World History Reading Groups


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


November 29, 2017

The Art of Not Being Governed, by James C. Scott

January 17, 2018

Selections from The Perspective of the World, by Fernand Braudel
(Volume 3 of Civilization & Capitalism 15th - 18th Century)

February 21, 2018

China's Asian Dream, by Tom Miller
Listen to an interview with the author here.

March 21, 2018

In Search of the Christian Buddha: How an Asian Sage Became a Medieval Saint by Lopez and McCracken

April 18, 2018

Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence by Christian Parenti


East Bay Group


October 27, 2017

Africa's Discovery of Europe, by David Northrup

December 1, 2017

Seeing Like a State, by James C. Scott

January 19, 2018

A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, by Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore

March 23, 2018

Little Soldiers, by Lenora Chu

April 27, 2018

Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence by Christian Parenti


Sign Up to Attend

World History Reading Group sign-up

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

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


East Bay Dates

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018