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Stories We Tell Course Pairing

Encountering the Past: The Weimar Republic (HS 100)

HS 100 explores why the study of the past is essential to understanding the present. Students will learn to think like historians and will come to understand how to apply historical skills to their writing, reading, and critical thinking. To do so, this section of HS 100 will focus on a single historical period: the Weimar Republic (1919-1933). Emerging after Germany’s defeat in the First World War, the Weimar Republic saw vast social, political, and economic changes before being dismantled and replaced by the Nazi dictatorship in 1933. Was Germany’s first experiment with democracy doomed to fail? Did it bring about radical change of its own or simply unleash currents already underway? What were the legacies of total war for this society? How “modern” were the gender politics, ideas about sexuality, and cultural movements of the Weimar Republic? Exploring the Weimar Republic allows us to trace the changes and tensions of the 20th century that emerged out of the First World War and that still shape the world we live in today.

Faculty biography

Dr. Willeke Sandler is a Maryland native and received her Ph.D. from Duke University. Her research focuses on Nazi Germany and German colonialism in Africa, and she is also interested in studying propaganda, images in history, and how people define who or what is part of their nation. She recently published a book called Empire in the Heimat: Colonialism and Public Culture in the Third Reich. At Loyola, she teaches courses on European history and public history.

The Art of Listening (MU 203)

Through guided listening and an investigation of the cultural histories behind selected works from the western musical tradition--from medieval chant to pop--this course helps students become more perceptive and informed listeners. The ability to read music is not a prerequisite. Fulfills fine arts core requirements.

Faculty biography

Dr. Remi Chiu is a specialist in music and medical history. His book, Plague and Music in the Renaissance, was published in 2017. His current work focuses on musical activities in 19th-century "freakshows" and other quasi-scientific entertainments. His thoughts and writings on music-making during the COVID lockdowns have been featured in The Guardian, NPR, and PBS.

Mentor biography

Garrison (Garry) Schmitt moved to Maryland and joined the Loyola team in 2018 having departed from his former role in Hospitality Administration with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. Garry has a diverse educational background, having served in both K-12 as well as higher education roles. But, while Garry has found a passion for working with students of all ages, he truly excels when in an atmosphere where students are empowering one another to serve, create their own identity, and care for the whole person. Bring on the Jesuit value of cura personalis!  Originally from Berlin, Conn., Garry completed his B.A. in Psychology from fellow Jesuit institution, College of the Holy Cross, and his M.Ed. degree in Higher Education Administration from Post University. Garry enjoys leadership podcasts, PC/PS4 games, and spending time with his Wife and their two dogs, Bailey and Luke.

Mentor biography

Brian Schultz is the Director of Development at Loyola University Maryland.  Brian is a 2014 graduate of Loyola with a bachelor of arts in communications.  He also received his MBA from Loyola in 20202.  While at Loyola, he was a member of Loyola's 2012 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship Team. He played in 43 games over his four seasons at Loyola, starting all 17 on attack as a senior in 2014. He later was on the roster of multiple Major League Lacrosse teams.


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

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