Virtual Engagement

Book Club

The Southwestern University Alumni Association invites you to be a part of the SU Book Club. Join us for our regular book club format, or for our ongoing series, “Let’s Talk About It.”

Participate in the SU Book Club

Register to participate in the SU Book Club.  Southwestern has an ongoing book club where participants play a part in determining the books that are read. Receive information about the books we will read and the times we will gather to engage in discussions surrounding the books. 

SU Book Club - Henna Artist

The Henna Artist 
by Alka Joshi

 Part One - January 18, 6:00 p.m. CST 
Part Two and Part Three - January 25, 6:00 p.m. CST
Part Four - February 1, 6:00 p.m. CST



Past Book Titles:

  • Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb
  • Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Start With Why by Simon Sinek 


Let’s Talk About It - Book Series

“Let’s Talk About It” is a discussion series within the Southwestern University Alumni Association book club. The series is meant to engage community members in conversations regarding a particular social theme. The next three books will address the science of sustainability. 


  • Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard by Douglas
    W. Tallamy, Wednesday, February 3, at 7:00 p.m. CST
  • Greg Mast ’05, General Manager of the Central Texas Food Bank
  • Sarah Woolley Houston ’11, Associate Director of Education and Outreach, a research center at the University of Memphis
  • Patrick Houston ’09, Shelby County Firefighter
  • Rachel Blakeslee ’11, Manager, National Corporate Partnerships
  • The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living by Fritjof Capra, scheduled for early March 
  • The Story of More - How We Got to Climate Change and Where To Go From Here by Hope Jahren, scheduled for late April 

Thank you to all the panelists for leading the discussions in the first series dedicated to racial justice and inequity, and thank you to the participants for joining the conversation. Recordings of the panel discussions can be found on the On-Demand Streaming page.

  • White Fragility by Robin Diangelo.
    • Kylin Lee Ph.D., Psychologist at Southwestern University
    • Isaac Bernal ’13, Alumni Council - Inclusion and Diversity Chair
    • Elizabeth Guillory Medina Ph.D. ’97, Alumni Council - Lifelong Learning Chair
    • Shannon Mariotti Ph.D., Professor of Political Science
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.
    • Elizabeth Guillory Medina Ph.D. ’97, Alumni Council - Lifelong Learning Chair
    • Ebony Rose ’02, Sr. Learning and Development Consultant at TCU
    • Emily Sydnor Ph.D., Asst. Prof., Dept. of Political Science at Southwestern University
    • Ben Woods ’06, Local Alumni Chapter President - Greater Austin Chapter 
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. 
    • Elizabeth Guillory Medina Ph.D. ’97, Alumni Council - Lifelong Learning Chair
    • Melissa A. Johnson Ph.D., Chair, Sociology and Anthropology Department, Chair, Race & Ethnicity Studies Program, Professor of Anthropology
    • Jaclyn Suffel ’07, Vice President at Powers Solutions
    • John F. Lopez ’89, Travis County Assistant District Attorney