Book Club

Book Club

We have a special interest in historically grounding theoretical works (i.e. ‘foundational’ texts that have developed influential ‘traction’ as theories or critiques), as well as fiction that has provoked or inspired critical social analysis. Our goal is to read and discuss the widest possible breadth of genres, perspectives, and ideas. We are curious to catch glimpses of life through the lens of different cultures, time periods, and personal experiences.

Our club has a goal of reading and discussing nine books (articles, topics, etc) a year. Feel free to ‘hop on’/’hop off’ as we go along—but also challenge yourself to read and discuss titles that don’t immediately ‘grab’ you. This is an open and ‘self-organized’ community—respect for others and an eagerness to learn are the only prerequisites

Pub Night Book Discussion: 'The Second Sex' by Simone de Beauvoir

“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”

Pub Night Book Discussion: 'The Colonizer and the Colonized' by Albert Memmi

“Every colonial nation carries carries the seeds of a fascist temptation in its bosom. What is fascism if not a regime of oppression for the benefit of a few?”

Pub Night Book Discussion: 'The Real World of Technology' by Ursula Franklin

“Today’s real world of technology is characterized by the dominance of prescriptive technologies. Prescriptive technologies are not restricted to materials production. They are used in administrative and economic activities and in many aspects of governance, and on them rests the real world of technology in which we live. While we should not forget that these prescriptive technologies are often exceedingly effective and efficient, they come with an enormous social mortgage. The mortgage means that we live in a culture of compliance, that we are ever more conditioned to accept orthodoxy as normal, and to accept that there is only one way of doing it.”

Pub Night Book Discussion: 'Hayy Ibn Yaqzan' by Ibn Tufayl

“As Abdul-Hamid Khwaja put it, reason is untrue to itself if it does not lead to the ecstatic union.”

Pub Night Book Discussion: 'Ain’t I a Woman' by bell hooks

“The process begins with the individual woman’s acceptance that American women, without exception, are socialized to be racist, classist and sexist, in varying degrees, and that labeling ourselves feminists does not change the fact that we must consciously work to rid ourselves of the legacy of negative socialization.”

Pub Night Book Discussion: 'Society of the Spectacle' by Guy Debord

“Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs.”

Pub Night Book Discussion: 'On Rhetoric' by Aristotle

“There are, then, these three means of effecting persuasion. The man who is to be in command of them must, it is clear, be able to reason logically, to understand human character and goodness in their various forms, and to understand the emotions…”