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Stories We Tell Course Pairing

France, the French and the World? (HS 101)

This course examines the role of France within the history of Europe from the 1500s to the 1950s.  We will study the social pressures in France that led to the construction of Versailles under Louis XIV and to the dreams and violence of the Revolution of 1789.  We will examine how those pressures emerged in the 19th century, post-Napoleon, sparking revolutions and cultural change that culminated in the urban renewal of Paris and the further expression of what it meant to live in a republic instead under a monarch. We will analyze the role of women in promoting and preventing social change and examine how fashion contributed to French national identity. Finally, the course will examine the French Empire, the staggering population losses of World I and the legend of the French Resistance during the Nazi Occupation. We will consider the impact of the wars of liberation in Vietnam and Algeria and today’s issues of immigration.

Faculty Biography

Katherine Stern Brennan PhD researches and writes on the cultural history of seventeenth century France- - focusing on life outside of the court at Versailles. She received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University and has been teaching at Loyola University Maryland for many years. She very much enjoys teaching first year students and helped design the initial format of the Messina program.  The challenge of helping students to ask questions of the past in order to better understand the present has always motivated her to connect course work with contemporary issues. She travels to France frequently and when possible returns to a family farm in Vermont.

France Revisited: Secrets and Scandals (FR104)

Was Joan of Arc a witch? Did a man with an iron mask really exist? Who resisted and who collaborated? Who are the people? What are their lives? What are the stories that make France? This course invites students on a journey through time to reveal the culture of France over the past four hundred years. The lives and actions of key players will be used to review and reinforce language skills learned in FR101-103 and help students attain intermediate level as defined by ACTFL guidelines in the five skills: reading, writing, speaking, comprehension, and culture of France and the Francophone world. Course includes use of the language in context, with authentic readings, discussion in French, and film clips.

Faculty Biography

Catherine Savell has enjoyed teaching her native language at all levels for many years and helping Loyola students discover the francophone world.  She likes building links between the francophone cultures and classroom activities and facilitating experiences for students to discover them first hand.  She is involved in a development project in Haiti and linking her work on campus to her overseas activities.

Mentor Biography

Kate Grubb Clark is the director of external affairs in the office of the Vice President and Special Assistant to the President. Prior to serving in this position, she spent over 10 years in the division of student development at Loyola.  Her current focus areas are government and community relations (from neighborhoods around Loyola to the federal level), presidential events and supporting the Board of Trustees.   As a ‘double degree’ graduate of Loyola (BA in Political Science with a minor in French and a MBA with a double concentration in international business and management), Kate knows first-hand the benefits of cura personalis as a lived philosophy and how it helped her to develop personally and professionally.  That experience is why she decided to come back to her alma mater help future Greyhounds find their passions and niche at Loyola as well as tell the story of what makes Loyola great to anyone willing to listen.  Kate is passionate about helping students develop their critical-thinking and life skills; and being a mentor to students through their college careers and beyond.  Messina provides her with an opportunity to bring all the facets of her skills and passions together to help the next generations of Loyola students.  A native Baltimorean and avid sports fan, Kate is also very passionate about her hometown and helping students to see the depth of culture that Baltimore has to offer.
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