North Central College - Naperville, IL

2013-2014 D-Term Verandahs

How to Register

These one-credit hour courses are included in the  Winter 2014 listings under the course designation "Verandah"  within Merlin.  Be sure to change the credit option from "0" to "1" to register for credit.

VER EXP D2 Instructor: Carin Silkaitis
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Theatre in Chicago  

This course will take you to a variety of shows in one of the great theatre cities in the nation. Choices may include  a variety of off-Loop, storefront, and fringe theatres. You'll meet as a group after each performance to discuss your experience and further examine the artistic merit of each show. Students will arrange for their own transportation to and from the theatres, but will be provided with detailed transportation instructions for using the train systems, buses, or driving directions. All majors welcome.   Email Carin Silkaitis for additional information.

VER EXP D3 Instructors: Sheryl Finkle & Jack Shindler
Dec. 2 - 6, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
Face to Face: Connecting Cultures/Crossing Borders

This verandah course gives students an opportunity to become personally acquainted with students of other cultures while learning how cross-cultural interactions can influence a person's personal and professional learning, decision-making, and actions. Verandah participants will be assigned to a reading pair with a person from another culture.  Pairs will select, read, and discuss two short pieces of literature, each selected according to the work's appeal to the readers and its treatment of issues and values significant to the cultures of the readers. All participants in the verandah will join in opening and closing activities that prepare each member for the reading experience, probe insights across the reading pairs, and support each member in appropriately incorporating perspectives of "others" in their daily thinking and behavior.   Email Sheryl Finkle  or Jack Shindler for additional information.

VER EXP D4 Instructor: Jennifer Buntin
Dec. 3,5,10,12, 2013 Time: TBD
Sustainable Solutions to Urban Problems

This course introduces students to the ways that communities can produce truly livable urban spaces that reduce the “ecological footprint” while at the same time offering practical solutions to social problems such as socio-economic inequality, social isolation, and lack of access to healthy foods.  We will begin by discussing key concepts and viewing a documentary on campus on Day 1. On Days 2-4 we will visit real life examples in Chicago, including an urban farm (Growing Power Chicago), a railway park/bike trail being constructed on the northwest side (The 606), the new city bikeshare program (Divvy), and Uncommon Ground (“the greenest restaurant in America”). We will conclude our experience with a brainstorming session on other ways that we can combine environmental and social sustainability to improve the quality of life of all residents in our communities and cities. Email Jennifer Buntin for additional information.

VER EXP D5 Instructor: Nicole Rivera
Dec. 12 - 19, 2013
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Researching In Informal Learning Spaces  

student with kidsChildren’s museums and other cultural institutions provide important opportunities for informal learning related to a range of disciplines as well as important family experiences. This verandah course will focus on doing research and evaluation in informal learning spaces.  Students will travel to the DuPage Children’s Museum, Chicago Children’s Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Brookfield Zoo to learn how these institutions use research.  Additionally, students will have the opportunity to learn about specific research techniques and practice those techniques. Email Nicole Rivera for additional information.

VER EXP D6 Instructor: Hillary Shulman
Dec. 2- 5, 2013 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Writing About Pop Culture

Nowadays, the exciting part about watching a TV show or a movie is the discussion that takes place online afterwards. Students in this course will gain practice talking and writing about TV shows and movies in exciting and entertaining ways. This class invites students from all academic backgrounds to join the conversation! We will be watching TV shows and movies, discussing these shows with peers, and then using social media to write about them in creative ways.  This class is for people who love popular culture and are looking for ways to expand this conversation. Email Hillary Shulman for additional information.

VER EXP D7 Instructor: Jelena Sanchez
Dec. 2, 4, 6, 9 Time: Varies
Discover Spain in America  

Take a sensorial journey to Spain without leaving the shores of Chicago. This course explores Spain’s artistic, musical, and culinary landscape hidden within the Windy city. Students will learn about Spain’s global influence through Chicago’s long ties to this country by way of history, art, film, flamenco, and tapas. A walking tour of Chicago will uncover Picasso, Miro, and Plesma’s interactive sculptures. We will also visit the Art Institute of Chicago, a museum that houses fascinating treasures by the Great Masters of the Spanish arts from El Greco to Dali. Students will have the opportunity to experience the mesmerizing passion of a flamenco dance performance. The culinary workshop will teach about the secrets of the Spanish palate and the skills to prepare tapas at home. A breathtaking film honoring the cinematic masterpieces of the 1920s will leave a lasting imprint of the Spanish imagination. This course would appeal to students with diverse interests such as Spanish language, art, film, music, theater, dance, as well as international business, global studies, history and travel. Email Jelena Sanchez for additional information.

VER EXP D8 Instructor: Jonathon Kirk
Dec. 2-6, 2013  Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Keeping Score: Exploring Film Music  

This verandah experience will explore the various roles of music throughout film history. We will survey several influential as well as controversial film scores, and primarily use our time together for film screenings, listening and discussion. Through lively conversation we will be able to better understand how composers create a musical narrative, and how they manipulate your sense of mood and place. Films screened and discussed include King Kong, Vertigo, Lawrence of Arabia, Seven, Samurai, and Contagion. All majors, film enthusiasts, and music lovers welcome! Two lunches provided. E-mail Jonathon Kirk for more information.

VER EXP D9 Instructor: Amy Buxbaum
Dec. 9-11, 2013 Time: TBD
Becoming Propaganda Critics:  ‘State of Deception’ at the Field Museum  

What is propaganda?  Why is it powerful?  How does it work?  In this verandah we’ll begin to answer these questions by learning about the pioneering work of the Institute of Propaganda Analysis and exploring and the exhibition “State of Deception:  The Power of Nazi Propaganda” at the Field Museum.  Ultimately, the experience is designed to help students become better propaganda critics. E-mail Amy Buxbaum for more information.

VER EXP D10 Instructor: Nancy Keiser
Dec. 2-6, 2013 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Cure for Nature Deficit Disorder: GOYA Go Out and Play  

Cildren playing outsideA condition known as “nature deficit disorder” (NDD) has been noted in increasing numbers in American children and youth in recent years.  Besides having a lack of knowledge about nature, these children and young adults are more likely to experience Attention Deficit Disorder, obesity, and other challenges.  The remedy is simple: go outside and play.  This course explores and applies the concepts associated with nature deficit disorder.  Experience nature study and a variety of hands-on activities in outdoor settings in Naperville, on the Illinois Prairie Path, and at The Morton Arboretum. Transportation Included.  Email Nancy Keiser  for additional information.


VER EXP D11 Instructor: Kelly Howe
Dec. 4 - 6, Dec. 11 - 13, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm. - 4:30 pm
A Play A Day: Cold Readings of Contemporary Drama  

Comedy and Drama masksUp to 20 participants will encounter a mix of popular and less well-known but innovative scripts of contemporary drama in this exciting, hands-on experience. Participants will read aloud a total of eight contemporary scripts. The instructor will assign roles, with all students getting a chance to participate as both actors and spectators. After each day’s reading, we will discuss the script as a class community. No acting experience is necessary. It should be noted that some scripts contain strong language and controversial themes. Texts will be provided. All majors welcome. Email Kelly Howe for additional information.