Courses for West Campus Residents

Fall 2018 LWYL courses for West Campus Residents

Cook Community Engagement: Bridging Self, Community, and World

This interdisciplinary course serves as a gateway for engagement in the Alice Cook House community. As such, one of the primary purposes of the class is to introduce and expose students to the varied opportunities for engagement using speakers from the Cornell, Ithaca, and global communities and also across social, environmental, and natural sciences, engineering, arts, and humanities. Spaces (both physical and digital) will be provided for students to engage in informal discussions with Cornell faculty members, other invited speakers, and each other. The goal is to provide a platform for critical thinking and reflection within and beyond the boundaries of one’s own discipline(s). Students will interact with peers, faculty, guest speakers, and Cook House community members who will provide first-hand perspectives on their work. The course is targeted at residents of Alice Cook House (including the Language House) on West Campus but is open to anyone on campus.

West Campus. Fall (NTRES 4940-Lec 001) 1 credit, Wednesdays, 7–8pm, House Professor and Dean apartment (101 Alice Cook House). Taught by Shorna Allred, Natural Resources and Alice Cook House Professor and Dean.


Carl Becker Café

The café series is a weekly informal discussion every Wednesday evening. The café features guest speakers who share something of their experience and expertise. Our guests are all successful people leading very interesting lives! Hosted in the Becker House Professor’s apartment, at Café you’ll enjoy great conversation, in a relaxed environment with coffee and treats provided!  Students may join the Café on a drop-in basis or the Café may be taken as a 1 credit s/u course.

West Campus. Fall (CRP 3899-101) 1 credit, Wednesdays, 7:15–8:15pm, Carl Becker House Professor and Dean apartment (G50). Hosted by Neema Kudva, City and Regional Planning and Carl Becker House Professor and Dean. Limited to 25 students; preference given to Becker residents.


Cornell University Becker in Service (CUBS)

CUBS is a community service initiative at Becker House. Members of CUBS have helped local food pantries, seniors in assisted care facilities, they’ve organized food drives, raised funds for cancer research, maintained the flower beds around Becker House and done many other acts of good will. Students may join CUBS on a drop-in basis or CUBS may be taken as a 1 credit s/u course. 

West Campus. Fall (CRP 3899-102) 1 credit, Day and time TBD, Kramnick Seminar Room, Becker House (should we list the room number?)  Taught by Neema Kudva, City and Regional Planning and Carl Becker House Professor and Dean. Limited to 25 students; preference given to Becker residents.


Spring 2019 LWYL Courses for West Campus Residents

Where Do We Go From Here?

This seven-week course is designed to help students comprehend the intersections of race and class-based inequalities at Cornell, the United States, and the world, as well as structural inequalities based on gender and nationality. The class will engage non-fiction, texts, documentary films, videos, and visual art by filmmakers, visual artists, and scholars of color whose works explore race-based structural inequalities with illuminating grace, complexity, and conceptual depth. The course centers on the book, The Origin of Others, by Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner (and Cornell ‘55 graduate) Toni Morrison.

North Campus. Spring (ART 2999) 1 credit, last seven weeks of semester, Tuesdays, 5;30-6:45pm, 106 Alice Cook House & Townhouse F-2.  Taught by Shorna Allred (srb237@cornell.edu) Natural Resources and Alice Cook House Professor and Dean, and Bill Gaskins (gaskins@cornell.edu), Art and Townhouse Faculty Fellow in Residence.  Permission of instructor required, prospective students should contact Professors Gaskins and Allred. Limited to 20 people; priority given to residents of North and West Campus.


Bethe Ansatz: What makes a Fulfilled Life?

On a weekly basis, Bethe Ansatz will bring together students, Cornell faculty, and other distinguished guests for informal, substantive engagement around a wide range of issues and endeavors: intellectual, cultural, artistic, scientific, moral, social, and political. The conversational format, which encourages discussion and interaction, allows you to discover the intrinsic interest and reward of a life characterized by broad, vital intellectual curiosity and engagement.

West Campus. Spring (AS 1200) 1 credit, Wednesdays, 7:15–8:15pm, House Professor and Dean apartment (125 Hans Bethe House). Hosted by Julia Thom-Levy, Physics and Hans Bethe House Professor and Dean.


Carl Becker Café

The café series is a weekly informal discussion every Wednesday evening. The café features guest speakers who share something of their experience and expertise. Our guests are all successful people leading very interesting lives! Hosted in the Becker House Professor’s apartment, at Café you’ll enjoy great conversation, in a relaxed environment with coffee and treats provided!  Students may join the Café on a drop-in basis or the Café may be taken as a 1 credit s/u course.  

West Campus. Spring (CRP 3899-101) 1 credit, Wednesdays, 7:15–8:15pm, Carl Becker House Professor and Dean apartment (G50). Hosted by Neema Kudva, City and Regional Planning and Carl Becker House Professor and Dean. Limited to 25 students; preference given to Becker residents.


Cornell University Becker in Service (CUBS)

CUBS is a community service initiative at Becker House. Members of CUBS have helped local food pantries, seniors in assisted care facilities, they’ve organized food drives, raised funds for cancer research, maintained the flower beds around Becker House and done many other acts of good will. Students may join CUBS on a drop-in basis or CUBS may be taken as a 1 credit s/u course. 

West Campus. Fall and Spring (CRP 3899-102) 1 credit, Day and time TBD, Kramnick Seminar Room, Becker House (should we list the room number?)  Taught by Neema Kudva, City and Regional Planning and Carl Becker House Professor and Dean. Limited to 25 students; preference given to Becker residents.