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 to 10 people per group.

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San Francisco Group


Wednesday, October 16

Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World by Gregory T. Cushman

Monday, November 18

India Connected by Ravi Agrawal

Wednesday, December 11

The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire by Kyle Harper

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 16, 2019

November 18, 2019

December 11, 2019


East Bay Dates

October 18, 2019

December 6, 2019