• Becoming a Multi-Planetary Species (Prof. Claire Leon, Engineering)

    TR 12:50-3:50PM (CRN 20739)

    There is a growing movement of thinkers and technologists who are advocating for a multi-planetary civilization. Their concern is that our existence on Earth is precarious, and to ensure the continuation of humanity, it is necessary to become a multi-planetary and eventually an interstellar or even intergalactic species.  This course will explore the Past, present and future aspects of space exploration, and the challenges involved to become a multi-planetary species.  The social, cultural, political, and engineering topics will be discussed, as well as the ongoing development of private industry entering space, and the future focus on Mars expeditions.

    Meet the Professor:

    Claire Leon is the Graduate Program Director for the Loyola Marymount University’s Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Program, she has also taught in the program since 2006.  Prior to joining LMU, Dr. Leon held a variety of leadership positions in industry and the government.  She retired from Boeing, in 2013, as the Vice President of National Programs after 34 years in the aerospace industry.  After retiring from industry, she worked for the Air Force as a member of the Senior Executive Service, as the Director of the Launch Enterprise Directorate at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.  She was responsible for leading the procurement of launch services and the investment in future launch systems for the Department of Defense.

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

    TR 12:50-3:50PM (CRN 20738)

    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.

  • Liberal Education in the Age of Enlightenment (Prof. Jeffrey L. Wilson, Philosophy)

    TR 1:30-3:30PM (CRN 20704)

    The “liberal” in “liberal education” expresses its liberating function, in the three intersecting dimensions of education for ethical freedom, religious freedom, and political freedom.  Using texts from the 18th century European Enlightenment philosophy of education by Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Mendelssohn and Wollstonecraft, along with contemporary texts by bell hooks, this course prepares students to use the ideas that motivated the French Revolution and the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah) to reflect on the emancipatory purposes of their own college experience.

    Meet the Professor:

    Jeffrey L. Wilson is associate professor of philosophy. He holds a Ph.D. from Emory University and teaches courses in ethics, modern philosophy, and aesthetics. His research focuses on the relationships between ethics (especially moral education) and the philosophy of the arts and creativity in the work of 18th century Prussian philosopher Immanuel Kant and the 20th century German-Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig. He has lectured on his research in Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Lebanon, Switzerland, and the United States.

  • The West and the American Imagination (Prof. K.J. Peters, English)

    MW 4:00-5:30PM (CRN 20595)

    The Westward Imagination examines American westward expansion driven by the entwined concepts of continentalism and Manifest Destiny. These two concepts provided justification for massive land acquisitions, war, the decimation of first nations peoples, the importation of foreign labor forces, and the expansion of slavery. Symbolically, westward expansion relocated American energies, social identity, and the American imagination from the eastern seaboard, across the mid-west, to the west coast. Using westward expansion as a lens, this course examines the human expression of the evolving American imagination in novels, short stories, poems, and Film. The horizon of this course will begin with the founding of these concepts (1818-1823) and will be focused by three critical questions: (1) What impelled continentalism and the westward pursuit of destiny? (2) How were American sensibilities, ambitions, and institutions changed in the movement west? (3) Are contemporary manifestations of westward expansion and manifest destiny still discoverable in the American imagination?

    Meet the Professor:

    K. J. Peters was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Hamilton county Nebraska. He took is Doctorate at the University of Nebraska specializing in critical theory and interrogative rhetorics. Prior to his current position at LMU, Dr. Peters was a professor at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. Among his publications are articles addressing the thematics of Hemingway, the rhetoric of privacy, Levinasian phenomenology, and academic freedom. His current research includes the rhetorical tradition of Jesuit education and a re-imagining classical rhetorical concepts for the contemporary, multi-media classroom. He is completing a textbook entitled The Argument Handbook forthcoming from McGraw-Hill. Dr. Peters directed the Freshman English Program for 12 years and has twice served as the president of the LMU faculty senate. He served as the chair of the Bellarmine Forum focused upon the traditions and charism of LMU’s founding and designed as a guide for LMU’s next 100 years. He is currently the faculty representative for the trustees’ facilities and IT committee and the faculty athletics representative. In addition, he has served as the President of the Board of Directors for St. Marks School, Venice, CA.