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Stories We Tell Course Pairing

Visual Narratives: Story-telling in Art from the Renaissance to the Present (AH111)

This course will explore the role of narrative in art from the 13th century to the present.  Among the works we shall consider are the stained glass and sculpture programs of the Gothic Cathedrals, Michelangelo's Genesis cycle on the Sistine Ceiling, the adulatory allegories of the 17th century, the modern narratives created by Manet and the Impressionists, and the haunting visions of the Surrealists.  In turning to the 20th century, we shall examine the apparent disappearance of story-telling from the works of the Abstract Expressionists and its insistent presence in the Pop Art of Andy Warhol.

Faculty Biography

Janet Headley (Ph.D. University of Maryland) is Professor of Art History in the Fine Arts Department.  She teaches the survey of Art History from Renaissance to Modern and upper-division courses in European and American Art from the 18th century to 1945.  Her research interests are in 19th century public monuments, art patronage, and art collecting.

The Making of the Modern World: The United States I (HS 102)

This course is not your standard survey of US history. In place of a race from pre-contact Native America to the Civil War, this course will slow down and explore a series of key moments in the American past that occurred between 1492 and 1865. We will move chronologically through time, but will examine select topics and events in some depth, reading both primary and secondary sources. The goal will be to provide some understanding of the complex history of colonial America, and later the new United States, as well as the methods that historians use to make sense of the past.  I have never taught the course this way before, so who knows if it will work, but I am excited about the experiment.  

Faculty Biography

Matthew Mulcahy grew up outside of Philadelphia. He received his B.A. from Macalester College and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has written two books and a number of articles on natural disasters in colonial British America. He has taught at Loyola since 1999.  He lives in Baltimore with his wife, two kids, two cats, and a dog.  Everyone gets along well, except the cats and the dog.  Still working on that.      

Mentor Biography

Tim Cherney is the Associate Director of Student Life for Inclusion & Community Development. In this role, he oversees residential social and educational programs that foster a welcoming and inclusive living environment for all students.  Along with supporting initiatives geared toward facilitating conversations around the intersections of race, gender, faith, class, and ability, Tim is specifically charged with increasing the sense of belonging amongst LGBTPQIA+ students in the residence halls. 

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