Book Discussions

Each semester, we offer a number of book discussions facilitated by Georgia College professors over dinner, usually at their homes. These informal "learning beyond the classroom" experiences are designed to stimulate thought and discussion and promote student-faculty interaction.

Dr. Whitaker and student laughing and reading the contents of an open book.

In Progress

  • Harold Mock (Leadership Programs), Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen Here
  • Christina Smith (Mass Communications), Peggy Orenstein, Girls and Sex
  • James Schiffman (Mass Communications), David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day
  • Hali Sofala-Jones (English), Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale 
  • Hank Edmondson (Government), Benazir Bhutto, Daughter of Destiny
  • Nancy Beasley (English), Jody Picoult, Small Great Things
  • Susan Manrodt (Accounting), Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions
  • Alex Blazer (English), Fran Ross, Oreo

In Progress

  • Scott Butler (School of Health and Human Performance) and Jennifer Graham (Women's Resource Center), Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, The Hunting Ground
  • Eric Spears (International Education), Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer
  • Carolyn Denard (Center for Student Success), Warren St. John, Outcasts United
  • Beauty Bragg (English), Helen Oyeyemi, Boy, Snow, Bird
  • Jehan El-Jourbagy (Legal Environment of Business), Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
  • Anna Whiteside (Honors and National Scholarships), Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me
  • Ellen France (Biology), Sharon Moalem, Inheritance
  • Jenny Flaherty (English), Richard Adams, Watership Down
  • Alex Blazer (English), Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Anna Whiteside (Honors), Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
  • Cynthia Orms (Legal Environment of Business), David Brooks, The Road to Character
  • Jenny Flaherty (English), Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose
  • Mary Magoulick (English), Magda Szabo, The Door
  • Jessica Swymer (Nursing), Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies
  • Mike Riley (English), L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz
  • Peter Selgin (English), Peter Selgin, The Inventors
  • Carolyn Denard (English), Toni Morrison, Home
  • Hank Edmondson (Government), Sonia Sotomayor, My Beloved World
  • Elaine Whitaker (English), Patricia J. Williams, Open House
  • Jehan El-Jourbagy (Legal Environment of Business), Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction
  • Steven Jones (Center for Faculty Development), Philip Roth, The Plot Against America
  • Cliff Towner (Music), Anthony Doerr, All The Light We Cannot See
  • Bahram Darugar (MFA Creative Writing Alum), Bahrum Darugar, Out of Iran
  • Jim McManmon (Philosophy), Plato, The Republic
  • Nancy Beasley (English), Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
  • Mary Magoulik (English), Louise Erdrich, The Round House
  • Cynthia Orms (Accounting), Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, Americanah
  • Hank Edmondson (Government), Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan
  • Steve Elliott-Gower (Honors), Richard Light, Making the Most of College
  • Scott Butler and Mandy Jarriel, (Health Sciences), Mark Frainaru-Wada and Steve Frainaru, League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth
  • Lauren Acker, (History), Erik Larsen,  Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • Jenny Flaherty (English), Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens
  • Bruce Gentry (English), Flannery O'Connor, "Good Country People"
  • Pate McMichael (Mass Comm), Pate McMichael, Klandestine
  • Joe Mocnik (Library), Robert Kaplan, Balkan Ghosts
  • Hank Edmondson (Political Science), Carlotta Gall, The Wrong Enemy
  • Anna Whiteside (Honors), Malcolm Gladwell, David and Goliath
  • Steven Jones (Political Science), Margaret Atwood,The Blind Assassin
  • Nancy Beasley (English),Hosseini And the Mountains Echoed
  • Alex Blazer (English), Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Ryan Brown (Mathematics), Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of Maladies
  • Scott Butler (Kinesiology), Seth Mnookin, The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear
  • Jan Clark (Rhetoric), Ken Bain, What the Best College Students Do
  • Jennifer Flaherty (English), Herbert Read, The Green Child
  • Cyndy Hall (Visiting Professor), Donna Tartt, The Secret History
  • James Schiffman (Mass Comm), Robert Kaplan, Asia's Cauldron
  • Scott Butler (Kinesiology), Helen Epstein, The Invisible Cure
  • Steven Elliott-Gower (Honors), Richard Light, Making the Most of College
  • Jennifer Flaherty (English), Adam Rex, The True Meaning of Smekday
  • Yeprem Mehranian (Education), Anthony Shadid, House of Stone
  • Stephanie Opperman (History), Edwidge Danticat, Brother, I'm Dying
  • Cynthia Orms (Accounting), Adeline Yen Mah, Chinese Cinderella
  • Elaine Whitaker (English), Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Alex Blazer (English), Travis Langley, Batman and Psychology
  • Jennifer Flaherty (English), C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
  • Hank Edmondson (Political Science), Arthur Koestler, Darkness at Noon
  • Steven Elliott-Gower (Political Science), Dave Eggers, The Circle
  • Claire Garrett (Education), Janet Poppendieck, Free for All
  • Mary Magoulick and Claudia Yaghoobi (English), Kamila Shamsie, Broken Verses
  • Mary Magoulick and Claudia Yaghoobi (English), Fatima Mernissi, Dreams of Trespass
  • Rachel Shelden (History), Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding
  • Ashley Taylor (Psychology), Amy Chua, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
  • Warner Belanger (Philosophy), Philip Dick, The Man in the High Castle
  • John Bowen (Leadership), Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
  • Scott Butler (Kinesiology), T.R. Reid, The Healing of America
  • Hank Edmondson (Political Science), Ian McEwan, Amsterdam
  • Cyndy Hall (Visiting Professor), Téa Obreht, The Tiger's Wife
  • Jerry Herbel (Political Science), C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
  • Mary Magoulick and Claudia Yaghoobi (English), Hisham Matar, In the Country of Men
  • Mary Magoulick and Claudia Yaghoobi (English), Marjean Satrapi, Persepolis
  • Cynthia Orms (Accounting), Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation
  • Amit Poddar (Marketing), Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • James Winchester (Philosophy) Albert Camus, The Fall
  • Dan Bauer (Education), Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Nancy Beasley (English), Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
  • Warner Belanger (Religion), Stephane Hessel, Time for Outrage
  • John Bowen (Leadership), Richard Adams, Watership Down
  • Jolene Cole (Library), Elie Wiesel, Night
  • Kim Cossey (Chemistry), Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
  • Steven Elliott-Gower (Political Science) and Ben Scafidi (Economics), Paul Tough, How Children Succeed
  • Hank Edmondson (Political Science), Soren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling
  • Jerry Herbel (Political Science), C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
  • Cynthia Orms (Accounting), Thomas Friedman, Hot, Flat, and Crowded
  • William Risch (History), William Styron, Sophie's Choice
  • Dan Bauer (Education), Ismael Beah, A Long Way Gone
  • Nancy Beasley (English), Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
  • Janet Dale (English), Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
  • Hank Edmondson (Political Science), Franklin Foer, How Soccer Explains the World
  • Jerry Herbel (Political Science), C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy
  • Joshua Kitchens (Library), Kate Chopin, The Awakening
  • Caitlin Powell (Psychology), Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
  • Warner Belanger (Religion), Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
  • Hank Edmondson (Political Science), Franz Kafka, The Trial
  • Steven Elliott-Gower (Political Science), Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader
  • Steven Elliott-Gower (Political Science), Chris Buckley, Boomsday
  • Bruce Gentry (English), Flannery O'Connor, "Good Country People" 
  • Gael Guzman-Medrano (Languages), Isabel Allende, Ines of My Soul
  • Pate McMichael (Mass Comm), Richard Ford, The Sportswriter
  • Amit Poddar (Marketing), Amitav Ghosh, The Glass Palace
  • William Risch (History), Kim Edwards, The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • Dan Bauer (Education), Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
  • Beauty Bragg (English), Toni Morrison, Beloved
  • Ryan Brown (Mathematics), Warren St. John, Outcasts United
  • Cynthia Orms (Accounting), Benjamin Ajak, They Poured Fire on Us
  • Caitlin Powell (Psychology), Haruki Murakami, After Dark
  • Amy Sumpter (Geography), Flannery O'Connor, "A Late Encounter with the Enemy"
  • Dan Bauer (Education), Virginia Woolf, Orlando
  • Hank Edmondson (Political Science), Thomas Mann, Death in Venice
  • Steve Elliott-Gower (Political Science), Ian McEwan, Solar
  • Mark Huddle (History), Joan Didion, Salvador
  • Pate McMichael (Mass Comm), Cormac McCarthy, The Road
  • Ryan Brown (Mathematics), Jeffrey Eugenides,  Middlesex
  • Dorothy Leland (President), Hikaru Okuizumi,  The Stones Cry Out
  • Caitlin Powell (Psychology), Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five
  • Amy Sumpter (Geography), Daniyal Mueenuddin, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
  • Rob Viau (English), Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
  • Henry Wang (Philosophy), Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis
  • Myron Avila (Modern Languages), Isabel Allende, The Infinite Plan
  • Dan Bauer (Education), Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 100 Years of Solitude
  • Linda Bradley (Education), William Young, The Shack
  • Hank Edmondson (Political Science), Henry Thoreau, Walden
  • Doug Oetter (Geography), Herman Hesse, Siddhartha
  • Amy Sumpter (Geography), Victor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
  • Henry Wang (Philosophy), Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • Melanie DeVore (Biology), Arturo Warman, Corn and Capitalism
  • Bruce Gentry (English), Flannery O'Connor, "A Good Man is Hard to Find"
  • Amit Poddar (Marketing), Salman Rusdie, The Satanic Verses
  • Chuck Ryan, Management, W. Edwards Deming, The New Economics
  • Evelyn Sweet-Hurd, His Name Was Donn (discussion with the author)
  • Sunita Manian (IDST), Khalid Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Eustace Palmer (English), Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions
  • Amit Poddar (Marketing), Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies
  • Dan Bauer (Education), Emma Larkin, Finding George Orwell in Burma
  • Dorothy Leland (President), Fatima Mernissi, Dreams of Trespass
  • Bruce Gentry (English), Flannery O'Connor, "Good Country People"
  • Ben Scafidi (Economics), Milton and Rose Friedman, Free to Choose
  • Elaine Whitaker (English), Ernest Gaines, A Lesson Before Dying
  • Tina Yarborough (Art), Erin Hogan, Spiral Jetta