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Each year North Central College faculty exercise their imaginations by creating Cardinal Conversation Experiences that will be intellectually and personally stimulating for both students and faculty. Such experiences enable students and professors to exchange ideas at a depth not possible within the structure of course schedules and timetables.



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Learning from The Chicago International Film Festival 


The Chicago International Film Festival presents hundreds of films from dozens of countries around the world and offers attendees a rare opportunity to interact with directors, actors and producers at post‐screening discussions. This course was designed to take advantage of this unique event. Over the course of two days, students attended five different festival screenings of films carefully selected to represent the diversity of global cinema.

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Mathematics of Square Dancing


Following a brief history of the development of square dancing as an American folk dance, participants were shown several connections between square dancing and mathematics. Students were taught around 100 calls and 10 concepts (call modifiers) primarily from the first 3 levels of square dancing. The "final exam" was a dance called by one of the top square dance callers in the country. Neither dancing experience nor specialized knowledge of mathematics was required, but having a knack for spatial visualization was helpful. 

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North Central Faculty exercised their imaginations by creating experiences that were intellectually and personally stimulating for both students and faculty. Topic-based courses provided unique opportunities for students and faculty to engage in informal conversations around a shared experience or activity. Such experiences enabled students and professors to exchange ideas at a depth not possible within the structure of course schedules and timetables. 

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