Join a Book Group

The Center for Ethics and Public Engagement facilitates conversations beyond the classroom to examine assumptions, exchange ideas, and encourage responsible action in our world. Sign-up below to read and discuss the following books (books are provided and are yours to keep).


ALL THE FREE BOOKS HAVE BEEN CLAIMED. IF YOU ARE STILL INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING, THE BOOK IS AVAILABLE AS A PAPERBACK OR EBOOK ($3).

Shane Hawk, Anoka: A Collection of Indigenous Horror
Facilitator:
Dominique Stringer
Meeting Time:
Tuesday, November 15th, 6-7PM
Location: The Landing
Number of Participants: 20

How can a jumpscare unsettle beliefs about family, identity, and much more?

In Anoka, Indigenous writer, Shane Hawk (Cheyenne and Arapaho), navigates the boundaries between fact and fiction to deliver eerie & uncanny tales that address serious social issues. When Hawk originally wrote this collection, Hawk’s grandmother’s response was “Please find another hobby. This is too horrible for words.” His stories are a killer way to build up your tbr pile of all the emerging Indigenous horror fiction & film. 


 THIS GROUP IS FULL.

Walter Robinson, What Cannot Be Undone: True Stories of a Life in Medicine

 
Facilitator:
Germano Streese
Meeting Time:
Thursday, September 29th, shadowblock (9:40-10:50)
Location: Qualley Lounge, CFL
Number of Participants: 15

*Walter Robinson will be on campus on October 5th.  He will combine reading some of his non-fiction work with conversational audience interaction.  Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall, 7 p.m.

"In his award-winning debut essay collection, What Cannot Be Undone, Walter M. Robinson shares surprising stories of illness and medicine that do not sacrifice hard truth for easy dramatics. These true stories are filled with details of difficult days and nights in the world of high-tech medical care, and they show the ongoing struggle in making critical decisions with no good answer. This collection presents the raw moments where his expertise in medical ethics and pediatrics are put to the test. He is neither saint, nor hero, nor wizard. Robinson admits that on his best days he was merely ordinary. Yet in writing down the authentic stories of his patients, Robinson discovers what led him to the practice of medicine—and how his idealism was no match for the realities he faced in modern health care."


THIS GROUP IS FULL.

Celeste Ng, Our Missing Hearts

Facilitator:
Sidney Miller '24 and Amy Webb '24
Meeting Time:
Thursday, October 20th, shadowblock (9:40-10:50)
Location: Olin, 214
Number of Participants: 15

"This new novel from the bestselling author of “Little Fires Everywhere” is an old story made new, of the ways supposedly civilized communities can ignore the most searing injustice. It’s a story about the power — and limitations — of art to create change, the lessons and legacies we pass on to our children and how any of us can survive a broken world with our hearts intact."

In addition, Luther has been granted 10 in-person tickets to Celeste Ng's MRP interview on Talking Volumes at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. MPR News Host Kerri Miller will host the author on Wednesday, October 26th at 7 p.m.
Indicate your interested in this opportunity below.  (Those in the book group will be considered first, but anyone can sign-up!)


THIS GROUP IS FULL.

Amitav Ghosh, The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis

Facilitator:
Prof. Brian Caton
Meeting Time:
Thursday, November 3rd, shadowblock (9:40-10:50)
Location: Olin, 214
Number of Participants: 16

Nutmeg. It makes your Pumpkin Spice latte/ice cream/waffles/deodorant/etc vibrant. It’s also a spice with a long and complicated history of geopolitics, colonialism, capitalism, and climate change. Highly regarded thinker/writer Amitav Ghosh homes in on the nutmeg as an object where all these massive, and difficult to wrap your head around, forces converge. Join this book group on The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis, and you can dive into the topic, learn about the spice, learn about world systems that shape economies and ecologies, and meet fellow folks interested in innovative research and public engagement.


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