Reader's College Fall 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.

RCOL101 -01: Public Speaking for Leadership  Class # 2492

Instructors: Kaylyn O'Brien, Centennial Center for Leadership and Peter Fiannaca, Residential Education

Instructor Permission required, course open to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Communication fills our day and the ability to speak and present with confidence is an essential leadership skill. 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 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 language and the performance of speech through the voice and body.

Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: CCL 603 South Main Street
Contact: Kaylan O’Brien at obrien@hws.edu

RCOL 101-02: Leadership Theory II Class # 2494

Instructor: Amy Forbes, Centennial Center for Leadership

Instructor Permission required
HWS Leads: Leadership Theory II 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 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: CCL 603 South Main Street
Contact: Amy Forbes at aforbes@hws.edu

RCOL101-03: The Power of an Idea: Entrepreneur Leaders in Action #2495

Instructor: Susan Pliner, Center for Teaching and Learning and Centennial Center for Leadership

Entrepreneurs are drivers of innovation.  Leaders are the primary force behind change.  Together, they can offer powerful solutions to the complex challenges found in today’s markets. Each week, participants will hear from with a variety of industry professionals who engage in entrepreneurial leadership activity across a number of sectors such as business, non-profit, education, politics, environment and technology.  Through reading and discussion, participants will learn components of entrepreneurial leadership in real world contexts.

Meeting Time: Thursdays 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: CCL 603 South Main Street
Contact: Susan Pliner at pliner@hws.edu

RCOL 101-04: Roots & Shoots: Exploring Nature with Children #2496

Instructor: Professor Nan Crystal Arens, Geoscience

This service learning Reader's College invites you to explore the connection that all people have with nature.  Reading The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age by Richard Louv, we will examine this connection and how it can be expressed and expanded.  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.  Meeting times:  Tuesday 5-6 p.m. and Friday 3-5 p.m.  Friday meetings are club meetings with the children.  We sing, play, plant, make art, read, dance and generally have a lot of fun.

Meeting Times: Tuesday 5-6 p.m. AND Friday 3-5 p.m.
Meeting Location: Tuesday in Lansing 301 AND Friday Geneva Community Center (we carpool)
Contact: Professor Arens at arens@hws.edu

RCOL 101-05: Financial Literacy #2497

Instructors: Professor Warren Hamilton, Economics, Bob Murphy, Enrollment Management, and Brandi Ferrara, Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development

This Reader's College will be driven by alums and other experts in banking. Using finance texts, the Wall Street Journal and Businessweek, students will learn about various sectors of finance including equities, risk, operations, mergers & acquisitions, wealth management, ratings, commercial banking, and commercial insurance. Students will explore their own competencies, values and strengths as well as understand their developmental areas. Participants will each receive a mentor, participate in finance interview prep sessions and participate in group presentations. The Reader's College will culminate with the NYC Finance Experience for students who successfully complete the Reader's College.

Meeting Time: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact:  Warren Hamilton at hamilton@hws.edu

RCOL 101-06: The Battle of Gettysburg: #2498

History, Literature, Film, Battlefield Site Visit

Instructor: Chip 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,” we will read two amazing, prize-winning (The Lincoln Prize, 2014) books, Allen C. Guelzo, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (2014) and Martin P. Johnson, Writing the Gettysburg Address (2013).  We will also view the classic Ken Burns documentary, The Civil War (1990).  Weekly meetings will feature discussion and presentations by students in the class.  The course includes an excursion to the Gettysburg battlefield, including walking Pickett’s charge.

Meeting Time: Wednesday, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Meeting Location: Smith Hall, Room 206, plus field trip.
Contact: Chip Capraro at Capraro@hws.edu


Monday: 3:15-5pm; #2499


Wednesday: 7:15-9pm; #2500


Friday 9:15-11am; #2501

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 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.  Students in this course will meet once per week beginning the second week of the semester.  Each week, all students will also attend a 30 minute coaching session.  Enrollment cap for each section is 20.

Meeting Time: There are three sections of this course. Section times: Monday: 3:15-5pm; Wednesday: 7:15-9pm; and Friday 9:15-11am.
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Janet VanLone at jvanlone@hws.edu

RCOL 101-10: Student Development Theory #2503

Instructors: Chad Freeman, Residential Education and Stacey Pierce, Residential Education

Course Text: Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice. 2nd Edition
Authors: Nancy Evans, Deanna S. Forney, Florence M. Guido, Lori D. Patton, and Kristen A. Renn

Student Development Theory is a collection of foundational, psychosocial, developmental and identity- formation models collated to understand the growth process students undergo during the formative college years. This course is designed to discuss the current literature on the subject of student development in college and critically analyze the materials to understand the complexities of student identity formation. Students will come to understand the foundational theories Higher Education Administrators utilize to support students, through in class discussions, group presentations and visiting speakers. From racial and gender/sexuality identity development to transitional and moralistic theories, understanding student growth (in and out of college) is an exciting and dynamic study.

Meeting Time: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Stacey Pierce at pierces@hws.edu

RCOL 101-11: Ireland Unlocked #2504

Instructor: Jo Beth Mertens, Economics

This Reader’s College is designed for students accepted to the Galway, Ireland program for spring, 2015. This course is offered by permission only. The course will examine Irish history and culture through books and films.

Meeting Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Contact: Jo Beth Mertens mertens@hws.edu

RCOL101-12: Farm & Food: Memoirs of a Seasonal Harvest # 2505

Instructor: Sarah Meyer and Adam Maurer, Finger Lakes Institute

With the growing cultural shift to consume locally, CSAs and farmers markets are expanding and growing in numbers. Many consumers, with little agricultural or gardening history, are inspired and enamored by the idea of not only consuming locally, but wanting to raise their own food. This course will focus on extending our growing season and exploring our own personal food/agriculture stories while reading, The Dirty Life, Kristin Kimball’s memoir of her transition from “city-girl” to first generation farmer. Kimball’s story, based in Essex County (NY), raises questions as to what is contemplated when becoming a farmer, but also requires reflection on perseverance and personal aspirations and limitations. Course participants will exercise specific winter harvest practices, reflect on their own farm memoir, and gain exposure to regional expertise from local farms and food processing/manufacturing centers to capture the essence of the extended seasonal harvest the Finger Lakes region can and does provide.

Meeting Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Contact: Sarah Meyer at meyer@hws.edu

RCOL 101-13: Study Abroad 101: Making the Most of Your Journey #2506

Instructors: Tom D’Agostino, Emily Kane, Doug Reilly, Center for Global Education

You’re studying abroad in Spring 2015; how do you prepare for an experience many people describe as “transformative” and “life-changing?” Through a series of hands-on activities, discussions and short readings, students will gain insight into both the challenges and opportunities awaiting those who participate in study abroad. What is it like to “cross cultures?” What are some ways that students can engage with the new peoples and communities they will encounter so that they may become more than just “visitors?” How can students document their experiences through photography, writing and filmmaking? In this interactive course, participants will learn how to explore and experience their new surroundings and to take full advantage of the unique opportunities they will have to learn both in and outside the classroom.

This Reader’s College is open to students accepted to study abroad in Spring 2015.

Meeting Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Contact: Tom D’Agostino (tdagostino@hws.edu), Emily Kane (kane@hws.edu), and Doug Reilly (dreilly@hws.edu)

RCOL 101-14: Continuing the Journey: From Study Abroad to a Life of Global Engagement  #2507

Instructors: Tom D’Agostino, Emily Kane, Doug Reilly, Center for Global Education

You’ve just returned from an exciting semester abroad – now what? The re-entry process can be challenging, but it also presents unique opportunities for you to build upon and remain engaged with your international experiences. This course will help those who have just returned from studying abroad to better understand and communicate their experience to a variety of audiences. Students will participate in activities through which they will reflect back on their time abroad, develop the skills needed to tell their stories in oral, written, and digital forms, and learn to market their experience in the job and graduate/professional school application process. In addition, students will share their experiences in various ways with the campus and/or local communities. This Reader’s College is open to students who have previously studied abroad.

Meeting Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Contact: Tom D’Agostino (tdagostino@hws.edu), Emily Kane (kane@hws.edu), and Doug Reilly (dreilly@hws.edu)

RCOL 101-15 - Readers College I (fall) #2508

For students going to Rome in Spring 2015 with Leopardi/Makker.  Instructor consent required.

Topic: Roma!
Days/Time: Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:00pm
Room: HO Library

RCOL 101-16: Tools for Social Change: Understanding the Past, Reimagining the Present #2509

Instructors: Jeremy Wattles, CCESL and Professor Khuram Hussain, Education

We invite members of HWS and the broader Geneva community to discuss historical and contemporary approaches towards social change. We will read and discuss Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky and Blessed Are the Organized by Jeffrey Stout, to better understand different approaches to social change and the lessons into future activism.  Our guiding questions will emerge collaboratively through dialogue between various communities living in Geneva.   We will identify key issues and grapple with difficult questions and work towards real solutions! Potential topics: In a city as racially diverse as Geneva, why are all members of city council white? How might a more representative government arise?  How are the fates of the two large landfills near Geneva tied up with both the Colleges and the entire Geneva community?  How is the new Common Core curriculum affecting the Geneva City School District affecting the community?  Where are (and where aren't) students and community members currently working together on pressing issues? By the end of the course participants will be able to identify personal and social resources for organizing social change.

Meeting Time: TBD
Location: Geneva Public Library (tentative)
Contact: Khuram Hussain at hussain@hws.edu

RCOL 101-17: Spiritual but not (necessarily) Religious

This Reader's College course will explore mystical experience and spiritual practice from both religious and non-religious perspectives.  In addition to weekly reading and reflection papers, students will be asked to experiment with spiritual practices both in and outside of class.  Readings will include Barbara Ehrenreich’s new book, “Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything”, Barbara Brown Taylor’s An Altar in the World, as well as selected writings from such mystics as Howard Thurman, Jalal al-Din Rumi, Baal Shem Tov, Hafiz of Shiraz, Margery Kempe, Tahirih, Sri Ramakrishnah; Thich Nhat Hanh;
 and some articles on SBNRs and the “rise of the nones.”

Meeting Time: Tuesdays 1:30 – 2:55
Location:  Chaplain’s Residence
Contact:  Lesley Adams at ladams@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