Past Books

2013

"Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do," by Claude Steele

2012

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

2011

“The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” (1997) by Anne Fadiman

2010

“Zeitoun” (2009) by Dave Eggers

Faculty Panelists:
Patrick Spencer, Professor of Geology
Jocelyn Hendrickson, Assistant Professor of Religion
Jacqueline Woodfork, Assistant Professor of History

2009

“The Last Town on Earth” (2006) by Thomas Mullen, winner of the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction.

Faculty Panelists:
Tim Kaufman-Osborn, provost and dean of the faculty (moderator)
Nadine Knight, assistant professor of english
Jason Pribilsky, associate professor of anthropology
Jim Russo, associate professor of chemistry and health professions adviser

2008

“The Complete Perspolis” (2004) by Marjane Satrapi, award winning author and director.

Faculty Panelists:
Shampa Biswas, associate professor of politics (moderator)
Kendra Golden, associate professor of biology
Elyse Semerdjian, assistant professor of history
Zahi Zalloua, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures (French)

2007

“The Devil’s Highway” (2004) by Luis Alberto Urrea, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Illinois – Chicago.

Faculty Panelists:
Lori Bettison-Varga, provost and dean of the faculty (moderator)
Julie Charlip, associate professor of history
Nohemy Solórzano-Thompson, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures (Spanish)
Kevin Pogue, professor of geology

2006

“On Beauty and Being Just” (2001) by Elaine Scarry, Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University.

2005

“Homebase” (1979) by Shawn Wong, Professor of Creative Writing and Asian American Studies at University of Washington.

2004

“A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League” (1999) by Ron Suskind.

2003

“The Things They Carried” (1990) by Tim O’Brien.

2002

“The Battle for God” (2001) by Karen Armstrong.

2001

“Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies” (1997) by Jared Diamond, Professor of Geography and Physiology at UCLA.

2000

“The Things They Carried” (1990) by Tim O’Brien.

1999

“Enemy of People” (1882 play) by Henrik Ibsen.

1998

“The Visit” (1956 play) by Friedrich Durrenmatt.