POLS 2998.016 “Political Issues: Genocide and Narrative Politics”

Intersession 2016: M-F 4:00-7:00pm

POLS 2998.016

Political Issues:

Genocide and Narrative Politics

Shawna M. Lesseur


“Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to  humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.”

― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

YouTube “The Danger of a Single Story” TED Talks

The Short List

Which would you like to win?

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UConn Reads published the Short List for our 2016 community reading project. Three excellent titles, and a tough decision ahead for the committee that selects the winner!

On the list:

I’ve heard great things about Americanah – have you read or heard anything about the titles that made our short list?

Happy Reading!


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Liu Cixin – Recommended Read

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Photo of professor stephen dysonProfessor Stephen Dyson (Political Science, UConn) recently published the book Otherwordly Politics: The International Relations of Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Battlestar Galactica. He comes to our book club with an additional science fiction recommendation for readers, Liu Cixin’s Three-Body trilogy.

“You’re bugs!”

It’s not the message we’re hoping for as we scan the cosmos for signs of intelligent life. But it’s what we get in Liu Cixin’s “Three-Body” trilogy, an epic of mind-bending ideas and innovative strategic thought from China’s most popular science fiction author. (washingtonpost.com)

Take a look at Professor Dyson’s book review and let us know what you think!

Happy Reading!


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The Boys in the Boat: A Tale of College Engagement

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Sunrise Over Horsebarn Hill

As I finish the early chapters of The Boys in the Boat, what most poignantly and immediately strikes me is what an ideal novel this is for an Alumni reading group. This is because at the heart of the tale of Olympic competition, life during the Great Depression, and impending war glows a personal narrative highlighting the transformative power of engagement in college.

For Joe Rantz, becoming a west coast UW Husky meant joining a long tradition of scholarship and innovation, much like own, that could help him forge a new path for his life. This college experience also served as a simultaneous engagement with and insulation from major world events, and one that necessitated his reliance on a new family, his college community.  His story is especially harrowing and internationally dramatic; however, it is fundamentally one with which I believe many college graduates resonate…

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July Votes Needed

What do you think about the book options? Have you heard anything great about one of the texts?

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We’re about halfway through discussion of our June book and already preparing for our July selection, which means it’s time for another reader vote.

Vote today for our next book! Your choices on the poll include:

  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman

In July we’re going to have some fun with non-fiction/historical fiction selections. Which one are you most interested in reading?

Happy Reading!


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It’s Voting Time for the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge

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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins  Dead Wake by Erik Larson

To kick-off our Summer Reading Challenge we are opening the polls for a reader vote. The book choices for June are:

  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (A Novel Group of Huskies reader recommendation!)
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
We have some fantastic options to choose from for this first book selection, so be sure to cast your vote today!
Happy Reading (or voting)!

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