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Why do we have a book club?

As an institution committed to providing our students the pathways for future success through educational growth and personal enrichment, we all must continually strive to learn, grow, and inspire one another to fulfill this dream. Reading books together can help us combat the human tendency to get stuck in a certain way of thinking and doing, and help us develop a common language that can make it easier to discuss new ideas or think creatively about our work. A book club can also provide a significant opportunity for the building of friendships across our campus!

How does the ENMU-R book club work?

Book club groups are for any interested ENMU-R employee who would like to participate. Groups meet at various times each week during each semester. Cycles normally last nine weeks. Once interest level is determined, the number of groups will be decided, and participants can then select a group that best fits their schedule, or travel among the groups from week to week. A schedule will be emailed to all participants as soon as it is finalized.

The goal is to be very intentional about facilitating a productive discourse around each selected book, but the guided group discussions are just the beginning. The real value comes from the informal conversations that happen across our campus. So we highly encourage you to talk about the book every chance you get, and to allow it to impact the way we think about our work and interactions with students on every level.

What will we be reading during the Fall 2019 semester?

In order to try to provide something of interest to as many people as possible, the Fall 2019 semester consists of two selections:

  • Give and Take BookGive and Take by Adam Grant. For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return. Using his own pioneering research as Wharton’s youngest tenured professor, Adam Grant shows that these styles have a surprising impact on success. Although some givers get exploited and burn out, the rest achieve extraordinary results across a wide range of industries. Combining cutting-edge evidence with captivating stories, Grant shows how one of America’s best networkers developed his connections, why the creative genius behind one of the most popular shows in television history toiled for years in anonymity, how a basketball executive responsible for multiple draft busts transformed his franchise into a winner, and how we could have anticipated Enron’s demise four years before the company collapsed–without ever looking at a single number.
  • The New Education by Cathy Davidson. Our current system of higher education dates to the period from 1865 to 1925, when the nation’s new universities created grades and departments, majors and minors, in an attempt to prepare young people for a world transformed by the telegraph and the Model T. As Cathy N. Davidson argues in The New Education, this approach to education is wholly unsuited to the era of the gig economy. From the Ivy League to community colleges, she introduces us to innovators who are remaking college for our own time by emphasizing student-centered learning that values creativity in the face of change above all. The New Education ultimately shows how we can teach students not only to survive but to thrive amid the challenges to come.



How can I sign up and where can I get a copy of the book?

There are a limited number of free copies of each book for those who sign up early! If you miss this opportunity, you can make a wise investment and order a copy through your favorite online bookstore. Please contact Robert Moore at [email protected] to sign up to participate in the Fall semester, or with any other questions you may have.