2018-2019 Lunch Hour Reading/Discussion Club

Fall 2018 Book Groups

Janesville: An American Story

By: Amy Goldstein

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Amy Goldstein describes the effects of the closure of the GM assembly plant to the lives of ordinary Americans: autoworkers, teachers, job retrainers, bankers, and others. Reviews almost universally praise "Janesville: An American Story" for its compassion and sensitivity, born from a refusal to use their lives for any singular political ideological lens. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "While it highlights many moments of resilience and acts of compassion, Amy Goldstein's 'Janesville: An American Story' also has a tragic feel. It depicts the noble striving of men and women against overpowering forces - in this case, economic ones."

We have much to learn from this book about ourselves, our region, and our partners.

Facilitators:
Elena Levy-Navarro, Professor and Chair of Languages & Literatures
Jolly Emrey, Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science

Meeting times/dates:
Thursdays, 12:30-1:30pm
September 20, October 4, October 18, November 1, November 15, and December 6

Location:
University Center 266


 
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The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux

By: Cathy N. Davidson

When transformative technologies appear and begin to reshape society, we rely on higher education to prepare our students for economic survival. In late 19th and early 20th century America, broad societal changes produced our current system of grades, departments, and graduate and professional schools to ready young people for a world upended by the telegraph and Model T. Davidson argues that today we are experiencing a moment of even greater upheaval-yet we have not witnessed a corresponding revolution in higher education.

Facilitators:
Elizabeth Hachten, CoLS
Marilyn Durham, Languages and Literatures

Meeting times/dates:
Tuesdays 11:00am-12:00pm
September 11, September 18, September 25, October 2, October 9, October 16, and October 23

Location:
University Center 261


 
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Dynamic Lecturing: Research-Based Strategies to Enhance Lecture Effectiveness

By: Christine Harrington, Todd Zakrajsek and José Antonio Bowen

"Is the lecture an outmoded teaching method that inhibits active learning or is it a potentially powerful tool that is an essential part of every teacher's repertoire?" This is the primary question that we will discuss as we read the authors' presentation of current research and practical advice on best practices for planning, delivering and evaluating lectures. Join this group to explore how lecture and active learning can complement each other rather than compete as pedagogical approaches.

Facilitators:
Barbara Beaver, Psychology
Heather Pelzel, Biology

Meeting times/dates:
Thursdays 12:30-1:30pm
September 13, September 27, October 11, October 25, November 8, & November 29

Location:
University Center 261


 
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Breakaway Learners: Strategies for Post-Secondary Success with At-Risk Students

By: Karen Gross

In this provocative book, Gross explores ways in which colleges and universities can work to address inequities by altering their relationship with "breakaway" students - first-generation, low-income students who are trying to break away from the past in order to create a more secure future. Gross draws on her experiences as a first-generation student, law professor, college president, and senior policy advisor to the US Dept. of Education under President Obama to outline practical steps that post-secondary institutions can take to create structures of support and opportunity that build reciprocal trust. While acknowledging that some of her proposed changes will be controversial and likely met with resistance, she asserts that "what we're doing now isn't working for many students."

Gross explains how she thinks institutions can make this happen by helping students develop what she calls "lasticity." Lively discussions will be led by Dr. Tracey Scherr, a school psychologist, and Dr. Carolyn Morgan, a social psychologist, from the Psychology Department.

Facilitators:
Carolyn Morgan, Psychology
Tracey Scherr, Psychology

Meeting times/dates:
Wednesdays 12:00-1:00pm
September 19, October 3, October 17, October 31, November 14, & December 5

Location:
University Center 261


 
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