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Alison
University of Pittsburgh '18
Majoring in English Literature and Spanish,
with minors in chemistry and dance

It was through PGH CS that I enrolled in my favorite class this semester, Apocalypse (a Literature class at Pitt). It was recommended on the Course Preview guide that was distributed at one of the dinners, and through the class, I have found an academic environment in which I can discuss the theological viewpoint of the apocalypse in an academic setting. Because I was introduced to the course in PGH CS, I am enrolled in a class that challenges me to talk about my faith and its teachings in an academic setting, which is a new experience for me.

I could not be more joyful regarding my experience as a member of Pittsburgh Christian Studies. Since joining PGH Christian Studies, I have been able to interact with other Christian students at Pitt and nearby universities, discuss relevant topics and events in both social and academic settings, and enroll in challenging courses in order expand my knowledge of Christian life. I am so thankful that PGH Christian Studies has given me the opportunity to expand my experiences as a Christian through social and academic activities. Furthermore, the PGH Christian Studies courses I have taken have challenged me to interact with my faith in new ways. I have been able to develop skills in discussing my faith, as well as participate in intellectual discourses regarding faith in academic settings.

I am excited to continue my experience with PGH Christian Studies during my academic career at Pitt, both by participating in events, and enrolling in courses recommended by PGH Christian Studies.

 

Here is the course description for Apocalypse taught by Jeff Aziz:
"This course will explore our culture’s two-thousand-year-old fascination with end times. In various media including text, film, and one video game, we will examine visions and revisions of the unmaking of the world that begin with the biblical Revelation of St. John and continue to contemporary popular culture. Students will discover that they already know a lot about reading Christian allegory and iconography, and will find that knowledge challenged (and hopefully enriched) in a psychedelic landscape of heavenly thrones, lakes of fire, and many-headed beasts. The genre of “apocalypse” might sound like a depressing one, but you will be astonished how much fun can be had tromping across this blasted, often radioactive wasteland, peopled with mutants, strange gods, the living dead, and conquering aliens. Yes: there will be love among the ruins. Along the way, we will explore the manner in which apocalyptic narratives emerge from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures and never quite forget where they came from. Works examined in the course will include Frank Herbert’s Whipping Star, George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, Philip K. Dick’s The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, and the game Half Life 2: Episode One."