• Ancient Epics (Prof. Matthew Dillon, Classics and Archaeology)

    TR 12:50-2:20pm (CRN 40854)

    This course examines three of the most important genres of tradition tale from various points of view: historical, literary and theoretical. The focus will be on the myths of Ancient Greece and Rome, with at least one other different culture (e.g., Egypt) for the sake of comparison. We will explore the importance of varying sources, different theories of interpretation, and the lasting influence of ancient stories on the modern world.

    Meet the Professor:

    Matthew Dillon is a professor of Classics and Archaeology in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. He received his BA in Classics from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 1974, and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1984. After three years at Smith College, he joined the LMU faculty in 1987. His research interests have grown from early publications on Greek tragedy and comedy to include connections between eastern and western traditions, the pronunciation of ancient Greek and Latin, and, most recently, survey archaeology in Rough Cilicia (southern Turkey). He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Philological Association in 2007. He has also worked in the film and television industry as an advisor and dialogue translator for the Da Vinci Code and the television series Caprica.

  • Art in the Age of AIDS (Prof. Leon Wiebers, Theatre Arts and Dance)

    T 4:10-6:40pm (CRN 41955)

    This seminar will examine the AIDS epidemic through theatre, film, art and literature. Using texts such as "The Normal Heart", "Angels in America", "And the Band Played On", and several others, the class will study the artists and their response to AIDS during the first wave period from the early 1980s-90s. Comparing the historical information, the protests of ACT-UP, governmental legislation and popular culture with the artistic work of David Wojnarowicz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bill T. Jones, Keith Haring and others, the course will focus this investigation of the disease on the often violent personal cum political struggles that forcefully opened the closet door; fuelling massive social change in America and the modern gay movement.

    Meet the Professor:

    Leon Wiebers teaches Costume Design in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. He has designed costumes throughout the US and internationally. He conducts research in various areas of dress, the history of dress and gender studies.  

  • Art of Understanding (Prof. Juan Mah y Busch, English)

    TR 7:50-9:20am (CRN 40855) First to Go Only

    TR 9:30-11:00am (CRN 40856) First to Go Only

    In this course, to become familiar with and to develop the artistry of your understanding, you learn to meditate. No prior experience is presumed or expected. The artistry of understanding is not found in answers or accuracy. It is in a person’s ability to observe various dimensions of experience, such as the wordless aspect of words, the spatial elements of time, or the quiet spaciousness found in an exhale. In addition to regular meditation, you practice different forms of writing (such as simple description, contemplative writing, critical examination, and library-based research), and you read fiction and philosophical essays that facilitate class discussion. Meditation, writing, and discussion are the foundation of the course, as well as of more artful understandings.

    Meet the Professor:

    With a specialization in literary and cultural studies and formal training in meditation, Juan D. Mah y Busch teaches and writes about the interplay between awareness and agency. Using meditation and literary analysis as a research method, Mah y Busch publishes on the ethics of aesthetic knowledge (aisthesis) and contemplative pedagogy. He lives in Northeast Los Angeles with Irene, their children, Iza, Josué and Serén, and their boxer Brooklyn.

  • Bicycle: Art, Ecology, and Culture (Prof. Michael Brodsky, Studio Arts)

    M 4:30-7:00pm (CRN 43412)

    This course will take a critical look at the past, present and future of the bicycle. It will look back at the history of the bicycle which liberated individual mobility and did much to help emancipate women while making mechanical transportation availableto a wide range of society. We will explore how the bicycle ultimately gave way to a dependency on the gas-powered automobile which is now the cause of such enormous impacts on livability of our cities, the environment and the earth’s climate.

    This class will also look forward towards how the humble bicycle has such an enormous potential to once again liberate us from the domination of fossil fuel powered transportation, provide health benefits and allow for a closer connection to our urban society. We will examine how planning for people centered and equitable transportation can positively impact our health and wellbeing while lowering the impact on our planet. Along the way we will explore how the representation of the bicycle in literature, art, music and film both reflects and contributes to a myriad of diverse bicycle cultures in the city.

    Meet the Professor:

    Michael Brodsky is an artist, educator and environmental activist. He is a Studio Arts Professor and Multimedia Arts Area Head in the Department of Art and Art History at LMU. He received a BA in Environmental Studies and a BA in Photographic Fine Arts from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He earned an MFA in Art and Design from CalArts. He is a former Fulbright Scholar to India. His digital art has been exhibited and published internationally.

    Michael Brodsky is a League of American Bicyclists Licensed Cycling Instructor and Ride Leader/Ride Marshall with the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition. He is a founding board member of Santa Monica Spoke. He is a Climate Reality Project Leader.

  • The Brain’s Mind’s Future (Prof. Joseph Hellige, Department of Psychology)

    MWF 9:10-10:10AM (CRN 43404)

    Why do we make the decisions we make, feel the way we do about them, and then behave the way we do?  These questions are as old as our species, Homo sapiens, and as fresh as tomorrow.  Speculations and explanations have changed dramatically over time, even over the relatively short period of our recorded history.  Added to this in modern times are visions both serious and fanciful about what all of this portends for the future of our communities, civilizations, and even of Homo sapiens itself.  This seminar addresses these questions from the perspective of the many disciplines that shed light on possible answers and offer insights about brain, mind, and possible futures: biology and its many facets, cognitive and social psychology, cultural studies, computer science, philosophy, technology and artificial intelligence and more.  Through readings, video lectures delivered by prominent thinkers, class discussion, empirical exercises, and critical reflection (both written and oral) students will develop a deeper understanding of the best contemporary answers to the questions posed above, the practical relevance for their own lives, their own sense of the alternative futures that humanity might anticipate and how they wish to shape that future.

    Meet the Professor:

    Joseph Hellige is Professor of Psychology at LMU.  He has published research on a number of topics in cognitive neuroscience, including processing asymmetries of the human cerebral hemispheres, interaction of the left and right sides of the brain, and individual differences in cognitive processing (including handedness, age-related changes and differences related to clinical conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia).  Current interests also include changes in the way people view experts and expertise, educating people to be more sophisticated consumers of research, and the role of technology in shaping our future.  Dr. Hellige earned his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and served as LMU’s Provost and Executive Vice President from 2010 to 2017.

  • Childhood in International Cinema (Prof. Aine O’Healy, Modern Languages and Literatures)

    M 4:10-7:10pm (CRN 42252)

    This seminar introduces students to critical writing through the exploration of international cinema. Our focus is on the representation of childhood in several films produced around the world since the 1940s. In order to engage with these films, drawn from different national contexts and historical periods, students apply the tools of audiovisual analysis to discern the symbolic functions fulfilled by the figure of the child. We will examine how the construction of children in cinema intersects with discourses of nation formation and with the representation of gender, sexuality, ethnicity and social class. The assigned readings, mainly drawn from cinema studies, will guide our explorations and will allow us to place the filmic analyses in a broader context, encompassing issues of globalization, discourses of the border, and discussions about multiculturalism and diversity.


    Meet the Professor:

    Professor Áine O'Healy is Professor of Italian and Director of the Humanities Program at Loyola Marymount University.

  • Community-Based Learning with Non-Profits for Social Change (Prof. Nina Lozano-Reich, Communication Studies)

    MWF 10:20-11:20am (CRN 40859)

    MWF 11:30am-12:30pm (CRN 40860)


    This course focuses on how hands-on community-based learning experiences and skills can act as a vehicle for just social change. Students will choose a social justice issue of their choice, as their class project focus. Students will then be placed with a local not-for-profit community partner and will work between 20 and 40 semester hours alongside members of marginalized communities.  The entire course is focused on how to engage in service for just social change in three components:  literature on social justice, theories of community-based learning, and case studies of civic engagement.

    Meet the Professor:

    Dr. Nina M. Lozano-Reich is a political consultant and Associate Professor of Communication Studies. Her areas of expertise include rhetoric, social movements, gender and politics. Dr. Reich earned her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a former Carnegie fellow, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and other political websites. Her current book project examines the rhetoric, surrounding femicide, in Ciudad Juárez. 

  • East Asian Cinema (Prof. Yanjie Wang, Asian and Asian American Studies) 

    TR 11:10am-12:40pm (CRN 40864)


    TR 2:30-4:00pm (CRN 40868)


    This course introduces major works, genres, and waves of East Asian cinema, including films from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea.  East Asian cinema has never been more popular than it is today. Films such as Spirited Away, Hero, Kungfu Hustle and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon have made surprising inroads into the American box office. On the world festival circuit, East Asian films regularly win prestigious awards.  We will discuss issues ranging from aesthetics to historical representation, from local film industries to transnational audience reception. The course will acquaint students with analytical vocabulary and critical approaches to cinema. It will also help students gain insights into East Asian cultures, histories, and aesthetic traditions.

    Meet the Professor:

    Yanjie Wang is Associate Professor in Asian and Asian American Studies at Loyola Marymount University. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to her Ph.D. studies in the US, Prof. Wang received her M.A. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and her B.A. from Peking University. Prof. Wang’s areas of research include modern Chinese literature and Chinese cinema. She specializes in the issues of displacement, internal migration, trauma, violence, gender and sexuality, and ecocriticism. Prof. Wang’s essays have appeared in Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Asian Cinema, American Journal of Chinese Studies, Modern Chinese literature and Culture, Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context, Routledge Handbook of Modern Chinese Literature, among others.

  • Education and the Public Good (Prof. Bernadette Musetti, Liberal Studies)

    TR  2:30-4:00pm (CRN 40870)

    This course is an examination of the role of education in the U.S. and the purposes and functions education serves in our society. Students will be asked to consider whether education in the U.S. is the "great equalizer" or if it is more likely to serve as a primary means by which our social, economic, and political systems are reproduced. Students will examine a variety of schools and will be exposed to a diversity of material conditions, educational ideologies, and program models.

    Meet the Professor:

    Bernadette Musetti is a K-12 teacher and teacher educator. She currently directs the Liberal Studies program at LMU--the teacher preparation program for students wanting to earn a BA in Liberal Studies and a multiple subjects teaching credential as undergraduates. She has taught in Mexico and worked in international education for many years--with students of all ages and backgrounds from around the world. She teaches undergraduates and graduate students and finds a great deal of fulfillment and inspiration in teaching. She is interested in the ways in which the institutions of education can better serve individuals, communities, and the collective, which is the focus of the freshman seminar on 'Education & the Public Good'. Dr. Musetti earned her PhD at the University of California Davis in Language, Literacy & Culture. 

  • Ethics of Citizenship, Patriotism, and Globalization: Citizens of the Polis or the World? (Prof. Carissa Phillips-Garrett, Philosophy)

    TR 2:30-4:00pm (CRN 40872)

    The political events of the last few years in both Europe and North American have shown more clearly than ever that there is a deep divide between those who see themselves as citizens of where they live first and those who see themselves as citizens of the broader world first. Although the particular identities in question have varied over time, this debate between global cosmopolitans and nationalist communitarians is not new. Two millenia ago, Aristotle’s locus for political concern was the local polis, while the Stoics saw themselves as members of a worldwide community. In this course, we will explore the philosophical questions and central ethical challenges posed by our increasingly globalized world for both types of approaches to political identity.

    We begin by examining what it means to be a citizen and what the ethical implications are of identifying ourselves as patriotic or nationalistic. The philosophical questions we will address include whether we have special duties of justice to our fellow citizens and what it means to be a citizen of the world. Is it even coherent to think of ourselves in this way, and even if it is, is Aristotle correct to think that functional communities require a type of civic friendship that is simply impossible at the global level?

    In the final section of the course, we will look at what ethical implications our view of citizenship might have for how we think about a host of political issues, including intervention in cases of genocide and oppression, duties to the poor in far-away countries, immigration, and trade agreements.

    Meet the Professor:

    Carissa Phillips-Garrett is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University. Professor Phillips-Garrett’s research and teaching interests include virtue ethics, moral psychology, feminist philosophy, ancient ethics, and social philosophy. Questions that her scholarship has recently addresses include when and why we should blame or forgive, what virtues we ought to develop in social relationships, what the virtues of intimate relationships consist in, and whether being forgiving can be defended on feminist grounds.


  • From Eternity to Here (Prof. Paul Harris, English)  

    MWF 10:20-11:20am  (CRN 42253)

    MWF 12:40-1:40pm  (CRN 40866)

    This First Year Seminar takes a long view of time by examining the history of the universe, earth, and humanity.  We will explore a vision of the universe as an unfolding creative process, in which the emergence of life and humanity on earth plays a culminating and crucial role.  Examining our situation now in the context of this breath-taking history compels us to think cosmically, act globally, and perhaps eat locally.  We will track the stages of Big History, starting with the mystery of how the universe and time began, to cosmic, terrestrial, and human history.  We will then step back and reflect on the Big Historical picture through the lens of the Anthropocene, and study contemporary narratives that project possible futures for humanity on earth.

    Meet the Professor

    Paul Harris, Professor of English, has taught at LMU since 1992.  His teaching and scholarship both emphasize interdisciplinary inquiry, challenging theoretical thinking, and connecting concepts to practice.  He has published in areas including chaos theory and philosophy, topology and fiction, French theory, and concrete poetry, and taught courses on Nothing, Wonder, and Chaos.  His scholarly expertise on The Watts Towers of Los Angeles, constraint-based writing, and contemporary author David Mitchell is reflected in course design and assignments.  He was President of the International Society for the Study of Time from 2004-2-13, and is co-editor of the renowned theory journal SubStance.  His current interest in slow time is evident in campus installations (The Garden of Slow Time, walking labyrinth on the bluff; The Displacement Garden, adjacent to Laband Art Gallery) and further explored through a rock garden and blog called The Petriverse of Pierre Jardin.

  • Your Future Career in the Global Marketplace (Prof. Charles Vance, Management)

    MWF 8:00-9:00am (CRN 43731)

    MWF 9:10-10:10am (CRN 40880)

    This course addresses personal, professional, and societal imperatives surrounding global career competence and related ongoing developments associated with the dynamic and pervasive process of globalization. In optimizing their preparation for future career success within the context of increasing globalization, students examine current forces contributing to globalization and developing worldwide trends, including increasing global entrepreneurship, more porous national borders supporting increased global trade and migration, and innovations in technology and telecommunications. The dark side of globalization also is examined, and students discuss their important responsibilities and opportunities for asserting moral leadership in influencing how their future organizations contribute to sustainability and exert a positive impact upon global society. In addition, through online research and field interviews with local and international contacts, students explore and begin to develop personal career strategies while at college and beyond (e.g., study abroad, international internships, international humanitarian service, expatriate assignments) for building critical global career competencies.

    Meet the Professor:

    Dr. Charles M. Vance is a professor of management and human resources at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he teaches at executive, MBA, and undergraduate levels. He has been very active at Loyola Marymount in designing and conducting customized training programs for managers, executives, and other professionals. He has had considerable experience as a consultant in North and South America, Asia, and Europe in training design, management development and coaching, and broader human resource and organization development applications.

  • Gender, Race, and Environmental Health (Prof. Traci Voyles, Women's and Gender Studies) 

    MWF 12:40-1:40pm (CRN 41890)

    This course examines the relationship between gender, race, environmental health and environmental justice in a global context. This course is highly interdisciplinary and is situated at the intersections of environmental studies, history, health sciences, and Women’s and Gender Studies. In this class, we will use primary and scholarly sources to investigate themes of gender and environmental health in US history and culture. We look specifically to the ways in which gender shapes how we imagine environmental problems, how women and men are affected differently by environmental disasters, and how environmentalism has differentially constructed gender roles. Students will conduct individual research and writing projects investigating key course themes, and learning to apply a gendered analysis to the history of environmental politics in the US and in the world. In the end, students will develop strong analytical skills in investigating the material and ideological ways in which gender, race, and environmental health intersect.

    Meet the Professor:

    Traci Brynne Voyles is an associate professor and chair of Women’s and Gender Studies at Loyola Marymount University. She is an award-winning teacher and researcher in the fields of environmental history, indigenous history, feminist theory, and critical race studies. Her 2015 book, Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country, won the Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Libraries Association. Her forthcoming monograph, Bound for the Sky: California’s Salton Sea and the Impossibilities of American Environmentalism, has won the support of multiple prestigious fellowships, including the Graves Award in Humanities. She is the author of several journal articles and essays, and the co-editor of the forthcoming collection Not Just Green, Not Just White: Race, Justice, and Environmental History. Voyles specializes in working across disciplinary boundaries and has been a featured speaker in a range of multidisciplinary venues and research initiatives. Her current research explores the environmental history of childbirth.

  • God in All Sounds— World Musics and Local Knowledge (Prof. Paul Humphreys, Music)

    TR 9:30-11:00am (CRN 43245)

    This course is a survey-by-topic of world music inspired by the Jesuit practice of “finding God in all things.” After a preliminary consideration of music and its relation to language, our attention turns to representative practices and texts selected from Abrahamic (Christian, Judaic and Islamic), South and East Asian faith traditions. The focus of inquiry then turns to consider the methods and case studies of anthropologists who can be said to be seeking “God in all cultures.” Finally, and for a majority of the course, our attention focuses on the methods and findings of ethnomusicology, a discipline that can be said to seek out “God in all sounds.” The choice of topics follows from my own study and practice of ethnomusicology, music composition & performance as well as my study and practice of contemplative spiritualities (please see also bio statement below). Integrated within, and integral to this course is the exercise and cultivating of writing skills and oral expression, known in the Jesuit rhetorical tradition as eloquentia perfecta. Writing and discussion are grounded in assigned readings and listening as well as contemplative exercises in composition, and group performance.


    Meet the Professor:

    Paul W. Humphreys is a Professor in the Department of Music and Director of World Music at LMU. Student ensembles that he directs regularly feature internationally-known artist-teachers from Indonesia and West Africa. As an ethnomusicologist, Humphreys has conducted field work in China, Indonesia, Ghana, Japan, and the Pueblo Indian region of the Southwest United States. His published research addresses non-western compositional practice, music and religion, and comparative music theory. Live performances of Humphreys’ compositions have been featured during the 2008, 2005, and 2002 World Festivals of Sacred Music Los Angeles, with invited screenings in years since at Boston University, the University of New Mexico, and in Wudangshan, China. He has appeared as a pianist in numerous LMU Music Faculty Recitals, NACUSA (National Association of Composers, U.S.A.) concerts in Southern California, and most recently in a solo recital of original works at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Humphreys approaches his calling as a teacher in the spirit of what Parker Palmer calls a “circle of truth.” In the classroom, he integrates presentation and discussion with an intentionality that also holds open to new directions. Experiential learning, another touchstone of his teaching philosophy, includes active participation in performance, composition and occasional instrument making projects. His approach to teaching is shaped, additionally, by longstanding commitments to contemplative inquiry and Jesuit discernment. Humphreys currently serves at LMU as member of the Academic Planning and Review Committee, as well as Advisory Boards of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality and Asian and Pacific Studies Program. Previous University service includes CFA Associate Dean (2013 – 2015), President’s Committee for Mission and Identity (2009 – 2013), and Core Curriculum (Chair of Working Group for First Year Seminar, Fall 2010). Previous to joining the LMU faculty in 1997, Humphreys’ teaching affiliations have included UCLA, California Institute for the Arts, CSU (Northridge), and Kunitachi College of Music (Tokyo, Japan).

  • Greek Stories: Identity and Storytelling (Prof. Christina Bogdanou, Modern Greek Studies)

    TR 12:50-2:20pm (CRN 44533)

    Fascinated by Greek mythology and history and intrigued by Modern Greece and its culture? A literature-based course, Greek Stories looks at Greek myth, history, literature, and culture as it has evolved from the past to the present. The relationship between myth and history, conflicting cultural identities, war and politics, urbanization and globalization, the changing geopolitical map of Europe will be some of the topics we will explore in our discussions.

    Meet the Professor:

    Professor Christina Bogdanou earned a Ph.D in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles with an emphasis in 19th - 20th c. European literature, critical theory and gender studies. A native of Athens, Greece, she completed her B.A. in English literature and linguistics at the University of Athens. Upon graduation, she received the prestigious National Scholar Award (I.K.Y) to pursue an M.A. in Comparative Critical Theory Studies at Warwick University in the UK and then her doctorate degree at UCLA. Prior to her appointment at LMU, she taught at UCLA and Occidental College.

    Professor Bogdanou joined LMU in 2001. She has taught courses in comparative literature, critical theory, and Modern Greek literature, culture and language. She is currently the Director of the Basil P. Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies and the Odyssey Summer Study Abroad Program in Greece.

    Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of identity politics, gender studies, cultural representations of women and women’s writing/voices.

  • History of Television (Prof. Michael Daley, Film and Television)

    R 4:30-7:00PM (CRN 41910) 

    This seminar will trace the history of television, chronicling the impact the medium has had on society. The coursework will cover: the formative years of television, the Golden Age of TV, Variety shows from early live TV to Comedy sketch shows, TV dramas from westerns to procedural (cop, doctor, lawyer) shows, Situation comedies from family shows to workplace shows, anthology series, miniseries and now limited series, Genres from fantasy to sci-fi to fairy tales and Pay TV, original cable, Internet TV (arguably The New Golden Age).

    The course is also designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of college writing, including structure, syntax and style.  Information Literacy will be emphasized, with research projects designed to teach how to find and evaluate sources.  Coursework will entail papers, oral presentations and viewing blogs.

    Meet the Professor: 

    Michael F.X. Daley is an experienced television writer whose five episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation have won him three awards: a Genesis Award, an S.E.T. Award and E! Television’s The Soup Award.  Michael also served as a Staff Writer for the critical and fan favorite CW show Reaper, where he penned the series finale “The Devil and Sam Oliver.”  He’s worked for HBO on The Leftovers, Resurrection for ABC, Murder In The First for TNT, Boss for STARZ, Big Love for HBO, Crossing Jordan for NBC, That’s My Bush! for Comedy Central, and The X-Files for FOX. In addition, he developed a TV pilot with Alloy Entertainment, and is currently shopping that and other TV pilots.

    Michael also served as a Writing Producer for Blindlight, a video game company.  His video game writing credits include Ninja Gaiden for Tecmo, Jet Li’s ‘Rise To Honor’ for Sony, Igor for Legacy Interactive, Shrek 2 for Dreamworks, and Dead2Rights: Redemption for Volatile Games.

    Mike has a Masters Degree in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University, where he’s now teaching Television Writing as a Clinical Assistant Professor. He originally hails from Syracuse, New York, where he got his Bachelors in English Communication from another Jesuit school, Le Moyne College.


  • Stage Fright: Horror and Terror in the Theatre (Prof. Kevin Wetmore, Theatre Arts)

    TR 12:50-2:10pm (CRN 45728) 

    An examination of the history, theory and practice of putting things that frighten the audience on stage. Monster comes from the Latin monstare, "to warn."  Ghosts, vampires and zombies and the other unquiet dead are the things we think we have buried now come back to us. Exploring these metaphors, this course looks at how the scary things put on stage are a reflection of the things society at large fears ans is concerned about. From Greek tragedy to contemporary musicals, we look at monsters and the unquiet dead and what they mean.

    Meet the Professor:

    Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. is Professor and Chair of Theatre Arts with areas of expertise in Japanese theatre, African theatre, Shakespeare, Asian cinema, horror cinema, Greek tragedy, stage combat and comedy. He has degrees from Bates College, the University of Leeds and the University of Pittsburgh, where he completed his doctorate in Theatre and Performance Studies.  He also received an M.A. in Theology from LMU in 2010.

    He is the author of Athenian Sun in an African Sky: Modern African Adaptation of Classical Greek Tragedy (McFarland, 2001), Black Dionysus: Greek Tragedy and African American Theatre (McFarland, 2003), The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion, and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films (McFarland, 2005), Shakespeare and Youth Culture (Palgrave 2006), Back from the Dead: Reading Remakes of Romero’s Zombie Films as Markers of Their Times (McFarland 2011), Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema (Continuum, 2012), The Theology of Battlestar Galactica (McFarland 2012), and Modern Asian Theatre and Performance 1900 – 2000 (with Siyuan Liu and Erin B. Mee, Methuen/Bloomsbury, 2014) as well as the editor or co-editor of eleven more volumes, including Modern Japanese Theatre and Performance (Lexington, 2006), Suzan-Lori Parks: A Casebook (Routledge 2007) Revenge: East and West (Palgrave, 2008), Portrayals of Americans on the World Stage (McFarland, 2009), Catholic Theatre and Drama (McFarland 2010), Black Medea: Adaptations for Modern Plays (Cambria, 2013), and the Methuen Drama Anthology of Modern Asian Plays (with Siyuan Liu, Methuen, 2014), among others. He is also the author of numerous articles on theatre, cinema, Japanese culture, popular culture, horror, and performance.

  • LEAPIN (Prof. Nicole Bouvier-Brown, Chemistry)

    MWF 11:30am-12:30pm (CRN 44614)


    In this course, the focus will be on integrating material from the disciplines of biology, chemistry and mathematics as well as from other disciplines outside of the sciences. This will be done by looking at the science of climate change and efforts to address global warming.  An important academic goal for the LEAP program is to develop language skills for reading, writing, and speaking about scientific content with other members of the scientific community as well as non-technical audiences.

    Meet the Professor:

    Dr. Nicole Bouvier- Brown received her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from U.C. Berkeley in 2008 and her B.S. in Biology/Chemistry (Environmental) from St. Mary’s College of California in 2003.

  • Oceans and Empires (Prof. Kevin McDonald, History)

    TR 9:30-11:00am (CRN 40853)

    TR 11:10am-12:40pm (CRN 44677)

    What does history look like from an oceanic perspective? This seminar will engage students with the historical development of oceanic empires, with a primary focus on overseas European and American expansion, ca. 1450-1850. The course does not aim at comprehensive coverage but instead develops comparative analyses of maritime empires, including European, British, and American case studies, and the history of ocean basins (Indian, Atlantic, Pacific).

    Meet the Professor:

    Kevin P. McDonald is an Assistant Professor of Colonial America and Atlantic World History at Loyola Marymount University, with research interests in maritime history, pirates and piracy, colonialism/empire, and slavery. Dr. McDonald received his Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Santa Cruz (2008) and the M.A. in History from Rutgers University/NJIT. He was an A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Carnegie Mellon University (2011-12). His book, Pirates, Merchants, Settlers, and Slaves: Colonial America and the Indo-Atlantic World, (University of California Press, 2015), explores a global trade network located on the peripheries of world empires and shows the illicit ways American colonists met the consumer demand for slaves and East India goods.

  • On the Technological Sublime (Prof. Sue Scheibler, Film/TV Studies)

    T 4:10-7:10 (CRN 43243)


    This course looks at the notion of the sublime as it was articulated in the 17th and 18th centuries and extends it into the digital age of the 21st century. It takes as its starting point the understanding of the sublime as an aesthetic concept that extolls beauty that is grand and dangerous then asks where and in what form can we say the sublime exists in the technological and digital age. To answer the question, students will study a variety of literary, visual, musical, philosophical, and cinematic texts from the 17th through the early 21st centuries.

    Meet the Professor:

    Sue Scheibler has graduate degrees in New Testament Studies and Philosophy of Religion and a PhD in Critical Studies (Film and Television) from the University of Southern California. She has published in Theorizing Documentary, Alternative Media Handbook, War: Interdisciplinary Investigations, Signs and assorted journals. Her research and teaching interests include film theory, television studies, documentary, Asian film, science fiction, technologies of war, memory, video games and Asian philosophy.

    Scheibler has spoken at such engagements as the War, Virtual War and Human Security Conference where she presented on the topic of “Experiencing War the Video Game Way: Call of Duty 2” and the American Cultural Studies Association where she spoke about avatars, war and the documentary image.

    She is currently working on two projects: Windows, Frames, Screens: Understanding Media and The Meditative Gaze: Media and Eastern Philosophy.

  • People and the Environment (Prof. Nicholas Rosenthal, History)  

    MWF 9:10-10:10am  (CRN 43244)

    MWF 10:20-11:20am  (CRN 40865)


    This FYS will introduce students to the field of environmental history by presenting essential concepts, concerns, and methods in the context of United States history. At the most basic level, environmental historians study the relationship of human beings to the natural world.  Some environmental historians emphasize culture and intellectual themes, exploring the ways that people have understood and represented the natural world and shaped it in culturally specific ways. Others stress the economic foundations of environmental relationships, focusing on the need to procure subsistence, comfort, and wealth from the environment. Still others focus on the politics and policy of human relationships with their environments.  This course will explore all of these themes within a historical context, from the colonial period of North America to the present.  Our topics will include American Indian societies, European colonization and settlement, urbanization and industrialization, conservation and environmentalism, environmental racism and social justice, and contemporary environmental issues in historical perspective.  We will finish the class by looking at how LMU and other Jesuit institutions address environmental issues, from Pope Francis’ issuance of his 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home,” to programs on campus such as the Environmental Studies Program and the Center for Urban Resilience.


    Meet the Professor:

    Nicolas G. Rosenthal is Associate Professor of History, specializing in Native American, American West, Environmental, and 20th Century United States history.  His current research project explores the experiences of Native American painters and how they sought to influence popular ideas about Native American culture while making a living in the broader art world.  Dr. Rosenthal received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Oregon, earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and published Reimagining Indian Country: Native American Migration and Identity in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles (University of North Carolina Press, 2012).

  • Personal Growth and Spiritual Development (Prof. Eric Magnuson, Sociology)

    TR 2:30-4:00pm (CRN 40875)  

    This is a course based in direct experience and community involvement. It is intended for people who are interested in exploring both alternative spirituality and emotional growth. The class is a blend of religious studies, psychology, and sociology. It is a good course for people who are open to new ideas and practices of unconventional and Eastern spirituality. Students should also be interested in emotional exploration and be open to discussing personal beliefs, experiences, and feelings during class discussion. The course will involve meditation and other mindfulness practices. (Note: The class is open to any and all spiritual and religious beliefs and backgrounds and does not require belief in any particular religious ideas.)

    Meet the Professor:

    Eric Magnuson is a tenured associate professor in Sociology. His research interests include social psychology, gender and masculinity, spirituality, social justice, and countercultures. His first book was on the topic of men’s movements, masculinity, and personal growth. He is currently working on a book about Burning Man, alternative spirituality, and personal development.

  • Principles of Scientific Reasoning 

    TR 9:30-11:00am (CRN 42255) 

    ACCESS Program Only 

    Communication and critical thinking skills are developed with an emphasis on science, nature, technology, and mathematics in multiple contexts. Mathematical and scientific reasoning are investigated through inductive and deductive arguments, the scientific method, and the notions of definition, classification and conjecture. The role and purpose that scientists and scientific educators play in society will be explored.

    Meet the Professor:

  • Thinking, Feeling, and Being (Prof. Brett Marroquin, Psychology)

    TR 2:30-4:00pm (CRN 45736)


    This course examines two fundamental aspects of human experience: cognition (thinking) and emotion (feeling).  How do our rational and emotional capacities affect how we perceive and make sense of our experiences and the world around us?  Where do these capacities come from, and what do they do for us?  Do thinking and feeling act in opposition, or in concert?  How do emotions like anger, fear, and joy influence cognitive processes like perception, attention, memory, and language?  And how do cognitive phenomena like stereotypes and decision-making factor into emotional expression, romantic relationships, aggression, and altruism?  This seminar will approach these questions primarily from the perspective of psychological science, with attention to other disciplinary approaches including philosophy, biology, and the arts.  By considering links and tensions between thinking and feeling, we will also critically examine the scientific method as a way of knowing, enter timeless debates over innate versus learned behavior (“nature versus nurture”), and appreciate the social and historical contexts of science and scholarship.  Students will engage in critical discussion of scholarship on cognition and emotion in a seminar setting, and will apply course content to contemporary social issues in written and oral work. 

  • Women Warriors- Who's Telling the Story? (Prof. Kennedy Wheatley, Production Film and Television)

    TR 11:10am-12:30pm (CRN 43410)

    This course explores the stories of 'women warriors' throughout history who challenged social conventions of their day. We will study artists and activists, farmers and factory workers, scientists, politicians and athletes.  Through the FYS lens of Power and Privilege, we will examine historical accounts, biographies, films and television shows and ponder these questions: What do these stories tell us about what it means to be female?  Whose stories have been told and who has been ignored?  How does does the reader differentiate between fact and fiction?  We will explore and practice different genres of storytelling:  factual storytelling, dramatic storytelling, and the intriguing grey area in between.  We will discuss our ethical responsibilities as biographical storytellers, when we convince another human being to open up and share their life. 

    This course has been designed for students whose majors involve storytelling: writers, artists, filmmakers, poets, historians, and communicators of all stripes.  However, all students are welcome, and a diverse group will create a richer, more engaging experience for all.   All voices are equally honored, and everyone is respected for their own lived experience.    We will closely examine the intersection of 'story' and female identity, both through the lens of critical thinking and also through the lens of self-reflection.  As your instructor, my goal is to share some thought-provoking ideas with you and for our shared listening to help us all grow a little bit as human beings.

    Meet the Professor: 

    Kennedy Wheatley is interested in using the power of media for personal and social change.  Her creative interests are in directing documentaries, fiction films and PSAs for non-profit organizations and international NGOs.  As an artist and activist, she is interested in telling stories through innovative narratives, images and sound.  She has taught in the School of Film & Television at LMU since 2000.  She earned her M.F.A. in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California, and an B.A. in Ethnic Studies from the Michigan State University. She lives in the foothills of LA, and is an avid swimmer and gardener.