Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Book Talks

A CETL tradition, Book Talks feature animated discussions and diverse perspectives about books of interest.


Book Talks return this January during Spring Convocation

Spring Convocation will be held Jan. 4-7 with the return of CETL's Book Talks through the event "Creating Community through Dynamic Book Discussions" on Tuesday, Jan. 4 from 3-4 p.m. Faculty members will have the chance to share preferences for which book they will read and join discussion on using the survey link.

Following preferences submissions, books will be delivered during the week of Dec. 13.


Available Books

Book Link to Reviews and Full Summary
Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us And What We Can Do, Claude M. Steele

"Conveys an understanding of why race remains such a powerful factor even in a society where racial discrimination is seen as abhorrent."

 —Adam Serwer, American Prospect

The Engaged Scholar: Expanding The Impact of Academic Research In Today's World, Andrew J. Hoffman

"Scholars possess a powerful antidote to the poisonous spread of misinformation: Themselves. Hoffman presents an urgent and compelling call for scholars to leverage tools the public understands—from social media to journalism—to explain how their research impacts society. The Engaged Scholar should be required reading for anyone in academia today."

—Beth Daley, editor and general manager, The Conversation US

Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time, Linda B. Nilson

"Linda Nilson has created a compelling and inclusive justification for how we got to where we are and what does not work with our current approach to grading. She paints a promising vision for our pathways into a future in which learning can become the real measure of academic currency.”

—Sally M. Johnstone, Vice President for Academic Advancement, Western Governors University

Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success In College, Peter Felten and Leo M. Lambert

"At a time of unprecedented transformation, Felten and Lambert demonstrate why the future of higher education must be grounded in the creation of welcoming campus communities that encourage a sense of belonging. They offer a compelling, insightful guide to fostering relationship-rich undergraduate education and fulfilling the burgeoning equity mandate at institutions of all types."

—Lynn Pasquerella, President, Association of American Colleges & Universities

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