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


November 17, 2021

The Golden Rhinoceros: Histories of the African Middle Ages by François-Xavier Fauvelle


December 15, 2021

Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age by Annalee Newitz


January 19, 2022

African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan by Girard and Lockley


February 16, 2022

Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs by Camilla Townsend


March 23, 2022

The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf


April 20, 2022

Playlist of podcasts and online lectures about Ukraine.


May 18, 2022

Sailors and Traders: A Maritime History of the Pacific Peoples by Alastair Couper


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


December 3, 2021

The Other Slavery by Andres Resendez


January 21, 2022

Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs by Camilla Townsend


February 18, 2022

The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics by Mae Ngai


March 18, 2022

African Europeans by Olivette Otele


April 15, 2022

Midnight’s Borders by Suchitra Vijayan


May 20, 2022

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal

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

October 27, 2021

November 17, 2021

December 15, 2021

January 19, 2022

February 16, 2022

March 23, 2022

April 20, 2022

May 18, 2022


East Bay Dates

October 22, 2021

December 3, 2021

January 21, 2022

February 18, 2022

March 18, 2022

April 15, 2022

May 20, 2022