The Women and Gender Studies Book Club was initiated by Jay Jay Stroup, and English PhD student pursuing the WGST certificate, as a means for students and faculty to give themselves “permission” to read a book for pleasure rather than just the books, articles, or textbooks assigned for classes. The Book Club contributes to a strong and vibrant community on campus for those interested in women’s issues.
It was designed to create a comfortable space for multiple generations of men and women to gather and talk about issues important to Women and Gender Studies through literature. Our diverse backgrounds and experiences mean that we all read the book differently from each other: how can we share this experiential knowledge with each other?
Books are selected every semester by a group vote. Past readings include the following: Alice Munro’s Dear Life, Tina Fey’s Bossypants, Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, and Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness.
The Book Club meets once per semester and once over the summer for those who are still in Fort Worth. The meetings are casual – in no way shape or form should we feel like we’re in a formal classroom setting. Before each meeting, a set of informal discussion questions will be distributed to help focus our reading, but really, anything that we want to discuss about the book is up for grabs. During the meetings, we can talk about how the book made us feel emotionally, physically, intellectually and which characters were our favorites/least favorites and do we think the book is a feminist text and why or why not?
For meeting dates, times, and locations be sure to check out upcoming events on the website.
You do not have to be officially affiliated with the Women and Gender Studies program to vote for the book selection and/or attend the meetings. All TCU students, faculty, and staff who are interested in the Book Club are invited to participate.
If you’d like to be involved in the TCU Women and Gender Studies Book Club, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.