Encountering the Past (HS 100)
This course sets out to introduce students to some of the methods used by historians, while bearing in mind that historical knowledge is provisional and complex. Along the way, students will develop the skills necessary for understanding and producing histories, which include the critical evaluation of sources and the ability to write cogently and persuasively about events in the past. Finally, this course also asks students to think about why the study of history is important to our lives today. Indeed, our introduction to the discipline of history takes aim at answering a deceptively simple question: why does history matter? For many in the modern world, mention of the Middle Ages conjures up images of backwards ignorance and the savage persecution of any who dared deviate from all-powerful kings and popes. This is a depiction that historians have continued to debate. Some scholars have represented medieval Europe as a persecuting society while others have stressed that toleration was much more the rule rather than the exception. In this course, we'll examine the ways in which historians have tried to tell the stories of various groups and identities that faced persecution or marginalization in medieval Europe, such as women, Jewish communities, non-conformist Christians, queer individuals, and the disabled. We'll explore the mechanisms of marginalization and persecution as well as the ways in which these identities survived or found acceptance in a sometimes hostile society. .
Dr. Brandon Parlopiano grew up in a small town outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He received his B.S. from the University of Scranton, and then traveled down to Washington, D.C. to receive a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the Catholic University of America. He currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland and has been teaching at Loyola since 2013. His main scholarly interests include disability, marginality, and medieval law. His free-time is spent bowling, building Lego sets, and playing various Super Mario games with his six-year-old.
Intermediate Spanish I (SN 103)
A systematic consolidation and expansion of the four basic skills: reading, understanding, speaking, and writing. To increase and perfect students' acquired abilities/proficiencies in the language, and broaden their understanding of the country's culture and literature.
Professor Sarah Tyler started at Loyola in the fall of 2011 and has taught Introductory and Intermediate levels of Spanish. She received her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Master's degrees in History (Modern European) and Romance Languages (Spanish) in 2003 and 2010 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her specializations include Spanish sociolinguistics/linguistic anthropology and technology in teaching.
Audrey Kennedy is the Special Programs Advisor in the Records Office. In this role, Audrey works with several student populations including those who are using Veteran Education benefits; BSEP/ROTC students and UG students who are applying for graduation. Audrey came to Loyola in April 2019 and was hired as the Program Assistant in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences department. Prior to working at Loyola, she spent 10+ years at home raising her four children and volunteering at their schools, at their church and in their community. She is a native Baltimorean and received her B.A. in Corporate Communications with a minor in Religious Studies from Elon College.
HS 100 satisfies a History core requirement for all students. SN 103 satisfies an elective for all students, and is a pre-requisite for SN 104, the course needed to fulfill the World Language core requirement. A Spanish language placement score of 265-345 is required for enrollment in this pairing.