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You’re invited: The Lasallian Literati book club

March 9, 2021

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Now’s your chance to expand your perspective, make good on your New Year’s resolution, or connect with your peers on a timely topic. All faculty and staff are invited to participate in the newly expanded Lasallian book club.

The Lasallian book club was started nine years ago at the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs (SGPP) in an effort to engage Lasallian pedagogical thinking with contemporary texts. As a part of our Strategic Initiative one, “Live Our Lasallian Catholic Heritage,” the SGPP subcommittee of the Lasallian Catholic Mission Advisory Council decided to expand the book club to include a bi-monthly format and an open invitation to the university community.

A naming contest for the book club was held, and the name The Lasallian Literati was chosen. The winners of the naming contest are Robert Hadley, security guard; Stacy Dean, Ph.D., director for University Writing Services; and Michael Hahn, Ph.D., program director and core assistant professor, Character and Virtue Education.

To participate, simply create an account and join the group on Goodreads. This is a FREE app. It is very important that you create your login with your Saint Mary’s email address because there is restricted access to the reading group. Future communication will be provided through Goodreads.

The Lasallian Literati is excited to share the inaugural book selections and meeting dates. The library will have a copy or two of the chosen books. If you are not aware, many public libraries use the app LIBBY which allows library cardholders access to ebooks and audiobooks.

March/April book selection
“The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander

“One of the most influential books of the last 20 years.” — Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Meeting date: Friday, April 9, at noon
  • Facilitated by: Nancy Van Erp, Ph.D., program director, M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology
  • You will receive a Zoom invitation before the meeting.

May/June book selection
“The Devil’s Highway: A True Story“ by Luis Alberto Urrea

  • Meeting date: Wednesday, June 16, at noon
  • Facilitated by: Paul Kotz, Ph.D., professor, Ed.D. in Leadership, and Molly Bigelow, director of Rochester partnerships and enrollment counselor
  • You will receive a Zoom invitation before the meeting.

If you have any questions or difficulty creating a Goodreads account, contact Molly
Bigelow at