2018 J-Term Book Club

TRACE: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape

Date & Time:

Thursday, January 25, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


ASC Woulfe North

BOOKS are FREE to all UST Students but you must register!  Register in ASC 224

The J-Term Book Club is an educational opportunity given to students, staff, faculty, and administrators on campus to join together and read a book that is focus on building awareness and understanding of an individual’s lived experiences. SDIS is committed to developing diverse perspectives and narratives to allow UST campus community in growing their intercultural consciousness and prepare for the outside world. J-Term Book Club also allows students, staff/faculties, and administrators to come together and engage in meaningful conversations on key points from the book in a relaxed environment.

Book: Trace: Memory, History, Race, and American Landscape by Lauret Savoy

“In this provocative and powerful mosaic of personal journeys and historical inquiry across a continent and time, Savoy explores how the country’s still unfolding history, and ideas of “race,” have marked her and the land. From twisted terrain within the San Andreas Fault zone to a South Carolina plantation, from national parks to burial grounds, from “Indian Territory” and the U.S.-Mexico Border to the U.S. capital, Trace grapples with a searing national history to reveal the often unvoiced presence of the past.” – Amazon

Reading Objectives

J-Term Book Club is designed to allow participants to finish the book within the month of January. Each week there are required chapters to read, and participants will meet every week for an hour of book discussion. Through group discussion, readings, and other instructional resources, we will work together:

  1. To understand the individual’s perspective within the narrative
  2. To increase understanding of current social issue and relation to the common good
  3. To develop a sense of community
  4. To examine personal and professional journeys within the readings
  5. To cite specific examples of contribution made by diverse communities to the U.S. culture and society in relations to the book

J Term Book Expectations

  • Attendance is required. Accomplishing the goals of this book club requires your presence. It is your responsibility to attend each discussion session.
  • Complete all reading assignments. Chapters are divided among the week. It is critical for you to read the following chapters for the week in order to have an impactful discussion of the author’s narrative in relation to race in society.
  • Participation in group discussion. Come prepared to participate in discussion and exercises. It is expected that all readings will be done ahead of book club discussion.
  • Professional standards will be observed. Please be on time, listen when others are speaking, limit your technologies, and share perspectives in a respectful manner.
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