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The Good Life Course Pairing

The Good Life—Literature and Medicine (EN 101)

"We are healthy only to the extent our ideas are humane." -- Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

This literature course will focus on the human side of illness, disability, and mental and physical health. We'll grapple with the ways that dealing with health issues -- whether as patient, caregiver, or observer -- forces us to express, and sometimes question, our identities, cultures, and values. Readings will include poetry, fiction, essays, and a contemporary novel, all chosen to help us explore through discussion and writing what it might mean to live a good and healthy life, whatever our physical or mental condition. Among the readings will be some works by practicing physicians. The course should appeal particularly to students interested in literature, psychology, medicine, and other health-related professions.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Gayla McGlamery (B.A., Baylor University; Ph.D. Emory University) teaches introductory English courses as well as upper-level courses in Victorian literature and culture, and film adaptation. She is Co-Director of the Honors Program, a past chair of the English Department; a former co-director of Loyola's international program in Leuven, Belgium; and a long-time academic advisor. She enjoys reading, exploring the Baltimore food scene, watching Ravens football, and binge-watching dark Scandinavian mysteries.

Foundations of Philosophy - The Practice of Philosophy (PL 201)

This course is an introduction to philosophical thinking. Our readings will move through several foundational texts in ancient and medieval philosophy, mostly (but not exclusively) from the Western tradition. We will be tracing and comparing major movements in philosophical areas spanning theories of the nature of reality (metaphysics), the meaning of "knowledge" (epistemology) and how we should live (ethics). As we go, we will be asking the questions: what does it mean to practice philosophy -- to engage in critical, rigorous reflection upon our world and ourselves? How does the use of reason and the cultivation of wisdom help us fulfill our potential or achieve happiness? We will be examining how each of our texts exemplifies a distinct approach to "practicing philosophy," and we will be applying these texts to the world we know, drawing forth their insights in a contemporary register to see how they map onto our own socio-historical context.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Jessica Locke
I grew up in Northern California and still identify strongly with my home state, although I have spent most of my adult life living, working and learning in various parts of the US. I earned my B.A. in History and Philosophy at Boston College, worked as a nonviolence educator in Colorado, taught reading at a charter school in San Francisco, and earned my PhD in Philosophy from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. I love learning languages, traveling as far off the beaten path as possible, and practicing meditation. I have been on the faculty at Loyola since 2016 and appreciate the Jesuit priority of teaching in a way that engages the "whole person."

Mentor Biography

Sarah Connelly holds a B.A in Psychology from Le Moyne College and an M.S. in Student Affairs Administration from Binghamton University. Sarah began working at Loyola in October 2018 as an Assistant Director in the Office of Student Activities where she oversees the Late Night at Loyola program and the Campus Activities Board.

Mentor Biography

Kelly Marbury joined the Loyola University Maryland Department of Recreation and Wellness in December of 2018 as the Assistant Director of Student Success and Patron Engagement. Kelly manages student engagement initiatives for the department such as hiring, training, supervision and evaluation processes. She enjoys that with her role as a Messina mentor she is able to connect with students in such an impactful and meaningful way.

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Both courses in this pairing satisfy core requirements for all students. This course pairing may especially appeal to students considering a pre-med major. 

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