At one time, the professors were you: sitting in class wondering, "What am I going to do with my life?" They have spent a lifetime delving into their interests -- researching, writing, and publishing on all sorts of fascinating topics and always looking for the next adventure or fascination.
Faculty Reads Series is a opportunity to get to know your professor. Why did they choose to study their area of expertise? What drove them to it? What are they working on now and why is it exciting? How did they make the leap from student to expert? This is a chance to learn from your professor's unique experiences, and possibly discover your own path.
What to Expect
Faculty Reads Series is an hour long event, in which 1-4 professors share the books that influenced their life story and career path.
This is an informal, yet inspiring hour in which we learn about professors’ passion for what they do. Professors will talk about how they discovered their academic interests, how they came to pursue their study, why it excites them.
Professors may talk about their most recent research and publications. They may discuss their process, and how that may impact you. They may also read from or discuss a few books -- books that inspired them, were instrumental in their research, or books they simply love.
Their book selections may be on display at the front desk, and/or found virtually on this page.
The Take Away
Lindenwood Library’s goal is two-fold in hosting Faculty Reads Series.
We are in awe of the amazing work and unique passion that each professor brings to the Lindenwood community. We wish to celebrate that dedication.
We also, and most importantly, hope that you, the student, leave the event with a greater appreciation for your professor and inspiration as you live out your own story. Faculty may end their presentation with some advice for you. We hope you learn from the faculty’s experiences, ponder what makes you excited, and find the inspiration to passionately pursue it.
Interested in speaking? Let us know using our Interested Faculty form.
Want to suggest a faculty member? Use our Suggest Faculty form.
Sue Edele and Jazmine Lampley - September 18, 2018 1:00 P.M.
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi - Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy. – Library Catalog Summary
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - The brilliant, bestselling, landmark novel that tells the story of the Buendia family, and chronicles the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the need for love—in rich, imaginative prose that has come to define an entire genre known as "magical realism." – Goodreads.com
- Dear Life by Alice Munro - Suffused with Munro's clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these tales about departures and beginnings, accidents and dangers, and outgoings and homecomings both imagined and real, paint a radiant, indelible portrait of how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be. – Goodreads.com
- Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris - In this collection of essays, Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives--a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.- Goodreads.com
- Night Shift by Stephen King -More than twenty-five stories of horror and nightmarish fantasy transform everyday situations into experiences of compelling terror in the worlds of the living, the dying, and the nonliving. – Overdrive
- The Idiot Girl’s Action Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro - The misadventures of Laurie and her fellow Idiot Girls (“too cool to be in the Smart Group”) unfold in a world that everyone will recognize but no one has ever described so hilariously. She delivers the goods: life as we all know it. – Goodreads.com
- Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne - This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. – Goodreads.com
Dr. Brown-Hudson and Dr. Pomianek - April 2018
Inspired by the true story of a woman who changed the way we understand our world.
In 1933 three young, gifted anthropologists are thrown together in the jungle of New Guinea. They are Nell Stone, fascinating, magnetic and famous for her controversial work studying South Pacific tribes, her intelligent and aggressive husband Fen, and Andrew Bankson, who stumbles into the lives of this strange couple and becomes totally enthralled. Within months the trio are producing their best ever work, but soon a firestorm of fierce love and jealousy begins to burn out of control, threatening their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives. – Goodreads.com
TEACHER SEEKS PUPIL.
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It was just a three-line ad in the personals section, but it launched the adventure of a lifetime...
So begins Ishmael, an utterly unique and captivating novel that has earned a large and passionate following among readers and critics alike—one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of spiritual adventure ever published. – Goodreads.com
With Hope in the Dark, Rebecca Solnit makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable. Drawing on her decades of activism and a wide reading of environmental, cultural, and political history, Solnit argues that radicals have a long, neglected history of transformative victories, that the positive consequences of our acts are not always immediately seen, directly knowable, or even measurable, and that pessimism and despair rest on an unwarranted confidence about what is going to happen next.
Originally published in 2004, now with a new foreword and afterword, Solnit’s influential book shines a light into the darkness of our time in an unforgettable new edition. --- Goodreads.com
In this follow-up to Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit offers commentary on women who refuse to be silenced, misogynistic violence, the fragile masculinity of the literary canon, the gender binary, the recent history of rape jokes, and much more. – Goodreads.com
Dr. Giuseffi and Dr. Leavitt - April 2017
Publication date: (written around 380 BCE), this edition was published in 2003, library owns 1974 edition
Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, this classic text is an enquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. During the conversation, other questions are raised: what is goodness?; what is reality?; and what is knowledge? The Republic also addresses the purpose of education and the role of both women and men as guardians of the people. With remarkable lucidity and deft use of allegory, Plato arrives at a depiction of a state bound by harmony and ruled by philosopher kings. -- Goodreads.com
Publication Date: Written in 390 BCE, Library owns copy from 1965, picture features copy from 1980
About G.M.A Grube's translations of Plato: "Unmistakably superior: more lucid, more accurate, more readable. Above all, they’re lucidly adorned, unpretentious, and in translating Plato that counts a good deal. The prose is, as English prose, persuasive, cogent, and as eloquent as it can be without departing from the text. --William Arrowsmith
Publication Date: 2016
Today, not only is everything digital getting faster, cheaper, and smaller at an exponential rate, we also have the Internet. When these two revolutions--one in technology and the other in communications--joined, an explosive force was unleashed that changed the very nature of innovation. And with any change, we have seen many strategic blunders and extraordinary learning curves along the way.
At last, in Whiplash, Joi Ito and Jeff Howe have distilled nine organizing principles for navigating and surviving this tumultuous period. These principles give us a roadmap on how to thrive no matter what industry we're in.
With Whiplash, two great thinkers tell us how to adapt and succeed in today's unpredictable marketplace.
What To Do When It's Your Turn (And It's Always Your Turn) by Seth Godin
Publication Date= 2014
Seth Godin has pushed the boundaries again by creating a new book format that reads more like a magazine. The book is in full color and is a collection of short stories and essays that help the reader know "what to do when it's your turn" in life. -- Goodreads.com
Dr. Morris and Dr. Hafer - February 2017
Publication Date: 1946
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.
At the time of Frankl's death in 1997, Man's Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found Man's Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America.
Publication Date: 1983
An original history of man's greatest adventure: his search to discover the world around him.
Publication Date: 2016
In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and business people ;both seasoned and new that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called grit.
Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments.
Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently bemoaned her lack of smarts, Duckworth describes her winding path through teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not genius, but a special blend of passion and long-term perseverance. As a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth created her own character lab and set out to test her theory.
Here, she takes readers into the field to visit teachers working in some of the toughest schools, cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she's learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers; from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to the cartoon editor of The New Yorker to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.
Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that not talent or luck makes all the difference.
Publication Date: 2015
Over the last few decades, economists and psychologists have quietly documented the many ways in which a person's IQ matters. But, research suggests that a nation's IQ matters so much more.
As Garett Jones argues in Hive Mind, modest differences in national IQ can explain most cross-country inequalities. Whereas IQ scores do a moderately good job of predicting individual wages, information processing power, and brain size, a country's average score is a much stronger bellwether of its overall prosperity.
Intelligence: A Unifying Construct for Social Sciences by Richard Lynn, Tatu Vanhanen
This book challenges social scientists to reconsider the theoretical foundations of the study of social phenomena. Until now social scientists have assumed that varying environmental factors explain social phenomena and that there cannot be any common explanatory factor behind various social phenomena. However, the empirical evidence presented in this book and covering nearly 200 countries indicates that many kinds of human conditions depend significantly on differences in average intelligence of nations (national IQs).
Differences in intelligence help to explain all kinds of phenotypic social phenomena as well as the persistence of social inequalities in the world. Environmental factors affecting such phenomena vary from case to case, but intelligence reflecting the evolved human diversity remains the same explanatory factor across all phenotypic social phenomena. This means that it provides a unifying theoretical construct for the social sciences. Unfortunately social scientists have not yet realized that most problems explored in social sciences are phenotypic phenomena depending on both genotypic and environmental factors and that intelligence is a powerful genotypic common explanatory factor.
The arguments and hypotheses presented in this book are tested and supported by extensive empirical evidence. Ultimately empirical evidence will decide the destiny of conflicting theoretical arguments.