The Making of the Modern World Middle East (HS 107D)
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 will examine 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.
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.
Culture and Popular Art (WR 100)
In this class, students and plan and write mainly argumentative essays, drawing upon readings that deal with television, film, music, the media and other interesting topics related to influential aspects of contemporary culture. We will consider essays by George Orwell and other, more current writers who address cultural and artistic topics in a wide range of publications. In addition to writing research-supported critical or argumentative essays, students in "Culture and Popular Art" will also have the opportunity to practice other aspects of essay writing, including the development of voice, tone and style.
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.
Patrick Durkin is Assistant Director of Event Services. A Loyola graduate from the class of 2001, Patrick has been working Full Time at the University in the Event Services department since the Fall of 2001. He is originally from Buffalo, NY (Go Sabres!) where he graduated from Canisius High School. He spends as much time as he can with his two young daughters, who are already looking forward to being part of Loyola’s classes of 2031 and 2034!
Both courses in this pairing satisfy core requirements for all students. The History course also counts towards the diversity requirement.