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Good Books Colloquium

Fall 2019

  • La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World by Dianne Hales
    Presented by Josephine Tarsia

Spring 2019

  • The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism by Howard Bryant
    Presented by David Lucander
  • The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison "Promiscuous" Women by Scott W. Stern
    Presented by Dr. Kristie deRuiter
  • Walking the Victorian Streets: Women, Representation and the City by Deborah Epstein Nord
    Presented by Dr. Meghan Nolan

Fall 2018

  • Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan
    Presented by Josephine Tarsia
  • Crete 1941: The Battle and the Resistance by Antony Beevor
    Presented by Konstadinos Ritsatos

Spring 2018

  • African Zion: Studies in Black Judaism by Edith Bruder and Tudor Parfitt
    Presented by Kimberly Weston
  • Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
    Presented by Eileen MacAvery Kane
  • The Good Earth by Pearl Buck
    Presented by Dr. Liya Li

Fall 2017

  • The Riddle of the Third Mile (1983) by Colin Dexter
    Presented by Dr. Meghan Nolan
  • La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language by Dianne Halle
    Presented by Josephine Tarsia
  • Henry David Thoreau: A Life by Laura Dassow Walls
    Presented by Dr. Stephen Burke

Spring 2017

  • Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Ta-Nahesi Coates
    Presented by Dr. Shamika Mitchell
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt: Road to the New Deal, 1882-1939 by Roger Daniels
    Presented by Dr. David Lucander
  • The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
    Presented by Dr. Christina Stern

Fall 2016

  • The Distant Marvels by Chantel Acevedo
    Presented by Mara-Lee Bierman
  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
    Presented by Josephine Tarsia
  • The Strange Case of Ermine de Reims: A Medieval Woman Between Demons and Saints by Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski
    Presented by Dr. Christina Stern

Spring 2016

  • Stokely: A Life by Peniel Joseph
    Presented by David Lucander
  • Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics by Ruth Lewin Sime
    Presented by Joan Asch
  • How to Be Gay by David Halpern
    Presented by Andrew Jacobs

Fall 2015

  • Artemisia Gentileschi: The Language of Painting by Jesse M. Locker by Jesse M. Locker
    Presented by Josephine Tarsia
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez
    Presented by Mara-Lee Bierman
  • CAPITAL in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty
    Presented by Gray Orphee

Spring 2015

  • Against Wind and Tide: The African American Struggle Against the Colonization Movement by Ousmane Power-Greene
    Presented by Nathaniel Williams
  • Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldstein
    Presented by Christina Stern
  • Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling by Ross King
    Presented by Josephine Tarsia

Fall 2014

  • Longburn by Jo Baker
    Presenter: Joanna Lackey, Instructor of English
  • My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
    Presenter: Mara-Lee Bierman, Foreign Language Department Chair
  • Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall
    Presented by Stephen Burke, Reading & Writing Center Director

Spring 2014

  • Beyond Stock Stories and Folktales: African Americans’ Paths to STEM Fields by Henry Frierson and William Tate
    Presenter: Ngozi Onyia, Instructor of Chemistry
  • The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
    Presenter: Martha Rottman, Social and Behavioral Science Division Chair
  • Don’t Sleep There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle by Daniel Everett
    Presenter: Rachel Nove, Instructor of Speech

Fall 2013

  • The Power of Zoot: Youth Culture and Resistance During World War II by Luis Alvarez
    Presenter: Andrew Jacobs, Professor of Speech
  • The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Eduardo Galeano
    Presenter: Prof. Karen McGovern
  • The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar
    Presenter: Prof. Reamy Jansen

Spring 2013

  • Hidden Children of the Holocaust: Belgian Nuns and their Daring Rescue by Suzanne Vromen
    Presenter: Carol Bierman, Adjunct Instructor of English
  • And Then We Heard Thunder by John O’Killens
    Presenter: Rhonney Grant, Instructor of English
  • Soul Style: Black Women Redefining the Color of Fashion by Duane Thomas
    Presenter: Dr. Shamika Mitchell, Professor of English

Fall 2012

  • Nada by Carmen Laforet
    Presenter: Vanessa Lago Barros, Instructor of Foreign Languages
  • Drown by Junot Diaz
    Presenter: Rob Fuentes, Instructor of English
  • The Honor Code, How Moral Revolutions Happen by Kwame Anthony Appiah
    Presenter: Reamy Jansen, Professor of English

Spring 2012

  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
    Presenter: Dr. David Lucander, Instructor of Pluralism and Diversity
  • Mrs. Dalloway (1925) by Virginia Woolf & The Hours by Michael Cunningham (1998)
    Presenter: Dr. Katie Lynch, Instructor of English
  • The Rights of the Defenseless: Protecting Animals and Children in Gilded Age America by Susan J. Pearson
    Presenter: Dr. Christina Stern, Instructor of History

Fall 2011

  • Absolute Convictions: My Father, a City and the Conflict That Divided America by Eyal Press
    Presenter: Nancy Pietroforte, Professor of Sociology
  • Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner
    Presenter: Bruce Delfini, Professor of History
  • The Bishop by Anton Checkov
    Presenter: Reamy Jansen