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Book Circles

The fall 2017 book circle is now full. Please check back for more information about the spring 2018 book circle later this fall!

In order to enrich campus conversations about teaching and learning, the CTL sponsors a book circle each semester. The fall semester book circle will discuss Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks.

What is a Book Circle?

books in a circle imageA group that discusses a particular book and the pedagogical insights gained from reading it. Each book circle will meet 5 times over the semester. The fall semester book circle will discuss Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks.

Summary: In Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks – writer, teacher, and intellectual – writes about education as the practice of freedom. Teaching students to “transgress” against racial, sexual, gender, and class boundaries in order to achieve the gift of freedom is, for hooks, the teacher’s most important goal. bell hooks speaks to the heart of education today: how can we rethink teaching practices in the age of multicultural globalism? How should we deal with racism, classism, ableism, sexism, and the myriad other ‘isms in the classroom? Join us as we tackle these questions through our discussions of one of hook’s most passionate contributions to the practical knowledge of the classroom as a place of liberation and inclusion. Participation counts toward the BUILD certificate (more information at this link).


A book circle will include approximately 10 campus educators/faculty facilitated by a faculty member/CTL staff. All book circle participants receive a complimentary copy of the book.

The fall book circle will be facilitated by Tasha Souza, Associate Director of the CTL and Professor of Communication.


The book circle will meet 5 times over the course of the semester on Wednesdays from 12:00 PM – 1:20 PM in ILC 315. The book circle will meet on the following dates: 9/6, 9/27, 10/18, 11/8, and 11/29. Apply here for the fall book circle!

Please contact Tasha Souza with any questions (