Join Book Group/Discussion Group

The Center for Ethics and Public Engagement facilitates conversations beyond the classroom to examine assumptions, exchange ideas, and encourage responsible action in our world. Sign-up below to read and discuss the following books (books are provided and are yours to keep):

* Book groups will meet virtually.

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Current Offerings:

This book group is full.

Michael J. Sandel, Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good?

Facilitators: Prof. Eric Baack, Biology, and Prof. Storm Bailey, Philosophy
Zoom Meeting Times: Tuesdays, March 2nd, 9th, and 16th (if needed), 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Zoom information will be sent to participants.

In 
The Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good?, philosopher Michael Sandel explores the question of how we think about 'merit' in our democracy and economy. College-educated Americans have much more economic stability and political power. Has this contributed to polarization? Does American society, particularly the Democratic Party, need to re-think 'merit'?

On many "best book of 2020" lists.

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Gretchen Bakke, The Grid: The Fraying Wires between Americans and our Energy Future

Offered by the Winneshiek Energy District to discuss our energy - past, present, and future.
Zoom Meeting Times: Tuesdays, Feb 16th and March 2nd, 9:45 or 6 p.m.
Zoom information will be sent to participants.

Bakke addresses the history, science, and politics surrounding the electricity grid.


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Khalid Hussain, Pakkis 

Facilitator: Prof. Maren Johnson, Nordic Studies
Zoom Meeting time: Tuesday, February 23rd, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Vesterheim Museum personnel will send Zoom information to you before the discussion.

Written at age sixteen, Hussain draws from his own experience of negotiating his identity as a Pakistani immigrant to Norway in the 1970s. This coming of age story illuminates the struggles and challenges of confronting race and integration beyond the Anglo world.

A Civic Sustainability Event, in collaboration with Center for Ethics and Public Engagement, Torgerson Center for Nordic Studies, and Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum.



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