1. Get your passport
  2. Get FNB Bank card(s)
  3. Get an ID card at DMV (if you have no license or permit)
  4. Work on possible summer events for fundraisers (Alumni President will call you)
  5. Start reading from Summer Reading List below: (click on link for e-books)
  6. Keep a Reading Journal with assignments listed (see dates for assignments due!)
  7. If you do not have Microsoft Office, download free OpenOffice from
  8. Listen to Italian CD --  download here as zip file
  9. If you have an Ipod download the Italian Language Apps, (Free Italian Essentials; World Nomad Italian), European Union Factbook and European Countries LE to study (they are free)
  10. Check out podcasts for Italian Language Studies
  11. Sell raffle tickets! More are available for extra funds towards your own accounts. All tickets must be sold or matched. Good luck!

For assignments for the individual reading journal topics, please read below

Do not forget to answer the questions about the Stanford Experiment (Due Aug. 22)
   Watch http:// video/ stanford_prison_experiment

and respond with a few sentences to the following questions: discussion.htm

Famous Italian Artists, Sculptors, Architects

(keep a reading Journal

1. Browning -- Ordinary Men. Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland

Shocking as it is, this book--a crucial source of original research used for the bestseller Hitler's Willing Executioners--gives evidence to suggest the opposite conclusion: that the sad-sack German draftees who perpetrated much of the Holocaust were not expressing some uniquely Germanic evil, but that they were average men comparable to the run of humanity, twisted by historical forces into inhuman shapes. Browning, a thorough historian who lets no one off the moral hook nor fails to weigh any contributing factor--cowardice, ideological indoctrination, loyalty to the battalion, and reluctance to force the others to bear more than their share of what each viewed as an excruciating duty--interviewed hundreds of the killers, who simply could not explain how they had sunken into savagery under Hitler. A good book to read along with Ron Rosenbaum's comparably excellent study Explaining Hitler. --Tim Appel

2. Steven Pinker -- How the Mind Works

In this extraordinary bestseller, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists, does for the rest of the mind what he did for language in his 1994 book, The Language Instinct. He explains what the mind is, how it evolved, and how it allows us to see, think, feel, laugh, interact, enjoy the arts, and ponder the mysteries of life. And he does it with the wit that prompted Mark Ridley to write in the New York Times Book Review, "No other science writer makes me laugh so much. . . . [Pinker] deserves the superlatives that are lavished on him."  The arguments in the book are as bold as its title. Pinker rehabilitates some unfashionable ideas, such as that the mind is a computer and that human nature was shaped by natural selection, and challenges fashionable ones, such as that passionate emotions are irrational, that parents socialize their children, and that nature is good and modern society corrupting. Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize A New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1997 Featured in Time magazine, the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Nature, Science, Lingua Franca, and Science Times Front-page reviews in the Washington Post Book World, the Boston Globe Book Section, and the San Diego Union Book Review Illustrations

3. Rosenblum -- See What I am Saying, The Extraordinary Powers of the Five Senses (coming soon)

An in-depth look at the science that explains the hidden powers of the five senses and how to harness their potential.  In this revealing romp through the mysteries of human perception, University of California psychologist and researcher Lawrence Rosenblum explores the astonishing abilities of the five senses--skills of which most of us are remarkably unaware. Drawing on groundbreaking insights into the brain's plasticity and integrative powers, including findings from his own research, Rosenblum examines how our brains use the subtlest information to perceive the world.  A blind person, for example, can "see" through batlike echolocation; a Master Sommelier can actually taste the grape variety, region, and vintage of an obscure wine; and pheromones can subliminally signal a lover's compatibility.
To illustrate these implicit perceptual skills, Rosenblum takes us from the "beep" baseball fields where blind players swing at  beeping balls, to a pitch-black restaurant where diners experience taste without the aid of sight.   We accompany him on a visit to an Oscar-winning animator  who explains how the public's expertise in perceiving faces has made his job so difficult; and a visit with a supermodel to discuss why beautiful faces are irresistible. 
New studies have shed light on the surpising power and reach of our senses. It turns out that our brains use entire forms of perceptual information of which we are largely unaware. We can hear things that don't make sounds, feel things without touching them, see things with no form, and smell things that have no discernable odor. Throughout the book, Rosenblum not only illuminates the fascinating science behind our hidden perceptual powers, but demonstrates how increased awareness of these abilities can actually lead us to enhance how we use them.




DUE - August 31: For each of the works read, write a two-page summary (handwritten in your own words) in a reading journal . It needs to be evident that you read and understood the work. Any plagiarism will result in a failing grade. Pace yourself!

DUE at later dates:  In addition to the summary do the following assignments as listed for each individual work. This may be typed.

1. Browning:  (due August 22)*
- Be ready to discuss Browning's book along with the Stanford Experiment. Our goal is to understand HOW and WHY things happened the way they did during the Holocaust. We already know WHAT happened. Take notes as you read the book. 

2. Pinker: (due Sept. 19)*
- Make sure you understand the basics of his work. Be able to discuss each chapter in class and with the Italians. This is one of the books for your major focus the project: Cognitive learning.

3. Rosenblum: (due Sept. 19)*
Take notes chapter by chapter and summarize the main points. These notes will help in the discussion and further lectures and projects about cognitive learning.

* points will be deducted for late work


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Interactive Map of Italy

Arcaini's Italy Map

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Practice Italian Geography and find the capitals of each region.


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Science Museum

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Inventor Alessandro Volta Biography

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The Scientists: A List.

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