Cover to Cover Series Invites Students, Staff, and Faculty to Engage in a Common Reading Experience
President Anne Harris and members of the College’s senior leadership team will be exploring recent books, Cover to Cover, this academic year, and students, staff, and faculty are invited to join. This year’s readings are works from the President’s bookshelf that reflect on some aspect of the College’s mission and purpose.
Seven works have been selected for 2022-23. In-person attendance is limited to 12 individuals per session; advance registration is required and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The book will be provided to participants who do not own a copy. All discussions for registered participants will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Nollen 1 conference room.
The first meeting will take place on Sept. 20. The topic will be Sarah Ahmed’s 2021 book, Complaint!, with Dean Beronda Montgomery. NOTE: Registration for the first session is full and the registration form has been closed.
Upcoming dates and topics include:
- Oct. 4: Sandel, Michael, The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?, with Ellen de Graffenreid, vice president of communications and marketing.
- Nov. 1: Jalongo, Mary Renck, The Canine-Campus Connection: Roles for Dogs in the Lives of College Students, with Myrna Hernández, chief of staff and vice president of administration.
- Dec. 7: Drake, George, Seventy Years in Academe: A Memoir, with Loyal Terry ‘23, student government association president.
- Feb. 15: Pasquerrela, Lynn, What We Value: Public Health, Social Justice, and Educating for Democracy, with Joe Bagnoli. vice president of enrollment.
- March 14: Hicks, Donna, Dignity: An Essential Role in Resolving Conflict, with Jana Grimes, vice president of human resources.
- April 18: Gannon, Kevin M, Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, with Brigittine French, assistant vice president of global engagement and professor of anthropology.
“I look forward to gathering with fellow Grinnellians to explore ideas that have bearing on our common experience as part of a scholarly community and the future of higher education in a democratic society,” said President Harris. “My ambition for Cover to Cover is to ignite critical conversations that contribute to the College’s vitality and future.”
Registration links for future sessions will be communicated via email and in the Campus Memo nearer to the session dates.