Reader's College Spring 2018

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 # 6497

Instructor: Kaylyn O'Brien
Instructor Consent 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: 603 S. Main Street Rm 101
Contact: Kaylyn O'Brien at obrien@hws.edu

RCOL  105-01: HWS Leads: Leadership Theory 2 Class # 6498

Instructors: Amy Forbes and Kaylyn O'Brien
Instructor Consent 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: 603 S. Main Street Rm 101
Contact: Amy Forbes at aforbes@hws.edu or Kaylyn O'Brien at obrien@hws.edu

RCOL  106-01: HWS Leads: Public Speaking Class # 6496

Instructor: Kaylyn O'Brien
Instructor Consent 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: 603 S. Main Street Rm 101
Contact: Kaylyn O'Brien at obrien@hws.edu

RCOL  106-02: HWS Leads: Public Speaking Class # 6499

Instructor: Kaylyn O'Brien
Instructor Consent 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: TBD
Meeting Location: 603 S. Main Street Rm 101
Contact: Kaylyn O'Brien at obrien@hws.edu

RCOL  106-03: HWS Leads: Public Speaking Class # 6500

Instructor: Kaylyn O'Brien
Instructor Consent 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: TBD
Meeting Location: 603 S. Main Street Rm 101
Contact: Kaylyn O'Brien at obrien@hws.edu

RCOL 106-04: HWS Leads: Public Speaking Class # 6560

Instructor: Steven Penner
Instructor Consent 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 4:40 PM - 6:40 PM
Meeting Location: Trinity Hall 206
Contact: Steven Penner at penner@hws.edu

RCOL  109-01: Personal Empowerment Class # 6029

Instructor: Brandon Barile
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, 4:35-6:35 PM
Meeting Location: Smith Hall 212
Contact: Brandon Barile at barile@hws.edu

RCOL  109-02: Personal Empowerment Class # 6030

Instructor: Brandon Barile
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, 4:40-6:40 PM
Meeting Location: Smith Hall 212
Contact: Brandon Barile at barile@hws.edu

RCOL  109-03: Personal Empowerment Class # 6031

Instructor: Brandon Barile
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, 4:40-6:40 PM
Meeting Location: Smith Hall 212
Contact: Brandon Barile at barile@hws.edu

RCOL  112-01: Cymru: Class # 6053

Instructor: David Mapstone
Instructor Consent Required
For many, Wales is often an afterthought, a quiet member of the United Kingdom, an unassuming country dwarfed by its superpower neighbor, England. While historically, Wales (Cymru) has been invaded and conquered by many peoples from the Romans to the Normans, the Celtic Welsh have been able to preserve their culture through music, literature, art, and language. The story of Wales is in part a story of resilience - an active resistance through the patient preservation of Welsh culture.This course will introduce students to the history and culture of Wales in preparation for participation in the Summer Outdoor Education Program in Wales.  Students will also spend significant time working through experiential and adventure education theory and putting these theories to practice in a variety of outdoor activities. Students can expect to spend some of the course in the field engaging in experiential learning activities and reflective writing processes.
Meeting Time: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: David Mapstone at mapstone@hws.edu

RCOL  121-01: Holocaust: Witness and Hope Class # 6480

Instructor: Michael Dobkowski
Instructor Consent Required
Students who successfully complete The March: Bearing Witness to Hope Leadership trip to Germany and Poland, May 16-25, will receive credit for RCOL 121. The program will include visits to museums, monuments and memorials that commemorate the once thriving Jewish cultural centers in Berlin, Krakow, Warsaw and Lublin that were destroyed during World War ll. Students will encounter the death camps of Treblinka, Majdanek and Auschwitz-Birkenau and visit and study about other important historical sites. They will have the opportunity to interact with Holocaust survivors, scholars of genocide and educators. During the spring semester we will meet several times to discuss assigned readings and to prepare ourselves for this experience.
Meeting Time: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Michael Dobkowski at dobkowski@hws.edu

RCOL  127-01: Introduction to Vietnam Class # 6358

Instructor: Christopher Annear
Instructor Consent Required
We will work to see Vietnam from the perspective of its citizens by studying a history of food and class, personal memoirs, and international politics. This Reader's College course provides a basic foundation for understanding these and other topics essential to seeing the country through Vietnamese eyes as you prepare to study abroad. Hayton, Bill 2011 Vietnam: Rising Dragon. New Haven: Yale University Press.Huong, Duong Thu 2002 Paradise of the Blind. William Morrow Paperbacks.Jamieson, Neil L. 1995  Understanding Vietnam. Berkeley: University of California Press.Peters, Erica   2012  Appetites and Aspirations in Vietnam: Food and Drink in the Long Nineteenth Century. AltaMiraPham, Andrew X.   2009  The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars. Broadway. We will also watch videos (e.g., Focus: Vietnam), and films (e.g., Nostalgia for the Countryside Cyclo, "Buffalo Boy, and Heaven and Earth”
Meeting Time: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Christopher Annear at annear@hws.edu

RCOL  129-01: Peer Empowerment Class # 6032

Instructor: Brandon Barile
Instructor Consent Required
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  136-01: The Economics of Betweenness: The Case of Kibera # 6507

Instructor: Keoka Grayson
The Economics of Betweenness will first define the concept of betweenness and then explore how that concept informs economic and social behaviors. This is an experiential learning course that has two parts: a Reader's College class taught at the HWS campus and service learning component experienced in Kibera, Nairobi. Using scholarly work from the fields of economics, sociology, geography, anthropology, and others, we will examine the specific betweenness that occurs as a consequence of squatter life. We will apply our interdisciplinary gaze to The Kibera settlement outside of Nairobi, arguably the third largest squatter settlement in the world. We will delve into the complexities of Kenyan history and social structure, the birth of the slum system, slum tourism and economic decision making under extreme scarcity. As a part of the Reader's College students will design a course to be taught in the settlement over a three week period. Courses must responsibly reflect both the needs identified by the literature and the strengths of the HWS student. This course can be cross-listed with Social Justice, Africana Studies, Education, Anthropology and Sociology, Critical Social Studies and Urban Studies.
Meeting Time: Monday, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Keoka Grayson at grayson@hws.edu

RCOL  137-01: American Foodways Class # 6491

Instructor: David Galloway
Instructor Consent Required
In this course, students will engage a variety of views on food in America: from manifestos to healthy eating to indictments of corporate manipulation of our taste buds, from legendary foundation texts of the 20th century to contemporary exposés and tales of multicultural influences, and finally, the ethical and health dimensions of our food choices, particularly as they concern animals. We will consider these numerous views as we meet in a regular kitchen lab session to construct a series of meals which embrace the contemporary mix of cultures that make up modern American foodways.
Meeting Time: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: David Galloway at galloway@hws.edu

RCOL  139-01: Community Empowerment Class # 6033

Instructor: Brandon Barile
Instructor Consent Required
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

RCOL  141-01: Historical Fiction & Romans Class # 6481

Instructor: James Capreedy
Instructor Consent Required
In this course, students will prepare for the Fall 2018 program in Rome by reading historical fiction, watching and analyzing popular films and TV episodes set during the Roman Empire, and meeting once a week to discuss the development of the Roman Empire. Studying Ancient Rome does matter for it is in our exploration of the past that we can better define and understand our own world, even if we must come face to face with our own failings. Beginning with fiction, then, forces us to analyze the ways in which we Romanticize the past and can thus serve as a catalyst for our own inquiry into why studying and living in Rome matters.
Meeting Time: Thursday 5:00-6:00 PM
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: James Capreedy at capreedy@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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