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Stories We Tell Course Pairing

Telling Photographic Tales (PT 270)

In this course, we will explore how we read and tell stories with photographs. Are photographic stories inherently more truthful or deceptive? Do photographs leave room for interpretation or does the camera limit our understanding of the subject? Is there a way to put ourselves inside the stories we photograph? Over the course of studying and creating photographic stories, students will gain an understanding of fundamental photographic and visual composition skills, and develop creative, photographic solutions to visual story telling problems. We will also share certain materials and activities with the members of our Messina partner course, Professor Miller’s Understanding Literature, EN 101.

Faculty Biography

Prof. Dan Schlapbach received his BS from Washington University and his MFA from Indiana University. He is a Professor of Fine Arts at Loyola University. Mr. Schlapbach’s research and teaching interests include 19th century alternative photographic processes, digital imaging and how those processes inform each other. He exhibits his works regionally and nationally, and received Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2009 and 2011.

Stories We See (EN 101)

This seminar will explore verbal and visual forms of storytelling. In “Stories We See,” we will encounter literary authors who create powerful imaginative effects using only words, study photographs and paintings that condense complex narratives into a single image, and consider the ways picture books, graphic narratives, and films combine pictures and text to entertain, persuade, educate and transform. In the course of our investigations, students will develop close reading, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills. We will also share selected materials and activities with the members of our Messina partner course, Professor Schlapbach’s introduction to digital photography, PT270.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Nicholas Andrew Miller is Associate Professor of English and Director of Film Studies at Loyola University Maryland. His areas of teaching and scholarly interest include film animation, early cinema, the intersections between modernist print and visual cultures, and twentieth-century Irish and British literature. He is currently at work on an interdisciplinary study of transformation in modernist visual culture titled Metaphor and Metamorphosis: Animating the Modern Imagination. He is the author of Modernism, Ireland, and the Erotics of Memory (Cambridge, 2002).

Mentor Biography

Sara Scalzo Manson is Director for the Office of Student Engagement. In her role as Director, Sara oversees the orientation program, leadership development programs, and the development of programming for sophomores, juniors and seniors, with an emphasis on discernment. Sara arrived at Loyola in 2001 as an Assistant Director of Student Life before moving to her current department. While at Loyola, she has taken part in various retreats with Campus Ministry and immersion trips including Project Mexico and Encounter El Salvador. Sara received her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel from Kent State University (OH) and a B.A. in Music from Baldwin Wallace University (OH). She has a strong passion for Jesuit education and particularly working with students.

Virtual Advisor

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

I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Loyola University Maryland. I received my Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2012. My research interests focus on the opportunities and challenges presented by mobile devices.

The rapid and near universal adoption of mobile devices from laptops to cell phones means that we have a new way to think about computing. My research has tackled the use of these devices from two different angles. First, I have researched exploiting the ubiquity of the devices to gain insight into how people move. To this end, I have used cell phones as mobility sensors to understand an model human mobility patterns. Second, I have looked at using mobile devices as a low-overhead method of delivering data even to remote, network challenged areas of the world.

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