DukeReads Redux

Online discussion bigger and better
October 1, 2010

DukeReads, an interactive, online book discussion group led by a university faculty member or administrator, returns for its fourth year with a list of selections that ranges from The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt to Ninety-two in the Shade by Thomas McGuane. Frank Stasio, host of North Carolina Public Radio’s popular talk show The State of Things, will return as moderator.

Stimulating discussions: DukeReads' selections aim for broad appeal. Les Todd

“DukeReads is an opportunity to have an intellectual discussion with alumni and friends around the world, representing a wide variety of generations, interests, and backgrounds,” says Rachel Davies ’72, A.M. ’89, director of alumni travel for the Duke Alumni Association (DAA) and the coordinator of DukeReads. “It’s a wonderful combination of a classroom lecture at Duke and a monthly book-club get-together.”

Participants are encouraged to engage in conversation with the presenter and the moderator. They can watch the book discussion in real time on their computers and post questions or comments using instant messaging. And for the second year in a row, participants had the opportunity to choose the book to be read and discussed from a list of suggestions made by three of the selectors.

For those who miss the live discussion, video, audio, and podcast versions will be available at www.dukereads.com. DukeReads is sponsored by eleven campus partners, including the DAA, Duke Magazine, Duke Libraries, the English department, Duke University Press, and the Gothic Bookshop. Selections may be purchased from the Gothic at a discount.



DukeReads Schedule 2010-11
All discussions run from 7 to 8 p.m.

August 28: Chris Kennedy Ph.D. ’79, senior associate athletics director and adjunct assistant professor of English, interviewed Ron Currie Jr., author of Everything Matters! the assigned summer reading

October 13: The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt. PRESENTER: Kimerly Rorschach, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director

November 17: *Systems of Survival: A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics by Jane Jacobs, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond, and The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski. PRESENTER: Tom Katsouleas, dean of the Pratt School of Engineering and professor of engineering

January: Ninety-two in the Shade by Thomas McGuane. PRESENTER: Reynolds Price ’55, James B. Duke Professor of English

February: *The Plague by Albert Camus, The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois, and Black Boy by Richard Wright PRESENTER: William Chafe, Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of history

March: The Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes PRESENTER: Oscar Hijuelos, professor of the practice of English

April: *To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin, and Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger PRESENTER: Sue Wasiolek ’76, M.H.A. ’78, LL.M. ’93, assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students

*Participants voted to read and discuss one of three suggested titles.