Previous Book Discussion Groups

2023-24

Fall

  • Improving Learning and Mental Health in the Classroom
    Robert Eaton, Steven V. Hunsaker, and Bonnie Moon
  • The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students
    Anthony Abraham Jack

Winter

  • Neurodiversity and Education
    Paul Ellis, Amanda Kirby, and Abby Osborne 
  • Against Purity
    Alexis Shotwell

Spring

  • Grading for Growth
    Robert Talbert
  • “Whatever it is, I’m Against It”: Resistance to Change In Higher Education
    Brian Rosenberg

2022-23

Fall

  • Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention and How to Think Deeply Again
    Johann Hari
  • Relationship Rich Education
    Leo Lambert and Peter Felten

Winter

  • A Good Job: Campus Employment as a High Impact Practice
    George S, McClellan, Kristina L. Creager, Marianna Savoca
  • Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century
    Alice Wong

Spring

  • Thinking Critically in College: The Essential Handbook for Student Success
    Louis E. Newman

2021-22

Fall

  • Success After Tenure
    Edited by Vicki Baker
  • Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty
    James Lang

Winter

  • Data Feminism
    Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein
  • iGen: Why Today’s super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood
    Jean M. Twenge
  • World Englishes Reading Group – (selection of readings)

Spring

  • Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning
    Edited by Susan D. Blum
  • *Pedagogy of the Oppressed
    Paulo Fiere
    and
    *A Third University is Possible
    la paperson

* An LTC Student Fellow run book group

2020-21

Winter

  • Sexual Citizens
    Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan

Spring

  • Carleton, the Dakota, and the Dakota Homelands
     Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota by Gwen Westerman & Bruce White
    We All Go Back to the Land by Suzanne Keeptwo.
  • Who Gets in and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions
    Jeffrey Sellingo
  • Grading For Equity
    Joe Feldman

2019-20

Fall

  • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
    Janet Mock
  • An Inclusive Academy: Achieving Diversity and Excellence
    Abigail J. Stewart and Virginia Valian

Winter

  • Write No Matter What
    Jolie Jensen

Summer 2020

  • Small Teaching Online
    Flower Darby
  • Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time
    Linda Burzotta Nilson

2018-19

Fall

  • THE VALUE OF THE LIBERAL ARTS IN THE MANY WORLDS OF WORK
    Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm
    Christian Madsberg
    And
    A Practical Education: Why Liberal Arts Majors Make Great Employees
    Randall Stross
  • Class and Campus Life: Managing and Experiencing Inequality at an Elite College
    Elizabeth Lee

Winter

  • The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World
    Adam Gazzaley and Larry D. Rosen

Spring

  • The Fire Next Time
    James Baldwin

2017-18

Fall

  • Multiliteracies in World Language Education
    Yuri Kumagai, Ana López-Sànchez and Sujane Wu

Winter

  • The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy
    Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber

2016-17

Fall

  • *Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age
    Sherry Turkle

Winter

  • The Enigma of Diversity: The Language of Race and The Limits of Racial Justice
    Ellen Berrey
  • The Quantitative Classroom – (Selected readings

Spring

  • Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Judgements in out Daily Lives
    Howard J. Ross

*LTC Student Fellow run book group

2015-16

Fall

  • Why Teach? In Defense of a Real Education
    Mark Edmundson
  • Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom
    John C. Bean

Winter

  • Democracy in Black
    Eddie Glaude
  • Between the World and Me
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates

Spring

  • Trigger Warnings Reading Group – various articles
  • Ivory Tower documentary discussion group
  • Je suis vivant
    Kettly Mars

2014-15

Fall

  • Arctic Dreams
    Barry Lopez

Winter

  • Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters
    Michael S. Roth
  • No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education
    Douglas Jacobsen and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen

Spring

  • Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life
    William Deresiewicz
  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
    Naomi Klein

2013-14

Fall

  • Speaking of Race and Class: The Student Experience at an Elite College
    Elizabeth Aries
  • Higher Education in a Digital Age
    William Bowen

Winter

  • Academic AdvisingApproaches: Strategies that Teach Students to Make the Most of College
    Jayne K. Drake, Peggy Jordan, Marsha Miller eds.

Spring

  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
    Sheryl Sandberg

2012-13

Fall

  • College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be
    Andrew Delbanco
  • Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other
    Sherry Turkle

Winter

  • Thinking Fast and Slow
    Daniel Kahneman

Spring

  • Over 19 Million Served
    Edited by Michelle Masse and Katie Hogan
  • *Working
    Studs Terkel

*An LTC Student Fellow runn book group

2011-12

Fall

  • Eyewitnessing: The Uses of Images as Historical Evidence
    Peter Burke
  • My Word! Plagiarism and College Culture
    Susan D. Blum

Winter

  • From Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities
    Richard DeMillo
  • Christian Materiality: An Essay on Religion in Late Medieval Europe
    Caroline Walker Bynum

Spring

  • Engaging Ideas
    John Bean
  • Social Class on Campus: Theories and Manifestations
    Will Barratt

2010-11

Fall

  • Integrating Study Abroad into the Curriculum: Theory and Practice Across the Disciplines
    Elizabeth Brewer and Kiran Cunningham eds.

Winter

  • The Mathematics of Sex: How Biology and Society Conspire to Limit Talented Women and Girls
    S. J. Ceci and W. M. Williams
  • Why Don’t Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What it Means For the Classroom
    Daniel Willingham

Spring

  • Beautiful Evidence
    Edward Tufte
  • The Nature of College
    James Farrell
  • Why Does College Cost So Much?
    Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman

2009-10

Fall

  • Divine ComedyInferno
    Dante

Winter

  • Divine Comedy Purgatorio
    Dante

Spring

  • Faculty Priorities Reconsidered: Rewarding Multiple Forms of Scholarship
    KerryAnn O’Meara editor
  • Complexity: A Guided Tour
    Melanie Mitchell
  • Divine Comedy Paradiso
    Dante

2008-09

Fall

  • The Iliad
    Homer
  • Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain
    Maryanne Wolf

Winter

  • The Odyssey
    Homer
  • Academic Honesty Reading Group

Spring

  • Aenid
    Virgil

2007-08

Fall

  • Accountability in Higher Education: How Does Carleton Participate in the National Conversation Discussion Group

Winter

  • Stumbling on Happiness
    Daniel Gilbert
  • The Earth is Faster Now: Indigenous Observations of Arctic Environmental Change
    Edited by Igor Krupnik and Dyanna Jolly
  • Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
    Elizabeth Kolbert

Spring

  • The Evidence of Things Not Said: James Baldwin and the Promise of American Democracy
    Lawrie Balfour
  • James Baldwin: Collected Essays
    James Baldwin

2006-07

Fall

  • Rewriting
    Joseph Harris
  • The Craft of Research
    Wayne Booth, Greg Colomb, and Joseph Williams

Winter

  • Liberal Education in its Historical Context –  (selection of readings)

Spring

  • Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word
    Randall Kennedy