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Book Clubs


Book Club

Book Clubs are scheduled for fall and spring terms, beginning in September. Faculty and staff members can sign up for one club and must commit to reading assigned pages and participating in every discussion. The Lucas Center provides a copy of the book for participants to keep.


Lucas Center Fall 2019 Book Clubs


A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas

by Warren Berger


In this groundbreaking book, journalist and innovation expert Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning deeply, imaginatively, 'beautifully' can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities.


Discussion facilitated by: Brenda Thomas

Dates and Times: Wednesdays from 2 – 3 PM // Sep. 4, Oct. 2, Oct. 30

Location: LIB 221

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Pedagogy of the Oppressed

by Paulo Freire


Freire argues that the ignorance and lethargy of the poor are the direct result of the whole situation of economic, social and political domination. Through the right kind of education, avoiding authoritarian teacher-pupil models and based on the actual experiences of students and on continual shared investigation, every human being, no matter how impoverished or illiterate, can develop a new awareness of self which will free them to be than passive objects responding to uncontrollable change.


Discussion facilitated by: Carolyn Culbertson and Chad Nelson

Dates and Times: Mondays from 10 – 11 AM // Sep. 9, Sep. 30, Oct. 28

Location: LIB 225B Conference Room

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by Jean Twenge


With generational divides wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an urgent need to understand today's rising generation of teens and young adults. Born in the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s and later, iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. A look at how today's members of iGen are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation.


Discussion facilitated by: Lauren Strunk

Dates and Times: Mondays from 12 – 1 PM // Sep. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 4

Location: LIB 221

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Teach Students How to Learn

by Saundra McGuire


McGuire takes the reader sequentially through the ideas and strategies that students need to understand and implement. First, she demonstrates how introducing students to metacognition and Bloom’s Taxonomy reveals to them the importance of understanding how they learn and provides the lens through which they can view learning activities and measure their intellectual growth. Next, she presents a specific study system that can quickly empower students to maximize their learning. Then, she addresses the importance of dealing with emotion, attitudes, and motivation by suggesting ways to change students’ mindsets about ability and by providing a range of strategies to boost motivation and learning; finally, she offers guidance to faculty on partnering with campus learning centers. The methods she proposes do not require restructuring courses or an inordinate amount of time to teach. They can often be accomplished in a single session.


Discussion facilitated by: Rachel Campbell

Dates and Times: Tuesdays from 1:30 – 2:30 PM // Sep. 10, Oct. 1, Oct. 29

Location: LIB 221

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Outliers: The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell


In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of 'outliers' the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.


Discussion facilitated by: Rachel Walter

Dates and Times: Thursdays from 1:30 – 2:30 PM // Sep. 12, Oct. 10, Oct. 31

Location: LIB 221

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Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

by Chip and Dean Heath


Chip and Dan Heath reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier, such as applying the human scale principle, using the Velcro Theory of Memory, and creating curiosity gaps. Along the way, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds—from the infamous “kidney theft ring” hoax to a coach’s lessons on sportsmanship to a vision for a new product at Sony—draw their power from the same six traits. Made to Stick will transform the way you communicate. It’s a fast-paced tour of success stories (and failures): the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who drank a glass of bacteria to prove a point about stomach ulcers; the charities who make use of the Mother Teresa Effect; the elementary-school teacher whose simulation actually prevented racial prejudice.


Discussion facilitated by: Laura Frost

Dates and Times: Tuesdays from 1:30 – 2:30 PM // Sep. 17, Oct. 8, Nov. 5

Location: LIB 221

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You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education

by George Anders


Did you take the right classes in college? Will your major help you get the right job offers? For more than a decade, the national spotlight has focused on science and engineering as the only reliable choice for finding a successful post-grad career. Our destinies have been reduced to a caricature: learn to write computer code or end up behind a counter, pouring coffee. Quietly, though, a different path to success has been taking shape. In YOU CAN DO ANYTHING, George Anders explains the remarkable power of a liberal arts education - and the ways it can open the door to thousands of cutting-edge jobs every week.


Discussion facilitated by: Glen Whitehouse and Ashleigh Droz

Dates and Times: Mondays from 2:00 – 3:00 PM // Sep. 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Nov. 4

Location: LIB 221

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