Faculty & Staff Book Group

Since its inception in 2004, the purpose of the Faculty & Staff Book Group at LSU has been to provide a liberating space for dialogue about matters of innovation, community, and change within the communities that the participants work and live in.  The book group is a great way to connect with other staff members, who enjoy reading and discussing while also meeting others from across disciplines. FYE provides the group members with the books to read at the beginning of the fall, spring and summer semesters. The group then meets once every other week to discuss. Check out the book selected for this spring below. 

Spring 2018

evicted book cover

In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as “wrenching and revelatory” (The Nation), “vivid and unsettling” (New York Review of Books), Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

Meeting Dates

Week 1: 2/6, 7, 8/18

Week 2: 2/20, 21, 22/18

Week 3: 3/6, 7, 8/18

Week 4: 3/20, 21, 22/18

Week 5: 4/3, 4, 5/18

Week 6: 4/17, 18, 19/18

Sign Up 

Please email, Maggi Spurlock, to sign up for Faculty & Staff Book Group.

Past Book Selections

Summer 2004 Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

Spring 2005 The Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer

Summer 2005 Educating Citizens: Preparing America’s Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility by Colby, Ehrlich, Beaumont, Stephens, and Shulman

Fall 2005 The Art of Teaching by Jay Parini

Summer 2006 Life on the Color Line by Tracy Kidder

Spring 2006 What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain

Summer 2007 Breach of Faith by Jed Horne

Fall 2007 Einstein by Walter Isaacson

Summer 2008 Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Fall 2009 The Impossible Will Take A Little While by Paul Loeb

Spring 2010 How to Think Like Leonardo daVinci by Michael J. Gelb

Fall 2010 Class Matters by The New York Times

Spring 2011 Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Fall 2011 The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

Spring 2012 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Fall 2012 The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin

Spring 2013 Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks

Fall 2013 Quiet by Susan Cain

Spring 2014 The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Summer 2014 Serena by Ron Rash

Fall 2014 Justice by Michael Sandel

Spring 2015 Junkyard Planet by Adam Minter

Summer 2015 Orphan Train by Christina Baker Cline

Fall 2015 The Village Effect by Susan Pinker

Spring 2016 The Girls of Atomic City by Desise Kiernana

Fall 2016 Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M Steele

Spring 2017 Grit by Angela Duckworth

Summer 2017 Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Fall 2017 The Nature Fix by Florence Williams

Spring 2018 Evicted by Matthew Desmond