Fall 2022 Seminars

  • Contemporary Issues in African Economic Development (Prof. Nyema Guannu, Economics)

    TR 8:00-9:40am (CRN 47887)

    TR 9:55-11:35am (CRN 47888)

    This introductory seminar course will examine major contemporary issues in economic development and underdevelopment, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Topics discussed include the role of markets, inequality and poverty, international and regional economic processes, domestic macroeconomic policies, economic growth, the role of the state in economic development, civil war and conflict, debt crisis, and other central issues of economic development in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • The Art & Science of Teaching (Prof. Annette Pijuan-Hernandez, Elementary and Secondary Education) 

    MWF 1:40-2:50pm (CRN 48103)

    This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the field of P-12 education and aims to provide an overview of the teaching profession.  Students will explore the art and science of teaching.  They will understand how the teaching profession is relevant across multiple disciplines and how the knowledge and skills necessary for effective teaching are applied in everyday experiences.  Students will assess and determine their own beliefs, values and assumptions about teaching and learning.  They will identify their individual learning style and apply those findings to the students they are and the teachers they may become.

    Meet the Professor: 

    Annette Hernandez is a Clinical Associate Professor within the School of Education.  She also serves as the Senior Director for the Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation.  Dr. Hernandez earned her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern California.  An LMU alumna, she graduated with her Master of Arts in Secondary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.  She holds both a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential as well as a Professional Clear Secondary Teaching Credential.  Dr. Hernandez has taught several courses within the School of Education, including Educational Psychology and the Secondary Directed Seminar for candidates completing their secondary teacher preparation program.


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

    MW 3:40-4:55pm (CRN 42253)

    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 8:00-9:40am (CRN 46758) 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.

  • Art to Art: Literature & Visual Art (Prof. Janelle DolRayne, Core Curriculum) 

    TR 8:00-9:40am (CRN 48211)

    This course explores the intersection of visual arts and literature and the relationship between images and words through both creative and academic writing. We will investigate graphic novels, comics, ekphrastic literature, concrete poetry, book arts, visual interpretations of literary works, as well as scholarly and disciplinary concerns of literature and visual arts—what scholars sometimes refer to as the “sister arts.” This course is as much a course on writing and art as it is a course on writing about art, and students will be expected to write creatively and academically throughout the semester.

    In this course students will examine how artists and writers use images and words to create meaning, challenge ideas, and “grapple creatively” within a cultural, political, and social context. This class will use John Berger’s Ways of Seeing as a central text and guide to understanding how art reveals cultural values, beliefs, obsessions, and “hidden” ideologies. Though Berger’s analysis is focused on visual art, our focus will be two-fold: we will discuss not only how art and literature reveals cultural obsessions and values, but we will also take a historic and analytical look at the disciplines’ obsessions with each other, as well as their shared and conflicting values.

    Meet the Professor:

    Janelle DolRayne coordinates the Core Curriculum and teaches Rhetorical Arts and First Year Seminar. She is a published poet and essayist, and is currently working to become a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing narrative therapy. Her interests include pugs, pottery, and karaoke. 

  • Attraction, Desire, and Pleasure (Prof. Mikki Kressbach, Film, Television, and Media Studies)

    M 3:05-6:25pm (CRN 48054)

    Nearly every major academic discipline has sought to understand the source and meaning of attraction, desire, and pleasure. Are attraction, desire, and pleasure “natural” expressions of human biology and psychology? Are they products of society and culture? Over the course of the semester, we will explore the theories of desire, attraction and pleasure from Philosophy, Psychology, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Science and Technology studies in order to examine how these feelings—affects and embodied experiences—shape our understanding of romantic love, friendship, and sex. Written assignments will ground these theoretical discussions by analyzing how popular media--e.g. romantic comedies, popular fiction, self-help books, and lifestyle magazines--translate the unseen feelings and experiences of desire, attraction and pleasure to the masses. In exploring how these cultural objects serve to regulate our understanding of these feelings, we will not only interrogate the norms and expectations for love, sex and friendship, but also non-normative expressions of desire, attraction, and pleasure, including kink, asexuality, and queer desire.


    Meet the Professor:

    Mikki Kressbach is an Assistant Professor in the Film, Television, and Media Studies Department. She received her B.A. in Comparative Literature: Cinema Studies from the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching broadly explores how media provoke and interpret bodily sensations, which she has led her to classes on topics ranging from the horror genre, health and technology, and new media. She is currently at work on a book project titled, “Sensing Health: Bodies, Data and Digital Health Technologies,” which examines how popular digital health technologies shape what it means to “feel healthy” in the twenty-first century.


  • Bad Catholics (Prof. Mark Aloysius, Theological Studies)

    MWF 8:00-9:10am (CRN 47720)

    The goal of this course is to explore contemporary voices of loyal dissent in the Catholic church, not simply because these are arenas of theological creativity, but because of the fundamental conviction that God’s Spirit is at work in the margins and in the hearts of all who seek God with a sincere heart. Voices from six areas of the margins of theological discourse will be considered in this course: feminist theologians, Black liberation theologians, Asian theologians, Latinx/Chicano theologians, Queer theologians, and Eco-theologians. These six areas of dissent demonstrate the plurality of discourse among contemporary theologians and the struggle over orthodox belief and right practice that take place under asymmetrical power relations. This course will also explore how dominant theological ideas are formed in dialogue with these more deviant, or ‘bad Catholicisms’. In doing so, this course explores various aspects of critical theory concerning gender, culture, sexuality, and environmental studies with which these theologians engage. Before exploring these six areas, a theoretical framework which clarifies key concepts such as tradition, authority, and dissent in the Church will be investigated. This theoretical framework will then be supplemented with notions of authority and dissent drawing on philosophy and critical theory.

    Meet the Professor:

    Mark Aloysius, a Jesuit of the Malaysia-Singapore Region, is a postdoctoral instructor at the Department of Theological Studies in Loyola-Marymount University. He recently completed a doctorate in political theology at the University of Oxford on the question of the pedagogy of desires and thinking in Hannah Arendt's reading of Augustine. As part of his graduate work, he studied theology in Heythrop College, University of London and at the Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila. He also has a Masters in Philosophy from STF Driyarkara in Jakarta, Indonesia where he worked on philosophy of science. Prior to becoming a Jesuit, he studied for an undergraduate degree in Electronics Engineering in Malaysia.

  • The Best Life (Prof. Brian Treanor, Philosophy)

    MW 8:00-9:40am (CRN 47713) 

    MW 9:55-11:35am (CRN 47714) 

    Philosophy, unlike other disciplines in the university, does not concern itself with a specific subject matter as much as with issues related to what it means to be a thinking being. Philosophy is concerned with what it is to be human and, therefore, is something with which all person should have some interest and ability. This First Year Seminar will introduce you to philosophy and philosophical inquiry through a consideration of two related questions: (1) “What is the best life?” and (2) “Why, even when we know what is right or good, do we so frequently do what is wrong or evil?” Thus, we will be considering the best life and our ability to achieve it. Drawing on philosophy, literature, poetry, and other fields, we will consider what makes human life worthwhile, fulfilling, and good. Given the themes of our class, the questions that we raise during the course of the semester will not be limited to the classroom environment. If we accomplish the goals of the course, you should leave this class with the ability to search out, recognize, and address philosophical problems in your own everyday life. 

    Meet the Professor:

    Brian Treanor is Charles S. Casassa Chair and Professor of Philosophy. His scholarship engages a diverse range of questions, with particular focus on environmental philosophy, philosophy and literature, and philosophy of religion. His work is deeply interdisciplinary, engaging ecology, literature, poetry, theology, and other fields. He is the author or editor of six books and dozens of journal articles and book chapters. His recent work includes Emplotting Virtue (2014), Being-in-Creation (2015), and Carnal Hermeneutics (2015). He is currently completing a manuscript on the experiences of despair and joy, and another on philosophical thinking in the American West. He is a committed teacher in LMU’s core curriculum, as well as teaching electives like Environmental Ethics, Philosophy and Literature, Hermeneutics, Philosophy of Religion, and Contemporary French Philosophy. He is the recipient of many teaching awards, including the President’s Fritz B. Burns Teaching Award. 

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

    TR 9:55-11:35am (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 available to 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. Jennifer Williams, African American Studies)

    MW 1:45-3:25PM (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.

  • The Blues, Rock, and Authenticity (Prof. David Carter, Music)

    MWF 9:25-10:15am (CRN 40856)

    Outsiders to mainstream rock ‘n’ roll have repeatedly drawn on the blues in an attempt to reinvigorate and redefine the music of their time. Numerous British bands in the 1960s looked back to American blues music as more authentic than the commercial rock ‘n’ roll of their era, and decades later 1990s female rock artists critiqued and paid tribute to the tropes of these two earlier groups in their own outsider attempts to recapture authenticity in rock. This course will examine popular music and the quest for authenticity in it through the examination of these three groups of artists: Black American blues artists of the 1920s through the 1950s, blues-influenced British rock artists of the 1960s, and female rock artists of the 1990s. Students will see how questions of race, gender, authenticity, and appropriation play out in each of these periods and trace connections between these groups of musicians. In addition to engaging in close musical observation, students will consider broader cultural and social perspectives on the music. Particular artists that will be studied include Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, the Rolling Stones, Cream, the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, P.J. Harvey, Hole, Liz Phair, L7, and Meshell Ndegeocello.

    Meet the Professor:

    David S. Carter is a composer, theorist, and teacher based in Los Angeles, where he is an Assistant Professor of Music (Theory/Composition) at Loyola Marymount University. He earned his doctorate in music composition at Northwestern University, where his principal teacher was Lee Hyla. Prior to his graduate music studies, he completed a J.D. at the University of Southern California and a B.A. in English Literature at Yale University. He previously taught at Northwestern and North Park University. His music theory research focuses on the analysis of form in popular music, and he has presented scholarly papers at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (U.S.) conference, the College Music Society National Conference, and the Nief-Norf Summer Festival. His compositions have been performed or recorded by the JACK Quartet, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Court-Circuit, and Ensemble Signal, among others. He won the Iron Composer competition at Baldwin Wallace University, Northwestern University’s William T. Faricy Award, and second prize in the Rhenen International Carillon Composition Competition. He has had works performed at the Northwestern University New Music Conference (NUNC! 3), June in Buffalo (2014 and 2011), the 2008 Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory, Music07 at the University of Cincinnati, and the 2007 Bowdoin International Music Festival. Examples of his work can be found at davidcartercomposer.com and soundcloud.com/davidscarter.

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

    M 3:40-7:00pm (CRN 40868)

    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.

  • Contemplative Practice (Prof. Jane Brucker, Studio Arts)

    TR 11:50am-1:30pm (CRN 42252)

    FYS Contemplative Practice provides a broad cultural, artistic and psychological/physiological understanding of the variety, creativity, process and power of the contemplative experience. A series of interdisciplinary readings and lectures are accompanied by weekly meditative experiences, allowing students to explore the numerous ways one can encounter the numinous or achieve a peaceful state.

    The meditative exercises students engage include principles of mind/body coordination and philosophy including yoga and the Alexander Technique, movement, drawing and sound meditations and exposure to contemplation as part of a faith practice. The professor teaches drawing in the Department of Art and Art History and is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and Vinyasa yoga.

    Meet the Professor:

    Jane Brucker is a Los Angeles artist using installation and performance to engage the viewer through contemplation, movement and ritual activity. By combining found objects and heirlooms with textiles, glass, and cast metals she examines memory, fragility, and death. Her work has been exhibited at venues throughout the United States and internationally in Nepal, Japan, Scotland, France, Germany and the Czech Republic.

    Brucker is a professor at Loyola Marymount University where she is area head in drawing. She earned an MFA degree from The Claremont Graduate University, an MA in Religion and the Arts from Claremont School of Theology and attended Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting, where she was awarded a fellowship to study painting with Agnes Martin and traditional buon fresco with Lucienne Bloch. She is a certified teacher of the FM Alexander Technique and incorporates contemplative practice into her teaching.

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

    TR 11:50am-1:05pm (CRN 47002)

    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.

  • Disability Politics, Law, and Policy (Prof. Michael Waterstone, Loyola Law School)

    TR 9:55-11:35am (CRN 47724)

    There is an important, but often overlooked, history and present of people with disabilities as a civil rights group.  In the United States, the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990 as a key civil rights law to help persons with disabilities obtain access to employment, government facilities and programs at all levels, transportation and most public accommodations. Through analysis of political trends, case law, topical articles, and guest appearances this course will examine social and legal protections for people with disabilities, and explore how our disability laws have succeeded or failed to fulfill their promise.  The course will also address growing international developments in disability law and policy.   

    Meet the Professor:

    Appointed as the 18th dean and senior vice president of LMU Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (LLS) on June 1, 2016, Dean Michael Waterstone is a nationally recognized expert in disability and civil rights law. Since the beginning of his tenure at LLS in 2006, Waterstone has served as the Associate Dean for Research and Academic Centers from 2009-2014, and as the dean from 2016 to present. 

    Waterstone has been a visiting professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, University of Haifa, Faculty of Law, and Northwestern University School of Law, where he was selected as the Outstanding First Year Professor in 2014-1015.

    Throughout his legal career, Waterstone consulted on projects for the National Council on Disability and testified before the United States Senate on issues related to voters with disabilities and older voters. Internationally, he worked with foreign governments, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions on disability rights laws in Israel, Japan, China, Bangladesh, Ireland, and Vietnam.  He has published articles in the Harvard Law Review, Emory Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, William and Mary Law Review, and Northwestern Law Review, amongst others. 

    Before joining the LLS community, Waterstone taught at the University of Mississippi Law School and served as a litigation associate at Munger, Tolles, & Olson. Waterstone also clerked for the Honorable Richard S. Arnold on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. 

    Today, Dean Waterstone enjoys spending time with his wife, Julie, three children, Ava, Jack, and Sam, and their new puppy, Annie.  You can find him coaching little league, mountain biking, surfing, reading, and training for the annual faculty/staff vs. student whiffle ball game

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

    MWF 10:50am-12:00pm (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.

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

    TR 11:50am-1:30pm (CRN 47107)

    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. 

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

    MWF 12:15-1:25pm  (CRN 48045)

    MWF 3:05-4:15pm  (CRN 48047)

    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. Anthony Kmetty, Management)

    TR 9:55-11:35am (CRN 45728)

    TR 1:45-3:25pm (CRN 45729)

    This course addresses personal, professional, and societal imperatives surrounding the development of global leadership and career competence within our dynamic context of increasing globalization. You will examine current forces contributing to globalization and developing worldwide trends. The dark side of globalization also is considered, and you will examine important responsibilities and opportunities from your position of relative privilege for asserting ethical and moral leadership in influencing how your future organizations will contribute to and exert a positive impact upon our global society. You also will explore and begin to develop personal career strategies for use while at LMU and beyond (such as study abroad, international internships, international humanitarian service, expatriate assignments) for building critical global competencies that will enhance your future success and personal life enrichment and satisfaction.

    Meet the Professor:


    Professor Tony Kmetty has been teaching at Loyola Marymount University since 2016.   When he joined LMU, he was asked to increase the career readiness of all CBA students through the course Your Future in Business.  Kmetty brought a personalized, dedicated approach to transform a process that can be intimidating to some people into one that can be easily seen as achievable and doable.


    As a member of the Management and Leadership department, Prof. Kmetty has taught undergraduate courses such as Managing People and Organizations and Managing Others, where he utilizes the case study teaching method. In the Executive MBA program, he leads the course Professional Development facilitating class discussions where students learn from each other and cases, while also working individually with each student on their specific professional goals and areas of improvement.


    Prof. Kmetty completed his BBA-Marketing and MA-Counseling at Loyola Marymount and is excited about being at his alma mater as a member of the CBA faculty.  Over the past 30 years, he has worked as an administrator and lecturer at a variety of business schools in the U.S. and Europe.  At LMU, Professor Kmetty has been developing, integrating and delivering career management concepts and practices by teaching CBA freshmen and transfer students and working with all other students to determine their career goals and how all courses and internships will help them succeed in achieving those goals.


    He has developed and modified a program called “Career Visioning” that encourages students to closely examine their skills, interests, and ideologies to the marketplace to develop aligned career goals.



  • Global South Asian Film and Media (Prof. Anupama Prabhala, Film/TV Studies)

    TR 5:00-6:00pm, TR 6:15pm-8:15pm  (CRN 46751)

    This course focuses on the recent surge in the production of South Asian film and media across the globe. Themes include how South Asians continue to redefine themselves as they find new homes outside India in the Caribbean, the UAE, Spain, Fiji, the U.K., the U.S., and Canada. We will study diverse types of South Asian media, understanding them as an intertextual confluence of Bollywood films, food, clothing, dance, and identity, be it based in performance, language, class, caste, gender, sexuality, work, and/or ethnicity. 

    Course topics will use a DEI-based inter-disciplinary approach to analyze identity-formation and expression to understand acculturation as well as discrimination, throwing light on racial loss and trauma while exploring the challenges of assimilation and rehabilitation. 

    We will study a variety of media forms and genres including the feature film, web series, documentary, TV and social media shorts. Starting with globally acclaimed auteurs like Hanif Kureishi, Deepa Mehta and Mira Nair and films like Bend it Like Beckham, and The Namesake, we will go over the phenomenal success of YouTube stars like Lily Singh and the web series Ms. Marvel, Bridgerton, and Never Have I Ever. 

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

    TR 11:50am-1:30pm (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.

  • Latino L.A. (Prof. Sylvia Zamora, Sociology)

    TR 1:45-3:25pm (CRN 46754)

    Latinos now represent 50 percent of all residents in Los Angeles, making them the largest racial/ethnic group in the city. This course takes a sociological look at the social, economic, political, and cultural histories and contemporary experiences of Los Angeles’ diverse Latino population. Students will understand how the Latino presence has transformed from primarily Mexican-origin to one that now includes people from all over Latin America, and develop an appreciation of the important role Latino/as have played in the formation and development of Los Angeles and broader U.S. society. The course combines historical perspectives with current events of various topics such as Latino/a migration to Los Angeles, immigrant settlement, family, community social capital and gentrification, racial and ethnic identity, gender and sexuality, media representations, race relations and discrimination, labor organizing, schooling, policing, immigrant rights and political activism. This course makes use of documentary film, social media, student presentations and classroom discussions to achieve the learning outcomes.

    Meet the Professor:

    Born and raised in South East Los Angeles, Professor Sylvia Zamora received her Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA and a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Smith College. Her research and teaching are guided by questions concerning Latino immigration and how it is changing social, political and racial dynamics in American society; she is also exploring the ongoing manifestations of African American and Latino relations in the context of major demographic shifts. Her work has been recognized with awards from the American Sociological Association Sections on International Migration and Racial and Ethnic Minorities and appears in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Latino Studies and the edited volume, “Just Neighbors?: Research on African American and Latino Relations in the United States.” She is currently working on a book manuscript based on a comparative, multi-site project in México and the U.S. examining how racial ideologies ‘travel’ with migrants across borders, and the implications of this for immigrant incorporation in U.S. society.

  • Markets, Institutions, and Well-Being (Prof. Konstantin Platonov, Economics

    TR 1:45-3:25pm (CRN 47718)

    Why are some countries rich and others poor, and why is there inequality within countries? Will poor countries become rich? Will rich countries remain rich in the future? What is the role of markets in creating and promoting prosperity? Based on academic research, this course will discuss a nation’s well-being in the context of markets and institutions. The first part of the course will discuss how markets work, when free markets are desirable and when free markets fail to deliver the best outcome. The second part of the course will discuss economic and political institutions. Rules and regulation may promote economic development and well-being, but they may also lead to poverty, stagnation, and despair.

    Meet the Professor:

    Konstantin Platonov is a professor of economics at LMU. He holds a PhD degree from UCLA. His research focuses on macroeconomics. His work connects the business cycle with volatile market psychology (so called ‘animal spirits’). Professor Platonov has participated in numerous international conferences, including sessions organized by the Bank of England and the European Central Bank. Currently he is working on international aspects of confidence crashes and financial crises.

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

    MW 3:40-5:20pm (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.

  • Passing and Slumming: Crossing Lines in Literature and Film (Prof. Dermot Ryan, English) 

    TR 11:50am-1:30pm (CRN 47723) 

    "Passing and Slumming" will explore British and American literature and film that represents characters crossing racial, class, or gender lines by "passing" as a member of a social group other than their own or by "slumming" within a social group considered "beneath" them. What is the fascination in texts ranging from Great Expectations to The Great Gatsby and in films ranging from Imitation of Life to The Talented Mr. Ripley with those who transgress the policed boundaries of race, class, and gender? On the other hand, why do so many texts express a desire on the part of characters to live among social groups that are marginalized and stigmatized by mainstream society?  

    Meet the Professor: 

    Dermot Ryan's research focuses on British and Irish literature of the long eighteenth century with a particular emphasis on print culture and postcolonial theory. He is the current Director of the English Graduate Program. He is the author of Technologies of Empire: Writing, Imagination, and the Making of Imperial Networks, 1750-1820 (University of Delaware Press, 2013). He has published articles on literature and empire in Studies in Romanticism, Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Études irlandaises, as well as on the romantic lineages of Karl Marx in SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism. In addition, he has co-authored (with Casey Shoop) an essay on David Mitchell’s novel, Cloud Atlas and has an article on Marx and translation forthcoming in Boundary 2.

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

    TR 9:55-11:35am  (CRN 47715)

    TR 11:50am-1:30pm  (CRN 7716)

    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 11:50am-1:30pm (CRN 47722)  

    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.

  • Politics of Race Relations (Prof. Claudia Sandoval, Political Science)

    TR 9:55-11:35am (CRN 46753)

    Projections shows that the United States is quickly becoming a minority-majority nation. U.S. Census data suggests that by 2044, over half of the population will be non-white. Given these projections, it is important that we understand how different racial groups interact with one another socially and politically. Academic research often focuses on white-minority relations, yet given future demographics, it is of growing importance to understand intra-minority relations. This course will focus primarily on Black-Latinx relations, while offering comparisons to their Asian and White counterparts. We will begin by focusing on the important issues and topics that Black and Latinx groups encounter in the US. After grounding the groups in their individual contexts, we will take various political issues to determine how Blacks and Latinx groups work together (or against each other). This course will also ground those arguments around theories of threat, contact, and group positioning, among others. At the end of the course, students will have a nuanced perspective on race-relations that is not easily explained by notions of complete solidarity or discrimination, but rather a complicated relationship that is operationalized through state actors and white supremacy.

    Meet the Professor:

    Claudia Sandoval is a professor in the Political Science department where she teaches courses on Race, Immigration, and Black/Latina/o relations. Professor Sandoval is a first-generation Mexican immigrant who grew up in Inglewood, California and graduated from Westchester High School.  Professor Sandoval went on to receive a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 2006. During her time as an undergraduate, she participated in the McNair Research Scholars program and wrote a senior these on Black/Latina/o Relations in Inglewood. After graduating college, Sandoval left to the University of Chicago for her Ph.D. in political science. During her 9 year stay in the Midwest, Professor Sandoval taught Latina/o Politics at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  

  • Principles of Scientific Reasoning 

    MW 1:45-5:00pm (CRN 40864) 

    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:

  • Prisons and Public Culture (Prof. Kyra Pearson, Communication Studies)

    TR 3:40-5:20pm (CRN 41955)


    How has imprisonment become a defining feature of life in a country touted as the “land of the free?” What responsibilities do we—as a public—bear in generating responses to crime or wrongdoing? To answer these questions, this course introduces students to prison’s public lives, primarily through stories that circulate in U.S. culture about prisons (and jails) in order to study how those discourses have shaped the meaning of punishment, crime, freedom, safety, and justice. Using methods of analysis found in communication and cultural studies as well as critical race studies, we will examine how imprisonment is “talked about” within political discourse, literature, film, television, journalism, and social movements. By focusing on specific debates—including the emergence of prisons in the US, punishment as a topic in mass cultural forms (novels, film, TV), explanations for mass incarceration, and cases of wrongful incarceration— we will explore the ways the discourses and aesthetics of political reform and culture have borrowed from one another. Students will research competing historical narratives about punishment and prisons found in public texts and scholarly research. Conversely, discourse from prisoners, with special emphasis on the 1970s to today, will help us question both public and scholarly “knowledge” about prisons. Ultimately, we will contemplate whether an institution that is so deeply woven into democratic societies such as the prison system is now obsolete.

  • Psychology in Everyday Life (Prof. Ricardo Machon, Psychology)

    MW 9:55-11:35am (CRN 42294)

    This course explores the science of psychology and its applications in everyday life experience. By critically examining and meaningfully integrating its historical roots— Philosophy and Natural Science— the course will introduce students to the intersection of psychological science, transcendence and contemporary social issues. Students will be introduced to the Biological – Psychological - Social/Cultural model, a predominant lens through which human behavior and mental processes are examined. Students will gain a holistic understanding of what it means to be a thinking, feeling, acting, reflecting, and questioning human being in everyday life.

    Meet the Professor:

    Ricardo Arturo Machón is a professor of psychology and holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California. As a first-generation college student and immigrant, he is also a graduate of Loyola High School of Los Angeles.

    He has over 30 professional publications primarily in psychopathology and neurodevelopment of mental disorders. His most recent area of scholarship, some of which he has co-authored with his students, includes integration of pedagogy, psychological science, first-generation college experience, and social and developmental issues among emerging adults. He is a recipient of the Daum Professorship 2010-2011, an endowed chair awarded to senior faculty by the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts for excellence in teaching and advising; scholarship.

     Machón serves as Co-Director and Principal Investigator of the LMU McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement program for highly promising, first-generation college and underrepresented students in order to prepare them for graduate studies in STEM and social sciences. He is deeply committed to undergraduate student research, and since 1993 has directed and mentored well over 45 research projects and theses, typically presented at national professional and undergraduate psychological conferences.

  • Race And Journalism (Prof. Tara Pixley, Journalism) 

    W 6:00-9:20pm (CRN 40860) Honors Only 

    This course encourages students to understand media production as an act of social justice that crosses disciplinary boundaries of journalism, creative writing, literary studies, and rhetoric. Students will learn both the historical context of the role journalism has played in perpetuating and challenging racist ideologies alongside contemporary issues of race and representation in newsrooms and the specific challenges that aspiring journalists of color may face. Classes will center group discussions of the intersections of journalistic practice with race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and other forms of marginality. Topics covered in the class include: the trajectories of independent newspapers geared toward Black, Chicana/o, Asian-American and other ethnic communities; how ideologies of race flow through and from written reporting, audio storytelling, and visual journalism; the role of media in civil rights and racial justice movements; and efforts to confront racism in the newsroom from the 1990s to now.  

    Meet the Professor: 

    Tara Pixley is an Assistant Professor in the Journalism program. She was a 2021 IWMF NextGen Fellow, a 2020 awardee of the inaugural World Press Photo Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative and a 2016 Visiting Knight Fellow at Harvard University's Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Her writing and photography have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Newsweek, ProPublica, HuffPost, Nieman Reports, ESPN Magazine, CanonPro, and the Black Scholar, among many others. Her work in visual journalism intersects with her scholarship and advocacy, each addressing the intersectionality of race, gender, class, visual rhetoric, and the potential for visual media to reimagine marginalized communities. She is a co-Founder and Director of Authority Collective — an organization dedicated to establishing equity in visual media —  and she is currently working on a book chronicling the move to decolonize the photojournalism industry.


  • Religion and Pop Culture (Prof. Corrina Laughlin, Communication Studies) 

    MW 11:50-1:30pm (CRN 40874)  

    This course will use the porous and often mutually informing categories of “religion” and “popular culture” to introduce students to essential critical thinking and writing skills as well as critical media literacy. The objectives of this course fit within the first year seminar theme of “Cuture, Art and Society.” Our analysis will take seriously the Critical Cultural Studies notion that “popular culture”, once considered “low” or trashy is a worthy site for understanding ideology and politics. Students will read scholarly articles and theoretical texts alongside excerpts from novels, films, television series, podcasts, and memes. We will consider and discuss definitions of religion that will help students imagine the role of religion and religiosity in the construction of media, marketing, fashion, globalization, and digital culture.

    By the end of the course students will have familiarity with common religious discourses embedded in American popular culture and civic life and they will be able to recognize stereotyped, tokenized, and biased media portrayals of religion and religious people. Students will also demonstrate media arts practice by designing and executing a media project of their choosing and will be prepared for this with in-class workshops and peer-review sessions.


  • Representations of Women in Ancient Greece (Prof. Amanda Herring, Art History)

    MWF 9:25-10:35am (CRN 41890)

    MWF 10:50am-12:00pm (CRN 41086)

    This course will examine how women were depicted ancient Greece in the period between the seventh and first centuries BC.  The course will be organized thematically, with each course unit examining a different female role in society.  Within the confines of ancient Greek culture, women fulfilled strictly defined roles.  In the course of the semester, we will examine each of these different roles, including that of wife and mother, prostitute or courtesan, goddess, and queen, and discuss how these women were represented in contemporary artworks.  The class will aim to discuss and answer such questions as: What criteria were used to define gender roles in Greece?  Who were the intended audiences for artworks that depicted women?  Did artworks intended for female patrons differ from those produced for male patrons?  How do corresponding male gender roles and their artistic depictions help to elucidate our understanding of female roles?  As Greek society changed and developed, did the roles of women change as well?  How do ancient Greek gender roles compare to those of our own society?  How does understanding the gender roles of ancient Greece help to further our knowledge of Greek art and culture?

    Meet the Professor:

    Amanda Herring is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History.  She received her B.A. in Art History & Classical Archaeology from Dartmouth College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from UCLA. At LMU, she teaches courses on the art and architecture of the ancient world. With a specialization in Hellenistic Greece, her research explores how architecture and sculpture were used as expression of cultural and ideological identities in a period of rapid social and political change. Her current research project examines the superhero Wonder Woman and the manner in which her comics reinterpret and depict Greek myths, particularly their transformation of amazons from antagonists to heroes

  • Science and Engineering (Prof. Elham Ghashghai, Systems Engineering)

    MW 3:40-4:55pm (CRN 40878)

    An introductory course on the fundamentals of science and its impact on society.  

    What is science and scientific thinking? What qualifies as science? What is the philosophy of science? Does science answer everything? What are the social and ethical philosophical questions surrounding modern science? What is the scientific approach addressing today’s challenges such as climate change? 

    The students will be engaged in critical lively discussions, writing papers and present engaging presentations. The students will build a foundation to not only improve their understanding of science and engineering, but also will be guided to build a foundation for their future research, social and academic engagement.  

    Meet the Professor:

    Dr. Elham Ghashghai joined Loyola Marymount University as full-time faculty in Spring of 2022 as part of the Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Systems Engineering department. Prior to joining LMU, she was a senior project leader at The Aerospace Corporation leading projects on future Communication and Global Positioning Satellites for fifteen years. Prior to that, Elham was with the RAND Corporation, leading and contributing to a variety of studies for future aerospace architecture, communication satellite design, operations research, Global Positioning System (GPS), information technology, and Middle East policy analysis. Dr.. Ghashghai has two M.S. degrees—one in mathematics and one in operations research—and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Purdue University. She was also an adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California. 

  • Strange Loops (Prof. Brad Stone, Philosophy)

    TR 6:00-7:40pm (CRN 43243)


    Hofstadter’s book Gödel, Escher, Bach offers a marvelous interdisciplinary fugue that brings together music, visual art, mathematics, computer science, and cognitive science in wonderful harmony.  As honors students, you will often be invited to create fugues, bringing into harmony a variety of perspectives and expertise.  By focusing on the notion of recursion and other concepts associated with circularity, we will begin to see the beauty of thinking in different ways.  To Hofstadter’s mix I add literature and drama (although these are not completely absent from GEB) as well as American fugues from the first American shape-note hymnbook, The Sacred Harp.  

  • The Year 1000 (Prof. Anthony Perron, History) 

    MWF 9:25-10:35am (CRN 46749) 

    MWF 10:50am-12:00pm (CRN 47717) 


    This course will travel back to a distant era of tremendous change, the world at the turn of the first millennium. Ranging from Manchuria to West Africa, we will look at how a new world order emerged in the tenth century out of a time of crisis and chaos, anchored by three regimes in particular: the Song Dynasty in China, the Fatimid Caliphate in the lands of Islam, and the Holy Roman Empire in central Europe. Our journey will take us through a series of case studies looking at similar developments in different parts of the Old World. Learn how new regimes sought authority by reviving the legacies of antiquity. Wander the crowded yet vibrant streets of cities like Cairo and Kaifeng. Follow the trade networks of Arabs and Venetians across the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean. And listen as Muslim and Christian missionaries tried to persuade converts to join their cause. Throughout the course we will pay attention to how “barbarian” frontiers and imperial rivalries shaped the world of the year 1000. The course will also be explicitly interdisciplinary, showing how distinct approaches are necessary to understand the varied societies in different parts of the world; each of our case studies will demand that we draw on different types of evidence, ask different questions, and apply different methods to analyze our subject.

    Meet the Professor: 

    Dr. Perron received his BA and PhD in History from the University of Chicago. He teaches introductory courses on world and medieval European history, along with upper-division courses on the Crusades and the Vikings and a seminar in medieval law. His research interests include medieval Scandinavia and the history of medieval church law. He is currently working on a project involving the legal history of cemeteries and changing conceptions of the community of the dead from the eleventh to the thirteenth century.

  • War and Peace in German Literature and Film (Prof. Pauline Ebert, Modern Language and Literature)

    MW 1:45-3:25pm (CRN 46756)

    Combat, killing, suffering, death, and trauma have affected German culture and society in drastic ways throughout its history, and in particularly extreme proportions since early in the 20th century. In this course we will study major works of literature, art, and film that deal with war, violence, and trauma. We will mostly focus on material from the 1900s: moving from World War I, through the interwar period (where PTSD was first discovered), across the Nazi period and World War II, including the Holocaust. We will look at novels, plays, essays, and films that treat these themes, along with supporting historical material.

    Meet the Professor:

    Pauline Ebert earned her Magister Artium in German Literature from the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, and her M.A. in Modern Languages from the University of Alabama. She received her Ph.D. in German Studies from Wayne State University. Her research interests are in the areas of German collective memory of the Holocaust and the Third Reich, and the literature of the Holocaust. She is trained in the teaching of German as a second language and has a strong interest in language acquisition, current methodologies and media. She also received special training in Holocaust pedagogy.

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

    TR 9:55-11:10am (CRN 40917)

    TR 11:50am-1:05pm (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.

  • Writing the World Around Us (Prof. Elizabeth Wimberly Young, ORCA & BCLA

    MWF 3:05-4:15pm (CRN 48215)

    This seminar explores creative nonfiction prose as an ultimately persuasive form, with a particular emphasis on how creative nonfiction essays are utilized to interrogate and interpret facets of American culture and society. This seminar will focus on reflective non-fiction prose writing with an emphasis on the study, research, and composition of literary journalism essays. By the end of the course, students will critically examine various essays to explore how they use research, technique, and persuasion, will further develop information literacy techniques through evaluating and completing research through various methods, and will practice the above techniques through two major essays of their own. 

    Meet the Professor:

    Elizabeth Wimberly  has over 14 years teaching experience in composition and creative writing, and her creative work has appeared in several publications. She is a professor, writer, and administrator with experience in core curriculum and student research program development, reform, implementation, and assessment. In addition to her teaching, she currently serves as Associate Director for LMU's Office of Research & Creative Arts.

  • Zombies, God, and Empire (Prof. Tracy TiemeierTheological Studies) 

    MW 3:40-5:20pm (CRN 41851) 

    Whether it is the dread of eternal slavery in Haitian Vodou or the terror of the “foreign other” in White Christian imagination, the zombie is a figure that both reflects and reinforces complex socio-religious dynamics. Situating the zombie within the history and legacy of Western colonialism, this course examines the realities, problems, and possibilities of zombies for a more just world. We first explore the zombie’s origins in Western and Central Africa. We then examine the emergence of Haitian Vodou, attending to the folklore, theology, and practice of Haitian zombification. After that, we look at the development of the cinematic zombie. The zombie was an object of fascination during the American occupation of Haiti (1915-1934), leading to its appropriation in Western cinema. The cinematic zombie no longer reflects the anxieties of enslaved and colonized peoples, but instead props up the racial and religious fears of the colonizers. Underlying racial and religious claims of superiority persist, even after zombies are no longer associated with Vodou in American popular culture. At the same time, cinematic zombies have also served as profound indictments of the status quo and undermined unjust structures of domination. Thus, the final piece of our course assesses the theologically and socially liberative potential of zombie narratives.

    Meet the Professor:

    Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier is Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. She specializes in Asian/Asian American theology, comparative theology, feminist theology, Hindu-Christian studies, and interreligious dialogue. A mixed Japanese-German American Catholic background full of saints and ancestors, a Midwest upbringing, and an abiding love of science fiction/fantasy/horror/dystopian worlds make her particularly interested to integrate critical theory, feminist theory, multiracial theory, and popular culture studies into her Catholic theological work.