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BOOK CLUB

Book Club was created to provide an opportunity for women at Purdue to explore issues relevant to them as featured in the books recommended by our network. The selections reflect the plurality and rich diversity of women’s experiences as crafted by exceptional women writers (featured in the spring, summer, and fall semesters); thus, issues of identity, gender constructs, and everyday life challenges are ever present.

We invite graduate women students, staff, and faculty members to become a community of readers by engaging in informal, yet critical, discussions about these unique books—fiction and creative nonfiction. Meetings are once a month during lunchtime, and each session will have a discussion facilitator. Events
are free of charge, a light lunch will be provided, and registered participants may attend as many/few sessions as they like. Address questions to ButlerCenter@purdue.edu.

2015 Spring Book Club Schedule

FEBRUARY 19

Book Club: Selections from Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia
This meeting will center on discussing two chapters from the book and reflecting on the experiences of women of color in the academy. This one-hour event is free and open to the public, and a light lunch will be provided to registered participants. Co-sponsored by Butler Center and Latino Cultural Center (LCC).
12:00 - 1:00 PM / LCC

APRIL 9

Book Club meets La Polilla Café: Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa by Rigoberto González
Join us for a special Book Club meeting, facilitated by the LGBTQ Center, to discuss this memoir (winner of the American Book Award) and engage in conversation on intersections of identity and cultural diversity in the U.S. This one-hour event is free and open to the public, and a light lunch will be provided to registered participants. Co-sponsored by Butler Center, LCC, and LGBTQ Center.
12:00 - 1:00 PM / LCC

APRIL 30

Book Club: The Cancer Journals: Special Edition by Audre Lorde
Dialogue will center on Lorde’s story battling cancer and navigating the interplay of gender, race, and sexual orientation in social and healthcare systems. This one-hour event is free and open to the public, and a light lunch will be provided to registered participants. Co-sponsored by Butler Center and LCC.
12:00 - 1:00 PM / LCC

 

 

2014 BOOK CLUB offerings:

NOVEMBER: I, Rigoberta Menchu: An indian woman in Guatelmala by Rigoberta Menchu (1992 Nobel Peace Prize)

OCTOBER:My name is Jody Williams: A Vermont girl's winding path to the Nobel Peace Prize by Jody Williams (1997 Nobel Peace Prize)

SEPTEMBER: Phenomenal woman: A poetry session celebrating the life of Dr. Maya Angelou

APRIL:A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam (Bangladesh)

MARCH:Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel (Samoa)

FEBRUARY:Chinelo Okparanta, author of Happiness, Like Water

2013 BOOK CLUB offerings:

NOVEMBER: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (Mexico)

OCTOBER: The Girl in the Photograph by Lygia Fagundes Telles (Brazil)

SEPTEMBER: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (Peru/Chile),

APRIL: Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri

MARCH: The Line of the Sun, Judith Cofer

FEBRUARY: Kindred, Octavia Butler

2012 BOOK CLUB offerings:

NOVEMBER: Book Club: The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir

OCTOBER: Book Club: Monkey Hunting

SEPTEMBER: Book Club: Closing the Leadership Gap: Add Women, Change Everything

JULY: Book Club: West of Then: A Mother, a Daughter, and a Journey Past Paradise

JUNE: Book Club: August Freedom

APRIL: Book Club: The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf