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Stories We Tell Course Pairing

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Introduction to Reading Literature: Stories and Poetic Images from Beyond the Border (SN203DT)

This course will sample poetry, fiction, essay, and testimonio from Chile, Peru, Colombia, and El Salvador, three of which are Loyola University Study abroad options (Chile, Argentina and El Salvador). Literature, of course, is the stuff of stories, the Colombian military colonel who waits his whole life for his retirement letter, the poet who writes about his existential suffering, the little boy in El Salvador who grows up to witness a massacre that was then erased from history, or the immigrants in Buenos Aires who share apartment buildings but cannot communicate because they all speak different languages. These stories are constructed with vivid imagery, sometimes the image taking precedent over the narrative. Some authors such as Nobel Laureates Pablo Neruda and Gabriel García Márquez are very famous, others, like the Salvadoran boy who would eventually cheat death are not very well known. SN203D satisfies Loyola’s language and diversity core requirements. It also counts toward the Spanish major and the Latin American and Latino Studies minor. Students who complete this course also receive three retroactive credits for SN104: Intermediate Spanish II (6 credits in all). 

Faculty Biography

Thomas Ward is a world adventurer and traveler. He has lived in Spain and spends his summers in Lima, Peru where, at Ricardo Palma University, he was named “Honorary Professor” in 2013. He studied philosophy in Mexico, the Nicaraguan revolution in that country, and is always on the lookout for ways to get to France. He studied French in high school but Spanish in college receiving a Ph.D. in that language in 1988 from the University of Connecticut. Around that time, when men wore mullets and were proud of it, he came to what was then Loyola College and has been here ever since teaching courses in Spanish and Latin American literature. He has performed in poetry slams, and has published poetry, short stories, translations, and books of cultural and literary criticism. He loves the kinds of music not often played on the radio. He was named Loyola’s teacher of the year in 2011 and continues to find new ways to bring the literary way of life to Loyola students.

From Modern Latin America, the way People live: stories of everyday courage, wonder, and seeking justice (HS108DT)

This is one of the 100 level history courses that examines the modern world.  This class begins just before the long wars of Latin American Independence. It asks if so many people had ambivalence about Independence, why did it become so violent? How did people create different countries when they shared the same language, religion, and cultural background? Where were Native Americans in nation forming? We will look how independence impacted families and communities. We will trace the growth of modern Latin America to understand why military dictatorships enveloped most of the region from the 1960s to 1990s, and why after democracy returned, inequality continues to exist. Much of this will be done by examining the lives of everyday people through their struggles, triumphs, and at times defeats.  We will also celebrate Latin America’s astonishing diversity and cultural achievements.

Faculty Biography

Bill Donovan grew up on army bases in Europe and the Western Hemisphere. After his undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Texas at Austin, he received his PhD in Latin American History at the Johns Hopkins University. He has published on Brazil, Portugal, and Spanish America, in addition to co-editing a book on History and Service-learning. After twenty-seven years at Loyola he continues to enjoy teaching undergraduates, especially freshmen. When not teaching, or at a Loyola event, he enjoys kayak fishing on the Eastern Shore and riding his 45 year old motorcycle, when it is running.

Mentor Biography

María Desangles is originally from Santiago, Dominican Republic. After her father obtained a work visa, her family moved to Florida when she was 10 years old. María attended University of Central Florida where she studied Anthropology. She then served for 2 years as a Notre Dame AmeriCorps member in Apopka Florida, working with immigrant, farmworker community in Central Florida. Afterwards, she had the opportunity to stay in Apopka to work with Hope CommUnity Center as the Director of Service-Learning where she was part of the more intentional development and growth of their Service-Learning program. She holds an M.S.Ed. in Community and Social Change, from the University of Miami and is now serving as the Assistant Director, Poverty Concerns & Faith Connections at the Center for Community Service & Justice at Loyola University Maryland.
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