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

Thursday, October 8

How to Hide an Empire by Daniel Immerwahr

Thursday, November 12

Women on the Margins by Natalie Zemon Davis

Thursday, December 10

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

Thursday, January 14

The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan, by Adam Clulow

Thursday, February 11

The Woman Who Turned Into a Jaguar, and Other Narratives of Native Women in Archives of Colonial Mexico, by Lisa Sousa

Thursday, March 11
(reader's choice) 

God's Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World, by Alan Mikhail


The Ottoman Age of Exploration, by Giancarlo Casale 

Thursday, April 15

Tatar Empire: Kazan's Muslims and the Making of Imperial Russia, by Danielle Ross 

Thursday, May 13

A Sea of Debt: Law And Economic Life In The Western Indian Ocean, 1780–1950, by Fahad Ahmad Bishara 

East Bay Group

Friday, October 9

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

Friday, November 13

In Search of the Christian Buddha: How an Asian Sage Became a Medieval Saint, by Donald Lopez, Jr. 

Friday, December 11

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

Friday, January 8

The Tar Baby: A Global History, by Bryan Wagner

Friday, February 12

Three lectures in lieu of reading:

Ancient Civilizations of the Americas by Anna Guengerich 2.5.2015 - The Moche
Ancient Civilizations of the Americas by Anna Guengerich 2.12.2015 - The Mississippians
Ancient Civilizations of the Americas by Anna Guengerich 2.25.2015 - The Amazon Basin

Friday, March 12

Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire, by Coll Thrush 

Friday, April 9

Secondhand Time, by Svetlana Alexievich 

Friday, May 14

Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid 

SF Meeting Location

via Zoom 
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East Bay Meeting Location

via Zoom 
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All meetings: 5 PM to 7 PM

SF Dates

October 8, 2020

November 12, 2020

December 10, 2020

January 14, 2021

February 11, 2021

March 11, 2021

April 8, 2021

May 6, 2021

East Bay Dates

October 9, 2020

November 13, 2020

December 11, 2020

January 8, 2021

February 12, 2021

March 12, 2021

April 9, 2021

May 14, 2021