North Central College - Naperville, IL

Past Non-Credit Verandah Activities


Neuroscience in Action Saturday, February 22, 2014
Instructors: Dr.'s Maggie Gill and Rocky VanHorn  
Join us in taking an interactive tour of The Neuroscience Center in Deerfield, IL. This facility works with patients with a variety psychiatric and neurological conditions (e.g., depression, anxiety, stroke, and traumatic brain injury). The tour will include hands-on experience with the tools and techniques used at The Neuroscience Center to diagnose and treat their patients (e.g., EEG, TMS, and Neurofeedback). For more information please contact Maggie Gill or Rocky VanHorn.
Medicine in the Genomic Era Held December 5 & 6, 2013
Instructors: Steve Johnston, Jon Visick, Marguerite Degenhardt Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 p.m.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute presents a Holiday Lecture Webcast every December.  This year, two top researchers (Dr. Christopher Walsh and Dr. Charles Sawyer) talked about how medicine is changing as genomic studies become more widely available. After the second presentation, we shared a lunch and a conversation. For more information contact Steve Johnson. All majors welcome.

“Let Bartlet be Bartlet”: An Exploration of The West Wing as a Means to Understanding Contemporary American Politics

Instructor: Suzanne Chod

Dates: 10/22, 10/29, 11/5 Location: Political Science Conference Room, 330 E. Van Buren.

"You know, I'm so sick of Congress I could vomit." - Josh Lyman "Then shut it down." - President Josiah Bartlet "I want to call senators, we will start with our friends first, and when we're done with those 2 we'll start with the other 98." - President Josiah Bartlet

For those who love The West Wing, or at least have heard of it, this verandah gives students the opportunity to discuss the relevance of the show to the every day workings, or non-workings of our government. The course will meet for three evening sessions, and students will watch one episode per session and discuss how realistic the show is, its themes, and its use as a tool in understanding American politics. For more information contact Suzanne Chod.

Star Trek: Into Darkness and the War on Terror

Held: Tuesday May 28th and Wednesday May 29th
Jennifer Fredette

“There is no Starfleet regulation that condemns a man to die without a trial!” Or so Lieutenant Commander Spock tells us in the first few minutes of the new movie, Star Trek: Into Darkness. With its discussion of habeas corpus, encroaching militarization, and the dangers of an executive acting alone without effective checks and balances, Into Darkness can be viewed as a criticism of how America has conducted the War on Terror.

To explore contemporary political issues like Guantanamo, expanded executive power, and extrajudicial killings, Dr. Fredette has organized a non-credit Verandah course that will meet for two evening sessions. On the first evening, we will see the movie Star Trek: Into Darkness. On the second, we will have a thorough discussion of its political themes over pizza and soda.

It’s the end of the school year! End it right with an intellectual conversation about a fun summer blockbuster. 


Held February 2012
Instructor:  Dr. William Muck & Dr. Jennifer Fredette

The Politics of North Africa: Assessing the French Intervention in Mali

France is at war! In January, France sent troops into Mali to stop what it describes as Al Qaeda terrorists in the name of national security - but what does this north African country have to do with France? And is this the same Al Qaeda that attacked New York City on September 11th? To explore these questions more closely, Drs. Muck and Fredette have organized a non-credit Verandah course that will meet for two evening sessions (TBD) from 4:30-6:30pm. Join us in learning more about the politics of North Africa, the continued legacy of France’s former colonial presence there, and the influence America’s “War on Terror” has had on political and military decisions throughout Europe.



Held Wednesday, October. 24 & Monday, October 29, 2012
Instructor:  Dr. William Muck

The Cuban Missle Crisis at 50

The month of October represents the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. To commemorate the event historians and political scientists have engaged in a vigorous debate over the lessons to be drawn from the crisis. In particular, scholars have attempted to apply those lessons to the current standoff between Iran and the United States over Iran’s nuclear program. This non-credit Verandah course would revisit the Cuban Missile Crisis through the recently released documents and audio recordings by the National Security Archives. We will also watch segments of two important documentaries on the Cuban Missile Crisis. The class will weigh in on the “lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis” debate and attempt to apply those lessons to the current situation in Iran.  




Held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012

Instructor:  Dr. Ann Keating

The Newberry 125: Jack Kerouac, Lewis & Clark, Candide, and More!

Newberry LibraryThe Newberry Library is celebrating its 125th anniversary with an exhibition of 125 objects in its collection. They include: original printed (and never-bound) instantiation of Voltaire’s Candide; an elliptical postcard from Jack Kerouac to his editor; rare correspondence from a slave husband to his free wife; and Joseph Whitehouse’s journal from the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  A Newberry tour guide will take us through the exhibit to take advantage of this opportunity to view rare materials.