2010-2011 Lunch Hour Reading/Discussion Club

Fall 2010

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

(Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner)

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything book cover

Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences. In Freakonomics (written with Stephen J. Dubner), Levitt argues that many apparent mysteries of everyday life don’t need to be so mysterious: they could be illuminated and made even more fascinating by asking the right questions and drawing connections.


Facilitator:Robert Gruber, Department of Accounting

Sessions Scheduled: Six Wednesdays from Noon to 1:00pm on September 15 and 29; October 13 and 27; November 10; and December 1.

Room: TBA

Teaching What You Don't Know

(Therese Huston)

Teaching What You Don't Know book cover

In this practical and funny book, an experienced teaching consultant offers many creative strategies for dealing with typical problems. How can you prepare most efficiently for a new course in a new area? How do you look credible? And what do you do when you don’t have a clue how to answer a question? Therese Huston points out that authority in the classroom doesn’t come only, or even mostly, from perfect knowledge. She offers tips for introducing new topics in a lively style, for gauging students’ understanding, for reaching unresponsive students, for maintaining discussions when they seem to stop dead, and -yes- for dealing with those impossible questions.


Facilitator:John Stone, Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education

Sessions Scheduled:Six Tuesdays from 12:30 - 1:30pm on September 14 and 28; October 12 and 26; November 9 and 23.

Room: TBA



RSVP Deadline is May 14th
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"


Spring 2011

Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses

(L. Dee Fink)

Creating Significant Learning Experiences

Dee Fink poses a fundamental question for all teachers: “How can I create courses that will provide significant learning experiences for my students?” In the process of addressing this question, he urges teachers to shift from a content-centered to a learning-centered approach. This book presents an exciting vision of what higher education might be, accompanied by practical advice on how to make the vision a reality.


Facilitator:Greg Valde, Dept. of Educational Foundations & Director of the LEARN Center

Sessions Scheduled: Tuesdays: 12:30 -1:30 p.m.; February 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 29; April 5

Room: UC 261


Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Join UW-Whitewater’s third year as an official “Big Read” site as we’ll be reading the Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to join an open discussion of one of America’s most notable writers. While renowned for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe also excelled as a literary critic, revolutionized the delivery of dramatic short stories and invented the detective-fiction genre.


Facilitator:Ben Strand, Development Director, Young Auditorium

Sessions Scheduled:Wednesdays: Noon-1PM; March 9, 16, 30; April 6, 13, and 20

Room: Andersen Library 2nd Floor


Leaping to Change: Discussing UW-Whitewater’s Response to Sweeping Changes in Higher Education

College Learning for the New Global Century

The winds of change are blowing, and higher education is facing critical challenges related to the economy, calls for increased accountability, competition from for-profit and online institutions, and the increasing demand for more graduates. How will we respond? How will we protect and achieve our vision of a baccalaureate degree centered on a high-quality liberal education for all students? Our “book” will be a packet of materials that include the LEAP program (Liberal Education & America’s Promise, from the Association of American Colleges & Universities) and essays by national leaders in higher education.


Facilitator:Greg Cook, Dept. of Psychology and Interim Director of Academic Assessment

Sessions Scheduled:Tuesdays: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. January 25; February 1, 8, 15; March 1, 8

Room: UC 261


RSVP Deadline is December 10th
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"