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Reading Circles

CTE Reading Circles are small (between 6-12 participants), short-term (meeting around three times in the semester) reading groups focused on a specific book (or other text) proposed by a faculty member or librarian. The book may be on any topic, but should open conversations about teaching and learning. The outputs of Reading Circles are collegiality, conversation, and intellectual curiosity about teaching and learning. Meetings might be on campus or off. CTE will buy the books! All USF faculty members and librarians are eligible to participate.


Spring 2020 Reading Circles

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1. Ann Cooper Albright How to Land: Finding Ground in an Unstable World

Facilitator: Michelle LaVigne, College of Arts & Sciences

Albright's book brings together multiple areas of study including cognitive studies, language theories, and importantly theories and practices of the body and embodiment. Questions this book may help us explore are, How do we link political practices and experiences more directly to body movement and embodiment? and How might Albright's ideas inform more embodied pedagogies, writing practices, or research that is not fully "in" dance or performance studies? This book can help us explore more body-based ideas for learning and thinking - as teachers and researchers.

Meeting Schedule:

Thursday, Feb. 20 3–4 p.m.
Thursday, Mar. 19 3–4 p.m.
Thursday, Apr. 16 3–4 p.m.


2. Cathy O'Neil Weapons of Math Destruction

Facilitator: Alison Cohen, School of Management

Cathy O’Neil’s book explores the role that algorithms play in our everyday lives and argues that these mathematical models are opaque and uncontested even when they are wrong and problematic. O’Neil urges us to take more responsibility, both as individuals and as a society, to be more savvy about these models as they often reinforce societal inequality. This book is written for a popular audience by a former math professor at Barnard, making it both highly accessible and intellectually rigorous for both faculty and students. It includes interesting insights that could lead to great teaching examples as well as opportunities to use the book for course assignments. The book holds appeal for a wide cross-section of USF faculty who are both quantitatively-inclined and whose work is focused on issues of social justice.

Meeting Schedule:

Monday, Feb. 24 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Monday, Mar. 16 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Monday, Mar. 30 1:30–2:30 p.m.


Sign up for a Spring 2020 Reading Circle