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Spring 2014 Book Circles

In order to extend and enrich campus conversations about meeting our students’ needs, the Institute for Student Success – in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion – is offering HSU staff and faculty the opportunity to engage in one of four book circles this semester.


Open to all HSU staff, faculty, and administrators. Facilitated by HSU staff and faculty.


Lunchtime meetings, February-April (dates vary).

How do I sign up?

Book Circles

meet four times over the course of a semester to discuss an entire book. Free copy of the book and a $100 honorarium are available. About the $100 honorarium

Everyone is welcome to participate in any book circle

"S" Logo for staff Indicates workshops that will be of special interest to staff.

"F" logo, indicating Faculty Indicates workshops that will be of special interest to faculty.

"S" and "F" logo indicate workshops will be of interest to both staff and faculty. Workshops with both icons will be of interest to both staff and faculty.

Book Circles

Picture of the book Blind Spot by M. BanajiBlind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People"S" and "F" logo indicate workshops will be of interest to both staff and faculty.

By Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

Distinguished psychologists and co-creators of the Implicit Association Test, Banaji and Greenwald “question the extent to which our perceptions of social groups – without our awareness or conscious control – shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential.” Filled with interesting exercises and illustrative examples, this book explores unconscious bias, and outlines strategies for reducing it in the workplace, classroom, and beyond. An excellent companion to HSU’s “Strategies for Avoiding Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process” workshops, but relevant to all areas of work and life on campus.

Section 1:

Facilitated by Arianna Thobaben, Learning Center

Meets from 12-1:30pm on the following Thursdays: 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10

Section 2:

Facilitated by Stephanie Burkhalter, Politics

Meets from 12-1:30pm on the following Tuesdays: 2/25, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8

Picture of book titled Learner-Centered by M. WeimerLearner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice "F" logo, indicating Faculty

By Maryellen Weimer

In this new edition, Maryellen Weimer, a renowned authority on effective college teaching, provides a comprehensive introduction to the topic of learner-centered teaching in the university classroom. After examining the origins of learner-centered teaching and offering evidence of the effectiveness of learner-centered approaches across a variety of disciplines, the book explores five key elements of practice, including the role of the teacher and the responsibility for learning. Each chapter offers concrete examples, and discusses strategies for implementation. With its multifaceted yet in-depth approach, this book will offer new and experienced faculty alike useful methods for connecting the curriculum to the process of learning rather than to content delivery alone.

Facilitated by Tim Bean, Wildlife

Meets from 12-1:30pm on the following Fridays: 2/21, 3/7, 4/4, 4/18

Image of the book Quiet by S. CainQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking"S" and "F" logo indicate workshops will be of interest to both staff and faculty.

By Susan Cain

The Quiet book circle is full. Based on the popularity of this Book Circle, we will most likely offer it again in Fall 14.

Grounded in research, yet conversational in tone, Quiet argues that our society dramatically undervalues introverts – those who “prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams.” It also tells us about the many introverts – Rosa Parks and Dr. Seuss among them – who have contributed greatly to our world. Join colleagues for a series of intriguing conversations about the value of introverts in our workplaces, schools, and communities, and explore how our everyday practices might support (or deter) their participation in our events, classes, and programs.

Want to learn more about Susan Cain and Quiet? Check out this TED talk.

Facilitated by Llyn Smith, Anthropology

Meets from 12-1:30pm on the following Thursdays: 2/27, 3/13, 4/3, 4/17

How do I sign up?

Regisration closed on Friday, January 31st, 2013.


In recognition of the impact these topics have on the capacity of HSU staff and faculty to best serve our students, a copy of the book and a $100 honorarium will be offered to all who participate fully in a book circle. Given that our budget for this popular project is limited, we also offer participants the option to forego this honorarium, which allows more colleagues the opportunity to participate.

Note: Due to limited space, please sign up for only one book circle.


Please contact Melissa Meiris at x4504 or