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Great Minds Learning Experience 2020

Seton Hall University is excited to offer the Great Minds Learning Experience 2020. Learning Experiences are offered to all currently enrolled undergraduate students as well as incoming undergraduate students who have confirmed their intent to enroll by submitting the required deposit and have completed Pirate Adventure by July 1, 2020. 

Each Learning Experience requires a $25.00 registration fee, which will be credited to your Piratenet Account upon completion of the Learning Experience.

Learning Experiences will run throughout June, July, and August virtually; students may register for more than one. Great Minds Learning Experiences are noncredit bearing. For more information contact [email protected].

Learning Experiences

  1. Civic Engagement Learning Experience 1: Public Service in the Time of a Global Pandemic
  2. Civic Engagement Boot Camp 2: Called to Serve
  3. Civic Engagement Boot Camp 3: The Law and Public Service
  4. Cybersecurity – Registration has closed.
  5. Digital Skills for the 21st Century Student
  6. Empathy
  7. Entrepreneurship
  8. Equity in Education
  9. Free Speech Law
  10. Global Negotiation and Conflict Management
  11. Learning to Connect through Interdisciplinary Studies
  12. Learning to Lead
  13. Learning to Animate – CANCELLED
  14. Stewardship and Sustainability in the Sciences
  15. What’s God got to do with it?
  16. Writing Family History

  1. Civic Engagement Learning Experience 1: Public Service in the Time of a Global Pandemic – June 2 - 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    This 2-day workshop will focus on public service in the time of a global pandemic and the response to COVID-19. Students will have an opportunity to see how those in public service careers adapt to the enormous challenges faced during a pandemic. This experience will feature guest speakers from the front lines: nonprofit leaders, government officials, and elected representatives who all are responding to one of the most difficult crises in their careers.
  2. Civic Engagement Boot Camp 2: Called to Serve – July 14 – 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    This 2-day workshop experience provides students with an opportunity to strengthen their own leadership potential as they become catalysts in their communities for positive social change. Focusing on the experiences of leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors, this program is designed to equip students with the skills necessary to be leaders and advocates in any environment in their professional and community lives.
  3. Civic Engagement Boot Camp 3: The Law and Public Service – August 4 -5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    This experience is tailored to students interested in the fields of law and public policy. This 2-day workshop introduces students to the public policy process and will provide a basic legal foundation for those interested in a career in law. Drawing on the experiences of nonprofit leaders and advocates, government officials, and elected representatives, this workshop will highlight the legal environment in which they operate. Students will consider the policymaking process and the impact of laws in society.
  4. Cybersecurity - August 11-14 and 18-21 – Registration has closed.
    This experience will introduce the field of information security to every level of student. Designed as an introduction to the field, students will learn about cyber threats and defenses and the various different careers that can be launched within this discipline of study. Students who successfully complete this experience will get the chance to interview with the University’s IT Security unit for a paid internship while studying at Seton Hall University.
  5. Digital Skills for the 21st Century Student – 2 separate sessions – Week of July 13 & Week of August 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Digital Skills for the 21st Century Student provides an opportunity to get hands-on experience with a variety of digital tools and platforms that have become increasingly important in our current environment. In addition to learning text annotation, data visualization and analysis, and presentation tools, students will be able to earn a digital badge in one of these areas. We will also investigate best practices and tips for successful online and remote learning. Led by experienced faculty, students will not only have an opportunity to consider how to best work, study and grow as digital citizens but they will also acquire essential skills for a 21st century education.
  6. Empathy – July 20 – 22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    During your time here at Seton Hall, you will be pursuing academic excellence. It is also important to remember that the University seeks to cultivate ethical excellence, or rather, a deep understanding of how your actions will positively or negatively influence the world around you. As you further develop your personal sense of ethics, your experience will be made richer through your ability to see and be seen with a sense of curiosity and care. Therefore, the goal of this workshop is to explore pathways of emotional understanding with those around you in order to develop a thoughtful and empathetic foundation for your college experience.
  7. Entrepreneurship – August 17 – 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    This experience will provide Seton Hall University students aspiring to be entrepreneurs with an introduction to developing a business, and an overview of what it takes to launch a company into the marketplace. Students work in teams to brainstorm an innovative startup business idea, develop it into a business model, and then pitch their proposed startup before successful alumni entrepreneur judges. The best idea will win a spot in the preliminary round of the annual Pirates Pitch Start Up Contest held in April.
  8. Equity in Education – August 10 – 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    This experience is focused on developing positive relationships and acclimating students to the Seton Hall Community. At the Equity in Education Institute, incoming students will participate in team-building activities focused on building courage, empathy, resilience, and respect. Students will use social and digital media as a tool to explore the experiences of others and to examine and explore their personal identities. Further, students will increase their cultural competence by participating in activities and discussions focused on exploring race, ethnicity, and various cultures, as well as through visiting and experiencing outreach of the local community-based organization.
  9. Free Speech Law – June 22 – 25,  10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and August 17-20,  10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    In this experience, students will consider the First Amendment's protection of the freedom of speech and its central role in American law and political theory. Students will learn about methods of Constitutional interpretation and debate the legal and philosophical justifications for free speech, including circumstances in which limits on speech may be justified.
  10. Global Negotiation and Conflict Management – August 10 – 11, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    This experience will focus on diplomacy and global conflict management. The ability to negotiate and manage conflicts effectively has become an essential skill in international relations, as well as in our daily life and workplace. Do you know how to deal with conflict? How will Covid-19 change international relations? Do you want to learn the effective skills and strategies for negotiation and conflict management? This Great Minds Learning Experience aims to help participants to think critically and analytically about international and social conflict in the Post Covid-19 World.
  11. Learning to Connect through Interdisciplinary Studies – August 17, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Come and explore how Catholic Intellectual Tradition integrates all academic disciplines including Sciences, Art, Music, Sports, Medicine, Nursing, Business, Nutrition, Work, Education, History, Diplomacy and Law. A panel of Catholic Studies faculty and students will present on Science and the Church, Theology of Food, Faith and Fashion, Catholicism and Art, Catholicism and Healthcare, Spirituality of Sports and Global Catholicism. The skills of interdisciplinary learning, integration and exploring topics across a range of subjects and disciplinary boundaries will motivate you to pursue new knowledge in different subject areas and maximize your college experience. Aim for more than one-degree-specialization! Aim for more than one major! The panel is open to all. There is no fee for this experience. It is free of charge. 
  12. Learning to Lead – August 10 – 14, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Seton Hall talks a lot about servant leadership, but what is a servant leader? How does one hone one’s leadership skills? This training will focus on tools to help you lead, first yourself and then others. Through interactive workshops, participants will learn about their core values, implicit bias, imposter syndrome, performance psychology, goal setting, team dynamics, power and influence, inclusion, changing culture, and much more.
  13. Learning to Animate – July 6 – 10, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. – CANCELLED
    This experience is an introduction to the fundamentals and techniques of 2D animation covering concepts in storyboarding, narrative and software in animation, video and audio editing. This class is open to all and concludes with each student creating a 30-second animated dialogue with 2 lip-synced characters. Software: Adobe Animate, Character Animator, Premiere Pro, Audition, and Toon Boom Harmony. 
  14. Stewardship and Sustainability in the Sciences – August 19 – 20, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Featuring Seton Hall University’s Woman of the Year and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Professor of the Year, this experience will show how easy it is to have fun with science while emphasizing the importance of scientific literacy for anyone concerned about stewardship of the environment. Students will learn why understanding basic scientific concepts will help them make an essential contribution to the management of our increasingly limited natural resources. Students will also participate in discussions and be asked to reflect on how they can have an impact on the future health of our planet.
  15. What’s God got to do with it? – July 28 – 31, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    In today’s pluralist and secular culture, we often fail to appreciate the importance of how faith convictions shape the lives and choices of many individuals and their families. This summer boot camp will explore the role of religious faith in the world today through the lens of four great world religious traditions. Through select texts and online discussions we will consider the philosophical and theological concepts that shape the lives of billions of believers in the contemporary world.
  16. Writing Family History – August 3 – 7, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Families are knitted together by stories – stories we hear from our parents and grandparents, stories we build up through our own experiences, and stories we look forward to telling our own children and grandchildren. These stories are often deeply personal, but they are also part of history. In this workshop we will explore the art of researching, reconstructing and retelling family stories in a broader historical context. Drawing on the tools of genealogy, historical research, oral history and biography, students will have the opportunity to research a piece of their own family history and produce a written account that will preserve and transmit their family’s legacy.


Let us know which Great Minds Learning Experience you are interested in.