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Stories We Tell Course Pairing

Understanding Literature: Secrets and Lies (EN 101)

The characters we’ll meet this semester tell lies that range from the mundane to the monstrous. Some lie to survive, some to fit in, and some to stand out. Some pay a price, but others never do. Whether they’re hiding a rotting corpse, deceiving themselves, or merely telling someone what they want to hear, their secrets and lies illuminate shifting ideas about truth, justice, and survival in American society.

Faculty biography

Dr. Sondra Guttman has been a member of the English Department faculty since 2008. Her research and teaching interests encompass Multiethnic literature, African-American literature, and Depression-era American literature.

Politics and Society (PL 210)

In this course we will explore the promises and limits of liberal democracy in highly complex and deeply pluralistic societies. The course can be roughly divided into two sections. The first part examines the fragile alliance between liberalism and democracy. We will discuss topics such as the nature of political power, factions and democracy, and the possibility of democratic solidarity in divided societies. Once we have a good grasp of the underlying values and assumptions of liberal democracy, we will examine some of the most controversial issues in contemporary politics from the perspective of democracy. In the second part we will address topics such as the political public sphere, the democratic function of the media, corporations and democracy, the role of activism in democracy, and civil disobedience.

Faculty biography

Dr. Fuat Gursozlu received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He came to Loyola in 2012 and has taught several courses including Politics and Society, Philosophy of Human Rights, Justice in Global Perspective, and Contemporary Political Philosophy. He specializes in Social and Political Philosophy and his recent research focuses on the nature of democratic society and how democracy can address marginalization, oppression, polarization and violence and create a more peaceful society.

Mentor biography

Kelly Coons is a 2015 graduate of our neighbor on the hill, Notre Dame of Maryland University, with a B.A. in International Relations. She currently serves as the Program Assistant in the Office of International Programs. When not at Loyola, she enjoys plotting novels and worldwide vacations with her 4 cats in tow.

Mentor biography

Kaitlyn Winner began working at Loyola in 2021 as The Assistant Director of Career Readiness at The Career Center. She is a Greyhound, having graduated with her M.S. in Clinical Professional Counseling from Loyola and her B.S. in Psychology from Towson University. She is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor and loves working with students. Her professional interests are education, mental health, career exploration, assessment, and social work. She has a passion for dance and has performed pre-professionally and professionally for over 20 years, and still does! In her free time, Kaitlyn loves to read, travel, spend time with her family, and watch football! 


Virtual Advisor

EN 101 satisfies the English Core Requirement for all students. Students will be enrolled in PL 201, the prerequisite for PL 210, in the fall semester. Additionally, students will fulfill their Ethics core requirement in Theology since PL 210 will satisfy the second core requirement in Philosophy or Theology.

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