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Announcing 2017 Ogden Honors Book Clubs

Faculty-Led Honors Book Clubs Available for Fall 2017

Looking for an excuse to read something new?

This semester the Ogden Honors College will be offering the chance for students to take part in various faculty-moderated book clubs. Unaffiliated with any particular course, the book clubs will meet five to eight times a semester and end before finals week.

Headed by prestigious campus figures such as LSU President F. King Alexander and College of Science Dean Cynthia Peterson, the book clubs will provide a unique opportunity for students to experience faculty mentorship and guidance outside of their subject area while discussing a shared read. The texts vary from contemporary fiction and nonfiction to literary classics. Book options include Degrees of Inequality by Suzanne Mettler, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, Let There Be Water by Seth Siegel, When Race, Religion, and Sport Collide: Black Athletes at BYU and Beyond by Darron Smith, The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein, Neuromancer by William Gibson and Dubliners by James Joyce.

Associate Dean Dr. Granger Babcock, who has championed the book club initiative, has stressed that this is a no fees, no grades and no pressure opportunity for both incoming and continuing Honors students to immerse themselves in new content. Much like the HNRS courses, the book clubs will provide a seminar-style environment for students to share ideas with others and hear perspectives different from their own. The chosen texts will be supplied by the Ogden Honors College for free and will be available upon admission into the club after signing up for a slot.

Click here for a brief overview of book club leaders and their selections. 

Clubs will begin the fourth (September 11-15) or fifth (September 18-22) week of September. The deadline to sign up is September 7. To register and for any additional information, contact Dr. Granger Babcock at fbabco1@lsu.edu.