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The Visionary Course Pairing

Understanding Literature: Seeing the World in Words (EN101)

How do writers see the world? How do they translate what they see into words? 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. By examining how writers see, we can learn how to see our own world anew.

Faculty Biography

Jean Lee Cole is an associate professor in the department of English, where she teaches courses in American literature and American Studies. She has edited The Collected Plays of Zora Neale Hurston (2008) and Freedom’s Witness: The Civil War Writings of Henry McNeal Turner (2013). Her current research examines the emergence of the comic strip in the American periodical press of the 1890s.

The Making of the Modern World: The United States I (HS102)

This course is not your standard survey of US history. In place of a race from pre-contact Native America to the Civil War, this course will slow down and explore a series of key moments in the American past that occurred between 1492 and 1865. We will move chronologically through time, but will examine select topics and events in some depth, reading both primary and secondary sources. The goal will be to provide some understanding of the complex history of colonial America, and later the new United States, as well as the methods that historians use to make sense of the past.  I have never taught the course this way before, so who knows if it will work, but I am excited about the experiment.  

Faculty Biography

Matthew Mulcahy grew up outside of Philadelphia. He received his B.A. from Macalester College and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has written two books and a number of articles on natural disasters in colonial British America. He has taught at Loyola since 1999.  He lives in Baltimore with his wife, two kids, two cats, and a dog.  Everyone gets along well, except the cats and the dog.  Still working on that.      

Mentor Biographies

Nick Bates is an Assistant Director of Student Life in Newman Towers. Nick began working at Loyola in June 2015. Nick received his Masters of Science in Education from Southern Illinois University. Nick gained his passion for mentoring at SIU working with the Carbondale Women’s Center and SIU’s Black Male Initiative. Nick was raised in Chicago, IL as a diehard Baltimore Ravens fan.

Tracy Gore is the Tutor Coordinator at the Study, where she oversees the Peer Tutoring program and supervises nearly 100 student tutors.  She graduated from Loyola in 2014 with her B.A. in History and Classics, and is now pursuing her M.B.A. from Loyola as well.  She looks forward to her second year working with Messina students!
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