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Please explore our numerous virtual and in-person alumni offerings below, which include our Alumni Book Club, Alumni Classes, and other signature events held in both virtual and in-person settings.

In addition to the links below, please check the upcoming alumni events calendar to join us online or in-person. 

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Alumni convocation in Meharry Hall
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East College at Sunset
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Alumni travel program Southwest National Parks
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GO TO ALUMNI EVENTS: ALUMNI BOOK CLUB

Thank you to all of the alumni who have joined as part of the DePauw University Alumni Book Club, which launched in January 2021. It has been a pleasure to see this online community of alumni connect with each other and enjoy books from a range of genres.

Our office has partnered with PBC Guru, a leader in virtual book club experiences that allow people to connect through their individual journey as lifelong learners. Information about our next book and how to join can be found below.

 

Announcing our March - May 2022 Book Selection:

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

This spring, we are thrilled to announce that the DePauw University Alumni Book Club will be reading the best-selling novel (and soon to be Netflix series), The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi.

We will read and discuss this “uplifting tale that highlights the power of family” (Library Journal) beginning on March 18 and will be joined by Alka Joshi for a Livestreamed event on Wednesday, May 18th at 2:00 pm (EDT).

There is no cost to participate – you just have to secure a copy of the book. Please join us for what is sure to be a vibrant reading escape.

Sign up here today.

Alka Joshi authorAbout the author: 

Alka Joshi was born in India and raised in the U.S. since the age of nine. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of Arts.

At age 62, Joshi published her debut novel, The Henna Artist, which immediately became a New York Times bestseller, a Reese Witherspoon Bookclub pick, was Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, has been translated into 26 languages, and is being developed into an episodic series by Netflix.

The acclaimed sequel, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, will be followed by the third book in the trilogy in 2023. 

 

 

The Henna Artist book coverAbout the book: 

The Henna Artist tells the story of Lakshmi, who escapes an arranged and abusive marriage in her rural village to the vibrant pink city of Jaipur in the 1950s. There she becomes the henna artist—and confidante—most in demand to the wealthy women of the upper class. Known for her original designs and sage advice, Lakshmi must tread carefully to avoid the jealous gossips who could ruin her reputation and her livelihood. As she pursues her dream of an independent life, she is startled one day when she is confronted by her husband, who has tracked her down with a high-spirited young girl in tow—a sister Lakshmi never knew she had. Suddenly the caution that she has carefully cultivated as protection is threatened. Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, The Henna Artist opens a door into a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel.

 

What we are currently reading... 

Artcurious book coverJanuary - March 2022 Book Selection: Artcurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History by Jennifer Dasal 

Do your New Year's resolutions include more reading? Then you should join the DePauw University Alumni Book Club before our next online, asynchronous book club decision begins on January 6th! We will read Artcurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History by Jennifer Dasal through early March, culminating in a live online author Q&A.

Our alumni book club, hosted alongside PBC Guru, is free and open to DePauw University Alumni.

The sign-up for this free book club can be found here

 


 

 

PBC Guru + DePauw Alumni Book Archive

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business 
Charles Duhigg (January - March 2021)

The Midnight Library
Matt Haig (March - May 2021)

The Beauty in Breaking
Michele Harper (May - July 2021)

The Leavers
Lisa Ko (August - October 2021)

Humble Pi
Matt Parker (October - December 2021)

Artcurious: Stories of the unexpected, slightly off, and strangely wonderful in art history
Jennifer Dasal (January - March 2022

GO TO ALUMNI EVENTS: ALUMNI CLASSES

Jon Fortt ClassThe Black Experience in America
featuring Jon Fortt '98

The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics and the Office of Alumni Engagement has partnered with Jon Fortt ‘98 to make an independent course he produced and offers online via Fortt Media. The Black Experience in America is now freely available to all DePauw alumni, which mirrors the availability for our faculty, staff, and students.

Jon Fortt was inspired to create the course after the murder of George Floyd as a way to prepare his two young sons for life in America.

In Jon's own words, this course is his version of the "The Talk" that many black fathers have with their children about life in America. He turned that into a series of lessons that he produced through Fortt Media.

The course has three video modules that take about 45 minutes each to work through. You’ll be able to sign-up and the courses will save your progress. You’ll be able to go through the modules in tiny increments. You won’t need to do it all in the same 45 minutes.

Want to invite a friend to take the course with you, but they're not alumni of DePauw? They may enroll in the paid version of the course here.

About JON FORTT '98

Jon Fortt graduated from DePauw University in 1998. He is co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” (M-F, 11 AM-12 PM ET). He joined CNBC as a technology correspondent in July 2010, working from CNBC’s Silicon Valley bureau where he covered the companies, start-ups, and trends that are driving innovation in the industry.


A Message from Jon Fortt About the Course

This is about empowerment through education. After the tragic killing of George Floyd in 2020, I decided to use my journalistic background and pull together knowledge to prepare my young sons for life in America.

We’ve heard about “The Talk” that many Black fathers have with our children; this became “The Course.” In creating The Course, I pulled from sources as diverse as Shakespeare and NWA, Miles Morales, and Toni Morrison. As I taught the 18 classes over Zoom to my sons and nine other Black kids during the summer of COVID-19, I explored the country’s history and my own and reconsidered iconic figures and moments I thought I understood. When we finished, the powerful feedback I got from the kids and parents convinced me that we hadn’t just finished something — we had started something. Now I want to continue it, and share that experience with you.

I wrote The Course for Black kids, and for the parents, teachers, and mentors who want to equip them for the future. That said, it’s for everyone who wants to explore the Black experience in America.

I’m a journalist and lifelong learner. The son of an art teacher and the husband of a reading specialist, I enjoy taking complicated subjects and making them understandable and relevant. Today I lead technology coverage at CNBC, where I’ve recently spearheaded coverage of race and opportunity in America, both on-air and in our events.