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 2015-2016 Living & Learning Communities.

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. Instructor: Professor Jim Barnes  [Note:  Students who choose this option must agree to live in The Hill.]

Where do ideas come from? The nature of creativity
Little kids often draw or paint quite happily, build structures with Lego, blocks, or cardboard boxes, and tell magical stories (both real and imaginary) about their experiences. Why do most of us stop making things once we become teenagers and adults? What if we could start making things and telling and writing stories again with that same freedom and joy? This course will examine the origin of ideas and consider the nature of the creative process. Instructor: Dr. Kristin Baxter [Note:  Students who choose this option must agree to live in The Hill.]

Section G: The Power of Stories
Our lives are rooted in stories. We understand ourselves, and our place in the world, through the stories we are told from the time we are young children: fairy tales, stories from classical mythology, stories from the bible and other religious texts, and more. We learn about the world around us through news “stories.” We understand the field of medicine--our bodies and our health--in the language of stories. In this class we will explore the use of stories in many contexts--written and visual texts, radio dramas and podcasts, storytelling events such as story “slams,” texts from the field of narrative medicine, and more. We will read, discuss, and write a range of texts--academic and creative, informative and persuasive, personal and research-based--that include narratives, or story-telling, at their core.  Instructor: Dr. Joyce Hinnefeld

Section I: The History of Disease
The definition of “disease” has been revised multiple times over the ages.  Early ideas ranged from a belief that disease was a punishment from the gods for alleged wrong-doings to it being caused by an imbalance amongst the four humours.  Today, we have an advanced scientific understanding of the molecular basis for many types of disease, yet we still struggle with classifying mental health disorders, obesity, or addictions as diseases.  And as we witness new diseases emerge (e.g. AIDS, SARs, Ebola), the fears that have long accompanied illness persist, and society doesn't necessarily act any more rationally than it did at the time of the Great Plague! In this course, we will examine the myths, metaphors, and science associated with illness and how these influence perceptions of diseases and our treatment of individuals who suffer from them.  Instructor(s): Dr. Diane Husic and Dr. Bryon Grigsby

LIVING-LEARNING OPTION:  Section J: Express Yourself: The Power of Words in Song
What is it about your favorite song that makes it so meaningful to you?  For many of us, the words are a large part of the power that music holds.  In this course, we will discuss music in its pure form (instrumentals) and in relation to lyrics, understanding the intersection of music and language by analyzing the songs we love.  We will learn about psychological theories of the representation of language in memory, explore structural similarities between language and music, and consider how language and music can be used to provoke certain feelings in the audience.  We will also discuss poetry and speeches, and the roles of prosody and emotional expression.  While examining the importance of a writer’s choice of words to convey a particular meaning, we will also confront the consequences of the words we choose ourselves in our own communication, both formal and informal.  Instructor: Dr. Sarah Johnson