We are offering a new course (.25 credits) in which students will read and discuss two or more books, including a contemporary work of fiction or non-fiction announced in advance and a book chosen by the student. The book being discussed this spring is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. It has been praised in many quarters and raises important questions about science, race, and the progress of medicine. (It's also a corking good read.)
In addition to reading and discussing this book, students will publish reviews of the books they choose to read individually to a book-related social network, will reflect on their own reading histories and practices, and will explore the place of books and literacy in contemporary culture. The course will be taught by Barbara Fister and will meet Wednesday afternoons in SSC 202 from 2:30 to 3:50 for the first half of the semester.
Can't fit it in? Keep an eye out for future Reading Workshops. If it's a success, we hope to offer it regularly.