Reader's College Fall 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 # 1772

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: TBD
Contact: Kaylyn O'Brien at obrien@hws.edu

RCOL  105-01: HWS Leads: Leadership Theory 2 Class # 1773

Instructor: 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: TBD
Contact: Kaylyn O'Brien at obrien@hws.edu

RCOL  106-01: HWS Leads: Public Speaking Class # 1771

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: TBD
Contact: Kaylyn O'Brien at obrien@hws.edu

RCOL  109-01: Personal Empowerment Class # 1740

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, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Meeting Location: Smith Hall 212
Contact: Brandon Barile at barile@hws.edu

RCOL  109-02: Personal Empowerment Class # 1741

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

RCOL  109-03: Personal Empowerment Class # 1777

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, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Meeting Location: Smith Hall 212
Contact: Brandon Barile at barile@hws.edu

RCOL  129-01: Peer Empowerment Class # 1742

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  135-01: Italy Now Class # 2628

Instructor: Abram Aub
Instructor Consent Required
Meeting Time: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Abram Aub at aub@hws.edu

RCOL  139-01: Community Empowerment Class # 1743

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  142-01: Data Camp for R and Python Class # 2584

Instructor: Robert Beutner
R and Python are open-source computer programming languages that support statistical analysis, data visualization and general purpose computation in a variety of disciplines.  Increasingly, these languages are being used in classes and research across the campus.  This Reader's College will support student -directed, individualized learning in these languages.  Students with a variety of skill levels will set goals for their own learning and, with the support of the course facilitators, will design a self-paced leaning strategy to meet those goals.  During weekly meetings, students will report on the previous week's work, workshop questions, share insights and develop a plan for the next week's work.  The semester will conclude with the presentation of a real-world project using R or Python skills developed during the Reader's College.
Meeting Time: Thursday, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Robert Beutner at beutner@hws.edu

RCOL  143-01: Religion & Engaged Citizenship Class # 2639

Instructor: Shalahudin Kafrawi
Instructor Consent Required
The course facilitates students' pursuit of learning civic engagement and interfaith dialogue thorough conversations about the role of religion in public life.  It addresses the importance of religion in cultivating values that promote social justice and in recognizing challenges faced by individuals and communities in multicultural America.  The course also trains students in skills necessary for engaged citizenship.
Meeting Time: Wednesday, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Shalahudin Kafrawi at kafrawi@hws.edu

RCOL  143-01: Religion & Engaged Citizenship Class # 2639

Instructor: Richard Salter
Instructor Consent Required
The course facilitates students' pursuit of learning civic engagement and interfaith dialogue thorough conversations about the role of religion in public life.  It addresses the importance of religion in cultivating values that promote social justice and in recognizing challenges faced by individuals and communities in multicultural America.  The course also trains students in skills necessary for engaged citizenship.
Meeting Time: Wednesday, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Richard Salter at salter@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

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.