Book Titles

You may join/register for Book Club in any way you prefer — per book, per quarter, or for the entire year!  Our conversations will be synchronous and asynchronous, utilizing the topical technologies of our time to encourage discussions around teaching, learning, faith, justice and equity.

Winter Quarter

Invent to Learn – Sylvia Martinez & Gary Stager
hosted by Rolin Moe; special guest Gary Stager

This book guides educators through the historical foundations, learning theory, and classroom practices that can be found in modern classrooms where “making” with the head, hands, and heart are equally valued. Invent To Learn helps teachers in any classroom or informal educational setting with practical advice and essential resources needed to make the case for making in the classroom.

The Purposeful Graduate – Tim Clydesdale

hosted by Margaret Diddams

Historically a time of exploration and self-discovery, the college years have been narrowed toward an increasingly singular goal—career training—and college students these days forgo the big questions about who they are and how they can change the world and instead focus single-mindedly on their economic survival. In The Purposeful Graduate, Tim Clydesdale elucidates just what a tremendous loss this is, for our youth, our universities, and our future as a society. At the same time, he shows that it doesn’t have to be this way: higher education can retain its higher cultural role, and students with a true sense of purpose—of personal, cultural, and intellectual value that cannot be measured by a wage—can be streaming out of every one of its institutions.

Big Questions, Worthy Dreams – Sharon Parks

hosted by Margaret Diddams

Through exploring young adult meaning-making and faith, and particularly the power of adult mentors to determine its quality, we may more fully recognize how young adults and their mentors can fuel the power and promise of cultural renewal. Parks draws on her own research and insights from developmental psychology, religion, theology, leadership, and ethics to examine the underlying developmental patterns of this unique time of life–when one is no longer an adolescent and yet not quite fully adult.

Spring Quarter

Roadmap to Reconciliation – Brenda Salter McNeil

hosted by Brenda Salter McNeil

We can see the injustice and inequality in our lives and in the world. We are ready to rise up. But how, exactly, do we do this? How does one reconcile? What we need is a clear sense of direction. Based on her extensive consulting experience with churches, colleges and organizations, Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil has created a roadmap to show us the way.

It’s Complicated – danah boyd

hosted by Rolin Moe

What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert danah boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens’ use of social media.

Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

hosted by Brian Bantum

Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?