The Discovery Seminar Program provides first and second-year students with the opportunity to engage with a distinguished faculty member around a thought-provoking and challenging topic in a small-class environment. Students who participate in one of these one-credit courses will have the opportunity to:
This January, embrace winter in Buffalo and earn UB credit for it! Winter Session courses will be offered from January 6 - 24, 2014. Topics vary and enrollment is capped at 15 students. Students who successfully complete Discovery Seminars earn 1 credit and a grade.
Travel Writing: UE 141, Section B
Monday - Friday, 12:00 – 12:50 a.m. | Norton 213 | Registration #10084
Letters from the world will offer a Discovery Seminar on Travel Writing in which we shall read a short different kind of travel document each week and in which students will choose an “area of the world” (near or far) to write about as a training ground for future travel and travel writing.
Professor Wolf has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey and South Africa, and he has presented 100 lectures in 20 countries over the years. There are many more countries he would like to “explore” and write about in the genre of literary journalism and creative nonfiction; but he feels that he has seen and written enough to help young would-be-travelers and writers “launch” their careers. The course will include some small “expeditions” to local sites (no pith helmets required).
The Cognitive Bias Joke Book: UE 141, Section C
TBD | TBD | Registration #10094
When we make a decision quickly, our brains use information-processing shortcuts. Sometimes we get it right. The shortcut we used, the heuristic, gave us an on-time win. Often, however, we do not get it right. We took the wrong shortcut, or used a heuristic when the long way around--slow, reasoned analysis--was the only valid option. Cognitive scientists, behavioral economists, and social psychologists label these thinking errors “cognitive biases.” Snap judgments may have once kept us safe from tigers, but now make us vulnerable to perceptual distortion, inaccurate judgment, or illogical interpretation. Persuaders who understand heuristics can greatly influence decision-makers. In this writing-intensive class we will use humor technique, theory, and structure to identify and then address the most common and troublesome shortcuts, including how to correct abuse through non-aggressive communication
I am a practicing lawyer and adjunct faculty member at the UB Law School with an interest in the culture of law and the way the legal culture fits into society as a whole.
Last updated: December 04, 2013 4:15 pm EST