Reader's College SPRING 2019

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 # 6041

Instructor: Caitlin Finn
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: W, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Caitlin Finn at FINN@hws.edu

RCOL  105-01: HWS Leads: Leadership Theory 2 Class # 6042

Instructor: Caitlin Finn
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: M, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Caitlin Finn at FINN@hws.edu

RCOL  106-01: HWS Leads: Public Speaking Class # 6040

Instructor: Daniel Berman
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: W, 4:40 PM - 6:40 PM
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Daniel Berman at BERMAN@hws.edu

RCOL  106-02: HWS Leads: Public Speaking Class # 6043

Instructor: Caitlin Finn
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: T, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Caitlin Finn at FINN@hws.edu

RCOL  108-01: Continuing the Journey Class # 6535

Instructor: Thomas D'Agostino and Jennifer O’Neil
Instructor Consent Required
You've just gotten back 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 your international experiences. This course will help those who have just returned to better understand and communicate their study abroad experience to a variety of audiences. Through a series or readings, individual and group projects, students will reflect back on their time abroad, develop the skills needed to tell their stories in oral, written, and digital forms, and learn to present their experience in the job and graduate/professional school application process. In addition, students will share their stories 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: TR, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Thomas D'Agostino at TDAGOSTINO@hws.edu or Jennifer O’Neil at ONEIL@hws.edu

RCOL  109-01: Personal Empowerment Class # 5719

Instructor: Brandon Barile
No Special Consent 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 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: M, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Meeting Location: Smith Hall 212
Contact: Brandon Barile at barile@hws.edu

RCOL  109-02: Personal Empowerment Class # 5720

Instructor: Brandon Barile
No Special Consent 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 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: T, 4:40 PM - 6:40 PM
Meeting Location: Smith Hall 212
Contact: Brandon Barile at barile@hws.edu

RCOL  109-03: Personal Empowerment Class # 5721

Instructor: Brandon Barile
No Special Consent 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 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: W, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Meeting Location: Smith Hall 212
Contact: Brandon Barile at barile@hws.edu

RCOL  112-01: Cymru: Class # 6526

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  134-01: Ireland 101 Class # 6527

Instructor: Jack Harris
Instructor Consent Required
Through this course, students gain an introductory knowledge of Irish history, culture, and society in general in preparation of the Fall 2019 program in Galway, Ireland and for the director's seminar. Students will begin their experience of Ireland through films, readings, discussions, and short writing assignments.
Meeting Time: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Jack Harris at HARRIS@hws.edu

RCOL  139-01: Community Empowerment Class # 5723

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 # 6534

Instructor: Nan Crystal Arens
Instructor Consent Required
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: W, 5:00:00 PM - 7:00:00 PM
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Nan Crystal Arens at ARENS@hws.edu

RCOL  144-01: Daily Life in Ancient Rome Class # 6489

Instructor: Leah Himmelhoch
Instructor Consent Required
This course will expose students to a basic outline of Roman history, introduce them to useful textbooks dealing with Roman daily life, and discuss how to use primary sources to generate responsible recreations of ancient behaviors. We will also watch recent, modern recreations of Roman daily life (e.g., HBO’s Rome and BBC’s I Claudius). In addition to reinforcing students, sense of chronology,  these shows will allow us to discuss how their goal of entertainment influences their  recreations, i.e., we will investigate why they included or excluded what they did. We will also quickly review how to use a Google Docs site and ESRI’s ARC GIS Online, so that students can be prepared for our final project in Rome 2019.
Meeting Time: TBD
Meeting Location: TBD
Contact: Leah Himmelhoch at HIMMELHOCH@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.