Join Book Group or Discussion Circle


The CEPE is the perfect place to explore thoughts and ideas through a book group or discussion circle.

The first round of book groups and discussions listed below are full, but look for an announcement for other titles to come in the latter half of the semester!

C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

Group Name:  The Dialectic Analysts

Leader:  Sam Scheidt '18 ([email protected])

Time:  Thursdays, 8pm, every other week

Examine the intersection of traditional values and contemporary society. Enduring topics include God, modernity, and identity.


Sarah van Gelder,  The Revolution Where You Live

Time:  Shadow block, April 20th and 27th

Journalist, Sarah van Gelder traveled across the country, visiting cities and towns to explore how these communities are remaking America from the ground up.  The book includes discussion of issues such as climate change, social injustice, racist violence, and economic insecurity.


Nadia Bolz-Weber, Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People

Time:  Shadow block, March 16th and 30th

In preparation for her visit to Luther College (March 31 and April 1, 2017), we will read and discuss this latest book by the ELCA's most provocative pastor.


Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism - Is There No Alternative?

Leader: Professor Andy Hageman ([email protected])

Time: Shadow Block, April 6th

A fascinating dive into the way fiction, art, and education have taken on the narrative that capitalism is entirely natural and that there can be no alternative to it. Fisher engages trends in university student depression as essentially a plague level epidemic and explores how/why the private blame for this helps obfuscate mental illness as a political category.


World News Group, The Cave

Time:  Shadow block, March 9th, April 13th, May 11th

As in Plato's Allegory of the Cave, we are learning that not all news is real.  Join us for an exploration of how news stories differ around the world.  We choose a news story from the week and examine how it is being reported in different countries around the globe.


Have an idea for a book or topic for discussion?  Email [email protected]