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Stories We Tell Course Pairing

French 102: My stories... Our Stories! (FR 102) 

A review course for students who have had three years of language study in high school and for students who place into 102. Includes a thorough grounding in the five language skills: reading, listening, speaking, writing, and cultural knowledge, as well as an understanding of the structure of the language, cultures, and literatures of the countries that speak French.

Faculty biography

A native speaker, Mme Catherine Savell has extensive experience teaching French.  She enjoys helping students discover different cultures, learn more about themselves and others. She loves to travel and organize trips with students to Canada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, and France. She is the founder/director of the non- profit  Rendez-vous: Haiti. This organization believes in solidarity in action and has been supporting development projects in Haiti, working to alleviate economic poverty for at least a few people.

Encountering the Past: The French Revolution (HS 100)

Rather than approaching history as a list of dates, names, and historical events, Encountering the Past explores how historians think about the world and how historical thinking enables us to approach and understand complicated texts and ideas. The course introduces students to the way historical knowledge emerges through contestation and debate and will prepare them to engage with and understand modern controversies over history, memory, and memorialization. This section will use the French Revolution as our case study. The French Revolution was many things. An absolute monarchy was overthrown. An effort at democracy descended into terror. Women made new claims to citizenship. Enslaved people in Haiti overthrew their masters and founded an independent state. A European empire emerged that brought new hierarchies and the rule of law to other countries at the same time. The French Revolution thus proves an apt event with which to explore how historians debate and understand the past because the French Revolution offers to pat answers to the questions it raises: How should we organize our politics? Why have democracies struggled to ensure equity, especially for women and people of color? How is the law used to perpetuate inequality? By exploring how historians have debated the meaning of the French Revolution we will, turn, debate some of the most important questions facing us today. 

Faculty biography

Dr. Andrew Israel Ross received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2011 and began teaching at Loyola in 2018. His research focuses on the history of sexuality in modern Europe, especially France, and he recently published his first book, a history of homosexuality and prostitution in nineteenth-century Paris. At Loyola, he teaches courses in European history and the history of gender and sexuality. 


Mentor biography

Kate Grubb Clark is a native Baltimorean who currently works as the director of external affairs for government and community relations. As a double alum (BA, MBA) from Loyola she looks forward to welcoming a new class of students every year in Messina and helping to guide them through their first year and beyond.


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FR 102 is an elective and pre-requisite that allows students to satisfy the modern language core requirement - 104 level. A French language placement score of 218-288 or three (or more) years of high school French is required for enrollment in this pairing.  The HS 100 course satisfies the History Level 1 core requirement. 

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