Art and Imagination (PL220)
This course provides an introduction to the philosophy of art and theories of imagination. What is art? What is the relationship between art and emotion and art and understanding? Is there such thing as "art truth"? Which kinds of human cognition are imaginative and in exactly what sense? How is artistic imagination similar or different from other exercises of imagination? We will investigate these questions in relation to art forms such as literature, painting and music and the creative processes involved in scientific discovery.
Mavis Biss is an Associate Professor of Philosophy who earned her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She specializes in moral theory and has published articles on friendship, moral imagination and Kant's moral philosophy.Her current research focuses on problems of contested moral meaning.
Introduction to Communication: How Does Technology Change Society? (CM203)
How do writers translate the world they see into words? How does reading literature show us different worlds —or perhaps, help us see our own world anew? In this course, we will read poems, short stories, and graphic narratives that envision the world in a variety of ways, highlighting writers whose experiments with language have transformed the very nature of literature itself.
Jonathan Lillie, PhD, is an associate professor of digital media and online journalism at Loyola. He was a Park Doctoral Fellow in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include online journalism, the cultural uses of Internet technologies, and the history of 'new' media.
Patrick Durkin is Assistant Director of Event Services. A Loyola graduate from the class of 2001, Patrick has been working Full Time at the University in the Event Services department for the last 14 years. He is originally from Buffalo, NY (Go Sabres!) where he graduated from Canisius High School. He spends as much time as he can with his two young daughters, who are already looking forward to being part of Loyola’s classes of 2031 and 2034!