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


For the 2022-2023 academic year, this group has chosen to focus on the emergence and expansion of religious movements.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

God's Chinese Son, by Jonathan Spence


East Bay Group


For the 2022-2023 academic year, this group has chosen to focus on globalization and global trends, such as climate change and migration.

Friday, October 14, 2022

How to Hide an Empire, by Daniel Immerwahr

SF Meeting Location

Hybrid meeting:

In person - SF Public Library, downtown branch at 100 Larkin Street, Fulton Room

Zoom - When you sign up, you'll receive a calendar invitation with all location information and the Zoom link.

East Bay Meeting Location

Hybrid meeting:

In person - 1995 University Ave, Suite 510 (Institute for East Asian Studies)

Zoom - 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

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

future dates TBD


East Bay Dates

Friday, October 14, 2022

future dates TBD