Reader's College Fall 2016

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 # 2667

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: Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: CCL Seminar Room 101
Contact: Kaylyn O'Brien at obrien@hws.edu

RCOL  105-01: HWS Leads: Leadership Theory 2 Class # 2668

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: Mondays, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: CCL Seminar Room 101
Contact: Kaylyn O'Brien at obrien@hws.edu

RCOL  106-01: HWS Leads: Public Speaking Class # 2666

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: Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: CCL Seminar Room 101
Contact: Kaylyn O'Brien at obrien@hws.edu

RCOL  109-01: Personal Empowerment Class # 2526

Instructor: Brandon Barile, Residential Education

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: Mondays, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Smith Hall, room 212
Contact: Brandon Barile at barile@hws.edu

RCOL  109-02: Personal Empowerment Class # 2527

Instructor: Brandon Barile, Residential Education

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: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:40 – 5:40 p.m.
Meeting Location: Smith Hall, room 212
Contact: Brandon Barile at barile@hws.edu

RCOL  109-03: Personal Empowerment Class # 2528

Instructor: Brandon Barile, Residential Education

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: Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Smith Hall, room 212
Contact: Brandon Barile at barile@hws.edu

RCOL  117-01: Roots & Shoots Class # 2657

Instructor: Nan Crystal Arens

Instructor Permission required.
This service learning Readers College invites you to explore the connection that all people have with our environment and think about how to teach it for change.  Reading “Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators” by David Sobel, we will examine innovative ways schools have approached helping kids integrate with their natural environment.  We will use these insights to plan and run the weekly meetings of Seneca Roots & Shoots, a club that engages young people in environmental education and service.  This year we have two Roots & Shoots options:  working with little kids (grades K-5) to connect with the environment and grow trees, and working with the big kids (grades 6-12) to learn about feeding ourselves and our planet.  Meeting times:  Tuesday 5-6 p.m. (discussion and planning) and Friday 3-5 p.m. (club meetings with the kids).

Meeting Time: per above
Meeting Location: Tuesdays, Eaton Hall 110
Contact: Nan Crystal Arens at ARENS@hws.edu

RCOL  125-01: The Battle of Gettysburg Class # 2669

Instructor: Rocco Capraro, Hobart Dean

Inspired by the 150th anniversary of the epic Battle of Gettysburg, said by some to be "the turning point of the Civil War," this Readers College will feature "readings" of various representations of the battle: in literature (historical fiction), archival history, schematic maps, documentary film, and as a national park.

We will read Michael Shaara's classic historical novel about Gettysburg, The Killer Angels (1974) and the amazing, prize-winning (The Lincoln Prize, 2014) archival reconstruction of the entire battle, Allen C. Guelzo's Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (2014).  For local historical connections to the battle, R. L. Murray’s Holding the Line: New Yorkers in Defense of Pickett's Charge (2001) will be the featured reading.

We will also follow the battle visually through a narrative of mappings, Gettysburg: The Story of the Battle with Maps (edited by Stackpole Books, 2013) and a visit to the battlefield itself, as preserved at the Gettysburg National Military Park.  We will also view the Battle of Gettysburg in documentary film, the Ken Burns masterpiece, The Civil War (Episode Five: The Universe of Battle (1863)/Chapters: Gettysburg, The First Day; Gettysburg, The Second Day; Gettysburg, The Third Day.

Weekly meetings will feature discussion and presentations on each assignment by students in the class.  The course includes an excursion to the Gettysburg Battlefield, including walking the route of Pickett's Charge.

Meeting Time: Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Smith Hall, room 206
Contact: Rocco Capraro at CAPRARO@hws.edu

RCOL  129-01: Peer Empowerment Class # 2529

Instructor: Brandon Barile

Instructor Permission required; Prerequisite RCOL 109
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 # 2506

Instructor: Elizabeth Ramey

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 2017 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: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Elizabeth Ramey at ramey@hws.edu

RCOL  139-01: Community Empowerment Class # 2530

Instructor: Brandon Barile

Instructor Permission required; Prerequisites RCOL 109 & RCOL 129
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

  • 2006 Mid Term Elections

  • Conflict Resolution and Community

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