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Self and Other Course Pairing

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Victims and Villains: Writing about Peace and Violence (WR100)

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.

You, Me and Society: What’s your story? (SC101D)

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, gender?  Stories about who we are lead to the creation of data which needs to be analyzed in order to be understood. So social research is about telling and interpreting stories. The pairing of this course with Writing  provides students with the tools to understand patterns in people’s stories that illustrate the relationship between individuals 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 biographies

Chin-Mei (Malia) Maniyatt
Interim Assistant Director, Student Supervision
Education: B.A. in Business Administration, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taiwan; M.A. in Human Resources Management, The University of Hull, UK; M.A. in Spiritual and Pastoral Care, Loyola University Maryland, USA
Work Experience: Management consulting; pastoral care and spiritual development for mentally challenged individuals; hospital chaplaincy
Interests: Traveling, spending time with my family, inter-faith and spirituality, singing and listening to music

Jennifer “Jenn” Brad is the Assistant Director for Student Life of the Hillside Area. Jenn is a Student Affairs professional with an expertise in counseling and interpersonal relationships. Her diverse professional background includes, crisis management, substance abuse counseling, career/vocational guidance, community development, and the management of multi-functional work teams. Jenn is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration with a concentration Student Affairs. Jenn enjoys baking, reading, and DIY projects with friends.

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