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Self and Other Course Pairing

Understanding Literature (EN 101)

EN 101 is designed to provide you with the tools to become a better reader and writer. The course will help you learn to read closely and critically, to speak effectively to your colleagues in a classroom setting, and to write convincingly about both the content and form of literary texts. We will learn how texts create meaning(s) for their audiences, and we will also look for ways in which the texts on our syllabus are in conversation with each other. While we work to become better readers and writers, we will explore the work of Baltimore writers from the early 19th century to today. As students at Loyola, you are part of the Baltimore community. We will work hard throughout the semester to better understand the history and culture of Baltimore by exploring how it has shaped (and been shaped by) the many writers who have come in contact with it.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Sarah Ingle is a lecturer in Loyola's English department, specializing in American and African American literature. She previously worked as a lecturer in English and American Studies at the University of Virginia, where she received her PhD in English Literature in 2014. Her scholarship focuses on race, memory, folklore, and African American literature in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and she has published essays on works by Charles W. Chesnutt and Edgar Allan Poe.

Foundations of Philosophy: Messina Seminar on Self and Other (PL 201)

As a core class in the history of philosophy, this course aims at a beginning to understanding the history of ideas in the western tradition through two of its main figures Plato and Aristotle. In this sense it is a history lesson. Secondly it is an attempt to engage students in rigorous analysis of concepts and arguments as presented in these two important figures, with ample time for criticism. Thirdly, it is an attempt to prepare students to use these skills of analysis and critique beyond the classroom, through consideration of contemporary issues that present themselves in current events. The focus of the lens is on the relationships we engage in as members of families, political parties, classrooms, religious traditions, etc. - the relationship of self to others.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Joe Farrell is a Baltimore native and has lived here all of his 49 years. As a two-time graduate of Loyola University Maryland (BS, 1992 and MBA, 2019), he knows Loyola and loves to welcome new students into the world of Loyola and the liberal arts tradition. Above all, he loves to accompany students through the arguments of the great philosophers.

Mentor Biography

Emily Poyraz is the Assistant Director for the Messina office. Prior to joining the Messina team, Emily taught Math and Science at the Middle School level in both Queen Anne's County and Baltimore County, Maryland. She is passionate about education, growth mindset, and restorative practices in the student transition process. Emily enjoys helping others and looks forward to supporting Messina faculty and students in the upcoming year.

Mentor Biography

Marci Belton is the Assistant Director for Hillside in the Office of Student Life. Marci resides on campus with her life partner Shaun Belton, an employee at Towson University. They both grew up in the state of CT. In addition to her Student Life responsibilities, Marci works with International Student Services to run the Global Connections Program, is a member of the Loyola Votes task force, has served on the RA and GRC recruitment committee, and assisted with the Messina Common Text selection for 2020-2021.

Virtual Advisor

Both courses in this pairing satisfy core requirements for all students. 


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