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IST 394 Close Reading courses are book discussions open to everyone. Any student or faculty/staff member or NKU alum from any disciplinary background can participate in a weekly meeting to discuss book-length treatments of important interdisciplinary topics and issues. It is also offered as a one credit hour seven week class. Those taking the course for credit will be asked to help lead discussions and submit regular reflections on the reading and discussion.

Our goals:

  • Demonstrate how different disciplinary and professional perspectives can provide insights to larger, complex topics and issues. 
  • Bring faculty, students, and alumni together in meaningful conversation.
  • Highlight the value of indepth reading and discussion that is both critical and collaborative.

In the age of the Coronavirus, we will host our discussions on Zoom. If the group gets too large, we can break into smaller rooms with facilitators. To maintain security participants will need to sign in with a password and an NKU email address. 

Alumni will need to update their NKU credentials in order to participate. Please visit password.nku.edu to reset your password or email helpdesk@nku.edu to activate your username and password.

Information about specific courses will be available on Canvas. Students can sign up for credit through MyNKU.


 

Woodard american Nationsw

Spring 2021 Second Session March 15 - April 30

TBA Meets Mondays at noon on Zoom. 

How to sign up for TBA

Students who want to take this course for one hour credit during the second 7-week session can register for IST 394-002 in MyNKU.

Students, faculty, staff or alumni who want to join the conversation without earning credit can SIGN UP with your name and an NKU email address. Alumni whose NKU email accounts have expired can renew them through IT at NKU. An invitation and a password will be sent to you.

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Woodard american Nationsw

Spring 2021 First Session January 11 - February 26

Isabel Wilkerson's Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Meets Mondays at noon on Zoom. 

 

How to sign up for Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Students who want to take this course for one hour credit during the first 7-week session can register for IST 394-001 in MyNKU.

Students, faculty, staff or alumni who want to join the conversation without earning credit can SIGN UP with your name and an NKU email address. Alumni whose NKU email accounts have expired can renew them through IT at NKU. An invitation and a password will be sent to you.


 
Woodard american Nationsw

Fall 2020 Second Session October 14 - December 4

Davis Epstein's Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, Range makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive. Meets Mondays at noon on Zoom. 

How to sign up for Range

Students who want to take this course for one hour credit during the second 7-week session can register for IST 394-002 in MyNKU.

Students, faculty, staff or alumni who want to join the conversation without earning credit can sign up with your name and an NKU email address. Alumni whose NKU email accounts have expired can renew them through IT at NKU. An invitation and a password will be sent to you.

The NKU Canvas site can be found at https://nku.instructure.com/courses/32614

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Woodard american Nationsw

Fall 2020 First Session August 17 - October 2

Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness.The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community—and all of us—to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America. Meets Wednesdays at noon on Zoom.

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Woodard american Nationsw

Fall 2020 First Session August 17 - October 2

Elizabeth Feldman Barrett's How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain. Psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett proposes a theory of emotionthat is driving a deeper understanding of the mind and brain, and shedding new light on what it means to be human. Her research overturns the widely held belief that emotions live in distinct parts of the brain and are universally expressed and recognized. Instead, she has shown that emotion is constructed in the moment, by core systems that interact across the whole brain, aided by a lifetime of learning. Meets Mondays at noon on Zoom. 


 
Woodard american Nationsw

Spring 2020 Second Seven Weeks

Colin Woodard, American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. Woodard takes readers on a journey through the history of our fractured continent, offering a revolutionary and revelatory take on American identity, and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and continue to mold our future.

Nissenbaum Privacy in Context

Spring 2020. First Seven Weeks

Helen Nissenbaum, Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life. Arguing that privacy concerns should not be limited solely to concern about control over personal information, Helen Nissenbaum counters that information ought to be distributed and protected according to norms governing distinct social contexts—whether it be workplace, health care, schools, or among family and friends.


 
Warren All the King's Men

Fall 2019. Second Seven Weeks

Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men. “Depicting the rise and fall of a dictatorial southern politician...the timeless story and memorable characters raise questions about the importance of history, moral conflicts in public policy, and idealism in government.” (Jonathan Cullick. Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men: A Reader's Companion)

sapolsky behave

Fall 2019. First Seven Weeks

Robert Sapolsky’s recent book, Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst, brings biology, psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, and social science to the complex study of human behavior.