Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual wellness centers on staying curious and engagement in lifelong learning.  Sparking creativity, reading for pleasure, and remaining aware of societal and political issues are key components to WellCo's intellectual mission.  We invite you to join a club or participate in the following whole community, intellectual endeavors: 

 
  August and September community book:    Born a Crime  by Trevor Noah Available in hard copy, Kindle eBook, and audiobook (read by the author)  By turns alarming, sad and funny, his book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid and the country’s lurching entry into a post-apartheid era in the 1990s. Some stories will be familiar to fans who have followed the author’s stand-up act. But his accounts here are less the polished anecdotes of a comedian underscoring the absurdities of life under apartheid, than raw, deeply personal reminiscences about being “half-white, half-black” in a country where his birth “violated any number of laws, statutes and regulations.”  - Michiko Kakutani,  New York Times      Summary and discussion questions

August and September community book:  Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Available in hard copy, Kindle eBook, and audiobook (read by the author)

By turns alarming, sad and funny, his book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid and the country’s lurching entry into a post-apartheid era in the 1990s. Some stories will be familiar to fans who have followed the author’s stand-up act. But his accounts here are less the polished anecdotes of a comedian underscoring the absurdities of life under apartheid, than raw, deeply personal reminiscences about being “half-white, half-black” in a country where his birth “violated any number of laws, statutes and regulations.”

- Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
 

Summary and discussion questions

 
 In late September, come downtown as Bridget Schroeder leads other campus deejays in discussing and exploring songs from the NPR Ranking of the  150 Greatest Albums Made By Women   Jump onto  Spotify  or Youtube playlists to preview some of these amazing and legendary artists.  Some interesting tidbits:   Adam Tondowsky says:   I think they’re all by American or British Artists. Of course, the American ones includes a handful of Latino records. There may be one or two additions to America or Britain but no more than that. I don’t think that’s unexpected though as I don’t know that it’s realistic to expect that the NPR editors will know a great deal of world music. Just simply rename this list in your mind as NPR’s greatest 150 British and American albums by women.   HR Sutton says:  I just created Youtube playlists for the list but I divided them by decades because I don’t care about the rankings. This way I can see the progression from 1964 to 2016. The only two I couldn’t get were Liz Phair Exile in Guysville and Beyoncé Lemonade.  Here are the links: 1960s  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7jdi2bzNFxbJF3EF4uCWVCPSbwq8M3Ai  1970s  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7jdi2bzNFxbssxBeXn5krJqoKSZf8loS  1980s  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7jdi2bzNFxblBUOp50Hk-kw2cJ9SAGT-  1990s  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7jdi2bzNFxZ0nCNaZKoBPKKD3T76B3us  2000s & 2010s  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7jdi2bzNFxaoeXP7gtr1eZenHCG1zcxs   Hope you like them.

In late September, come downtown as Bridget Schroeder leads other campus deejays in discussing and exploring songs from the NPR Ranking of the 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women

Jump onto Spotify or Youtube playlists to preview some of these amazing and legendary artists.

Some interesting tidbits:

Adam Tondowsky says:  I think they’re all by American or British Artists. Of course, the American ones includes a handful of Latino records. There may be one or two additions to America or Britain but no more than that. I don’t think that’s unexpected though as I don’t know that it’s realistic to expect that the NPR editors will know a great deal of world music. Just simply rename this list in your mind as NPR’s greatest 150 British and American albums by women.

HR Sutton says: I just created Youtube playlists for the list but I divided them by decades because I don’t care about the rankings. This way I can see the progression from 1964 to 2016. The only two I couldn’t get were Liz Phair Exile in Guysville and Beyoncé Lemonade.

Here are the links: 1960s https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7jdi2bzNFxbJF3EF4uCWVCPSbwq8M3Ai
1970s https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7jdi2bzNFxbssxBeXn5krJqoKSZf8loS
1980s https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7jdi2bzNFxblBUOp50Hk-kw2cJ9SAGT-
1990s https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7jdi2bzNFxZ0nCNaZKoBPKKD3T76B3us
2000s & 2010s https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7jdi2bzNFxaoeXP7gtr1eZenHCG1zcxs

Hope you like them.