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Book Clubs


Book Club

Clubs are scheduled for fall and spring terms, beginning in September. Faculty and staff members can sign up for one club and must commit to reading assigned pages and participating in every discussion over a 4 – 6 week period. The Lucas Center provides a copy of the book for participants to keep.

Fall 2016

thinking fast and slow
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
In this international bestseller, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation. Each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.
Mondays from 3 PM - 4 PM
Aug 29, Sept 12, Sept 26, Oct 17, Oct 31


team bsaed learning
Getting Started with Team-Based Learning by Jim Sibley & Peter Ostafichuk
Written by five authors who use TBL in their teaching and who are internationally recognized as mentors and trainers of faculty making the switch to TBL, the book also presents the tips and insights of 46 faculty members from around the world who have adopted this teaching method.
This book provides the guidance, from first principles to examples of practice, together with concrete advice, suggestions, and tips to help you succeed in the TBL classroom.
Thursdays from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Sept 15, Sept 29, Oct 13, Oct 27
Grit:  The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”

GRIT is a game-changing book for both parents and teachers. Picking up where her noted TED talk left off, Angela Duckworth explores how we can cultivate the virtue of grit (which combines passion and perseverance) in our children, and makes a poignant case for why we should do so.

Tuesdays from 3 PM - 4 PM
Sept 27, Oct 4, Oct 11, Oct 18, Oct 25
generation z
Generation Z Goes to College by Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace
Generation Z is rapidly replacing Millennials on college campuses. Those born from 1995 through 2010 have different motivations, learning styles, characteristics, skill sets, and social concerns than previous generations. Generation Z Goes to College showcases findings from an in-depth study of over 1,100 Generation Z college students from 15 vastly different U.S. higher education institutions as well as additional studies from youth, market, and education research related to this generation. Authors Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace provide interpretations, implications, and recommendations for program, process, and curriculum changes that will maximize the educational impact on Generation Z students.
Tuesdays from 4 PM - 5 PM
Oct 4, Oct 11, Oct 18, Oct 25, Nov 1     
the other wes moore
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
 2016 One Book, One Campus title
Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question.
One Session
Monday, October 24th from 2 PM - 3:30 PM

Previous Book Clubs 

Spring 2016

Learner Centered Teaching
generation z







Fall 2015

fall 15 books

Spring 2015

Brain Rules



 Fall 2014

Teaching with Your Mouth ShutSkillful TeacherWhat Our Stories Teach Us


 Learner CenteredHow the Brain LearnsOutcasts United 

Spring 2014

 How the Brain Learns








Fall 2013

Half a Life

ECO literate

Learner-centered teaching











Fall 2012

Courage to Teach

Inspired College Teaching

Teaching for Critical Thinking










 Fall 2011

Classroom Assessment TechniquesLearner Centered Edition 1

What the Best College Teachers DoTeaching Unprepared Students  

Straight Man










Fall 2010

What the Best College Teachers