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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.

Spring 2019


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


Teaching for Critical Thinking
by Stephen Brookfield

While notions of what constitutes critical thinking vary, educators, politicians, and employers all agree that critical thinking skills are necessary for well-educated citizens and a key capacity for successful employees. In Teaching for Critical Thinking, Stephen Brookfield explores how students learn to think critically and what methods teachers can use to help.

Discussion facilitated by: Alberto Condori
Dates and Times: Tuesdays from 1 – 2 PM
Jan. 29, Feb. 19, Mar. 26, Apr. 23
Location: LIB 221


Social Presence in Online Learning
by Aimee Whiteside, Amy Dikkers, and Karen Swan

Understanding social presence?with its critical connections to community-building, retention, and learning outcomes?allows faculty and instructional designers to better support and engage students. This volume, Social Presence in Online Learning, addresses the evolution of social presence with three distinct perspectives, outlines the relevant research, and focuses on practical strategies that can immediately impact the teaching and learning experience.

Discussion facilitated by: Megan McShane
Dates and Times: Mondays from 3 – 4 PM
Jan. 14, Feb. 4, Mar. 18, Apr. 22
Location: LIB 221

Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Discussion facilitated by: Dawn Kirby
Dates and Times: Mondays from 10 – 11 AM; 
Feb. 4, Mar. 18, Apr. 8
Location: EH 210

Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in Post-American World
by Suzy Hansen

Blending memoir, journalism, and history, and deeply attuned to the voices of those Suzy met on her travels, Notes on a Foreign Country is a moving reflection on America’s place in the world. It is a powerful journey of self-discovery and revelation?a profound reckoning with what it means to be American in a moment of grave national and global turmoil.

Discussion facilitated by: Hootan Shambayati 
Dates and Times: Feb. 6 and Feb. 27 from 1-2 PM
Mar. 15 from 12-1 PM
Location: LIB 221

Dare to Lead: Brave work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts
by Brene Brown

Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives, and the past seven years working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe. She found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies all ask the same question: How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? 
In this new book, Brown uses research, stories, and examples to answer these questions in the no-BS style that millions of readers have come to expect and love.

Discussion facilitated by: Lindsay Singh 
Dates and Times: Wednesdays from 2-3 PM 
Jan. 30, Feb. 13, Mar. 13
Location: LIB 221

Life Is a Startup: What Founders Can Teach Us about Making Choices and Managing Change
by Noam Wasserman

This book explains how thinking entrepreneurially can benefit anyone making difficult life decisions, especially those beyond starting a new company. Successful entrepreneurs manage uncertainty, fail productively, challenge themselves, and the status quo. In the book, these lessons are examined in the context of everyday life choices. Readers will learn to apply the principles to their teaching but also their own lives.

Discussion facilitated by: Sandra Kauanui 
Dates and Times: Wednesdays from 10 – 11 AM 
Jan. 16, Feb. 27, Mar. 25
Location: LIB 221