The Rodman Seminars Program allows Rodman Scholars to take part in learning experiences without the formality of a traditional class. With each seminar taught by scholars and only available to scholars, the program's purpose is to allow scholars explore interesting and useful topics to develop relevant skills to complement their academic education, or just for the joy of learning.

Spring 2018 Seminars

Introduction to the World of Comics and Cartoons This Rodman Seminar will meet weekly for an hour to have short "lessons" and discussions on topics from the history of comic books, to the portrayal of women and minorities in comics, to the science behind superheroes. Some of the meetings will be more hands-on like a day spent drawing a one-panel comic. Short video clips, movie showings, and guest speakers may be incorporated into the seminar.
Exploring Culture through Cooking Brace yourselves for a trip around the world. Dive into culture and cooking, through ingredients, traditions, and experiences. This Rodsem will satisfy hunger for knowledge, and food, and take you on a journey through history, culture, and science. This seminar will consist of weekly lectures paired with classes focused on cooking, baking, and other aspects of food and culture around the world.
Film Studies: Richard Linklater and David Fincher This Rodman Seminar will center around the careers of Oscar-nominated directors Richard Linklater and David Fincher. Linklater is known for his standout comedies (Dazed and Confused, Slacker, School of Rock), powerful dramas (Boyhood, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight), and innovative rotoscope films (Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly), as well as various other independent projects. Fincher is famous for his dramas Fight Club, Seven, and The Social Network.
Designing Your Life This class will be modeled loosely off of the book Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. Using design thinking methodologies, students will build the life they want to live– including character development, UVA experience, and professional goals.
Introduction to Yoga and Heartfulness Meditation A seminar offered to introduce the practice of yoga as a discipline of the body and the mind, with the goal of cultivating more vibrant physical and mental health. This class aims to help integrate our inner nature with the outer world peacefully using both Heartfulness meditation and Vinyasa yoga practices.
Rodman Coffee Hour Nathaniel and Luke are back again for even more coffee! Caffeinate your mornings and enjoy enlightened conversation enhanced by some of the worlds finest beans.

21+ Rodsems

Mixology and Bar Skills In this course, you will learn to make some of the fundamental cocktails all good bartenders know. We will also discuss the history of the more famous drinks, how different alcohols are made and bar lore.
Beer Brewing Learn how to brew beer while making your very own batch! The class will also be visiting a few local watering holes in order to try unique varieties of beer, and see the professional equipment up close.