Reader's College Spring 2014

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.

RCOL102-01: Cymru: Exploring History, Culture, and Self through Outdoor Education

Instructors: David Mapstone, Assistant Dean, Hobart College

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 a portion of the course in the field engaging in experiential learning activities and reflective writing processes. This course is only open to students enrolled in the Summer 2014 Wales Outdoor Education Program.

Meeting Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Contact: David Mapstone, Mapstone@hws.edu

RCOL 102-02: Richard Ford’s Frank Bascombe Trilogy

Instructors: Chip Capraro, Associate Dean, Hobart College

Read three great American novels by Richard Ford, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award: The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land. The novels follow the struggles of Frank Bascombe—failed novelist, turned sportswriter, turned New Jersey real estate agent—as he negotiates career, family, and relationships in a complex world that will not leave him alone to be set in his ways. Ford is a genius of language. You will finding yourself reading passages aloud to friends and family as you delight in his truly amazing writing.

Meeting Time: Wednesdays, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Location: Smith Hall, Room 212
Contact: Chip Capraro, Capraro@hws.edu

RCOL 102-03: The Trans-Siberian Railway, An Introduction

Instructor: David Galloway, Russian Area Studies

This Reader’s College is designed for students accepted to the Trans-Siberian Railway offcampus program for summer, 2014. This course is offered by permission only.

Meeting Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Contact: David Galloway, Galloway@hws.edu

RCOL 102-04: HWS Second Chances Program: Topics in Prison Education

Instructor: Steven Cope, English and Comparative Literature

This Reader’s College course is designed primarily (but not exclusively) for students who are interested in HWS’s Second Chances prison education program. Over the course of 10 meetings throughout the semester, we will read and discuss critical accounts of the American prison-industrial complex drawn from numerous disciplines (sociologically, cultural studies, critical race studies, history, literature, philosophy). We will also address the pedagogical challenges and rewards of teaching in American prisons. Students will have the opportunity to attend a class taught by an HWS professor at Five Points Prison in Ovid, N.Y. The course will be taught collaboratively by Professor James Sutton (Sociology) and Professor Stephen Cope (English and Comparative Literature)

Meeting Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Contact: Steven Cope, cope@hws.edu


Instructor: John Mark, History; Charlie Temple, Education; Susanne McNally, Dean, William

This Reader’s College will practice singing and playing for personal enjoyment, alone or with a group, tunes and songs from English, Celtic and American traditions. Weekly meetings will alternate between group sessions and lessons and discussions with faculty leaders Susanne McNally, Charlie Temple, Brooks McKinney and John Marks. Experience is optional, desire to learn and participate is mandatory. Enrollment cap: 24.

Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 7 - 8 p.m.
Location: Merritt 100
Contact: John Marks, marks@hws.edu

RCOL 102-06: Sustainable Design and the US Green Building Council's LEED Certification System

Instructor: Lisa Cleckner, Director, FLI; Cari Varner, Art and Architecture; Adam Maurer,
Manager, FLI

Buildings account for almost 50% of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S., and almost 50% of energy consumption. Designers, engineers, architects, and occupants have a marked ability to greatly reduce operational costs while protecting the natural environment. The U.S. Green Building Council has created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, which is a voluntary certification program to recognize green buildings. Since its inception, over 54,000 buildings are registered around the world and many local governments and colleges require certification for new construction. This Reader’s College will cover the Green Building & LEED Core Concepts Guide, 2nd Edition to help prepare students to take the LEED Green Associate exam. The Green Associate credential signifies current understanding of green building principles and practices and is the gateway for more advanced LEED accreditation. Special training sessions will be provided for those who take the Green Associate exam.

This course is only open to students enrolled in the Summer 2013 Wales Outdoor Education Program.

Meeting Time: TBD
Place: Finger Lakes Institute (601 S. Main Street)
Contact: Lisa Cleckner, cleckner@hws.edu

RCOL 102-07: Roots & Shoots: Exploring Nature with Children

Instructor: Nan Crystal Arens, Geoscience

This service learning Reader's College invites you to explore the connection that all people have with nature. Through readings, we will examine this connection and how it can be expressed. We will use these insights as a guide as we plan and run the weekly meetings of Seneca Roots & Shoots [http://senecarootsandshoots.org/], a club that engages children in environmental education and service. We sing, play, plant, make art, read, dance and generally have a lot of fun.

Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 5-6 pm and Friday’s, 3-5 pm (Friday meetings are with the children)
Place: TBD
Contact: Nan Crystal Arens, arens@hws.edu

RCOL102-08, 102-09, 102-10: PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT

Instructors: Janet VanLone, Center for Counseling and Student Wellness; Brandon Barile,
Residential Education; Tempe Newson, Office of Student Affairs

Students will learn about and practice of personal empowerment. This course will assist students in learning key emotional intelligence skills by developing greater awareness of their internal selves through studying developmental processes such as moving from seeking immediate gratification to investing in the future, from fleeing or fighting to understanding skills for negotiating conflict, and from lashing out at others to specific competencies for successfully regulating emotions. This course examines how attaining greater personal empowerment may lead to more accurate self-perception and more enduring personal and professional success. All students will purchase a custom workbook that contains a list of required readings. The workbook is $20.

Meeting Time: There are three sections of this course. Enrollment cap for each section is 20. Section times: Monday: 7:15-9 pm ; Tuesday: 7:15-9 pm; Wednesday: 7:15-9 pm. Students in this course will meet once per week beginning the third week of the semester. Each week, all students will also attend a 30-minute coaching session.
Location: TBD
Contact: Janet VanLone at jvanlone@hws.edu

RCOL102-11: HWS Leads: Leadership Theory I

Instructors:Amy Forbes Associate Director, Centennial Center for Leadership Kaylyn O’Brien, Coordinator of Leadership Programs, Centennial Center for Leadership

The HWS Leads Reader’s College is the gateway into the HWS Leads Leadership Certificate Program. Leadership is not effortless or innate but a process worth examining. Within the CCL, we believe leadership can be learned. We focus on behaviors, not competencies. Current and aspiring leaders will study, read and discuss the various components and practices of effective leadership. Learning what it means to lead with an inclusive, ethical, and valuesbased approach is foundational to this program. Invited speakers, workshops, and experiential activities add depth and breadth to the content. Course readings are drawn primarily from the leadership, sociology, education, social justice and diversity, and business literature. Instructor Permission Required

Meeting Time: Monday 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Centennial Center Seminar Room
Contact: Kaylyn O’Brien obrien@hws.edu or Amy Forbes aforbes@hws.edu

RCOL102-12: Public Speaking

Instructor: Kaylyn O’Brien, Coordinator of Leadership Programs, Centennial Center for
Leadership, Peter Fiannaca, Residential Education

Communication fills our day and the ability to speak and present with confidence is an essential leadership skill. The CCL Reader’s College in Public Speaking will introduce students to the basics of public speaking skills. Knowing your values and being able to articulate yourself publicly are qualities indispensable to a leader. In this course, you will learn these skills and be given opportunities to practice speaking publicly so that you approach public speaking with greater confidence and effectiveness. This course will provide students with a variety of practical opportunity to improve their public speaking with a focus on topics such as: critiquing a speech, ethics and public speaking, audience analysis, the use of the language and the performance of speech through the voice and body. Instructor permission required. Course open to first years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Meeting Time: Tuesday 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Centennial Center Seminar Room
Contact: Kaylyn O’Brien obrien@hws.edu ext.4554

RCOL102-13: Building Interfaith Community Through Service

Instructor: Chaplain Lesley Adams, Abbe Center for Jewish Life director Lorinda Weinstock,
CCESL Assistant Director, Jeremy Wattles

In this course we will both read about and experience the subject matter. We will read and reflect on Eboo Patel’s Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America; Chris Stedman’s Faithiest: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious; and “They Sent Us This White Girl” by Elaine DeLott Baker, Jewish activist in the Civil Rights movement. Students will be asked to engage in community service during class time on Friday, Jan. 24 (MLK Day of Service); during the week of the local school’s February break at the Geneva Community Lunch Program; and on Saturday, April 12 for the HWS spring Day of Service. Students are also encouraged to participate in an Alternative Spring Break program in March. And there will be opportunties to visit a Buddhist community in Ithaca, a Hindu temple in Rush, a Mosque in Syracuse or Rochester, and the Jewish temple and various Christian churches in Geneva, and a Quaker meeting, Islamic friday prayers, Kosher Shabbat dinner, Roman Catholic mass, and Buddhist mediation here on campus.

Meeting Time: Fridays, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Location: Abbe Center for Jewish Life
Contact: Lesley Adams, ladams@hws.edu

RCOL102-14: Empowering the Geneva Community

Instructor: Janet VanLone, Center for Counseling and Student Wellness Student Assistant: Aminata Dansoko ’15

The Reader’s College: Empowering the Geneva Community is designed for students who have already completed the Reader’s College: Personal Empowerment course. Students will further develop skills related to the four areas of emotional intelligence: Self Awareness, Emotion Regulation, Empathetic Experiences, and Understanding Others. Empowering the Geneva Community students will lead current Personal Empowerment students in small group coaching sessions. Additionally, students will design a curriculum related to emotional intelligence for the HWS Summer Academy. In an effort to support Geneva 20/20, students will have the opportunity this summer to implement this curriculum with Geneva high-school students who are participating in the Summer Academy. Students will explore additional ways they can bring empowerment to the Geneva community.

Meeting Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Contact: Janet VanLone, jvanlone@hws.edu

RCOL102-15: Holocaust: Witness and Hope

Instructor: Michael Dobkowski, Religious Studies and Richard Salter, Religious Studies

Enrollment: 20 (by permission of instructors only. Students must be accepted into The March: Bearing Witness to Hope to participate in the Reader’s College).

This Reader’s College is open to students accepted to participate in The March: Bearing Witness to Hope. We will read texts and view films that give a basic orientation to the history of the Holocaust and the dynamics of survival and resistance. Representative texts could include: Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz; Doris Bergen, War and Genocide; Sara-Nomberg Prztyk, Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land; Kazik, Memoirs of a Warsaw Ghetto Fighter.

Meeting Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Contact: Richard Salter, salter@hws.edu


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