Loyola University Maryland

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Visionary Course Pairing

The Making of the Modern Word: The Middle East (HS107D)

This course explores the political, economic, social, and cultural forces that have most profoundly affected the Middle East (the Arab world, Turkey, and Iran) in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We willexamine the impact of imperialism on the region; the emergence of nationalist movements and the formation of modern nation states; the politics of oil; regional and international conflicts, including the enduring Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the two Persian Gulf wars; the 2011 Arab uprisings; and the rise of ISIS. Class meetings consist of a mix of lectures, discussion, and analysis of primary sources.

Faculty Biography

Professor Sara Scalenghe received her Ph.D. in Middle Eastern history from Georgetown University. She has lived in several countries in the Middle East, including Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Tunisia. She has been teaching in Loyola’s History department and for the Global Studies program since 2009. Her first book, about disability in the Arab world, was published in 2014.

Seeing Beyond: Transcendence in Arts Ancient and Medieval (AH110)

This course investigates how art and architecture provided powerful means to transcend norms of human experience from prehistory through the medieval period (circa 25,000 B.C.–1400 A.D.). We will focus upon how human artistry transformed things and places into sites and sights that reached beyond ordinary experience to envision and evoke other orders of being. The class will pursue these explorations through a chronological series of case studies of objects and built environments that, in various ways, transcended time and place by representing divinity, projecting authority, aligning the mundane and cosmic, or continuing the presence of the dead.

Faculty Biography

Kerry Boeye received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and specializes in the study of medieval art. In his classes, he guides students to explore ideas through questioning and discussion, and enjoys joining his students in the intellectual discoveries that Art History has to offer.

Mentor Biography

Tracy Gore is the Assistant Director of Tutor Programs at the Study.  In this role, she oversees the Peer Tutoring Program and supervises nearly 100 student tutors.  Tracy graduated from Loyola in 2014 with her B.A. in History and Classics, and is now pursuing her MBA part-time at Loyola as well.  She looks forward to her third year working with Messina!
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