Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Book Talks & Conversations with Campus Authors

CETL Book Talks are a time-honored tradition in which colleagues have got together and had profound dialogues and animated discussions, as well as shared diverse perspectives about books of interest to the University Community as a whole.


Book Talks

If you know of a book that would be of university-wide interest, we invite you to be a Book Talk Facilitator.



  • Submit name of book, author, a blurb or short review and/or quotes from book or reviewer about the book, suggested date and time for talk, and possible audience—university wide and/or specialized

  • Submit proposal using the Book Talk Proposal Form

  • Book talks are generally held between 3 and 4 weeks after announcements.

  • Be prepared to submit weekly announcements through CETL with your comments and teasers on the book to all faculty and staff, and/or to the book talk participants.

  • A final reminder will be sent from CETL a 3-4 days before the book talk.

  • Further suggestions for facilitator: Post additional comments and teasers on SCSU Discuss for possible discussion.

  • At your request, CETL will create flyers or posters for your book talk.

Conversations with Campus Authors

Conversations with Campus Authors have provided a context to felicitate colleagues on their accomplishments and find out more about the path they traversed to publish their books or creative works.

If you have published a book or authored a creative work recently, send us an email.




Booktalk“Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy: Social Justice in Higher Education


Author: Dr. Beth Berila

Thursday, April 7, 2016 12:30-1:30 PM

Miller Center 114/115

Racism, Sexism, Classism, Ableism, Homophobia, Transphobia, Xenophobia, and other "isms" send us toxic messages about ourselves and others in our group. If we are members of marginalized groups, chances are we have layers of harmful internalized oppression to unlearn. But how do we do so with fierce compassion? Drawing from mindfulness education and social justice teaching, this book explores an anti-oppressive pedagogy for university and college classrooms. Authentic classroom discussions about oppression and diversity can be difficult; a mindful approach allows students to explore their experiences with compassion and to engage in critical inquiry to confront their deeply held beliefs and value systems.





our kidsOur Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

Author: Robert D. Putnam

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 8:45-10:00 am

Miller Center 114/115

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam is a groundbreaking examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: Why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility.

During the Student Success Campus Conversations, the Provost asked 4 key questions. One question was “What would it look like if we were the leader within our peer institutions in serving AND graduating students of color with no achievement gaps?” This book provides an examination of the opportunity gap in the educational system. The narrative provides a great reference point to anchor thoughtful conversations around the origins of the achievement gap. With that understanding our community — students, faculty, staff, and administrators — can think creatively on how best to respond to the provost’s very important question.






Chirs Lehman Book Civil Rights Movement

Power, Politics, and the Decline of the Civil Rights Movement

Author and Facilitator: Chris Lehmann, Professor of Ethnic Studies, SCSU and Social Historian

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 9:00-11:00 am

Miller Center 114/115

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Congress of Racial Equality, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the National Urban League were national civil rights organizations that worked together as a movement to address the civil rights concerns of African Americans. Ending segregation was a goal the groups had in common, but after that legally happened through the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, unifying issues were harder to come by. The coalition was not that cohesive before then, but the organizations had put up a public united front. The fissures became more public when the groups disagreed about the “Black Power” phrase in 1966, and the following year they further split on whether to oppose President Lyndon Johnson’s handling of the Vietnam War. The coalition eventually came to a consensus on both issues, but the movement’s infighting and the federal government’s efforts at sabotage permanently split the coalition by late 1973. Power, Politics, and the Decline of the Civil Rights Movement traces the development of that split. "Power, Politics, and the Decline of the Civil Rights Movement"




Bill Meissner's The Road to Cosmos The Road to Cosmos

Author and Facilitator: Bill Meissner, Professor of Creative Writing, SCSU

Thursday, February 26 2:00-3:00 pm

Miller Center 117


THE ROAD TO COSMOS is a collection of 35 short stories about the unique characters in the mythical town of Cosmos, USA. In an informal session, Meissner will read passages from the book and answer questions about stories and their creation. “(Bill Meissner is)… A storyteller with remarkable gifts.”






The App Generation Book Talk Flyer

The App Generation: How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital Age

Author and Facilitator: Howard Gardner & Katie Davis

Wednesday,March 25 11:00-12:00 pm

Miller Center 117


"The book is a must reading for parents, teachers and policy makers. It presents a portrait of today's young people, not in terms of the traditional historical events of their lives, but instead the digital technology that shaped this generation. It compellingly and powerfully examines the impact, consequences, and implications for their and society's future."---- Arthur Levine, President of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation & former President of Teachers College, Columbia University.