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Book Group: Past books

Book Group Information

A list of books selected and read by this book group from 2008 to 2013 can be found here. For recent books, see below.

01/23/2017 - 2:00pm Jeff Ctr Book Grp: "The Muslim Next Door"

The Muslim Next Door: the Qur’an, the Media, and That Veil Thing by Sumbul Ali-Karamali (2008).
January 16, 2017, 2-4 pm, at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory

12/19/2016 - 2:00pm Book Group:"The Inconvenient Indian"

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America (2013)
by Thomas King

11/21/2016 - 2:00pm Book group: Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics , by Carlo Rovelli (2016)

10/17/2016 - 2:00pm Book Group: "Pacific"

Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers, by Simon Winchester (2015)

09/19/2016 - 2:00pm Book group: "The Myth of Race" (click here for more information

The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea by Robert Wald Sussman (2014). Biological race does not exist; the social construct underlies prejudice and oppression. Traces history of this “persistent, false, and poisonous idea” from early biblical to modern pseudoscience.

08/15/2016 - 2:00pm Jeff Center Book Group CANCELED

The August 15, 2016, meeting of this discussion group has been canceled. Books previously selected have been moved forward one month--see the calendar.

07/18/2016 - 2:00pm Book group: “Lies, Incorporated" (click here for more information)

July 18, 2016, 2-4 pm, at the Jefferson Center in the Old Ashland Armory
Lies, Incorporated: the World of Post-Truth Politics by Ari Rabin-Havi (2016). A revealing history of the “ever-growing industry of organized misinformation that exists to create and disseminate lies in the service of political agendas.” How it has crippled legislation

06/20/2016 - 2:00pm Book Group: Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink"

“Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter” by Cass Sunstein (2014). Do groups make better decisions than individuals? Sometimes not. This book addresses specific reasons why and how group decisions sometimes go wrong, and tactics for doing better.

05/16/2016 - 2:00pm Book Group: "Upright Thinkers" by Mlodinow

“The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos” by Leonard Mlodinow (2015). How human brain capacities constructed and built on key ideas to create science, from the earliest prehistoric, through agriculture, Newton and successors, up to and including Einstein and his cohorts.

04/18/2016 - 2:00pm Book group: "Capital" by Piketty, FINISH THE BOOK

Capital in the Twenty-First Century ” by Thomas Piketty (2014), second discussion to finish the book (we are taking two months to read this long book). This classic book documents the dynamics of wealth and income inequality from past two centuries to the future. Why? What can be done? A somewhat grim picture, described as an important blockbuster of a book.