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Self and Other Course Pairing

The Making of the Modern World: Europe (HS101)

Whether we are aware of it or not, historical forces have shaped our fundamental attitudes and assumptions about ourselves and the world around us. Should individuals have a say in how their government functions? Is religion a matter of personal belief? Are progress and innovation inherently positive? While these questions may seem easy to answer for us, they have not always been so. By examining key points in European history from the Reformation, through to the Enlightenment, Industrial Revolution and beyond, this course aims at unraveling and understanding key aspects of the modern western world-view. Although a survey, this course will not be about burdening you down with long lists of names and dates. Instead, the goals are to engage with the ideas and cultures of the European past, to examine how and why people thought and acted the way they did, and to see where we fit in with the ongoing story of history.

Faculty Biography

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. He used to be an avid comic-book reader but has since been devoting his free time to being a new dad.

Seeking God in All Things:  An Ignatian Introduction to Theology (TH201)

Theology asks ultimate questions.  What does it mean to be human and what would it look like to live our lives meaningfully?  Regardless of one’s particular belief system, such questions of ultimacy face us all.  In this course we will examine the Judeo-Christian tradition from a Jesuit vantage – looking for  its insights into the self and the other.

Faculty Biography

Fr. Spahn returned to Loyola in the Fall of 2017 – having taught here as a young Jesuit in training in the late 1990’s.  He has degrees in Political Science from Georgetown University, Philosophy from Fordham University and Theology from Boston College.  In addition to his teaching in the Theology Department, Fr. Spahn  assists in promoting the Jesuit and Catholic tradition of Loyola through the Office of Mission Integration.  He comes from Colorado, misses the mountains and loves Loyola.

Mentor Biography

Megan Patrick studied psychology and linguistics at Princeton University, graduating in 2001.  Her graduate studies took her to Oxford University where she earned a masters in psychology, a masters in linguistics, and a PhD in education.  Throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies, she pursued a parallel interest in sports, first coxing for the rowing team at Princeton, coxing for the rowing team at Oxford, and finally stepping into a coaching role at Oxford.  “Coach Megan” is currently the Head Coach of Loyola Rowing and is very excited to begin her first year as a Messina mentor.

Jackie Altebrando is a Career Exploration Counselor at the Career Center. She assists students with identifying their values, skills, abilities, and interest areas to make informed career decisions. I enjoy working with students to give them the space they need to reflect and figure out what's next. She got her M.Ed in School Counseling from Loyola in 2015.

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