June 29-30, 2013
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About Warhawk Scholars
You are invited to become a Warhawk Scholar this summer at UW-Whitewater. The program is designed for adults who are eager to explore thought-provoking topics through stimulating discussions. Warhawk Scholars are community members, alumni and retirees – anyone with a desire to learn is welcome. Join us in this learning opportunity with your choice of three classes that are offered by some of UW-Whitewater’s most gifted faculty members. Connect others interested in lifelong learning and work together to discuss, share and explore.
A Warhawk is our symbol of pride in tradition and passion for discovery; as a Warhawk Scholar, you join our UW-Whitewater family in the traditions of excellence and fellowship, and in the journey for new experiences.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Class (Selection 1)
Class (Selection 2)
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Class (Selection 3)
Lunch and Closing Remarks
Includes overnight accommodations in Starin Hall (see below), 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Commuter Registration: $150/person
Includes 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Accommodations and Meals
Experience learning on UW-Whitewater’s modern and welcoming campus. Staff will provide you a special access tour of the sustainable grounds and the newest buildings including the state-of-the-art athletic facilities. Your enrollment includes a hosted dinner. Guests may choose to stay overnight in our newest, air-conditioned, suite-style residence hall.*
Join us - have fun - learn something new!
*Maximum of 4 individuals per suite
Truth and Our Lives
Does truth really matter for living our lives? While truth may be
overstated in some ways, it can be profound in other ways. In
this session, we will explore the philosophy of Existentialism and
uncover the ultimate truth for every human. Along the way we
will see how Existentialists say that humans are different than
rubber duckies, how the universe is both meaningless and full of
meaning, and also how “you” may not be being “yourself.”
Instructor: Chris Calvert-Minor Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Available in: Session 2
This session will be based on the book Choosing Civility: The
Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P. M. Forni. Instead
of just a philosophical discussion of abstract concepts, we will
focus on the practical application of civility in everyday life. What
is civility? What are its basic rules? What does it mean to be ‘civil,’
especially in today’s world? Are we always supposed to be civil?
How should we deal with the uncivil? This session will involve an
active discussion of the rules involving case scenarios based on
common situations and experiences.
Instructor: Robert Gruber Professor of Accounting
Available in: Session 3
How Do We Choose What We Buy?
Through interviews, scholars in this session will design models
for how they buy different types of products. We will compare
class-generated models of buying processes with the models
researchers have developed. How do buying processes change
when consumers buy large purchases such as automobiles, services
such as house repair, routine purchases like groceries, or unplanned
items? We will visit a local retailer to see how marketing strategies
attempt to influence our buying behavior. Do the strategies work?
Are those strategies subtle or obvious? Will understanding marketing tactics affect
how we make purchasing choices in the future?
Instructor: Lois Smith Associate Dean of the College of Business and Economics
Available in: Session 3
Truth and the Media
The session title is a contradiction, right? It may not be, but it sure
is hard to judge fact from fiction in our current media landscape,
especially when the media is rife with b-s. Yes, I said “b-s!” And
we will say the full word loudly and proudly in our class, not
because it’s fun to say naughty words, but because b-s does have
a specific definition and it is dangerously present in our media.
We will analyze what “b-s” means in relation to truth, and view
some prime examples of it in our political media.
Instructor: Chris Calvert-Minor, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Available in: Session 1
Surviving the Holocaust: One Family’s Story
Ronald Berger recounts the story of his father and uncle’s survival
of the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Poland and how he came
to tell it. Berger’s father endured several concentration camps
(including Auschwitz) as well as a horrific winter death march,
while Berger’s uncle passed as a Catholic among anti-Semitic
Polish workers and Partisans, eventually becoming an officer
in the Soviet Army. Illuminating their experiences through the
lens of sociological analysis, Berger challenges the conventional
wisdom that survival was simply a matter of luck. By highlighting the prewar
experiences, agentive decision-making and risk-taking, and collective networks
that helped Jews elude the death grip of the Nazi regime, Berger steers a new
course between condemnations of Jewish victims’ passivity and romanticized
celebrations of their heroism.
Instructor: Ronald Berger, Professor of Sociology
Available in: Session 1 and 2
All of us experience stress and most of us say that we would like
to live our lives more fully and with less “distress” about stress. This
workshop will provide you with a range of ideas and strategies
for coping with stress in your life. It’s an experiential workshop –
we’ll be talking together and practicing the skills throughout the
session. The workshop is based on the mindfulness-based stress
reduction program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn to help adults
cope with pain and illness. Versions of these programs are now
conducted all over the US and have been found to be helpful in reducing stress
and improving satisfaction with life. As part of the workshop, you will be guided in
ways to be aware of the thoughts, sensations and experiences that are part of your
stress. We’ll practice techniques to increase your mindful attention and decrease
distress. You will also receive resources for further practice and exploration at home.
Instructor: Barbara Beaver, Professor of Psychology
Available in: Session 3
Listen Up! You’re Tuning Out!
Did you know that millions of dollars are lost each year due
to mistakes made because someone didn’t listen? Add to
that the many spouses, children and grandchildren who feel
misunderstood or the number of friendships that dissolve
because someone wasn’t listening! We listen to a book a day,
speak a book a week, read a book a month, and write a book a
year, yet we take this basic communication skill for granted! Do
you want to become a better listener? This interactive class is for
you! We will take a good look at ourselves as listeners and learn about important
skills that will transform us into the best listeners that we can be!
Instructor: Barbara Penington, Professor of Communication
Available in: Session 1 and 2
Dr. Barbara Beaver
Dr. Barbara Beaver is a clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Psychology. She has conducted research and training on coping skills and using mindfulness skills to reduce stress and live more fully. She has received awards for her teaching, including the UWW Roseman Award for Excellence in Teaching
Ronald J. Berger
Ronald J. Berger is Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has published widely on topics ranging from the Holocaust to criminology and disability studies. His recent books on the Holocaust include Surviving the Holocaust: A Life Course Perspective and The Holocaust, Religion and the Politics of Collective Memory.
Christopher Calvert-Minor is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy & Religious Studies Department. His research focuses on knowledge, objectivity, and rationality, and he teaches Existentialism, 20th Century Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Truth and the Media, and Introduction to Philosophy.
Robert Gruber is professor and former department chair of accounting at UW-Whitewater. As a Fulbright Scholar, Robert taught at the University College Dublin (Ireland) and investigated environmental accounting and international financial reporting practices used by European corporations. He is an active member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Accounting Association, and the Institute of Management Accountants.
Dr. Barbara Penington
Dr. Barbara Penington is a Professor in the Communication Department at UW-Whitewater. She earned her PhD in Family Communication from Marquette University. She currently teaches classes in Listening Behavior, Cross Cultural Communication, and Family Communication. She is a former recipient of the university’s W.P. Roseman Award for excellence in teaching.
Professor Lois Smith
Professor Lois Smith is Associate Dean of the College of Business & Economics at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. She has received the W. P. Roseman Teaching Award and the Wisconsin State Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award. Lois enjoys testing consumer behavior models on her own erratic shopping behavior.
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