The centerpiece of Re:Thinking Education will be three shared reading experiences, which will be the basis for a broad book club that will include many small reading circles of Wofford students, professors, staff, alumni, trustees, parents of students, donors, leaders of the local community, residents of Spartanburg and Upstate South Carolina, and anyone with an affiliation to or affinity for the college. Our reading circles will occur on campus, in cities with existing alumni networks, and “virtually” via Google+ and through online discussion boards. Participants in the Book Club will read each of the three books individually and then discuss the books in their in-person or virtual reading circles (for the fall semester books). Following these Book Club meetings, there will be a public forum in Leonard Auditorium where the book's author (or another prominent speaker) will address the themes of the book and their importance to our yearlong conversation about the liberal arts. When possible, these talks will be cyber-cast over the internet for the benefit of those unable to attend the event in person.
We wrapped up discussions, Tobias Wolff's Old School in mid-September and Andrew Delbanco’s College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be in late-November -- though you may still post your comments about either book on our online discussion board. Both authors visited campus immediately following the respective book club discussions; they each delivered thought-provoking public talks about issues and ideas raised in their books.
Our next Book Club selection is Eboo Patel's Sacred Grounds: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America. For this Book Club selection, Wofford College will partner with Spartanburg's Hub City Writers Project for a "community read." Information about this innovative event can be found here. Dr. Patel will visit campus in early March to participate in two events: a city-wide discussion of his book; and the Sandor Teszler Award for Moral Courage and Service to Humankind convocation.
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