Participate in the Greater Green Bay Community Book Read and get a free book

The Chancellor’s Council on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence and the Diversity Task Force are excited to announce its participation in the Greater Green Bay Community Book Read from Jan. 1, 2020 through April 30, 2020. Author Debby Irving’s “Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race” book has been chosen for the Greater Green Bay Community Book Read for 2020. All are welcome to join this campus book discussion!

For a free book, please sign up online: 2020 Greater Green Bay Book Read, or through this link. Sign up now to reserve a book! Also, save the date for Thursday, April 30, 2020 for a discussion with the author, Debby Irving, at St. Norbert College.

This Community Book Read program is organized through The Privilege Institute and is in partnership with: St. Norbert College, Young Womens Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.), Humana, Schreiber, Green Bay Public Schools, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and UW-Green Bay.

Book talk on ‘Let the People See: The Story of Emmett Till’ is tomorrow (Oct. 23)

Loyola University Chicago Prof. Elliott Gorn, the Joseph A. Gagliano Professor of American Urban History, will speak on his new book, “Let the People See: The Story of Emmett Till,” on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Christie Theatre, located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. Free and open to the public.


Reminder: Medicinal plants walk on Friday, Oct. 12

UW-Green Bay alumna Misty (Davids) Cook’03 (Master of Science in Administrative Science), author of the book “Medicine Generations,” will lead a medicinal plants walk on campus and give a talk on her book on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. The book talk will begin at 11 a.m. in Wood Hall 410, with a book signing taking place and refreshments being offered at Noon. The medicinal walk around campus is set for 12:30 p.m., rain or shine.

Second opportunity for ‘Becoming a Student-Ready University’ book club

Due to popular demand, there is another chance to discuss the 1997 book, “Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together?: And other conversations about race” on Thursday, April 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 103 of the University Union. The classic has been revised and updated so it is timely to read (or re-read). Whether you missed the first book club, didn’t finish the book, or ran out of time to discuss, it is a great opportunity to get together. To RSVP and get a book, click here. The book club is sponsored by the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare and the Becoming Student-Ready one-time grant.

Reminder: Faculty book discussion on race and inclusivity Feb. 13

On Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m., join a faculty book club to discuss the book, Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum in the Christie Theatre. This classic 1997 book has been revised and updated, so it is a timely read (or re-read). The discussion is sponsored by the College of Health, Education and Social Welfare and Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL).

Great Books discussion begins Sept. 13

Humanistic Studies is pleased to announce the line-up of its Great Books discussions for Fall 2016. The series is a collaboration between UW-Green Bay and the Brown County Library. All discussions are free and open to the public and held at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the downtown branch of the library. It begins Sept. 13 with Sinclair Lewis’ “It Can’t Happen Here.” Presenter, Robert Miller. A full schedule for the semester will be posted next week.

UW-Green Bay reading group has stood test of time

June 23, 2015 Book Club Meeting Left to right: Peter Kellogg, Larry Smith, Ben Cruz-Uribe, Bob Wenger, Naresh Rimal, Sherry Lacenski, Jacqulyn Jahnke, and Tom Nesslein.
June 23, 2015 Book Club Meeting
Left to right: Peter Kellogg, Larry Smith, Ben Cruz-Uribe, Bob Wenger, Naresh Rimal, Sherry Lacenski, Jacqulyn Jahnke, and Tom Nesslein.

They tackle subjects from economics to the environment. Their discussions have depth and offer varying perspectives. But the uniqueness of this particular reading group is its staying power. The group, comprised of mostly UW‑Green Bay faculty and staff members (now mostly retired), has stayed together for a decade.

May 3, 2016 Book club meeting Sherry Lacenski center
May 3, 2016 Book club meeting
Left to right, front row:
Smith, Sherry Lacenski, Jacqulyn Jahnke
Back row: Tom Nesslein, Bob Wenger

It got started when The Phoenix Bookstore employee Sherry Lacenski (now retired) asked some campus individuals to gather and discuss a read inspired by her daughter who was working in the Peace Corps. It soon evolved into a weekly group which met to discuss books concerning environmental, political and economic issues. Books are selected two at a time, based on input from the group. A few selections from the recent reading list: On Political Equality, The Social Conquest of the Earth, Globalization: What’s New, Thinking Fast and Slow and more than 30 other books and academic papers.

The group has held steady at about eight core members who have been with it from the start. But they would always enjoy more club members, and greater perspective. Currently the group is reading, Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman. Next up is March of Folly, by Barbara Tuchman. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to contact Lacenski at

— Story by Communication Intern Kelsie Vieux

Book Club Invite by the IDC

The Instructional Development Council (IDC) and the Provost’s Office are hosting a Book Club and meeting from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 18 in MAC 201 (Gathering Room). The book is available for free via the Cofrin Library’s subscription to ProQuest Ebrary: Democratic Dilemmas of Teaching Service Learning, Eds: Cress, Christine M., Donahue, David M., Erlich, Thomas. If you haven’t responded and would like to join, please email

Wanted: Faculty or staff for community book-talk presentations

UW-Green Bay alumnus Brian Simons, who has returned to the community as executive director of the Brown County Library system, is wondering if any faculty and staff members from his alma mater would be interested in helping out a new initiative. For 2016, the Brown County Library is planning three different book discussion programs — each program consisting of three talks each, on three separate books all related to financial education. (At three different branches: Howard, De Pere and Ashwaubenon.) So, there are nine different opportunities for someone with professional expertise or skills as a moderator to lead at least one of the discussion sessions. The first book is The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Lieber. Interested in being a discussion leader? Email Brian.