Book Discussion Group

Each semester, Student Affairs staff and students are invited to participate in a book discussion group. Participants read a relevant, engaging book and come together for discussion.  Recent book selections have included: Sex & the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campuses; The Trophy Kids Grow Up: How the Millennial Generation is Shaking Up the Workplace; and Guyland. Copies of past selections are available in the Student Affairs Library, located in 171 Administration Building.

Previous Readings

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Summer 2010

In his book, The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian, author Sherman Alexie explores bullying, handicaps, poverty, and youth, along with the concepts of community, identity, and finding yourself in this semi-autobiographical book about growing up on the Spokane Indian reservation.

The Trophy Kids Grow Up - Fall 2009

In The Trophy Kids Grow Up: How The Millennial Generation is Shaking Up the Workplace, author Ron Alsop explores the feelings, dreams, and expectations that millennial students - the technologically savvy individuals born between 1980 and 2001 - have about the workforce and their careers, and how they differ from the previous generation's.  The Wall Street Journal columnist's book also explains why companies need to reach out to these young people, what to expect of a millennial student as a potential employee, and how to best use their talents.  

Data from Alsop's book is largely based on interviews with student recruiters and consultants.

Guyland - Spring 2009

In Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men, author Dr. Michael Kimmel explores what's really going on in the lives of young men.  Guyland delves into the young male's thoughts on responsibility, drinking, bullying and violence, sex, video games.  Kimmel interviewed over 400 young men, ranging from 16 to 26 years old, and spent four years researching and compiling information for his book.

Michael Kimmel is a sociologist and researcher specializing in gender studies and masculinity, and has contributed to over twenty books on the topic. Kimmel is also a professor of Sociology at SUNY - Stony Brook. 

College of the Overwhelmed - Fall 2008

In their book, College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It, Richard Kadison and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo discuss the explosion in stress-related mental health problems seen in students.  The book is filled with shocking statistics related to student depression, eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, self-mutilation, and suicide.  College of the Overwhelmed delves into the importance of communicating in non-judgemental ways with these students, and encourages parents and faculty alike to identify and help these students.

Dr. Richard Kadison is the Chief of Mental Health Services at Harvard University, where he also works as a psychiatrist.  

Theresa Foy DiGeronimo is a veteran author of many parenting and health-related books.

The Macho Paradox - Fall 2007

In his book, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, Dr. Jackson Katz describes violence against women as a cultural issue, not simply a problem of trouble individuals. In his book, Katz explores various aspects of American culture that promotes domestic abuse and sexual violence. Full of statistics and personal stories, The Macho Paradox urges all men carefully reconsider many aspects of our culture, and to actively take a stand against this violence.

Jackson Katz is a leading activist against domestic violence and sexism, and is considered a "leading gender violence prevention authorities" in the United States.  He became the first male student to ever minor in Women's Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMASS), where he received his bachelor's degree in philosophy.  Katz went on to obtain a Master's Degree in Education from Harvard, and a Ph.D. from UCLA.