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. 


The Dictionary of Lost Words Please join us as we read our newest
book club selection on the following dates:
Monday, July 12, at 6:00 p.m. Parts One & Two
Monday, July 19, at 6:00 p.m. Part Three
Monday, July 26, at 6:00 p.m. Part Four
Monday, Aug. 2, at 6:00 p.m. Parts Five, Six & Epilogue





 Past Book Titles:



The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Fall Poems and Family Traditions

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore

  News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

 The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

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. 

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.

The Science of Sustainability

  • Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard by Douglas
    W. Tallamy.
    • Greg Mast ’05, Garden 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.
    • Matthew Barnes ’06, Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University
    • Audrey Calhoun ’13, Sustainability Professional
    • Kira McEntire ’13, Assistant Professor of Biology at Queens University of Charlotte
  • The Story of More - How We Got to Climate Change and Where To Go From Here by Hope Jahren.  
    • Veronica Johnson, Sustainability Coordinator at Southwestern University
    • Molly O’Hara Pilarski ’12, Sustainability Manager Region Americas, Sika
    • Charles (Charlie) Stern ’04, Specialist in Natural Resources Policy at the Congressional Research Service

Racial Justice and Inequity

  • 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