By: Summer Issawi, Alicia Jenner, and Sarah Gretter
When one of our team mates pitched the idea to of starting a book club to fellow Hub colleagues we were all in. We started the #MSUHubBookClub (as mentioned in a previous post) this past February and spend 4-5 weeks reading a book before we meet at the beginning of the month to discuss. July was a rather exciting month whereas we decided to read “Generous Thinking” by the university’s own Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick. We were thrilled when she graciously accepted the offer to join us and debrief the poignant text and it is in that same vein that we extend the #MSUHubBookClub to you, as together, we can better understand each other and build new ideas. More than ever, we need to come together and collaborate, as we strive towards the same Team MSU mission. It is the small waves of change that create the ripple effect across campus.
Sometimes, top down methodologies and cultures seep their way into our workplace cultures, but book clubs give us the grassroots power to be the change we want to see, and to promote work and thinking that can benefit the public good. In working to build more symbiotic relationships between our university we’re creating “a mode of engagement that emphasizes listening over speaking, community over individualism, and collaboration over competition” (Fitzpatrick, 4). Through these endeavors and only through these endeavors will we realize a more everlasting change and who better than a hub like the Hub to lead this endeavor. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a lot of change and things we’d like to change, so let me ask you this; Who Will? Spartans Will.
As we’ve recently welcomed our 21st president and with a new academic year upon us, it’s a great time to try something new (to our little book club) – an invitation! So if you’ve worked with the Hub, never worked with Hub, or are just plain curious, join us. We’d love to engage with you in a fun yet meaningful way, centered in shared reading, thinking, and inquiry. Our August book is “The Storytelling Animal” by Jonathan Gottschall. We’ll gather at the Hub Flex Space at 12:00 pm on Monday September 9 to discourse, together. Bring your own lunch but most importantly, bring yourself to our informal and welcoming group whether you’ve read the book or not. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #MSUHubBookClub.