches in the Writing Department, the Honors Program, Film Studies and Liberal Studies. He has written two books on Charles Dickens and has published essays and reviews on many subjects in a wide range of popular and scholarly publications.
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.
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.
Jessica Wassel - A native of New Jersey, she began working at Loyola University Maryland’s Office of International Programs in January of 2012. Before coming to Loyola, she was living and working in Madrid, Spain in International Education. Jessica obtained her B.A. in Communications and Spanish from Villanova University, and will complete an M.A. of Liberal Arts from Loyola in May of 2016 . Outside of work, Jessica enjoys traveling, doing yoga, and most of all, being with family and friends.
Andy Black joined the Loyola staff in August 2013 as Associate Director of Facilities and Risk Management after spending seven years as both Coordinator and Assistant Director of Facilities at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. In his position as Associate Director, Andy provides support and direct supervision of daily operations at the Fitness and Aquatic Center.