Alumni College: Course and Excursion Descriptions

Alumni College Classes 


Session 1:  9:00-10:15 A.m.

Immigrants and Restaurant Culture in New Orleans
Justin Nystrom, Ph.D.

This course lecture explores the role of Sicilian immigrants and their descendants in shaping of restaurant culture in New Orleans. We'll pay particular attention to the culinary, social, and business evolution of restaurants between the 1840s and the 1970s, exploring a process that has led to our our own modern dining paradigm. 

How do we stimulate interest in the environment:  It’s bugs, spiders, lizards, and other critters
Bob Thomas, Ph.D.

Dr. Thomas will discuss how we become fascinated with nature, and how our passions for nature may be stimulated.  He will use a few examples of factoids he uses to excite his students about the amazing natural world around them.  

Session 2:  10:30-11:45 A.M.

Louisiana’s Past as Prologue to America’s Future
Angel Parham, Ph.D.

Louisiana has a rich social and cultural history that many in the U.S. are unaware of.  Southern Louisiana in particular was long tied to the Caribbean and it bears the mark of this connection.   Flows of people and ideas between southern Louisiana and the Caribbean in the 18th and 19th centuries strengthened Louisiana’s already existing Creole culture and reinforced its distinctiveness compared to other parts of the U.S. Now, as more areas of the country experience increased migration of people from Latin America and the Caribbean, these areas are encountering a situation that resonates with what Louisiana experienced two hundred years ago.  In this session we consider how Louisiana’s past is a prologue that helps us to see possibilities for America’s future.

Presidency, Courts, and Constitution:  The Trump Effect
Phil Dynia, Ph.D.

This course examines the possible effects of the Trump presidency on the President’s constitutional role and powers, with special attention to the relationship between the President and the federal courts.

Session 3: 1:00 - 2:15 P.M

The American South 2017:  Big trends, Big questions
Ferrell Guillory ‘69

Waves of social, economic and political change have swept over the South. It is a region of contrasts and divisions – urban-suburban-rural, white-black-Latino, rich-middle-poor. The region’s transformation and issues are central to understanding the United States in second decade of the 21st Century.

Crisis in Korean Peninsular:  Power Struggle between Rising China and the US
Young Soo Kim, Ph.D.

This course will cover the issue of the North Korean nuclear crisis and power struggle between China and the US.

Vladimir Putin's Russia 
Natasha Bingham, Ph.D.

Vladimir Putin, an enigmatic character that had a surprise rise to the Russian presidency has consolidated power over the last 17 years. His consolidation of power has not only affected Russia’s political, economic, and cultural development but has shaped its relations with former Soviet states such as Ukraine, its relations with Syria, and its relations with the US.

Session 4: 2:30 - 3:45 P.M.

The F-Word: The Feminist Struggle Against Marginalization & Implosion
Patricia Boyett, Ph.D. 

Through dialogue and lecture, we will explore how feminism has survived both internal demographic and ideological divisions and external efforts to demonize feminists. We will conclude the class with a discussion on how this emerging fourth wave of feminism has the power to achieve unprecedented success if it embraces its diversity and becomes a fully intersectional, intergenerational, and inclusive movement for gender equality.

The Trump Upset
Sean Cain, Ph.D.

Donald Trump won upset victories against his Republican rivals and then Hillary Clinton in 2016, but he also upset the conventional wisdom about who and what wins presidential elections.  We'll examine his and his opponents' campaign finances and organizations to show that his success was due to more than a Twitter account alone.

SESSION 5: 4:00 - 5:00 P.M.

Loyola Then and Now: Learn about what campus is like today for our students and share your stories from your time at Loyola. This session will be facilitated by Dr. Francisco Garcia-Torres '67. 

Alumni College Field Trips 

FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017

Cocktail Seminar:  New Orleans Cocktails

Phil Greene 

Loyola alumnus Phil Greene is a cocktail celebrity, one of the founders of the Museum of the American Cocktail, and author of The Manhattan:  The Story of the First Modern Cocktail with Recipes and To Have and Have Another:  A Hemingway Cocktail Companion. He will lead us on a delightfully tasty tour of the history of New Orleans Cocktails.  Cocktails and refreshments will be served.  


Bus Tour of New Orleans

Locals and out of town visitors alike will enjoy this tour of some of the most unique neighborhoods in New Orleans.  Join us as we explore the history and beauty that makes New Orleans magical all from the comfort of an air conditioned luxury bus. 


*All Excursions meet at the Communications/Music Horseshoe located on St. Charles Avenue first.*