Book Club

Fall Reading + Meeting Schedule!

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

small teaching onlineWednesday, September 23, 12:30 pm     Small Teaching Online by Darby + Lang

Co-Sponsored by Center for Teaching and Strongly Encouraged for Faculty

The concept of small teaching is simple: small and strategic changes have enormous power to improve student learning. Instructors face unique and specific challenges when teaching an online course.  This book outlines practical and feasible applications of theoretical principles to help your online students learn. It includes current best practices around educational technologies, strategies to build community and collaboration, and minor changes you can make in your online teaching practice, small but impactful adjustments that result in significant learning gains.

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Conference ID: 612 063 327#

White FragilityWednesday, October 21, 12:30 pm     White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.   Antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’” (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence.  In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

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Conference ID: 810 669 687#

The Bright HourWednesday November 18, 12:30 pm   The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs

The New York Times bestseller by poet and essayist Nina Riggs, who was just thirty-seven years old when initially diagnosed with breast cancer. Within a year, she received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal. How does a dying person learn to live each day “unattached to outcome”? How does one approach the moments, big and small, with both love and honesty? How does a young mother and wife prepare her two young children and adored husband for a loss that will shape the rest of their lives? How do we want to be remembered?  Exploring motherhood, marriage, friendship, and memory, Nina asks: What makes a meaningful life when one has limited time? “The Bright Hour is about how to make the most of all the days, even the painful ones.  Brilliantly written and exceptionally moving, it’s a “deeply affecting memoir, a simultaneously heartbreaking and funny account of living with loss and the specter of death.

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Conference ID: 822 748 528#

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!