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The Good Life Course Pairing

Earth and Sky: Ancient Wisdom Speaks to a Generation in Crisis (PL 201)

Philosophy is both a call to intellectual adventure and a response to our very human yearning for answers to fundamental existential questions. Is any topic of intellectual inquiry more compelling to young minds than the question of how to live the best life possible? In this class, we will listen to voices from the ancient worlds of Greece, China, and Indigenous North America to gather clues. Through rigorous textual analysis, we will set the ancients in conversation with the real contemporary concerns of climate change and social injustice that urgently face today's youth.

As a Service-Learning (Optional) Course, all the students will learn from and connect to the local Baltimore community either through direct service or through research.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Catriona Hanley spent four years travelling the world before deciding on academic study, and took a year or two off in between each of her three degrees. She never intended to be a professor, but years of study of philosophy accidentally resulted in the PhD. After that, it seemed that joining a university would provide a good opportunity to read books for a living. Dr. Hanley loves teaching young people, loves reading books-- and still travels as much as possible.

Experience of Theater (DR 251)

Experience of Theater is an introduction to the discipline of theatre and the professional roles in the field. Students will engage in experiential learning as they complete units on acting, directing, design, playwriting, and theatre criticism. Attendance at on and off-campus performances will be required.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Natka Bianchini is an Associate Professor of Theatre in the Department of Fine Arts where she teaches directing, theatre history, and dramatic literature. She has taught at Loyola since 2009 and directed 9 Evergreen Players productions on campus. She is also the author of several books and articles on twentieth century American theatre and directing, including Samuel Beckett's Theatre in America, which was published by Palgrave in 2015.

Mentor Biography

Melissa Lees holds her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Students from Marywood University in Scranton, PA and her Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from The University of Dayton. Melissa moved to Baltimore in 2007 to work as a site director for an AmeriCorps program, of which she is an alumn. Melissa began at Loyola in September 2015 as the Sexual Violence Prevention, Education and Response Coordinator and in July 2017 became the Director of the Women's Center.

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Both courses in this pairing satisfy core requirements for all students.  PL 201 is offered with a service learning option and counts toward the diversity requirement.

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