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Book Clubs


UAF’s book clubs are open to faculty, staff and students across our multiple campuses. Each club meets regularly during the semester to discuss the books, and new initiatives and collaborations often grow out of these discussions. See the schedule and order your copies of this semester’s books below.

Led by Tia Tidwell (Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Studies), the Indigenous Authors book club invites participants from the UAF and wider communities to discuss modern texts from all genres written by Indigenous writers. 

The Teaching and Learning book club, facilitated by the Provost’s Faculty Development Team, explores current topics in higher education pedagogy, from “ungrading” to teaching in community.

UAF’s Graduate School also hosts an annual book club, with regular meetings on Zoom and in the UAF Pub. Contact Rich Collins, Director of the Graduate School, with questions. 

Please use the form on this page to request copies of this semester’s books. You’ll receive an invite to the meetings for any book you request. 

Indigenous Authors Book Club

See past book selections for the Indigenous Authors Book club below. Questions? Contact Tia Tidwell (tmtidwell@alaska.edu).

Fall 2023: Sivulliq: Ancestor by Lily H. Tuzroyluke

Spring 2023: The Seven Circles: Indigenous Teachings for Living Well by Chelsey Luger and Thosh Collins and Indigenous Children’s Survivance in Public Schools by Leilani Sabzalian

Fall 2022: Potlatch as Pedagogy by Sara Florence Davidson and Rober Davisdon and Reservation Dogs

Spring 2022: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones and The Tao of Raven by Earnestine Hayes and As Long as Grass Grows by Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Fall 2021: Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead and Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta

Teaching and Learning Book Club

See past book selections for the Teaching and Learning Book Club below. Questions? Contact Kendell Newman Sadiik (klnewman4@alaska.edu).

Fall 2023: Relationship-Rich Education by Peter Felten and Leo Lambert

Spring 2023: The Amateur Hour: A History of College Teaching in America by Jonathan Zimmerman and Race, Politics, and Pandemic Pedagogy: Education in a Time of Crisis by Henry Giroux 

Fall 2022: Potlatch as Pedagogy by Sara Florence Davidson and Rober Davisdon and The New College Classroom by Cathy Davidson

Spring 2022: Complaint by Sara Ahmed and Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope by bell hooks and Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning by Sarah Blum

Fall 2021: Teaching Machines: The History of Personalized Learning by Audrey Watters and Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion by Sarah Rose Cavanagh