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The Good Life Course Pairing

Two-Dimensional Design with a Focus upon Sustainability and Activism (SA224)

This Two-Dimensional Design course is a hands-on introduction to materials, techniques, terminology and concepts that form the foundation of all the visual arts. Students make artwork of various kinds and learn to be able to talk about works of art, understanding how they are composed and how artists have addressed various topics they have chosen. Some artists introduced will include activists seeking to influence societal change, particularly in raising consciousness about environmental issues in sophisticated ways.
Two-Dimensional Design is a prerequisite for all Studio Arts courses except Drawing, and a requirement for Studio Arts full and interdisciplinary majors and minors, but it is structured for all ranges of experience, including beginners.

Faculty Biography

 Professor Maher is a multi-discipline artist who undertakes large projects as the basis for her artwork. The primary media she has worked with and mixed over many years include drawing, ceramic art, printmaking, photography, collage, assemblage, digital, encaustic and artist’s books. She has also researched and written two scholarly books. Her work is in many private and public collections and she has exhibited widely. You can see her work at www.janetmaher.com


Human, Animal, Machine: Environmental Philosophy (PL236)

In this course we look beyond our human selves to that larger natural world of which we are a part. Is nature a kindly mother? Wild and dangerous? A resource for our use? Are animals mindless machines, or do they possess modes of intelligence that we have barely begun to appreciate? And how has the pervasive presence of technology changed things? Do our smartphones, TVs, and computers expand and enrich our lives? Or do we live in a technological bubble, cut off from nature and each other? What would it mean to recover a sense of "place" and "community"?

Using articles, books, film, outside wanders, and our own life experience, we will reflect on such issues. The goal will be to think more deeply about "the good life" for humans, animals, and our imperiled planet.

Faculty Biography

Drew Leder has a medical degree as well as a Ph.D. in Philosophy. He has taught at Loyola for many years, with a special interest in Asian philosophy and environmental philosophy. He has published six books which range in focus across issues of world spirituality, the philosophy of medicine, and the plight of inmates in maximum-security settings where he has long volunteered. His work has been featured in newspapers and magazines across the country, ranging from the Washington Post to Family Circle. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, two daughters, and his dog, Maggie.

Mentor Biography

Sarah graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art and a minor in mathematics. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Japan as a participant in the JET Programme, living and working as an English teacher in the port city of Kobe from 2009 to 2014. Sarah currently works within the office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, providing support to the Messina, National Fellowships, Pre-Health Programs, and the Class Deans. She also serves as Green Office Representative.
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Your first year

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