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Self and Other Course Pairing

Victims and Villains: Writing about Peace and Violence (WR 100)

This course asks you to consider the relationship between the stories we tell about violence and our ability to achieve peace. We will read published writing about a wide range of contemporary issues related to peace and violence, including cyber-bullying, head injuries among NFL players, anti-rape initiatives on college campuses, mass incarceration, and international terrorism. We will examine the strategies writers have used to change the conversations we have about these issues and the specific challenges these writers often face in bringing awareness to violence and inequality without reinforcing imbalances of power or sensationalizing trauma. You will learn to write effectively in multiple genres and for diverse audiences and purposes; and you will develop research skills and writing processes that will improve your writing during and beyond your time at Loyola.

Faculty Biography

Marian Crotty is an assistant professor in the Writing Department and regularly teaches Travel Writing, Effective Writing, and Nonfiction Writing. Her writing has appeared in national literary journals such as The Gettysburg Review, Guernica, The New England Review, and The Southern Review; her writing awards include scholarships to The Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and artist residency at Yaddo, and a Fulbright grant to The United Arab Emirates.

The Individual in Society (SC 101D)

We like to think of ourselves as unique beings, but are we? To what extent are we products of our society, shaped by our social class, race/ethnicity, and gender? The focus of this course is on the relationship between individuals and the social world, particularly the ways in which humans interact, and how this interaction is affected by one’s position in the social structure. The pairing of this course with Writing provides students with the tools to understand patterns in people’s stories that illustrate the relationship between individual and society.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Vann came to Loyola in 1987 after receiving a Ph.D. in Sociology from The University of Arizona.  Included among her activities through the years are co-coordinating the Gender Studies minor, directing Loyola’s Summer Program in Prague, advising many students and serving as co-moderator of SPECTRUM.  Her current research focuses on Czechs’ stories about experiences under communism and post-communism, and what these stories tell us about the impact of communism on identity. 

Mentor Biography

Melissa Lees holds her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Students from Marywood University in Scranton, PA and her Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from The University of Dayton. Melissa moved to Baltimore in 2007 to work as a site director for an AmeriCorps program, of which she is an alumn. Melissa then worked for 6 years as Director of Campus Ministry and Service at Notre Dame of Maryland University. She also volunteers at TurnAround, Inc. which is Baltimore’s sexual assault and domestic violence crisis center. Melissa began at Loyola in September 2015 as the Sexual Violence Prevention, Education and Response Coordinator.

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