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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.

Spring 2017

Beyond the Skills Gap

Beyond the Skills Gap
by Matthew T. Hora
Drawing on interviews with educators in two- and four-year institutions and employers in the manufacturing and biotechnology sectors, the authors demonstrate the critical importance of habits of mind such as problem solving, teamwork, and communication. They go on to show how faculty and program administrators can create active learning experiences that develop students’ skills across a range of domains. The book includes in-depth descriptions of eight educators whose classrooms exemplify the effort to blend technical learning with the cultivation of twenty-first-century habits of mind.
Thursdays from 1 PM - 2 PM
Feb 2, Feb 23, March 2, March 16, March 30        

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
Jan 23, Feb 20, March 13, March 27
Grit:  The New Science of What it Take to
Preserve, Flourish, Succeed
by Paul G. Stoltz
In this provocative new book, Stoltz provides the definitive upgrade from "grit" to "GRIT", and asserts that "Whether at work, school, home, sport, or play, the quality of GRIT is as important as or more important than the quantity.”   
Drawing from his 35 years of scholarly research and practical application in top companies and institutions like Harvard Business School and MIT, Stoltz exposes the difference between Dumb and Smart GRIT, Bad and Good GRIT, Weak and Strong GRIT.
Tuesdays from 2 PM - 3 PM
Jan 31, Feb 14, Feb 28, March 14, March 28

Previous Book Clubs 

Fall 2016
fall 2016 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