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    Fall 2019 Rodman Seminars

    November 13, 2019 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.

    Rodman Seminars Coming Soon

    October 01, 2019

    Rodman Seminars are in progress and the list will be published soon. Check back soon to learn more!