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Stanford Book Salon

Bookworms unite! Each month, this seriously unstuffy community of Stanford alumni, family and friends gathers online to read and discuss a different book handpicked by one of our renowned faculty hosts.

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Current Book - February 2015

  • Passing
    by Nella Larsen.
    Hosted by: Allyson Hobbs

    "Writing a history of passing is writing a history of loss. It seems to pass as 'white' is to gain. To be white, particularly during racial segregation, meant to have a better job. It meant to live in a better neighborhood, it meant the right to vote. It meant to enjoy countless social privileges. What struck me was not so much what was gained by passing, but rather what was lost by leaving an African American identity behind."

    Allyson Hobbs, assistant professor of American history

Upcoming Books

  • March 2015

    The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes

    Hosted by: Zephyr Frank, associate professor of Latin American history and director of Stanford's Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis and Spatial History Project

  • April 2015

    Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

    Hosted by: Helen Brooks, PhD '80, senior lecturer emerita of English and the program of feminist, gender, and sexuality studies

  • May 2015

    The Extreme Life of the Sea by Stephen Palumbi & Anthony Palumbi

    Hosted by: Stephen Palumbi, P '06, '10, director of the Hopkins Marine Station, the Harold A. Miller Professor in Marine Sciences, the Jane and Marshall Steel Jr. Professor of Marine Sciences and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

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