Reader's College Spring 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 # 6532

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: TBD
Contact: Kaylan O’Brien at obrien@hws.edu

RCOL 105-01: HWS Leads: Leadership Theory 2 Class # 6533

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: TBD
Contact: Kaylan O’Brien at obrien@hws.edu

RCOL  106-01: HWS Leads: Public Speaking Class # 6534

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

RCOL  109-01: Personal Empowerment Class # 6539

Instructor: Brandon Barile, Residential Education
Instructor Permission required.
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 ones 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 other's 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 # 6540

Instructor: Brandon Barile, Residential Education
Instructor Permission required.
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 ones 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 other's 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, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Smith Hall, room 212
Contact: Brandon Barile at barile@hws.edu

RCOL  109-03: Personal Empowerment Class # 6541

Instructor: Brandon Barile, Residential Education
Instructor Permission required.
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 ones 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 other's 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  112-01: Cymru Class # 6322

Instructor: David Mapstone
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  113-01: Getting Ready for Argentina Class # 6376

Instructor: Brien Ashdown
Instructor Permission required.
Will be required of all students accepted for participation in the 3-week program to Argentina (Fall 2016). The course will provide an academic and practical orientation for the short-term program.  The goals of the RC are: 1) to introduce the students to the practicalities of life in Argentina (e.g., transportation, social norms, and personal safety); 2) to provide an overview of Argentina history, culture and ecology via readings, lectures and discussions; 3) build a sense of group identity among the students in order to foster academic and social cooperation within the group.
Meeting Time: Thursdays, 7 – 9 p.m.
Meeting Location: Demarest Blackwell Room
Contact: Brien Ashdown at ashdown@hws.edu

RCOL 114-01: “Real Pulp Fiction” # 6642

Instructors: Rocco Capraro, Hobart Dean’s Office, Sebastiano Lucci, Director of Self Instruction Languages
Instructor Permission required.
The course opens with an historical and critical social studies framing of the "pulp fiction" genre, and the related film genre, "film noir," in America from the 1930s to the 1950s. Once the framework is established, readings in pulp fiction and screenings of film noir from the period will follow. The culmination of the course is a case study of contemporary pulp fiction by local pulp fiction author, Dr. John Avanzato, who will discuss how he wrote and marketed Hostile Hospital, the first of his three novels, as students read his book.
Meeting Time: TBA
Meeting Location: TBA
Contact: Chip Capraro at capraro@hws.edu or Sebastiano Lucci at lucci@hws.edu

RCOL  115-01: R Ford & F Bascombe's Trilogy Class # 6559

Instructor: Rocco Capraro, Hobart Dean
Read three fantastic novels by American writer 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, a failed novelist who turns first to sports writing and then to selling real estate in New Jersey.  Bascombe negotiates career, family, and relationships in a complex world that will not leave him alone when all he really wants is to be left alone and set in his ways.  Ford is truly a genius of language.  You will find yourself reading passages aloud to friends and family as you delight in his truly amazing writing.
Meeting Time: Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Smith Hall, room 206
Contact: Rocco Capraro at CAPRARO@hws.edu

RCOL  117-01: Roots & Shoots Class # 6262

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 [http://senecarootsandshoots.org/], 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 Time: Tuesday 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. (discussion and planning) and Friday 3 – 5 p.m. (club meetings with the kids).
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Nan Crystal Arens at ARENS@hws.edu

RCOL  118-01: Russia and Siberia Class # 6371

Instructor: Kristen Welsh
This course serves as an introduction to Russia in general, and Siberian Russia in the more specific as preparation for students on the grant-funded summer 2015 program of Barnaul, Russia.  We will cover general historical development of the region as well as specifics of culture in the Altai mountain region in order to prepare students for their four weeks there.  We will also spend significant time developing areas of interest for each student to begin preparing how they will complete their final project paper.
Meeting Time: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Kristen Welsh at WELSH@hws.edu

RCOL  121-01: Holocaust: Witness and Hope Class # 6366

Instructors: Michael Dobkowski and Richard Salter
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 or Richard Salter at SALTER@hws.edu

RCOL  123-01: Introduction to Vietnam Class # 6234

Instructor: Christopher Annear
For many Americans, Vietnam is characterized exclusively through the lens of the "Vietnam War," as it is called in the United States. The "American War," its Vietnamese term, was notable as a relatively short war amidst a broader history of much longer military occupations of the country. This Reader's College course provides a basic foundation for understanding this and other historical, social, cultural, and political topics essential to seeing the country through Vietnamese perspectives as you prepare to study abroad.
Meeting Time: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Christopher Annear at annear@hws.edu

RCOL  126-01: Getting Ready for Guatemala Class # 6477

Instructors: Brien Ashdown and Meghan Brown
Will be required of all students accepted for participation in the 3-week program to Guatemala (Linking the Culture and Ecology of Guatemala; May/June 2016). The course will provide an academic and practical orientation for the short-term program. The goals of the RC as: 1) to introduce the students to the practicalities of life in Guatemala (e.g., transportation, social norms, and personal safety) ; 2) to provide an overview of Guatemala history, culture and ecology via readings, lectures and discussions; 3) build a sense of group identity among the students in order to foster academic and social cooperation within the group.
Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 7 – 9 p.m.
Meeting Location: Demarest Blackwell Room
Contact: Brien Ashdown at ashdown@hws.edu or Meghan Brown at MBROWN@hws.edu

RCOL  127-01: Introduction to Vietnam Class # 6370

Instructor: Christopher Annear
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. AltaMira
Pham, 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 # 6542

Instructor: Brandon Barile, Residential Education
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 128: An Introduction to Interior Design

Instructor: Eric Cohler
This course will cover history of design/theory of planning, color theory, case studies, student project, planning,art and interiors, architecture and interiors.
Meeting Time: Fridays 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Houghton House 112

RCOL  131-01: Russia and Siberia Class # 6494

Instructor: Kristen Welsh
Instructor Permission required.
The course serves as an introduction to Russia in general, and Siberian Russia in particular, as preparation for students on the grant-funded 2016 program to Barnaul, Russia. We will cover general historical development of the region and specifics of cultures in the Altai mountain region to prepare students for their five weeks abroad. We will spend significant time developing areas of interest for each student to begin planning their final project or paper.
Meeting Time: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Kristen Welsh at WELSH@hws.edu

RCOL  132-01: The 2016 Primary Season Class # 6499

Instructors: DeWayne Lucas, Mark Gearan and Svante Myrick
This Reader's College will explore the role, development, and changes of the American presidential primary process in the context of the contemporary Republican and Democratic campaigns. With the assistance of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick (HWS Presidential Fellow for Civic Engagement), HWS President Mark Gearan and Political Science Professor DeWayne Lucas, the course will examine the academic, practical and real-world dynamics of the preliminary elections in 1960, 2008 and today; evaluate technological and political changes that have impacted those elections; and discuss the potential impact of the preliminary process on the 2016 general election, the next presidential administration, and the future of American elections.
Meeting Time: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: DeWayne Lucas at lucas@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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