Thinking God for the World (TH201.03S)
Course Description: Learning theology is learning to think about God, freely. This course will read and write and talk about how different people in different contexts do theology - -the Jewish people in their Scriptures and traditions, Catholics and other Christians in theirs, as well as modern and postmodern challenges to these Scriptures and traditions. How can believers and non-believers (and those in between) freely think God together for a world both delighting in the joys of life and ravaged by its griefs, a world of diverse and conflicting religions, of diverse and conflicting ways of thinking about and following the Jesus Christ after whom Jesuit universities are named?
James Buckley, earned his Ph. D. from Yale University in Religious Studies. He has taught theology at Loyola for over thirty years. His own research interests are in modern (post-1750) theology – especially dialogue among Christians (Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant) and the mutual challenge of “faith and reason”.
The Gladiator (CL291.01DS)
The course will use texts ancient and modern (egs. The Colosseum, The Sourcebook on the Roman Games) and films and television shows (egs. Gladiator, Spartacus, The Hunger Games) to illuminate the intersection of cruelty, ideology, and entertainment in the ancient arena…and, perhaps, in the human soul.
Joseph Walsh studied at Fairfield University, The University of Texas at Austin, University of Augsburg (Germany), The American Academy in Rome, and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. He has no gladiatorial training whatsoever. He has served as Chair of Classics, Co-Director of Loyola’s Honors Program, and Co-Director of Loyola’s Leuven Program; he teaches courses and has published on Greek and Roman History, early Christianity, the legacy of the ancient Greeks and Romans, and Christmas.
Mary Ellen Wade is the Associate Director for the Messina program. She began working at Loyola in 2008 as an Assistant Director of Student Life for the Hillside Area and then the Gardens Area. Mary Ellen also serves on the executive board for the Maryland College Personnel Association. Originally from New Jersey, Mary Ellen received her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. Mary Ellen’s interest in Jesuit education began during her previous employment at Georgetown University.