2012-2013 Lunch Hour Reading/Discussion Club

Spring 2013

Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom 

Engaging Ideas

Learn to design interest-provoking writing and critical thinking activities and incorporate them into your courses in a way that encourages inquiry, exploration, discussion, and debate, with Engaging Ideas, a practical nuts-and-bolts guide for teachers from any discipline. Integrating critical thinking with writing-across-the-curriculum approaches, the book shows how teachers from any discipline can incorporate these activities into their courses.


Facilitators:Liz Hachten, Assistant Dean of L&S and Marilyn Durham, Chair, L&L

Sessions Scheduled: Tuesdays - January 29, February 12 and 26, March 12, April 2 and 16

Room: To Be Determined

Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out

The Innovative University

The Innovative University illustrates how higher education can respond to the forces of disruptive innovation , and offers a nuanced and hopeful analysis of where the traditional university and its traditions have come from and how it needs to change for the future. Through an examination of Harvard and BYU-Idaho as well as other stories of innovation in higher education, Clayton Christensen and Henry Eyring decipher how universities can find innovative, less costly ways of performing their uniquely valuable functions.


Facilitators: Beverly Kopper, Provost and John Stone, Dean of the Graduate School

Sessions Scheduled: Wednesdays - January 30, February 13 and 27, March 13, April 3 and 17

Room: To be determined

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Thornton Wilder: The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Other Novels, 1926-1948

The Bridge of SanLuis Rey

Join UW-Whitewater’s fifth year as an official Big Read host as we’ll be reading from Thornton Wilder’s 1928 Pulitzer Prize winning novel “The Bridge of San Luis Rey.” Faculty, staff and students are welcome to join an open discussion of one of America’s most notable writers. Be part of the campus discussion that will include a performance of Our Town on April 21-22 produced by the UW-Whitewater Theatre/Dance Department starring John McGivern.


Facilitator: Ben Strand, Development Director/Assistant Director, Young Auditorium

Sessions Scheduled: Wednesday’s - February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20

Room: Andersen Library 2nd Floor Lounge

Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.



RSVP Deadline is December 14, 2013
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 2012

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

Made to Stick

Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances for worthy ideas? In Made to Stick, accomplished educators and idea collectors Chip and Dan Heath tackle head-on these vexing questions. Made to Stick is a fast-paced tour of success stories (and failures) – the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who drank a glass of bacteria to prove a point about stomach ulcers; the charities who make use of “the Mother Teresa Effect”; the elementary-school teacher whose simulation actually prevented racial prejudice. Provocative, eye-opening, and often surprisingly funny, Made to Stick shows us the vital principles of winning ideas–and tells us how we can apply these rules to making our own messages stick.


Facilitator: Kathy Brady, Department of Communication

Sessions Scheduled: Sept., 11, Sept., 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 6 and Nov. 20, 2012 (Six Tuesdays total)

Room: UC 268

Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class

Unmaking The Public University

An essential American dream — equal access to higher education — was becoming a reality with the GI Bill and civil rights movements after World War II. But this vital American promise has been broken. Christopher Newfield argues that the financial and political crises of public universities are not the result of economic downturns or of ultimately valuable restructuring, but of a conservative campaign to end public education’s democratizing influence on American society. Unmaking the Public University is the story of how conservatives have maligned and restructured public universities, deceiving the public to serve their own ends. It is a deep and revealing analysis that is long overdue.


Facilitator: Nikki Mandell, History Department

Sessions Scheduled: Sept., 18, Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Oct. 30, Nov. 13 and Nov. 27, 2012 (Six Tuesdays total)

Room: University Center, Room 268

Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.


RSVP Deadline is May 4, 2012
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"