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Virtual Book Club

Thursday, April 22, 2021

CHAT & CHEW Virtual Book Club - The Chat & Chew Series was planned and initiated by the Chancellor’s Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in partnership with the UA - Pulaski Tech Cultural Diversity and Community Involvement Committee.

Join the UA - Pulaski Tech community for a virtual book club to connect with students, faculty, staff and alumni as we engage with texts that elevate voices, share experiences, and indulge together in lifelong learning. Participation is free!


My Own Words by Ruth Ginsburg

Our May book is My Own Words by Ruth Ginsburg.

The New York Times bestselling book from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—“a comprehensive look inside her brilliantly analytical, entertainingly wry mind, revealing the fascinating life of one of our generation's most influential voices in both law and public opinion” (Harper’s Bazaar).

My Own Words “showcases Ruth Ginsburg’s astonishing intellectual range” (The New Republic). In this collection Justice Ginsburg discusses gender equality, the workings of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, law and lawyers in opera, and the value of looking beyond US shores when interpreting the US Constitution. Throughout her life Justice Ginsburg has been (and continues to be) a prolific writer and public speaker. This book’s sampling is selected by Justice Ginsburg and her authorized biographers Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams, who introduce each chapter and provide biographical context and quotes gleaned from hundreds of interviews they have conducted.

Witty, engaging, serious, and playful, My Own Words is a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of America’s most influential women and “a tonic to the current national discourse” (The Washington Post).

Meeting dates and times

Chat & Chew will take place virtually via Teams on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at noon. Registration will place you in the group forum where the monthly meetings take place. This will also be the hub for discussions.

May 11
August- Summer Break
September 14
October 12
November 9
December 14

Why Join

1. Book clubs keep your brain sharp

It’s a scientific fact that reading helps keep your brain sharp. Discussing what you’ve read with others can challenge your understanding and help you make new connections that you may not have thought about before.

2. Book clubs offer great stress relief

It is estimated that just six minutes of reading can reduce stress levels by more than 68%, and with faster results than other outlets like listening to music or going for a walk.

3. You can make lasting friendships talking about books

Actress, Charlotte Ahlin, said it best, “a book club is the ideal excuse to schedule some time in your life when you can just focus on books and friends and things you enjoy.”

The books and themes

Book themes will be determined based off of the campus Diversity Calendar. However, book club members will vote between several options to select a book based on reader interests.

  • August- Summer Break – Top Picks from the library staff
  • September – Hispanic Heritage
  • October – LGBTQI & Domestic Violence Awareness
  • November – Native American & Mental Health
  • December – Human Rights & Poverty

The Chat & Chew Series was planned and initiated by the Chancellor’s Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. For more information, contact Adora Curry at [email protected].