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Reading Groups

Each semester, The Prindle Institute offers reading groups to spark discussion about various topics related to ethics. Faculty, staff, students, and community members meet several times throughout the semester to discuss the themes and ideas presented in each book.

To join a reading group, please contact Christiane Wisehart.

For guidelines on creating your own reading group, click here.

Fall 2015 Reading Groups

Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality by Danielle Allen

Discussion led by Christopher Hager

Meets at 6:30 PM on September 1, October 6, November 3, and December 1

"I can recall no book in recent memory that has given me so great a gift as Our Declaration." Junot Diaz, author of This Is How You Lose Her

"Our Declaration is a primer on all that we have been missing...[N]ot just an invaluable civics lesson but also a poignant personal memoir." Thane Rosenbaum, Washington Post 


The Life and Times of Michael K. by J.M. Coetzee

Discussion led by David Alvarez

Meets at 7:00 pm on September 9, September 16 and September 23.

"In South Africa, whose civil administration is collapsing under the pressure of years of civil strife, an obscure young gardener named Michael K decides to take his mother on a long march away from the guns towards a new life in the abandoned countryside. Everywhere he goes however, the war follows him. Tracked down and locked up as a collaborator with the rural guerrillas, he embarks on a fast that angers, baffles, and finally awes his captors. The story of Michael K is the story of a man caught up in a war beyond his understanding, but determined to live his life, however minimally, on his own terms. J.M. Coetzee has produced a masterpiece which has the astonishing power to make the wilderness boom."


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Discussion led by David Worthington

Meeting dates and times to be determined.