World History Reading Groups

World History Reading Groups

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.

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San Francisco Group


Wednesday, October 17

Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright

Wednesday, November 12

Myanmar's Enemy Within by Francis Wade

Wednesday, December 12

The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa

Wednesday, January 16

The Return by Hisham Matar

Wednesday, February 13

Dear Leader by Jang Jin-sung

Wednesday, March 13

Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich

Wednesday, April 17

Khaki Shorts Saffron Flags by Tapan Basu et al.


East Bay Group


Friday, October 12

The Global Transformation of Time by Vanessa Ogle

Friday, November 9

1177: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric Cline

Friday, December 14

Podcast Playlist:

Fall of Rome Podcast -

Tides of History: Natural Disasters and the End of the Roman Empire

Interview: Historian Kyle Harper on Disease, Climate and the Fall of the Roman Empire

Ottoman History Podcast

Episode 252Tracing Plague in the Ottoman Empire

Episode 276: War, Environment, and the Ottoman Habsburg Frontier

Generation Anthropocene

A Tale of Two Grains

Climate Change: The Beginning

99% Invisible - 

Episode 239: Guano Mania

Friday, February 8

Empress of the East by Leslie Peirce

Friday, April 5 (postponed from March 8)

Tell This in My Memory by Eve M. Troutt-Powell

Friday, May 17

Inside the World of the Eunuch: A Social History of the Emperor's Servants in Qing China by Melissa Dale

SF Meeting Location

Civic Center Secondary School
727 Golden Gate Ave
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 17, 2018

November 14, 2018

December 12, 2018

January 16, 2019

February 13, 2019

March 13, 2019

April 17, 2019


East Bay Dates

October 12, 2018

November 9, 2018

December 14, 2019

February 8, 2019

April 5, 2019

May 17, 2019