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 Associate Director of the Global Studies Program at University of California, Berkeley. East Bay discussions are facilitated by Shane Carter.

In-service teachers are eligible for book reimbursements or, in the case of regular attendees, may receive the books ahead of time from ORIAS. Meetings are open to all k-12 and community college faculty. Space is limited.

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San Francisco Group


October 27, 2021

Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World by Gillen D'Arcy Wood


East Bay Group


October 22, 2021

The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II by Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear

SF Meeting Location

via Zoom 
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East Bay Meeting Location

Hybrid meeting: participants can attend via Zoom or meet at the ORIAS office. When you sign up, you'll receive a calendar invitation with all location information and the Zoom link.


All meetings: 5 PM to 7 PM


SF Dates

TBD - First meeting in October


East Bay Dates

TBD - First meeting in October