Women Reading @ CSU, a book club for CSU employees who identify as women, is launching this semester.
Building upon the success of last year’s book club, this project is continuing on with a renewed focus on appreciating women’s differences, intersectional identities, and diverse experiences. The book club will focus on reading books that are written from diverse authors and that cover a wide range of identities, experiences, and perspectives. The book club will allow women to explore their own identities, better understand the identities of others, and connect with other women working at CSU during the book club meetings.
One of the unique aspects of this club is that women are not required to commit to the club itself, but rather can choose which books and meetings to join based on their interest. Three book club meetings will be held in the each fall and spring semesters, with roughly 6 weeks in between each meeting. This book club is funded by the Women and Gender Collaborative Grant Program.
Who can participate?
Any staff or faculty member at CSU who identifies as a woman can participate in the Women Reading @ CSU book club.
Fall semester schedule
- Monday, Oct. 17, noon-1 p.m., Lory Student Center, Room 382: Years of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes
- Tuesday, Nov. 15, noon-1 p.m., Lory Student Center, Grey Rock Room: Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace, by Jessica Bennett
- Thursday, Dec. 15, noon-1 p.m., Lory Student Center, Room 382: Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, by Eli Clare
Each book club meeting will include light refreshments. Please also feel free to bring your lunch.
Where do I buy the book?
All books will be available in the CSU Bookstore in the Lory Student Center. The books will be available near the end of September, where 30-45 copies of each book will be sold at a subsidized price. Subsidized pricing is reserved for those who intend to attend the book club meeting. The first book will have 45 copies sold at a $10 subsidized price. The second and third book will each have 30 copies sold at a $15 price. In order to help make this book club accessible to more women on campus, we ask that you use the subsidized price only if you need it.
How to RSVP
Please use this link to visit the Google doc where you can RSVP for each meeting. Each meeting has its own worksheet. We ask that all participants register by the Monday before the meeting, but please feel free to still attend if you forgot to RSVP; you may also bring a colleague with you to the meeting.
What happens at the book club meetings?
While each meeting may have a large group of participants, participants will discuss the book with a small group of women (6-8 people). The participants choose their own groups, and each group will lead its own discussion. Suggested processing questions will be placed with each group.
Each book club meeting will include the raffling of one giveaway item. The item will be donated by a local woman entrepreneur. If you know of a local woman who would like to donate a giveaway item to a future book club meeting, please contact Lindsay Mason at Lindsay.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mason is also the contact for any questions or suggestions regarding the book club.
For more information about the Women and Gender Collaborative, and Women Reading @ CSU book club, please visit the Collaborative’s website.