Loyola University Maryland


Stories We Tell Course Pairing

Introduction to Communication: Finding Ways to Document and Tell Our Stories (CM203)

The focus of this course is a broad overview of the mass media and an analysis from the viewpoints of practitioner, critic, and consumer.  Students will explore the media through readings, written exercises, self-reflective essays, field experiences and a student project that researches and analyzes an aspect of the mass media. From poetry to journal writing, students will find ways to document, analyze, and critique their stories.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Whitehead is Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland; the Founding Executive Director of The Emilie Frances Davis Center for Education, Research, and Culture; a K-12 Master Teacher in African American History; an award-winning curriculum writer and lesson plan developer; an award-winning former Baltimore City middle school teacher; and, a three-time New York Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker. Dr. Whitehead currently serves as the national secretary of the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH) and has been a panel participant in the White House's Black History Month Panel co-sponsored by President Obama and ASALH (2013-2015). She is the author of several books including Letters to My Black Sons (Apprentice House, 2015); Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis (USC Press, 2014) which received the 2015 Darlene Clark Hine Book Award. Her forthcoming book, The Emancipation Proclamation: Race Relations on the Eve of Reconstruction (Routledge) is due out January 2018. For more information, please visit http://kayewisewhitehead.com.

Effective Writing: Moving the World with Your Words (WR100D)

In small-group workshops and through writing exercises designed to make you a self-sufficient thinker, you will examine how writers gain their authority; how they try to move you with their written words (their stories); and how you can move others with words of your own.  You will read essays on provocative topics—especially about gender and racial issues--that will complicate your thinking and help strengthen your ability to uncover the codes, cues, and clues that are embedded in everything from advertisements to sophisticated arguments.
Through such readings, our in-class discussions, and your writing assignments, you will develop an awareness of, sensitivity toward, and respect for the differences of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, culture, sexual orientation, religion, age, and disabilities.  By the end of the course you will surprise yourself not only by how well—and how much—you write but also by how well you can analyze the many assumptions and misdirections that manipulate most people. There will be no exams, no easy answers, no tidy lessons.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Ron Tanner is an award-winning writer who has taught at Loyola for 25 years. He is the author of several books, most recently the novel, “Missile Paradise.” He and his wife live on an historic farm that they are restoring to its original glory. They run www.houselove.org, a DIY website with a national readership. In his spare time, Ron travels the country in his camper van, giving talks on old house restoration. Also, he leads Jazz Caravan, a local jazz band, and directs two on-going documentary projects: the Marshall Island Story Project and Preservation America.

Mentor Biographies

Leota Wilson joined Loyola's Office of Student Life in the summer of 2016. Leota serves as the Assistant Director of Student Life for the Gardens area, and is responsible for the training, development and evaluation of Resident Assistants. Prior to joining Loyola, Leota served as a Community Director at American University in Washington, DC and an Assistant Hall Director at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Leota received her Bachelors degrees in Spanish Language and Literature and International Studies from North Carolina State University, and her Masters degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in College Student Personnel. Leota’s professional research interests include study abroad and underrepresented student populations, critical race theory, and the internalization of higher education. Leota's personal interests include attending concerts, cooking southern food, watching college basketball, and baking.

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