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The Good Life Course Pairing

Global Environment – Living the Good Life in the Anthropocene (CH114D)

In this course, students of all backgrounds, explore how humans have changed the planet resulting in a new geologic age known as the Anthropocene.  Using systems theory, students will learn about the Earth system and explore the role of humans in this system.  Topics covered in this course include some of the major environmental issues of the Anthropocene such as climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, and water availability in attempt to answer the question – are we living the good life?  During this course, students will complete a semester long self-guided research project to explore the environmental justice connection of an environmental issue of their choice.  The form of this project is a series of essays and a final group presentation.  This course fulfills the following requirements: natural sciences core for non-science majors, the diversity core, and the introductory course for the Environmental & Sustainability Studies minor.

Faculty Biography

Elizabeth Dahl is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at Loyola University Maryland.  Her research focuses on the sources of alkyl nitrates in the oceans and the impact on tropospheric chemistry which involves working both on ships and in the laboratory.  She has a PhD in Earth System Science from University of California, Irvine and has mentored over a dozen undergraduate research students during her time at Loyola.  In addition, she also advises the Loyola Environmental Action Club.  In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family, explore the outdoors, garden, cook, and crochet.  

The American Good Life (WR100)

Our section of Effective Writing is a designated diversity course, and we will explore American culture by analyzing narratives written from diverse perspectives in varying genres. In accordance with our Jesuit commitment to eloquentia perfecta, we will cultivate our skills in writing, critical thinking, and civil discourse by analyzing how writers use language to build meaning, and by reflecting on what truths we hold to be self-evident, and why. Through our readings, writings, and discussions, we will consider what is just while cultivating a deeper appreciation for the experiences of those whose perspectives and circumstances may differ from our own. We’ll question—among other things—who lives where and why, who eats what and why, and how the past continues to shape the present.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Terre Ryan is an Associate Professor of Writing at Loyola University Maryland. She completed an M.B.A. at Baruch College/CUNY, an M.A. in Creative Writing at City College of New York/CUNY, an M.A. in Literature at the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in English at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research focuses on environmental justice, American wartime food security discourses, and gender studies. Recent scholarly work has appeared in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. At Loyola, Dr. Ryan has taught Effective Writing (the first-year writing class), Writing about Science, Writing about the Environment, Professional Writing, and Travel Writing.

Mentor Biography

At Loyola Megan Azzalina is a Student Success Specialist for Messina. Prior to joining the Messina team, Megan worked as Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement in Boston College’s Office of Student Involvement where she received her M.A. in Higher Education. Megan is also an alumna of The University of Scranton, where she studied Strategic Communication. Although she enjoys rooting for the Penn State Nittany Lions and Philadelphia Eagles during football season, she also enjoys playing tennis, spending time outdoors, and trying out new recipes. Megan is originally from Easton, Pennsylvania. 
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