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Spotlight on the Liberal Arts

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AH1Last month, Sr. Anne Higgins, English Department Lecturer, attended an international retreat in Paris with her religious order, the Daughters of Charity. She took the time to share with us some of her thoughts and reflections on the amazing experience she had with her sisters:
I was privileged to participate in the 2018 International Retreat at our Motherhouse at 140 rue du bac, in Paris.
This was an eight-day silent retreat, from March 7th through the 15th. I was one of 65 Daughters of Charity making this retreat. We were grouped into eight language groups: French, Spanish, Portuguese, English, Polish, Slovenian, Czech, Vietnamese. However, we were from many more than eight countries! For example, in the English language group, we were eighteen sisters, but only six of us were native English speakers. The other sisters were from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Nigeria, Kenya, the Philippines, India, Germany, and Kosovo. English was their second or third language!
AH2Why did language groups matter, when we were in a silent retreat? We met for Lauds and Rosary each day in our language groups. We had Mass each day with the whole group, and it was in French. Our Retreat Master was a Polish Vincentian priest who gave his daily conference in French. So, how did this go? We met for our daily retreat conference, and for Mass, in the Assembly/conference room. This is the large room where our Sisters meet for General Chapter every six years, and where other international meetings take place. It is equipped with headphones and handheld devices (“just turn the dial to #5 for English!”) so all the conferences and Masses came to us via Sister translators. It worked very well!
AH3The Motherhouse of the Daughters of Charity is not only a special place for Daughters of Charity around the world. Our Chapel, the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, is a site of prayer and pilgrimage for the whole Church. It was in this Chapel, in 1830, that the Blessed Mother appeared to St. Catherine Laboure, who was a novice in the community at the time. Mary appeared to Catherine several times, and during one of the apparitions, she gave the design of the Miraculous Medal to Catherine, and directed that it should be made and distributed. Most Catholics all around the world know this medal, and many wear it. So people from all walks of life and all nationalities visit this Chapel daily. 
The faith and devotion of the lay people who daily visit the Chapel was overwhelming to me. At least five Masses are celebrated there every day, and they are full. The lay people also stay and pray Vespers with the Sisters each night, all of which is sung in French.
AH4Aside from the entrance and the Chapel, the rest of the Motherhouse is not open to the public. Behind the walls of the Chapel, it is an immense network of buildings. The Daughters of Charity were founded in 1633, and the first Sisters lived with St. Louise de Marillac in her home. As the community grew, it moved and lived in several other houses until the French Revolution, when it was disbanded and the Sisters all sent home. After the Revolution, the Sisters returned to Paris and the community was reassembled. A large mansion, the Hotel Chatillon, had been confiscated by the Revolutionary leaders (and the aristocrats executed!) and in 1810, the government transferred ownership to the Daughters of Charity. AH5The Sisters moved in in 1815, and have been there ever since! Many buildings have been added to the original building, but in places I could see staircases and hallways and courtyards from the original mansion. However, the furniture, facilities, and food are quite stark and simple, considering that so many of our sisters come there from extremely poor areas of the world.
Even though we were largely “in silence,” we sisters communicated with each other through our smiles and eye contact, especially during our meals. For me, it was a tremendous experience of the universal Church, as well as of these wonderful women who have given their total lives to Christ.
This quote from Sister Suzanne Guillemin, one of our past superiors general, was printed on our retreat program, and really expresses the meaning of the retreat:
“God calls each one of us personally to conversion…God asks more of us. God invites us to seek Him unceasingly, to turn to Him more sincerely and more completely. Let us open our hearts that we may hear and recognize God’s voice.”
Jordan LDr. Jordan Loveridge has been awarded the 2017 Research Fellowship from the International Society for the History of Rhetoric. This prestigious honor was awarded to four recipients, only two of whom were from the United States.
The International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR) was founded in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1970 to promote the study of both the theory and practice of rhetoric in all periods and languages and the relationship of rhetoric to poetics, literary theory and criticism, philosophy, politics, religion, law, and other aspects of the cultural context. The ISHR Research Fellowships support individuals engaged in advanced research related to the theory and practice of rhetoric.
ISHRDr. Loveridge's Fellowship will support research on a book project titled A Probable Logic: Emotion, Sensation, and Persuasion in Medieval Rhetoric and Poetic. His study describes a major shift in the rhetorical theory of the middle ages that occurred when authors began to move away from strict rules of logical argumentation in order to construct texts their audiences found more realistic and probable. To do so, they began to consider arguments based on less logical modes of thinking such as sensation, emotion and authority. Interestingly, this change also has a contemporary feel, as scholars today are focusing on the relationship between rhetoric, sensation, and the history of the emotions.
Dr. Loveridge joined the Mount in 2017. Prior to joining our English and Communication Departments, he taught classes in first-year writing, public argument, professional communications, and other courses at Arizona State University, where he had earned his Ph.D.
“Dr. Loveridge is elevating Mount St. Mary’s University banner of rhetoric on the global stage!” -Dr. Carl Glover, Department of Communication Professor and Chair
Jessica Huhn

Jessica Huhn, C'17, presented at the regional undergraduate literature conference hosted by Shepherd University's Alpha Gamma Kappa Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. The conference drew approximately 25 participants from 11 colleges and universities. This year’s conference was focused on addressing themes of shifting identities, negotiating new worlds, and facing prejudices.

Shepard UniversityJessica’s presented a public reading of her paper, “Dream on Monkey Mountain: Straddling vs. Syncretism in the Quest for Liberation and Identity.” In her paper, she utilizes Derek Walcott’s Dream on Monkey Mountain to illustrate the individual and social struggle for identity in a multicultural society. In particular, Walcott’s work references Caribbean people with the combination of African and white European cultures, which included violent colonialism and nativist reactions. Jessica writes, “Walcott maintains that Caribbean people of color must not buy into the aggressive dichotomy of colonialism and black nativism…For true liberation and establishment of identity, such people must syncretically blend elements of African and white civilization.”

SigmataudeltaJessica graduated in May 2017 with a B.A. in English, and minors in Education and Latin. She is a member of the Mount’s Alpha Phi Iota Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. Jessica hopes that more Sigma Tau Delta members will take advantage of the opportunity to attend the conference, and to submit their works for next year’s call for papers.


Kara Monahan

I graduated from the Mount in 2002 with a major in English and a minor in History. To this day, a well-worn copy of my freshman seminar book, Choices, sits on my bookshelf. That anthology represents for me the essence of my Mount experience—thoughtful engagement with a variety of sources about the important choices that shape our lives: education, values, and work. The Mount professors who facilitated discussions of these important choices through their various disciplines made a lasting impression on how I saw myself and my place in the world. After graduating in 2002, I embarked on a number of adventures, including teaching public school in a remote farming village in the north of Japan and earning a Masters degree in English from the University of Delaware. But, it was my college internship at Fort Detrick’s Office of the Judge Advocate General, which I found through the Mount’s Career Center, that ultimately inspired me to pursue a legal career. After graduating from Rutgers School of Law in 2010, I served as a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph E. Irenas in the District of New Jersey.

Currently, I am the Acting Deputy Assistant Director of the Health Care Division of the United States Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition in Washington D.C. In this capacity, I assist in the day-to-day management of the Division, which comprises more than thirty attorneys, paralegals, and support staff. The Health Care Division investigates potentially anticompetitive conduct involving physicians and other health professionals, hospitals and institutional providers, and pharmaceutical companies. I have also been involved with the FTC’s major pharmaceutical initiatives, including federal court litigation challenging anticompetitive pay-for-delay agreements, which delay access to lower-cost generic drugs.

I live in Takoma Park, Maryland with my husband Dan, who is also an English major turned antitrust attorney, and my two daughters, Maeve and Molly. -Kara Monahan, C'02

Lighted Corners, the Mount's student literary magazine, earned the Gold Medal in this year's Columbia Scholastic Press Association competition. It is the Mount's first gold since 2008. A special thanks goes to Mount students Karolina Gajdeczka, C'13, editor, and Teresa Fredericks, C'13, art editor, for their commitment to the success of this publication. Karolina, who received the William Heath Award for outstanding achievement last spring, recently had a short story accepted by a major literary magazine. Look for her story in the Susquehanna Review next spring.

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