Living and Learning Community

Moravian College is excited to offer opportunities for select students to take part in an intentionally designed Living and Learning Community that combines residential life with academic and social pursuits. A Living & Learning Community offers students the chance to live with others who share common interests and to interact with Moravian College faculty in our newest residence hall known as the HILL (Hurd Integrated Living & Learning).

The HILL is the most advanced residence facility at Moravian College. The facility includes student suites, fitness center, technology resource center, café, dining room, and classrooms. There will be two Living and Learning Communities housed in The HILL where freshman will have the opportunity to live with other freshman who are interested in studying a specific topic of interest. Each individual will be granted his or her own single room in a 16 person suite.

Each of the two Living and Learning Communities will be centered on a precise topic. Once you confirm your enrollment at Moravian College, you may rank your preferences for Living and Learning Topics using the First Year Housing Questionnaire.

Possible Moravian College Living & Learning Community Topics

Interested students will rank their favorite topics in the First Year Housing Questionnaire which is available to all deposited students. The two most popular options will be chosen as 2014-2015 Living & Learning Communities.

Medievalism:  The Modern Fascination with the Medieval Past

Periods of history come in and out of fashion.  In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, for instance, people were fascinated by the art and scholarship of Ancient Greece and Rome and quite dismissive of the European middle ages.  Things medieval recaptured the imagination during the late eighteenth century.  Popular interest in the middle ages is reflected today in literature and film (e.g., Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings), Renaissance Faires, video games, music, and more.  In this course, we will investigate such manifestations of medievalism and reflect on what they show about our own time.  The course will involve several field trips, and a field trip fee of $100 will be charged.  Instructor:  Dr. Sandy Bardsley

The History of Rock 'N' Roll: What does Rock ‘N’ Roll mean to you?

What kind of Rock ‘N’ Roll do you like? To help answer these questions, students will research and explore the history of Rock ‘N’ Roll via papers, journal-keeping, drafting, interviews, and readings. Each student will develop a personalized sense of the history of Rock ‘N’ Roll by studying and writing about three rock bands (or soloists): a current band chosen by the student that was established since the year 2000, an earlier band that influenced the 2000s band, and a band from the 1950s/60s that influenced the second band.  Professor Jim Barnes

Modern Art & Theater in the Digital Age

Make sure your iPad is charged and you’ve got plenty of energy! We will board buses for day trips to art museums and Broadway shows in New York City as students use technology such as museum apps and social media to interpret Modern Art! Have you ever wondered, "why go to a museum or see a Broadway show when we can just browse museum websites, scroll through Instagram, and watch You Tube videos?" Students will gain an introduction to Modern Art History and discover the impact of experiencing visual and performing art first-hand, while pushing the boundaries of our understanding by using digital tools. Students should be available on selected weekends to attend trips.  Extra fee applies to cover the cost of the field trips.  Instructor:  Dr. Kristin Baxter

The Voice of Origami

In this class we will look at the art and science of origami, or paper-folding. As we fold and analyze different models, we will learn to modify and design our own origami models. We will also explore the history and culture of paper folding, as well as examining modern methods and applications of origami. By considering the work of current masters of paper-folding, we will learn how mathematics and computer science has revolutionized the world of origami and allowed us to create truly amazing works of art. We will discover how a simple idea meant to entertain children evolved into a rich field of study that impacts all of our lives, from designing air bags in cars to medical devices to satellite deployment modules. This course assumes no special ability in mathematics or origami, just a willingness to try new things.  Instructor:  Dr. Kevin Hartshorn

Broadway & Beyond: NYC Plays, Players and Playwrights 2014

What are the best new plays and musicals of the current Broadway season? Do you agree with the New York theatre critics’ picks for outstanding plays, players, and playwrights of 2014? Throughout the fall semester, members of this living learning community will attend productions in New York City from the newest musicals on the Great White Way to the latest Royal Shakespeare Company import at the Brooklyn Academy of Music to experimental new works off-off Broadway. Registrants will maintain a theatre-going journal, blog about their experiences in New York City, and prepare critiques for electronic publication. Students enrolled in previous renditions of the seminar have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, gone on a scavenger hunt of the Broadway theatre district, participated in a role-play at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and met Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe after attending a performance of Equus at the Broadhurst Theatre. To read about some of these previous Broadway & Beyond adventures, visit  Extra fees to cover the field trips apply.  Instructor:  Dr. Joe Shosh