Reader's College Fall 2017

Join a Reader's College and meet new friends over great readings. Taught by faculty and staff, Reader's College courses typically involve reading books, joining in discussions and some writing. Students who satisfy the leader's requirements receive ½ course credit.

To sign up for one of the reading groups below simply contact the leader or enroll online through PeopleSoft.

RCOL 104-01: HWS Leads: Leadership Theory I Class # 2048

Instructor: Kaylyn O'Brien, Centennial Center for Leadership
Instructor Permission Required
By providing an overview of contemporary leadership theories, this course deepens students' understanding of leadership and balances academic enrichment with engaged learning.  Students enter in a cohort by way of the Leadership Theory I course and complete a cohort project together.  Students also start an individual portfolio that chronicles their growth, perspectives, values, experiences and personal leadership understanding.  Students will add to their portfolio throughout each of the certificate requirements and be expected to submit a copy of their completed portfolio.
Meeting Time: Wednesday, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Kaylyn O'Brien at obrien@hws.edu

RCOL 105-01: HWS Leads: Leadership Theory 2 Class # 2049

Instructor: Kaylyn O'Brien, Centennial Center for Leadership
Instructor Permission Required
Leadership Theory II Reader's College is an advanced leadership theory course that focuses on the conceptual understanding and technical skills necessary for global leadership, community leadership and entrepreneurial leadership.  This course demonstrates the capacity to which these concepts overlap and apply to the work of contemporary leaders who must navigate the public, private and non-profit sectors.  This course will provide an in-depth examination of various leadership theories and prepare students to apply innovative problem-solving concepts and techniques in both local and global contexts.
Meeting Time: Monday, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Kaylyn O'Brien at obrien@hws.edu or Amy Forbes at aforbes@hws.edu

RCOL  106-01: HWS Leads: Public Speaking Class # 2047

Instructor: Kaylyn O'Brien, Centennial Center for Leadership
Instructor Permission Required
HWS Leads: Public Speaking Reader's College introduces students to the basics of public speaking and presentation techniques, an essential leadership skill.  Topics covered include: critiquing a speech, analyzing an audience, exploring a topic, arranging a speech, the use of language and the performance of speech through the voice and body.  This course provides a practical opportunity for students to become a better public speaker while framing techniques for ethical, inclusive, value-driven leaders who are posed to articulate their views.
Meeting Time: Tuesday, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Kaylyn O'Brien at obrien@hws.edu

RCOL 109-01: Personal Empowerment Class # 1960

Instructor: Brandon Barile, Residential Life
Personal Empowerment is a course designed to develop and apply the core skills of Emotional Intelligence and make and sustain the behavioral changes necessary to support a positive and successful lifestyle. The course objectives include the following: To demonstrate accurate self-awareness, including the identification of one's emotions and their effect, influential factors which generate emotions, and an awareness of personal strengths and limits.To demonstrate self-control, emotional regulation and the ability to form appropriate and positive response patterns to life situations, including attitudes of adaptability, initiative, resiliency, and optimism.  To demonstrate the application of empathetic responses to life situations and the understanding of others including recognition of others' needs, the value of diverse problem-solving approaches and attitudes, and the recognition of power relationships and their emotional structure. To recognize and respond effectively to relationship issues, including personal influence, communication styles, conflict management, change, collaboration and teaming, and nurturing instrumental relationships
Meeting Time: Monday, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Meeting Location: Smith Hall 212
Contact: Brandon Barile at barile@hws.edu

RCOL 109-02: Personal Empowerment Class # 1961

Instructor: Brandon Barile, Residential Life
Personal Empowerment is a course designed to develop and apply the core skills of Emotional Intelligence and make and sustain the behavioral changes necessary to support a positive and successful lifestyle. The course objectives include the following: To demonstrate accurate self-awareness, including the identification of one's emotions and their effect, influential factors which generate emotions, and an awareness of personal strengths and limits.To demonstrate self-control, emotional regulation and the ability to form appropriate and positive response patterns to life situations, including attitudes of adaptability, initiative, resiliency, and optimism.  To demonstrate the application of empathetic responses to life situations and the understanding of others including recognition of others' needs, the value of diverse problem-solving approaches and attitudes, and the recognition of power relationships and their emotional structure. To recognize and respond effectively to relationship issues, including personal influence, communication styles, conflict management, change, collaboration and teaming, and nurturing instrumental relationships
Meeting Time: Tuesday, 4:40 PM - 6:40 PM
Meeting Location: Smith Hall 212
Contact: Brandon Barile at barile@hws.edu

RCOL 109-03: Personal Empowerment Class # 2058

Instructor: Brandon Barile, Residential Life
Personal Empowerment is a course designed to develop and apply the core skills of Emotional Intelligence and make and sustain the behavioral changes necessary to support a positive and successful lifestyle. The course objectives include the following: To demonstrate accurate self-awareness, including the identification of one's emotions and their effect, influential factors which generate emotions, and an awareness of personal strengths and limits.To demonstrate self-control, emotional regulation and the ability to form appropriate and positive response patterns to life situations, including attitudes of adaptability, initiative, resiliency, and optimism.  To demonstrate the application of empathetic responses to life situations and the understanding of others including recognition of others' needs, the value of diverse problem-solving approaches and attitudes, and the recognition of power relationships and their emotional structure. To recognize and respond effectively to relationship issues, including personal influence, communication styles, conflict management, change, collaboration and teaming, and nurturing instrumental relationships
Meeting Time: Wednesday, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Meeting Location: Smith Hall 212
Contact: Brandon Barile at barile@hws.edu

RCOL 114-01: Real Pulp Fiction Class # 2544

Instructor: Sebastiano Lucci, Rocco Capraro, Chris Avanzato
The course opens with an historical and critical social studies framing of the pulp fiction genre, and the related film genre, film noir, in America from the 1930s to the 1950s. Once the framework is established, readings in pulp fiction and screenings of film noir from the period will follow. The culmination of the course is a case study of contemporary pulp fiction by local pulp fiction author, Dr. John Avanzato, who will discuss how he wrote and marketed Hostile Hospital, the first of his three novels, as students read his book.
Meeting Time: Wednesday, 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Sebastiano Lucci at lucci@hws.edu or Rocco Capraro at capraro@hws.edu or Chris Avanzato at avanzato@hws.edu

RCOL 129-01: Peer Empowerment Class # 1962

Instructor: Brandon Barile, Residential Life
Peer Empowerment combines applied emotional intelligence skills gained during Personal Empowerment with advanced peer mentoring and coaching models. This course pairs advanced peer mentors with first time students taking Personal Empowerment, with Peer Empowerment students demonstrating their understanding of empowerment course concepts by leading small groups of first time students.
Meeting Time: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Brandon Barile at barile@hws.edu

RCOL 134-01: Ireland 101 Class # 2614

Instructor: James MaKinster, Professor of Education
Instructor Permission Required
Through this course, students gain an introductory knowledge of Irish history, culture, and society in general, and of Irish cuisine in particular, in preparation of the Spring 2018 program in Galway, Ireland and for the director's seminar GAL 140 Local Food Economics and Cuisine in Ireland: History, Problems, Prospects. Students will begin their experience of Ireland through films, readings, discussions, and short writing assignments.
Meeting Time: Once students have enrolled, instructor will choose day and time that works best
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: James MaKinster at makinster@hws.edu

RCOL 138-01: Chile: Lit, Culture & Astronomy Class # 2585

Instructor: May Farnsworth and Leslie Hebb
Instructor Consent Required
This course will be required of all students accepted for participation in the Chile Study Abroad three-week J-term course. The goals are 1:) to introduce the students to the practicalities of life in Chile 2) to provide an overview astronomical observing using the Perkin Observatory 3) read and study Chilean literature in English translation.
Meeting Time: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: May Farnsworth at farnsworth@hws.edu or Leslie Hebb at hebb@hws.edu

RCOL 139-01: Community Empowerment Class # 1963

Instructor: Brandon Barile, Residential Life
In Community Empowerment, students who have earned credit for Personal Empowerment and Peer Empowerment, utilize applied emotional intelligence skills, and create two Empowerment programs geared towards the campus community (group project) and an individual community of their choice (individual project). Community Empowerment students also work to mentor peer coaches.
Meeting Time: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Brandon Barile at barile@hws.edu

PAST TOPICS

Past Reader's College courses include:

  • Feminist Poetry

  • Tolkien's Middle-earth

  • The Art of Ukrainian Easter Eggs

  • Golf Course Architecture: History and Theory

  • Don Quijote

  • Mid Term Elections

  • Conflict Resolution and Community

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