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2014-2015 Lunch Hour Reading/Discussion Club

Fall 2014

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg (w/ Nell Scovell)

By Sheryl Sandberg

Lean In

In 2013 Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, wrote a book examining the progress and challenges women seeking or currently in leadership roles have faced and continue to struggle with. Her national best seller "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" has been perceived as empowering by some and controversial by others. Regardless of how you interpret her message, "Lean In" has clearly been a catalyst for generating public discussion for institutional changes on this important topic. This reading group is geared towards discussing these ideas for women in higher education.

Facilitator: Beverly Kopper (Provost), Barbara Beaver (Co-Director, LEARN Center) and Sally Vogl-Bauer (Co-Director, LEARN Center)

Sessions Scheduled: 7 Wednesday Sessions: September 10, 24, October 8, 22, November 5, 19, and December 3

Room: To Be Announced

Time: 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m.

Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning

By Daniel P. Barbezat and Mirabai Bush

Contemplative Practices In Higher Education

This book presents background information and ideas for the practical application of contemplative practices across the academic curriculum from the physical sciences to the humanities and arts. Examples of contemplative techniques included in the book are mindfulness, meditation, yoga, deep listening, contemplative reading and writing, and pilgrimage, including site visits and field trips.

Facilitator: Wallace Sherlock, World Languages Education Coordinator, Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Sessions Scheduled: 7 Wednesday Sessions: September 17, October 1, 15, 29, November 12, 26, December 10

Room: To Be Announced

Time: 12:30p.m.-1:30p.m.

Thank You For Your Service (2013)

By David Finkel

Thank You For Your Service

Finkel follows the soldiers he described in his 2009 book The Good Soldiers, which covers a year of the surge in Iraq in 2007 for an Army battalion in Baghdad. Thank You For Your Service covers the return of these soldiers to the United States, following each one as he struggles with TBI, PTSD, and constant thoughts of suicide.

Facilitator: Prof. Beth L. Lueck, Department of Languages & Literatures

Sessions Scheduled: Monday Sessions: September 29, October 13, 27, November 10

Room: To Be Announced

Time: 12:30p.m.-1:30p.m.

Americanah (A Conversation on Race: Staff/Faculty Read)

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Americanah traces the lives of Ifemelu and Obinze who depart Nigeria for the West. As an African in America, Ifemelu is constantly forced to grapple with American race relations and racial identities that are foreign to her. A story of love, education, immigration, race, and diaspora, Americanah provides a thought-provoking look at America and its place in the world.

Group A -- Mondays: September 22, October 6, 20, November, 3 at 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm. Facilitator Ellie Schemenauer, Women's and Gender Studies
Group B -- Tuesdays: September 23, October 7, 21, November 4 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm. Facilitator Amber Moulton, History

Room: To Be Announced

RSVP Deadline is May 9, 2014
To reserve a place, please contact LEARN Center:
262-472-5242 or learn@uww.edu
Register online at http://signup.uww.edu using your Net-ID
The workshop is listed under "LEARN Center"

*Books provided by the LEARN Center