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. 

 

Oona Out of OrderJoin the SU Book Club as we read and discuss the latest selection, Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore. The book will be divided into three sections so that the group can have a full, rich discussion as we make our way through the novel.

Oct. 1 at 5:00 p.m.  Part I - Part III
Oct. 8 at 5:00 p.m.  Part IV - Part V
Oct. 15 at 5:00 p.m. Part VI - End
 

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 racial justice and inequality. Alumni, students, and friends voted on the books in late June 2020.

  • July 29 at 7:00 PM (CDT): White Fragility by Robin Diangelo. Join us for a panel-led discussion with:
    • 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
  • September 15 at 7:00 PM (CDT): How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.  Join us for a panel-led discussion with:
    • 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 
  • October 28 at 7:00 PM (CDT): The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.  Join us for a panel-led discussion with:
    • 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

Past Book Titles:

  • Start With Why by Simon Sinek
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward