74 innovative, educational (and often experiential) January term courses unveiled

New J-Term, titled the “Dialogues of Innovation”, heavy on hands-on courses

Published Oct. 29, 2008

Whether performing live on Broadway in New York City; traveling to Colorado to work behind the scenes at the 2009 ESPN Winter X Games, or seeing firsthand the inauguration of the United States’ 44th president in Washington, D.C., Lynn students will be learning in a new and innovative way this January. 

Last week, Lynn’s Office of Academic Affairs officially unveiled the 74 course listings for the university’s first January mini-term, The Dialogues of Innovation. The new J-Term, part of Lynn’s innovative core curriculum, The Dialogues of Learning, will provide students with educational experiences focusing on original ideas, topics, pedagogies and/or experiential learning.

The two-and-a-half week term (Jan. 7-23), will offer innovative and educational on-campus, domestic and international opportunities in all areas of study including:

  • a drama course, “From Boca to Broadway,” where students will perform an off-Broadway production consisting of several original works in New York City
  • a volunteer service trip, “Journey of hope to Jamaica,” where students (along with the nationally recognized organization, Food for the Poor) will build homes for the poor in Jamaica
  • a course on the history and political activities surrounding U.S. presidential inaugurations, “Witness to history: The 2009 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.,” where students will travel to Washington, D.C., meet with legislators and sit in on lectures, as well as witness the inauguration of our 44th president
  • and a course on hospitality event management, “Winter X Games,” where students will travel to Colorado to work at ESPN’s annual extreme sports competition
  • numerous other specialized seminars, conferences or events on campus and around the world

All Lynn students are required to participate in the J-Term. Although some of the courses do require additional fees, 60 percent of the courses are less than $150 (and some 40 percent are free of charge). In addition to offering innovative and educational courses, the J-Term is bringing three distinguished speakers to campus: Andrew Zolli on Dec. 2, Melissa Harris-Lacewell on Jan. 12, and Daniel Silke on Jan. 20.

“The goal of the J-Term is to provide our students with exciting experiences that expand and deepen their understanding of – and experience in – their major, or another field that interests them,”  said Katrina Carter-Tellison, chair of the core curriculum committee, when she introduced the J-Term roster at last week’s monthly Academic Council meeting. “These are really submersion experiences; courses that will get students and faculty out of the classroom for almost three weeks to intensely study and experience something new and interesting.” For a complete listing of programs, visit www.lynn.edu/academics.