The Nature of College

Simpson Colloquium 101

Choosing what to wear from your tiny dorm closet, what to eat at Pfeiffer, and how to get to the party this weekend – college students make these choices all the time. But what do everyday choices have to do with “nature”? How do our choices impact our environments, and how can we be mindful of these impacts and act to change Simpson’s relationship with local nature and the global environment? Using James Farrell’s book (The Nature of College) as our guide, we will ponder the nature of clothes, food, “stuff,” cars, screens, parties, sex, religion, and more. We will write about your individual experiences and engage in analytical thinking and activist work on campus. Open-minded students with a range of interests (environmental activism, philosophy, ethics, politics, and cultural critique) will find a home in this SC course and will find much to stimulate their thinking.




Meet Your Professor
CoryAnne Harrigan, Ph.D.
Professor of English

I’ve been teaching in the English department at Simpson since 2001, and my specialty is early modern British literature—works by writers like Chaucer and Shakespeare. Not everyone naturally gravitates toward poetry written by dead white men, but I think we learn about ourselves and our times when we look closely at works that seem so remote from our own experience. The distance gives us perspective. I teach both writing and literature with an eye toward helping students become better writers and critical thinkers.

One of the most important goals of all my courses is to instill students with the confidence to express their reflections and opinions on any subject in a clear and convincing way.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy walking (I completed my first half-marathon last October), driving through the Iowa countryside, and cooking. My go-to cookbook for the last few years has been Crescent Dragonwagon’s Passionate Vegetarian.

Meet Your Simpson Colloquium Leader
Deven Moore11Deven.Moore

Hello everyone! My name is Deven Moore. I was raised in the small town of Oakland in Western Iowa.  My school was very small with my class graduating 100 percent of the 47 seniors. I have a mixed family which consists of 3 sisters, 4 brothers, and 2 beautiful beagles (Mario and Luigi).  I will be a sophomore in the fall and Simpson could not have been a more perfect fit for me!  I will continue to play football for Simpson and wouldn’t have it any other way! I am on track to graduate in May 2016 with a major in Mathematics and minors in Secondary Education and Coaching. I will be the SCL for Prof. LaFauci in “The Nature of College.” Between practice, weights, class, homework, and my work study I love to sleep, but I also enjoy hanging out with friends, going on long runs, and playing intermurals. 

 I am a fun loving and outgoing person and love meeting new people. I want to make everyone comfortable and see how much Simpson has to offer each student. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail. Don’t hesitate to shoot me a message, add me, or follow me (this goes for both students and parents!) I can’t wait to get to know each and every one of you come this fall!


Meet Your Writing Fellow
Jessica Routier 10jessica-routier

Hello! My name is Jessica Routier, and I will be the writing fellow for Laura LaFauci’s class titled, “The Nature of College.” I am going to be a junior at Simpson, being involved in intramurals, volunteering, and a Community Advisor in the second year area. Growing up in the little town of Brooklyn, Iowa, I was able to be involved in everything, including volleyball, basketball, softball, musicals, choir, NHS, Student Government, and a local newspaper writer, along with other community activities. The small town experience has led me to be an English major and a Secondary Education minor to hopefully teach middle or high school students, trying to make English fun again. In my free time I love getting to know new people, building stronger relationships with those I already know, spending time with my family, and enjoying all the great outdoors has to offer. I cannot wait to meet everyone and help with understanding the nature of college. Never hesitate to ask me any questions and, remember, every moment provides a chance to learn more about yourself and the world around you.


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