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Undergraduate Fellows Seminar

The Undergraduate Fellows Seminar includes 12 to 15 highly motivated students and four professors, each one bringing a different form of expertise to the study of important books that enrich student understanding of the arts, history, literature, business, politics, and life in general. Books chosen to enrich understanding of society, business, the arts, and politics.

Fall 2015

Program theme: "What is knowledge"
Coordinator: Tony Buono, Management 
Faculty: David Gulley [Economics], Vicki Lafarge [Management], Patricia Peknik [EMS], and Bill Schiano [CIS]

Books: The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature by William James, and

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition Paperback - [2012] by Thomas S. Kuhn


Spring 2015

Program theme: "American Exceptionalism"
Coordinator: Mike Frank, English and Media Studies
Faculty: Andy Aylesworth [Marketing], Gregory Farber-Mazor [EMS], Jane Griffin [Modern Languages], and Swati Mukerjee [Economics]

Books: American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged Sword by Seymour Martin Lipset
The American Puritans: Their Prose and Poetry by Perry Miller

The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (American Empire Project) by Andrew J. Bacevich


Fall 2014

Program theme: "Time"
Coordinator: Mike Frank, English and Media Studies
Faculty: Mystica Alexander [Law], Iris Berdrow [MG], Dominique Haughton [MA] and Bruce Herzberg [EMS]

Books: A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking and
A Geography of Time: The Temporal Misadventures of a Social Psychologist by Robert V. Levine

Spring 2014

Program theme: "What Computer Can't Do"
Coordinator: Mike Frank, English and Media Studies
Faculty: Tatiana Manolova, Les Waguspack, Angma Jhala and Marcus Stewart


Fall 2013

Program theme: Democracy in America
Coordinator: Mike Frank, English and Media Studies
Faculty: Marcy Crary, Ranjoo Herr, Fred Ledley, Edward Zlotkowski


Fall 2012

Coordinator: Mike Frank, English and Media Studies
Program theme for 2012: What is a Just Society?

Faculty: Benjamin Aslinger, Juliet Gainsborough, Michael Haselkorn, Nada Nasr


           A Theory of Justice          Just and Unjust Wars

Fall 2011

Program theme for 2011: The Good Life

  • Bridie Andrews, History
  • Linda McJannet, English and Media Studies
  • Aaron Nurick, Management
  • Scott Sumner, Economics

Fall 2010

Program theme for 2010: The Science of Human Nature

The fall 2010 seminar will be led by professors in the fields of IPM, history, accounting, and global studies, and will focus on the theme of “The Science of Human Nature.” 
Seminar Faculty Leaders:

  • Dorothy Feldman, Accountancy
  • Kristin Sorensen, Global Studies
  • Catherine Usoff, Information and Process Management
  • Cyrus Veeser, History

Fall 2009

Program theme for 2009: Representation