Rodman Seminars

Rodman Seminars are student-taught one-credit courses for and by Rodman Scholars.

Rodsems Fall 2020

Wine Tasting

This class explores the basic skills and knowledge for budding wine aficionados! Students have the chance to chat with friends while learning the different components and styles of wine, along with the relevant lingo. We cover everything from the methods of tasting, food pairing, choosing glassware, and handling wine.

Anarchist Thought and Practice 

This class serves as an introductory view of anarchism and its applications in the modern world. Each week looks at a school of anarchist thought or a key area of interest within anarchism. The purpose of this course is to expose students to various forms of political thought and praxis with an emphasis on the collective discussion of ideas. 


This class teaches the fundamentals of yoga and successful practice. We learn about the physical and mental practice of yoga and mindfulness including breathing techniques and the importance of meditation.

Debate and Discussion

This class is a forum where students can hone their debating skills through open form discussion of topics chosen by students. This Rodsem gives the opportunity to challenge each other’s beliefs and your own perception of the world by discussing and debating current events and popular culture.

Zero to One: How to Start a Startup/Entrepreneurship Essentials

What really makes a startup successful? There are many factors that influence this entrepreneurial prospect which we explore in this Rodsem. We combine elements from our own experience running a startup to help you pursue an idea you may want to grow into a potential future venture! This seminar serves as a workshop to teach entrepreneurship principles including intellectual property, effectuation, finding co-founders, funding, competitions/grant application writing, etc.

Rodsems Fall 2019

Meditation on the Lawn

An opportunity to learn a free, non-denominational form of meditation known as Heartfulness in a casual group setting. Learn how to build inner focus and create a stress-free routine that’s doable and right for you. 

Computational History

Explore the history of computing by contextualizing the growth of Computer Science from its historical basis. Experiment with Python, Fortran, and C, as well as tools such as git, emulators, containers, and Unix shells, to gain a deeper understanding of how modern Computer Science has evolved, while simultaneously becoming familiar with command-line interface.

Success without Stress

We all know that college is stressful. From balancing coursework to securing internship or job opportunities, to having a social life and occasionally watching Netflix, it can all be a bit overwhelming. This course will explore the connection between work and rest, specifically focusing on how you can learn to achieve your goals without sacrificing your happiness along the way. 

Founding Father of Wine: Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson claimed, in 1818, that "in nothing have the habits of the palate more decisive influence than in our relish of wines." Our founding father was one of America's first wine connoisseurs and is credited with bringing over the first French grapes to America. Through this class, participants will learn about Thomas Jefferson's lifelong passion, wine, while exploring the local wine making techniques and grapes varieties Jefferson inspired. 

Intro to VR/AR

Technology demonstrations of VR and AR.

Decorative Candle Carving: The Art, Origins, & Science

Students will learn about the mediums and craft of candle making and carving. We will explore various waxes and practice traditional carving techniques to produce ornamentation on hand-dipped candles. There will also be opportunities to create other types of fun, decorative candles. Lessons will include lecture on the science, art, or history of candle making and hands-on candle making and carving components.

Teamfight Tactics

Teamfight Tactics was released in June of this year by Riot Games, the same company that created the hit game League of Legends. It is a "round-based strategy game that pits you against seven opponents in a free-for-all race to build a powerful team that fights on your behalf." We will be spending time learning the basics mechanics of the game, eventually building up to learning more advanced strategies.

Trading Interview Prep

A course designed for interview preparation for proprietary trading firms. Will include sessions covering financial derivatives, how to come up with a pitch, brainteasers, mental math, and some non-technical questions.


We will explore coffee through its history, varieties, roasting, brewing, and preparation. We will focus on brewing, especially on pour-over methods. Each student will get to brew coffee in unique ways and drink a lot of coffee.