BOOK #1 EDUCATED, IS FULL, There is still room in Book Club #2 CHINA MEN.
Luther College Alumni, Parents and Friends are invited to join one of our Virtual Alumni Book Clubs (aptly named Paideia III)! The clubs were formed to engage our constituents with faculty emeriti and with one another.
The clubs are free, (You will need to purchase your own book ahead of time at your local book store or online, and you will need a computer capable of joining a Zoom meeting). Each club has a limited enrollment of 30. First-come; first-served. You can register online here.
Book clubs will be moderated by volunteer faculty emeriti and Luther staff. There will be no lectures or expectations other than the group will meet at a specified time (for just one hour per week on Zoom) to discuss a book they have read together. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out each week. The book clubs will also have a Facebook group for members of the group to engage with one another and share thoughts about their books during the days the clubs do not meet.
(CLOSED!) BOOK #1 Educated by Tara Westover
Educated was selected as one of the New York Times Best Books of the Year for 2018. It is the memoir of Tara Westover who first walked into a classroom at Brigham Young University. She was born to survivalist parents in the mountains of Idaho, and had never been to a doctor. She taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to successfully take the ACT and be admitted to BYU. An older brother had gone to college and that became her dream. As her education continued she struggled with the tensions she felt between a fierce loyalty to her family and the loss that came from severing those ties. This is a coming-of-age story that addresses “what an education is and what it offers: The perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.”
From Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies Alan Lerstrom: "Many Luther alumni are first generation college graduates as am I. The first time I read the book I thought about what kind of work I might have done, and who I would be if I had not gone to college. As our society struggles with the best way to address the pandemic, I am struggling with the tension between my rights to do what I wish, and my responsibilities to the broader society."
Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies Alan Lerstrom
Professor Emerita of French Ruth Caldwell
Educated will meet on Zoom on Five Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. beginning on May 20 (May 20, 27, June 3, 10, and 17) (THIS BOOK CLUB IS FULL! THERE IS STILL SOME ROOM IN BOOK #2, CHINA MEN)
BOOK #2 China Men by Maxine Hong Kingston
At one point Kingston conceived of China Men (the 1981 National Book Award winner for General Nonfiction) as a single volume with The Woman Warrior (1976). Both works are usually described as a memoirs, but both range far beyond her own life experiences as she refashions myths, histories, and tales spanning at least three generations of ancestors in China and in America. Its various fictional and non-fictional elements and chapters taken together tell a story that complements and expands her readers’ access to previously unvoiced or suppressed versions of the American story. In this moment forty years distant from its publication, when once again China and even Chinese Americans are frequently being represented as radically other, China Men offers a way to discover and reconsider their integral place in our American history and current events.
Professor Emeritus of English Peter Scholl
Professor Emerita of Classics (Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill.) M. Jane Borelli (Luther faculty member; 1971–82)
China Men will meet on Zoom on Five Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. beginning on May 26 (May 26, June 2, 9, 16, and 23)
More book groups and new titles will be available later this spring and summer.