2011-2012 Lunch Hour Reading/Discussion Club

Spring 2012

A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown

A New Culture of Learning

This book poses the question: what happens to learning as we move from the comparative stability of the 20th century to a more fluid and dynamic new century, where technological innovation is inciting almost constant change? It offers a vision of the profound changes brought about by digital technology and proposes a model of learning that focuses on play, social interaction, experimentation, and imagination. This is not a book about school reform but rather an exploration of how people of all ages are learning by doing, asking fresh questions, and working together to solve problems and seize opportunities.


Facilitator: Jim Winship, Department of Social Work

Sessions Scheduled: 5 Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 pm; February 7 and 21, March 13, April 10 and 24.

Room: To Be Determined

Mark Twain’s Mississippi Writings: Life on the Mississippi and Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain

Mississippi Writings

Join UW-Whitewater’s fourth year as an official “Big Read” site as we’ll be reading Life on the Mississippi and Pudd’nhead Wilson from the works of Mark Twain. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to join an open discussion of one of America’s most notable writers. “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. American writing comes from that. There is nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.” - Ernest Hemingway.


Facilitator: Ben Strand, Young Auditorium

Sessions Scheduled: 6 Wednesdays from noon-1 pm; February 8, 15, 22, and 29, March 7 and 14

Room: Andersen Library 2nd Floor


RSVP Deadline is December 7th
To reserve a place, please contact LEARN Center:
262-472-5242 or learn@uww.edu
Register online at http://signup.uww.edu using your Net-ID
The workshop is listed under "LEARN Center"

Fall 2011

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing To Our Brains by Nicholas Carr (2010)

The Shallows

Nicholas Carr, author of the widely publicized cover story in the Atlantic Monthly, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the Internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. Building on the insights of thinkers from Plato to McLuhan to modern researchers in neuroscience, Carr makes the convincing case that every information technology carries an intellectual ethic – and that the Net is now remaking us in its own image.


Facilitator: Jim Winship, Department of Social Work

Sessions Scheduled: Mondays: Noon-1PM;September 12, 26;October 10, 24,November 14, 28

Room: UC 264

Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses by Richard Arum & Josipa Roksa (2011)

Academically Adrift

How much do students actually learn in college? According to Arum and Roksa, the answer for many students is: not much. Drawing on extensive research from multiple sources examining the first two years of college, the authors’ analysis suggests that a significant proportion of students show no significant improvement in a range of skills including critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing. This is no surprise to many, but the expected result of a student body distracted by socializing or employment and an institutional culture that puts undergraduate learning close to the bottom of the priority list.


Facilitator: Mary Pinkerton, Dean, College of Letters & Sciences & Greg Valde, Dept. of Educational Foundations & Director of the LEARN Center

Sessions Scheduled: Tuesdays: 12:30 -1:30 p.m.;October 11, 25;November 8, 22;December 6

Room: UC 264


RSVP Deadline is May 9th
To reserve a place, please contact LEARN Center:
262-472-5242 or learn@uww.edu
Register online at http://signup.uww.edu using your Net-ID
The workshop is listed under "LEARN Center"