Bookshelf in the Picton Reading Room and Hornby Library, Liverpool


Teachers in ORIAS World History Reading Groups read one book each month within a global studies theme. Participants meet monthly to eat and spend two hours in collegial conversation. It is a relaxing, intellectually rich atmosphere for both new and experienced teachers.

San Francisco book discussions are facilitated by Shane Carter, Outreach Coordinator for ORIAS and by Alan Karras, author and professor in the International and Area Studies Program at University of California, Berkeley. East Bay discussions are facilitated by Shane Carter.

Participants are eligible for book reimbursement if they attend at least 3 meetings. Meetings are open to all k-12 and community college faculty. Space is limited to 10 people per group.

photo credit: Books of Knowledge Picton Library Liverpool via flickr (license)


San Francisco Group


October 13, 2016

The Little Ice Age, by Brian Fagan

We're starting this year with a look at the impact of climate on historical developments.


November 16

Prisoners of Geography, by Tim Marshall


December 14, 2016

Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History, by Rachel Laudan


January 11, 2017

Family, by Ba Jin


February 7, 2017

Paradise in Ashes, by Beatriz Manz


March 9, 2017

The Myth of Continents by Martin W. Lewis & Kären Wigen


April 13, 2017

The World and a Very Small Place in Africa, by Donald R. Wright


East Bay Group


October 5, 2016

City of Thorns, by Ben Rawlence

We're beginning our year with this thought-provoking look at the lives of refugees and the forces that shape their experiences.


November 1, 2016

Prisoners of Geography, by Tim Marshall


December 7, 2016

Famine, by Cormac Ó Gráda


January 17, 2017

Where the Jews Aren't, by Masha Gessen


March 1, 2017

Paradise in Ashes, by Beatriz Manz


April 26, 2017

Wish Lanterns: Young Lives in New China by Alec Ash


Sign Up to Attend

World History Reading Group sign-up

SF Meeting Location

Teach for America Offices
940 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA

East Bay Meeting Location

ORIAS Office
1995 University Ave., 5th floor
Berkeley, CA


All meetings: 5 PM to 7 PM


SF Dates

October 13, 2016

November 16, 2016

December 14, 2016

January 11, 2017

February 7, 2017

March 9, 2017

April 13, 2017


East Bay Dates

October 5, 2016

November 1, 2016

December 7, 2016

January 17, 2016

Global History Series at UCBHSSP

The UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project is offering a series of workshops focused on migration.