Since 1923 • For a greater Loyola

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Since 1923 • For a greater Loyola

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Since 1923 • For a greater Loyola

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Professor bridges art, science, and accessibility

Edouard Crago teaches a class on Feb. 20.

Professor Edouard L. Crago, a faculty member at Loyola since 2010, boasts a unique background blending both art and science.

Raised in New Orleans, Crago’s early exposure to academia came through his mother, who served as a chemistry professor at Loyola.

“I grew up on this campus,” Crago recalls, reflecting on his formative years. “You could say I developed a fondness for both art and science right here.”

Throughout his tenure, Crago has emphasized the importance of accessibility in education, advocating for equitable services and resources for all students. He stresses the need for continuous adaptation to address diverse needs within the academic community.

“As an advocate for accessibility, I believe in the importance of continually evolving to meet the needs of students,” he said.

With a background steeped in both disciplines, it was only natural for Crago to gravitate towards a career that embraced the intersection of art and science.

“Teaching is not just about conveying information; it’s about sparking curiosity and fostering discovery,” he said.”Whether in the role of an academic advisor or a professor, the essence remains the same—engaging in a dialogue that encourages students to explore and question.”

In the classroom, Crago leads by example, infusing his lessons with a sense of wonder and inquiry that transcends traditional boundaries. His course “Chemistry and Art” serves as a testament to this approach, offering students a unique opportunity to explore the connections between scientific principles and artistic expression.

“What makes this class unique is its focus on interdisciplinary learning,” Crago said. “Students have the opportunity to investigate the connections between two seemingly disparate fields.”

Beyond the classroom, Crago is actively engaged in various artistic endeavors, including sculpting, graphic design, and ceramics. He views art not only as a means of self-expression but also as a vehicle for understanding and interpreting the world.

“Art offers a unique lens through which we can explore and interpret our surroundings,” he said. “It provides a platform for examining complex ideas and concepts.”

Looking ahead, Crago sees education and art as powerful catalysts for societal change. He believes in inspiring curiosity and creativity in others to foster a more inclusive and vibrant society.

“I am committed to empowering students to think critically and creatively,” Crago said. “By encouraging exploration and discovery, we can work towards building a more equitable and compassionate world.”

Crago brings a wealth of experience and a dedication to interdisciplinary learning to his role at Loyola. His commitment to accessibility, exploration, and lifelong learning is evident in his approach to education and art.

“Every being deserves to be treated with compassion and respect. Let us continue to strive for excellence, both in our own endeavors and in our commitment to others,” he said.

Elinor Upham contributed to the reporting of this article.

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