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Virtual Book Club

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The virtual book club connects alumni and friends through a private forum where all participants can discuss the current book and its themes, network and share resources related to the book's topic. Participants will also be invited to attend author talks at the conclusion of select reading periods.

Participation is free, you just need to obtain a copy of the book at your local library or business. The book club will read approximately one book every two months.

May-July book: "A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel," by Amor Towles

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Previous books:
"Cultish, the Language of Fanaticism" by Amanda Montell
"Medical Apartheid," by Harriet A. Washington
"The Book of Longings," by Sue Monk Kidd
"Think Like a Rocket Scientist," by Ozan Varol
"The Beauty in Breaking," by Michele Harper
"The Power of Habit," by Charles Duhigg

Why Join?

Embrace Lifelong Learning: The facilitated book club will broaden your professional connections and knowledge and provide new insights to get results in making you more effective in areas including leadership, communications skills and achieving a fulfilling life.

Reading is Good for You: Reading can reduce stress, help you sleep better, and improve your relationships, as well as increases your verbal and emotional intelligence and creativity.

Connect with Fellow Alumni, Faculty and Staff: Our book club will introduce you to alumni across industries, generations, and geographies all while gaining different perspectives while reading the book. We will also invite faculty and staff to help build your network, which can help you with career advice, introduce you to new people, and find your next opportunity.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often will books be read, what is the time commitment and what are the expectations?
We plan to start the book club by reading one book every two months. The texts selected might include lifelong learning, personal growth and fiction. Selected books take an average of nine hours to read. If you have between 1 and 2 hours a week to read, you should be fine.

Will there be any in-person meetings of the book club?
At this time the book club will be entirely online. You can participate anywhere you have Internet access and on days and times that are convenient to you. In the future we might plan live, virtual discussions, hosted by alumni moderators. If you are interested in leading a book discussion, email us at alumni@uhsp.edu.

Is there any cost to participate?
Participation is free for all alumni, faculty and staff!

How do I get the books?
Participants can get books for free at their local library or purchase them from their preferred business.

How do book club discussions work?
The book club will have a moderator from PBC Guru who manages the forum where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the book club, share relevant articles and facilitate conversation about topics in the book. Members will be encouraged to post and share as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for readers to connect with each other through the forum.

How do I make a forum profile?
We're using a private forum to host the virtual book club, so it's easy to connect with fellow alumni. During our sign up process, you will enter the information to auto-generate your free profile. After you complete the sign up, we'll send you a link to the forum and you can begin to post right away. If you don’t see an email from PBC Guru, please check your spam or junk folder and allow sender.

What is PBC Guru?
Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a book club management company that works with businesses, alumni associations and professional societies. We are teaming up with PBC to put this program in place for our alumni. You can check out their website at www.pbc.guru if you want to see more of what they do.


Questions? Contact alumni@uhsp.edu or 314.446.8419.

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