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


Wednesday, October 17

Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright

Wednesday, November 12

Myanmar's Enemy Within by Francis Wade

Wednesday, December 12

The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa


East Bay Group


Friday, October 12

The Global Transformation of Time by Vanessa Ogle

Friday, November 9

1177: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric Cline


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

October 17, 2018

November 14, 2017

December 12, 2018


East Bay Dates

October 12, 2018

November 9, 2018