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Imagine Learning Community

Located in Walsh Hall, Saint Louis University's Imagine Learning Community creates opportunities to explore and engage in humanities topics through both a personal and professional lens. Imagine cultivates connections among students and faculty who share a passion for the humanities; it celebrates reading, writing and artistic pursuits. 

Four students sit on a semi-circular sofa in a residence hall lounge, two stand behind them. All looking at a laptop screen.

Why Choose the Imagine Learning Community?

The Imagine Learning Community is a base for students who want to integrate the study of the humanities with the exploration of career paths and possible post-graduate experiences. The students and faculty in this community ask the big questions: What is a good life? How do language and ideas shape our desires? How do beauty and creativity foster a more just society? Imagine students find out how the answers lead to fulfilling professions and vocations. Students will interact with distinguished writers visiting campus for the annual St. Louis Literary Award; they will see how historians put their skills to work in the Jesuit Archives and Research Center; and they will engage with faculty research and projects. The main goal of this Learning Community is to create a welcoming intellectual and residential experience for first-year students interested in the Humanities.

Recommended for: those interested in English, Philosophy, Theology, History and other Arts and Sciences majors. Open to all majors and undecided students. 

Faculty Associate

Paul Lynch, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of English. A Chicago native, Dr. Lynch received his B.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After college, Dr. Lynch served for two years as a Jesuit volunteer in Kingston, Jamaica, before teaching at the Santa Fe Indian School in New Mexico. While there, he earned an M.A. in English at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He then earned his Ph.D. in English at Purdue University, focusing on rhetoric and composition. Since coming to SLU in 2008, Dr. Lynch has taught courses in rhetoric and writing. His primary research interest is religious rhetoric.

Dr. Lynch enjoys reading, gardening and complaining about Chicago’s baseball teams (mostly the south side one). He lives with his family in south St. Louis, where they get to take advantage of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Tower Grove Park and the South Grand restaurants.