• Animated Sprituality: Japanese Religion in Anime, Manga, and Film (Prof. Eric Swanson, Theological Studies)

    MW 12:40-2:10pm (CRN 42253)

    MW 2:20-3:50pm (CRN 4677)

    This course addresses religion and spirituality as seen through the lens of Japanese popular culture, including anime, manga, and live-action film. It examines how popular culture productions have represented and engaged with religious themes and human dilemmas, and asks students to critically assess the place of religion in the recent history of Japan. After covering the major religious traditions of Japan (Shinto, Buddhism, and Christianity), the course follows a historical approach, ranging from the WWII era to the present, that will introduce students to the religious, social, and cultural issues that have preoccupied the creators of manga, anime, and film, and the creative ways in which these historically specific issues were expressed in their work.

    Meet the Professor:

    Eric Haruki Swanson is an Assistant Professor in the Theological Studies Department at Loyola Marymount University. He is a native of Japan and received a BA in Religious Studies from Indiana University Bloomington, a MA in Esoteric Buddhist Studies from Koyasan University, and PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Harvard University. As a cultural historian who studies the religious traditions of Japan, he takes an interdisciplinary approach that involves analysis of Buddhist scripture, doctrinal treatises, ritual manuals, narrative picture scrolls, and artistic performances. His research focuses on exploring the various ways Buddhist institutions responded to waves of political change and social uncertainty and how historical figures constructed religious identities through the production of texts and ritual practices.

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

    T 4:10-6:40pm (CRN 43404)

    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 42294) 

    TR 9:30-11:00am (CRN 40855) 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 43546)

    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.

  • Black Los Angeles (Prof. Stefan Bradley, African American Studies)

    MW 12:40-2:10Pm (CRN 40872)

    In this course, young scholars will explore various elements of Black Los Angeles while contextualizing the experience of Black Angelenos within the United States.  The temporal scope of the course will range from the mid twentieth century to the present.  Young scholars will delve into the migration, political, economic, sociological, and cultural patterns of the Black community in southern California.  In doing so, young scholars will be able to identify analyze the social systems and built environments that have positively and negatively affected Black life in Los Angeles.  While visiting campus and community libraries, as well as enjoying guest lectures, young scholars will have the opportunity to learn from a variety of sources that include books, articles, episodes, and organization leaders.  The course will require young scholars to consistently read for understanding, write for clarity, listen with empathy, and act for justice.

    Meet the Professor:

    Stefan M. Bradley is professor in the Department of African American Studies.  His life ambition is to personally teach/mentor/inspire the young people who change the world for the better.  He is author of the award-winning books Upending the Ivory Tower:  Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Ivy League (2018) and Harlem vs. Columbia University:  Black Student Power in the Late 1960s (2009), as well as co-editor of Alpha Phi Alpha:  A Legacy of Greatness, The Demands of Transcendence (2011).  He and his work have appeared on BET, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, NPR, and in the New York Times.  As a representative of the community, Prof. Bradley has engaged in discussions with representatives from the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Commission, and Department of Education.

  • Black Los Angeles (Prof. Jennifer Williams, African American Studies)

    MW 2:20-3:50PM (CRN 43244) 

    This course is an interdisciplinary examination of the presence and contributions of Africana people in Los Angeles from the founding of the city in 1781 to contemporary social movements. We will concentrate on the geography, history, and social norms that transformed Black life and made the basis for its popularized representations in music, film, and tv. We will approach the course both thematically and chronologically, by addressing how Los Angeles is a racialized space and how Black people contribute to its cosmopolitan identity.

    Meet the Professor:

    Jennifer Williams is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies; She is a Philadelphia native, and attended Temple University for her graduate work. Her research interests are Black women’s history, Afrofuturism, and Black introversion.

  • Books About Beasts: Animal Narrative, Human Readers (Prof. Molly Youngkin, English)

    TR 11:10-12:40pm (CRN 40878)

    This course will focus on literary representations of animals, or animal narratives, to show how humans understand their own place in the world and responsibilities to the world.  The central questions of the course will be:  How are animals represented by humans?  According to these representations, what is the relationship between humans and animals?  Do animals have rights?  What obligations do we have to them?  Are they our allies or our competitors?  What is the nature of animal consciousness and emotion? Are all animals equal? 

    We will contextualize these central questions by discussing contemporary debates about the animal/human relationship, including the use of animals in scientific research, the role of zoos and wildlife parks in animal preservation, the role of pets in our lives, the ethics of vegetarianism, and other topics of interest to students enrolled in the class.  By reading animal narratives in conjunction with discussion of contemporary debates about related topics, we will better understand the complicated relationship between humans and animals and the ethical issues involved in this relationship.

    Meet the Professor:

    Prof. Molly Youngkin teaches in the English department and specializes in nineteenth-century British literature. She teaches courses in Romantic and Victorian literature, as well as gender studies, periodical studies, narrative theory, and animal studies.

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

    MWF 9:10-10:10AM (CRN 41851)

    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 43410)

    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 40870)


    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. 

  • Cultivating Empathy (Prof. Patrick Damon Rago, Dance)

    TR  12:50-2:10pm (CRN 43245)

    The course will engage students in connecting concepts about Empathy found in a variety of texts, rituals, and art works to the themes of the LMU Mission in order to learn and explore how we negotiate physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and psychological situations.  Course activities will be experimental, experiential, reflective, analytical and creative.  Over the course of the semester, we will engage with a variety of texts, videos, activities and interpersonal connections that explore and develop Empathy from multiple viewpoints.

    Meet the Professor:

    Patrick Damon Rago has been a Professor in the Dance Department at Loyola Marymount University since 2000.  He has choreographed and performed modern dance around the country and internationally.  His choreography uses humor, spoken word, theatricality, and hyper physicality to explore human connection and other emotional themes.

  • Culture, Art, and Society: Modernism (Prof. Damon Willick, Art and Art History)

    TR  9:30-11:00am (CRN 41086)

    TR  11:10am-12:40pm (CRN 40864)

    This First Year Seminar examines the integral role of art and culture in the development of the modern world. Through select case-studies of both canonical and overlooked artists, works of art, and movements, the seminar explores aspects of modernity and modernism as they relate to the artistic production and theory of the era. Utilizing a discussion-based format, students will learn a critical history of modern art in relation to cultural, historical, political, and theoretical contexts.

    Meet the Professor:

    Prof. Damon Willick teaches courses in modern and contemporary art and has a particular research concentration on American visual culture of the post-World War II period. A native of Los Angeles, Prof. Willick received his Ph.D. in Art History from UCLA where he also completed his undergraduate studies. He is the author of Valley Vista: Art in the San Fernando Valley, ca. 1970-1990 (Angel City Press, 2014) and numerous articles, book chapters, and museum catalog essays.

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

    TR 11:10am-12:40pm (CRN 40868)

    TR 2:30-4:00pm (CRN 40865)

    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.

  • The Economics of Everyday Life: What We Eat (Prof. Erin Kaplan, Economics)

    TR 2:30-4:00pm (CRN 42255)

    Everyone eats. What and how we eat depend on a variety of social and economic influences. In this seminar we will learn a bit of food history, explore contemporary food trends, and study the complex global economic systems that shape what’s on our plates. Topics will include international trade, food labeling, US agricultural policy, food insecurity, the environmental impact of industrial agriculture, and trends in consumer tastes. If you’re fascinated by food and want to learn more, this is the class for you. 

    Meet the Professor:

    Erin Kaplan is a foodie and former food blogger, who also happens to be an economist. Dr. Kaplan received her PhD in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2011. Her research focuses mainly on the impacts of US health, labor, and education policy; however, she also has a publication in the Journal of Wine Research. Dr. Kaplan joined the faculty at LMU in 2018, having previously taught at Rhodes College and the University of Pittsburgh.

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

    TR  2:30-4:00pm (CRN 40875)

    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 43276)

    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 40917)

    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 45728)

    MWF 9:10-10:10am (CRN 45729)

    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 Fluidity in Shakespeare (Prof. Paul Chitlik, Screenwriting)

    M 4:30-7:20pm (CRN 43731)

    This section features an in-depth analysis and comparison of selected Shakespearean plays with their film adaptations or films inspired by them.  We’ll be reading a half dozen plays and watching movies inspired by them such as  “Shakespeare in Love,”  “Romeo and Juliet,” “West Side Story,” “Julius Caesar,” “Twelfth Night,”  “Ten Things I Hate About You,” and “O.”   We will analyze the original plays and compare and contrast them with films in class discussions and in at least two ten page papers.  The papers will focus on the presentation of characters, situations, and themes and how the differences in the plays and the films emphasize these components.  We will pay particular attention to two of Shakespeare’s most recurring themes – the role of the sexes and gender identification, especially in love relationships.

    Meet the Professor:

    Paul Chitlik has written for all the major U.S. networks and studios in English and in Spanish.  He was story editor for MGM/UA'S "The New Twilight Zone," and staff writer for Showtime's sitcom "Brothers."  He has written features for Rysher Entertainment, NuImage, Promark, Mainline Releasing, and others.  He has directed episodes and been coordinating producer for “Real Stories of the Highway Patrol” and “U.S. Customs Classified.”  He wrote and produced “Alien Abduction,” the first network movie shot on digital video for UPN.  He received a Writers Guild of America award nomination for his work on "The Twilight Zone" and a GLAAD Media Award nomination for "Los Beltrán."  He won a Genesis Award for a Showtime Family movie.  He has taught screenwriting at UCLA; at ESCAC, the film school of the University of Barcelona, Spain; the University of Zulia, Venezuela; UNIACC in Chile; and EICTV, the film school of Cuba.  He is currently a clinical associate professor at Loyola Marymount University.  He is a long standing member of the WGA’s Writers with Disabilities Committee.

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

    MWF 12:40-1:40pm (CRN 44614)

    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 40874)

    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 41910)

    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)

    Collaboration in Media Learning Community Only

    R 4:30-7:00PM (CRN 40880) 

    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 41890) 

    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.

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

    TR 9:30-11:00am (CRN 40856)

    TR 11:10am-12:40pm (CRN 40879)

    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 43412)


    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. Nicolas Rosenthal, History)  

    MWF 9:10-10:10am  (CRN 40854)

    MWF 10:20-11:20am  (CRN 42252)

    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 44533)  

    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 40857) 

    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:

  • Science and the Jesuit Tradition (Prof. Nicole Bouvier-Brown, Chemistry and Biochemistry)

    MWF 1:50-2:40pm (CRN 41955)

    The Jesuit contribution to the scientific revolution in the late 16th and 17th centuries is unrivaled when compared to any other groups in the Church. Today Jesuits play an active role in the sciences across many disciplines. So, what does it mean to be trained as a scientist at a Jesuit University? What role does LMU’s Jesuit tradition play in science and in our personal lives? This seminar course uses discussions about Jesuit values and scientific principles to not only inform students and develop them as modern citizens, but also as a framework to help students build a personal foundation for their time at LMU and beyond.

    This course introduces students to the ideas of reflection and discernment that are fundamental to the Jesuit tradition, and in structured ways, will encourage students to reflect those values in their daily life.  We will also discuss the purpose and use of science, including scientific communication; this will involve an extensive discussion of information literacy. We will explore questions such as: how do we make decisions using the scientific method that reflect Jesuit values of justice and human dignity? What is it about the Jesuit tradition that builds an interest in science? How are these themes, as part of a broader Catholic Intellectual Tradition, reflected in LMU’s mission? The course will culminate in a project wherein each student will advocate for a strategy to combat climate change considering scientific practicality, the impact on environmental justice, and the human dignity of various stakeholders

    Meet the Professor:

    Dr. Nicole C. Bouvier-Brown, Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Loyola Marymount University, teaches in both the Chemistry and Environmental Science programs. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from U.C. Berkeley. Since starting at LMU in 2009, her teaching has focused on General Chemistry (lecture and lab), Environmental Chemistry, Earth System Science, Analytical Chemistry, Air Pollution, and Chemical Ecology. Her research lab has been focused on developing methodology for measuring and analyzing air pollution exacerbated by human activity. Recent teaching and research interests have included incorporating environmental justice examples into science courses, integrating LMU’s mission into course content, and assessing students’ climate change literacy.

  • Sex, Science, and Society (Prof. Mairead Sullivan, Department of Women's and Gender Studies)

    MW 2:20-3:50pm (CRN 43243)


    This course will explore and interrogate the complex relationship between race, gender, sexuality, and science. Specifically, the course will utilize a feminist lens to understand how social differences are named, produced, and refuted through the use of scientific empiricism. The course is highly interdisciplinary, and is situated at the intersections of women’s and gender studies, critical race studies, the history of medicine, and science and technology studies.

    This course fits the theme “Science, Nature, and Society.” In the course, students will explore the social, political, and historical context in which scientific knowledge regarding race, gender, and sexuality is produced. In doing so, students will begin to identify how science circulates as an epistemic authority. They will be required to identify and critically engage the ways in which scientific inquiry and scientific knowledge shape current cultural narratives. The goal of the course is not to reject scientific inquiry wholesale but rather, to understand its contexts and contingencies.

    Course readings, discussions, and assignments will be motivated by the following questions: What is science? Who has been historically excluded from practicing or producing science?  How does science engage questions of embodied difference, specifically race, gender, and sexuality? And, most importantly, what tools does feminism offer for answering the preceding questions?  Students will use primary and secondary sources to investigate feminist interventions into the production of scientific knowledge, debate science’s role in shaping and defining social difference, as well as examine the critical resources that science offers for political responses to social inequality.

    Meet the Professor:

    Mairead Sullivan is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Professor Sullivan’s research and teaching interests include feminist and queer theory, feminist methodologies, critical health studies, and identity based health politics.

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

    TR 2:30-4:00pm (CRN 43277)


    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. 

  • Truth and Lies in Politics: Is U.S. Democracy Dying? (Prof. Richard Fox, Political Science)

    MWF 10:20-11:20am (CRN 40860)


    U.S. politics is changing dramatically.  Citizens increasingly rely on different sources of information and don’t believe the same facts. Political leaders appear incapable of working together to solve the problems facing the country.  Accepted democratic norms are cast aside with alarming frequency.  Is this a turning point?  This course examines issues in law, politics, and society to assess whether the democratic principles that served as a guiding framework for American politics are dying out and being replaced by a new framework.

    Meet the Professor:


    Richard Fox teaches and researches in the areas of U.S. Congress, elections, media and politics and gender politics. He received a National Science Foundation Grant to study political interest and ambition among high school and college students and has published several books and numerous articles.  He has also written op-ed articles, some of which have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. After graduating from Claremont McKenna College, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


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

    TR 11:10am-12:30pm (CRN 40862)

    This course explores stories of American 'women warriors' who refused to accept limitations on their lives as women -- changing the course of history.     We will study artists and activists, farmworkers and businesswomen, judges, politicians and athletes from past and present. Using documentaries, essays, news articles, books, and fiction films, we will examine how each of these women changed our world, all through the FYS lens of Power and Privilege.

    Together, we will ponder: How is the rebellion of these women warriors in 1848, or 1963, or 2019 still reverberating in our society today? Whose stories have been widely told and who has been ignored?  Who do we believe when there are conflicting stories about the same woman, and why? What do these stories tell us about what it means to be female in the U.S., and how has that changed over time? 

    We will explore and practice different genres of storytelling: biographical storytelling, dramatic storytelling, stories framed by critical analysis, and the intriguing grey area in between.  

    This course may be particularly relevant for students whose majors involve storytelling, but all students are welcome, and a diverse group will create a richer, more engaging experience for all.   Students of all genders and non-gendered students are invited to bring their perspectives to this course.  All voices are equally honored, and everyone is respected for their own lived experience.  My goal is to share some thought-provoking ideas with you and for our shared listening to help us all grow.

    Meet the Professor: 

    Kennedy Wheatley is interested in how the power of media can be used for social change.  She directs documentaries, fiction films and PSAs for non-profit organizations and international NGOs.  She is currently working on a series of videos about reversing climate change.  As an artist and activist, she strives to tell 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.