2013-2014 Lunch Hour Reading/Discussion Club

Spring 2014

Getting Ready for College, Careers and Common Core: What Every Educator Needs to Know

By David Conley

College Careers and the Common Core

Will the new Common Core State Standards make U.S. high school graduates globally competitive? How can K-12 educators and university faculty best collaborate to prepare students for “college readiness”? This reading group is a partnership of UW-W and the Whitewater Unified School District to foster a conversation about how our institutions can work together to adapt to the Common Core.


Facilitator: John Zbikowski (Curriculum and Instruction) and Kelly Seichter
(Director of Instruction, Whitewater Unified School District)

Sessions Scheduled: 7 Tuesdays (Jan 28, Feb. 11, 25, March 11, April 1, 15, 29)

Room: To Be Announced

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


The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

By Steven Pinker

The Better Angels Of Our Nature

Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species’ existence. In his gripping and controversial new work, New York Times bestselling author and Harvard professor Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history. Exploding myths about humankind’s inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious book continues Pinker’s exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly enlightened world.


Facilitator: Greg Valde (Director, LEARN Center)

Sessions Scheduled:6 Wednesdays (Jan 29, Feb. 12, 26, March 12, April 9, 23)

Room: To Be Announced

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


RSVP Deadline is December 27, 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"

*Books provided by the LEARN Center

Fall 2013

Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves

By Sharon Begley

Train Your Mind Change Your Brain

Science writer Sharon Begley reports on how cutting-edge science and the ancient wisdom of Buddhism have come together to reveal that, contrary to popular belief, we have the power to literally change our brains through the use of our minds.


Facilitator: Wallace Sherlock

Sessions Scheduled: 6 Tuesdays (Sept. 17, Oct. 1, 15, 29, Nov. 12, 26)

Room: To Be Determined

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


Learning to Stay

By Erin Celello

Learning to Stay

”An important and inspiring novel – serving to remind us that for many soldiers and their loved ones, war doesn’t end when battle fields go silent...” “a portrait of what we lose in war, even when loved ones are returned to us...”

Co-sponsored by the UW-W Veterans Committee


Facilitator: Giorgianne Maziarka

Sessions Scheduled: 6 Wednesdays (Sept. 18, Oct. 2, 16, & 30, Nov. 13 & 27)

Room: To Be Determined

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


The Social Conquest of Earth

By Edward O. Wilson

The Social Conquest of Earth

Based on a wide array of pioneering research, this book is nothing less than a new history of evolution. Wilson begins by posing three elementary questions (where did we come from? what are we? where are we going?) and then proceeds to refashion our understanding of evolution, shedding new light on human nature and the human condition.


Facilitator: Greg Valde

Sessions Scheduled: 6 Wednesdays (Sept. 25, Oct 9 & 23, Nov 13 & 27, Dec 11)

Room: To Be Determined

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


Fahrenheit 451

By Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451

A Discussion of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Pick up your book on October 3rd, learn more about The Big Read and discuss the book's major themes. October 10th, discuss Section 1, "The Hearth and the Salamander." October 17th, discuss of Section 2, "The Sieve and the Sand." October 24th, discuss Section 3, "Burning Bright."

Co-sponsored by Young Auditorium and the Learn Center


Facilitator: The Big Read

Sessions Scheduled: 4 Thursdays (Oct. 3, 10, 17 & 24)

Room: UW-W Anderson Library, 2nd Floor Lounge

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


RSVP Deadline is September 6, 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"

*Books provided by the LEARN Center