Book Club

Spring Reading + Meeting Schedule!

We meet in the Jean Burr Smith Library (Chapman Hall) in the Periodical Room

teaching unprepared studentsWednesday, January 29, 12:30 pm

Teaching Unprepared Studentsby Kathleen Gabriel

Special January Meeting Co-Sponsored by Center for Teaching!  As societal expectations about attending college have grown, professors report increasing numbers of students who are unprepared for the rigors of postsecondary education–not just more students with learning disabilities (whose numbers have more than tripled), but students who are academically at-risk because of inadequate reading, writing and study skills.  This book provides those at the front line with techniques and approaches to help at-risk students raise their skills to successfully complete their studies.  The author shares proven practices that will not only engage all students in a class, but also create the conditions–while maintaining high standards and high expectations–to enable at-risk and under-prepared students to develop academically and graduate with good grades. The author also explains how to work effectively with academic support units on campus.  Strongly encouraged for faculty and staff!

just mercyWednesday, February 26, 12:30 pm     

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Now a Major Motion Picture! A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.  Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.  Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

murder at the vicarageWednesday March 25, 12:30 pm  

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

March Murder Mystery! The murder of Colonel Protheroe — shot through the head — is a shock to everyone in St Mary Mead, though hardly an unpleasant one, and the picturesque English village of St Mary Mead is overpopulated with suspects.   Perhaps more surprising than the revelation of the murderer is the detective who will crack the case: ‘a white-haired old lady with a gentle, appealing manner.’ Miss Jane Marple has arrived on the scene, and crime literature’s private men’s club of great detectives will never be the same.

the overstoryWednesday April 29, 12:30 pm  

The Overstory by Richard Powers

One Book on the Riverbend Selection!  This is a rich and mesmerizing piece of contemporary literature.  Like the rings of a tree, chapters and character arcs circle back on each other in interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.  An engrossing tale of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.  The Overstory is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world and an eye-opening look at time, humanity, the environment and the relations among them.  Truly, a book that could change the way you think about the world and our place in it!

All are welcome—whether or not you’ve read the book—but I especially encourage those who have read to come with the following:

Question: Any question(s) you want to pose about the reading(s)

Quote: Any favorite quotation(s) you want to share/discuss from the reading(s)

Comment: Any comment(s) you want to share about the reading(s)

And don’t forget to check out our online Book Club Supplement through called “MxCC READS!” Online you can participate in virtual book discussions, help select future reading choices, and more! Check it out!


Contact English Professors

 Adam Floridia (860) 343-5804

Or Ashley Raithel (860) 343-5801

Happy Reading!