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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.

Fall 2018


Registration now closed. Please check back for Spring 2019 book clubs.


Pedagogy of the Oppressed

by Paulo Freire





World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

by Max Brooks


This book is a social commentary on what would actually happen to society in the event of a real zombie apocalypse, or social collapse. The book contains elements of geopolitics, history, human health, psychology, and environmental issues.


“Max Brooks has charted the folly of a disaster response based solely on advanced technologies and brute force in this step-by-step guide to what happened in the Zombie War. He details with extraordinary insight how in the face of institutional missteps and greed, people in unexpected ways achieve unique, creative, and effective strategies to survive and fight back. Brooks’s account of the path to recovery and reconstruction after the war is fascinating, too.“
—Jeb Weisman, Ph.D.,Director of Strategic Technologies, National Center for Disaster Preparedness


Discussion facilitated by: Chad Evers

Dates and Times: Wednesdays from 9 – 10 AM

Sep. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 7

Location: LIB 221


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

by George Anders


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. ***NOTE: THIS IS A STUDENT-FACULTY BOOK CLUB***


Discussion facilitated by: Ashleigh Halter and Glen Whitehouse

Dates and Times: Wednesday from 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Sep. 12, Sep. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 14

Location: LIB 221



Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

by Peter Brown, Henry Roediger III, and Mark McDaniel 


To most of us, learning something "the hard way" implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners.


Discussion facilitated by: Yabing Jiang

Dates and Times: Mondays from 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Sep. 10, Oct. 1, Oct. 22

Location: LIB 221



Game On! Gamification, Gameful Design, and the Rise of the Gamer Educator

by Kevin Bell


The changing student body in American higher education demands a new approach to teaching, one that moves toward inclusive, hyperpersonalized learning environments that have much in common with games and social media. Kevin Bell’s Game On! presents dynamic case studies of gamer educators and game-derived techniques to help instructors creatively formulate their own teaching strategies.


Discussion facilitated by: Sheila Bolduc-Simpson and Mark Simpson

Dates and Times: Mondays from 2 – 3 PM

Sep. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 29, Nov. 5

Location: LIB 221


Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter

by Nancy Baron


In this practical and entertaining guide to communicating science, Baron explains how to engage your audience and explain why a particular finding matters. She explores how to ace your interview, promote a paper, enter the political fray, and use new media to connect with your audience. The book includes advice from journalists, decision makers, new media experts, bloggers and some of the thousands of scientists who have participated in her communication workshops.  Whether you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned veteran looking to hone your skills, Escape from the Ivory Tower can help make your science understood, appreciated and perhaps acted upon.


Discussion facilitated by: Laura Frost

Dates and Times: Tuesdays from 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Sep. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 13

Location: LIB 221