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Reading Groups Build Community, Give Insight

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Interested in reading about current topics and engaging with others? Check out these College-sponsored reading groups. If you have a reading group you'd like to invite others to, tell us about it and we'll add it to this story. Click here to write to us. 

Diversity Reading and Film Group

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity's (IDE) Diversity Reading and Film Group is designed to expand participants' appreciation of diversity issues and enhance the feeling of community at Dartmouth. The program's three groups-fiction, nonfiction, and film-meet monthly, five times per year. All College employees are invited to participate.

Holly Sateia, vice president for IDE, says, "The reading group contributes to a shared vocabulary on campus;
inevitably, members create a ripple effect by discussing the books with other colleagues who aren't in the reading group." IDE will have a booth at this year's employee fair on Oct. 28 (10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Collis Common Ground) where employees can register for the group.

Ethics Across the Curriculum

The Ethics Across the Curriculum reading group exists to help faculty members integrate ethics into their research and teaching. Program topics include "What do we mean by ethics, and how can we link it to our specific disciplines?" and "Ethics in higher education." The faculty group includes monthly meetings from October through March, followed by individual project meetings, and concludes with a seminar in June. Aine Donovan, executive director of the Ethics Institute, says that the reading group has far-reaching effects: "We have had whole new courses, many articles, case studies, and a couple of books developed as a result of the group."

The group is currently full. Donovan will send a letter of invitation for the next academic year to all faculty in late spring 2009. For updates on Ethics Across the Curriculum, visit the Ethics Institute website.

By ELIZABETH KELSEY


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Last Updated: 12/17/08