We invite you to join us for Summer Book Clubs!
Summer is a great time to read a new book and talk about it with colleagues. The Center for Teaching Excellence invites you to attend one or more of our four book club sessions this summer! We have chosen four books that will generate discussion around our teaching and learning topics. We will supply the books or Kindle editions and facilitate discussions of the following books this summer:
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, by Mahzarin R. Banaji
Book discussion facilitated by Rose Marie Ward on Thursday, June 23, from 10 am to 12 noon.
“Blindspot” is the authors’ metaphor for the portion of the mind that houses hidden biases. Writing with simplicity and verve, Banaji and Greenwald question the extent to which our perceptions of social groups—without our awareness or conscious control—shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential.
In Blindspot, the authors reveal hidden biases based on their experience with the Implicit Association Test, a method that has revolutionized the way scientists learn about the human mind and that gives us a glimpse into what lies within the metaphoric blindspot. (Description from Amazon.com.)
Asking for It: The Alarming Rise ofRape Culture–and What We Can Do about It,
by Kate Harding
Book discussion facilitated by Rose Marie Ward and Glenn Muschert on Thursday, July 21, from 2 pm to 4 pm.
Every seven minutes, someone in America commits a rape. And whether that’s a football star, beloved celebrity, elected official, member of the clergy, or just an average Joe (or Joanna), there’s probably a community eager to make excuses for that person.
In Asking for It, Kate Harding combines in-depth research with an in-your-face voice to make the case that twenty-first-century America supports rapists more effectively than it supports victims. Drawing on real-world examples of what feminists call “rape culture”—from politicos’ revealing gaffes to institutional failures in higher education and the military—Harding offers ideas and suggestions for how we, as a society, can take sexual violence much more seriously without compromising the rights of the accused. (Description from Amazon.com.)
The Missing Professor, by Thomas Jones
Book discussion facilitated by Gregg Wentzell on Wednesday, July 27, from 10 am to 12 noon.
Read one way, this is an entertaining parody of an academic mystery and a humorous take on academic life. Turning the book upside down reveals another purpose. Each chapter is constructed as an informal case study/discussion story, as is made manifest by a series of discussion questions intended for faculty development, new faculty orientation, and conversations among faculty, administrators, and academic staff.
As the mystery unfolds, each chapter finds Nicole encountering challenging situations—such as, the first day of class, student incivility, teaching evaluations, peer observation, academic assessment, the scholarship of teaching and learning, faculty and student rights and responsibilities, core curricula, and tenure standards. (Description from Stylus.com)
The Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science
(Women Writing Science), by Julie Des Jardins
Book discussion facilitated by Lisa Sheard on Tuesday, August 2, from 10 am to 12 noon.
Why are the fields of science and technology still considered to be predominantly male professions? The Madame Curie Complex moves beyond the most common explanations—limited access to professional training, lack of resources, exclusion from social networks of men—to give historical context and unexpected revelations about women’s contributions to the sciences.
Exploring the lives of Jane Goodall, Rosalind Franklin, Rosalyn Yalow, Barbara McClintock, Rachel Carson, and the women of the Manhattan Project, Julie Des Jardins considers their personal and professional stories in relation to their male counterparts—Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi—to demonstrate how the gendered culture of science molds the methods, structure, and experience of the work. With lively anecdotes and vivid detail, The Madame Curie Complex reveals how women scientists have often asked different questions, used different methods, come up with different explanations for phenomena in the natural world, and how they have forever transformed a scientist’s role. (Description from Amazon.com.)
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We look forward to reading with you this summer!