Discussions take place at 12pm in the Library Conference Room (in Library Administration) unless otherwise noted. Tea and refreshments are served, and participants are welcome to bring a lunch. For reminders and updates about Book Club events, follow the Library on Facebook.
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For the second straight year, we begin our reading season with...a film. Makala tells the story of Kasongo, a Congolese man who has dreams of purchasing a plot of land for his family. He sees his opportunity to earn money by selling charcoal from a hardwood tree that he has felled and baked in an earthen oven. Loading up the bags of charcoal onto the back of his bicycle, Kasongo sets off across treacherous roads to sell his product at market. Before returning to his village, Kasongo attends a revival service and prays for God's protection and strength. Professors of cinema Pete Fraser and Andrew Quicke will lead a discussion immediately following this thought-provoking and inspiring film.
An 1855 tale of English ecclesiastical life, this work from the author's Barsetshire series relates the humor and pathos that ensue when a kindly clergyman becomes the subject of a scandalous tabloid treatment charging him with financial impropriety. Features a cast of amusingly realistic and memorable characters, naturalistic dialogue, and consummate plotting. Professor of literature and film Pete Fraser will lead our discussion.
Marilyn Robinson is one of the most influential Christian writers of our time. In her latest collection of essays, she trains her attention on our modern political climate and the mysteries of faith. Whether she is investigating how Emerson and Tocqueville inform our political consciousness or the way beauty informs and disciplines daily life, Robinson's boundless humanity is on full display. What Are We Doing Here? is a call for Americans to remake American political and cultural life as "deeply impressed by obligation [and as] a great theater of heroic generosity, which, despite all, is sometimes palpable still."
The Secret Sharer is a tale of a test of leadership: Am I ready to take responsibility? In this short work, a young captain faces a moral dilemma, the resolution of which will show whether he has the maturity to lead and be entrusted with the ship and the lives of his crew. In addition to the story, we will also read a critical essay by Harvard Business School professor of ethics Joseph Badaracco.