Spring 2015 Book Groups
Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor
by Rob Nixon
In Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor, Rob Nixon observes that many of the 21st century’s most pressing environmental problems - climate change, toxic drift, biomagnification, deforestation, and the radioactive aftermath of precision warfare – escape Americans’ thoughts because these new disasters lack the ready-for-cable-news spectacle of a midwestern river catching fire or of oil-coated pelicans struggling on a Gulf shore.  Nixon looks to grassroots environmental writer-activists in Africa and the Middle East to provide solutions to the challenge of representing the often invisible effects of environmental disasters that occur incrementally over long spans of time and that disproportionally affect the world’s poor and marginalized. 
Facilitator: Josh Mabie, Languages and Literatures and Faculty Sustainability Fellow
Days/Times: Thursdays: 12:30 - 1:30 (February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, and April 2)
Zen in the Art of Rhetoric: An Inquiry into Coherence
by Mark Lawrence McPhail

A reflective examination of critical analysis that integrates poetry, philosophical inquiry, and student writing to explore intersections between classical rhetoric, Zen Buddhism, and postmodernism as critiques of dualistic thought.
Facilitator: Mark Lawrence McPhail, Dean of the College of Arts and Communication
Days/Times: Wednesdays: Noon - 1:00 (February 4, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18)
Quiet - The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking
by Susan Cain
Susan Cain writes ".....so many people pretend to be extroverts. Closet introverts pass undetected on playgrounds, in high school locker rooms, and in the corridors of corporate America. Some fool even themselves, until some life event—a layoff, an empty nest, an inheritance that frees them to spend time as they like— jolts them into taking stock of their true natures. You have only to raise the subject of this book with your friends and acquaintances to find that the most unlikely people consider themselves introverts." 
Facilitator: Carolyn Morgan, Professor of Psychology 
Days/Times: Tuesdays: 12:30 - 1:30 (January 27, February 10, 24, March 3, 17,
April 7, 21)
The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby may be the most popular classic in modern American fiction. Since its publication in 1925, Fitzgerald's masterpiece has become a touchstone for generations of readers and writers, many of whom reread it every few years as a ritual of imaginative renewal. The story of Jay Gatsby's desperate quest to win back his first love reverberates with themes at once characteristically American and universally human, among them the importance of honesty, the temptations of wealth, and the struggle to escape the past.
Facilitator: Shannon Dozoryst, Young Auditorium's Assistant Director and Director of Education and Outreach
Days/Times: Wednesdays: Noon - 1:00 (February 11, 18, 25, March 4
Film days: March 11, 18) in the Andersen Library 2nd Floor Lounge

The Great Gatsby is the featured selection for Young Auditorium's Readeasy Program
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