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Faculty Reading Groups

Faculty reading groups provide an opportunity for Southwestern colleagues from across campus to discuss common intellectual interests. Over the course of a single semester, each group will meet multiple times to discuss the readings, with group members taking turns leading discussions. And yep: we’ll always have snacks and coffee.

Fall 2017 Reading Groups

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, by Claude M. Steele (Norton, 2010)

Schedule: This group will meet 3-4 times across the semester. We will attempt to find a schedule that works for everyone who wants to read the book.

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From the publisher: “The acclaimed social psychologist offers an insider’s look at his research and groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity. Claude M. Steele, who has been called “one of the few great social psychologists,” offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity. He sheds new light on American social phenomena from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays out a plan for mitigating these “stereotype threats” and reshaping American identities.

Write It Up Write It Up: Practical Strategies for Writing and Publishing Journal Articles, by Paul J. Silvia (APA, 2015)

Schedule: This group will meet 3-4 times across the semester. We will attempt to find a schedule that works for everyone who wants to read the book.

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From the publisher: “How do you write good research articles — articles that are interesting, compelling, and easy to understand? How do you write papers that influence the field instead of falling into obscurity? Write It Up offers a practical and revealing look at how productive researchers write strong articles. The book’s guiding idea is that academics should write to make an impact, not just to get something published somewhere. Your work will be more influential if you approach it reflectively and strategically. Based on his experience as an author, journal editor, and reviewer, Paul Silvia offers systematic approaches to problems like picking journals; cultivating the right tone and style; managing collaborative projects and coauthors; crafting effective Introduction, Method, Results, and Discussion sections; and submitting and resubmitting papers to journals. With its light-hearted style and practical advice, Write It Up will help graduate students struggling with writing their first paper, early career professors who need advice on how to write better articles, and seasoned academic writers looking to refresh their writing strategy or style.”

Note: This book will speak to social science and natural science faculty more than faculty in humanities and arts fields. Last semester we did a more humanities-focused book, and we will continue to alternate topics among the areas.

Previous Reading Groups

Spring 2017

Fall 2016